pink velvet acornWhen my friend Tami went on maternity leave, her friends (who happen to be coworkers) contributed to the brilliant idea of a “blue box”–a treasure trove of small gifts for a new mother to dip into when she needs a little pick-me-up. We each added a little something, including a lot of chocolate, a small bottle of vodka with a personal note about what it’s like to be new mother; some handmade goods including the door sign (“Not now, please”) and a wee pink velvet acorn made by yours truly, shown at left, and below, it is tucked in the silver box on the right.

This tiny acorn represents the enormous potential and growth ahead for baby Amelia.