That's a floral scarf that kind of matches the travel mug, plus some hot cocoa mix, plus a portrait of Arwen from LOTR, plus a cute hair clip from Lilla Rose! As you may know, I have LOTS of hair (about 4 feet right now), and it's hard to find clips and so on that are strong enough and big enough to hold it all up. I tried this one out right away, and here's an awkward-cuz-I-took-it-myself picture of the hair clip in action:
It's really springy and strong, which it would have to be to hold up my heavy hair. I'm not sure if it will work if my hair is loose and then coiled up, but when I have it braided and then coiled like I do right now, it does the trick!
Just for fun, here's a shot of what I sent off to the person whose name and address I received:
She said she likes to read and that she has country/western decor in her home, so I sent her an autographed copy of Cloaked and a mug from Tweetsie Railroad, one of my favorite places on earth. It's a little Wild West theme park in the North Carolina mountains with a real steam engine to ride and so on. The mug is actually enamel-covered metal, just so cute. I also sent her a cowboy boot Christmas ornament and a pack of Tim Tams. Tim Tams are Australian cookies that a Combat! friend of mine taught me to love years ago. Once in a while I can find them in stores here in the US, which always makes me so excited. So when I found them while getting coffee for this package, I was really happy because I could include them too. (Caffe Verona is my fave blend from Starbucks, just in case you were wondering.)
So, that was my adventure participating in the exchange! I will definitely be doing this again in the future -- maybe not every time, but once a year for sure.