At the end of what I could truly describe as one of the most harrowing days of my life I received Mommabear's swap package! I am afraid I haven't put enough time into getting pictures which will do it justice, but I don't want to take any longer to post to the gallery - although we had mutually agreed to post late I did receive this bountiful box of good cheer on the Wednesday before Easter. So, here goes:
The "major piece" was a Thai Fisherwoman's Skirt made from the tutorial at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=57160.0
. This was made from a white cotton drill fabric with an allover print of pale green and occasional dark/teal green of the text "X-Large". The waist features a lace edging in red and the entire garment is stitched with red to co-ordinate with the edging.
There is heaps - and I mean heaps - of fabric in this skirt. My arms were barely long enough to hold it out to the sides like it shows in the tutorial, however this means it feels very comfy once you get wrapped up in it. Excuse the dopey look on my face - lack of sleep isn't my best look.
Mommabear didn't stop at a skirt though - there is a fabulous top as well! It is in a teal green to match the print on the skirt, features red topstitching throughout for a professional finish, and across the front it has a combination of stencilling and applique which reads "Because X-Large Is Better". The "X-Large" is an expertly finished piece of applique from the fabric used for the skirt, while the rest has been stencilled using a font reminiscent of that used on cargo boxes. Here it is, with another gormless look from me:
Okay, so the outfit also has jewellery to match. Correction: a choice of jewellery
to match! Long dangle earrings which came in their own velvet pouch:
And then there is another set of jewellery, two pair of earrings plus a necklace, but Mommabear has asked me not to post pictures as there is another lucky Craftster who is set to receive something similar in a current swap.... oooooh I just bet that anyone currently involved in a swap with Mommabear is tingling now!
Don't imagine it could stop there... not when there's a scarf to match as well
You will see that little doll nestled amid the luxuriant fibres of the exotic scarf - well she is a cute and chubby little girl called a "Shortie" by Mattel. I've not seen anything like it in Australian shops (my eldest daughter is into Bratz) but I feel like I've got my own doll with 'tude now! BTW, I had always thought it was funny that the Bratz dolls' feet come off in order to change their shoes, but this doll's whole body
comes off in order to change her clothes! Imagine how good it would be if you'd abused one body with too much labour, drink, stress or whatever, and could just put on your spare
Mommabear must have worn herself out because she also made time to crochet two beautiful coasters, beaded and beautiful. I showed them to a friend and said "they are too good to ever use as coasters - I think I'll sew them onto a bag or something, so I can show them off". Here they are:
Plus a closeup of the beading:
For pampering purposes there was included a cocoa candle (it smells divine) and some almond soap (it smells just like marzipan and Mommabear would have had no way of knowing, but anything almond is an especial weakness of mine). There were also numerous small sachets of perfume wipes, tiny lipsticks, eyeshadows (which were in my colours, no less!) and even the sachets were presented in an extra special home-made envelope (and for your information, folks, that yellow paper envelope is stitched and features a real satin bow!):
I'm lacking a picture of the rest of the lipsticks, etc I mentioned above - the battery on my camera ran out while I was at this task.
The entire package was accompanied by copious amounts of fragrant wrap, a wonderful letter which made me feel very special and had obviously taken time to compose and present so beautifully, plus a card as well. All so very wonderful. So very special. So thoughtful. Surely an apt description of the package's creator?