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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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