I just received the most amazing swap package ever!!
I am so thrilled, and have been pretty much speechless since I opened it.
Here's the general overview. As you can see, the "dissect me" heart was totally stuffed full of goodies!!
Mad stationary! All the cards are so beautiful! I particularly love the Orchard brand pear cards, they're incredible! Did you make these yourself? Also, the large one on the left is gorgeous! It was pretty impossible to get a good photo of, but it's a Chinese(?) paper card with a shiney mountain scene on it. Trust me, it's beautiful
(Also in there is a california raisins postcard, which is just about the coolest thing ever! I was madly in love with those creepy raisin guys as I grew up in the bay area, but none of my washington friends remember them at all! Therefore, this is going on my refrigerator so everyone who comes over just has to ask what the heck those things are
Holy Mucha, batman! These post cards are sooo pretty, I love art nouveau
This card is so amazing it gets its own close up. _I. Love. It._ It is the best all purpose card EVER.
Fiesta Latina CD! This is so cool, I don't think I told you (Calluna) but a friend of mine has been trying to get me to go salsa dancing for about a month now- this CD is great! Now I can practice at home before I get dragged into public and (hopefully) look a little less foolish
(This CD is seriously great!)
All kinds of random stuff CD- haven't even gotten to looking at this yet! I can only imagine what's in store
Pro max bar- is indeed tasty, and healthful! Cute little envelopes, which didn't get into the first stationary shot!
Such a beautiful valentines card! Soaps, sun and moon stickers, white sage which smells so amazing. (I'm feeling inspired to find myself a sage plant now)
Two AWESOME reconned journals! I've never had a reconned journal before, so I'm even more excited about these
The purple one is accordion style, with art nouveau images <3 and the one on top is made out of what seems to be a thai poster and reused pages from an essay on global lesbian feminism. Let me just say, this is hands down THE COOLEST JOURNAL I HAVE EVER OWNED. I love love love that the words from the original printed pages are just slightly visible and that they say things like "Lesbianas en Accion" is over the top incredible
. (By the time I got to this point in opening the package, I had to take a break to start absorbing this a little
Gelley roll pen (yes! I too love these and
covet them every time i go to the university book store!) Airborne to keep me healthy! Some lotion that smells wonderful (is it creepy to talk about how much scent really added to my over all understanding of you? There's something really cool about wearing someone else's favorite scent to get into their mindset.) "Enough henna to last a pro for quite a while"
with a camel stamped tag! Gift from the sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh- Heather mentioned not wanting to drop a load of reading on an already swamped student, but I really appreciate her book reccommendations! And I also really appreciate that she went so far as to choose a relatively short one to include- you are so thoughtful! I'll start with this one, and by the end of the quarter I'll have more time and track down some of the longer books you've reccommended!
Santa Barbara and Bakersfield post cards- taped together, totally emphasizing the contrast!
Sweet sweet apron! It's so pretty- Honestly, this is perfect. It will get so much use! (Plus, how cool is it that it kinda looks like a squid when it's all spread out?)
Sweet! Darth vader stamp! Yesssss
OK. Let me prep you here, by saying that if I thought the journals were cool, THIS is hands down, the most amazing hand made thing I have ever ever received
(ok, I felt a little guilty typing that as I sit here wrapped in an afghan crocheted by my mom, but you get the point!) The following item is beautifully, incredibly honest. It is perfectly flawed and it is so so so full of love I feel so very honored to be gifted with this awesome piece of you!
Since this item is so highly personal and _covered_ with writing, I decided to not put up close ups, to respect Heather's internet privacy, just in case!
This book is full of pictures and writing and envelopes full of even more goodies
! It's like a gigantic post secret
(Your dog is so adorable I almost cried!)
Ok, wait. I simply have to include this close up:
So, so touchingly beautiful. Heather/Calluna, you absolutely inspire me.
(And if you're wondering where the chewy peanut-buttery candy went... well... it's in my belly
ETA: Tiny things:
Gear monster! Little lady! (I so had her growing up, and have actually been thinking about little people a LOT lately) Thimble! Rainbow bead! Candy!