Have you noticed that pairs of partners have been receiving at the same time? That's so cool!
Glad you liked the harvest basket. The wood came courtesy of my boss - the cedar was scrap he had left over from building a new deck, and the oak branch was one I kept after helping him prune a tree last fall. (Never throw anything out.)
Those beans look like a good start to your harvest! There was also another loose stone in the package - did you find it?
Here's the great package I received in return:
First, this excellent personalized Lammas card and the warm fleecy nightcap I'd strongly hinted about. It's a bit large even for my
oversize head, but that's so much better than too small, which is the kind of hats I usually get! It'll be easy to make it a bit smaller, but I don't think I'll alter it until I've worn it one night. Large might turn out to be the right size!.
And this extraordinary shirt! Complicated neckline and lace-up cuffs, sleeve gussets, gores for added fullness at the waist - it would've been quite a challenge to sew from a full-size pattern - it's hard to imagine you just drafted it from a tutorial! (It's quite a good fit, by the way.) Sorry about the dull indoor photo - I was planning to do it outside this afternoon, but a thunderstorm got in the way.
Look how great the sleeves are!
But that's not all!
The extras included a beautifully-scented jar candle, a pot of deliciously citrus-y lip balm (it's hard to imagine needing that in this muggy heat, but it'll be much appreciated in a few months!), a bottle of essential oil insect repellent (that
I can certainly use right away!) and four perfectly-matched pieces of beach glass from Lake Erie. (I especially love beach glass, which you must have somehow intuited.)
And best of all - a lifetime supply of shaving soap! There's a background story here: HG and I were partners in a swap a year or more ago, and she sent me three pieces of shaving soap. Unlike so many homemade soaps it lasts forever
- I still have one piece left from the original swap! I mentioned that it was my favourite shaving soap ever, so she sent the rest of the batch!
Thanks for all this great stuff. I hope it was fun to make - it certainly was to receive!