I have a feeling I'm about to start a HUGE brawl and get kicked out of the prom...
okay, so you know how I'm always whining and begging for craft stuff that catches my eye? ("YES!" the entire Craftster community yells. Writer78 looks somewhat annoyed but continues.) well, last week I saw the mini taco that new crafting celeb teapotdnky made as a joke in the huge "Invite your partner" discussion thread. I immediately announced that I would be glad to own it for the rest of my life, if anyone felt inclined to send it to me. (okay, okay, I'll change my screenname to "Greedy78.") I even added it to my wists.
So I get this awesome PM from teapot asking for my address. I shiver in delight, thinking I'll have a little taco just for fun, wondering what I'll do with it. I leave for a few days on a trip, and when I return, the mail is waiting for me. And there, in a little box, is...
...TEX MEX JEWELRY!!!
yes, she took the beloved taco of my heart and added two matching plates of burritos (with refried beans and all!) and made me a necklace!
And that's not all... SALSA AND GUACAMOLE EARRINGS!
I'm absolutely in shock. This is one of the most creative, unique jewelry sets I've ever seen, and this gal just up and gave them to me. I don't know what to say other than millions of THANK YOUs to teapot!
And the moral of our story? Whining and begging pay off.
Seriously, I'm totally amazed. My entire week is now made.
So, is this going to start a brawl for my date-stealing and blatant hogging of tacos??
My partner for this swap is the wonderful meowari. We were both in the Themed Altoid Tin Revamp/Fill Swap, and I got obsessed with an awesome revamp and mini journal she did (as a swap angel, no less!). So I chased her down and begged her, and the awesome gal agreed to do another round of tin revamping/filling with me!
I sent yesterday, and - now, let's give props to the USPS when they're good - the package arrived today! (Okay, so we live like an hour from each other, but still, I'm impressed!). Here is the tin:
meowari gave me five themes to choose from, and I selected "cats." I wanted to do it in a hip and non-cutesy way, though, so I did some craftster-stalking. I found a post on the tattoo thread where somebody showed their space cat tattoo, and meowari posted about how much she admired it. So I casually stole it and recreated it in embroidery. Then I glued it into the Altoid tin, glued more black felt on the edges, and stitched it up for a more finished look.
The inside of the tin is lined in white scrapbook paper with little multicolor pawprints. Inside are four goodies:
- A set of wild cat fake tattoos in a little envelope - A framed pic of her pretty cat lounging in a cat bed that meowari made (and posted in a former thread, so it was there for the stalking!). It's got a magnet on the back. - A pair of yellow cat buttons - I wasn't sure what to make of them, so I thought meowari could decide that one. - An embroidered drawstring pouch. The fabric reminded me of the space cat from the tattoo, and the pink "meow" ribbon was the perfect complement.
there we have it!! I hope this all gave meowari a big smile and made it worth her while to join up in this swap. can't wait to see which of my themes she picked and what cool goodies she sends my way!
yahoo!! All the drawstring pouches have reached their new homes! I had several different "extras" - rolls of ribbon that look like measuring tape; a pewter charm of a sea turtle; and "Swanky Hankies," fancy pocket kleenex that looks like fancy handkerchiefs.
YAY, I love new supplies! Qbmaya took good care of me.
The good stuff:
Yarn, foam mini shapes, gel pens, multicolor pencil, stickers, glue sticks, blue shiny fabric, flat marbles.
The great stuff!
Gorgeous fancy paper, scrapbooking "skeleton" leaves, thick board for creating journal covers, shiny Asian-character fabric, dangly beaded trim, and - COOLEST SUPPLY SWAP ITEM EVER - a soldering iron!!! I've wanted to play with one of these - now I can fool around with metal working!!
Many thanks to Qbmaya, and thanks to Oops for creating this swap!
I absolutely hate it when people create lazy, unimaginative art pieces and excuse the lack of effort by saying, "It's for kids." As if kids can't handle anything that doesn't have big shapes and primary colors? This picture was just a framed 8 1/2 x 11 sheet printed with this simplistic, lame image.
(First shot - in frame. Second - scanned for detail)
just look I got from our Miss Sarah-! I asked for mini greeting cards, so she made me *10*!! They look so professional - simple, clean, and elegant, with color-coordinating envelopes. They're all blank inside, and most are general theme, with a few special like a "Thanks" and a "Good luck" and a "Congratulations." My very favorite is the castle!!
Don't they look professional?? Couldn't you just reach through the screen and steal 'em?
They came in a perfect, sturdy little box which is just dying to be theme-decoupaged and sent along in my next swap. (You can see the lid in the picture below.) Also included are some absolutely stunning little paper stars! How do you even make paper stars?! There's a bracelet and several loose stars.
These were better than I could have imagined. I came home early from work with a sinus headache, and here was a little packet of craftin' love all the way from Scotland (!) to cheer me up!
Sarah-, this kind of sweet surprise reminds me of what makes swapping - especially unconditional swapping - so special. THANK YOU.