I received a really great package from my partner, mamantattoo, last Friday!
My little Ava posing with the first gift! She helped me open the parcel and tried it on immediately.
It's based on an item I have wishlisted and I'm fond of the button detailing and hood! And I really like the way it shows her belly button. Hehe.
I'm going to have to get a better photo of the next one but I couldn't take one of myself wearing it... Based on my wishlist again... Something like a fairy belt/laying skirt!
I've started hula hooping and I can totally envision myself wearing this during practice. I'm sure the sounds of the beads will help make for a great experience! I love the colour too!
Next is my other cutie, Brahmi! Following with the fairy/whimsical theme...
He wore the hood this morning while we were outside playing - the photos were taken just before - and fits perfectly. I'm really happy that the back covers the neck!
I also received three candles, a package of thyme seeds (which I was in need of), and a mug that has been handpainted!
I like the harvesting journal maman made. There are sleeves that hold a handbound notebook, a pencil, notes on mushrooms (the last two Ava stole and she actually has drawn in the notebook already). The thyme seeds were originally tucked away in another of the sleeves. I'm not sure what the stones/plant markers are made of but there was one for all of the herbs I listed in our discussion. Sadly, some of them broke en route but the ones I photographed made it safe and sound, plus the gingko one which I had already added to the terra cotta pot.
I'm starting with my favourite, RAW HONEY! I've been eating it from the spoon and it tastes really good! I asked for molds for soap and bath bomb making and Amy sent me a couple. Next are three sachets of chamomile and comfrey hand tea. The chamomile is very fragrant! I'm into fire spinning - as you can see from my avatar - and this burn salve will go directly into my kit. It will also come in handy for harvesting. Amy also made me some rebatched soap (what kind of soap did you use, Amy?) and added sage from her garden as well as some lavender essential oil. Oh yes, and a herbal magazine and a spa forumla book. I've perused these already and they seem very interesting and informative!
Then there is the bath bomb making kit, with colourants. My niece's birthday is coming soon. Bath bombs may be a cool gift! And finally, some flash cards for my Practical Herbalism course. On one side there is either the definition of an herb's action (ie: stimulant, nervine, alterative) or a photo of an herb and on the other, the definition or plant name. These will be really useful for studying!
There were three little sachets of bath salts, which I've already used and don't have a photo of. The fragrance was nice and is a humility blend that Amy enjoys. I forget the essential oils included but there is geranium and frankincense I believe. Either way, it smelled amazing!
It appears yesterday's question has been answered. I was contacted by alteredmommy via private message and it's official, we must assume the package has been lost in transit. There are two possible options at this point; either we can find you an angel or I can create and send a second package. What do you think, gecko? Regardless, I'm so sorry for the long wait!
And now, for the gifts I hope still reach you!
The first is a crocheted necklace called "The White Flower Necklace." I found the pattern at Ravelry, created by user creativeyarn. The second is a scarf called "Noe Noa" by Bente Barosen and was also found at Ravelry.
The rest is a miscellany of things. At 9 o'clock is an herbal recipe book by Rosemary Gladstar. If there is anything I'm disappointed you're missing out on, it's the book! It covers many topics for both men and women, young and old, as well as recipes for preventing and treating a number of ailments.
Next are two glass jars that I ended up filling with a lavender body powder and lavender bath salt, both recipes from the book. The following is called "Stimulating Bath Blend," also found in the book. It's a mixture of calendula, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and sage.
The little brown bag contains another bath salt. I found the base recipe at craftbits.com but I altered it. It contains baking soda, powdered milk, almond oil, aloe vera juice, chamomile flowers, and ginger and black pepper essential oils. The milk, chamomile, and ginger were inspired by one of my favorite tea blends.
Beside and below is a cotton muslin bag, for the bath blend or for general tea or medicine-making purposes, and two of my own lip balms. It contains avocado oil, beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and cornmint, eucalyptus, and tea tree essential oils.
Below are two of my own smoothie blends. The dark green one contains spirulina, chlorella, and ginger powders. You just blend it with almond milk, a banana and apple, some dates or honey, and some nuts (I generally use pecans or walnuts). The second contains maca powder, kola nut powder, bee pollen powder, and ginger powders. It can be blended with chocolate hemp milk, a banana, honey, and tahini.
Next are two melt and pour soaps, also inspired by the chamomile tea blend. I had originally tried hand-milling but that didn't turn out so I opted for a goat's milk melt and pour. To the base, I added shea butter, pure liquid honey, ginger and black pepper essential oils, and chamomile flowers.
And finally, beneath all of those is a harvesting "bag." I received a couple from my partner for the Random Swap R2 and thought they were a great idea. It's essentially two pieces of linen fabric cut into squares with handles in all corners. You lay the fabric flat, harvest your herbs/produce, gather all four corners and voila!
And here is the photo of the fingerless mitts I received. They fit very nicely on my small hands!
It was very exciting to receive my package from Sally (geckochan), and it smelled AWESOME!
Three packets of herbs. The first is raspberry leaf, which I drank so much of while pregnant for Brahmi. LAVENDER! I was secretly hoping to receive some, even though I didn't mention it in my wishlist. I have so many recipes that call of lavender so I'll need to use this wisely. Also, there is a rosebay willow, lemon, and lavender blend. The willow was harvested by Sally herself! I'm amazed that harvesting is still going on in your end of the world! Of course, I brewed myself a cup shortly after opening, with a little bit of honey, and relaxed! It tastes interesting; I've never drank lavender or willow before.
At the top was the card and beneath is a notebook and a handmade stamp of scullcap, one of my favorite herbs! I'm not sure if any of you have ever tried it but it's a member of the mint family and acts as a nervine. I've experimented with it medicinally and after a few days noticed how much less stressed I felt. The change was very subtle until the moment I realized how obvious the effect was. Anyhow, I wonder if I can use the stamp with acrylic paint for t-shirts? Or should I stick to ink and paper?
And the greatest gift, a harvesting bag! I love everything about it! The design was created by Sally, printed onto fabric (did you use a regular printer or a special one?). I don't typically use the term "adorable" but that's what I think it is. I also really like the random stitching detail. There is an additional pocket, and the band at the bottom is to stick between jars so they don't shatter. There is also a clip on the side to hold paper bags. As I wait for harvesting season, this will be my everyday bag.
Sally also crochet a pair of fingerless mittens. Unfortunately, Ava hid them on me so I couldn't take a picture. I quickly searched the house, in her toy box, etc, but haven't found them yet. They do fit though!
Thanks for a great package Sally! I hope you don't have to wait much longer for yours!
I received my package from itchyfingers (Katie) yesterday. For being a pregnant lady and having swine flu, you sure managed to create so many goodies. I was spoiled!
The first photo shows three bags of tea. One is a green tea with bamboo shoots, papaya, red peppercorn, coconut, pineapple, genmaicha, ginger, cardamom. It smells GREAT! I tried it yesterday and the taste is unsurprisingly eclectic. I'll have to buy some bamboo shoots and papaya the next time I order from Mountain Rose Herbs and try to create a similar blend. I also received a Stress Reliever with white mistletoe, bean hip, st. john's wort, birch leaves, gingko biloba, stinging nettle, lemon grass. I've never tried the first two ingredients and know nothing about them but am infusing it as I type. Then there is the Evening Herb with valerian, rose hip, lemongrass, balm mint, orange peel, safflower blossoms, and marigold flowers. I used valerian the evening I went into labour. It's a nervine and helps ease painful contractions. Keep this in mind Katie!
Also included in this image are two little containers with some glitter paint on it. I'll likely use them for herbs. I received two packs of sprouting seeds, and yes Katie, I do sprout so I have the equipment needed! I forget the exact ingredients but I know some are quinoa an mung beans. I can't get BioSnacky seeds here so I'm very interested in trying them! Katie made a melt and pour soap with cloves, clove EO, and sea salt. Clove is one of my favourite fragrances! And finally - for this image anyway - are some cards with envelopes under the soap. Katie bought them with the intention of creating a project from my Etsy favourites but ran short on time. I like the off-white colour and will just decorate them myself.
Next is a plum bamboo/silk blend yarn. I used this yarn to make a crocheted scarf for my mom for Christmas. It's very soft luxurious! Katie also sent a felted vase - I really like the felted look and the colours - and a knitted pouch that my daughter is finding use for. There were two necklaces, one of which I was wearing and forgot to take off to photograph. It is a brown muslin. My favourite item is the needle case for my crochet hooks. I've wanted one since I've learned how to crochet this past summer! Katie also sent a 4.5 hook (made of bamboo?). I currently only use metal so I'd like to see if there is any difference.
Brahmi received a stuffed toy, a pattern created by Katie, and as you can see, he loves it! It's really cute and soft!
Ava and I both received some Thai fisherman pants, another item from my wishlist! Ava's are a little long for her but we'll just roll them up in the meantime. She's enjoying playing with the string. Mine, sadly are a little small in the bum area but I'm still about 15ish pounds heavier than pre-pregnancy so it's motivation for me to get back into Tai Chi. The muslin was hand-dyed by Katie!
I had no idea what these were until I read the note but they are used for harvesting! You lay the fabric down and put the herbs/produce in the middle, grab the four corners and go! Here I'm thinking about a basket and bag and these past few swaps I'm being introduced to gathering aprons and gathering square fabrics. Imagine that! I know a couple of people I can make some for for Christmas.
And FINALLY, the fabric used to wrap all my gifts that will be added to my stash.
Also, Katie sent me two of her recipes. One is a no-knead bread and the other is a lentil soup. I'll try the lentil soup for lunch I think.
So, wow! Thank you for your efforts Katie! I'll definitely try to pass on the spoiling to my Herbalism swap partner. I hope you receive the package I sent soon and that you enjoy your treats.
Sorry about being so late with posting the package I received from phnxreign99 (Tammy) last Friday! The delivery woman arrived just as I was walking out the door to see my niece's school Halloween play but I was really excited when I got back home.
I read the note first, and was so happy that she had put the time into writing one! PS: Her home must smell really nice because the package did, although there was nothing scented in there!
I had put hand embroidered wall hangings in my questionnaire wishlist but I never expected to receive any. I can only imagine how long it took for these eight auspicious symbols to be created! I'm only a little familiar with the symbols' meanings but I'm excited to do more research. Tammy used my favourite colours - she really paid attention to what I included in the questionnaire - and I would have to say that the golden fish are my favourite. I'm finding the hand-crafts (hand-sewing, hand-embroidery, hand-weaving, crocheting) so interesting lately. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the convenience and speed of technology and use my sewing machine and want an embroidery machine but I'm realizing how much I would love to learn the hand- version of these skills (I know a bit of sewing). Tammy wasn't too thrilled about the outcome and suggested I put them in a hidden area of my home but I've already decided they will be hung in my kitchen, right above the window they were sitting in for the photo.
Next is a crocheted ami nun and lotus flower! I know the pattern is from Etsy user melbangel because I bought one and crocheted one (though it's a bit different) for her! So, needless to say, I like it!
A gathering apron! I received one for the Hippy Swap and had no idea what it was at the then so I'm sure that's what it is this time! I love this one, again my colours were used, and Tammy also added some pockets. It's the perfect length for me. I will have a great time harvesting next summer. I like herbalism and gardening, it's very relaxing. This gift is supposed to only be an indirect association to Buddhism.
Tammy also sent a few extras along. A postcard from Meza, Arizona, and pen, and a little terracotta pot with some seeds. My daughter took the pen right away. She's the doodler in the family but when I took the photos, I couldn't find it. I guess it's hers but Ava approves of it! As far as the postcard goes, it's hard to believe there is a place in this world with cacti. It's such interesting scenery that I have never seen before! I'm debating as to whether I will start the flowers now. As I write this, it's snowing outside... But the instructions state that they can be transplanted to another pot instead of outdoors and I think Ava will enjoy having plants to care for.
Finally - I know, I was spoiled - Tammy sent me a t-shirt that has a lotus flower and the mantra "ohm mani padme hum" stenciled on it. It's blueish turquoise in colour and the stencil is white. I don't have the photo of it yet because I wore it for two days straight and it's still in the laundry. Before receiving it, I never would have thought of stenciling anything but now I feel completely inspired to research into this type of craft and create something for the Herbalism swap!
Thank you very much Tammy, for the great package! I see the time and energy you put into creating all of this and I appreciate it!
I received from ariaya last week but it was a long weekend here in Canada (Labour Day!) so I didn't have a chance to post pictures until now.
I received some crocheted slippers for my daughter Ava. They're supposed to be a Christmas gift but I had her try them on to make sure they fit, and they do!
I wasn't expecting to find anything else in the package so the next two items were a pleasant surprise. A pair of handwoven coasters made with hemp and handspun wool! I've tried weaving a set before but my project really didn't turn out...
Knowing that I like plants, ariaya also sent a notepad. I'm always writing lists so of course, it's already been used.
Thanks ariaya! And sorry for the delay in posting.
I really like the wrap pants! Is there a pattern for them?
Regarding my package from Amy (YoungMom), I tried taking photos throughout the weekend but it's been rainy and gloomy. I also can't take steady shots... So Amy, if you feel you have better shots and would like to share them, feel free!
I am pleased to say that I am the owner of my first apron skirt/dress! I noticed the darting that located perfectly at the breasts so I am thinking it's meant as a dress primarily but as a skirt, it just reaches the floor so it will probably be used that way too!
Here is a poor shot of the fabric itself... Herbs, one of my current passions!
I noticed loops in the top center, which I'm guessing is for straps (explaining why there was a ribbon laced through them) but there are also some at the bottom and I'm not sure what they are for. Like I said, I've never owned one of these... I have been playing around, trying to figure out different ways/styles of wearing it, but if there is something specific, please let me know!
Next comes the reversible bag, which I'm really liking the fabric chosen! Plus I was due for a new one so it's already being put to use. There are plenty of pockets, which is a plus and I like the style used in the first photo. I'll probably use it myself in future projects.
And a close-up of the fabric. I like the little critters!
Next is some Echinacea tea that came in this lovely pouch! This will definitely be drunk and I think I will also be sewing a few of these pouches too. Good choice in fabric!
I really LOVE the scent the handmade soaps give off! What ingredients did you use and are they edible because I'm really tempted to take a bite! I was given two of each colour, but I also wanted to include the paper they were wrapped in. Now that the photos are taken, I will start using them. I think I'll have to take a shower on a full stomach though, just in case...
More great gifts, sage wands! I cannot get my hands on these where I live but have wanted some for a long while. They smell so good! I'll be saving these for a special occasion.
And finally, the ribbon that was attached to the apron dress as well as a hemp necklace, which I am also wearing. This hemp is a shade darker than the usual, which I stated I like in my Wists so thanks for choosing it Amy! The pendant is great too, the carving reminds me of the Burning Man symbol (I haven't been yet but some friends of mine go and I likely will in the future).
Thanks very much Amy! I appreciate your efforts in creating my package and will be putting everything to good use. You have made my first Craftster a positive one and I hope you'll be just as thrilled with your package.