First off - I love the pineapple painting! Excellent!
Today I was going to wait until after work to come home and open my Valentine surprise from Porfiry, but I knew I would go berserk, so I brought it to the office and opened it at my desk! Now, keep in mind, I asked for just a Valentine and a small something to open. Instead, I was treated like a princess!
Porfiry made me a gorgeous Victorian valentine like I wanted. It even has designs on both sides. I'm going to post it at my home office desk because it makes me happy just to look at it. She also added an encouraging little note on the gold/hearts card.
Nestled in the bed of colored paper strips (an elegant touch which made me feel that much more special!), there were some chocolates (emphasis on the word "were" - they're, um, somewhere else now... ) and two giftwrapped items - one is a very fancy dark chocolate bar with a romance theme, including a love poem inside the wrapper. (This kind of thing is SO up my alley; I can be very "swoony," and the idea of my candy bar giving me a love poem is fabulous!) I haven't eaten this chocolate yet, but I'm looking forward to my poem! The other giftwrapped item is a bar of oatmeal/honey herbal soap that smells *scrumptious* - what a luxury, fancy soaps! The final item is my favorite - it's a heart-shaped, peppermint-scented little sachet pillow with a simple message: the word "courage" stitched in red cursive. This just sums up what I needed to hear - not a "men suck/you're better off single" message, and not a "don't worry he's out there" message - just a general call to be a bold and courageous woman in life and love.
I don't know if I can say enough about how much this touched me. I have been in a couple dozen swaps in teh past year, and this has been one of hte most memorable and meaningful gifts I've received. As my coworkers started to talk about their romantic V-day plans and I got that twinge of self pity, I glanced down at my box of goodies and got a rush of happiness.
THANK YOU, Porfiry! You are a lovely person, and your thoughtfulness made my day something it couldn't otherwise have been. God bless.
The USPS is back in the swing of things after the holidays, and they're delivering nice and quick! hertrigger got her goodie from me today:
I'm not really satisfied with the quality of the scan, but in case you weren't sure, it says, "He loves me not." Long story... I got a set of iron-ons in a "craft crap" swap with tickle_me_ally some time ago. One caught my eye - it was a series of three hearts reading, "He loves me..." "He loves me not..." "He loves me!" Being single and, well, bitter, I zeroed in on the middle heart. I cut it out and trimmed out the "..." to make it a stronger statement. Then I ironed onto white fabric and embroidered my heart out (ha!) and beaded and just generally had fun with it. (Yes, the arrow - and the huge blood stain - were there in teh original design!)
When it was done, I combined it with the perky-est valentine fabric and pom-pom trim that I could find and make a little hand-sewn coin pouch. The inside lining is black - "black as his cold, cruel heart!" Yeah, it's not like I have issues, or anything, right?
Anyway, I thought hertrigger's sense of humor and love of hearts, pink, and black would be a match for my little therapy session pouch. Turns out she does love it! hooray!
And today, I got a box from the WONDERFUL porfiry, who's helping me out of my funk. I am not to open it until V-day, so that I have something cheerful and wonderful to look forward to! (The splotches aren't really there; I added them for a little name/address privacy):
hertrigger, THANKS for helping my purge (some of) my bitterness! And porfiry, THANKS in advance for helping me rise about the bitterness and get cheerful about V-day again!
Apandalee received my stuff! She bravely asked for a surprise, inviting the crafter to make whatever she was "dying to make"... with me, that always means a drawstring pouch! I also had been wanting to turn an oval tin into a turtle-tin for a long time, and I decided Apandalee would be a good recipient:
She's also into Asian designs, so I added an item I received in a swap. This wall hanging came to me from the marvelous TessTessi in a collection of fabric samples. As I examined it, I realize it wasn't originally intended to be chopped up and sewn, and I realized that it needed to be loved and appreciated as-is. I sent to Apandalee, and sure enough, it was her favorite item in the box!
Many thanks to Apandalee for being my "crafting guinea pig!"
Boy, I really cleaned up this month. Not only the checkbook cover and coin purse from kms maverick; now I've received my non-dangly earring wish from Bobolink!
She spoiled me with six pair of earrings - four glass marble, two button. As if that weren't enough, she packaged it up in a cute little brown (favorite color!) mirrored jewelry box, adding my name to the cover. And I was completely thrilled with teh card she included - I had to show it to you. Medieval!! Yep, anyone who knows me at all will say, "That's VERY Writer78!"
Here it is! The outer fabric was a gift to me in a supply swap, from the awesome TessTessi. The trim along the lower part of the pouch is from seaofstars in a previous Unconditional swap. So it's a pouch that involves three craftsters!! Bo, I hope it is useful to you for a long time to come!
I received my checkbook cover from kms maverick! It's dark purply-gray, with lilac, pink, and purple accents. It fits my side-tear checks just right. It came with a surprise matching coin purse! kms also enclosed a sweet note that contained a printout of a gorgeous castle, since I'm a medieval/castle freak!
I had another sewing binge weekend. Along with the stack o' stuff I made, I used the reenactor fabric from Tess to make a new ren faire peasant chemise (using a Simplicity pattern):
ta-da!! I'm so pleased with it! There's just a small remnant of fabric left, perhaps enough to make a peasanty bonnet/hair covering. I've gotten break out my patterns again and give it a shot!
re: supply shipping, grrl82 is awaitnig clarification from teh post office, which rather strangely announced that it's returning her package which was supposed to go to LuckyLally. Here's hoping it all gets straightened out quickly. We're also awaiting Lally's package reaching grrl82. Then we can put this swap to bed!
I'd love to see more of what you are making from your new goodies, if you care to show us.
Isn't it great?? She didn't even know how infatuated I am with dramatic-looking keys. There is a tiny key on the zipper pull and on the zipper compartment inside.
Because I mentioned I like Wild West - and because this bag could easily have gone western, before Norsgoebel's flash of inspiration - she sent me a little Lone Ranger holograph card (the kind that changes pictures when you tilt it):
Nors, it doesn't smell from the paint/glue at all. Don't worry about that! The cross-country trip seemed to do it some good, and it's feeling fresh and ready to help me haul my junk around.
I found that I still had a shot of Nors' purse interior saved, so just for the heck of it, here it is...