Oh, no! I knew I would forget something, and I forgot one of the most awesome things of all! Nix also sent me a glass slide necklace; one side is an Andy Warhol painting (at least I'm pretty sure it is...); the other side has a picture of Janis Joplin with the words "Chaos" and "Beatnik." It's fabulous and I'm planning on wearing it out if I ever get to go out without my little people in tow.
Also, I don't think I mentioned the many postcards that were in the package. They're all great, and my son has already claimed the train one! This was a great swap for everyone in my family! Thanks again, Nix Kisses!
I got my package from Nix Kisses AGES ago (er, last week some time) but there was no gallery when I got it. Unfortunately, I live with three kids and a husband, and they tore into the goodies as soon as it arrived, so I've salvaged what I can for photos. Sorry for having tons of photos, but this was a really gorgeous package and I had to show it off!
Two amazing bags, made of partially recycled materials! The one with Marilyn Monroe on the front has a clear vinyl pocket on the back with a Rancid sticker in it - to keep those London punks from hassling me. The sequins on the other bag are magnificent, and so expertly applied. I've been carrying that one around whenever I don't have my kids with me (because it gets really heavy with my stuff and theirs).
Junk food! The Nutty Bars box wasn't empty when we got it, I promise. But it was in the house for just over 24 hours before becoming empty. There was also a bag of candies, most notably of which were the Andes mints, which I adore but haven't been able to find a suitable substitute in England. There were bunches of awesome Mexican confections in there, too. The bag was a lot fuller at first. Now it's mostly empty wrappers. She sent several Clif bars, too, but unfortunately they disappeared into tummies long ago. There's also a mix CD of American music local to my partner's area, an American flag-themed bow, a packet of adorable bee tissues, and a giant bar of Ghiradelli chocolate for baking some of the recipes she sent.
Really awesome Confederate money (two packs of it!), which I'm picturing in some great future projects, a bag of assorted beads, a totally awesome Doughboy patch, a Grow Your Own Poodle (I'm American and I've never even seen some of this stuff!) and some gorgeous pendants.
Loverly fabric and ric-rac! The middle one is oranges!
She also sent TONS of recipes - we're both vegetarians, so she sent a bunch of vegetarian recipes and some for desserts. And random magazine clippings, which I LOVED! She attached cute little Post-It notes to everything explaining it all. It was better than Christmas. Anyway, not pictured are some Mr. Man and Little Miss toys which my kids nearly tore each other apart over. I have three kids, she sent three toys (because Nix does her homework!), but they couldn't decide who got which toy. My awesome partner also sent a gift for my English friend who I dragged over half the country shopping for stuff for her! He's afraid of frogs, so she sent him a frog keychain, which he looked at and said "Well, at least it's not green. Are most of the frogs orange in America?" It was priceless. He wants to send her a box of Freddo Frogs now, since we couldn't find any before I sent her package.
This was absolutely the best swap package EVER! I'm so lucky to have such an awesome partner. If I've left anything out, Nix, please let me know - I want to make sure I mention everything you sent because so much thought went into all of it. I adore everything! Now that I've gotten pictures I can finally start USING the rest of the stuff!
I received from Polkadotgraffiti! There are two other oil paintings on the way that haven't dried yet, but I wanted to post what I've gotten so far. My digi cam is very low quality, so please forgive the poor quality photos.
A lovely little 4" by 6" painting called Colors Of Life - the perfect size to hang above my desk!
And three beautiful fabric envelopes, with a hemp rainbow, heart, and peace symbol.
I got Heatherfeather's package yesterday! It was full of yummy choco goodness. There was some really beautiful wrapping, but we all tore into it before I got a chance to get a pic of it.
There was some bridge mix (choco-covered almonds, cherries and blueberries), a Cadbury creme egg, a Toblerone, a Milkshake Kit-Kat, fudge Hershey bar, some locally made almond toffee, a bag of Cadbury mini-eggs, and some yummy raspberry hot cocoa mix. I say there "was" all of that stuff, because it's almost all gone already. I have to admit we pigged out. But it was sooooo good!
Thank you, Heather! I loved everything! Especially the chocolate covered cherries and the toffee. Mmmmmm...
Since Heatherfeather is having problems with the pictures, I thought I'd post a few of the things I sent to her. Hope that's okay, Heather.
Various chocolatey things, mostly English but a few things I ordered from VeganEssentials in the US. My favourite were the chocolate sticks, which are tubes of chocolate covered in paper which look just like cigarettes, and they come in a packet that looks just like a cigarette packet. They're from France.
A S'Mores scarf! Burnt bits and everything.
And a chocolate recipe book, with many chocolate images on the outsides and some recipes involving chocolate on the inside. Inside the front cover is a quote that says "It's not that chocolate is a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let's face it, far more reliable than a man."
Here's my other item from Sarcastra - it arrived in the post today!
It's a freaking beautiful pillow. On one side is "Every living creature on this earth dies alone" and on the back is the poem that Donnie reads in class.
I'm so thrilled with this swap! I got more great stuff than I could ever have imagined, and it was tons of fun to watch the movie again and get ideas. Thanks, Sarcastra, for being a wicked partner, and thanks Cosmicjacuzzi for being a wicked swap organizer.
I got my package from Sarcastra yesterday! I'm so amazed at the amount of time she obviously spent on everything. It's all so fab - I love it! Advance apologies for the awful pictures. My digi cam does not like me.
This is a horrible picture, but I promise everything is awesome. There are two boxes, each with a scene and quote from the movie. The smaller one says "When it will remind you of how beautiful the world can be" and has a picture of Donnie and Gretchen kissing, and there's silver glitter around the edge. The larger one says "Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?" "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?" and has pictures of Gretchen, Donnie, and Frank the man (without the bunny suit). They're even lined with what feels like velvet or some other really soft fabric. The tops are really cool - instead of being smooth and Mod-Podged, they're sort of...grainy. Or something. I can't describe it well, but it's very cool. She also sent a little pot of silver textile glitter, which I'm so happy about - I love silver, and I love glittery things in moderation. I think my Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law shirt is going to be glitterfied soon. Then there's an American Girl wristband with a giant red star on it. It's already found a place on my wrist:
Hidden inside the bag that she made was also a black and white memory wire bracelet. Unfortunately my daughters ran off with that one for their dress-up games, so I don't get to wear it.
And my favorite of the bunch, a beautiful canvas messenger bag. Frank's head is on the front, and the countdown numbers are just under the flap. There are lots of places to put pens and a credit card pocket on the underside of the flap.
It's lined with a great orange print fabric, and the zipper pull on the inside pocket is a little plastic charm of Frank's head. I have no idea how she made that charm, but I LOVE it. The pocket is lined with yummy black satin. The appliques are just gorgeous and so well done. I've been needing a new messenger bag forever, so I'm so thrilled to get it.
As if this stuff wasn't enough, my awesome partner has made something else, too! It was in a separate box and hasn't arrived yet, probably due to the silly military mail system. But I'll post that as soon as I get it. Thanks, Sarcastra, this is all so great!
I received from BlondieKate yesterday! What a fabulous harvest it was...
A lovely wine theme box...
And she even put tons of stuff inside! There are two sets of cards, one of them is "A Celebration of Wine: 42 facts and fancies" and the other is "Wines of the World: a global guide to the fruit of the vine." (Those were immediately stolen by my husband.) Some very cool cocktail napkins (I guess in this case they'd be wine napkins) that say "Wine? Wine not!" And a set of beautiful wine cards with envelopes.
A cute little wooden box with four jumbo marble magnets inside, each with "wine" in a different language. As a side note, I also have a crazy obsession with boxes and bowls, and the fact that I got TWO new boxes out of this swap thrills me and made my husband make a little face. Hooray!
This is a beautiful quilted wall hanging made by BlondieKate's wife. I love it! I will have to find a special place for it to hang in the kitchen, which is rapidly becoming decorated in an alcohol theme. Wonder how that happened...
An awesome wine coaster, decorated with tons of corks. I almost forgot to post this one because it was already in use, holding a lovely new bottle of wine from last night. The picture just doesn't express how cool this coaster is.
And finally, my very own original wine tray. She even gave me instructions on removing wine labels from the bottles so that I can add labels from special bottles that we enjoy. I actually had to take this down from where it was already gracing our lush decor (heh, "lush," get it? 'Cause we're a couple of lushes here).
Thank you so much for everything, Kate. I feel so lucky! I always seem to get the best swap partners. I love it all - thank you, Kate!
Squee! I got my package from I_Bleed_Hot_Glue today! And it came with a bunch of late Holiday gifts, so it was like an extra little holiday! Ignore the messy office background.
She sent two beautiful paintings with 3D clay (um, fimo?) cups on them. One says "To drink is human, to drink coffee is divine" and has REAL coffee beans near the cup; the other one says "Tea is everything and tea is life" and there's a little paper tea-bag tag sticking out of the cup! I adore these and my husband is hanging them in the kitchen today!
There's an awesome orange coffee bean journal with coffee-stained pages. It looks like the brown part is duct tape, which rules. The coffee beans look so rad!
Then there's a very cool teacup necklace. It looks like it's made of fimo clay, and there's even a little tag sticking out of it! It's so cute and unique.
And finally, we have four lovely teabag magnets, made out of real teabags. They each have a quote about tea on them! Here's what they say: "If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. -Japanese proverb" "The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement. -Arthur Gray" "I am in no way interested in immortality, but only in the taste of tea. -Lu Tung" "Women are like tea bags. They don't know how strong they are until they get into hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt" (I think that last one is my favorite!)
The smaller things were wrapped up in the same coffee-stained paper that's in the journal. Her note was written on the same paper. It was a nice touch, and everything in the envelope smelled like coffee!
She did such a great job on everything. I was so thrilled when I opened up the package and saw all of the treasures inside. Thank you so much, I_Bleed_Hot_Glue! I love it all!
I made one for a holiday gift last weekend. I didn't have paper big enough to draw the pattern on, so I opened up a paper grocery bag and it worked perfectly. I had problems with the angle issue, and none of the four flappy things came out the same size on the pattern. I found that if you just match them up when you're pinning, though, and trim the excess, it will be fine. As long as you get the length measurements right, slight variations in the angle don't seem to make much difference. Although I've only made the one bag, so it could have been a fluke that it turned out as well as it did!
The lining came out a little puckered, and I didn't put a closure on it, but I think that for my first sewn bag it looks nice! Thank you, Buglake, for such an awesome pattern and tutorial!