AMAZING SWAP with DEMEKAH!
This was my first completed personal swap here at craftster. And i didn't do too well with my side of the bargain. Although she is a design professional and i am not, i was sure
i was going to be able to spoil Demekah, because we were doing a mostly thriftshop swap with one medium craft... and i found some pretty cool stuff. Also, when i went to mail it to HOLLAND and saw how much that costs, i was like holy crap! for SURE i am spoiling her
BUT NO. Because wait until you see the absolute amazingness that she sent me! and so efficiently, too! i find it so clever that her package was relatively light and yet each item was perfect. MAJOR swap anxiety.
OK i will start with my favorite made thing:
the kind of bag i have coveted all over craftster and dreamed of learning to sew so that i could make one like it. also finding such a cool fabric... PERFECT BAG!! and the matching little bag, too.
I have to mention that because i am a language nut, my only request was the things that might have Dutch or other non-english words on them. so she sent me loads of great things to practice my Nederlands.
Note the origami box (which suffered a little in transit, but was able to be recovered) even has some words in it from the book it was recycled out of!
The tile says "it's better to live rich(ly) than to die rich!" -- very nice idea.
There is another tile with a lovely green peacock on it (when i was a kid, my parents' small hippie farm had peacocks!)
There is an iridescent green and purple jewellery set with a bonus other pearly earrings! (i love iridescent and i love green with purple)
Then there is a great recycled notebook with a couple and a cat on the cover. That could just be me and my husband and our cat! I learned that cat is MIES.
Inside is the neatest thing, this should really tie for favorite made thing:
it is full up with quotes from famous Dutch writers and poets. a collection she made!
and the other pages are recycled from children's books, so it's a perfect reading practice for when the poets get too difficult for my level of Dutch.
This particular quote says something like that "most people hold their paranoia as truth" -- i think it's a good quote for our times.
LEKKER LEKKER LEKKER
Here are the tasty things!
Licorice (WAY better than american kind) and what i would call obleas in spanish but not sure what they are in english, it's like thin wafers with a nice nice sauce in the middle. you can eat them with coffee. i did demolish a couple of these already.
And they came in the nice Dutch culture tins, with Dutch colors + hearts wrapping!
And a ceramic vase (this is good, cos we are always decorating the house because we finally have our own house and so it's fun to decorate).
I love these funny vintage towels. Some i actually use in the kitchen, but not these, they are too nice!
i LOVE loud colors, and the account of Noah is always good because it reminds us to have hope.
i EXTRA LOVE cats.
And lastly, continuing the Mies theme, here is my favorite side of my favorite tin, which is printed in children's phonetic word cards, that can help me practice my vocabulary!
I highly recommend Demekah for personal swaps.
She went above and beyond and really matched everything perfectly to the things i love.
I only hope the craft that i made is even semi-worthy.
Demekah, tausend dankjewel, het is alle zo leuk en mooie....
and i feel like i didn't get to know you as well as i should have during this swap, and i hope we could get to know each other better afterwards. that is, if you are not so disappointed with my package.