Is there any easier gratification than opening up a packed envelope of STUFF? It really doesn't matter what it is, and it doesn't matter that what I received from SonjaBoo is, in some cases, almost identical to what I sent her. In fact, that makes me even more excited to see it! Sorting through it again this afternoon to take photos was just as exciting as seeing it for the first time last night. Was this what Christmas was like when we were very small? I don't remember, but I'll bet a neurologist would look at the brain scans and say they were exactly the same.
Anyhow, here's the amazing pile of stuff I got:
First off, several vintage magazines and booklets, including this 1950's Boy Scout manual on fingerprinting. (Introduced by J. Edgar Hoover himself!) This is especially funny, because one of the things I think I sent was a fingerprint card. I also sent some pages from a bird book, but fortunately not the same one she sent me. The brochure from the UFO Museum in Roswell is a particular favourite. And there are several paper sample books and some book pages.
SonjaBoo warned me that she had lots of scrapbook papers to get rid of, and I said "Bring it on!" And did she ever - along with pages from paper sample books and other great papers. Some of it is flocked, and none of it is glittery. (Thank you for that!)
On the right-hand side here is sample of tarot-themed wallpaper that I love so much I'm going to have to see if the pattern is still available. (It says "Printed in Canada", so you never know.) Needless to say, I also sent a wallpaper sample, though a couple of generations older and not half so cool. There were various book pages (including one from a Golden Book guide to wildflowers that I'm pretty sure I own), ephemera, more printed papers, and a large folded sheet of green glassine paper.
A few hand-painted papers. I think I sent about the same amount.
Some vintage fruit labels and Victorian photographs (both original and repro), postcards, a spelling notebook, bingo card, valentine, coffee sleeve (I wish I'd thought of sending one of those!) and a couple of Lunar New Year's money envelopes. I had intended to include a few in my package too, but I never had a chance to get down to Chinatown to a stall I know that always has the best selection. And tickets - we all love tickets, don't we?
And finally some miscellaneous stuff, including die-cuts, tags (both chalkboard and translucent), a couple of slide mounts and a bee-impressed Paperclay medallion that I absolutely love. The pharmaceutical label rub-ons are pretty spectacular, too.
Thank you for all this fabulousness, Erika! Like you, I could have sent 10 times as much, and it would probably have made it even more obvious that you and I have exactly the same stash!