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Just call me Homer,…

Sorry gang.. seems I mispoke…

when I originally announced the blah buddy contest… here’s what I”d written…

4. Blah Buddy Contest – Before you send off your package, do take a photo of your blah buddy and we will generate a post for you to post your photo to.  We will then have anonymous voting for your very favorite buddy!  There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for this contest! :-) I can’t wait to see everyone’s buddies!

It’s also in the Contests tab across the top… sheesh… and some folks have already sent me photos of the buddy they created… so… because of the confusion of my announcing in the recent post that you should send me the one you RECEIVE… gah!  I want to RESTATE… you should send the one you knit… Please send a photo by FRIDAY  Feb 27th 12AM (midnight) EST 🙂

Sorry… sometimes I just get too busy for my own good…

Please send a photo of the buddy you KNIT for your pal…

I humbly apologize for the confusion!

Weekly Topic Winner

The weekly topics had a total of 41 comments (for corresponding posts).. and our random number generator gave us:

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Timestamp: 2009-02-22 19:58:12 UTC

Comment # 33 in the Weekly topics belongs to:

Mary Lynn, on January 29th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Congratulations Mary Lynn! 🙂  You are the winner of a set of stitch markers from Ruth.  Ruth I’ll email you Mary Lynn’s mailing info asap 🙂

Marshmallow Winners!

Hey there everyone…  it’s time to announce the winners of the Marshmallow man contest… y’all are so creative with your yarn and sweet treats I have to say… I loved them ALL… 🙂

But the votes were up to you.. and here are our winners…

In First place, and the winner of a custom designed (and unbelieveably gorgeous) cocoa swizzle stick from Leslie Wind (I’ll post photos later today)…

Monica, with her Diver!


In second  place, and the winner of a skein of sock yarn from Kathy, Laurie with her horse!


And… finally, in third place, in a three way tie, the winners of stitch markers and goodies from yours truly….

Ruth with T-Rex


Darcy with the Marshmallow roast


And Kathy with her luxurious beach girl!


Congratulations everyone… for your creative ideas in the marshmallow sculpting arena! 🙂

As a reminder… you have until this coming Friday to post pics of your blue buster buddy, please do send by email.. I know many have posted in their Ravelry but I just can’t go hunting them all down… email the photo of the buddy you received (not the one you knit) to cocoaswaphostess (at) gmail (dot) com by Friday Feb 28th midnight EST.  I have received a few photos already… I do hope that everyone will participate in this contest… because you all worked so hard on knitting up your buddies 🙂

I will post the topic of the week winner tomorrow afternoon! 🙂 so stay tuned for more ‘winner’ announcements!!!

Marshmallow contest – Time To Vote!

Hello everyone…  I’ve received the photos of your marshmallow creations and it’s time to vote for your favorite… I loved them all… we are quite a creative bunch here….

here’s what we’re going to do…

I’m going to post all the photos of the marshmallow’s below, and you are going to vote by sending an email to cocoaswaphostess (at) gmail (dot) com listing your  favorite marshmallow creation.

You get one vote and you cannot vote for your own creation!  The photos will not be labeled with names or attached to blogs… for anonymity…

Votes must be received by Friday February 20th, midnight 🙂  Everyone can vote, even if they did NOT participate in this round… so please.. please.. please vote!!!

Have fun!

1.  Marshmallow Diver


2. T-Rex Ambush


3. Knitters


4.  Roasted



5. Horse


6. Red taking time out to enjoy a cup of cocoa!



7. Cocoa Paradise


I hope you all take the time to vote for your favorite! 🙂 we have some fabulous prizes!!!

Topic of the Week #4 (the last one!)

Hey all, by now I hope all your packages are on their way to your partners, and that you’re just eagerly awaiting yours to arrive now!  You still have another week to create your marshmallow buddies (EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE!!!)… we’ve already received one entry… I can’t wait to see what ideas you come up with!  So.. onto our final topic of the week… remember to blog this on your blog and comment here for an entry into the Topic of the week contest!

As we head into those doldrum parts of the Winter season (thank you very much Puxatawney Phil for seeing your shadow yet again)…  It makes you dream of the seasons you love…  What is your favorite season?  What do you love most about that season?  and… What is your favorite thing to do NOW to  keep you from stressing about MORE winter to go?

Yesterday my family took a lovely trip (I’ll blog about this in more detail after I get the kids off to school of course)… to an indoor waterpark here in the Poconos.  What a wonderful day we had…  I’ll leave you with a taste of summer….

An apology and reminder or two

Hey all,

I want to apologize for not being very active on your blogs this past week or two… I’ve been insanely busy with my children’s school schedules and then came down with the stomach flu.  I’m alive enough to sit at the computer for a few minutes today.. so I wanted to get on here to tell you all that I feel badly for not getting online more in the last week or so…

Also I want to remind you that tomorrow is technically ‘mailing’ day… you should have your packages ready to go!  If not, please be sure you communicate with your pal regarding your timeline so that all lines of communication are open here.  If you have already mailed/received.. please comment here so we can start keeping a list of those who’ve received… and also do take a photo of your buddy and email it to the hostess email (cocoaswaphostess at gmail dot com)  so that we can enter him/her into the buddy contest! 🙂

An additional reminder… regarding contests… everyone is eligible for all contests.. even if you didn’t donate a prize.. so please.. enter as often as you can! 🙂

Hope you all are healthy and having a great week!

My favorite contest!!

It’s time for my favorite contest… and you have until February 14th to do it in too.. so don’t worry!

It’s the Marshmallow contest.

You’re going to make a Marshmallow Man! Or woman. Or animal. Or alien. Really… whatever your little heart desires.

The Rules:

-Must be made from marshmallows and toothpicks.
-Must have some sort of yarn content.
-Must represent a living creature (mammal or reptile or alien)

Other than that, make your sculpture however you like. Could be a family. Could be one solo dude. Get creative, get imaginative.

Then, take a picture and e-mail it to Michelle at the group email account.  Entries must be received by Saturday February 14th (midnight-ish)

DO NOT POST IT ON YOUR BLOG. Not yet anyway. You can post it after if you choose.

Once we have all the submissions, we will post the photos on the blog. Then the vote.

Scan through the entries, and cast your vote for you favourite by e-mailing your choice to the hostesses. You can only vote ONCE and you CANNOT vote for your own submission.

So, you’re thinking…that we’re nutty.

you’re right.. and this contest is one of my favorites!
here are the top three winners from last year’s contest:  Adorable aren’t they!

entry2 entry9b entry12

So.. get those creative juices flowing… and constructing… we can’t wait to see what you come up with!