Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mail from The One Who Isn't Rosie (aka Carrie Nelson)

I had a really good week this past week.  It started out with us getting DH's health insurance premium from Aetna - $366/mo with no pre-existing conditions excluded.  Much more affordable than the portability policy through BCBS so we were very happy about that.  Having our health insurance lined up has taken a huge load of stress off.

On Tuesday I found out that I was the runner-up winner of this lovely giveaway on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, courtesy of Miss Rosie's owner, Carrie Nelson.  You know it's a good prize when Carrie's involved!  Carrie is a fast shipper and seeing that we live in the same city, the box made it to me yesterday. 

First I found a lovely handwritten note from Carrie.  That lady has the most perfect handwriting.  I'm so jealous.  Anyway, in the note she mentions delivering my next parcel in person, but what she doesn't know is that if I win another giveaway from her, I want to come pick it up so I can see the "Magic Closet" full of Moda fabrics that Darlene mentioned over on her Quilting Daze blog awhile back.  That seems like great fun.

Oh, and speaking of fun, I've had stuff leaving the house all week for ebay sales so it's been great to be getting rid of stuff I don't need and making some extra cash in the process.

What's that?  You want to see what I got from Carrie?  Oh yeah, that was the title of the post, wasn't it?  Sorry, I have a short attention span and can get distracted faster than the wind blows.  So here you go.  The giveaway included this beautifully packaged Lumiere de Noel fabric, enough for the entire quilt top, plus a signed Schnibbles book, and this great Schnibbles project bag.  Oh, and this cute little drawstring bag from French General.

But that wasn't all.  Carrie being Carrie and the generous person she is, also included this extra little prize - two Wiscasset layer cakes!  Woo hoo!  This fabric, as well as the fabric in the kit, is gorgeous!  Thanks Carrie!!! 

If that wasn't enough good stuff for the week, this morning I was sorting the mountain of fabric needing to be washed, and there nestled between the bottom two pieces in the stack, was my 1 carat diamond solitaire ring that had been missing since the day after we returned from Texas in June.  I knew exactly what had happened.  I had taken the ring off in my sewing room to put lotion on and forgotten to put it back on.  Well of course Sassy the thief has to take everything she can find that is loose and portable so I knew she had taken it, but just couldn't find where she'd put it.  The fabric was stacked on the floor near the nightstand where I had left the lotion and I searched everywhere in that area, except in the fabric stack obviously, and could not find the ring, but I was convinced it was in the room somewhere.   

About the same time the ring went missing I also found that the large eraser from my desk was MIA (Sassy again) as was the insurance policy I knew I had received for our Texas house.  All three items were still missing when I left for ND, although I had ordered another copy of the policy by that time.  One of the first things I noticed upon my return was that the eraser was back on my desk.  DH said he had found it while I was gone, but couldn't remember where.  Then I was going through my stack of paperwork to do's and there was that darn policy.  I KNOW I looked through that stack multiple times before I ordered another copy.  At that point, I was 2 for 3 and was really hoping that it meant the ring would show up soon too and today was finally that day.  It is back on my finger and I will never leave it laying again!  I swear!


Regina said...

What lovely prizes - it boggles my mind sometimes how generous people are with their giveaways!

And congrats on finding what was lost! That's fabulous! My diamond is tucked in a drawer, after I noticed 2 sheared prongs -luckily no stone was lost. One of these days it needs fixing.

Sharon said...

WOW! fantastic win...can't wait to see what you make with these! Enjoy!

Darlene said...

A package full of treasures from Miss Carrie - she's incredibly generous. :-)

I'm glad you found your ring - whew!!!

jillquilts said...

Congrats on the win!! That is going to be a gorgeous quilt!!!

And woo hoo on finding the ring!!

CaraQuilts said...

You my dear have had a rockin day! I'm so jealous over your win but thrilled you found all the missing items!

Loris said...

Doesn't it feel so much better when you find the things you were missing. Celebrate with all the gorgeous fabric and treats!

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

lovely fabrics! And I am glad the ring turned up!

Denise in PA said...

First, I am so glad you got your health insurance squared away - I know that is a big relief! WOW - what a prize! And, that extra is not so "little". The Wiscasset is beautiful. I have none of that line, I may have remedy that - LOL! Woo hoo, you hit the jackpot. So glad you found the ring! I have a missing diamond also. I put it in a sock before vacation last year. Still haven't found the sock. I think I need to make a more concerted effort to find it. o:)

Thelma said...

You live in the same town as Carrie!! Forget winning another giveaway, just camp out on her doorstep, sooner or later surely she'll let you in!!

That Carrie, she sure knows how to pack a box. Great haul, but I love the autographed book the best!

I can't believe you were missing your diamond ring for over a month and not totally freaking out!! But it's back now, so I guess that's all that matters!