I've been a remiss swap organizer not even posting pics of what I've received until now! Mea culpa! I am so glad I organized this swap, though, because I got absolutely lovely things from all three of my partners (Selenium, Maps, and RaeAmazon). Unfortunately, I share a digi cam with my brother and he stole it back from me the day before my papers from RaeAmazon arrived, so I don't have those pics to share yet. But there will be photographic proof of its wonderfulosity.
For starters, and in order of arrival, paper and ephemera from SELENIUM!
I swear she must be stalking me, in the nicest way possible -- so many things that are so me! The stickers, which don't show up all that well in the photos, include carp/goldfishy species of the sparkly variety, the cute japan/china/korea cartoony characters type, food! (mmmm), dried flowers, and sticky gold numbers (I was just looking at these in Menards the other day -- see? she must have sent her agents to follow me!). And the papers range from labels and vintage postcardy types (once again, feeling the love -- esp. the stork one w/ the disgruntled new father in the window), to beautiful printed japanese papers (the kind I ogle over in stores) and fruits and veggies in positions as you've never seen them before (that is a celery Forum there) and origami paper. And some of her own B&W photos -- my favorite is the row of statues that you can see under the pic of the NY nighttime skyline (that one's so going on a card for my favorite soon-moving-to-NY photographer cousin, if that's okay?). And the cutest ?candy? wrappers with fish on them, in all different colors! Plus the duck journal, with bizarre English on the front; I love love love this kind of stuff! Mistranslations, come my way! And all this (plus more!) was neatly packaged in a striped folder (did I mention I am going through a stripes phase) in a letter themed envelope. Wowzers!
If you think Selenium had her secret agents taking notes as I window-shopped, Maps must've had hers peering into my house. The first paper I saw when I opened the envelope was the beeeyoooteeeful aqua blue one:
It's got a gorgeous sheen to it, and just so happens to be in my new favorite color (well, one of them -- it's not cheating as long as I still love and am committed to orange, green, and pink, right?). I don't even know if anything'll be done with that one -- it's up on my vanity with the four bowls and the lamp in the same color that've popped into my life in the last few months. And as you can see, Maps package had some lovely coordination going on with that blue on two different kinds of paper, the butterfly botanical-type pages, the pale yellow papers, the flower stickers, and the page that must be from the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then there was the dash of gold tones, like the picture of The Kiss, which I was very tempted to use on a wedding card for some friends before deciding I couldn't part with it quite yet (next wedding, perhaps), and the checkered Chinese paper...And stamps! And, perhaps my very favorite (well, one of them, along with the blue and the butterflies and the Caterpillar) is a little diagram-type picture. Well, needless to say, all just wonderful!
So, really, I don't think either of these wonderful swappers are hiding out in Mpls following me around and trying to figure out what I like, but in case they are, they should just come out of hiding and we can be bestest friends and go paper shopping and make beautiful things.
I'll try to get photos of RaeAmazon's stuff in the next few days. Meanwhile, I'm loving looking at everything that everyone else has been sending and receiving -- it seems like the swap is going well (at least, as far as I can tell) but if you have any problems or feedback whatsoever, please let me know, either on the thread or by PMing me. I'm hoping to start getting positive feedback left in the next 24 hours, plus additional reminders sent out.
Much paper love!