I received my *treasure trove* from TessTessi! I can't call it a "fabric stash" because that's not a big enough term - it's a "cavalcade of fabric!"
I told Tess that I love elegant fabrics, so she packed a huge box chock-full of gorgeous fabrics. Check this out (that's my full-size sewing scissors on top, to give you an idea of just how big this stack is!):
These are generous-sized pieces; some are big enough that I will actually be able to make myself clothing from them. We're talking complete, 1 1/2-2 yard cuttings! The black/pink/white flowered will become a skirt; there is an incredible piece of reenactor-appropriate cream fabric that will likely become a costumey shirt or maybe a cozy nightshirt; and I may be able to create a poncho out of another. Much of it will be used for my "uberpouches" - lined drawstring pouches big enough to be used as small purses. There are at least ten fabrics here that went immediately into my fabric collection. My favorites include: super dark green velvet; several burgundy Asian print silks; and a jaw-dropping embellished patchwork piece. I can't believe how perfectly she hit my color preferences - there was so much burgundy and forest green, my two favorites!
The second pic shows the rest of the fabric still in the box (yes, there was more!) and some other little goodies - metal craft rings, bias tape, snaps, water soluable backing, lace, almost two yards of GORGEOUS fabric trim that is exactly my style.
And because she's a total doll, Tess added in a Christmas present for me - a bracelet! It fits me perfectly; it's in a color I didn't have yet; and it has this perfect magnetic clasp that saves me from that awkward attempt to clasp a bracelet on one-handed. (Please forgive the blurry pic - I got the digital cam for Christmas and am still learning the ins and outs of taking good pictures.)
I am having some "swap anxiety" now as I wait for her to receive my box. I can't imagine a better surprise than this massive fabric haul; I can only hope she's anywhere near as happy with her box as I am with mine!