i'm repeating that to myself over and over.
i participated in a Christmas swap on Ravelry again this year.
this is the fourth swap i have participated in and the second Christmas one. i have been pretty much pleased with the other three swaps. this one, though...not so much.
i was already disenchanted with this one because the person that i was supposed to be sending to posted little to no information about her likes/dislikes. i did the best i could and, in my opinion, sent off a very nice package today. i came home from work to find my very own package waiting for me.
i was excited. i LOVE getting presents and being surprised. i couldn't wait to open it and find out what goodies my person sent me. i had spent a lot of time making sure that i answered all the questions posted and had all my information up-to-date. i just knew this was going to be another good experience.
the first thing to disappoint me was the unbelievable smell of cigarette smoke that assaulted me when i opened the package. i'm not kidding when i say that it literally made my eyes water. pretty much everything was wrapped, which was nice, and i decided to try to get past the smell and open the presents.
it appears as though much of what i receive was re-gifted. there didn't seem to be much thought put in to my "gift" and, i have to say, my feelings are a little hurt. there were three redeeming things in the package:
- a small jar of vanilla bean pods (useful because i do love to bake.)
- a tile Christmas coaster (it is cute and i do like it.)
- two stitch markers (i think they are handmade but am not sure.)
needless to say, i am very disappointed with this swap experience. (i can STILL smell the smoke on my clothes three hours later and it is giving me a headache.) i wish people would think before they send things or even before they sign up to participate in something like this. i know this is the Christmas season and i probably shouldn't gripe and complain, but right now i am just a little sad.
i did send a message to the moderator of the swap to let her know about these issues. i made sure she understood that i wasn't seeking another package, just wanted to let her know about the lack of consideration in the one i received.
the kids did a great job today at their Christmas program. i was SO proud of them, as usual. :)
only SIX more school days until VACATION!!!!!
time to knit!
have a HAPPY FRIDAY! :)