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Thread: What can I put in my SP parcels from Scotland?

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    Anything from Scotland...a scrap of plaid..a Scottish quilt book...doesn't have to be new. Pictures of Scotland
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    Just send Haggis!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Wilson View Post
    Just send Haggis!
    NO, NO, No Haggis, Scottish shortbread!!!
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    I agree with pictures/postcards. Maybe candy/cookies made there.
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    How about a nice bottle of Glenfidditch???
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    Welcome from Glasgow-glad you have caught the quilting bug.

    I guess from your comments that you are American-hope you enjoy living in Scotland.
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    Always the best gift!!!!! Scenery is always nice but I love faces!

    Quote Originally Posted by MacThayer View Post
    All of that is great, like the Hankies and mementos, etc. Have you thought about photos? I have family in England, and they're always sending me "English" things for Christmas and my Birthday, but it's like pulling teeth to get them to send me any photos, yet that's what I cherish the most. And not just photos of them, but photos of the places we're gone together, the walks we've taken, the sea, the dunes, the burial mounds (I have a sister in Anglesey). Make your special packages to your special person personal. Do a little embroidery, make a potholder, a wall hanging. It doesn't have to be perfect, and it's almost better if it's not! I don't have a lot of photos and pictures up (new house), but I have every photo and picture Linda and her daughters ever gave me. Think about it.
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    How about a Scottish quilt pattern. Celtic or such like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra in Minnesota View Post
    How about a handsome young man dressed in a quilt and bagpipes?? OPPS-maybe a bit too heavy to send in the mail.
    Now this is what I'd call a great parcel. Sign me up for a SP if I can get one of these. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitette View Post
    Thanks for all the good suggestions - there are quite a few castles in this area so will pop along with my camera and Balmoral, the Queen's summer residence is about an hour away. They call Aberdeen the Granite City because most of the building were built from granite from a nearby quarry, so it's quite striking in sunlight (when we get any).
    soozieq2 - I'll ask him if he's interested in a swap, lol

    annt59- I'm tickled that you like our Snowballs, but not sure if they'd survive the journey, but will look out for something to put one in in the cooler winter.

    Artsyone - I would never have thought of Salmon spread in a million years Great idea about Boots brand and Cadburys when your weather cools down.

    I've got some great ideas for gifts now, with the emphasis on local &b Scottish - thnks to all.
    I visited Aberdeen years ago. My SIL's husband was manager of an offshore rig in the North sea. Lovely city; we had a great time. Had dinner one night at a wonderful little restaurant: Mr. G's, I think it was. My SIL was collecting antique cheese plates/covers and she took us to yard sales where I bought a teapot. Also went to Edinburgh on the train and saw the Scott memorial and the castle and shopped along Princes Street. You've awakened some great memories in me!

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    Hi i took part in the Sp swap quite a few times and hope to get back into it sometime soon, I used to send postcards, recipies, local resuable bags (my library sells them for 1.50) anything cadbury, tea bags, shortbread. Pin cushions are very quick and easy to make. Have you been to the Seattle quilt co (think that is the name) in Aberdeen they were at the Harrogate quilt show and had some good bargains. Poundland is good for notepads and pens. Howabout a 2013 scottish calendar. Can also let you have some websites of good mail order companies that have some 99p fat quarters and other small items so you can build a bit of a stash if you send me a pm. I always used to spend between 6.50 and 7 for the $10. Also would send used magazines prima etc they went down well. Recipies from supermarkets etc. Hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra in Minnesota View Post
    How about a handsome young man dressed in a quilt and bagpipes?? OPPS-maybe a bit too heavy to send in the mail.
    Oh my yes I will have one of those....I truly believe that there is no man alive whose looks would not be improved by wearing a kilt. And as for bagpipes, they really stir my blood, I love listening to the pipes and Scottish music in general. Funny my ethnic heritage is not Scottish. It is Irish, Norwegian, and Apache, so why do I find all things Scottish so attractive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by annt59 View Post
    I would love a mug rug with one side made of any tartan. Snowballs, and I don't mean the cold ones! I mean the marshmallow ones covered in chocolate and rolled in coconut.
    annt59:
    You beat me to my idea of the mug rug. I would enjoy anything at all from Scotland as my Great, Great, Great Grandparents were born in Scotland and it was my Great grandmother that got to come to the U.S. from there. I am sure our SP would enjoy anything Scottish and all the ideas posted would be fantastic.
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    when i was in the UK last year, i looked for special books about area crafts, woolens, yarn, lace, linen things. took lots of pictures of the castles and small towns. hunted down regional recipe books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WisWis View Post
    Welcome from Glasgow-glad you have caught the quilting bug.

    I guess from your comments that you are American-hope you enjoy living in Scotland.
    I'm actually a Weegie myself, but living in Aberdeen for past 35 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by mme3924 View Post
    I visited Aberdeen years ago. My SIL's husband was manager of an offshore rig in the North sea. Lovely city; we had a great time. Had dinner one night at a wonderful little restaurant: Mr. G's, I think it was.
    Marilyn
    Sadly Mr. G's has been turned into a nightclub - the food was great - sadly missed. My husband is in oil, but currently working in India.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    Please explain for us who do not know what a Weegie is. Is that a place in Scotland?
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    If you go to quilt shows some pictures would be nice. It would be great to see the difference between American quilt shows and Scottish ones.
    Last edited by judykay; 07-16-2012 at 08:37 AM. Reason: misspelled word
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    I love the pic of the wedding! My cousin married a man who was Scottish and played the pipes. He wore his kilt for the outdoor wedding and had a few of his friends from his unit play the pipes. I love the pipes!! My Dad told me once that we have a little Scot blood in us and maybe that's why the pipes speak to me! Thanks for sharing the pic.
    I agree with most suggestions here on the board with what to send. My preference would be pics of your home/family, yard, city/architecture, stores in your town and inside with their permission, I would even like to see what your grocery stores carry and the brands of foods you have in your country. I love the everyday peek into a new area.
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    When I traveled thru Europe last year, I picked up thimbles from different places. Some are usable some not, but it was small and went in my luggage. I also looked for old sewing items at the markets but didn't find anything that I liked and could afford. It seems the cost was higher there then here in the USA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judykay View Post
    Please explain for us who do not know what a Weegie is. Is that a place in Scotland?
    Lol - it's slang for someone who comes from Glasgow. As you probably know someone from Glasgow is Glaswegian - pronounced Glasweegian - this in turn is shortened to 'Weegie'.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I know! Marmite! You can't get it anywhere in the States! After living in the U.K. (Birmingham) for a year, I just can't live without it, and British Marmite is so much better than that Vegetarian Marmite the Australian's make. Right now, I have to get it from a British specialty on line store; it's the only place I can find it, and I finally had them order me a big jar, because all they ever carried were those tiny ones, and I could go through one of those in a week. Everyone loves Marmite, right?
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    Did that years ago when a friend spent a year on the west coast of England and couldn't get herbs/spices/condiments that she used at home. Our quilting group collected small restaurant packets of soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, etc. and also included Mexican spices. She finally got it, but it must have driven the mail police nuts. Heavily searched--oregano is not marijuana! And this was before 9/11. We all had a good laugh.
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    if it is for a quilter or sewer I would say a thimble with your town crest or something of your town on it. its small and light weight. scotland has some cool scarves too. some different teas as a sample of a few or just one of your favorites to share something you do.

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    Och!! your making me home sick.... born and raised in Dundee and married to a Scotsman.
    Anything from home is welcome in this house

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