Grrrrrrr! For the umpteenth time, I cannot upload my pictures to craftster. I dunno if they're too big or what-- so I'm storing these on my LJ for now, so the loading will take a bit longer. Please let me know if they're ginormous or something, 'cos they're showing up fine on my monitor. Bleh! Sorry...
I received my package from GougeAway on a day that was totally crappy; it was pretty much the only thing that made me not bury myself alive! And wow, is it ever awesome:
Closeup of the box she sent. She does these awesome rubbings-- I think with nail polish remover or similar (I know she posted a minitut here)-- and this is one of my favorite Craphound images (I cut it off the packaging and kept it in my secret paper things stash):
All the loot on my messy table:
I gave my daughter the pretty pink fabric that she'd used as packaging. She said it was yummy.
She sent a FABULOUS rubber-stamp carving kit. I'd wanted to do this for so long, and had a few failed attempts because I was using erasers (not bad on themselves, just small) and a dull Xacto knife (resulting in cut fingers). The kit she sent included many erasers of different sizes, several carving blocks, a deluxey stamp pad, a soft pencil for transfering images, a step-by-step tut on disk, several mounting circles and E-6000 to glue stamps to them, a handmade skull stamp (which she made in the tutorial), and my favorite, an fecking sweet lino cutter that works like a dream and all the little tips fit inside the handle so I don't lose them (which I would very quickly do otherwise). I tried it out already, making a very simple leaf stamp.
Outside of the box--so pretty!:
The stamp she made:
The stamp I made:
The lino cutter which I damned near slept with under my pillow last night (you can see the ink on my hands from testing out my stamp):
She and I share a love of zines and other papery goodness, and MAN did she spoil me in that department! She sent a buttload (which is bigger than a normal load) of zines, including Steampunk Magazine
(I'd downloaded a copy, but having it in my hot little hands is so awesome) and Found
. I never mentioned my love of Found to her, but we both adore it.
I read the book they put out, but never had a copy of the actual magazine. So these are living on my nightstand at the moment, and the heap o' zines will be getting their own special box for our household reading pleasure.
I love this one with teeth:
Fun paper stuff! Also seen are the stamp carving blocks, a pin that says "Reading is Sexy", a sweet little pen, and a plastic kid's ring that did not survive the journey
What I did with some of the paper stuff already:
She also ordered me a mini-sampler, which I'd always been tempted to do! It had a bracelet, a pin, some tasty tasty cocoa soap, a really funny cross-stitch chart (which could probably be used for knitting or crocheting, too), a small skein of handspun yarn in a beautiful yellow colorway, a fancy card, and a zipper pull. It was all so cute and sweet and I want to eat the soap! But I'll take smelling like cocoa instead.
Detail of chart, which says "Chubby ninja fears no diet"
And last but certainly not least, she sent more of the chai that she's gotten me totally addicted to (I'm drinking some right now), and spiffy candy that turns to gum when you chew it (my son made off with a lot of it).
I love chai.:
GougeAway, you spoiled me silly! Thank you so much for all of this, but most especially for your nice letter and the craft kit. You really cheered up my week.