Whew, ok. At this point, opening alteredmommy's package felt like Christmas. Look at all the ribbons and tissue I got to untie!
Here's a group shot of everything that was in the package, after unwrapping:
There were so many wonderful things: a Virgin of Guadalupe Shrine, Mexican hot cocoa, postcards with Mexican women on them, a day of the dead keychain, an optimist moose, homemade lipbalm, a laminated dashboard Jesus card, bottlecap magnets, a dia de los muertos needlebook, a Frieda Kahlo matchbox filled with goodies, and several ATCs. Wow!
Here are some detailed pictures. First, a set of Mexicana bottlecap magnets. You can't see this in the picture, but they are painted with sparkly glitter paint and filled with resin!
Next, a very cute felt needlebook with hand embroidery, sequins, and paper flowers. She also made sacred heart, rose and skull pins out of sculpy!
Next, a Virgin of Guadalupe shrine. AM made it from a board book. It's my very favorite item in the whole wonderful package. First the outside, then the inside. I hope that if AM has better pictures she will post them. This shrine is amazing, and my pictures really don't do it justice.
Beautiful postcards, and the optimist moose. This is example #2 of AM's mind-reading skills. My husband has an optimist animal collection! My moose has joined them, but I made sure he understood it was still my moose.
The Freida matchbox, and its contents. The matchbox is really neat, and I particularly love the sacred heart charm here:
The keychain, dashboard Jesus, and lipbalm. The lipbalm is homemade and really nice and smooth. This is example #3 of AM's mind-reading: we've had bad luck with our car lately. We've been in 2 serious accidents (no one was harmed), 2 minor ones, and had weird random things happen like the ignition freezing and the donut blowing out. We desperately needed a dashboard Jesus, and we didn't know it! It's in the car right now.
And last, but definitely not least, 5 ATCs.
"Our Lady of Guadelupe Church". An altered photo ATC made from a picture AM took herself. The texture and tone of this card is really great. I promise the card is rectangular in real life, it's my photo that's crooked.
"El Wrestler" and "Dia de Los Muertos". I told AM that I love Mexican wrestling, and this card perfectly captures what I like about it. The skull card is really cool -- I think it's completely hand-drawn, with a bit of paint. Is that right AM?
"Mexiko" and "Home". The one on the left was made from a German atlas, and the one on the right from a picture of the San Xavier del Bac mission in Tucson. This is the last example of AM's mind-reading: I love that mission, it's one of my favorite places, and I visit it often when I'm home. I know I've talked to AM about missing Tucson, but I don't think I ever told her about the mission. This card made me tear up a bit -- I miss Tucson a lot.
Whew! That's everything, and I can't believe it all fit in that box! Thank you so much alteredmommy -- my first dance has been awesome, you are a marvelous partner, and I love all the things you sent!