Mass amounts of pictures! YAY! The light was half faded already when I started to take pictures, so please forgive any off colors.
All pictures are clickable, and there may be more detail about the stuff in them if you click. You can see all my pictures of the neato stuff I got from KazKitty here
I was so surprised this came today - I wasn't really expecting it until tomorrow at the earliest. Packages always seem to take about two days longer than expected to get to me, often more. When I saw the key for the package locker in my box, I went "AHHHH!
" Radar got all excited, he didn't know what was going on, but I was happy so it must be something thrilling.
Here's what I saw when I opened the box. Pretty!
I opened the biggest package first, because I'm perpetually five years old. Inside, I found TWO Calorimetry scarfhatthingies! Right then, my week was completely made. I've been eying the Calorimetry pattern for a while, but I've pretty much just been too lazy to tackle it. I'm notoriously picky/grouchy about hats (they make me feel claustrophobic, and the make my hair obnoxious) so... I've just been lazy about it. But then I opened up the first package, and there were TWO of them. Not only THAT, but one was subtly Ravenclaw colored, and really beautifully colored at that, and the other was definitely Ravenclaw, and matches the Ravenclaw scarf I have perfectly! I immediately popped one on, of course, and I'm very pleased to say that I'm already in love. It's comfy and nice and doesn't make my hair annoy me and doesn't feel claustrophobic. It feels nice
, which is really, really amazing. I'm going to be wearing these a LOT, and I can tell already that I'm going to have to try my hand at making more, because I'm in love.
Here's one of the Calorimetries:
(Picture of the other one in a second.)
And here's the button that fastens it:
It's a copper color in real life. Really pretty.
The next thing I opened also felt soft, and I thought it might be another something knitted. When I opened it up, though, I found this holysmokesadorable owl looking up at me!
(He needs a name, by the way. Suggestions welcome. Currently Olly's the frontrunner.) And THEN! THEN! Okay, so I already loved him, because he is just really really cute (he's sitting next to me right now. Radar kind of thinks that since the owl is mouth-sized and stuffed, the owl should be his. He's very disappointed that I'm keeping the owl for myself.) but in the course of things I turn him over... and find this:
I'm not quite sure how to explain just how cute and awesome a detail those little feather stitches are in real life. I actually went "oh my god!" in surprise when I saw them, which I realize sounds a bit lame and dorky, but they were such a surprise and such a cute and cool detail I couldn't help it.
Now, if you were paying attention in that Calorimetry picture, you might have noticed that I was wearing a necklace. That, too, is part of my loot, and one that made my jaw drop. (Man, I sound like I'm being really overdramatic, but I was seriously giddy over what you sent, KazKitty. You did really, really well.) I've been eying those Tree of Life pendants I keep seeing on Craftster for the last few weeks wishfully, and I have a couple of them on my Wist. They look so intricate that I didn't have high hopes of ever receiving one in a swap, and I knew I'd never tackle it myself, so it was really just a wishlist thing. Well. Well well well. Well. Well.
I opened up another of the packages to find this:
This is the one thing I really wish you could see the colors accurately on, because they are just SO. PERFECT. More perfect than you know, even, KazKitty. Not only are they awesomely Ravenclawish
, but I've been working on a story for the last few months that is kind of themed in blues for me (I tend to think visually), and I'm fairly certain that Tree of Life symbolism is going to wind up working into it fairly heavily. I've been thinking about that a lot, lately, so I gasped a little when I saw the necklace, because it perfectly, perfectly
embodies the way the story feel-looks in my head. Just exactly. I may have to see if I can work this pendant into the story.
Now, when I was poking around KazKitty's links to try to get an idea of what she might like, I poked around on her Etsy a little, too. I won't lie. Secretly, I was kind of hoping she'd slip some of her pretty soaps into my package.
Have I mentioned yet that she completely spoiled me?
Behold! Orangy soaps! Radar was hoping they were cookies; that big black thing in the picture is his nose.
And here's a little better picture, sans Poodle Schnoz.
The last package I opened was in a heartshaped box. When I opened it up, I found a whole bunch (bouquet?
) of really
cute little flower barrettes. I have a major soft spot for flowers to put in my hair anyway, and add to that the fact that I really, really want it to be spring here and it isn't, I was way happy to see these. They actually STAY in my HAIR too, which is a rarity.
I was SO thrilled with everything I got. I feel ridiculously spoiled and lucky. Now, you'll notice that so far you haven't seen a picture of that Ravenclaw Calorimetry. That's because I got kind of goofy with my new owl when I was wearing it, and so I thought I'd better leave those pictures until the end, so I didn't spoil the reading-along-with-ness. But here it is! Can you blame me for getting a little goofy? Look how RavenclAwesome I am!
Thank you so much, KazKitty! You seriously did an AMAZING job. I know I've gushed like mad here, but I can't help it. I'm so thrilled with everything you sent - thank you thank you thank you.