Last week, I delivered the prizebag to Ymabean for the Holiday Traditions giveaway that ended three busy, long weeks ago and here are the pictures.
The final package. Perhaps is it time to revamp my tagging system. It seemed like a good thing to have a constant, repeatable tagging setup, but I’m getting a little bored with them. I still like my postage cancellation style stamp, but the other stuff… meh. And since no one takes me up on the free advertisements you get with each prize bag, there doesn’t seem to be any benefit to having a printed reminder/redeemable.
Tangent, sorry; back on track now.
The main attraction of this prizebag is the custom bunny, so here he is! This is the very first production bunny; he is not a prototype, but a real made-from-the-final-pattern, not experimental bunny. He’s the first one to leave The Arches. This is Adventure Bunny #01. It was strange to let him go. My ten other prototype bunnies sit in the phone niche in the hall and I see them daily. Now there exists a bunny I may never see again. Weird.
Okay, sorry, back to the bunny. Ymabean requested an orange and green bunny, as orange and green were her wedding colors. Since this bunny was leaving the house and had a mission, I gave him a bag and a scarf for his journey.
Inside his bag, we have a couple carrots and a turnip for road food, and a small, bunny-sized, green heart.
The heart is inscribed with 12-12-12, Ymabean’s wedding date (coincidentally, this was my parents’ official wedding anniversary date, too). The other side of the heart bears their names. This is heart one of two. The second heart is identical and resides in the chest cavity of the bunny, for he is a custom bunny with a purpose to his existence. He carries their love inside him, and a copy in his bag so no one has to cut him open.
Self-preservation and all.
His head is ever-so-slightly off kilter. Being largely hand sewn, the bunnies never turn out identically. They all have their individual quirks and differences.
And the other prizebag goodies. From the left going clockwise, a glow in the dark Slinky, a bottle of maple syrup from Canada (funny coincidence that Ymabean just got back from her wedding and honeymoon in Vermont where she returned from with many, many, maple products – oh well), a small bottle of fancy lotion from a French company that always had nice stuff, a cartoon sticker-paper thing (I don’t understand the kanji, so I ‘m not sure), a tiny blue volant Moleskine, a handmade journal from a gal at ArtFest, Asian candy crayon things, a Spongebob reusable cold pack and Spongebob Band-Aids, some hard candies I like (Lemon Heads, butterscotches, and chocolate peppermints), a Kinder Surprise egg (so great! I love these!), a bar of fancy-French soap, some website buttons and two custom TLTBE Sharpies – one in the newest color, purple!
If you can see the text on that middle button, you’ll notice that Ymabean is now a three-time prizebag winner. This means that she and Random are tied now, at three wins each. [AmyKatt, you are at two wins (tied with Diva Llama) still – which is queer since you always play. I think the odds are against you somehow.]
Yea! Prizebag delivered and enjoyed; giveaway completely closed and finished. Even though the prizebag wasn’t delivered until 2013, the giveaway took place in 2012, so I am counting it as not technically having a contest this year yet. It is okay, I have a main attraction for the next prizebag already. Now I only need to find a few spare hours to start getting the goods ready to build up the bag. Lately, all my spare (non-work, non-sleep, non-life-maintenance) time goes into the workshop or enjoying time with Slick and the cats. Meanwhile, what would you guys like to see as the next contest or giveaway? I know I started off with matching photos to locations, then a “guess how many” deal, feedback entries (jokes, ideas, haikus), and a number of favorite comment giveaways. Is it time for a caption this photo deal? Maybe another guessing game. Anyway, I eagerly await your feedback. Answer in the poll to the right.