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Friday, October 27, 2006

Another Australia/Austria swap completed!

Swap Details:
Swapper1: Carolyne Adelaide, Australia
Swapper2: Barbara Austria, Europe

From Austria to Australia
Barbara and I had agreed to do this swap with a slight twist: I posted her Australian package from the Netherlands, and received her Austrian one there. Happily, it all went according to plan and I sat in a hotel room in Delft pulling the following from a fat padded bag: Patchwork magazine (German), 4 types of ribbon, 5 cuts of fabric (I think I'll make myself a summer t-shirt out of the spotted one), tourist information & a postcard from her hometown (Graz), a variety of buttons and beads, a tiny glass cat, a bookmark, a beaded necklace she made me (it's the perfect length!), delicious hazelnut wafers and other chocolate/candy, and the funniest thing - a sheet of koala stickers! Barbara also explained all these things in a lovely letter, and I hope that we can continue to exchange emails (and perhaps other swaps?) as we did in the lead-up to this swap.

And from Australia to Austria
Because I have a certain interest in Adelaide, I asked Carolyne whether she would swap with me - and she did. Now, Carolyne is amazing, all the things she does, wow - and one of those things is make amazing bags. Now, imagine my excitement when she said she'd make one for *me*! How great is that? So here, in the pictures, my fantastic new bag is going out big time.
In fact, to the opera! Sadly, no picture of the opera house, as that is currently being renovated. But! Picture of the street just outside the opera, and bonus: picture taken inside, during the break. As you can see, Carolyne's bag has been taken to see Carmen. :)
Carolyne also sent me an Adelaide shirt, some Australian souvenir goodness, some postcards, some sweets, and an Australian craft magazine! Plus, a whole load of beads - 5 little bags full! All that AND the bag! Suffice to say, I was completely blown away! Thanks Carolyne! :)

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Blogger carolyne said...

Barbara - so nice to be able to put a face to your name :)

8:45 pm  

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