vincentvanbuck - I reused your bubble mailer to send to you today and it cost $3.32 b/c I paid the $1.05 for tracking. So yes, about a dollar more than a regular envelope, but I am thinking that you can reuse the envies I used to send, so that saves you a few pennies.
Also, to my fabulous Group 3 - my letter says "Round 8" - I realize now it is Round 9. Ignore the mistake and thanks!
Love the bird rinchie and LOVE the photo embroidery. I have been pinning some photos/postcards on Pinterest, too. And that gives me a great idea of how to incorporate photos into my "Me" book of stitch-ies.
~~Runs off to find photos of my parents from back in the day....
For all you newbies, will you take some advice from an oldie-but-a-goodie?
Get a box (shoe box, magazine holder, index card file) to keep all your partners' envies and pieces in. Or use a bag or bowl. Pieces do fall out of envelopes, and I have discovered (after spending days looking for missing pieces on, under or around my messy desk) that it helps me to keep things together. I also use the box for collecting paper and other stuff that will be used for altering the pieces I receive. I'm already thinking of teal and chocolate papers I have for seeuudee's puzzle, an old atlas for vincentvanbucks' pieces, and so on. This way, I have one to spot to collect and store, and then everything's where it should be when I am ready to work and send!
I agree - I have some spatial issues - for example, I can finish two opposite corners but have difficulty flipping the direction in my head and hands, so I usually have two well-done corners (on quilts and Teesha Moore patches) and then the other 2 corners are bulge-y and bulky.
I am looking forward to the long weekend of stitching and just having fun.