I was getting a bit disheartened and thinking bad thoughts about the postal service... I checked my DC number two days in a row and all it would tell me was the package had been accepted in Robot's town! BUT!!! About 9:00 pm my pa-in-law came over with my package that had been dropped off in a safe place! (We have a good bit of dogs in the area) I was just tickled pink!!
Prepare your eyes for a feast!!!
Everything (well, except a few small things) were in this box (which we will get to later). Robot is a master box-packer.... I don't think I will ever properly get all of that back in there so neatly!
She sent some wonderful extras! Candles, herb seeds for my up and coming herb garden, some neat-o black sand, and a "I taught myself to crochet" kit and yarn!! I had asked for a crocheted djembe bag, but Robot says she can't crochet to save her life and thought that I may like to try. I have been practicing since the night I opened my package and think I'm catching on pretty well!
She made a hemp pendulum (hemp is my fiber of choice, and NO you didn't over use it by any means!!!!!) Some Ostara incense she blended herself (can't wait to burn these- they smell SOOOOO good!!!) and disks to burn them on. This is a new method for me.... hope I don't screw it up! Hand bound smudge sticks. The purple is lavender and the red is rosemary. The lavender she grew herself!! And then there's the God and Goddess oils! There are so many things in these! I want to smell so bad, but they look so pretty I'm almost afraid to break the seal!! When I get everything set up in it's rightful place I'll bust them open! (Check back here tomorrow and I'll update this with the herbs in them! Assuming I can remember to grab the letter she sent!)
These she made to bring some of the outdoors in! The moon is made of weeping cherry twigs and has little gems and a glass leaf on it. The star has pine (I think) and another wood (check back tomorrow for this, too) with a spiral, acorn and gems on it. I am so completely and totally in love with these things!! I keep picking them up and looking at them! DH threw a placement suggestion as soon as he saw them. I need to keep my eye on him... he may sneak off with them!
Now, remember that box I mentioned at the beginning? This is the lid to it.
She burned the markings into it and Incorporated my love of Oaks and my father's heritage with the triquerta!!! I had mentioned to her that this was the one symbol we used at our wedding and it meant a great deal to me! Now I have it on my altar box!!! YES!!!! I said altar box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm fairly new to the practice and have never set up an alter for myself so we decided that we could do one with this swap! A lot of my practices are done outside so I wanted an altar that could easily be moved around. She definitely hit the nail on the head with this!!
There is a beautiful marble chalice, god and goddess candle holders with a wood grain pattern, wooden bowl, offering plate (also with the triquerta) with the elements burned in on their place on the pentacle, and some stones. The stone by itself is moonstone, the pieces in the upper right are pieces of sea shells (they are so smooth!), the blue is amazonite she mined herself when she was 14 (!!!), two glass hearts (in my favorite colors), and a burned wooden pentacle. I suppose I should have taken a picture with the oils in it too, but ahh well!
Here's a better picture of the candle holders. I turned them around backward so you can see the symbols on them better.
This is the alter cloth she made. It's hand died muslin. Looks like the moon, huh? That's exactly what it's for!!! I luuuv my full moon rituals and this is going to be perfect!!! It's just the right size!
And for good measure, a picture of all the loot together!
I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this stuff! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I can't wait until the 9th so I can use this stuff with the full moon!!!