My package from Elif arrived last night! I'd been having a bad crafting day, but it cheered me right up and I was able to finish some knitting.
I was waiting to take pictures today so the light would be decent, but what do you know, the weather is crap so I still couldn't get good pictures. They do not do anything justice! Elif, if you have better ones, feel free to post them.
The whole shebang. Clockwise from bottom left:
--Checkout cards for lending books in my personal library. Perfect because I've got quite a collection, and I love the little note at the bottom of each one that says "Overdue fines may apply."
--A little flat pouch/pocket with "Library Card" hand embroidered on one side and clear vinyl on the the other for keeping my card handy. I have a real problem misplacing it; most recently I found in shoved in the center of a ball of yarn. I have no idea why.
--Button with "Ich <3 die Bibliothek" because I like German.
--Cork board with bird push pins for library receipts.
--A sampling of teas to read with. (Somehow she knew I was a budding tea drinker!)
--A handbound mini book with an adorable chickadee tag. The one is small enough that I don't feel daunted by it and I can use it!
--And finally, a book tote with an applique manatee, who is very excited about the library.
Close up of the cork board. I love love love it! It's so cute and small enough to fit on my nonexistent wall space. I also think it's cute that the hummingbird is getting in on the swallow and banner tattoo action. I love hummingbirds.
Full shot and better color of the bag I managed to get before it got all cloudy. I named the manatee Seamus because Elif thought he ended up looking like a seal (I know he's a manatee, and that's what counts!) and for some reason I think Seamus is a sealish name. I was also watching Andromeda, and my favorite character is Seamus Harper because he is cute and a little goofy and excitable, much like the manatee. The lining also matches the manatee perfectly.
Close up of the stitching. The embroidery is perfect. I mean have you ever seen such round and tight french knots? I didn't think so.