OK - prepare to be jealous! I think I got the best partner in the whole swap, receiving my parcel didn't feel like receiving a swap package - it felt like receiving a parcel from a friend - it is SO clear everything was made with love! This post will be very pic heavy.
P_E_S_T told me she was having a 'crafted or second hand' Christmas - and asked if I was ok with her fitting me in with that- well I was most definitely happy to do so - apart from anything shopping the charity shops for crafting materials was awesome fun! Secondly, I received some amazing presents - and none of them had a negative impact on the environment - perfect!!
I apologise for the many photos - but so many items can not be shown properly in just one photo!
Opening the package felt like a present in itself - everything was wrapped so beautifully. There was a layer consisting of the stocking, a card and some tissue paper which looked pretty enough by itself....
but when I lifted the tissue up - wow, just wow! I will let you see for yourself - but the photo does not show all of the parcels or beautiful paper unfortunately!
even the card is beautiful enough to deserve a close up photo of its very own!
The first thing I allowed myself to open was a very pretty purple box - there were two knitted hanging things knitted from a sari - (WOW!) that I can hang in a room or in my cupboard and put some of the included scent on in order to make the room / cupboard smell nice! I love these - and the scent is amazing - will definitety be putting one in my cupboard!
Whilst stalking my partner I realised she was an AMAZING needle felter! This is a craft I am enjoying learning - so asked her if she could send any tips etc to help me - well she sent me this AMAZING Travelling felting kit. It wraps up like a needle or paintbrush roll but has a lot more compartments inside. Each of these contained fleece with one reserved for needles and one for a needle holder. Even more amazing the fleece was some she had made herself. She gets fleece from a friend who lives in a windmill (jealous much) and keeps two sheep - and then turns it into this beautiful batting for felting with
outside and inside - and below is a shot of all the beautiful colours she sent!
Then came a roll of reusable kitchen towel - which I have wanted for a long, long time! The towels have such lovely fabric on the back - cant wait to use these!
and the lovely fabrics she used on the backs
As if all that is not enough there is a LOT more to come! Firstly a 'memory book' which took my breath away! It has a page for every month of the year - on the front of the page is an envelope for putting a 'memory' in each month - photo, ticket, poem etc etc etc and on the back of every page is a little crafty object for me to open each month and make something using it - such a clever idea - and so very beautifully decorated (she found out I loved magical folk from my pinterest)
Then - and now you get to see what I mean when I say she is an amazing needle felter, I received a beautiful, beautiful felted tealight holder. Again when I was stalking her I saw and immediately pinned another one she had made - not because I thought she was my partner so I ought to pin something she made - but because I genuinely loved it - well, I now have my very own and mine is even prettier!!!
And then, oh and then, something which not only took my breath away but actually made me cry - I LOVE dragons and have quite a few on my pinterest - were this one not made for me it would have been at the top of my pin board - I do not think even somebody who knew me could make anything so perfectly 'me' let alone someone I've only been talking to for a few months - meet Samphire:
As well as all that hand crafted wonderfulness she sent me a good collection of 'bought' items - starting with this little mouse / rat (I am a rat keeper and collect model / toy rats / mice.
A huge selection of cross stitch kits, two christmas trees, and some rat nail decals - one of the cross stitches dates from 1993 - WOW!!!! I will have such fun with these!
and a ready done cross stitch saying I <3 Christmas
I also had an incense stick holder and some insence sticks - but I forgot to take a pic of those! And lastly, as if all that is not enough - she sent a jar of honey from her own bees, and some home made christmas chutney for my husband - I have not taken photos of these as he promptly put them away in the cupboard - but he is very pleased and has asked me to say thank you very much - he is looking forward to tasting them! (he is a proper 'foodie')
I hope I have remembered everything - please poke me if I have forgotten anything!!! And again - thank you so MUCH, not only have I had enormous fun crafting for you - but I so love everything you have sent for me! I need someone like you in my life to help me achieve my aim of living a greener life - so dont think you're getting away too easily now!