Yeah!! I am the first one to post pictures 'cuz I have the world's greatest swap partner, ShesxCrafty! I don't even have words to describe the stuff I got - AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, AWESOME - they just don't cut it. Obviously this post is img intense - I don't know if these pics will justice to the actual items, but here goes ...
First, a wonderful pair of Mary Jane slippers, in a great purple color (not blue like in the picture) and as comfy as can be. They immediately went on my feet and I think I will wear them forever - so cute! (Pardon my ugly, old lady feet, please!)
Next, a pair of fingerless gloves, in my favorite colors (black and deep green) - PERFECT for Arizona winters (cold, but not COLD) I really wanted a pair of these and I love knitted items, since I can't do it. I can't wait to wear them when I start running again in the winter.
The prettiest pincushion ever - I had plenty on my Wist and I never expected one so nice (now I can get rid of the old timey tomato and strawberry one!) And, the special part - she put coffee beans in the bottom because I LOVE COFFEE - it totally smells awesome! (Am I using too many exclamation points?! I can't help myself, I'm so amazed!)
I know this picture doesn't do justice to this, because this little baby Phoenix keychain is fantastic - it is so cute!! (My cat immediately tried to steal that one away for himself.) Maybe I need to take a picture holding it so you can see how tiny and delicate it is - so sweet.
And, of course, I saved the best for last. I actually had tears in my eyes when I opened this up, it is so beautiful and I couldn't have asked for something more personal than this.
A hand-painted Phoenix totebag! I consider it to be a work of art and it's so awesome, made just for me!! (You can't imagine how excited I am about it!) The Phoenix is my personal representation for the element of Fire, and my personal power "animal". As a Wiccan, I am totally into the elements and am particularly drawn to the Phoenix (I had a "calling" to move out here). Vyvien incorporated all four elements into the artwork - Air, Water, Earth and my Phoenix - Fire. I just can't get over this - I can't come up with the words to describe how intensely happy I am - no, seriously! I would have accepted anything from anyone, even the absolute beginner, but I really struck gold with Vyvien as my partner.
Here's a pic of a little more detail - it looks even better in real life:
I also mentioned that I am currently doing much reading in Buddhism and would love an Ohm symbol onsomething, so on the back of the tote -
(Everyone needs a little Ohm in their lives!)
I can't over-emphasize how beautiful the painting is on this bag!
I could go on and on and on about how thrilled I am (how dare you even think about suffering from craft anxiety, ShesxCrafty - you did a fantastic job!) but I'm sure you'd rather me post them now ...
THANK YOU SO, SO, MUCH!!
(Now I am going to go and suffer a little craft anxiety myself ...)