Overdue, by a little

Early in February I signed up to participate in a swap hosted by Leah at Our Yellow House. I’ve been off swaps for a few years now–mostly because most of them are really huge and focused on the stuff rather than on the connection. But this one appealed to me because it’s a one-to-one swap (so you’re matched with one other person), and because participants aren’t allowed to spend any money. Yup, that’s right: you need to work with what you have, and send four things that meet certain descriptions.

I was matched with Melinda, who is unfortunately blogless. We’ve been writing back and forth, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her. What an interesting person! Maybe one day if she starts a blog you’ll get to discover her wonderfulness for yourself; until then, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Her package for me arrived last week. We didn’t even have to mail stuff until the end of the month, so its early arrival was a pleasant surprise.


Everything in here was handmade by Melinda. The little book (she knows about bookbinding–how cool is that?) has several pages with pockets at the beginning. I think this may become my new knitting notebook! At the bottom right is a sewn coffee-cup cozy that I know will come in handy. And at the bottom right?


This is what it looks like opened up. It’s a reusable sandwich wrap! I have been wanting one of these since I first started seeing them online a few years ago. My usual MO is to wash out and reuse ziploc bags until they fall apart, but I like this option much better.

Thanks, Melinda! My package to you went out in yesterday’s mail–I hope you like it!

6 Responses to “Overdue, by a little”

  1. Ginaon 03 Mar 2010 at 10:58 am

    Those are totally awesome! What thoughtful, lovely treats. I love handmade things! Have you joined the flickr group for this swap? You can get to it from here:

    Leah has a link at the end of that post to the flikr group.

  2. Marshaon 03 Mar 2010 at 11:44 am

    Thanks for the reminder about the Flickr group, Gina! I’ve just added my photo to it. Mine is the first photo in the group so far–I hope other people post, too!

  3. melindaon 03 Mar 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I’m so flattered by all the nice things you said about me and about the goodies. And thanks for posting photos–you’re the best! I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve sent to me…

  4. Katie Jon 03 Mar 2010 at 10:13 pm

    And when Melinda receives her package, will you post photos of the goodies you sent her? I love this swap. (I’m actually swapping with Leah.)

  5. Marshaon 03 Mar 2010 at 10:16 pm

    @Katie: She doesn’t have a blog, but she has joined the Flickr group for this swap, so I’m hoping she’ll post about it there.

  6. Chrison 04 Mar 2010 at 10:42 am

    I’ve never even heard of a reusable sandwich wrap. Interesting!