Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Catch Up Part 1 - I got mail!

After a sleep deprived very busy week, I get to start playing catch up... first up, I got mail... some great mail!

Last Monday, after returning from Charlotte, I received my absolutely amazing Knitters Virtual Vacation Swap package from Robin. I knew I was getting to go on a fabulous Virgina vacation when she started sending me postcards about 2 weeks before my box arrived (the beautiful postcards with little notes made the experience that much more fun!). I had no idea just how much fun I had on vacation until the box arrived! Everything was wrapped up in pretty tissue ... but not for long, as I anxiously tore into everything... and unwrapped one wonderful treat after another. Robin really took the time to get to know me and I can tell she read my blog! Look at all the wonderful treats she crammed in to that big 'ole box...


I swear it was a bottomless box! As I tore through the packages like a 6 year old at Christmas carefully unwrapped each item, I found a book on Historic Williamsburg, a whole bag full of local brochures & tourist info, a Virginia lanyard, an instrumental CD of music for the state parks, ginger cookies, chocolate covered cookie dough (yum-o!), 2 Virginia magnets, Earl Grey tea, a deck of cards, 2 of the bestest smelling
soaps made by Robin herself under the "Bird Bath Essentials" line (I'm not sure if she sells on Etsy, but if she does you must check out her product - Robin???), a handy wood soap dish/saver, a doggie treat cookie cutter, the cutest doggy keychain I've ever seen ("most affectionate dog lover," why yes, that's me!), a just as cute "best friend" paw print ornament, a personalized set of doggie stitch markers with a scissors fob (which I needed!) also made by the amazinlgy talented Robin, and 4 skeins of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in an absolutely stunning colorway (oh... what to make, what to make??!!). Everything is so amazing and so perfect for me... Thank you Robin - I feel truly lucky to have had you as my spoiler and now look forward to getting to know you more! Now for some close ups for your viewing pleasure...

Alpaca. Silk. Chocolate. Covered. Cookie. Dough. Need I say more?
Doggy themed goodyness...

The yummy-licious soap that I can't wait to use...

As if I weren't spoiled enough (is there such a thing as being too spoiled?), the next day I received my Dog Days of Summer dishcloth swap box from Nicol. The box took the declining USPS service an unexpected slow boat from the West Coast, but it eventually got here! Look how she decorated the box! She carefully wrapped up all the goodies in tissue and I once again tore thru them like a dog with a new stuffed toy carefully opened each one.


Nicol also paid close attention to my love of the 4-legged furbabies in my life as well and even knit me a super cool and thoughtful "DOG LUVR" dishcloth (its the dark purple one in the pic below, although you can't really see the wording well in the photo)!

Once again, I felt like it was a bottomless box...

Inside I found 2 handknit dishcloths, 2 skeins of Debbie Bliss (do I sense a theme here people? if so, nice theme!) Baby Cashmerino in a yummy minty green color, a huge oversized skein of Bernat cotton in white, Lantern Moon straight needles (omg - Nicol, you're awesome!), chocolate covered pretzels, peanut butter cups, chocolate covered cherries, a vanilla coconut candle (yummy) and some loose black honey flavorered tea & tea ball. I haven't had a chance to sit and relax and try the tea yet (did I mention how busy the past week has been??), but I'm really looking forward to it (my first experience with loose tea) - it smells soooooo good! I'm all set for a great night of relaxing and knitting now... if only that night will come soon!!! :) Thank you Nicol, everything is absolutely wonderful and great treats!!! I'm so happy to have gotten you in the dishcloth swap and look forward to reading your blog and getting to know you.

Okay, part 1 of the catch-up is done... part 2 to come tomorrow from the week which included returning home from vacation on Saturday afternoon and rushing straight from the airport to pick up the dogs at their new boarding place... Teutul coming to us with the hives & blown up snout on Sunday night and dealing with his mystery allergic reaction and a couple sleepless nights and vet trips (he's still on meds)... me getting sick on Tuesday and having to return to work, only to leave early... staying out way too late on Thursday night at the Tesla concert... a friends' cook-out on Saturday... Matt's racing on Sunday... the Hopkinton Fair on Monday & meeting friends there for the demolitian derby last night... and now back to work. I need a day off!

4 comments:

Grace Yaskovic said...

love love love your goodies, I need to find out about the virtual vacation swap if they do it again

Jennifer said...

Looks like fun! Luv the "Dog Luvr" dishcloth!!

Dianne said...

Two boxes in one week! Fabulous! Love the goodies!

ponyknit said...

I definitely want to participate in Dog Days of Summer next time, I had just signed up for soo many swaps, I had to skip it this time.
YAY for presents!

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