Monday, August 6, 2012

goodies from Jo-Ann's

A couple of weeks ago I posted excitedly about the news that Jo-Ann's now ships (most items) to Canada -- and I promised that I would post again when my package arrived.  Well, it did, and quite promptly: it took about 10 days (that's 10 calendar days, not 10 business days) from order to delivery, and the order was trackable with the taxes and duties already wrapped into the very reasonable shipping cost. I'm a happy girl, and I think my buddy Melinda (who has dibs on the Denyse Schmidt yardage and one of the two pounce pads) will be too.

I haven't been posting as regularly as I could/should, and could/should have posted about this a week ago...but without any further ado, here it is....

oooooo, it's here!First peek in the box.

good mail day

mail!!!!What have we here...?

My share: a dresden and a pyramid/traingle ruler (I have ideas for each of these), some quilting pins, a pounce pad and extra chalk -- for transferring stencil designs for hand quilting, some "betweens" (hand quilting needles), some thimble alternatives (sticky pads, which will hopefully save my fingers while quilting the Farmer's Wife.  I had some pretty nasty scabs and calluses from the quilting of Bear Pa!).

And of course, there are the DS prints -- most of the ones available for shipment to Canada, which are all from older lines, and a really nice range of oranges, green, reds, and grey-blues.  There are some great prints which I could not get (there must be some licensing problems) but I'm so very happy with these!

Jo-Ann's delivers to Canada -- even some of the older DS prints, on sale! Yippee.

The irony of coveting products from Jo-Ann's is not lost on me, as someone who lived 11 years of my adult life in the U.S. -- in particular areas where big box shopping was one of the few forms of recreation readily available.

There are times when I am frustrated by the fact that some seemingly basic items can be tricky to find in downtown Toronto, or are much more expensive here than they are in the States, but generally I actually like the fact that I don't have such easy access to everything I might want or need. It makes the hunting and gathering so much more of a sport, and makes a little package from Jo-Ann's feel like the very, very special delivery that it is!

Now if only they would put the Lisette twills on sale....


Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Grat job!! Looks like a wonderful box of goodies.
I just got a package from the US and had to pay an extre $20 for GST/PST at the post office to claim my package!! Good old Canada customs!

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Lovely parcel - I can't wait to see what you're going to make! I've not heard of 'big box shopping' before - I must lead a sheltered life ;o)

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

I feel your pain :(

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

The development of big box stores (and those massive malls with seas of parking spots) can be seen as both blessing and curse....