Hi all, I should have posted these yesterday, but we had a minor home emergency to sort out. No big deal and all is OK, so here are the photos of the fantastically generous package I received from KatyMai.
Firstly is this gorgeous felt and button tree needle book, with some gold plated cross stitch needles. These are Katymai's favourite craft tool or supply #16
To go with this is the sweetest little tape measure. #28 - Something related to your favourite design/pattern. Katy loves trees and in particular the tree motive. Although she doesn't collect them she has a few 'tree items' around the house.
#17 Something related to yarn. Katy loves this fluffy yarn with glitter, but doesn't knit or crochet. I have never worked with this, but have been curious to try. She also sent 2 very pretty pot holders she made on her hand loom. Not sure where I'll use them yet, but they are too pretty for pot holders, I really like these.
#31 Katy said she rarely tries a new interest (must be too busy making other beautiful stuff:) ), but her husband bought her a glass painting kit and she made me this. These are lovely daffodils, national flower of Wales; when I move soon I'll find somewhere for them and they'll remind me of the many happy times I had there. Katymai wasn't very pleased with this, and said she wouldn't be offended if I put it in the bin!!! How silly, it's great - you should keep it up.
#24 Something related to your favourite game. I received these super cute cross stitch Mario mushrooms. Although I don't play games, I am quite fond of these little things and my daughter has a few about our home. Although this is not her favourite game, she does play this with her husband, and the new Mario game lets them collaborate in order to get to different levels - which is something they can enjoy together.
#24 Something that represents your dreams/goals. Katymai would love to be a published writer, and this little book represents that. She hand painted it and put the text and motives on. It's great, I'll use it for music notation - is plain pages (not manuscript), so is ideal for my scribbling.
#34 Katy also sent a photo album with views from her home of the Forest of Dean, an the area she lives in now, Carmarthen in Wales. There is also a really lovely photo of her dog Pip who looks very happy.
#22 Something related to your favourite jewellery item. Katy sent me a photo of a pair of earrings she made - in silver, with purple heart crystals (I stupidly didn't photo the photograph!) They are her favourite and she wears them all the time. They are extra special to Katy as her husband bought the hearts as a 'just because' gift for her. She was going to make me a pair, but I don't wear earrings so she made me this lovely little bracelet. I feel very privileged to receive this, as the hearts are special to her.
Now for the jaw droppingly gorgeous necklace. I couldn't believe it when I opened the packet that contained this, I was stunned.
Katmai's favourite colours are purple and green; she likes purple with silver and black, and that is what inspired her to make this. I love hematite, and I also have lots of chunks of amethyst around the house, so this was just perfect, it is stunning and a very generous swap item.
Extras - a useful key ring from Carmarthen and the sweetest little felt butterfly.
I also got some scrummy ginger biscuits and some herbal treats for my rabbit and chinchilla. Will post a few more photos later on, as they are on my mobile phone.
I'm sure you'll all agree this was one fantastic swap package, and I can't thank Katymai enough.