In the dark days at the end of last year I signed up for Ali's Seven Days of Specialness swap, along with half the blogosphere, it seems! My partner was Jo from French Knots, and she put together a fab package of gorgeousness for me - well, seven packages actually. I was amused to realise we had both forgotten to label our carefully wrapped packages with the order in which they should be opened, and found it even funnier that we'd independently chosen the same wrapping method - pink tissue and pretty ribbons! Clearly we were well paired :-)
Shall I show you? Oh, go on then.
Sleepy tea (invaluable last night as the smalls shared my bed and wriggled); a lovely little tin for buttons and beads; an adorable tiny embroidered picture which is now by my bed; a buttony heart to cheer up the kitchen; some flower seeds ready for me to reprise my Sarah Raven impersonation of last year.
A proper needlebook, and I know it's mine because it has my name on it; and a tiny, beautiful thimble with a hidden panel of exquisitely small embroidery. Jo says she did it herself but I think she must have a stitching fairy as I'm not sure how else she could see to make such minute stitches!
Thanks Jo, your parcel made an otherwise grey and dull week seem like the first week of spring; and thank Ali for being a swap organising genius!
PS If you want to see what I sent Jo has posted about it here. But you should go and visit her anyway, because she's lovely!