I have received (and received and received)!!! I am stunned and staggered. I literally choked up and teared up as I opened one perfect item after another. I feel like a rabbit in the focus of a coyote because Michelle stalked me so well!!!
First up, oceanic artwork which will most definitely be hanging in my kitchen. So cute!
Next, notecards. My favorites are the turquoise ones that have the whale punches out of the bottom edge.
Next (yes, there's till more! Remember, she used the too big box. *sigh*), a wonderful messenger bag. Her fabric choices are perfect, and I'm amazed at how well constructed this thing is from the interfacing to the strapping. I'm very rough on purses so i definitely notice good sturdiness in addition to very cuteness! My stuff will be moved into this new bag before I drive to get my son from school in an hour!
showing the ruby red (!!!) lining:
A very SOFT, adorable bat washcloth that made me laugh out loud with joy when I pulled it out. I cannot tell you how delighted I am with this.
OK, now this one --- well, no one is allowed to break into my house to steal this one! My son and I are both big Dr. Who fans (I sooooo lurv David Tennant). Michelle pulled a very magical rabbit out her hat indeed with a TARDIS WASHCLOTH!!! Yup, you read that right: a TARDIS washcloth. Bow before her wonderfulness!!! There was squeeeeeeeeing when I pulled this out.
And, now, my 2 favorites!!
Yarn -- but this is special. Really special. I mean, I literally started to cry. First off, she included instructions on how to crochet a gnome and all of the yarn and hook necessary for the project. She said she didn't have time to make a gnome so she sent the kit. I think that's even better! Now, I'll know how to make gnomes, and that is a very happy thing. And, then, the part the made me cry. How did she know? Is this just one of those spooky cool cosmic things, or did she really know? And, if she did really know, HOW?!?!? She included 2 skeins of wool yarn. Now, let me explain. I have started making hats and lap blankets for Hats 4 Heroes for our military people serving in Afganistan and Iraq and for the wounded soldiers convalescing at Walter Reed. For the ground troops in Afganistan, they can only have wool hats, not acrylic made for them through Hats 4 Heroes. Well, I have a bunch of hand-me-down acrylic yarn in my stash and can make up quite a few hats and lap blankets and stuff for the folks at Walter Reed, but I don't have a wool yarn stash. And, I really wanted to get some hats made for the soldiers who will be so very cold in Afghanistan this winter as it is time to start thinking about Christmas shipment. When I was in the city last, I went to Hobby Lobby all excited thinking I'd spend $10+tax and get 4 skeins of wool yarn (like the acrylic). WHOA!!! I discovered wool yarn is WAAAYYYY expensive. I could only get one skein for about $6. I was so sad! I got a skein of turquoise thinking that I'd have to just send 2 hats only for the ground troops and just focus on the Walter Reed folks and the sailors in the battle groups in the Persian Gulf. Well, when Michelle added these 2 skeins of wool yarn, I started blubbering like a baby. Now, I can combine them with the turquoise to do stripes and get more hats made for the ground troops in Afghanistan. I am overwhelmed by the perfectness of this.
Also in that picture is a page of Hot Wheels stickers she included for my son. So thoughtful!
And, now, behold cuteness incarnate: the world's best amigurumi octopus. Her yarn selection is magnificently perfect.
I have named him Colin. Everyone say hello to Colin:
Thank you, MEshelltakeone, for a box of treats that literally brought me to tears of joy. I have been completely, stunningly spoiled. I just want to crawl under a very heavy rock and hide my face in shame because of the tiny box of little bits I sent you.