The amount of care, creativity and thought that went into my package is incredible. I am sitting here BLOWN AWAY. Murbeck is such an amazing swap partner!!!
First, I opened the box and I saw the fabric (that the bag is made out of) and literally my first thought was, I have no idea what that is yet but I love love love that fabric.
THE BAG IS GORGEOUS! I need a new bag big enough to carry my laptop but not as ugly as my giant backpack. LOOKITY!
It has lots of pockets on the outside and inside (even pen holders) and was thus stuffed full when I got it.
Ignore my pjs and very messy apartment (the boyfriend is away and so it's craft and tea time, I see three dirty mugs
Next to it in this photo is a lovely painting! It has all different languages for enchanted. It came with a note translating each language.
My first thought when I saw the painting was OMG -- no more sea themed bathroom, I want it to be enchanted themed! Then I realized my bf wouldn't spring for that so instead I want an enchanted theme studio when I move
This will so be taking a prominent place on the wall.
When I started pulling everything out of the pockets, Hobbes got interested in the bow. But I think he was actually smelling what was inside ... more on that later.
Here is everything all spread out! All the toys are fairy themed and there are stickers and even fairy themed bath products
The red boxes all contain more surprises that she made.
This fairy cuff is freaking GORGEOUS. It has a small stencil of a fairy and all my favorite colors. This antique button is seriously lovely. Here I am wearing it, do try to ignore the fact I'm wearing pjs....
Then there were these too cute gnome cat toys. At first, I thought, no way am I giving them this. They always demolish their toys. This is for the boys to look at. Then when my back was turned photographing something else, Calvin jumped on the bed and ran off with one.
This is the shot I tried to get of him blurring by
I find him on the pile of dirty clothes rolling around with it.
Then his dominant brother took it away.
I realized that they have catnip in them which is the only thing to explain their craziness over this toy. I didn't see them steal the second one but I can't find it
Oh the tag was very sweet on this too, it read, "Look what the cat drug in, for Calvin and Hobbes." (she knew my kitties names, awww).
Fairy portal made from clay! She has some serious clay skills. The white looks just like rocks too with this marbley effect. The note said this: Place in a convenient spot and you're sure to find fairy friends paying you visits. (She tied this sweet little tags to nearly everything)
Her card to me was sealed with, get this, a real wax seal!
And this may be my favorite thing. So clever!
A clay gnome in a jar!!
The note read: In this jar, I caught a wee gnome, he promised to stay, if I gave him a good home, So I packed him his shroom, and sent him to you, I trust that you'll love him, as much as I do.
DEAREST MARIE, I CANNOT EXPRESS IN WORDS HOW THRILLED I AM WITH THIS PACKAGE! YOU ARE FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. I will not take this cuff off except when I shower. I will carry this bag everywhere. I will find an honored place for the lovely home decor things (the painting, the gnome in a jar, and the gateway). The storebought fairy themed items were a very cute touch too. And the kitties are already high. Thank you!!!!
EDIT to add some action shots!
New (temporary until I move in May) homes for the arty items
Bag with laptop in it!
Style shot! Notice me wearing my fave pink hoodie and the green pleather wallet. Notice how much this all goes together? Yes, that's right, Marie completely "got" my style. I would have bought this bag if I saw it in a store ;P