However, I am finding that blogging and running an Etsy shop have introduced me to a number of interesting artists and crafters. Even though I have only met a couple in real life, or at least by video chat, I have been lucky to interact with some incredible people from around the world.
My most recent interaction was with another Etsian. She contacted me and said she really liked a couple of the roll-up crochet hook and knitting needle cases in my shop. She also said she had some yarns that I may like and asked if I would be interested in doing a swap.
Hmm... You hear a lot of stories about wierdos on the internet. I was a little reluctant at first, but figured worst case scenario I would be out the two cases that I sent her and the cost of shipping.
Henna is a fiber arts enthusiast, like me. We exchanged a few e-mails and she sent me some pictures of her yarn stash so I could choose my favorites. We also shared a little bit about our interests, culture and where we live. It turns out that Henna is from Finland. That was pretty exciting to me because my great-grandparents came to the US from Finland.
So we each put together a little care package for the other.
My package included:
- roll-up knitting needle case (made by me)
- roll-up crochet hook case (made by me)
- beaded knitting stitch markers (made by me)
- a few vintage postcards and photos
- a few new postcards featuring Arizona sights
- Mexican cook book
- Disneyland map and Mickey Mouse pin
- Hershey Bar and M&Ms
Now, Henna and I are collecting more items so we can do another swap in a few months and I can hardly wait!