Crochetville Secret Pals

Thursday, June 29, 2006

THANK YOU Sammimag!!!!!!!

I have just received my Secret Pal revealing package!!! I am overwhelmed with all of my awesome goodies!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I look forward to getting to know you better :)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Another Package

Secret Pal Swap

I got another package from my Secret Pal on Friday last week. I would have posted the photo of all the goodies she sent me sooner if I wasn't getting ready to go camping last weekend.

I got two different kinds of lotions, a few free patterns that look fun to give a try, a scrap afghan pattern book, a shawl pattern book, crystalite hooks (this was great because I have the larger ones but not the smaller ones)

As you can see I have already put the yarn holder to use. I am making a washcloth with some Bernat Cotton Tots.

Thanks Secret Pal!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

And my SP sent me ANOTHER package!

I'm in awe, I never expected to get this much! And my SP says she still has her reveal package to go! What can I say she has gone above and beyond what I would have thought I would get.

The latest package (with another of those great handwritten letters) had 6 skeins of yummy PURPLE mohair blend yarn, along with a shawl pattern book to make something beautiful. The patterns in it are very unique and look like fun to crochet. There's bathtea, some more of that homemade soap that I just adore, and some Olay body lotion. More Riesens YAY! She also made me some really cute slippers that she thought were goofy. My dogs love the pom poms when I walk across the floor, they think it's a new dog toy. I of course put them on immediately.
She also included a pattern book of slippers that had some really cool ones in it and another pattern book with wearables and a leaflet of afgans.

All I can say is WOW!!!
And a big thank you to Lonestranger~

Thank You SP for the e-card

You did it again! Found the most lovely e-card for me. Thank you, it made my day. Looking forward to the reveal as I really don't know who you are, all I know is you're a great pal!

Friday, June 23, 2006

I'll Have to Be Wise About This

Since the voting poll ended in a tie: 12 people wanted the Autumn theme and another 12 didn't want a theme at all, decisions, decisions, decisions.

Here's what I'll do. I will add a simple yes/no question on the new & improved short sign-up form asking you if you want to participate in the Autumn theme. If you say yes, you'll be matched with someone else who wants to partake in theme. If you say no, then you'll be matched with others who don't want to be thematic.

Quite possibly, this could make everyone happy! [Insert wishful thinking here] <---My sense of humor shining through--->

Thursday, June 22, 2006

A cute card from my SP, From Kiki

I got an adorable e-card from my SP! You can see it here! And I ao have enjoyed the teas!! The Valentine's is to die for!!! Thank you so much!!

Close the Poll?

As of the time of this post, the target of a minimum of 25 votes has been reached. I will close the poll by the end of the day, so until then you can continue to cast your vote.

Thank you for your participation!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Theme Idea

I was thinking to make the Autumn Round of Secret Pals more interesting that a theme could be applied. I'd appreciate your vote to help decide which theme you are most interested in, if you would like a theme at all.

I'd also like your comments if the theme should be voluntary or mandatory.

In order for a theme to apply, I'd like to have at least 25 votes cast. If there are fewer than 25 then a theme will not apply to the round.

Brief descriptions about some of the proposed themes:

Autumn: Pretty self-explanatory

Unbirthdays: From Alice in Wonderland in which any day that is not your birthday is your Unbirthday! Ways in which to send items for this theme would be to send a birthday card, wrap stuff in birthday gift wrap, and basically pretend it is your Known SP's birthday.

Favorite Animal:
Once you know what your Known SP's favorite animal is, then try to make a majority of your gifts to them be of that animal, maybe even crocheting them a critter or making them a filet.

Halloween: See description for Autumn

My Secret Pal Did It Again!

Look at all this stuff! Isn't it great! There's sugar-free candy (great 'cause I'm trying to diet!), chewing gum, some yummy lip balm, Crystal Light On the Go packets, some really cool purple floofy flip flops, a handmade washcloth, a recipe book for blender drinks and some yarn. The yarn is really neat because I was two skeins short of dyelot 29338 for a whirlwind afghan I wanted to make and the dyelots she sent me match exactly!! That's kind of spooky if you think about it.

Thank you Secret Pal, you're the greatest!

From Kiki, to my Secret Friend

Oh, boy! I got a wonderful package of goodies from my secret pal and I adore them! Isn't it great?! Thank you so much! The teas smell WONDERFUL!! You have been the greatest secret pal and I can't wait to be friends with you post-swap!!

Friday, June 16, 2006

The spoilments continue!

My secret pal: Lonestranger has been just the best, she emails and sends me cards frequently. She seems to be a psychic as far as knowing what I would not just 'like' but stuff that I am just bonkers over. Thanks so much Lonestranger!

I was so suprised by the birthday package I really didn't expect much more...
Lonestranger has been very thoughtful and generous.
But I must admit, my very favorite part of the package was a beautifully worded hand written letter telling me about the things she included, and just so she knows: Nope, I'm not sick of Riesens yet LOL
The hand dyed wool is just beyond cool and I don't know what she used on it but it smells really good and not fruity at all! The Adrienne Vittadini is the most gorgeous plum and totally scrumptious. The pattern books are just too cool, I adore the 'old' patterns the most.
Thank you Lonestranger!

Goodies from my Super Secret Bud!

Take a gander at all of these goodies from my Super Secret Bud.

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I am so incredibly Spoiled. Thank you so much for all of your hard work Super Secret Bud. I love every thing!!!!! Your generosity astounds me. Thank you so much for the hook case I will use it all the time and think of you.

My girls are having so much fun with all of the goodies you sent. They are both wearing dragonflies in their hair right now and they are in sticker heaven. Thank you for sending washable markers - my younger DD has very colorful hands.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank You!


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Look at all this stuff!

My SP is awesome! She really made my day yesterday. Oh, who am I kidding, she made my whole month! I have never felt so spoiled in all my life! I am loving this swap. Thank you so much SP for all the great goodies! I will definitely be trying the tea and bodywash/lotion today. The dishcloths have already taken their rightful place in the kitchen drawer, and I have already picked an afghan out for a future project from Mosaic Afghans. I have been wanting this book for some time now! The Lulu yarn is so soft, and yes, I know I can use it for a friend's baby due in a few months! I love the leaflets! I love the towel holder and daisy buttons! Thank you for the Elmo book, Connor will love it. But I would have to say my favorite thing is the Elmo is too cute for words. You are too good to me, SP, and so creative too! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

To my Secret Pal, from Kiki

I got a really cute e-card today from my secret pal! Thank you for thinking of me! I so hope you start feeling better soon! I know exactly how you feel!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I got another ecard today! My pal is already teasing me with hints! That narrows it down to 3 people...hehe.

Too short, or just right?

The first month of this swap has totally flown by and we have just one month left! I am curious to know what you think of the current duration of the swap. Is it too short or just right? I'd like for you to cast your vote (please only vote once) to see what you think. If you would like to vote more than once, I'd rather you post a comment about your choice. The side bar contains the "voting booth".

Monday, June 12, 2006

Oooo, Another Pkg Arrived!

I am so pampered! I received 2 pattern booklets, 3 skeins of Caron yarn, 2 skeins Red Heart, a note pad, heart dish, a lavender vanilla scented candle, and a card.

You can see Keegan checking out my goodies. I think he approved!

I am in tears...Happy Tears...

Look at all of this:

My sp is spoiling me rotten! Please see my post here:

Help Test the New Sign-Up Form

Thank you to all of you who tested the new sign-up form! I've disabled it for now. The official sign-up day for Autumn Round will start on August 10th!


I've been working to create a (hopefully) easier sign-up process and I need a few volunteers to test it out.

What I've done is create a two part system. Part One is a simple sign-up form. Part Two is the Secret Pal Questionnaire. If you are a returning participant who already has a questionnaire on file, you only need to complete Part One!

And, I've been able to create an automated response sent to you via e-mail. That way I can speed up checking eligibility and focus on creating the participant list.

If you would like to test the new system, click on this link and follow the directions. You should receive an automated e-mail with a link to the questionnaire.

You can post your feedback here on the comments, or you can personally e-mail me.

Thank you for being my pal

Hi SP (whoever you are!)Thank you for my ecard today! You are such a great pal.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I got a package!

I got a package from my Secret Pal on Friday. It was a nice surprise after a long day at the swimming pool.

A package!

I got a skein of yarn, some Mocha Java coffee, a tote bag for my many WIPS ;) and a small clutch like bag great to hold some hooks. I have already indulged in some of the coffee, very yummy.

Thank You Secret Pal!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Thanks for the E-card

Hey Super Secret Bud!

Thanks for the very funny e-card. Hoops & Yoyo are a family favorite. It was a very nice pick-me-up for the day.


Thursday, June 08, 2006

Thank you dear Secret Pal!

What a wonderful surprise today on my doorstep! My secret Pal sent me a just absolutely PERFECT package. Everything in it is ME. She knows me about as well as I do heehee!

Look at this great bounty!
In my perfect package was 2 skeins of my favorite yarn, Lion's Brand Homespun, a book by Debbie Macomber...(I've really wanted to read her, I don't know HOW she knew!)...a pattern for a poncho to use with that lovely Homespun, Beautiful handmade beaded dangly earrings...two sets!, Yummy lemon body lotion and scrumptious smelling Morning Glory body spray!

Last, but CERTAINLY not least (and my personal favorite!) was a handmade Crochet Kit/Carrying Case (how perfect !) WITH a complete set of hooks, a yarn needle AND homemade, beautiful stitch markers! Oh my goodness, I am overwhelmed! I DO for sure have the best Secret Pal, she is spoiling me ROTTEN and I am LOVING it :-)

Thank you again SP, you are a great gal!


Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Super Package from my Super Secret Bud

It came, oh, it came. I'm so excited! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Super Secret Bud. Such happiness, such joy. Take a look at all of the goodies!

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I am such a happy camper now. This made my day. For more details on all of these lovely, delightful treats please visit my blog.

Thank you Super Secret Bud for spoiling me soooo much. You're the best!


Thank you so much, from Kiki!

I got an amazing package in the mail today from my secret pal! As always, there was a cute little cow on the mailing label. And the pictures don't do this scarf justice. It is the softest, most luxurious thing you have ever seen! It is simply gorgeous! So what if it was 80 degrees yesterday? I wore it all evening, annoying my sons as I constantly struck a pose for them in my stunning scarf!

And a close-up,...

Thanks Secret Agent!

Many thanks to my SP for the cute e-card this morning! I loved the little puppy, and the music made me want to get up and dance! Thank you!

Monday, June 05, 2006

package 2 already!

My secret pal has been so thoughtful and sweet...and generous! I've received my second package already. It contained lots of fancy tazo tea, the Leasure Arts Pineapple Doilies leaflet, lavender fragrance beads (because she knows lavender is my favorite!), a mini photo album, a mini cross stitch kit, and a eyore fluffy pen. What a great package to come home to!

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A BIG Package! Thank You!!!

I just got a BIG package from my secret pal today! What a sweetie!! Got yarn, a book, a wonderful smelling sachet, and even a surprise for the kids!!! Thank you soooo much!!!!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Going to Module

Your friendly SP Coordinator will be out of town from Tuesday, June 6th, until Sunday, June 11th!

The reason being that I have classes to attend for my graduate program. The program meets at a hotel for 5 days. It's rather non-traditional, but a lot of fun and it's educational, too!

Anyhow, though I have access to a laptop to take, the hotel charges $10 a day to connect to their wi-fi and I don't know of any place that has a free wi-fi connection to use.

My DH assures me that he'll check my e-mail periodically and relay to me any pertinent messages that I should be aware of. I should be able to convince him to send out a reply if necessary.

You're all doing such a great job that I don't think my absence will be noticed too much ! I'll miss not being able to check in each day, but I'll be able to catch up once I return.

~ Lori
Thanks to my SP for making me feel extra special. for giving effort in this secret pal swap.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

I got another package from my Secret Pal!!!

All I can say is WOW! I went to check the mail today and found all this! She sent me a pattern for a poncho, sewing tips for fun fur, quilt patterns and 3 fat quarters to get me started on a wall quilt.

I can't tell you guys just how neat this is, to have someone that I've never met face to face find it in their heart to be so kind to me, it brings tears to my eyes, it truly does. Ima Secret, whoever you are, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Thanks for the Daisies!

To my SP...thanks so much for the beautiful daisies! You know, I really needed them today. You have been spoiling me rotten!


Thank you Super Secret Pal for my delicious e-card. I loved it!


Friday, June 02, 2006

Oh, Secret Pal....

I just wanted to THANK YOU for the wonderful package you sent! The doilies are GORGEOUS!!! I've always had a thing for them. Now I wish I had a china cabinet so I could place them under the glasses I got from my grandma... and the cloths, awesome! I've never recieved a crocheted gift before, can you believe that?!? Thank you again! Please click on the pictures for a better view, my SP should be VERY proud of her work!



My Unknown Pal is Great

Just wanted to say I have a great Secret Pal. She is always sending me cute e-cards or nice little emails. It really has been a joy getting to know her. Thank You for pairing me up with this person. She is great and we have alot in common.