I am the most spoiled swap partner ever. I was totally stressed out, having one of the worst weeks ever, and then i received the most amazing package from Belladune. It made me cry (this is extremely unusual, it was one of those weeks). So here we go:
apron in gorgeous blue and brown flowered fabric with built-in pot holders!
gigantic headwrap in undescribably delicious fabric (this thing is about seven feet long!)- the most comfortable headgear I have ever owned. I may never leave the house without it again.
forest green handspun with multicoloured nubbies. This is going to make- well, I don't know yet. i 'll have to think up a worthy project that will show it off to best effect.
And on to the best part of the package, the bit that made me cry:
needle roll, pin cushion, and "CRAFT OR DIE" project bag!!
Just look at this embroidery. It must have taken her forever, and I'm totally not deserving of something so great.
She went way beyond all possible expectations, and I cannot say thank you enough. ((Belladune))
I received from arwena on the weekend, and here is a photo of the lovely things she sent.
In this package I found a beautiful scarf she knitted in wonderful colours (sender's choice), 2 skeins of handspun yarn (long), truffles (lumpy and delicious), earrings she made (less than 2"), and a cookie-scented candle (golden) along with felted soap from Montana (local).
Anyways, I've been wearing the earrings for two days and can't wait for fall to wear the scarf! Thanks so much for everything arwena!
*ps.... My typing in the last post was atrocious! sorry!
Probably because you're exhausted. How can be leaving messages on here at midnight and again at 6:30 am on a weekend and not be tired? When do you sleep?! lol
And on to fun stuff... the wonderfulness that is package 1 from Belladune!
Group shot of everything.
Proof that Belladune is psychic. I really needed a new ice cream scoop, and viola! here it is. It's a memory of her time working as a manager at Booster Juice. She also included a fancy whisk that's safe for Teflon pans, a cute storage container that she won at a shower, tea from a trip she and her hubby took to Vancouver- one of them is the blooming flower kind, which is brilliant. I always wanted reusable produce bags for the grocery store, and here they are. Also a packet of Malteasers, which has been stolen already. My favourite thing in this photo has to be the University of Goodsoil mug. (I assume that the University is also at Larry's Place? lol. She sent me a guide to the area, which included a listing of all the things you can do at Larry's Place, covering but not limited to: laundromat, pool hall, arcade, marriage and fishing license office, ice cream and candy store, internet cafe. Oh, and they have live bait too. Take that, Walmart! )
Spinning stuff! Had to be here. She couldn't make up a package about herself without it appearing at least once. She dyed the roving herself. The chart covers different yarn weights and a guide to wraps per inch. The tool is a WIP helper to check consistency of yarn.
Sentimental sorts of stuff. A sheep she made with her son when he was only 4. It has clips on the back to hold papers and such. So cute! A favour from her wedding- it's coffee from their favourite roastery in Saskatoon. The bookmarks have quotes from Belladune's favourite series of books, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. One of them says "If my last words are not 'I love you," ye'll ken it was because I didna have time," and the other "...well, if women's work was never done, why trouble about how much of it wasn't being accomplished at any given moment?"
It's a lot of stuff, and all of it is both awesome and interesting. I never wanted to visit Saskatchewan before, but I do now!
In other news, I received an awesome package from Belladune today- part of #2! She sent me a spindle from her favourite spinning supplier and some gorgeous roving. Both of which are fabulous, because i wouldn't have had a clue where to start looking let alone what would have been a good place to start. Her enthusiasm for spinning has certainly moved it from the "It would be nice to know one day" category to "OMG, I have to learn this craft now!" I can't wait to get started.
I've been meaning to post these for a while. In the interest of crossing things off my to-do list, I present for your amusement the pair of floating heads that have been floating around the studio for about a year. They are part of a series that isn't finished (giant graffiti paintings got in the way).
Well, i got totally spoiled. My first day back to work post-illness was, as you can imagine, less than fun. I got home to discover this wonderful package from icebyrd, which totally reversed my view of the day. Shiny!
Fantastic Inara-inspired bracelet (this came with a matching hair stick, which was in my hair while i was taking the photos and thus got left out. I will fix this.)
Two incredible glass plates with etchings of my favourite sayings. These things were so hard to photograph! (I am also suprised they made it all the way across the continent in one piece! Bonus!)
Super-kawaii Kaley stuffie! She lives on my dvd shelf with my Firefly box set now.
Super awesome Serenity shopping bag!
And last, the thing that's really going to require action shots. An Ice Planet maker!
I was absolutely spoiled rotten with all this loot. Thanks so much icebyrd! I could not have asked for a better partner!
Yep, you said it, all right. Those tins, and the fluffy scarf, and the wall art and all the jewelry.. There are not enough synonyms for awesome to cover the things you craftsters have made for this swap. The dolls are all so cute. i wish I had one.
Oh. Wait. I do!
The lovely and talented Onyxnox sent me an amazing package of goodies.
The cutest Alice ever!
Felted top hat with feathers and Hatter charm. (I opted to take a pic of the feather side, since it looks like everybody received a copy of the charm. Y'know, the nice one from Michael's?)
not one, not 2, but 3 beautiful necklaces. My sister already tried to swipe the complicated one!
A very pretty wall hanging. i had one like it on my wist, but hers is so much nicer than that one!
And this perfect set of painted napkins.
There is also a hat pin, which is a thing of beauty. I will update the post to add that pic later on...
Things are thawing out here in the Great White North, and a young environmentalist/humanist/peacenik's heart turns to thoughts of ... protest season! The G20 summit is fast approaching, organizers are planning a massive demonstration, and we all have a part to play. Whether you choose to be a Radical Cheerleader in a cute outfit, waving pom poms and chanting anti-capitalist slogans, a Food Not Bombs volunteer providing yummy vegan meals, a medic helping the dehydrated, hurt and pepper-sprayed, a Black Bloc anarchist involved in direct action tactics, a hippie drummer keeping up morale with happy music for dancing, or a church group member carrying a sign that tells the corporate raiders you don't think Jesus would steal, pollute and bomb the world, the movement needs your voice. Not everyone can come to Toronto in June (but if you do, you're welcome at my place!), but everyone can do something at home.
This swap would be about protest tools, from black hoodies and decorated gas masks for the Bloc, cheerleader outfits and first -aid kits with the tools to deal with pepper spray/tear gas for the people in the street to mail action kits for folks further away.
Haven't the banks and big corporations taken enough from us already?
Practical details: sign-ups til March 31, with send-outs 2nd week of May?