I know you all *think* you got the best package... Sorry to disappoint you all. Silentblair put together an absolutely wondrous box of potterific lovelies. I apologize in advance that my photos aren't very great. My batteries were dying, so my camera refused to let me use its flash.
Here's everything all together... Really can't pick a favorite item. Really.
This hat is amazing in the extreme. Not only is it JUST exactly my style, but it is made from salvaged yarn, which is way cool. Totally love upcycled/recycled stuff!
Next up... stamped leather bracelet. Squee! I wore this to work and everyone loved it, even though no one knew what it was from. I work with a bunch of muggles.
My cute, tiny Stupefy hoop! Check out all those tiny french knots! And out of metallic silver thread, no less. Silentblair must have the patience of a saint. I will be hanging this in my kitchen, I think. I have a skinny wall bit between the back door and the window that is empty. This will fit nicely!
A real Slytherin Patch! Aaaaannnnnd! A tiny Potions book ornament! With real pages. With itty bitty print and pictures. So lovely!
Ok, these are just plain fun... popsicle stick characters!
Side one... My new favorite coffee mug. Because... it's Snape. <3
Side two... <3 Isn't silentblair amazing?!
And take a look at this bag! It's not only gorgeous, but it's the perfect size. I can't even begin to say how much I adore this. And take a peak at what was hidden inside...
Cut paper book covers! Hogwarts - A History. What a cool idea!
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
And how clever... The Invisible Book of Invisibility
These three beauties will be finding a place of honor... I'm thinking of hanging them along the wall of the short hallway thing which is kind of the center of our house. You literally have to pass through the hallway to get anywhere in the house, so they will get seen by anyone who comes to visit. I am sad I can't hang them yet, though, as we are renovating the entire house, from back to front. The sunroom/back porch and kitchen are done. We are working on the living room now. The hall is up next, though!
Last, but not least:
Sweet Howler inspired fingerless mitts! Really perfect for reading in bed with, and double awesome because I lost mine over the summer.
Thank you, silentblair, for being such an incredible swap partner... And I apologize for not posting these earlier. I thought I had the morning off, because I NEVER work mornings... but I ended up being scheduled for 7 am today! Oops.
Everyone else... you may commence being jealous over my most amazing loot.