Comment: I'm so sorry. I picked up your letter before I travelled to my parents and put it into a side pocket of my rucksack and totally forgot about it. I just found it today in the morning when I changed from my handbag to my rucksack.
Comment: I finally got the swap! The way you put everything together with the clues and all was very clever (and fun to guess). You forgot to wrap each item though, but it's fine, I enjoyed the swap. Thanks!
Comment: I think that we were on the same Aliens in August wavelength. It's fun to dream and then .. well, the aliens come bringing beer and you wake up wondering where the time went! I wanted to knit the alien invaders hat for you :) I thought that it might be a good first color strand project. Will have to put it on the to-do list to figure out. Thanks so much for the adorable key chain. I love it! No worries about being busy, that comes with the territory of extraterrestrial host duties :)
Comment: Thank you so much for this look into your life.
A couple of years ago we visited Poland and Lithuania, so we were near by Druskininkai - on our way to Vilnius and Kaunas! The other Baltic states are on our wishlist. It's a long travel by car, maybe we have to do that in another way.
I love reading your long letter.
Comment: Thank you so much Kati for my bookmark. I read a lot and seem to lose my place in my book,of course usually I fall asleep and drop the book.LOL. But I am going to use the bookmark you made for me. It is beautiful.Thanks again.
Comment: Thank you- I love the recycled Europe image particularly . Happy Earth Day! I participated in our local March For Science (I have a degree in Environmental Studies so I sort of count as a scientist, maybe?) :0)
Comment: Love the map envelope with the stitched sides! That is so cool. Enjoyed reading about orienteering (I'd heard of it but didn't really understand what it was). Hope your training continues to go well, and I will send you a reply when I can. :)
Comment: Your cards came last week but I was away, so I opened them yesterday. You photos are beautiful. I was excited to see that they came from Lativia My brother-in-law and his mother are from Riga. Maminia still lives there. She is 94! Thank you so much!!! Sending many hearts your way!!!
Comment: Thanks very much for refreshing my memory - and sorry for the late rating! Update: April 6: it came today, was lost in mail - and I was confused by a different tree photo I'd received
... Looks like a big, big tree!!
Comment: Thank you for yet another fabulous and very well thought out swap! I loved the math aspect of course and I had fun trying to figure out the riddles before seeing the answers. I did get stuck on the second one, this is a new game to me and since I didn't want to ruin the twinchie, I copied to a scratch piece of paper first and am still working it :D Overall it was an outstanding swap and I appreciate you sending it to me!
Comment: Thanks very much for the beautiful photos, snow sure is pretty and it was great that you framed it looking down the road - all the trees are wonderful, looks very woodsy and what a great place to be! Love to see that scene other times of year =^••^=
Comment: Oh, that dragon was so pretty! <3 I love her. I'm a newbie at woodburning myself, so I don't understand how you made it look like actual scales, but wow, I'm very impressed! :D Thank you so much! (And she is OBVIOUSLY a master of woodburning, corners are SUPPOSED to be burnt :P )
Response: Some of the tips that came with my burner set looked like someone had cut off two sides of a pencil - hence scaly-looking surfaces (three different sizes).
Comment: Hi Kati, thanks for the lovely photos! I do not know what R is for in the first photo of the plant (not rhizome is it?), but I would guess railroad (or railroad tracks), Rodzu, rattle and red for the others. Am I close? Thanks for the fun swap! Cynthia
Response: The plant is a rhododendron, and the "rudzu pārslas" are in English just plain old rye flakes (like corn flakes for breakfast but these are rye flakes with honey). ;) Yes for the rest!
Comment: I think I love you :) You just saved my life! I needed tot warm up (worked in the garden all day) so .. laying in the bath surrounded by the smell of berries. Thank you! Loved the bag by the way, very nice. A very original kit you put together, did't open them all yet ;) Thanks!
Comment: This is SO CLEVER. I'm always in awe of your swaps. I feel like such a three fingered tessie when I see the awesome that comes off your needles. My teenaged daughter opened the package and was amazed - she said LOOK SHE MADE YOU A MITTEN. I nearly drove off the road!
Just amazing. Thank you so much. :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letters with the description of your holidays! I'm sorry that you had to eat your hand and the table, and I hope that your tiny garden is no longer a little bit afraid of the side.
Comment: Hahaha, thank you SO much for your letter(s)! It was super interesting - and for me as a German the German translation was especially fun. Thank you for hosting this amazing swap! Any chance for further rounds? I really loved sending and receiving this!
Comment: Holy Moley! This is the most awesome ATC I have ever received. Really inspirational. I read your card and had to laugh, because I also had the same thought when you said oh put TWO flowers on it, and then throw on some ladybugs or buttons or more flowers or add a antique station wagon with 15 kids in it...... because ATC and FIBER. ACK.
I love it. Thank you so much for the piece and hosting a super cool swap. :)
Comment: Ooooohhhh! I am saving the art for my birthday... But i did open the chocolates and nibble a bit!! I definitely owe you a better birthday gift... (Update 12/24: Oh i love it! Thank you so much, this will be a lovely start to my art wall!!)
Comment: I enjoyed your photos. I especially liked the photo of your art group's coffee time banquet and your explanation. I want to unwrap each package and taste it's contents while viewing everyone's paintings. Thank you
Comment: So, I'm going with dinosaur, dandelion, and deck of cards. Great assortment, by the way. Then there is the one in the background... I was looking trying to figure it out, thinking about laundry and how that doesn't begin with a D. How about drying rack?
Response: Yes, exactly! Well, by the name of pattern, the first was a Dragon, but it really looks rather like a dinosaur.
Comment: It's quite interesting how much Estonian I can understand when I read the whole sentence or when I can figure out one wrod from it, it's like someone speaking FInnish while really drunk, sorry :D but yeah, I could understadn maybe... 10% and some of it by luck :D your translation mde it all easer, Googles.... not so much, more confusing I'd say XD i hope your kids had fun traveling with their grandparents, and you staying home :) happy Fall!!
Comment: Thank you so much for he lovely snowflake! I love how it sparkles from the silver thread. I've lived in Florida 20 years now, and I've never seen snow here. I guess it happens rarely in some parts, but usually our winters are not very cold. Merry Christmas! :)
Response: I bought that thread a year or two ago just to be used for snowflakes. ;)
Comment: Please forgive my tardiness in rating you on this swap. I really enjoyed reading all a out the photos that you took. I liked the St. Peter's church, the freedom monument, & the stained glass window. Thank you so much for sharing with me in this swap. Blessings, ellie
Comment: Thank you very much for the snack packs (one of which I have already enjoyed- yum!) and tea, which I also look forward to, though just for enjoyment and good health, not hopefully for sickness! ;), Also, I will have my girls play some of the music from the book you sent. I hope your son continues in his piano studies, it is such a joy to have live music in the home! And a special thanks for the nice long letter, which I enjoyed reading and thus "getting to know you" better:) Here's to health in both our homes! :)
Comment: Thankyou Kati for the lovely photos, I love reading about the first week of school. I love the school music house,I love music and I could play the piano, recorder and violin when I was at school. I love the little book, very nice, thankyou Kati for the cute card,love jennifer.
Comment: Thank you for being in my swap. You did a lovely job on my ATC set. I love how you used only one piece of paper to make the envelope and note. Very cool fold that I am going to now teach myself and my students at school. Thank you again and happy swapping.
Response: Sunnysidey sent me this folded envelope-and-note-in-one in a swap. :) I thought it cool, too!
Comment: I love them - I have a book case and have all the bookmarks displayed in front of them - so if someone borrows a book they can borrow a book mark. Thanks for the post card - and love that I had a partner so far away. Love the edges - it will keep it from fraying being put in and out of the book. Plus I have a tendency to play with them while reading. LOL! <3<3<3
Comment: Thank you so much for your great letter telling me about your thoughts while creating your Holocaust butterflies. I like how you enlisted the help of other family members as I also asked others to help. It made me happy to participate in a swap with so much meaning.
Comment: What a lovely, looong letter you sent. It was so interesting to read! My impression is that your shopping is much more precise than mine. :-) Thanks for the creative swap idea; I really enjoyed it.
Response: And now I will, of course, wonder what is "precise shopping". :D
Comment: Thank you! I just am speechless. This puzzle must have been expensive and the 3d card is just BEAUTIFUL. If you ever need an angel please send me an pm. I will try my hardest to help. Have a nice day!
Comment: If I could give you a million hearts I would - just for the scarf alone! The ATCs are my first fabric ATCs so thank you for those and the journal you bound will be much used =)
Thank you so so so much =) <3
Comment: Did I say last time I love you? Well, I do! That is one awesome book!!! LOVE IT! Unfortunately, it got damaged in transport (front side by the binding) but my husband thinks we can repair it! So, that should be a OK. :) No matter that, book is amazing and I'm sure my girl will love it too! If only I could read it to her! LMAO! Any chance I could get you to translate the pages? :) Oh, and one more thing... Never be afraid to send me an ami. I can't make them and only have 2 - your Froddo and little octopus. And these are sooo cute! :)))
Comment: This is one of those swaps that *defines* "extra special heart-worthy package. You should be a writer - ARE you a writer as well as a fabric crafter? Because I enjoyed your stories about the ATC's just about as I enjoyed looking at them, and that was quite a lot. I would swap with you again anytime!
Response: No, I'm no writer at all. :) So you are not very disappointed at me for ruining your image of ladybirds?
Comment: OMG... !!! This is by far one of the best swaps I've received in a long time !!! I just went to the PO this morning to pick it up. I LOVE IT, it's beautiful. I can't wait to try it on. I love the choice of yarn and the color of it. Now, you've convinced to try to learn knitting (I've been wanting to learn for so long, this will be my 2012 challenge). Thanks for this amazing swap. I would give more hearts if possible.
Comment: I love your plan! Using your bicycle this much has GOT to make a huge difference! I'm at a point I cannot ride at all. Well, I don't have a bike, but still... And yes, I think regular eating/meals is key. Looking forward to this journey!!
Comment: Thanks a lot! I'm looking forward to seeing what those storebought cards of handmade items will be, sounds interesting!
Update Dec. 25: All those treasures from Latvia are great. Thanks for the nice cards!
Comment: In your note you asked if I could guess what animal you tried to crochet. My guess is : A Red Panda!!!! I love Red Pandas! They are my favorite animal. They're so cute. And the size is actually perfect to go onto my little nick-knack shelf. Thank you so much. :)
Comment: I think your packaging is great, what are you worried about?? I want to give you a heart for the adorable crocheted eggs, even before I see what is inside! And a mystery, a raccoon egg... thank you so much, you have sent me a very special gift
Comment: OH MY GOODNESS!!! I have never seen anything as cute as that carrot! I love the "hair" and the way it matches the eyes! And the bunny is adorable I love the way you used the balls. My kids are going to be soooo excited!! Thank you very much!!!
Comment: Thank you soooo much for the wonderful packages I've opened so far. The handknit dragon is AMAZING and will be treasured. I can't wait to open the remaining packages. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness. Happy holidays! :-)
Comment: oh thank you thank you thank you! i love the wrapping! the fabric and ribbon are so pretty and reusable! :) of course, i'll rate you again when i open the goodies, but i know i'll love them so i'm giving you a heart already! thanks again, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Comment: I love the job that you did covering the box and then the goodies inside are delightful, too. I will enjoy trying to figure out the puzzles. Thanks for a sweet swap package. Love my pin from Latvia!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely box full of good things. I especially like the earrings, the chocolates (must hide them from myself,) and your delicious letter that I will savor when I have time, some time soon. Many thanks for all. I've put your swap right into the same box and will mail it Friday or Saturday. Thanks again.
Comment: When I opened your card and saw your ATC I gasped! My 18 year old son (they're supposed to be cynical and unimpressed) walked by and gave an enthusiastic "ooooh!" and came back for a better look. Just beautiful! Hard to believe you're (as you say) "a beginner!" I love the velvety texture of the soft crayons. Great idea!
Response: Ah, 18yo boys are supposed to be impressed by tits - especially by Great Tits, I guess. ;)
Comment: puts my cereal box postcards to shame, lol. what a delightful idea! the necklace rates a gold star for recycling & the color will go great with my coffee/autumn tones wardrobe :) thank you very much :)
Comment: OMG!!! The detail of this card is impressive!!! My eye was of course drawn to the little cat but once I fliped it over and read the title it hit me. Of course this is one of my favorite books. Thank you!!
Comment: Yep I did get it! Very fantastic way of protecting it in the mail also! I like the book... I thought about making them for my swap too but opted to do something else... good things since yours was way more professional looking than what I could have done! Thanks!
Response: Hm... can I suggest a certain The Coptic Stitch group then? ;) Your books will look professional in no time!
Comment: Thank you!! I'm yet to read it, (it's being saved for this evening..) but I had a quick flick through it and thought I should say thanks straight away- I love the colours, I love Midsummer, I love the card & all the little insect illustrations ^u^
Comment: Wow! The polymer clay cover is Very cool! The only advice I can give is to come up with some sort of ribbon or clasp or something so it can stay closed. I've been playing with magnets for that but not sure how that'd work with the clay.
Comment: Thank you so much!! I love the colours you picked and the lovely yellow and owl shirts you sent!! They are fantastic! I can't wait until the weather warms up and I can wear them around town. :) blessings, Gypsy
Response: It was yellow, it had owl. How could I have passed it?
Comment: Wonderful matchbox kit - thank you :-). The box decoration is very funky & will definitely be re-purposed once the doll has been constructed! Both postlady & husband rolled their eyes at the packaging, but I thought it was cool.
Response: I think a small box is so much safer for a matchbox than a bubble envelope, don't you think? My post clerk did not like the smallness of the box, though - it was difficult for her to fix the customs declaration to it.
Comment: OMG!!!!!! The green cutest elephent came home!! only for it I'll give you my heart!!!!!!!!! IT IS SO FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much for ordering it from Etsy for me.
"The rest of the colors" arrived today (1.9) . Thank you so much for being so thoughtful and creative. I love the way you packed everything, The information about the stamps is supper! and all the goodies will be very usuful. Thank you very much!!!
Comment: Fantastic Fabric!!! A girl of my heart and would love to do a private swap. I wished I could have given you some extra hearts. The photo is such a lovely idea. Thanks Kati you are a wonderful swapper and I am going to find a special place for the piggy photo!! XX
Comment: Thank you for your photos. I loved getting something from your part of the world. The river photo looks like it could be here in California. I can't believe that there is stained glass in your post office.
Response: I'm still marveling about it myself - WHO on earth gave money for something like that?? ;)
Comment: Thankyou so much for the buggie fabric and pic/postcard of the bumble bee!!! The bugs are so cute and I really love the pic of the bee too:))) That is really cool to get such a zoomed in shot:)
Comment: Thank you for all the photos and the wonderfull stories that go with them. Never be sorry for your patriotc ramblings. Estonians have earnt the right to be patriotic. I love getting swaps from you. Many, many thanks :-)
More great photos, one of the sea-the middle one could have been taken looking north along our beach except in place of the treese there would be mountains in the far distance. Our beach is just 7 mins walk away. Yes, there can be no summer without sea. hugs :-)
The last of the photos have arrived and as usal a great news letter to go with them. I feel sad that this is the last one, that have been so much fun to receive. Thanks also for all the traslated songs, I have enjoyed these as well. I just with I had broad band so I could here these as well. Lots of hugs and best wishes to you and all the family :-)
Response: Wait... I have sent only 2 photos out of four as yet!
Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for the lovely journal!! I love the binding, all the photos and the little stories you wrote. And I don't mind at all that some photos were from Sweden, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay here! Thanks again, wish I could give you three hearts for this! :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for a great swap (and it arrived really quickly too)! I really appreciate the effort it took to translate three books. We will have such fun reading them. Thank you too for the Lotte cartoon and the great raspberry fabric. I hope our paths continue to cross. :-)
Comment: I got your mail today. Was so shocked when the post delivery lady gave me a plastic bag and said i have to sign it. The ripped open your envelope at the tax place it seems. But i was just wow!!! I love the owl, the color is perfect, she is so cute and so sweet ogling eyes. I love the ring too, the colors match so nicely. I love the bee charm so much, never seen something crochet and being so tiny. I wished i could learn it too. Really so splendid package you made me. Saved my day. Thanks so much!!!
Comment: Thanks for being part of this memorial swap. I didn't know Cheryl well, but my brief acquaintance with her left me feeling happier and more hopeful about the world in general. That woman had so much pain in her life and she still continued to smile and share more love than most people who have the world on a string. The heart I'm giving you is a symbol for that. Be well and appreciate every minute you've got! ...Jen
Comment: Ya, It was only the week before your photos landed in our letter box I had been reading "Pig's Potato Field" to the pre-schoolers. It must have been because I had been thinking of you a week before that when I got the book out ready and thinking I had never had you as a partner againe and that was sad and they Ya 3 beautiful photos of your new home and a newsy letter lands in my box. hugs :-)
Comment: I received the most wonderful heart in the mail today!!=) I love the canes that were used and the colors too!!!Thank you sooooo much for making this heart for me! You did an awesome job on it!!!
Comment: What a cute little owl!! I love him! Tell me, what are the holes in his head for? Is he a needle holder of some kind? Either way, he is absolutely adorable! Thank you so very much! blessings, Gypsy
PS. Thank you for the RAK NOT A SWAP of the Latvian Alice In Wonderland book too! How neat! =^_^=
Response: I think it is a salt or pepper shaker - you can pull the cap off and there's a place you could fill. P.S. And so why do you mention it with the swap? :P
Comment: You really found some fun stuff! I'm still laughing at the "something funny" though I'm a bit bummed as I'm taking a discrete math class right now where we've learn more about number theory and logic and I don't go again until Monday to tell the teacher "See, at least I'm not this bad" :P It still makes me giggle thinking of "All are not gentlemen and are nobody and not a high hat." hahahaha!! That was great :D The yarn card you made is very adorable and very me :D And of course I can't wait to try out those puzzles you wrote though I'm sure I'll be back for some hints! Everything was really fun! Thank you so much for doing this swap with me!
Comment: Wow Kati: I fell in lovce with the 2 dishcloths you crocheted for me..
Please do know that they are just tooooo lovely for me to do dishes with them.. I am going to frame then and use them as wall decor for my Den decorated with cow theme...
Thanks soooo ever much
Response: Whee, I already started to wonder whether they have got lost! But... if you won't do dishes with them... does it mean I failed this swap?
Comment: What an awesome set of ATC's!! I love them all, and they are different from what i have! I especially love the Summer one, the crocheted strawberries are amazing!!Thank you so much for this swap!
Comment: Thank you for the ATCs - I love them! I hadn't realised the 'weeds' were yarn. That's a good idea. I assume you had to add them after firing, though.
A special thanks too for the unexpected chocolate, my first from Latvia! :-)
Response: Actually, I baked the yarn together with clay, but it needed some more glueing aferwards.
Comment: Sorry for the late rating... things have been crazy since recent fires but as far as I can tell this did arrive the beginning of August, or late July, on time and beautifully presented. I am just sorting through stuff now that we've been back home a week and a 1/2. My favorites are the orange leaves, the yellow because you also captured the bee and the white goat cause "his" tongue is sticking out and thats seems to be my attitude on life lately, lol. Thanks.
Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies! A couple of the kinderei were a bit broken when I opened the box, but that just gave me an excuse to eat them right then! ;) Oh, and as for the glue, yours is just a bit thicker than American, but it seems to work just the same way. :) Thank you so much for all of the lovely colours too! Of course I'll use them! I'm also glad that you recycle containers--you gave me an idea to use a plastic butter tub for mailing a package--let's hope it makes it through! :) As always, thank you for being a part of the Attic Dwellers and for swapping with me! blessings, Gypsy
Response: Hope you find the toys inside somewhat inspiring, too! And only in eleven days to USA?? Must be a record time.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful look into your experience on the challenge! I loved all the pictures and information. I also loved seeing the cultural differences between where you live and the US. Thank you so much!
Comment: WOW! i LOVE 'EM! these are your first ones??? coulda fooled me! thank you thank you! and the 'poo' one... oh man, that was SO FUNNY! :-D you ROCK! and i love the reflectors - thank you SO MUCH!
Comment: OMG girl. I love the ATC you sent. Where I live I have rabbits and frogs all in our yard and flowers and when we take our dogs outside they trample my poor flower beds, so you can see why I love the card so much. It's very beautiful and the paw prints make it even better. You are very talented. Thank you very much. Also thank you for the chocolate. I will have to share it with hubby when he gets home.
Response: I think you have mentioned dogs and flower beds somewhere.. :)
Comment: All I can say is - WOW!! Your cross-stitch sudoku ATCs are amazing and beautiful!! Thankyou so much for them and also the thread so that I can finish them off. This package deserves so many more hearts than just 1!!!!!
Response: Well, without thread these puzzles wouldn't be really workable as they had to be according to the swap description! :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package! It just arrived today. The stuffie pattern is very cute. I really like everything, including the beads :) I especially like the little crocheted bag holding everything!
Comment: what an amazing and thoughtful package, everything was beautiful and so well made, i carried the adorable little octopus around for about an hour, sooooo cute!! thank you sooo sooooo much! <3 <3
Response: Thanks! I hope you'll share him with your daughter, though. ;)
Comment: Ender's Game! I'm so glad that you reread that book (I should, too)! I always get something new out of it. What were the other books on my profile you liked? Book swap?? Thanks, again! Your postcard made my day!
Response: Besides the usual books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, I was chewing my nails for you reminding me of Seventh Son. And I cannot reread it because I don't have it, it was borrowed!
Comment: I love the mittens. I got a knifty knitter for one of my daughters for Christmas and so far we have a lot of hats! :-) I had no idea you could do mittens. My daughter and I are VERY impressed with them. The colors are great. Thanks so much!!!
Response: Mittens are really quite like hats, only you have to leave a hole and sew on a tiny "hat" there! ;)
Comment: Wow Kati! I love this postcard, what a great idea. I especially like your use of wording, very profound. This is my favourite postcard - not least because it has shiny stuff on it, which is win-win for me.
Thanks hon x
Response: How cool you like shiny stuff! And "I" makes a good short word to put on an inchie, doesn't it? ;)
Comment: Officially the best parcel i have opened! I cracked up laughing when i read the letter cos it was as EXACTLY as you had imangined!!! Thanks for ALL the extras, and i love MY seahorse! He is very "me"!
Response: I'm happy you like it! And that you got it - I had hoped that bribery would work! ;)
Comment: wow! thank you SO MUCH! what a wonderful package! i can't WAIT to try the oats and the instant ones! i almost don't want to use them cuz of the packaging on them and it's in your language! how cool! thank you for the OCTOPUSES!!! oh they are SO CUTE!!!!! :-D and yes, it's her boyfriend. haha! love the pirate eggs and the kinder eggs too! you ROCK! thank you again!!!
I raced to the post office today on my break from work, was the first one in line and waited patiently while the worker went to find my package. She handed it to me and said "You're so lucky, I wonder what's in it?" I couldn't wait (just like a little kid at times) to open it. Right there in front of her and another worker, they watched me open your most wonderful, beautiful package of goodies. Your matchbox was so lovely and all of the goodies, both edible and the embellishments are perfect! They were drooling so I gave them a piece of chocolate to share. Oh, I think I (you) made their day! Thank you x a million. If I could add stars, you would get a handful girl! I love everything.
Response: Thank you for your rating... and a perfect excuse for me to run after snow things!! BTW, some of the snowflakes should glow in the dark.
Comment: A very beautiful card. I love the netting and the sewn edges. The only critique I have is to maybe use a darker thread to outline the leaf. Other than that, everything was done so wonderfully. It was very hard for me to find something to critique!
Response: Actually, it was light by intention, I would have liked the outline to be made up only of edges of netting pieces, but I had to attach them somehow.
Comment: A lovely ATC , Hard to think of any thing I didn't like. I love the colours and using fusible beads as a medium of art... not seen that before on an atc. Next time maybe print your details on the back rather than joined up writing . I love your work!!!
Response: Thanks for you nice words! In fact I was very worried about this one, thought whether it does actually count as an ATC at all. Glad that you think it does, and happy you even liked it!