Hi everyone, I'm back from 3 weeks of vacation. The first thing I did when I got home was open my package from Knickertwist. She sent me the most gorgeous box of thoughtful goodies. I took like a gazillion photos so sit back, grab a cup of tea and be amazed....
Even the card she sent is made of awesome. I think sharing a bottle of wine with Knickertwist might be on my bucket list.
She sent me Graphic 45 paper stacks and a tag album! G45 is my favorite paper supplier, and these are all things I didn't have in my ever-expanding stash.
Gorgeous flowers. Just gorgeous.
I can't tell you how excited I was to find some of Knickertwist's handcrafted Christmas ornaments in my box! The wishing star says "sparkle" and she included one of her cheeky snowballs. Lucky me!
A tiny frosted container of Christmas Magic. What a sweet little treasure.
She included one of the faerie specimen bottles collected from around Pixie Hill. I've admired these forever. The label reads: Cleaning the ducts last week we uncovered several houses. Cheeky things!
She included a little bench for the faeries in my garden. I need to craft a tiny garden around it and will make that one of my 2015 project goals.
My first ever domino pendant, and it's Halloween themed. Halloween is pretty much the only time of year I wear any jewelry besides my wedding ring and I'm thrilled to have a Knickertwist piece to add to my collection.
This was a special request. I am gathering pieces for an altered puzzle and she kindly agreed to complete a piece for me. I told her it was 'artist's choice' and requested something of her signature style. Isn't it lovely?!
This blew my socks off. It's a painting of our goat Summer. She was a triplet whose momma rejected her at birth so I raised her on the bottle. She follows me around everywhere even though she's a momma herself now. This captures her beautifully!
This little book took my breath away. I believe it to be a found journal of faeries who obviously live somewhere on our property. My husband and I were both amazed at all of the details, and laughed at some of the journal entries. I'm going to include all of the pages and their handwritten notes here.
They evidently included notations of things they find fascinating.
We have a small flock of sheep on our farm, this is of interest to the fairies. This journal entry reads: "Sheep are a good source of milk and warmth. Stay on their good side."
Hmmm.... this explains a lot... "When raiding the pantry, tis better to make many small raids than one large one. The humans won't suspect a thing." I believe they've taken notice that I spend a lot of time in my kitchen canning and preserving.
This page states "The pond is excellent for swimming" and "Stolen inventory: Feed, Grain, Tomatoes, Cheese, Wool"
Our house overlooks a large pond and these are all things readily found on our farm. And frequently go missing.
"Flattery will get you far with the chickens" and "For warm fresh eggs be extra flirty with the hens". So true! There are a few soft chicken feathers that were collected and included with this page.
This entry reads "IMPORTANT: Beware of anything with horns" Our fairies are very astute, that's an important rule on any farm! There's also a note warning "More bad news, Sam the buck goat is back." We lost our buck last winter and our veterinarian supplied us with a buck from our original herd. We gave him and his wife goats to get their farm started years ago. Sam arrived back 'home' a few months ago. Apparently the fairies have taken notice. They have also collected a bit of fleece and tucked it in here.
I think they have taken notice that I like to make cheese. A lot.
This page notes "Looks like another hard winter. Thank the gods for that little indoor garden." I believe we will be sharing our greenhouse bounty with the faeries over the next few months! There are also a few almanac pages included here.
This entry amazed me... it refers to the addition of a new guardian dog puppy we brought home late spring. She's a great pyrenees named Lizzie Borden and an incredible and slightly blurry photo of her is included here. "Be wary around the animals. They attract predators. On the bright side, critters often get blamed for faerie shenanigans." "The humans have a new beast. We must warn the little ones to stay clear of the fluffy thing called Lizzy" LOL!
An entry dedicated to our garden! It reads "Despite being told to show restraint, Doogle took all of the bush beans" and "We must take extra precaution not to be noticed". Ha! We had blamed the complete loss of our bean crop on deer! After losing our bean crop for two years running, we had decided to give them up for good. Now that we know the faeries have been enjoying them, I think we need to keep planting them after all.
My husband found an obsidian egg in our potato patch during harvest this summer(!) This entry reads: "Disaster. The obsidian egg is lost. Crisp was drunk in the potato patch and lost the treasure."
Here's a photo of what he found:
This page includes an entry stating "Excellent harvest of peanuts" This cracked us up! We planted a huge patch of Virginia peanuts this year for the first time (we live in Virginia) and only one plant yielded anything. This explains it!
The last page pretty much summarizes the objectives of our small farm. Grow Your Own Food.
This tiny journal is exquisite as is everything else I received. It proves that someone is watching us at our daily toils (or at least is reading our blog). I have wanted to do an IYP swap with Knickertwist forever and am so happy it finally happened. Thank you so much for the beautiful, amazing, and extremely thoughtful package, Nichola. I'm so very touched and grateful.