Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Altoids Care Package

My special friend, the Queen of Tarts (that's her Mad Tea Party name), otherwise known as Marguerite Bryant, Lady M, or just M, sent me a care package.

I've had one virus after another this fall and winter. Our three-year-old grandson has lovingly brought me each one. M sent me a fun care package to help me survive it all. (The all includes the wild winter weather we've been having! I've definitely got cabin fever.) When I opened up the package, I was shocked to find it full of Altoid tins. Each tin contained a fun surprise!

This is the first one I opened. It's a little difficult to tell from the photo, but it's a red mouse in its own little bed. That put a big smile on my face! Yah, that's probably pretty weird. But I had mice when I was a little kid, and I've loved them ever since. I even did a whole zine about mice one time when I participated in a zine swap.

The second tin has Pomegranate White Tea bags and a little thread spool man. He looks like he might be a French waiter to me. He's a perfect example of Kawaii art. You might have to look that up in Google if you aren't familiar with Kawaii art.

Being mostly French, but born and living in the US, I have always wanted to go to Paris. This is what I found in the third tin.

It has several other little pictures, too, that I can use in making collages or put in an art journal.

This is the last Altoid tin.

The instructions inside say it's a pedometer. I'm wondering if that's a hint that I've gotten too fat from laying around so much while being sick. Hmm. How would she know that? Marguerite lives in California and I live in Michigan. Maybe she hacked into my computer and is watching me through the built-in camera. Egads!

After seeing all of these fun goodies, don't you wish M was your friend, too? If you would like to introduce yourself and try to get on her "friend" list, you can visit her blog at:

Thanks for all the goodies, Marguerite!


  1. What a lovely surprise to see this post! I forgot all about Francois the thread spool man. I always turn my spools into people ever since I saw that artist Robert Crumb has been doing it all his life and has quite a collection. The thread ran out after I made the mousie's bed, so I sent you Francois. So delighted the package lifted your spirits!

  2. What a lovely care package to receive Bill. Marguerite is a very good friend. I do hope you are feeling better.
    PS Fred came home last night! xx

  3. What a lovely present! I hope it helped you to recover : )