I just got my package from Kookaloo last night and it is amazing! First of all, I want to say that even though she kept worrying that I was somehow not getting a good "deal" out of this swap, she needs to pipe down and understand that it worked out beautifully. When we were discussing what types of items might work for me, I had mentioned how I liked utilitarian things, and she really came through for me. Everything I got was functional and decorative at the same time.
A beautiful hand sewn tote-bag with a sexy, fiery sewing lady on it (note her giant threaded needle!)
An armchair organizer with magnet and pincushion - PERFECT as I am constantly losing my supplies in the furniture or elsewhere in the house and having to repurchase them!
A super functional and cute needle book
Fabric pens with lots of exciting German all over the packaging - hey, in the US we don't have much packaging with anything other than Spanish, English or MAYBE French (possibly because of the Quebecois?)
Floss winder & bobbins
New scissors - I was so glad to see these as I recently misplaced...my third or fourth pair and haven't worked on any embroidery since then!
A tiny retractable tape measure, which was great, since I hate using the big ones that get all floppy and in the way
Assorted floss colors, none of which I already have!
Needles - which was nice, since I, again, constantly lose mine
On with the (pic-heavy) show:
Everything was packaged snugly in a Reebok shoebox. I mention this only because as soon as I opened it, my most immediate reaction was, "They have Reebok in the UK?" Then I stopped and realized, duh, of course they have Reebok, stupid.
This may or may not have been intentional, but the Kansas state flower is the sunflower! So the first thing I saw after opening the shoe box (which is now storing all the spools of thread and various scraps that were cluttering up my dining table!) was this happy sunflower paper.
This is a group picture of all my loot. Even though it wasn't the "big" project, I might actually be the most excited about the armchair organizer, since I'm a total slob and this will help curb some of my stupidest and worst tendencies, such as using the sofa itself as a pincushion and forgetting my needles in it!
This is a close-up of the foxy lady adorning my new bag! When I opened it up, I didn't have my eyeglasses on at first and I saw the blue thread and thought, "How ironic! She is a spicy hot lady, extinguishing the fire at her feet! I wonder what it all means!" Then I found my glasses and realized that the image actually made much more sense than that. It is an exciting naughty sewing lady who is getting ready to sew something, anything, just let her at it! This is a really fun image and I'm going to enjoy taking this to the library and letting people gawk at it.
My sofa is a nightmare right now, all stacked with cookbooks and craft books, etc. etc. and I decided I would rather die than show it off to the general public. Even the benevolent general public such as yourselves. So I draped the armchair organizer over the edge of my kitchen cart to show it in action. I love the magnet sewn inside it, and have been using it to hold my scissors in place. Also, the scissors are pretty great. I know it's a traditional thing for embroidery scissors to have some kind of bird motif worked into their design, but this never gets old for me. I spent some time last night making the new bird scissors snap their "beak" at my boyfriend whenever he talked to me.
Close-up of the needlebook. This is a more functional needle book than the one I sent her - It has little pockets for scissors and things and a special place for a seam ripper, which is another big help since that's another thing I am constantly losing.
Front of the needlebook. It has a cute little heart button and an elastic strap (I may steal this idea for the next needle book I make!) to hold it shut. She has embroidered a cute little needle and thread on the front, too, which is good because with as smart as I have been this weekend, I may end up wearing it as a hat or something if I didn't have this as a reminder!
Thanks for looking, everybody. This swap was a great first one for me!