Australian Goodies to the Rescue!

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I have had a hectic week full of a massive project at work (I was working after hours from 10:30PM to around 3AM last night/today) along with my everyday work chores. Monday was my scheduled BKOAC meeting, but I ended up not making the train due to the Boyz getting into a fight over the item below.

You see, this tennis-ball sized toy holds treats or anything edible. I fill it with Sweet Meadows’ timothy pellets and we alternate who gets to roll it around to get the goodies out of the re-sizeable hole. The Boyz love it so much that the little carrot decorations are almost chewed off, and they use the opening like a bowling ball’s holes to carry the ball around with their teeth. It is cute to watch them. Now, if you notice the area under the webbing of my left hand, there is a scab and a bruise. I figured I had an hour before the train, so I gave the bunnies some out time. I then took the ball from Julius and gave it to Caesar. Julius decided he wanted the ball back, opened up the pen, and the two started fighting over this darned ball! I reached down to pick up Julius in order to put him back when Caesar’s teeth wrapped around my hand’s heel. OUCH! It is a wonder I did not drop Julius on the ground. Baaaaaad BUN-nies! No ball for either of YOU!! Of course Rich’s reaction was, “I guess you need to get another ball so they each have one.” What a smarty pants!

Anyway, with the crazy whirlwind surrounding me this week, when Rich and I arrived home from work, we spotted a package from Australia on our little lobster boot-scraper. I am not sure why I react this way every time, but my heart skipped and I started squealing like a giddy schoolgirl!

It was immediately opened and the card read. Wow! Now to check out the treats for me from my Lace Swap Pal, Helen. Drum roll, please…

The package was a tribute to her homeland of Australia. First she sent a great book for me to read, and after reading some of it, we now may have to take up Laurent and Laura’s offer on visiting them! The Rainbow Threads (for accenting projects) will be used in a felted bag I designed in my head. And the fabulous YARN! Magazine reminds me of Rebecca Magazine. I already read through the sock patterns (thank you for thinking of that for me), and will be using them to make some for Christmas gifts this year.

Here we have the luscious 175-gram cake 2-ply merino laceweight in a rich royal purple by Marta’s Yarn. The yarn is so soft and delicate; I am awed by its feel. It is accompanied by the Heartstrings Fiberarts pattern “Hanging Vines Lace Stole” which I have been eyeing for quite some time. What is better than knitting lace? Why knitting lace with chocolate! Helen included a box of chocolate covered roasted macadamia nuts that are rolled into truffle-like balls. Let’s just say that out of the box of 18, only 2 are left!

One of my favorite items (and what my hubby is dreading) are the 6 wooden magnets Helen made with her kids. I love magnets and our old fridge’s doors were covered with them. When we were married 2 years ago, we used the wedding money to purchase a new stove and refrigerator. The magnets were put away. Now I have new magnets to grace the new fridge!

Helen, thank you so much for such a great package. The 2-week shipping wait was worth every second! =:8

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  1. Ugh, sorry to hear work had been so busy for you . . . I hope things calm down and you can get back to normal hours soon. (I hope the boys calm down too – LOL) Sounds like that wonderful package arrived at just the right time. I’m so glad you got spoiled just when you needed it!!

  2. Great swap parcel, Kimberly! That little bunny ball looks intriguing. I wonder if we can get them here in Australia. Maybe if we make Twinkie work for her food, she might lose some weight 😉

  3. WOW! How great it is to get a package with goodies from down under!

    Gretchen has been full of herself the last few days. Maybe the change in the weather is causing our buns to go nutso. Your poor hand. That looks like it was painful.

  4. Sorry, I’ve been a little slacker this week! My first visit but catching up on all of the news! I love that purple yarn! Purple is my favorite color and I could SO use that for a project I’m starting (altered book pages!) I always heart your packages! Helen did a great job with the magnets! She should sell them! HAGW! have a great weekend!

  5. That bite looks like it must of hurt! Maybe they should each have their own ball for your safety. What a great lace swap package!

  6. That bite does look like it hurt a lot! Very naive of me I’m sure but I never thought bunnies could bite like that. The solution has to be one ball each. We have a small business where we actually make the magnets and puzzles etc . I am really pleased that you liked my parcel Kimberly as it is my first swap and I was a bit worried about it.

  7. You are so lucky with your package. Just a side note some of the patterns esp. the moasic socks have corrections on their website. Just double check incase they are the things you want to do.

  8. Oh, I hope your hand feels better! That’s such a tender spot. I think of bunnies as being gentle creatures – guess that’s one stereotype destroyed. My dogs will covet the toy that the other one has, but rarely fight over it. Only when food is involved. Hmm, just like bunnies.

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