I sent Neva's out on Friday, as well.
Everything was beautifully wrapped:
I had some help opening the presents:
The whole swap:
I thought it was awesome that Neva sent me some of the little cats she makes. They are even cuter in person:
Next up are some lovely natural skin products. (I'm not taking the "you stink" thing personally.)
Also, a nice tea to enjoy with some vegan caramels (they have those?!?):
And last, but not least; Neva made me a beautiful flower pendant:
Thank you so much for your generosity during this month's swap. I hope you like what I sent your way!
I will share it in a moment, but first I want to address what I think is the lop-sided nature of our swap. When I put together my package to send to her, I was pretty proud of it. There wasn't a lot in it, but I handcrafted all but one item and put several hours into it. After seeing what my partner did, though, I feel quite humbled. I have decided that I will be sitting out the next swap and sending a second package to the Great White North to make up for what I feel is a disparity.
OK, on to the good stuff!
I was thrilled to find the package, and it was even more fun to open with my equally-excited three-year-old helping. Right away, she noticed the cupcake cups, and I believe that some baking is in my very near future. To go along with that, morrigane included an awesome variety of autumn/Halloween sprinkles (which Dot is currently enjoying on her yogurt).
Next up was a beautiful candle holder that she painted herself in autumn colors. It is absolutely beautiful and will add such a warm glow on winter evenings.
She also hand made a gorgeous sun catcher in autumn colors (that came wrapped in a black bag with spider webs on it...so cute). It positively sparkles without the sun, so I can imagine it will be breathtaking in the light. Along those lines, she also created me an amazing beaded and gold necklace. It's already my new favorite piece of jewelry. (I'm so sorry the pictures are so blurry, the kids were not being very patient with me while I took them...)
The little canister with the blue lid is loose tea, and I've never seen anything like it. It's called Glitter and Gold, and it has little gold balls in it that apparently give the tea a golden color (with glitter). Morrigane recommends drinking it from a clear glass. There was also a book of autumn photos, and some window clings that spell "Give Thanks" to put in the window for the upcoming holiday.
Finally, there was this banner that she also hand made. It reads "be grateful," and I definitely am!
Morrigane, this swap was above and beyond. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and positive energy!
- Current Mood: grateful
Grizzly and clouds to cover up addresses so its not roaming around Flickr... and also to scare off Chloe cat, LOL :)
Yes, it smelled good so yes, a cat HAD to check it out. Plus it smells of Canada, which is completely unique to a US-born and raised kitty. Chloe was reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally into this bag. ;) Also I opened it with scissors before remembering to take photos. Doh!
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Thank you sooooooooooooo much, Lena. Everything is fabulous. I even get to fight Ryan for the k-cups. It's truly an autumn adventure in a box. I cannot wait to take a bath and come out smelling golden like the crisp autumn air. Thank you. <3
ETA: I need to learn HTML all over again apparently. Sorry! :x
ETA #2: I tried one of the coffees last night and it was so smooth and mellow... love love!
I got a lovely candle and footie fuzzies with jack-o-lantern faces, a Glamourkin, essential oil (Is Herbalist Delight the name of the place? There's a place called that at the MD Rennfaire I go to...), omfg clove chewing gum which I have the hardest time finding, and lavender alongside sleep balm which I so need right now because I feel so gross. D: D: D:
All in all, pretty badass. Thanks again, Sara.
PS - I'm glad you liked the candle holders! I made myself a matching set, and I'm excited to maybe hear how your NaNo story goes? I am a big mythos/storytelling nerd, so your subject is relevant to my interests. *beams*
Well, after three days of techno-wierdness, LJ appears to be allowing me to post again! So here goes another try at some long overdue swap squee! I received my swap package from mermaiden a couple of days ago, and the things she chose to send were so beautiful and thoughtful! All wrapped in crushed tissue of deep Autumn orange, she sent the gorgeousness pictured below....
There were two beautiful autumn necklaces, and a gorgeous halloween glamourkin....
An exquisite, Victorian style journal....
Warm fuzzy socks in Autumn orange!
Three darling headbands, one with a beautiful peacock style applique,
two with adorable tiny hats!
This marvelous book by George MacDonald (illustrated by Arthur Hughes!)
And not one, but three beautiful scarves/ shawls!
Wrapped in the shawls was the beautiful porcelain mask, which (so I am informed) has a story in it, just waiting to be written. (I have discovered this to be true, and can hardly wait to write it!)
... all of these wonderful treasures were tucked in with thoughtful, lovely hand written notes.
I feel very loved..... and terribly, terribly spoiled!!!
mermaiden, thank you so very, very much, everything is SO beautiful!!
I hope that your package has arrived safely?????
Inside the box, I found the most fabulous array of Autumn goodies....
A handmade rune set, shaped like little leaves, in a handcrafted origami box (I can't wait to use them!)
Pralines and coconut chewy from NOLA (the pralines have already been nommmmed)
A handmade dream catcher with the sweetest owl charm
The piece that took my breath -- a windchime from Woodstock Percussives, with lovely autumn leaves. It sounds so amazing.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something.....once the camera charges so I can upload the pics, I'll jog my memory.
Thank you so much for a lovely swap!
I got it into my bedroom and opened up the gargantuan box and found a world of happy, white packing peanuts, and a Box-in-a-Box (Picture). Which I giggled as I pulled off the two inch top layer, transferring it into a trash bag. Until I could free up the new box and open it.
Which led to a pile of autumn wrapped presents! That were gorgeous and totally made me all sorts of excited-nervous at them.
I started with the smaller very wrapped small boxes. Though it's not in this picture, what I opened first was the jar of honey, from makers near her, where she and her son visit the bees. Then the box with a beautiful trinity of small treasures: an autumn themed ornament made from a gourd, a glamourkin reading "the witch distilled her love", and a ball meditative copper (which i keep picking up and rolling around in my hand every twenty or so minutes).
The next small packet contained an autumn theme notepad, spiral, and a tiny book of Thanksgiving Addresses from native Indians translated to English. Which are so amazing. (This is one of the things I was most giddy about when we got matched. Because Rachel is one of those kindred people who I see, also, totally dedicated, to gratitude in your life, at all times.)
I saved the last three huge wrapped ones for last. A little nervously.
I opened them in a specific order and I'm going to talk about that, because I want to share it with her. I went smallest to largest. First I opened the trio of stacked bowls, with the beautiful edges of autumnal patterns. Toying with their ribbon and smiling. And then I go to the second to last, second largest. I could tell it was a book from its heft and shape, but I literally couldn't breathe once I got the paper off. I'd find later in her card a written waffling on this one.
But I teared up at this part of my gift. Running my fingers over the well-worn cover. This is random sort of miracle I can't explain, and something I'm very sure she wasn't aware of. Leaves of Grass, and especially "Song of Myself," is among my very favorite poems. Walt Whitman is my favorite Transcendentalist, and long before I met Rachel, I can still remember the way my backyard smelled the day the sky and the ground opened and I understood and fell in love with Leaves of Grass.
It's one of the reason both my kindles have been named 'Leaves of Grass,' why I still had all my versions. And I'd never in my whole life seen an illustrated version. I didn't even know one existed. I didn't start reading it. But I started petting illustrations throughout it. And tearing up. And I'm not sure I can properly express just how much this really won't be handed off to anyone anytime soon, Rachel.
Already at massively moved, I shifted to opening the very last box, and as a note of hilarity? I don't swear. I can do it for writing. I can do it when I accidentally hurt myself in a massive way. Or apparently when I open up the last box, expecting, I don't know anything but this. And sit there, staring in awe, blushing while my hands are covering my mouth. I've never had a season wheel. It's actually on a rather short list of things I've wanted for longer than I could even count, but never would let myself buy.
The detail is so amazing and the back has eight different hooks so you can turn it as the wheel turns. And I can't stop petting it. And it's going to go above the family/seasonal altar. And I can't believe I have all of these truly, gorgeous beautiful things sitting here on my bed with me, radiating such warmth and love and gratitude and the autumn of shared hearts. My heart is so shiny and overwhelmed tonight with light.
Thank you so, so, so much, dear one.
I hope that you enjoy it and that it is BAMTACULAR.
Posting this early bc I will completely forget to post otherwise (and have a horrifically busy work day ahead, ugh). Hope that's all right! :)
ETA: Cripes is tracking numbers internationally expensive! Well then. No tracking number, but they said 7-10 days arrival. Considering your necklace order from me arrived before one to Colorado, I am hoping this means it will arrive before October is over! ;)
I cheated and added a little something for you and Jenn....
I have already read Volume 1, mostly while soaking in two baths Friday and Saturday night, and I very much enjoyed it. I look forward to reflecting on the colors in the months to come.
- Current Mood: contemplative
- Current Music:Dvorak - "Othello overture"
- A gorgeous maroon & silver scarf
- A gold & red, double-sided, sari-wrap skirt
- A bag full of fresh lavender
- A lovely mixed music
- A somehow missing from the picture box of Amethyst incense
And the piece that stole my breath. A beautiful, small chakra wall scroll. (Up on my wall, to the side of my Temple of Twelve altar, where I see it all day every day now, too. Thank you will never be a good enough word, my dear.)
My swap from sugarmaplelife arrived and it's beautiful! Please allow me to share. ♥
I'd asked Rachel to do me the favor of introducing me a bit to Isis, as she was our guest of honor at the Manitoba Goddess Festival this year. I felt like I hadn't spent a lot of time getting to know her, despite seeing the parallels between the energy surrounding us and her realm of influence. In response to my request, Rachel sent me -
~* a red handmade notebook
~* two beautiful red and gold bags for treasures
~* bead and gourd bowl
~* a delicious apple cider tea (I swooned over the scent of this!)
~* clay sun token (I swooned again!)
~* a glamourkin charm
~* a beautiful handmade card to be opened last, describing the gifts and energies at work. ♥
Thank you Rachel, for your thoughtfulness, poetic expression, and for making this first swap a lovely experience for me!