I got the package from Heather (Nicegoing) on Friday, as I was frantically trying to finish the last project. Worry not, I plan to mail everything tomorrow!
I toyed with the idea of not opening the box till my own package was safely en route, but that lasted about 1.2 seconds. So I got the cutter and this is what I first saw:
Adorable! I don't know if you coordinated the tissue paper with the postcard colors, but i love how they work together. Great job packing! Sadly, don't expect the same packaging quality from me...
I unpacked the loot:
Where to start???
I was so awed when I saw these ornaments. They are called Kusudama Balls, and Heather said that she had been wanting to make them for a long time.
I especially love the sensitivity that Heather showed when deciding what to make for me. I can see how she spent some time looking at my Craftster posts, my Etsy shop, my Wists, to get an idea of what I liked. These balls, for example, are a perfect example of using a medium I love (paper) and materials I love (upcycled). She used an old map, pages from an old novel, and magazines.
I had some trouble choosing how to display them for the photo, and I ended up busting out the socks dryer-hanger thingie. It did the job. Love them love them love them.
On to package #2:
I am amazed at the professional way this cosmetic bag has been put together. I took so many photos to show how perfect the corners are. The way the zipper is set, with the tiny triangles on each end, is amazing. I love the careful detail, and the contrast of the yellow lining. How did you know I'm makeup-crazy?
This cosmetic bag was an extra, because Heather said she wasn't terribly happy with this other item:
I am also jewelry-crazy, and on my Wists I have several Anthropologie necklaces with frayed flowers. I truly love this. Anthropologie has nothing on you! What's even better is that I don't have any necklaces with this color combination. This will be perfect for those days when I feel like dressing in black, because it will introduce a pop of color.
Finally I opened the last package:
This purse is repurposed from an old pillowcase. Once again, I'm amazed at the very professional way this purse is put together. I love the geometric pattern of the fabric.
Kudos to Lapoli, for matching me with someone as fabulous as Heather, and of course many, many thanks to Heather for a swap that went beyond the call of duty. THANK YOU!!!