March 22, 2009

Care Package From Japan!

I referred to this once before...somewhere...but anyway I did a care package exchange with Lisa of It's Pretty Okay. Oh, here it is: #4 in this overly perky post. Lisa is in a military family living in Japan, so to me this meant:

1) I could use the APO/FPO flat-rate priority boxes, which cost only $11.95 to mail no matter how heavy they are, instead of the usual $40-$60 for international mailing.

2) Cute stuff from Japan, SQUEEE!


And to her it meant:

1) Famous Dave's barbecue sauce


And so it was agreed. Both of us got a little nervous about it (we both worried that the packages we were assembling were lame), but I think it went REALLY WELL, don't you, Lisa?

You can go over to Lisa's blog to see what I sent her.

And now I'll show you what was in the box Lisa sent me!This is the box when I first opened it and fluffed a few things out of the way of other things.



These are the WEEest little cookie cutters you have ever seen! The big green square? Is, like, 3/4ths inch square. You can use these to make the cutest ever kid meals. Paul used them last night to cut slices of cheese for the kids, and it was ADORBS.



I could not---COULD NOT---get a picture that shows this great purse to advantage. Here it's flung over the high chair tray, and I swear this was the best photo I got of it.



Ice cream scoop and coffee spoon. Lisa says the ice cream scoops in Japan are TEH BEST.



Snackies! With little Japanese characters and pictures all over them!



Stickers! Origami paper! Activity books! Stationery!



Close-up of some of the stickers, because I thought they were soooooo cute.



Bendy giraffe straws and clothespins. Lisa says the clothespins in Japan are also TEH BEST.



Dream Toothpicks! Adorable container, and also another of the things that are TEH BEST. Look at the cute carved tops!



Things for the kids (what? the stickers weren't for me?): pens that you write in invisible ink that only shows up when you shine the other end of the pen on it, a puzzle, a "Miraculous Ruler," etc.

18 comments:

Jennifer said...

Moving to Japan, brb.

SUCH. CUTE. STUFF.

Frondly said...

Wishing I knew how to say SCORE in Japanese . . .

qwanty said...

Oh my. You need to check out this. Bento is super fun:

http://www.ichibankanusa.com/sub-category.asp?cID=0&scID=57&mID=-1&SortBy=&pgID=0

Garefoo!

(That was my word verification for this comment. I'm not sure if it's a swear or some kind of bon mot. But whatever. Garefoo!)

bunnybear said...

That ice cream scoop does look like the best. Could we get a picture of the clothespin? I am curious.

Kelsey said...

LOVE those care packages - good job all the way around!

Michelle said...

Oh way cool! Whenever my friend goes to Japan she brings back gifts, and they totally rock. My favorite is the windup Mario and Yoshi slot car racers :) Great care package! Enjoy it (all of you).

Kim said...

This is unbelievable. I was all excited to get to the end of this so I could tell you how fabulous those ice cream scoops are. My MIL has one (her brother lives in Japan & sent it to her) and we used it yesterday. It is THE BEST. I don't know what Americans were thinking when they made the round stupid ones that never seem to work (at least ones I've bought haven't) because the Japanese ones are so darn perfect. I am jealous of all this stuff, but mostly for that; wait til you use it!

Jess said...

Fun! What a great idea!

Kathy said...

OMG! Soooo cute!

Shelly said...

COOL stuff! That purse is GORGEOUS!

Jen said...

This totally reminds me of stuff I would send to people when we lived in Korea. They had such fun stuff! And the prices! It almost makes me miss living there. Almost. =)

So glad you could partake in this stuff!

Alice said...

swistle, you are the queen of awesome care packages! i think your care package ability slash organizational efforts in global PiFs should go on your resume at this point :-)

Hotch Potchery said...

Wowza, how fun! I wish I had a friend who lived in Japan and sent me presents every day.

Well, I guess anyone who sent me presents everyday would be fine.

Whimsy said...

How can I get me one of them there Lisas? She's a keeper.

Jewels said...

FUN!! There is a Daiso-- this huge Japanese variety store-- near my house. It's right across the parking lot from Target which is awesomely dangerous.

Anonymous said...

hello where can i get those Bendy giraffe straws if i live in the uk?

Thanks
Martin
msach123@o2.co.uk

Swistle said...

Sorry, Martin, I don't know---everything was a gift from someone living in Japan.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for replying, don't still have the packaging do you lol!!