And I have received from Foxlet. We sent on the same day and got on the same day (Yay!) the only difference is the timezone. I am blown away by what I received - great job Foxlet !!!
First - just look at this box - I love a mailing box that looks like a present even before you open it !
All of the lovelies inside came with numbers and a guided tour letter -- Foxlet we are geeks of a feather
-- I loved the letter and your special notes, and your stationary is so cute!
First up is a book and figurine that are classic Finnish-Swedish -- I am looking forward to reading it since there is so little about this culture in the US
CANDY !!!! Licorice of all sorts. I don't read Finnish, but it seems pretty obvious just by sounding it out what "Mjolkchoklad med SalmiakFyllning" would be especially since the "mjolkchoklad" seems to have melted a bit an made a nice chocolate lump on one end
. I love the packaging with the black and white check with red --- I see something crafted from this if I can keep the hubby away from it!! (he won't open it carefully
) And, Foxlet, the allsorts is exactly the kind I like the best...
Yummy, yummy yarn in one of my favorite colors -- the bamboo is soooo smooth and silky that this yarn is going to have to be made up into something very special !
Some ephemera from Finland -
BUT REALLY -- DO THEY HAVE TO BE EVERYWHERE? --- I apologize on behalf of the US and our crap food exports
This is so cool - it is ripstop nylon - such a fantastic idea for the singlet bag, with it's own carrying bag and it has the Helsinki Cathedral on it. It is from a Finnish craft/culture shop -- wow I wish I could shop there... The entire bag folds up and fits into the little baglet you see on the side -- just right to pop in my purse !
Foxlet also included a CD of photos which has this same building on it -- the steps seem like the perfect place to sun yourself on a bright summer day! The reusable bags I made are canvas and can be so bulky -- the ripstop nylon really is a great idea - I think you could probably carry a watermelon in this it is so strong -- I want to use it but it is so lovely that I am not sure I can make myself....
Next up is the crochet pattern magazine - it is just the kind of work that I love to do -- fortunately the instructions are in diagrams to go along with the Finnish !
I don't have a picture of the next item since it is just a CD (no photo surprise there) - but it is a collection of Foxlet's photos of Finland with a recorded commentary -- what a great idea! I would never have thought of a recording but it makes it all so personal to hear your actual voice! I loved it, especially the part in Finnish -- I do not believe I have ever heard Finnish and it sounds so unlike any languages that I know -- in a strange way there is almost a Polynesian sound to it -- I think it is all of the vowels --- you should really donate some of those vowels to the Polish
I also got some buttons - of the Finnish Flag (we also have blue in the Colorado flag to represent the blue skies) and the little Swedish girl from my wists. Note that Foxlet wants me to believe that Santa is really not from Lapland, but I know better.
And, finally, drum roll please, the piece de resistance - the ultimate - the most amazing thing a swap partner could receive.....
A pair of traditionally patterned Finnish mittens.
These are absolutely stunning and I really hope that the photo makes that obvious. Foxlet -- they are wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. It was 95 degrees here today (35C) but I couldn't help putting them on and walking around the house admiring them. I cannot believe that I will have to wait months before I can actually wear these.
And here are some pictures specifically for you so that you can know they are a PERFECT fit.