Beware: TONS of photos!
So, I'm convinced I'm the luckiest recipient in this swap. No offense. I got freaking spoiled. I got claimed for a half apron, expected a tiny little box or a bubble-wrap bag in my little mailbox. I was wrong. I got a huge box, so big it had to go in the huge mailbox below the community ones, and so heavy I didn't think I'd be able to carry it down the street and around the corner back to my house. But I survived, thank goodness!
So I start opening my package and there's glittery red tissue paper, which I'm totally using for my costume this year. And there's a cute Dr. Seuss card, which is genius because I love Dr. Seuss with all my heart and I never even told her that...
Next I unwrapped these three bags made from magazine pages! By this point you can see I'd already opened them. ^^"
Inside one, we have various colors of cross stitching / embroidery floss, in another was a pack of needles, and in the last was a beautiful book she made/wrote:
In addition to the lovely collage page above, there's a beautiful story about an old man who lived by the sea, who loved gardens and telling the author stories. And because he was old, he died. No more stories. So, to remember him, she planted a garden of her own. That's all paraphrasing, and I may have messed a bit of it up because my niece is checking it out and won't let me check, but that's the lovely gist of it!
I also recieved cross-stitching books from the 80s and 90s, holiday themes (boy there are some awesome obscure ones!!) and a cross-stitch caligraphy book!
Heehee, sparkly paper. <3
And now, the very thing I was claimed for - - the half apron! She said she didn't use a pattern and I'm like, whoa, dang!! It's so beautiful! I love the colors and and it fits me perfectly, with enough of a band to make a big fat obnoxious bow, like I like! I use a boutique camera lens so I had to stand faaaar away from a mirror, and in order to do that I had to risk my life by straddling my sister's garden tub. A nice quality photo was worth it, I think!
And the big patch of embroidery/applique/whatever amazingness it is - - IS A POCKET!!!
So in conclusion, I'm the most spoiled rotten little newbie swapper in the entire universe. Thank you - beyond all words - for this amazing set of birthday gifts, PurpleLime. <3