Sometimes, when my husband telephones, I say silly things when I answer the phone, depending on what I'm doing at the time. If I'm cooking, I might answer "Carla's Bar and Grill". Or if I'm taking care of my grand children, I might say, "Lolly's Day Care". My favorite is, "The Orchid Room, we curl up and dye for you!"( I stole that from a hair salon in my home town!) Well, for the last few days, my answer is "Lolly's Mailroom" because it seems that opening,sorting and sealing packages is all I've been doing! Getting those I Spy charms traded and mailed for the 42 participants took a bit of thought and organization!
Here's a glimpse of how I did it.....
Around and around the table, I walked! I wish now that I had worn my pedometer to track how many steps I took! I didn't need to worry about getting my exercise, that's for sure.
My method seemed to work. In the end, I was able to (hopefully) trade out all 2460 charms so that 42 participants will get back different squares than they sent me. There were few duplicate sets and lots of variety, so it was a fun way to spend the day (and night!). I even found some personal messages from one swapper! (Thanks, Shea!)
The postmaster's eyes got really big when I arrived today with my tote bags full of envelopes! I felt sorry for the people in line behind me, but this was important stuff! Check your mailboxes, ladies; your I Spy squares are on the way! Thank you all for making this such a great swap. And be sure to send me a picture of your quilt once it's finished! In case any one wonders, the charms were collected from 17 different states and two other countries: Canada and Norway!
Now, I'm going to go look through all my newly collected I Spy charms. If the phone rings, I'll probably answer "Fo Yummy!" (The name of an Asian restaurant in Seattle!) I need to put my feet up!