It is slightly ironic that I am today bringing a little fandom love initiative to your attention that mainly played out on Twitter. Ironic – because it coincides with my annual cleansing exercise/challenge. Despite no religious affiliation, I take Lent as an opportunity to challenge myself to give up a few things that I enjoy
too much. Such as chocolate. Or crisps. Or Social Media. I could never give up fangirling over RA, by the way, despite overdosing on him on a regular basis. So I have disconnected from FB and Twitter for the next six weeks, only allowing my automatic updates to post over there, along with some scheduled picture posts to celebrate my New Zealand anniversary. No worries, I do not count WordPress as a Social Media platform and I will continue to post here throughout Lent. I need my daily fix of RA news and fan communication; giving up my blog would be a challenge I could not possibly conquer. I rely on all you lovely readers and bloggers to keep me up to date on the latest news re. Mr A then…
But back to the topic of today’s post. If you read my most recent post on the wonderful Valentine’s gifts I received at the start of the week, you may already be familiar with the #RichieValentineSwap. On our second outing in the wonderful world of fangirl cRAfting, we were still a
small select group of participants who created RA-themed gifts for each other. And I would like to take the opportunity and give you a small insight into the fabulous gifts that were exchanged for the Valentine’s swap. (All pictures courtesy of the swap participants as below)
I hope my notes are not incomplete and I am matching the gifts properly, but I’ll try to give credit as best as I can. Starting at the top left of picture 1, you can see the fabulous RA scrapbook made by Aquilea @erebors_aquilea. Below is the luxurious Thorin frame, created by Paula @PaulaJo83. (I am the proud owner of one such frame, too – see here). The heart in the middle contains Nancy @_sinnamin‘s ingenious chaRActer garland, and the two pictures on the right are the amazing RA colouring book that Rachel @racheburns created from scratch. Yes, that includes actually handdrawing the pictures!
The swap continues in picture 2 with a Valentine RAPS by yours truly, below that a unique once-off, handpainted mug by Sydney @fleurdelisgirli. @Hariclea‘s delightful scrapbook is bottom right, and in the centre are what look like a compact and a heart-shaped hip flask by Tina @kudzugirl. Oh, and a sweet RA-in-heart by Nancy that acts as the #RichieValentineSwap logo, is in there, too.
The project has been such great fun, again, and if you would like to see better, bigger pictures of the various items, check the hashtag #RichieValentineSwap on twitter. You can communicate with the lovely crafters by clicking on the links under their handles in the text above. Do give them some love on Twitter – I am not going there 😉 And lastly, if you are crafty, yourself, why don’t you join the fun next time around? Plans are afoot…
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PS: I am not done with Valentine’s yet. Psssst: reveal and raffle to follow tomorrow!