I got mine from curiousfae last night! Or it could have been the night before and DH never said anything and I was so tired from work I may very well have just threw my bags onto the chair right over it - not sure now
Anyways, I was too tired because I was done work and went out to have a bitching session with my best friend over comfort food and a beer and did not get home until after midnight, so I charged up my camera battery and opened it up this morning. Excuse the messy bed, opening the box was literally the second thing I did after getting out of bed
First off, she sent a great little bio about herself and some cute pics, and I strongly suspect that if we were to meet in person, we probably would be quite sympatico
Curiousfae, your family is beautiful, and your dogs adorable. I think you are a cutie too - love those first pics of you! It seems we have so much in common (OK, except for the cooking part - I do love to cook - but if you love to eat, then you would be in synch with me still because I would so cook for you!).
I am loving this swap - it is like a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more awesome way to penpal! DesignVigilante, I don't know how you partnered people, but I think you did a great job with curiousfae and myself, because we do have many similiarities and bits of lives that overlap or mirror in some ways, which you could not have possibly known! For one thing, both our father's are adopted, and her father is from Canada, as am I. Her hubby's American born, but 100% Italian as both parents are Italian immigrants, whereas I am Canadian born, and I do say that I am 100% Chinese, and both my parents are immigrants too. My DH is the 7th gen mixed Western European descent white guy (he liked to say that his family had been kicked out of pretty much every country in Western Europe in their history).
We both have 3 siblings - she has two brothers and a sister. She is 10 mos apart from her sister, and a big age difference between her and her brothers. My sisters are about a year apart, but I am the baby, and there is 13 years difference between my oldest sister and I. My brother is not close to any of us - but that is his problem - I'm adorable
We seem to have similar taste in music, shopping, religion, books..... DV - you did do an awesome job partnering!
Anyways, here are the pics - it is like an awesome game, opening it up, seeing the items and trying to figure out how they connect with the person, and then reading about it. So much fun!
The whole kit and kaboodle on the messy bed. I know the first package is all about her, but they fit me so well too in many ways!!! Curiousfae, you did an awesome job with the package!
There is the most adorable pea salt and pepper shaker set - just ADORABLE, and she is a salt addict (DH would totally concur, it's like a battle to try to get him to not use so much - but then I don't help because I am such a foodie I also have at least 6 different types of salt in the house). An American flad, and flag socks (love that - I have a *thing* for cute socks). Chapstick and handwash - two things that she always has in her purse and everywhere else - I sent lip balm too! Also I have little bottles of handwash too - one is on a clip attached to my purse. This is what happens when you work in a lab or hospital! A Michaels shopping bag - her favourite store (used to mine too, but they closed the one closest to me years ago!). We both love shopping. A beach essential - cute floral flip flops - and I happen to be a slipper loving fiend - foot comfort is essential! A favourite book - This Dog's Life, and we are both dog lovers! A copy of a local magazine (I sent one too!). An adorable cherry patterned paper bag, and pencil - we are both list makers.
A pic of the crafted items - adorable ribbon hairbands. I always hold my hair back for work, and she loves the patterns on the ribbons (I love the combo of black/white/red too, very graphic, and I think te skully patterned ribbon is cute too!). A clear make-up bag she made - I totally thought that was bought until I read the letter. You did a great job, and it will be perfect for carrying some essentials in my backpack for when I work a nightshift and need to freshen up. A Michigan oven mitt - adorable, and I never realised it was hand shaped until you said so - too funny! A crochet themed ornament - but combines two crafting loves of hers; needle felting and crochet! I love it. I love to crochet too, and I just started basic needle felting this past year too! There is a water bottle too, to go with the flip flops, as beach essentials - and I take it orange is a favourite colour?
Also, magnets of her favourite movies. I only remember seeing 16 Candles (loved it too!), and now I will have to find the others to watch them too, because I am not familiar with them at all.
A close up of the makeup bag - love the little patterns.
Up close with Michigan
And then, as I was taking the pictures, I realised I forgot something else - she sent this great bracelet that some students where she works were selling them to raise money for the oil disaster in New Orleans (OMG!!!!!). I love it and put it on right away. It says Give a F*ck, Save a Duck. I love it, andam glad that people are raising money to try to help. What a terrible disaster.
Curousfae, thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself with me, I had a great time reading your letter and love the package, and it has given me some more ideas on what to add to your next package too. I am loving this swap!