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I Went To a Garden Party

I went to a Garden Party
To reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories
and play our songs again.


My Special Swap partner was Beth and she sent me a fabulous box of goodies so that I could throw my own garden party. It was a really clever idea and a great way of interpreting the “In the Garden” theme that Lynn selected for this round of Special Swap.


All the things I’d need for my party were provided. Notecards for inviting guests, gardening tools and seed packets, special hand soap for cleaning up, and a magazine with great herbal recipes. Like any great party, there was food – including cheese straws which were fabulous and are gone, gone, gone – and Paula Deen’s Chipotel Raspberry Sauce and salsa, too. There was also a very nice hostess gift – yarn! It’s a skein of Woolen Rabbit superwash merino in the colorway “Rosemary & Thyme.” It’s so soft and the colors are subtle and gorgeous and I love it so much!

When I got to the Garden Party
They all knew my name
But no one recognized me
I didnโ€™t look the same.


Like any good swap partner, Beth has been reading my blog and she learned a thing or two about my love for martinis. Ahem. So she also included wonderful blue cheese stuffed olives and a fabulous martini hand towel along with two matching dish cloths and – get this – my very own martini cross stitch pattern designed by Beth’s daughter! Truly unique and I just love it.

But itโ€™s all right now.
I learned my lesson well.
You see you canโ€™t please everyone
So you got to please yourself.

Beth, you did a great job pleasing me with my Garden Party. Thanks so much!

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. I’m really happy that you liked your package. I loved the package you sent to me! It was a fun swap!

  2. WOW…what an exchange! You really received a great package. That’s one I’ll have to look out for next time around.
    Martini’s huh? I’ll have to remember that one…

  3. Beth did a fabu job with your swap package! I love how she put a little twist on the theme. And that yarn…oh la la!

  4. Hi! What a nice selection of beauties. Today I have knitty knitters here and we’ll pretend we are at yur garden party. enjoy the goodies and the day. sandy

  5. Mmmm, I’m loving that gorgeous herb-inspired yarn. You should store it with some rosemary so it’ll smell like its name when you knit it.

  6. Ooo…I have to confess, I’ve never had a Martini. I’ve had a white russian (that’s an interesting order to ask for) :D.

  7. That’s awesome! I love that martini mixins came with the whole thing – that’s a garden party I could get into!

  8. I’ll need directions to your house if I’m going to come over for martinis! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That’s a fabulous swap package!

  9. I loves me a good martine with a blue chees stuffed olive – can I stop by for one? Great package – lucky you!!

  10. OMG. Blue cheese olives! I’ve only ever seen them in my cocktail book, never on the shelf… I bet they are *fantastic*. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. It’s so exciting to see everyone’s packages and interpretation of “In The Garden”! I must say, they’ve all been FANTASTIC so far, and yours is no exception. Can’t go wrong with olives for the garden party martinis. ; )

  12. Man oh, man, oh martini! Very cool garden gift, Carole! I’m so glad this first go round was fun for you! Will you also expect marinis at a picnic?

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