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Day- Well, it's actually Day 12!
They say that even the most heavy, black and pendulous of clouds have a silver lining
Although I got my package a day late, I got to open TWO days worth of presents all at once
mwah hah hah hah hah! hah hah hah hah! hah hah ha*cough, splutter- curses!*h hah hah hahhhhhh!
here is my box, mostly obscured by my massive, and massively awesome, altered day of the dead pillowcase/gift sack- here are sugar skulls number one...
they're decorated with a mix of paint, beads and embroidery, and the fabric in the background is covered in what look like large leaves, it's got a definite island voodoo vibe!
as well as the presents just visible in the box there, glamis included a german advent calendar (german christmases are considered the ideal here in england, where everything has gone a bit commercial, and i can't wait to try the german chocolate!) and some disney shrinkies which turned out to be too large for what glamis intended- here's belle, alice, the cheshire cat, and my favourite, stitch- nothing too spooky yet i'm afraid
glamis has left all my presents except for the 31st un-numbered, so this evening i picked the parcel labelled 'into the hood...'
it contained an absolutely stunning autumn-ish jewellery holder straight from my wist- it's like a giant needle book, you can pin things like earrings and necklaces in place and then display them or carry them safely
i didn't get a picture of the inside, which is forest green felt and a gorgeous green tartan, but the outside is all soft and velvet-y and the fawn's spots are (i think) made with fabric paint. glamis' stitches are immaculate
it's SO. FREAKING. CUTE!! ....sorry to disappoint the gore fans
today i picked up a beautiful cardboard box containing two days worth of presents, both cryptically labelled *spooky twilight zone noise...*
i had to ask my fiancé to choose between 'shake me, baby!' and 'three of a kind', and he chose the latter- inside, i found three crocheted skull appliqués, one cute-ly gothic, one day of the dead style, and one (my favourite!) in turquoise with its own little beaded skull for detail. glamis and i must be on some psychic wavelength, as i'd tried crocheting something incredibly similar, before deciding to send something else in its place. i'm glad i didn't send mine, as glamis's are far more intricate and awesomely decorated
here's the pic (you're all going to have to excuse the unmade bed!)
so yesterday i opened the 'shake it' box.... and found this amazing pair of librarian-themed pasties based on the ones in my wist!
i also received a second pair of pasties
which are sadly proving impossible to photograph in unnatural light- i'll have to try again tomorrow morning. they are covered in sequins in autumn-y browns, silvers and golds, with some red and blue stars thrown in. i love them! but will not be providing any 'action shots'
!sorry for my extended absence, chaps, the laptop's been on the fritz! now we return to your scheduled programming
Day 9- I thought this package labelled 'yum yum' was a little too flat to contain halloween candy!
it's another of Glamis' awesome jewellery holders, like the forest animal themed one above, only perfectly sweet lolita this time
it beautifully matches the package i opened next, by complete coincidence (i suspect spirits are at work!
Day 8- necklace, charm bracelet, phone charm, brooches And magnets made from beads and poly clay
my iphone camera isn't up to close-up shots (i'll try and bust out the 'family' cam when my laptop is acting more acceptingly towards new devices). my favourite has to be the red cupcake brooch, it has iridescent beads for 'sprinkles'
it was around this stage that i started to appreciate just how far above and beyond Glamis has gone, and how wonderfully i have been spoiled! just look at what I opened next!!
Day 7- A dark red stovepipe (it's a little too tall to be a top hat!) with black netting and an actually-pretty-creepy-looking grey skull around the brim; packaged in a stunning flocked box with a heart-shaped section cut out- glamis asked me to use recyclable packaging for her parcels, and now i feel really stupid for not thinking to include 're-usable' under that category
Day 6's parcel was labelled 'Random Mix', and my fiancé opened the larger of the two packets, which contained bat-shaped haribo gummies- i think we all know by now that candy waits for no craftster
no pictures of that i'm afraid. the smaller packet contained this beautiful halloween-coloured, steampunk-ish charm bracelet-
it reminds me an awful lot of Deadwood, one of my favourite ever tv shows, the charms being a corset dress, a birdcage (with wee birdie attached) a penny farthing (
) a hand of cards, a gun, a decorative skull, and a beautiful open fan
again, my phone camera failed me on the details, but i got an action shot this time! and i think my sweet jewellery holder does a fantastic job of modelling once more
Day 5- bookmarks! librarians can never have too many- the two cards i have are currently maxed out (shhh!) which means i have 40 books at home waiting to be started, finished, photocopied from, or taken back....
Glamis totally spoiled me with three different kinds- a crafty one, made from shrinky plastic and with a charm in the shape of a tiny pair of crane scissors- what an awesome slogan, by the way
!; a creepy one, where a poly clay zombie brain and foot are only connected by red, green and pink strands of embroidery silk; and my favourite, a cut out of Grindhouse's Cherry Darling, one-legged, pole-dancing, zombie-killing hottie
Day 4- a particularly grey and rainy day here, so I opened the packet with 'the leaves are falling' on the label-
the earrings come straight from my wist, and i'm wearing them to work this sunday, where we're not allowed to dress up at all
a subtle autumn reference is going to have to be enough to satisfy me until i get to take the train out of town for a party in the evening, but they're so beautiful and intricate, it's really not a hardship
the mushroom candles aren't out of their box yet, as the house is being redecorated- living room, hallway, staircase and landing
if they're not crushed by my dad or a builder then my stir-crazy cat will probably eat them! so i'm keeping them safe, but no way until next halloween!
I think i mentioned a couple of times above that i have been spoiled beyond all belief by Glamis. This has just blown me away!
He really deserves a post all to himself on the needlecraft board. my favourite part has to be the reflection of Edward's face on his scissor blade- when i got the perspective right the second time i looked at the frame and worked out what it was meant to be, it almost brought a tear to my eye just like the movie! i really have no words to describe how impressed, lucky, grateful that i am to own this, and when i look at the parcel labelled 'do not open until the 31st', which Glamis has set apart as her best item, i can't even guess at how this swap could get even better! i feel like i owe Glamis a whole other bag of items, as i haven't spoiled her like this at all
thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Day 2- the penultimate episode! I received a gorgeously creepy, as well as HUGE, chunky house, in my favourite shabby shades of cream-
i especially love the handmade paper backing- my mum sells this in her college supply shop and i always eye it enviously when i swing by to see her
Y'all remember how I said that Glamis had spoiled me rotten?
It's my very own Sweeney Todd poppet, the first poppet I have ever received! I really can't thank Glamis enough, so I'm just going to let the pictures speak for themselves- suffice to say this is my best. halloween. ever!!
since i didn't dare let my cat near Sweeney- or let Sweeney near my cat
- here's a picture with one of my other swap plushies, Godric from true blood
I now know for sure that i'm going to have to dress as Mrs Lovett on one future halloween- i have the hair for it already