Yes, it’s time for one of the favorite Pals’ traditions – the Grab Bag exchange. It works like all those little office/society exchanges where you can pilfer from people in the room or just take an item from the table. Great hilarity happens… especially when people start humming the Jaws theme as folks troll the room.
The Table of grab bags before the fun began --- note the wide range of packaging…..
Some grab bags make their presence known. This year there were some of special fondness to the room –
There was the pile of boxes (whose color combo was apparently perfect for several someones’ houses) which Sharon wanted her picture taken with since she didn’t figure she’d actually get to take it home.
Here's Karen with the trolley which was very popular:
There was the totally cute cookie jar:
I think she might have gotten to take the cookie jar home, but it was a close thing.
There was the barking jingle dog stocking (his ears wave up and down in time to carols….. many people laughed until the cried over this one). Beth posed with him in hopes that her Lily would get to use it this Christmas. I think grandma is going to have to make Lily a stocking this year. Lol
There was the one I had to fight for:
And boy was I lucky! It turned out be Jane from Fancy Work’s box which she had filled with:
And a note in the box said to see her for what wouldn’t fit in the box. What wouldn’t fit in the box was the stunning Olde Colonial basket --
Yup, I was very, very lucky!
I should note that the box and the goodies in the box relate to an upcoming set from Jane. She’s redoing the set she created to go with the Hershey’s red, white, and blue tin—
--into antique colors. Cool, eh? Go ahead. Be jealous. I can understand. Hee heee
On Saturday night we move the swiping fights to the Gift Box Exchange. But here, if you pick a box from the table you go to the center of the room and open it for all to see... then go back to your chair and hope no one steals it.
That's Hildit checking out the cool contents of a pair of trunks. I got to hold on to those for a while. Not long though. lol I was in the midst of reading a cool "reading Diary" that was included in them when they were swiped from me.
And here's Tracey opening the goodie box from Hildit (which included these cool sand scultures her husband William does-- more about them later!)
At long last, the Stash Report.
Yes, it’s true. I got a lot of stash between the Lazy Daisy in Raleigh, Mary’s shop (Cross Stitchville), Amy’s goodies, the Stash Room, and the orientation pack. But I should note that almost everything I got on sale! See, I was trying to be good…. For a relative value of good.
I’ve decided to go with a pictorial review of the stash collection. The list seemed a bit showy.
Yes, as a matter of fact, I DO think there ought to be an award for stashing.