|Some of the pretties!|
The first thing I pulled out was a gorgeous handmade embroidered bag with a beautiful Triquetra on it and pretty flowering ivy intertwined. This is a really wonderful bag, the photos just don't tell the story because when you hold it you feel the quality, love and magic that makes it really special! It's made from tan and purple fabric, and looks just divine! I read in her Etsy shop that her bags are inspired by the same ones used by Thai monks, hence the name Magical Monk Bags. The strap is super clever, it can be used on the shoulder or across your chest (which I love) and the strap is wide enough that if it's full of books it distributes the weight and won't dig into your shoulder. I'm really excited, I'm going to carry it to my next Celtic Tree Class at Pathways in St. Louis tomorrow.
|I LOVE my new Triquetra with Ivy Messenger bag! To read more about Magical Monk Bags and see some of her other beautiful designs click here!|
MK has a really talented group of family and friends who are fellow Etsy sellers, and I found some of their lovely wares in the package as well. There were some beautiful lip balms and a tin of hand balm from In Lulu's Garden. They are all natural aromatherapy lip balm! I shared the lip balm with my family, each of my daughters got on, and even Dan chose one to keep next to the bed. We all had a tough time choosing a favorite, they all smelled wonderful, and they are really top quality! I love mine it's called "Happy Place!" I could have the same lip balm as Lady Gaga, or Gwen Stefani, Lulu's Garden had her items included in gift bags at the MTV Music awards! The hand balm will really be nice in the cold months ahead, my hands get so dry in the winter, but now they won't and it smells so good, it just makes me feel happy inside!
All these awesome lip balms! I'm tellin you, they are a nice as they look, I really love them! See all her flavors, click here!
|This will keep my hands working hard to make pretties for you all winter! For more info click here!|
I had actually been eying the teas and beautiful decorative tea balls in the Amitea shop, so you can imagine my delight when I found all this yummy tea and a beautiful tea ball with a Tree Goddess on it in that magical box! I have already tried a few, I'm actually sipping the English Rose right now. I wish my blog had smell-o-vison! Or taste-o-vision! Amitea also has a shop called NEWtiques where she makes gorgeous up cycled items. What a classy and crafty lady!
|Holy Cats! That's a lot of tea! Let me grap my tea cup...now, where to begin?! Check out all her handcrafted luxury tea and these really cool tea balls, click here!|
Last but certainly not least were two oh-so-decadent offerings from Twinkleberry Cottage, another Etsy seller that I've had my eye on! First of all, when I opened the Snow Queen Body Frosting...Oh wow, it's just beautiful to look at.
|Isn't it gorgeous?!|
It's like whipped up pearlescent heaven! I took a whiff and immediately smoothed some on, oh, it feels as nice as it looks, and smells just like a winter fairy has blessed you with some very special magic just for you! Her Avalon body butter is equally luscious, the scent is clean and crisp.
|These have already become two of my favorite scents right from the realm of the fae! Visit her cottage here!|
I feel really blessed to have such a sweet and thoughtful friend, and all of these lovely treasures will definitely help to keep the winter blues away in the months to come! I've included links to these wonderful shops so that if you want to try some of these for yourself or pick up some very special gifts for friends or family this holiday season. Everything that was in my box was far superior to anything I can get at my local "Corperatemart." When you buy from an Etsy seller or any small business handmade item, you are getting top quality goods made with love instead of chemicals and you're supporting someones dream! You know where it came from, and the energy is wonderful, you can't get that at any big chain store!
|A beautiful handmade card by Owl & Elk Arts by Cheryl, I'll include a link for this when I find it. It's a beautiful card, so delicate and clearly made with love!|