Everything is very pretty. I really like the shawl, it looks a little like a friend knitted for me. The yukata is gorgeous and the cats are really well done.
I see from the thread that a couple of other people are in the middle of moving too. I ended up moving a little earlier than I intended, so I'm in the middle of unpacking still. I did notice, going through the thread, that my partner (sighonthebreeze) hasn't posted any pictures of anything I sent, so although I only have a full set of the first package, and a few of the third, I thought I'd post them. I know my partner's been busy too, hopefully this helps her out a little bit.
These were my about me items:
I sent two recipes, my brownie recipe and the chicken pot pie recipe that won my bf's heart.
I also included two pens, one saying "Uff Da" to represent my Norwegian heritage and one saying "Sissu" to represent my Finnish side. "Uff da" is what you say when mildly bad things happen, like dropping an egg on the floor, or getting snow in June (yes, it has actually happened to me) and "Sissu" means strength of character.
There are two flamingo patches because I accidently started collecting flamingos and now they're taking over my house and two orphan wine glasses, because my mom and I think it's more fun to have orphans than actual matching sets. Also, my grown up china will be Fiestaware, so the unmatched glasses will be perfect with it. Unfortunately, she told me that they got dropped and broken in the parking lot, despite all my bubble wrapping.
She did get to see them first though.
Lindt chocolate was included because I firmly believe in the healing power of good chocolate and also because it goes well with a trashy romance novel, which was my last "about me" item. My best friend and roommate got me back into reading them and I sent sighonthebreeze one by my favorite author. I believe it was "A Gentleman's Honor" by Stephanie Laurens.
Here are some small things:
I sent a rice pack to heat up with flamingo flannel on one side and a lovely pink print on the other. Sighonthebreeze said she liked pastels and I figured that not everyone might like flamingos as much as I do..
I also sent a growing Valentine, I believe it was a little strawberry plant and bubbles- because who doesn't like them?
There is a set of four little gift cards that I made while playing around with the stationary, a pretty pack of tissues, and some plastic dinosaurs. Sighonthebreeze and I are both fans of the show "Firefly" that used to be on Fox, and I thought the dinos were appropriate. She said her boyfriend liked them too, which I thought was fun.
The stationary catergory:
The tattoo inspired cards:
Each of the sets has at least one color, and generally something like rhinestones tying it together. This one is the gray and the sequins.
The purple and blue set:
Basically just the purple and blue. The fairy tale castle card has a C.S. Lewis quote. "Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
The kitty card is all about naps and it is a picture of my kitty, Panda. I envy her naps.
The pink and blue set has the colors and rhinestones:
The flower set has two quotes and uses pink and green:
The magenta flower card says "Every Spring, dreamers around the world plant tiny hopes in overturned soil. And every Spring, their hopes press against impossible odds and blossom."- Max Lucado.
The music card says "Never forget that music is much too important to be left solely in the hands of the professionals." - Robert Fulgrum.
The postcards, two from the town I was living in at the time, and one from my original hometown, and one of my favorite lake, Lake Superior:
The ship and the orange post card are from Marquette, the town I was living in. The picture of the men was actually taken in a mine outside of Calumet, Michigan. It is my original hometown and almost beat out Lansing for state capital, back when the mines were still running. Lake Superior and I have a long history and I always feel calmer when I'm around it.
So that was package number one, minus the letter. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take pictures of the second package, so I hope sighonthebreeze can post them.