Finally, here is the photo of the second package from my Cheap-@$$ Secret Pal. This is the "alternative" to the standard secret-pal rounds on the knittyboard. The idea is to put together fun, low-cost packages, using thrifting, recycling items, and de-stashing. Now you can actually see the journal, yarn, organizer, yarn bras, and magic eye described below.
And, for an exciting new background, we have the *new couch*! Or, new to me. A thrift shop for breast cancer opened up on the corner, and I scored this beautiful reproduction 50s bauhaus couch. And two "guest chairs" on rollers, and an antique brass floor lamp. So, instantly furnished living room. I also got an antique fainting couch for the foyer. All for only a little over a thousand dollars - can't even touch that at IKEA. (The fainting couch needs cleaning and eventually reupholstering, but everything else was in mint condition).