Saturday, 20 June 2015

A thimble exchange.

I don't collect thimbles although I do a lot of cross stitch and felt sewing.
Some time ago my friend Kim of Wisdom with needle and thread organized an exchange and I decided to take part! Thanks for organizing this Kim!
My exchange partner was Christy from Peru.(No blog)
I posted my parcel to Peru at the end of April.
This is what I included.
Two thimbles one from the Acropolis of Athens and one of the White Tower of Thessaloniki. Plus a fridge magnet of Thessaloniki and some Greek ouzo candy.
I am not sure if there was anything else in the parcel.I don't remember any more.
Christy posted her parcel to me at the beginning of May.
Some time at the end of May Christy and I started communicating daily by e-mail in Spanish (I know a little bit) and English (she knows a little bit) trying to understand each other and trying to realise what had happened to our parcels. She hadn't received mine and I hadn't received hers.
The funny thing was that we had both posted our parcels registered so we could follow them!
Her parcel to me finally arrived at the beginning of June after she had filed a claim.It took it one month and a week.
It was a lovely parcel filled with goodies.
Here is what she sent me!
 A card, a little bag with my monogramme and two thimbles from Nazca and Cusco in it, a fridge magnet,a DMC thread, some ribbon and fabric and some buttons. Thank you Christy for such a lovely parcel!
My parcel to her was showing on the tracking files that it had arrived at its destination Argentina!
I was shocked. I had the post office receipt that I had paid registered for Peru! So I too filed a claim. To which I have not received an answer yet!
But at last yesterday Christy recieved my parcel!HURRAY! It took my parcel almost two months to reach Peru and it was a registered parcel I had paid almost 10 euros only for postage for such a small parcel! I think that this was the last exchange I am taking part in I am sorry to say!
I also have mailed my Mail Art parcel and have received nothing in return not even a note that my parcel was received.
Postal services worldwide stink!And here speaks a lover of mail and postal exchanges!


kathyinozarks said...

Our mail service here has really declined in my opinion-but of course not the price it keeps rising. I love exchanges too-but wow what allot of stress the both of you went through-so glad you each finally got your parcels. and what lovely surprises in each one

KimM said...

What lovely exchange gifts - given and received. Many thanks for taking part.

Ο κόσμος της Ράνιας said...

Πω πω τι ταλαιπωρία τα Ταχυδρομεία παντού τελικά !!!!
Να χαρείς τα όμορφα δωράκια σου και ευκαιρία να ξεκινήσεις συλλογή από δαχτυλήθρες !! Άκου κι εμένα γιατί κάνω και έχει πολύ ενδιαφέρον !!!!
Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο να έχεις !!! Τα φιλιά μου !!!!

Purple Pixie Dust said...

Just I have sent thumble to Barcelona and the envelope are to South Africa and am waiting for something from South Africa to show up. Did get the thumble, very nice. yes, the mail service is terrible these days. Even when I sent June's christmas gifts last year she did not get until January. Lovely exchange Hugs Lynda Ruth
P.S. got some olives to make muffins tomorrow when I make a cake for Dave. Byexx

Akamatra said...

Lovely exchange. Sorry about your postal troubles though. I haven't had any such bad experiences I have to say, I 've been extremely lucky!

Christina(ArtDecorationCrafting) said...

Είναι πολύ όμορφα και αυτά που έστειλες και αυτά που έλαβες. Και ναι σε καταλαβαίνω απόλυτα σχετικά με τις υπηρεσίες ταχυδρομείων. Εγώ για εντός της Ελλάδας πλέον πια χρησιμοποιώ ιδιωτικό courier. Έχουν χαθεί πάρα πολλά πράγματα από αυτά που κατά καιρούς στέλνω.

Mii Stitch said...

Oh my goodness!! How stressful was this exchange!
So glad it all ended well though, despite the long delay in receiving the parcels.
For the envelope swap, I hope the recipient has got in touch with you to let you know everything arrived safely. I know that the person who is sending you hers is also living far away but it's definitely on its way to you. Hopefully, you will receive it soon.

zina said...

xaxaxa ayto den htan antallagh ;htan mia aplh Odysseia! telow kalo, ;ola kala toylaxiston! kai oi karamelitsew oyzoo poy esteilew...megalh empneysh!

Ella and Nesta said...

I've had a few delays too with my parcels but swaps are definitely worth the wait! We should try swapping more in Europe, don't you think?

Frances said...

Oh my...the mail service can be hard!!!
You did get a lovely package, though!!!
Peru is a long way from Greece!!!
My son went to Peru, to see Machu Picchu, and had a wonderful time!

Thalia Tzellou said...

Πω πω αυτά τα ταχυδρομεία είναι σκέτη ταλαιπωρία Αριάδνη μου. Πολύ όμορφα τα δωράκια που έστειλες και αυτά που έλαβες!! Φιλάκια πολλά!!