Morning. How is your Monday so far? I am beavering away packing up orders and working on my latest top-secret project (if you have followed my blog for a while you can probably make an educated guess as to what that might be...), but I just wanted to stop by and tell you about the Oh Comely Care Package Project because it has brought me so much joy this year! Everything has been sent and rececived by now so it is safe for me to show you.
I am always reading about swaps where you get paired up with a mystery person and send them a package of goodies in return for a surprise of your very own, but I never have time to get involved. However when I saw this one on the Oh Comely blog I was so taken with the idea that I signed up on the spot. We were sent the address of our swap partner together with a little note of things they do and don't like, a spending guide (£10) and a list of the sort of things we should include (something personal; an inspiring snippet; a winter treat). I spent a couple of weeks making things for the box and really loved every part of it - there is something quite special about putting all that thought and time into something and sending it out to a stranger. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy. And karma like that can only be good, don't you think? Here's what I made:
A hand-knitted cabled cowl, some homemade sweet apple & pear chutney, a notelet with one of my favourite quotes from Amelie, the instructions for the best game ever, some gingerbread and the recipe to go with it, a hand-stitched rabbit hoop and a CD of winter songs. My partner said she loves Alice in Wonderland, so that's why I chose to stitch a rabbit and add all the "WEAR ME", "EAT ME", "MAKE ME" etc, tags. I love that when you make things yourself you can get so much more bang for your buck. I'm pretty sure all of the materials came in at not much more than £10 (with a little help from some bargain yarn and free apples and pears from Mum's garden) and I could never have bought all of those things for that little money. Handmade rocks! Obviously there's a lot of time and effort involved too, but making everything is part of the fun. For me at least.
And here is what I got back:
SO MANY PRESENTS! I was incredibly excited when I opened the box and couldn't stop grinning the whole time I was unwrapping everything. There was a little handwarmer, a book (Austenland - perfectly suited to my period drama obsession), lots of pretty cake cases, some really cool turquoise and bronze triangle earrings ("triangles are my favourite shape"), a rose brooch, some beautiful pink striped paper straws (love these), some little cake flags, cookie cutters, magic snow (I'm looking forward to playing with this with my little sisters), a super-indulgent cake in a jar, a card with a Dumbledore quote on (love this too!) and some candy canes. Phew!
I cannot speak highly enough of the whole experience - you should absolutely take part if they do it again next year. Christmas come early. Oh, and it's open worldwide too - even better.
I have some more photos of the knitted cowl I made, along with some other things I've been knitting. I will try and make it back here later this week to show you.
Anyway, best get on. Happy Monday!