Friday, November 12

The Swap that almost wasn't!


Some of you may remember that back in August I posted about the Posey Pincushion swap that I joined over at QuiltingGallery. I sent my little swap package off on August 18th. I posted about it here. I was so excited for my partner Caroline to receive the package as I chose autumn colors which she said were her favorite. I only had to make the needlecase for the swap but it looked lonely so I made a pincushion to go with it and tucked in fat quarters of the fabrics that you see in the photo. Time passed, a month, and no little package arrived at Caroline's door. I knew because I was checking her blog. She was to be a secret partner but when I saw she posted about another swap and no mention of the posey swap, I suspected it was lost. I e-mailed her that I was her partner and when I had sent my package. She said perhaps the post was just slow and surely it would come. More time passed, another month and still no little package. Now even Caroline thought it must be lost. I imagined my little goodies had arrived at someone else's door, someone who was not a quilter and would wonder why there was such a small pillow and what is this fabric book for? :-) Luckily, I liked these fabrics so much that I had started a set for me and so I e-mailed Caroline and said I would finish that set for her and send it along in the mail soon. I was quite busy that last week in October when I sent that e-mail so I didn't get to it right away. Then when I had time to finish it, I couldn't find the little box with the half finished project in it!! Oh, boy! Finally, just before going to bed on the night of November the 1st, I found the little box. When I got up the next morning, I checked my e-mail. I had a message from Connie, the postmaster, and she wrote.........

"A package was returned today to you. You sent it August 18 to the Netherlands. I cannot determine the reason for return. I'll send it up with the mail today. Have a great day!"

I couldn't believe it! The little package with the posey pincushion and needlecase had come home! I had to go to the post office and see for myself! Here is Connie holding the returned package. The label was in Dutch so we could't read why it was returned. I opened it up to make sure everything was okay and, so that I could show it to Connie because she's a quilter, too. :-) When I got home and checked the address I had written on the envelope, I found the reason why it was never delivered. It was all my fault!!! I left off one important line in Caroline's address and so in a large city it could not be delivered!! I was so amazed that it had been returned to me and so thankful! I put the items in a bigger box and tucked in a little something extra "just because" and then mailed the box that next day, November 3rd. It arrived very quickly at Caroline's door and she was very pleased with the contents. She posted about it this past week and you can check it out here. I am so happy it finally arrived and am still impressed that the postal system returned the package to me instead of tossing it in the "dead letter" bin. And in thanks and support of the postal system ......... I will continue to host giveaways and send off goodie packages and notecards to as many friends and quilters as I can afford postage costs for mailing. :-) I guess I will have to come up with a new giveaway so I can continue to provide support. An idea will come soon, so stay tuned. :-)
Have a great weekend! Could be snowy here in Minnesota. We shall see if the weather folk are just excited at the possibility of our "first of the season snowstorm" or if Mother Nature is actually planning to "kick off" winter with a heavy blanket of snow!
Sandi

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it's an amazing story. Something to remember. I'm very happy with your gift, and I'm certainly going to use the autumn fabric!! I think Connie will be the most famous maillady in the Quiltingworld ; )Thanks again, with kind regards Caro

Karen said...

An interesting story and with a good end. How frustrating it must have been waiting for your package to arrive at its destination.

Pat said...

I'm glad the package found its way back so you could resend it. Your work is wonderful and it pained me to think it might have truly gotten lost. This is a happy ending, for sure! Thanks for sharing the story with us.

martine said...

Amazing story.
I am waiting for two packages with fabric.
Your story gives me hope that it's still possible that they arrive.
Greetings Martine

Needled Mom said...

What an amazing story! I am glad that it all worked out in the long run.

I heard about your snowstorm. Good luck!

Crispy said...

Well thank goodness it made it back to you and didn't just disappear in the Postal Black Hole!! I'm sure she was very excited to get the package....finally.

Crispy

Jeanette said...

Amazing. Glad it ended well. My angel swap from last year took 3 months to arrive at my door & i've no idea why. The sender addressed it properly.Yet another parcel ordered from the US & incorrectly addressed did arrive at my door about 2 months after it was sent. The post office sure works in strange ways.

Jacquelynne said...

So glad it came back to you! The ladies in my post office are just wonderful, though I have been to several other post offices where the employees are not nearly as friendly and helpful as the ladies in my home town post office.

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