It's the report on the Barfa Spewart tacky Christmas gift swap!
Apparently it is a tradition for DK (spiritual and actual leader of DKULT and our own Trashpo queen) to organise an annual Barfa Spewart tacky Christmas gift swap. I guess it's fair to say that DK has lapsed a bit, but this year it was on. I'm not sure how I managed it, but somehow I was one of eight, I think, who sent gifts to fellow mail artists, to a vague yet specific tacky brief. I was paired with KDJ.
Orlando is a long way from Ringshall, so I was fairly careful when choosing gifts. KDJ took a more reckless approach. Throwing caution to the wind, she settled on transforming a nutcracker by putting her crafty and (to some) tacky skills to the test. The package was large and expensive and KDJ was a bit worried that the sequins and gems might not make it in transport. KDJ needn't have worried, her glue-gunning held fast, the package wasn't dropped and all arrived safely! What a wonder to behold! I named him uncle santa.
In England we pull those Christmas cracker things to get our jokes. KDJ made sure I had some to keep me going until then...
And as if that weren't enough, she sent me some very on-trend and highly sought after washi tape for my birthday! more, weight, more expense but so appreciated!
Another perk of being part of this amazing swap was getting a personalised, albeit gross, card from our leader, DK.
My take on the brief may have been a disappointment to KDJ… she got some dog biscuits with 'ho, ho, ho' on them, a hideous glittery tree ornament, some second hand knitted baubles that I couldn't resist from our local charity shop along with a hand-crafted fused plastic shower cap, that I ironed with KDJ in mind. The photo is KDJ's, unfortunately I deleted all that I took by accident, including a really fetching one of Lyra, my dog, wearing it, unwillingly!