Friday, June 11, 2010

Momiji mug

Momiji mug
Originally uploaded by emsanpemsan
Don't you just love the Momiji stuff? So cute and colorful and kind of childish in all the best ways. I got this mug from my good friend Nicole and it made it all the way from Germany in one piece. Yay!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A colorful explosion in a box!

happy mail day!
Originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat

I received this amazing package of goodies from the wonderful FuzzyStuffies aka TheFruitySalad this past weekend! After a few crappy days involving a personal matter, this really wonderful package made my whole weekend a lot brighter and less gray!
The amigurumi's are handmade, the deer (Lou - named that way because he's blue and looks like he could be deery lou's brother) was made for me as a RAK and the little octupus (whom we now call Octavia :) was sent along for my boyfriend! Aren't they SO well made? Lou can even stand on his own :D Everything is totally tailored to my likes and receiving packages like this reminds me why I love Swap Bot so much! Through it I've met many wonderful people like Olivia! Thank you again my dear! Big hugs!!

Oh and if you like that little box pouch which is also handmade (and sent to me for a Tag at swapbot) check out her Etsy store LittleWhimseys :D

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Kokeshi stickers by Stephanie Fizer

I got some kokeshi stickers in a swap, aren't they cute? If you haven't visited Stephanie Fizer on Etsy it's about time! She has some very cute stuff. I have a couple of her prints too and they are wonderful.

Monday, April 19, 2010

We got an award!

We got this sunshine award from Halibu Valley. Thanks so much!

I'm suppose to pass it along to 15 bloggers and that's a challenge! I don't think I can come up with that many right now but here are some: the Dainty Squid, Swap-bot weblog, miss indie, MayaLee, Indie Icing, Hey Jennecy, gemgirlart, thefruitysalad, twogirlstwopostcards.

The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity & creativity inspires others in the blog world. The rules for accepting this award are:

Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
Pass the award onto 15 bloggers.
Link the nominees within your post.
Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Springtime mail

image A fun springtime swap that really brightened my day from my good friend Shanda. Lots of pretty items!

And I got some US candies too… mmmmmmmmm. Gotta love those sour patch gummies.

Why not send a friend a spring package? Getting sunshine in the mail is lovely.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Happy mail indeed!

Look at these wonderful goodies I got in the mail. They arrived just in time to save my day – it wasn’t a very good one. But a package like this can really brighten any day.

Yummy tea, lip balm, stamps, masking tape, a wonderful book with stickers/labels and an awesome tin house (lantern). All the way from a good friend in Germany!

Thank you so much Nicole!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hoppy Easter Giveaway

Hoppy Easter Giveaway
Originally uploaded by fuzzystuffies
There's a giveaway at and the prize is this adorable amigurumi bunny! I know I would love to win - wouldn't you? All you have to do is pop in and leave a comment.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed this bunny will be moving to Sweden soon. ;-)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thanks Swap-bot Weblog!

We are really happy to be included in your Friday link love: April extravaganza!

Crafty recycling - Easter wreath

Originally uploaded by MayaLee ♥
When I saw this cute wreath that MayaLee made re-using her christmas wreath I though about the April Stash Bust! This is a fun way to use things you might already have and make something that feels new. And that little chicken is just too adorable!

For more pics please visit MayaLee.

I wish you all a Happy Easter! Here in the northern parts of Sweden there's still snow and today is cloudy and grey. Lucky for me I have an Easter dinner with my family to look forward to.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter eggs - amigurumi style

Bear with me please--this is my first ever blog post!

I recently learned to crochet for the sole purpose of being able to create adorable amigurumis. I had bought a crochet hook quite awhile ago, but it wasn't until a Flickr friend, fuzzystuffies, taught herself to crochet and started posting pictures of her amazing amis on Flickr that I decided that I really need to get serious.

Several library books later along with a bit of frustration and sore fingers, I have produced a basket full of eggs! Pattern is from Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli. I was bit disappointed at first that mine turned out too big for an egg carton, but they look pretty cute in the basket, which is probably where they belong any way!

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter.

Altered Tin by ShandaPanda

Altered Tin Swap~Sent
Originally uploaded by Shanda Panda
I just had to show off this gorgeous tin by ShandaPanda. It's awesome! I love the colors, the button - everything. And the photo presentation is really nice too.

I wish I could master the tin altering thing but I am no good at it. I tried once with a fairy themed one and it was a MESS. It turned out ok in the end but I never really felt like trying it again. I think I'm way too impatient. And also, there really aren't any tins around here for altering. Some mints come in tins but they are rare and those tins are tiny. Don't really have any craft stores here either. I'll leave the tins to those who rock at altering them!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Mail 2009

Happy Mail 2009
Originally uploaded by emsanpemsan
When I saw Tarah's lovely swap pics below I remembered that I made a mosaic at the end of 2009 with lots of lovely swap goodies I received during last year. I figured I'd post it in the blog too.

When I started swapping in 2007 it was originally only for tea and post cards. Back then I didn't know any people on Swap-bot, I just joined random public swaps. Lots have happened since then! I can't even remember how I met all the wonderful friends I have now.

It makes me so happy seeing all these things around our home that remind me of my friends. I'm so lucky! Alot of things I use all the time, like mugs, tins, pouches or tote bags. Some things are on my "happy shelf" in the work room just to be looked at. The candy usually doesn't make it that long though. ;-)

2010 has already brought me lots of happy mail too and I hope to be sending even more of it out to my awesome friends!

Little easter bunnies by Moa Maria

Happy Easter!
Originally uploaded by ♥ Moa Maria
I just saw this pic on flickr and I think these bunnies are super cute! I haven't done any easter crafting myself this year but I almost feel like trying these out. The idea is from Martha Stewart.

Anyway, Moa Maria also has a blog I like with lots of lovely photos and right now there's also a giveaway!

My fellow Birdies Rock!

How much do BIRDS rock?!!
Originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat

I just wanted to share this with you all. Ever since I joined in Swap-Bot I met many, many wonderful people. But a few of those people, well they are just extra special :) Thank you Em for starting this blog for us, where we can ramble more about all the wonderful postal goodness :) This is a appreciation post to all of you who have made my days so much brighter upon receiving these wonderful packages and by just being present in my life! I'm lucky to have found friends like you from all over the world!

big hugs! xox Tarah

April Stash Bust

Have you read about the "April Stash Bust"? Sounds pretty cool! It's all about using what you already have in your craft stash during April and not buying anything new. Let's face it, some of us seem to collect supplies in piles! I know I do. So this could be fun. And if you like there's gonna be tips and tricks on what to create with what you already have at home. And also, there's a contest!

I read about this in the Swap-bot blog, check it out!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Matchbox drawer fame!

Thanks so much Tarah for telling me that my kawaii matchbox drawer was mentioned in the Swap-bot blog! I also read that blog but hadn't noticed it.

Anyway, that was my first matchbox drawer and I have only made one more since then. It's hard to get them really good and sturdy. But they sure do look cute! Do you guys make them?

Easter surprise!

image Thanks so much Ingrid for the lovely card! I have been so busy lately with everything going on my life I didn’t send a single easter greeting this year. This really made my day happier!

You know you've got friends ...

when you come home to some happy mail :o)

First of all, thank you Em for letting me participate in this brand new blogging project. I think it's an awesome way of showing the world how priviledged I am to be able to count you girls among my friends. :o)

Our exchanges of "happy mail" are sometimes part of a more or less formal swap, but quite often I open my mailbox to find a totally unexpected package, sent with the sole intention of making me smile. These RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) can be anything from a postcard that made the sender think of me, over some edibles I am known to crave (sour skittles !! :o)), to some craft supplies to try out a new creative expression.

And this is what I came home to on Monday : an adorable inchie book and a tutorial kit on how to make them. These lovely items were sent to me by Lisa, who in our little group of friends is renowed for her gorgeous inchies. She knows I am a fan of the inchies and inchie books that leave her skillful hands, and by sending me this tutorial as a RAK, she is nudging me to give them a try. And isn't that what friends are for : making you venture outside the box and opening your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

In my Etsy faves right now...


I only just created this blog and it's coming to life as I write. My name is Em and I got the idea to make a blog for me and some friends I have gotten to know very well these past years! Friends I can't see everyday cause we live all over the world but they mean a great deal to me. We keep in touch on the internet but we also send each other happy surprises in the mail sometimes - those are always the highlight of my day!

I'm hoping some of my friends want to blog here too, so you can all read about our creative adventures. I will promise you photos, crafts, swaps, etsy love and all kinds of other fun. So why not stick around? This might be a good one!

A different type of egg...

Different kind of easter egg!

I sent this to my good friend Nicole! It travelled from Sweden to Germany.


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