Antelopes, beads and gifts from across the pond
What a fun, full weekend.
Friday, we celebrated my sister’s birthday. We grilled turkey burgers and I gave her the antelope pillow I made for her.
She had said she wanted a pillow “with something random on it, like an antelope,” so that’s exactly what I did. The pillow is an interesting fusion of our two styles.
Saturday was Gasparilla. We walked to the channel at the end of my street and started the day watching hundreds of people in boats throwing thousands of beads to the crowd on shore, followed up by the main attraction — an enormous boat filled with hundreds of pirates (they even hung from the masts) that eventually pulled up to the shore so that the pirates could “invade” Tampa.
We then walked about a mile to the Gasparilla parade, which consisted of pirate-themed floats, thousands of drunk people lining the streets, and beads, beads and more beads.
And did I mention there were beads?
The night ended with a large group of us back at my place playing beer pong. This was my first Gasparilla experience, and I must say, it was FUN. Catching the beads became almost like a game after awhile. And it was a perfect people-watching day. But the day was long, and even though it was a lot of fun, I’m glad it only happens once a year.
Amidst all this craziness, I managed to check the mail somewhere between the invasion and the parade and could not have been more excited to find this.
Months ago, Jox at The Knitted Blog and I agreed to do a swap — I sent her a set of handmade coasters, and she sent me a beautiful hand-felted leaf brooch. However, when I received her envelope, it was empty. She had obviously mailed it to me, but somewhere between England and Florida, it had fallen out of the envelope.
So imagine my surprise when another one showed up in my mailbox yesterday with a lovely note from Jox saying that she hoped this one made it to me. I’m not sure that the photograph even does it justice — it’s truly a stunning brooch. Jox, thank you so much for sending this to me! I feel very lucky.
PS — Coming up on my 100th post and starting to think about doing a giveaway. Any suggestions or requests?