So far I've not been paired with a blog I already follow, so it is fun to discover a new one and the amazing (ALWAYS, isn't that the best thing about blogs?!) woman behind it.
This year it was Being Frank, aka Nuzzle, who had been in a bit of a dry spell blogging wise. But OH MY!! What an amazing person she is! We have had a wonderful time chatting back and forth and it turns out she has been a quiet reader of mine for a while, and even did an entire "backlist review" once so she probably knows more about me than I do.
Actually, she does! When her bundle arrived last week, in it was the most incredible thing. I confess tears came to my eyes. She did a mind map about me - what I was into, key phrases, (More is more!!) with lines connecting related themes. I had one of those supremely precious moments of feeling understood.!
So, when I went to photograph what she sent, the camera had disappeared. And finally days later I found it, and here we are!!
The cold light in this photo tells you as much bout how freezing it is here as I could ever write! From the left: a length of watermelon silk habotai, a blue butterfly motif, tiger bias binding, tiger elastic, grommets in an organza bag, beading trim, The Little Book of Corsets, all sitting on 1m of real black coutil!! Oh, and a busk!!Now to unpack the logic behind this lot - Nuzzle picked up on Constance being quite fond of shiny and animmal print things - hence the tiger elastic and bias binding and bead trim. Tiger print things!! We do not get such fabulosity here! And the butterfly, now Nuzzle may not know this (did I blog it? Can't remember) but a similar blue butterfly is hidden on the lining of my wedding dress as my something blue. I will put this onto the jeans that already have Sian's lovely Welsh and Indian decons from my very first craft swap. If the jeans survive, they may well end up with more decon than denim!
The black and white spot ribbon even is lovely and that was just in the wrappings.And the gorgeous silk, I adore silk, was from her stash. I see another camisole in my life - silk against the skin is essential in this freeing winter, being soo much warmer than wool.
And then, real coutil, a busk and a book of corsets! Now that rocked me. In Kiwiland busks and coutil cost a fortune as we have to import them and the shipping costs more than the things themselves! I think I am being challenged to make a corset for Constance? Hmm. I will seriously think about it - I have long toyed with the idea of an under bust, just for fun, and heavens know I have enough squish to just maybe achieve some kind of waist!
Thank you Nuzzle for your amazing thoughtful generosity, not just in the selection of goodies but in every sense.
You can see Nuzzle's post about what I sent her here.