Monday, June 22, 2009

Birthday Giveaway '09

Just like last year and the year prior, I am giving away presents for my birthday. To participate please leave a comment before the end of the month. While you are at it, think about giving me a great tip for packing/moving. (Not required, but we will need them before too long.)

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This year there are again 3 prizes: a skein of Mind's Eye Yarns Merino/Tencel sock yarn in an exclusive sock club color from last year, a copy of Naughty Needles, and a copy of Vegan Lunch Box. I know the last may not be to everyone's interest, but I bought two copies of it specifically to give one away and keep the other. Even if you are not a vegetarian or vegan, this ideas are really awesome for packing lunches (especially for kids, but for grownups too) that you don't have to worry so much about. If you know you would not like this book leave a note in your comment. Otherwise the rules are the same as always:

I will be drawing 3 names, and there will be 3 winners. International readers are welcome to participate, as I am willing to ship internationally. Good luck!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in oriocookie from gryffindor. I think it is really cool to give away gifts for your birthday. I would prefer the yarn or needles book as I am learning to knit socks.

Moving tip: You have more stuff than you think so you will need to start packing early and get twice as many boxes than you think you will need. You will use them all and possably more.

22/6/09 10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fosterson from HPKCHC! Woo, I'd love the yarn, as I'm underemployed and have zero yarn budget while a student ;)

Best advice I can give: Get those 'document storage' boxes from the office supply stores. They are the perfect size; it's hard to pack them so heavy one person can't lift them, they're uniform so you can stack them easily for storage/move, and they're good and sturdy (no boxes breaking!). Then, when you're done, you can fold them up neatly and sell them to the next person who needs moving boxes!

22/6/09 10:59 PM  
Blogger Coggie said...

Happy Birthday!

Moving tip: Pack a box with essentials that you will know where it is. A set of sheets for each bed, a towel for everyone, a new shower curtain if necessary and T.P..
In all my moves, I have loved this box the most. It makes "essentials" when you get there easy to find. You already have a suicase (if it is a trip move) but this makes the first night easier.

22/6/09 11:43 PM  
Blogger mjm knitting said...

Happy Birthday!

Hope you had a great day!

My moving tip: Don't forgot to check the drawer under the stove that it's contents got packed. It almost happened to me in my last move and I would have had to replace a good chunk of our pots and pans.

I am happy with any of the three prizes, and thanks so much for the giveaway.

23/6/09 2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm Cathymimi from Gryffindor and I want to wish you a very happy birthday!

Moving tip: Have a look through your stuff if there is something you don't need or is broken and get rid of that stuff. Now you have less things to pack and move!

23/6/09 5:01 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day =)

This is volkat from HPKCHC. Moving time for me always takes longer than I think it should. I have a ton of stuff, so I prefer smaller boxes that I can't overload and hurt my back trying to move. I pack my suitcase full of essentials, and I kept a tote with all of the projects I think I might want to work on to help keep me sane when I finally stop moving each night. I am a fan of moving books in crates. I have a ton of crates from my college days. They hold old textbooks and binders really well, they have handles, and they're reinforced all around, so I've never had to worry about dumping my books on the pavements by accident. The bed is the absolute first thing I setup in my new home. Both for my own sanity, and that of my cats. They need a familiar hiding place to sleep and recover before they can start exploring. Good luck with your move!

23/6/09 9:36 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Since we just did this last year I have a few tips:
1) I agree with Orio...get as many boxes as possible because you will need them.
2) Use clothes, dish towels, etc. to wrap fragiles.
3)Find out where the light switches are in your new house. (Ask me about blundering around in the dark until we found ours. Sigh.)
I hope you had a good birthday.

P.S. If you need a moving dolly or packing paper we have them for the taking.

23/6/09 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! When we moved a few years ago, we did it in stages. I'm not sure if this is an option for you, but the house we bought was already empty, so as soon as we settled we started moving stuff over, even though we hadn't settled with our own buyers. By the time we actually had to *move in,* most of our stuff was already set up, and it was just a matter of unpacking the essentials!

23/6/09 6:29 PM  
Blogger Stariel said...

Happy Birthday!

I've moved a lot in the past few years, and my best tip is this: pack your dishes with clothes / towels / sheets. It saves you using newspaper (which gets them all grungy anyway) or paying for packing paper, and it's better for the environment too. Plus it saves space!

24/6/09 1:46 AM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

Happy birthday! I haven't moved very often (at least not moves where I took all my stuff with me; I bounced back and forth between home and university a lot), but my tip is that when you're packing boxes that you think you may not unpack right away (e.g. out-of-season clothes) it helps to keep a list of what's in each of them.

24/6/09 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Erica/Disneyette said...

Hey this is Disneyette from HPKCHC...looks like I found this a little late but I wanted to say Happy Birthday!! and share what I learned from my recent move: get everything off the walls as early as possible (it took me a lot longer to do this than I would have expected), and make sure you have a slave driver that will help you keep going when your arms and legs are telling you it's time for a rest (I needed to have my butt kicked into gear many many times). Good luck!! :)

2/7/09 1:04 AM  

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