Monday, February 17, 2014

My Needful Things Swap Package has Arrived!!!!

While I was in Las Vegas my box of goodies from the Needful Things swap arrived from Sarah Jonas of Firefly Hills Farm. Oh my, did she go all out! She sent me the most amazing package.

Something that I did not mention in my Needful Things post was that Old Bay seasoning is not only my favorite seasoning it always makes me think of my Poppop. My mom's father was one of my favorite people in the world. Even though he has been gone for almost 22 years, he is still one of my favorite people :)

He taught me to fish and to clean and filet the fish I caught - which I could do very well by the time I was 8, he taught me to drive and park a boat and is one of the reasons I love the ocean so much. He taught me the patience of crabbing with an old chicken leg and some string as well as the simple enjoyment of getting up at dawn to set the crab pots out in the bay so that we could head back out in the late afternoon to pick them up full of lovely blue crab which we would steam for dinner!

Growing up poor, as we did, my grandfather provided for our family by fishing, crabbing and selling fishing lures which he made in his little shop ( a converted garage). I ran wild in the reed covered sand dunes of lower Delaware, could swim before I could walk, drove a boat way before I could drive a car and loved the beach like it was home all because of him. Old Bay seasoning reminds me of those magical times and always makes me smile. Sarah, you have no idea how cool it was to see Old Bay seasoning in the package.

The Hershey's chocolate candle smells so yummy. I'll be taking that to the office so that I can smell chocolate all day. We used to visit Hershey Park every year or so when I was growing up. We loved going when the factory was running since the whole place smelled like chocolate.

Tea Forte

These little tea packets are another amazing gift. A while back my man and I went on a Caribbean Cruise with friends and during the High Tea that I attended with the girls they served Tea Forte Vanilla Orchid tea. This tea is amazing. I can't find it locally and am really excited to try these new flavors.

Sarah also sent me a huge variety of open pollinated heirloom seeds. I am so excited about these. Many of them are from her farm. That makes them even more special. I can't wait to plant them and I will definitely plant the Chuffa in a container :)

More fun things, the felted wool wrapped goats milk soap is amazing. Since my skin is so sensitive, goat's milk soap is one of the few that I can use on a regular basis! I can't wait to try this. The wool roving is going to have to be hair for a mermaid I think. Such a beautiful color and texture. My boys were really excited by the pancake mix and the preserves. I can't wait to try the watermelon jelly. That sounds so good. I've never had the wasabi sesame seeds but I am looking forward to trying them.

Sarah, you have totally spoiled me. Thank you! I love that you shop local and have sent me so many wonderful, thoughtful things!! I will keep you posted as I plant these wonderful seeds.




Sarah Jonas said...

I am so glad you enjoyed it! I got teary when I read about your childhood memories. I had some very similar experiences with rotten chicken crabbing and days spent at the shore. Please enjoy it all- and I look forward to seeing some pictures of your gardening endeavors!

val said...

oh my goodness. So many things I love about your story. I crabbed with my daddy the Destin bridge before it became "a vacation town." We used fish heads!
Old Bay is the BEST....and the seeds, oh my, how wonderful! I think your package summed up what I was trying to achieve with this swap.....needful things can come wrapped as memories.....

val said...

oh! I forgot to mention that I used to go to Hershey Park too! We lived in PA when I was a little girl. I still have the Hershey Kiss charm I got when I was 6! Talk about waking up some dormant memories!

AutumnWind said...

I was so excited I forgot to mention the Mulberry paper!!! Thank you Sarah, it is an amazing package :0)

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Debra you were spoiled!!

I remember crabbing with a chicken leg on a rope too. So much fun reminiscing for you.

Little Messy Missy said...

What a beautiful package! xoxoxxo