Wanna know who's TOTALLY RAD? alwaysinmyroom! (yes, I just called someone "rad." What can I say, I am a child of the '80s.)
She PM'd me in May to tell me that she wasn't able to make an official swap pick, but she wanted to make me a tote bag, one of the Uncon May items I asked for. She asked if that was okay, for her to be my "secret swapper," and I said something along the lines of, "UmletmethinkaboutitforaminuteYES." So off she went to sew me a tote, Angel of Swappyness that she is.
Today I got a packet in the mail and opened it up with curiosity, unable to match it up to the size/type of packages I was watching for. Inside was a flipping sweet journal made of brown lunch sacks!
Throughout the pages, you can read the little lines and phrases she added; admire the pretty papers she used as pages (and write on them, once I stop gazing worshipfully and am ready to deface it with my pedestrian scribbles); and tuck little souvenirs in the bags. (Okay, yes, you'd have to handle it carefully so's the little ephemera doesn't fall out of the bags. But I think that's quite doable.)
And the topper? This isn't *in place* of the tote bag (which would still be a gift, as she's under no official commitment/obligation on the bag) - this is *in addition to* my upcoming bag!! She told me she was bored/impatient waiting to get something to finish the bag, so she made me this!
Now, if this isn't one RAD crafter, who is??