The first little packet within a package - what could it contain?
Fabulous battered tin and some orbs - already a little "monster" in the making.
Ohhh - I know right? It is just gorgeous and I feel it will be keeping me company for some time to come because I use that shape bird alot - it is a bit of a talisman to me. Clever Steph.
Buffalo teeth? Are you kidding me? How exciting is that - oh and other stuff that just happens to be some very beautiful and very old beads ... And did I mention the drilled rock with embroidery on it? holy moley!
Ever since I saw a doco about Mark Dion and his project collecting stuff from the Thames I have had envy in my heart over the amazing clay pipe pieces that he and his team uncovered. I really wanted to own some myself. And now, thanks to Steph, I DO!!!
Another piece of Steph gorgeousness - I love all the changing colours in this pendant.
One of the most intriguing things about Stephs work is that she manages to create things with a really ancient aesthetic without them looking cheesy. These pieces look like they could have been dug up from some Norseman's grave-site. Hmm - maybe the Norse cremated their dead but you know what I mean.
This was the last little packet that I opened and my heart did a little tap dance when my eyes fell upon that red glazed donut bead - just the right amount of shiny versus matte. It too looks like it has been excavated from an ancient archaeological site.
I am going to spend some time just looking at and patting all these lovelies but eventually I will put them into some jewellery. Not just yet - I want to keep them together and ponder the generosity of a woman I have never met and the total awesomness of a virtual space that allows us to connect across the globe.
Thank you so much Steph.