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.