First things first: Welcome back summerluvin! I was sorry to hear your mum was sick, but am glad to hear she's doing better
And send my thanks to Harry for being so sporting about helping out with this...also, pinch me for just saying 'sporting' O_o
Second things second: Stuck to my dirty, dirty mailbox, awaiting my return from work this evening...a delivery notice! I rushed to the post office to get there before it closed, and lo and behold, my swap package! It is entirely possible that I did a happy dance in the post office, but I will leave it up to you to decide whether it actually happened or not
While I was ripping open the tape to get to the goodies inside, I thought to myself...I should probably take pictures of everything all nicely wrapped up...but totally didn't.
And thus, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: The Goods! (And what wonderful goods they are)
A craft bag! I am definitely going to use this when I go to visit my parents this week (4h train rides demand things to occupy me O_o) Tons of space for my lap quilt and maille supplies, and check out the nifty fabric!
The Big Book of Cross Stitch! There are some mighty cool projects in there...as soon as I can get my hands on some dark blue aida cloth, I think I'm going to make some Japanese scatter cushions...great patterns ^_^
The Friends and Family Plate! Decorated and sealed with a lovely poem..I'll be sure to use it carefully, then pass it on! **Note: If I can ask, what sort of marker/sealant did you use? I'm thinking if maybe I could add my name onto the backside of the rim of the plate, keep track of where it's been?**
A needle roll, complete with three crochet hooks! In the same awesome fabric as the bag, too ^_^ I've been looking up crochet patterns/instructions online; these will for sure be coming with me on my trip
A kleenex cozy! Lined/detailed with the crafty fabric, will definitely make good use of it!
Oh! But what's that inside the kleenex cozy?
A bracelet with shrinky-dink charms -- Chinese paper lanterns and kanji symbols (love, happiness, and good fortune) -- which fits perfectly ^_^
A great necklace with African-esque glass beads
And two pairs of earrings -- a beaded pair to match the necklace, and a pair with shrinky-dink sparrows (very cute!)
Action shot of the sparrow earrings -- Sorry it's blurry, my camera kept focusing on my bedframe and not me, for whatever reason
And finally, a picture of everything all together, looking awesome
Summerluvin, you spoiled me! I feel like I didn't send enough stuff >_< But I put lots of love into what I did send, so I hope that makes up for it
Thanks for being a great swap partner, good luck with your future swaps, and an early congratulations on your wedding! Best of luck!