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on: May 03, 2007 03:49:36 AM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by Margrethe
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Seems like I'm the first to receive - yay! Got this from my wonderful swap partner, Kurtzie, today:

Cocoa-cup earrings! These are the items I treasure the most from the wonderful package:

Kettle book thong, also wonderful and something I really need Tongue

After-coffee-chewing-gum. That is just so cool!

Ghiraldi cocoa and marshmallows:

Handmade soap! Handmade raspberry cocoa soap!

Handmade cards - "The cocoa collection". So cool!

Butterfinger cocoa. Looks really yummy!

A very beautiful cocoa kettle bracelet. Love the color of the beads

And, now I feel really bad for not getting her a proper card, like the one she sent me. Look at the prettiness!

Last, but not least, it all came in a really cool bubble-envelope!

She has really been the perfect swap partner! Thanks, Kurtzie! Cheesy
on: May 27, 2007 01:25:03 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by mommabear1963
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Finally I am getting up pictures of my great package from ViolinRomance.

Here it is all together 

There is a beautiful pillow with the steaming coffee mug design

A tea spoon from the Sydney Opera House, my daughter collects spoons so I gave it to her,   She was very excited to get a spoon from Austrailia

This decorated tea box   it is so pretty and nicely done, inside the box tea of course

some coffee themed note cards

  This very beautiful Coffee Table book, it has coffee/tea themed pages and recipes and it is so beautiful and interesting, it even has a recipe for coffee bath scrub
I had a hard time picking some favorite pages but here are some of the pages   

some more tea and hot chocolates, and a very nice letter and some Australian coins 

Some Australian maple syrup to go with one of the recipes in the book 

Thank you so much Brianna. 
on: June 16, 2007 02:31:59 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by honeyd
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Finally, pictures!!!! 

I have a lot, so stay focused here!

First everything all together: (except for the collage)

This is the fantastic collage that Fluxity made for me!  It's going to go in my room with all of the art that I collect.

This is the canister filled with teas!  I love the mango one, and the snapple strawberry makes such a perfect iced tea!

These are teas that Fluxity found at a local tea shop near her.  I'm so glad I got you to go in there!  The teas smell wonderful!  And I'm going to make a cup for myself tonight.

These soaps smell so good!!

This is the mini tea set she sent me!

It's perfect size for my new doll!

This is some of the wonderful stationary she sent me.  It's perfect for all of my birthday thank-yous!

And these tiny cards that I'm sending to some special friends =D

She also sent me this great book with tons of quotes and little things to say in letters, like apologies, and thank yous.  It's so perfect!!!

Finally, the wonderful cup!!!

I also have some close up shots of the mini cards and a few more of the tea set in my flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/honeyd/sets/72157600375663556/with/558097591/

Thank you so much Fluxity!  I love absolutely everything!  You have been a wonderful swap partner!
on: May 14, 2007 11:21:18 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by cassafrass
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Ok, I sent to Meredithy last week, and I just can't wait. I have to post pics. Sorry, the light wasn't very good.

(The whole deal)

The purse

Closeup of the pocket on the outside. "With enough caffeine, I could rule the world."

An excuse to show a picture of "the boss". She was making sure the stitchwork was satisfactory.

Ok, it looks a little like... poo. BUT! It's homemade coffee scented air freshner for her car! And it closes, so it doesn't get too intense!

The tea cannister, which allegedly didn't make it.  Cry

Notecards w/ envelopes

Last but not least, a picture of a few extra goodies!

Oh! Added bonus! Recipe to roast your own coffee with a popcorn maker.

I hope you liked it Meredithy!
on: May 23, 2007 05:18:40 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by foob
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So! I received my amazing package from bronzfrog today. Smiley Lets get right to the pictures (tons of em)

First! I got a hand painted tea for one set.

And some really cute marble magnets. The backing is fabric.

A handmade pillow case w/ pillow

A tray that matches the tea for one set.

A necklace that "looks like it should be floating in a glass of ice tea." Smiley I love it. It's so cute.

A very cute teacup candle. Smiley

And of course, tea... It's so delicious. I've broken into it already and it's delicious. Smiley

My doggie Agro wanted to help take pictures of the swap stuff. Smiley

Also, She wanted me to post a picture of the stuff I sent her.

To explain, it was a cocoa package. I figured that we were heading into summer so she needed a reason to drink cocoa other than it's cold out side. So I made a "spa" kit. I put it all in a hand made purse/bag. I made an eye mask and a little bag to hold some of my favorite teas (She said that she drinks tea as well). I sent her some hand made soap (from Austin, where I live) and spa gloves. I also sent her two different cannisters of cocoa. (Raspberry and this yummie organic kind) A book with tons of hot chocolate recipes and some spa towels I was going to wrap the cocoa cup in (but it didn't work out like that). My favorite is the cocoa cup. It's so delicate and pretty. And I'm usually not even into neutral colors. Looking back, I probably should have embroidered something cocoa related on the towels... hindsight's 20/20 right?

PS: Sorry for the incredibly long post. Smiley I just like to take pictures hehe
on: May 16, 2007 10:49:34 AM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by Pheather
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***EDIT:  Thank you both Sammimag and Dulcinea for your help with the pictures.  Hopefully it worked this time.  ***

I received yesterday.  Thank you so much Sammimag, I loved everything.  I now know that I need to get off my butt and learn to read crochet patterns (I have only ever done scarves).  Everything was perfect!  This is my first picture post, so bear with me if the images are large, there are too many or they don't show up.

First of all here is a group shot (except for the cool bookmark, which is in the cup modeling my coffee cozy)

Next are some wonderful fulled/felted coasters shaped like a teapot.

Here is the awesome embroidered hair scarf (which has the same sun/moon fabric as my daughters baby quilt (I love suns/moons/stars)

A coffee cup armigumi (sorry if I spelled it wrong) which now lives on my desk at work.

A coffee cup cozy and some chai tea: with a pattern Sammimag made up (here is where my crochet jealousy really kicks in)

And a knitted dishcloth with a steaming coffee cup design in it (sorry if the picture is hard to see, maybe I will get better at it.  Also the colors are off but it was the best way to show off the pattern).  Sammimag has mad crochet and knitting skills (I can't believe that you just taught yourself, you did awesome)

Awesome bookmark:

Thank you so much Sammimag, you made this experience wonderful.  I forgot a solo picture of the coffee, and it sure smells deliscious.  I am glad you enjoyed everything!
on: May 30, 2007 11:46:02 AM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by smashergrl
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edited to add link:  here is the stuff I sent to dragonsmuse

I got a great package from dragonsmuse yesterday!!

All the loot!!

Dragon TeaPot (which did make it in one piece!)

RAWR!  Monster Cup Cozy

Scented Tea Bag stuffie

Soaps in outerspace shapes (like stars and planets and ships)

Recipe Box

Recipe cards in the box look like tea bags

flavored teas in hello kitty baggies!

I also got a bag of starbucks coffee, hello kitty strawberry pretzels, milk tea, mexican chocolate drink mix, a honey stick, some mints, a green tea gift box, and candy (green tea, coffee and cappucino flavor!!)

Thank you dragonsmuse!!!  I love it all!! 
on: June 02, 2007 11:13:58 AM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by kitschkween
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direct from Leeds, here are all the goodies midnightoak sent me:

group shot



yummy chocolate dipped spoons  Tongue

cute espresso stencils  Cheesy

woodburned tea tray and handpainted teacup and saucer Grin

and my favorite...

this yummy apron!!!
she also sent me Leeds tourist pamphlets. I wish I could go there some time. It looks beautiful.
you are super talented midnightoak! i love everything! the apron was so well made, the woodburning was flawless, the spoons, stencils and teaset are adorable, and i love the treats and tea.thank you so much!!!
on: May 22, 2007 07:33:51 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by razorsharp
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Okay, day two of dental procedure induced intoxification, BUT I think I managed to get the pictures uploaded properly. Here goes:

This is the stuff I recieved from yarn_tart

Heres the store bought yummies she sent. (The coffee crisp bar lost the fight during mailing, but the rest of the stuff is fantastic!)

GORGEOUS tea themed stitch markers. They are SO cute. I am already using them, I started knitting up a sweater last night, and it just so happened that these markers fit on my US9 needles best. They are also my favorite shades of green.

This is some Australian wool she dyed with tea

Scented coasters (that soak up "spilled during nitros haze" hot chocolate accidents quite well!)

A flower pot with a wonderful overlapping tea pot pattern and quote on it.
Inside and next to, is some cocoa mix and scone mix that she sent, I'm going to bake the scone mix tonight to have with breakfast tomorrow once I can eat solids again!

And my personal favorite: This GORGEOUS hand thrown ceramic mug. I do pottery too, so I was stoked to get this! It's nice and light weight so it doesn't feel like you're lifting weights when it's full, and it's glazed a very pretty goldish brown.

She also requested that I post pictures of the stuff I sent her, since her camera cable is lost. I'll wait until she recieves though!

Thank you so much yarn_tart!
on: May 29, 2007 09:15:04 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by ViolinRomance
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Hi guys!
I just wanted to say thanks so much for the lovely comments people made about my package- especially the pillow which is the second ever one I made so I was a bit worried about how it might turn out!

I got my package from mommabear1963 and it's absolutely lovely!
Thankyou so much! Evrything is just gorgeous or delicious!

Here's everything together: I got some jewellery made from beautiful glass beads and silver charms, a Rapunzel scarf in coffee colours, 2 little amigurumi, a cup cozy and some drinkables too.

To drink- mommabear1963 sent me some of her own mixed teas in a few different flavours- one for relaxing nerves and upset stomachs, one that lifts your spirits if you're feeling "blue" and a "fun" tea of rose and hibiscus that is said to induce love/lust!! Sadly the lemongrass mixture she tried to sent didn't make it through quarantine though Sad
She also sent is some great Coconut Rum Coffee that she ground for me (coz I am pathetic and don't have a grinder!) which smells devine and she took notice of my previous posts on the board when I said I love Butterfinger and sent me some hot choc too!

The lovely jewellery- 2 sets of earrings, a 'charm'ing bracelet and a stylish necklace. The beads were shaped like coffee cups and teapots, not to mention the silver charms including teapots, teabags, a little cup and saucer and a piece of cake on a plate witha knife and fork- they are adorable!

The scarf- to get me ready for the winter

The cozy (modelled by the thermis I received in the EOHP Swap) The colours are lovely- I can't crochet so this is great!

And my little donut and cafe con leche.. aren't they cute! Their little smiles make me happy Smiley

Thanks again mommabear1963- you've been a great partner!!
on: May 23, 2007 08:29:07 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by razorsharp
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Okay heres the stuff I sent yarn_tart.

This is just a close up of the embroidery on the tank top. I'm so glad it fits! I hope you find your camera cable because I would love to see an action shot.

These are chocolate cookies made with crushed tea (I used Republic of Teas Vanilla Almond tea, so good.) These are a very special creation of mine to fit the tea theme, they went over so well in our house that I make them every three or four days now to keep on hand (same with the biscotti)

Heres the bag I knitted. It ended up WAAAAY smaller than I thought it would, but it was the first thing I did with cables so I think it turned out okay.

This is the biscotti. I make my biscotti a little less dry and flakey, because I like to eat it as a suppliment to my coffee, not dunked in my coffee. So, its almost like shortbread.

And the really fun thing!

I sent her yarn dyed with tea too! (I also put frozen blueberries and raspberries in with mine to add color.)

I'm glad everything made it there safe. And boy do things ship quick from Ohio to Nevada! I sent on Monday and she recieved today, she sent on Saturday and I recieved on Monday. SUPER QUICK!
on: May 27, 2007 04:19:17 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by hardyswanton01
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I got my package from coral and boy, is it good!  She sent me a totebag made from a burlap coffee sack, biscotti, chocolate (which only lasted until just after i took the pics), 4 interesting tea bags (i'll have to try these soon), a modpodged box, stitch markers that look like coffee beans, and 1 coffee cup sm, a silk sari coffee sleeve, kona coffee flavored macadamia nuts and a travel coffee cup complete with inserts-one fairy, one a goth kind of image.  now i can go to starbucks and get my lattes in a "personal mug".  Now, the pics:

Thanks coral, it's totally awesome and the bag is very original, i'd never have thought of it!  I'm going to start using it tomorrow! Smiley

on: May 03, 2007 10:42:36 AM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by phantomssiren
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Wow Kurtzie Way to set that bar high!! Thats an awesome parcel!

I received from redheadskydiver today.

Coffee biscuits (will take these to work to share as I can't eat nuts).
Coffee themed embroidery.
Dragonfly stitch markers.
Purple "Chai Love" knucks.

close up of the embroidery.

Cute dragonfly stitchmarkers.

Purple Knucks with "Chai Love" on the knuckles. These fit great, but its a little too hot to model them right now.

Thanks redheadskydiver!
on: May 10, 2007 04:40:18 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by Kurtzie
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here is the package that made my day!
my pics aren't as good as margarethe's-

super cool tea photos- the fit right in with crazy coffee table but i'm def. getting frames for these!

love this messanger bag so much fun!

ohhhhh this tea smellllllssss sooooo gooooood! and the honey is amazing! both are from near my swap buddies home Smiley

my favs for last- a wallet which i desperately needed (i just recently decided i hate mine) she read my mind i swear! a super fun tea ball and some coins (my dad collects coins from all around the world and he will be psyched for these).
this was such a great swapping experience!
on: May 14, 2007 03:49:31 PM 
Started by phantomssiren, Message by sammimag
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I got an awesome package from Pheather today.  My kids were as excited as I was open it all.  She out did herself.

Over view of all the xtra goodies and  things she crafted for me.

All the goodies: coffee, tea, instant espresso,  two bookmarks, coffee play dough for the kids, Sweet Elixir of Life (instant homemade coffee mix), very, very yummy btw as I already fixed myself up a cup. like dessert in a cup.  It's lovely coffee apron.

A close-up of the outside of the box of teas:

Tea Box filled with lots of teas, you can see a pretty paper bookmark and a thread book. She also some magnetic frames which I'll be looking for pics of my kids to put on the fridge.

More of the goodies where you can see the pretty bottle with the homemade Sweet Elixir of Life mix. I don't think I will be running out of things to drink for while.

Thanks so much!
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