Saturday, May 15, 2010

Postcrossing Surprise Swap.

this week's saturday swap is one i've been meaning to share for awhile. It all started when i received this beautiful postcard from a sweet girl named Faith. The postcard is her Mom making a flower crown for a tea party they had to celebrate the vernal equinox.


when i registered the postcard on postcrossing, i left faith a message telling her how delighted i was to get my first handmade postcard & how i believed in magic and faeries. We emailed back and forth & agreed how lovely it is to meet a kindred spirit. Imagine my delight when i got a curious little package in the mail a couple of weeks later. The handwriting was familiar but it took me opening the package to realize that it was Faith's.


a true delight and such a wonderful surprise!!!

Faith & her Mom Mary Beth sent me a mix of their favorites:






an old copy of "I capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith (with a picture her younger brother drew for me tucked in the pages), home made plum jam Mary Beth made, along with a knitted wash cloth (great for kitchen messes) she also made, a bar of sweet scented soap ("scent is often a great transporter to another time + place"--i mean how cute is Faith?), a neat-o fabric strip faith made that i use as a belt, a tin of natural treasures, a milk carton wallet faith made (creative crafty goddesses, aren't they?), and a couple of "silly" add-ons; a game of hearts and a minnie notebook.

i could not believe how wonderful everything was! and that together they took the time to package a beautiful surprise for me. I was completely touched.


i decided to send back a return surprise. It was so much fun putting together bits & pieces of whimsy for them both.






i sent along ephemera cards, my old copy of "A Wrinkle In Time" with a letter inside, glittery key ornament, vintage crest buttons, handmade heart soap from Poland, incense brass holder, indian purple cloth tea candle, Dolci scented shimmer powder, vintage photograph postcard, spring embroidery, spool of baker's twine, wooden frame, coffee cup with a heart handle, a necklace my auntie made, and my absolute favorite european cookies for my coffee/tea.


i just adored this surprise exchange.

Mary Beth has a little corner of the internet called salt and chocolate (you can read her part of the exchange here). Thank-you Mary Beth!!! & how wonderful you must be as a Mother. xoxo

(next week we'll talk music)

14 comments:

Megan said...

Isn't the kindness of strangers amazing! So glad that you have made such a wonderful friend through postcrossing. It goes to show what a great project it is.

angelina la dawn said...

how wonderful! i simply adore i capture the castle.

Claire Kiefer said...

Man, the Tutti Dolce creme brulee bubble bath was my absolute favorite . . . but now I think it's discontinued! So sad. I LOVED that bubble bath!

Belen said...

what sweetness!

and is that a gigantic key?! i love it! is it a mirror on the other side? if so, i'd love it even more! ahhhh!!!!!

Lillian Chang said...

How sweet!! I love this :) It would brighten anyone's day to have found someone that you can share little packages of whimsy with...so glad to hear that you've made a friend like this :)

Faiza said...

thank you for sharing this! i love hearing about the kindness between people. happy day to you.

Sarah C said...

ah! what awesome packages... i love the kindness of friends who have never met :) Also, I capture the castle and Wrinkle in time are two of my favorite stories!!

Annie Cristina said...

I Capture the Castle is a truly amazing book. I hope you enjoy it! :D

Brandi said...

How much fun! There are so many amazing people out there. It's incredible to stumble across one so lovely.

Cynthia said...

I love this, i think i need to start getting into swaps it so fun and a great way to know new friends

Laura Loo said...

that is so cute!! lovely gifts all around... and what a sweet girl to randomly send a surprise package. and her momma too!

Mary Beth said...

Hi Micaela. We loved our little exchange and are so glad it made you happy as well. As I wrote to your earlier, those delicious cookies 'saved' my mother's day evening ;) I have the big key sitting on my studio ledge right now. Everything is wonderful, and you can be sure that Faith and I will glam up with the sparkly powder this year on the summer solstice. Hugs,
Mary Beth

Faith said...

we loved the swap, too :)

Anna said...

these packages are lovely, what a sweet gesture! plus homemade plum jam, yum!

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