Wow! What a lot of great stuff already! All the jewelry is great, but I especially like the oak leaf and acorn. You can almost smell that potpourri through the screen.
And speaking of smelling, I finally opened my package from Monnie31
. It actually came at the beginning of the week, but I stayed away from it til I got hers sent yesterday.
For a first time swapper, Monnie, you've already figured out what kind of stuff we like here in WWP Land! Some of it didn't survive the shipping, and it's always a steep learning curve to find out how much packing is really
required, but there was so much packed into that tiny box that it hardly matters.
Okay, first off here's the stuff that came through okay:
There's a lovely piece of amethyst (a favourite of mine) in a silver wire cage, some dried mugwort and a piece of mugwort root (which Monnie suggested I try to plant), and two pieces of her fabulous soap
. These two are lavender and rosemary lime. Of course they smell great, but they're not over-perfumed! So many soaps are great at a distance but if you touch them you can't wash the smell off, but these are just perfect! I can hardly wait to try them out.
Here's a close-up shot of the amethyst.
There were two unfired clay objects that just didn't survive the rigors of shipping, a horned disk and a small offering bowl. Sad to see them in little pieces. Maybe I'll reconstitute the clay and make it into something new.
I had told Monnie about the big harvest festival
I go to in October, which always culminates in the burning of the Corn King. I suggested she send something to put into the fire with him, to carry a wish or prayer into the New Year.
She made this very
sweet pair of corn husk dollies. Monnie tied her petition to the woman and left the man for me. But they must not have been quite dry enough, and packed into a small box with fresh soap was just too moist for them, and let's just say that the dollies had rather come to life by the time they arrived! This is the photo Monnie took before sending, which is how they would want you to see them.
So what I'm going to do is simply re-create them with fresh corn husks, reattach the wishes, and they can go off to their dance with the Corn King looking their best.
Thanks for being such an attentive and creative swap partner, Monnie, and I hope you'll be back for many, many more! Hopefully by the time Hurricane Earl has passed and you climb back out of the storm cellar, your package will have arrived!