International Swap – Meg

Another swap time! These are becoming a monthly thing…

This swap was with Meg in Michigan. I’d asked for OCC Lip Tars, which I have been lusting after for ages, and pop tarts, as the UK selection is poor. Awful. Abysmal. She asked for crispy M&Ms, if I could find them, and Paperchase ephemera.

I sent away a box of Paperchase goodies, much more than I usually would have been able to send due to the UK now participating in Black Friday sales  and added in a few Kinder chocolates (not the eggs), and some Milky Way Crispy Rolls. And then I waited.

My parcel arrived on Friday –

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Hooray!

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And she had wrapped each item like a present!

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These were all my goodies!

. A card

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. Red Velvet Pop Tarts – requested any flavour

. EOS lip balms – requested

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. EOS cucumber hand cream

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. Lip Tar – requested

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. Dr. Pepper sweets

. Air Heads candy

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. Smith’s lip balm

. Peeps marshmallow snowman

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. Almond M&Ms – requested

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. Birthday cake M&Ms – requested

This was a brilliant swap, and it has given me so many more things to review and enjoy! America has so many different varieties of familiar things, it makes swaps exciting!

George

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International Swap – Bakhtawar

I completed another swap a few weeks ago, with Bakhtawar 😆 she lives in Lahore, so it was going to be a very exciting swap!

There was a lot of stress around this swap. Royal Mail would only track on the UK side of the swap, and wanted £5 for the privilege, so I decided not to track. The Pakistan post office would track it, but their tracking site went down two or three times a week. On top of this, religious holidays and weekends slowed down delivery, and one parcel spent ages at the airport waiting to go.

The day B’s parcel was supposed to arrive at my house, the delivery driver didn’t knock the door, so the parcel did not arrive. I got home from work and found a card on the hall floor saying delivery had been attempted, but the person who was home had not heard any knocking. It would be at the post office the following day for me to pick up.

Iphoned up the courier and tried to get them to turn the driver round. They have done it before, but not on this occasion. I was due bck in work at 4pm, so I took a chance and went to the post office at 3pm to see if the driver had dropped the parcel off at the end of his round.

Luckily, it was there!

So I took my parcel to work, and then home at 6pm when I was done.

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Pakistan post their parcels in fabric bags. This I was unprepared for.

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And sealed with wax at the top!

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Some food did not make it.

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Some jewellery did. There is another ring, but I need a much better photo of it.

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Some nail fruits!

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Lots of makeup. I didn’t tell her I love eyeliner though! She must be psychic!

I also received a salwar kameez set, the traditional dress and trousers combo you will be familiar with seeing if you live in a UK city, and a beautiful huge kaftan and some scarves. I neglected to take photos of these, I was too busy with all the other stuff!

I need to sew the sleeves onto the kameez, as it is much too cold in the UK to wear without sleeves, and when I do, I shall take a proper photo.

George

Another Parcel From Kitty

So, last week I received another parcel from Kitty. It arrived on the 8th, but I haven’t been able to blog about it properly until today as work, study, and life just seems to have taken me over this week.

I had bought some of Kitty’s unwanted Memebox items off her. If you don’t know what Memebox is, go clicky linky and take a look. It’s like a non – subscription form of a subscription box from Korea, and it usually contains the most adorable things you could imagine. Or, just really useful stuff. Go look!

I did not photo the outside of the packaging. Nobody needs to know my address. But this was the box inside –

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One of her repurposed Memeboxes 😀

I had bought a few things, maybe six, seven things, so when I opened the box –

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– it looked pretty full!

I have seen a lot of people talk about these Shara Shara sheet masks, so I am excited to try one. It was a nice surprise as I hadn’t bought one from her!

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There are sheet masks, a clay mask, eye creams, a lip tint, lip essences, eyeliners, a primer, more eyeliner, a small roller of perfume, and some miniatures.

I had asked for the perfume for Lucy’s Christmas present, but I gave it to her Wednesday in Maccys. Because.

I hope to review almost all of these, so there’s plenty more posts to come! Oh dear! I’m getting a few too many lip products now!

Hopefully Lucy will review her perfume, when she isn’t busy setting up her amazing new cross stitch chart business. We are both businesswomen now!

George

International Swap – Krissy

Something I love doing is receiving gifts and packages from far – flung places. I like to find new things, or specifically request hard to find things or discontinued products.

This week, I received this parcel from America –

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I had arranged a swap with someone called Krissy in the USA. The budget was $40, or £25.

Krissy wanted some football shirts, so I sent her a Celtic shirt, some England shirts, a Liverpool tee, a hat that I think was Manchester Utd. and some pens with Chelsea branding on them. I also included some prok scratchings and kinder egg chocolate – not the egg, the small bars.

As this was a swap with specific requests, in return I had asked for some NASCar tshirts. We don’t get NASCar tshirts in the UK. We don’t even get NASCar on television any more!

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This was inside my package –

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FOUR! I got FOUR tshirts! I couldn’t have done that myself for the budget, even with the amount I paid on top for shipping, I would have had to have paid around $100 the last time I checked out the NASCar store.

I also received some sweets –

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Yum! Never had candy corn before. They taste like fudge.

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We have Werther’s. Not this flavour though. They weren’t amazing, but theu were nice, a few at a time.

I aldo received some Hallowe’en themed chocolate that I neglected to photograph.

In all, though only my second swap with this Facebook group, it has been my best swap so far. I love my tees. Thanks Krissy!

George

A Bad Lesson On Fashion

I recently did a trade with my Twitter friend @sirenmoonbee.  She makes the most twee little earrings, with bows on them!  As part of this trade, I also requested two steampunk clock part rings, on for me, and one for W, my other half.  He said he liked Steampunk, but it wasn’t a trend he would ‘get in on’.  I went ahead and got him one anyway.  He went ‘umm’ and ‘ahh’ when I offered it to him, then put it on.  And wore it out.  All the way round Asda and back home again.  When he got home, we both decided they were ‘dress rings’, or as I call these particular items of clothing or accessories ‘posing wear’.  For going to gigs and stuff, those days when you need to make an impression, or ‘one up’ someone.  I always try that at gigs.  Best dressed band groupie is my award.  Got to be, I am the vocalist’s girlfriend, after all.

He’s going to use his ring in their next photoshoot.  I, however, am going to use it as part of this lesson.  A lesson on Steampunk.  It’s not going to be much  of a lesson, as I don’t know all that much about it, so it’ll be a lesson for both of us, I suppose.

I have a few friends who are into Steampunk.  They like wearing goggles and stuff.  Victorian clothing.  Most of them are geeks.  Not the book loving type, but the I – live – my – life – through – Warcraft type of geek.  Steampunk reapplies the use of brass, leather and iron and puts them in places they probably shouldn’t belong.  Metal keys on keyboards.  Cogs and things instead of hinges.  Or just for decoration.  Think of steam carriages, and the workings inside the engine.  That’s how it all looks.  It’s all about history.  It’s really an extension on the retro fashion that is so in at the moment, except instead of going back to the Sixties, or the Thirties, go back to the Victorian times.  Add some Around The world in Eighty Days, a bit of Jules Verne, and a monocle, lots and lots of polished brass.

That was a rubbish lesson.  Here’s a picture of the ring I got.  Please excuse my nail varnish.

George.