RAKed! Baby Got RAK (I can't believe I just typed that.)

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  1. NutMeg

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    YOU GUYS. WHAT. WHAT IS THIS. OMG. NO SERIOUSLY GUYS.

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    Um, I think there might have been some kind of 2017 Oscars Best Picture type mistake, because apparently I was somehow selected to be January's RAK "victim."

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    Ok ok, let me start the story over. So yesterday I went to my mailbox and found three LBE's crammed inside, of the unmistakable pin mail variety. And I'm like, did I buy some pins and forget...? Did I make any recent trades? Should I have sent stuff out to people?!?

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    The only return address I immediately recognized was @watzshakinbacon's, so that was the first package I opened. I knew she was going to be sending me an Esmeralda pin sometime soon, but I was still a little caught off guard, because A) we are just generally super bad at being sneaky with zaps, so I figured I would've gotten some kind of advanced warning, and B) she posted some phony excuse a few days ago about being out of town to get out of this week's homework for Merlin's movie challenge. I'm still not fully convinced that the pic she sent me from New Orleans wasn't photoshopped as part of an elaborate ruse to avoid the traumatic experience of watching Bambi, but I still assumed she would be too busy this week to send any pin mail. H'oh boy was I wrong...

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    So not only did Erin find me this awesome and rare Esmeralda pin at an unbeatable price (it just popped up on eBay today for 3x as much money!) but she also surprised me with the very first pin for the Jessica Hollywood-themed collection I've always wanted, yet repeatedly resist starting, because what kind of masochist tries to collect Jessica??

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    Welp, apparently this kind of masochist, right here. Yep. I guess this is happening. Oh God, this is actually happening. This is a thing now. Thank you for being an enabler, Erin, and thanks in advance to the many, many people here at DPF who will doubtlessly be enabling this insane and irresponsible collection in the future.

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    While the grave reality of this sinks in, let's move on to the rest of her package! In her infinite generosity and thoughtfulness Erin also sent me all the goodies listed in her letter, including this ridiculously impressive hand-made flower:

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    Seriously, she is so talented! How does she even make this stuff?? I've never crocheted, but I've tried to knit a couple of times, and I can safely say that it would take me a solid 6 hours to make a single, sloppily fabricated petal, which I would promptly throw to the ground in frustration before giving up on the endeavor entirely. So yeah, props to her and her mad crochet skillz.

    And she also sent me candy, and a yummy smelling bath fizzer, and a zen garden, AND little Hercules figures to put in it!! I'll have to take a nicer picture once I've arranged them in the sand, but here's a quick peek:

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    Phew, is that everything? It's entirely possible that I've overlooked something, because she sent me so damn much! She is seriously the greatest pin bestie a gal could have. She added so many little touches that just show how incredibly thoughtful she is, like specifically picking green candy and sand because it's my favorite color, and remembering small details, like me mentioning that I want a Jessica Hollywood collection and that I hope to cosplay as Meg someday. She puts SO much thought and care into making her gifts special, and opening them/reading her letter definitely made me feel pretty special. :D I just can't get over how amazing she is! <3

    And of course I can't forget the other incredible packages I received!!

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    @SiuJerkJai sent me these super cute Meg magnets, which is perfect because I have a big, out-of-state move coming up and will basically only be bringing whatever I can fit into my car. Which means there won't be much decor in my new apartment. I'm sure that just having these on my fridge will brighten up the place and make it feel more "me," ya know? And since I'm moving on my own to an unfamiliar city where I only know like 2 people and will probably be super lonely, it'll be nice to see these magnets and be reminded of my wonderful friends here on DPF. Thanks so much Kim!! <3 You're fun and I like you too. ;)

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    @Ajk sent me a major want from my PinPics: Joanna from the Crooked Comrades R/C series! I swear she must be the super chaser of this set!! I check for her on eBay every now and then, but have never been able to find her (until now!) I'm usually a stickler about focusing on *only* my collections, and not letting myself get sidetracked by pins that don't fit in them. But I'm a big Rescuers Down Under fan (so underrated!) and I love Joanna, so when I saw that they actually made a pin of her I knew I couldn't resist it. I can't believe that after failing for months to obtain this pin, some generous person just randomly zaps it to me! Thank you so much Ajk!! <3

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    Ok, done for now! I'm not sure if there are any more packages coming my way (I'll be sure to update this post with more mushy thank-you's if anything else arrives!) but I just couldn't wait to post this and express my immense gratitude!!! I'm so touched that I was chosen to be RAK'ed! (I still think that sounds kinda wrong, heh...)

    My family was over last night and I showed them all of this, and they still can't believe that this forum exists, lol. I've mentioned DPF to them before and explained what "zapping" means, and my brother-in-law was like, "You mean there are actually people on the internet who just do nice stuff for each other? You found the one corner of the internet where people are nice?" That should be DPF's slogan: "The one nice corner of the internet!"

    Seriously though, I'm overjoyed to be part of such a kind, warm, generous community. I'm so thankful that I found this forum and for all the amazing friends I've made on here. Logging on has become a sort of daily ritual and always makes me feel better, no matter how bad of a day I've had. Pins are great and all, but pin friends are even better.

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  2. MerlinEmrys

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    That's a pretty kick butt start to a well deserved rak!

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  3. AshleyV

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    Congrats!!! This is all so thoughtful and lovely. <3
     
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  4. xdattax

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    A fantastic rak so far! Congrats!


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  5. Tokaji

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    Congrats, NutMeg!!
     
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  6. watzshakinbacon

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    Hehehehe I’m just drowning in Mardi Gras beads over here but I’m glad this little ruse worked congrats on being an awesome member!!


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  7. Spr175psu

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    Congrats and well-deserved! Awesome RAK so far!

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    Congrats on the RAK!!

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  9. mickeymousje

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    Congrats on the RAK! :D
     
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  10. NutMeg

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  12. theoucharis

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    Congrats on the RAK.

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    Congrats!!!!


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  14. katelouise

    katelouise lunapins on Instagram!

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    Congrats!!!
     
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  15. NutMeg

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    ADHFFJGSHJ JUST CAME HOME TO THESE ON MY PORCH:

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  16. watzshakinbacon

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    uhhh.. what are you doing? OPEN THEM!!!!!!

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  17. NutMeg

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    Ok, finally getting around to sharing more of my RAK! I feel terrible that it's taken me so long to post about these, but it's been a super busy week (lots of unfortunate family stuff going on right now.) Plus it takes me quite a bit of time to give these gifts the long, mushy thank-yous they truly deserve!

    Anyway, I tried to add these to my original post, but apparently I've exceeded the maximum character limit... oops... so here's RAK post #2!

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    Alright, quick backstory: a couple of weeks ago @MerlinEmrys sent me a pic of him meeting the ever elusive Esmeralda (*and* Clopin) at a special DVC event, and I nearly died of jealousy. (Not a hyperbole. I actually saw a white light.) I'd like to say I was a good sport, but nope. Super petty about it.

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    Anyway, despite my childish bitterness, I still appreciated finding a package from him on my porch, and was excited to see what he got me to apologize for his selfish behavior (kidding... sort of...) The first thing I pulled out was this cardboard sleeve with some very prudent instructions:

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    What valuable contents could require such caution? Well...

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    That's right, folks. Turns out he wasn't just rubbing it in my face when he showed me that he met my gal. He was giving me evidence of authenticity for THE AUTOGRAPH HE GOT FOR ME.

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    I seriously cannot believe he went out of his way to do this for me, or even thought to do it in the first place. I mean, I can believe it, obviously, because he's just awesome like that, but still. Did he plot this ahead of time? Did he know she would be at the event? He must have, right? How else could he do it??? It's not like they sell Hunchback merch at the parks that he could've bought spur of the moment. Plus the print says it's from '96 (and limited edition!) It's obvious there was a whole lot of thought and effort put into this (and possibly some wizard sorcery.) I'm so touched that he thought of lil ole me like this; it is for sure one of the most special things anyone has ever done for me!! And it's definitely the next best thing to meeting her at the parks myself - actually, it's even better, just because of the kindness behind it, ya know what I mean?? I can't wait to make a custom frame and display it next to my Esmeralda pin board! :D

    And as if that super sweet gesture wasn't enough, he also sent this adorable Meg & Peg fantasy pin:

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    A while back he messaged me to ask what Meg fantasy pins I already owned, supposedly because he was planning to thin out his own collection. Now I realize that he was probably checking to see that I didn't already have this one. I'm onto you! ;) Thank you sooo much for such a touching and meaningful zap!!! My heart is so full! <3

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    Next up is this huge box I found right on the mat outside my door - it was so big I almost tripped over it! It was beautifully decorated with some cute Dory wrapping paper, and best of all, these absolutely perfect stickers!!

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    Again, it's the thoughtful gestures like this that mean so much! Seeing these stickers from my two favorite Disney movies immediately put a huge smile on my face. I could tell right away that whoever sent this package had totally gone above and beyond!

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    I opened it up, and as I suspected, it was stuffed with an overabundance of fabulous goodies! Plus, another incredibly sweet personalized touch with this awesome envelope:

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    Inside the envelope was a card (plus a bonus Hunchback card!) and these Art of Disney postcards from what are, in fact, my top 3 favorite Disney movies after Hunch and Hercules (Mulan, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.) Not sure if this was a complete coincidence or if this person really did their homework, but either way, another awesome personalized touch!

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    I saw from the included business card that this mysterious and generous sender was the amazing @SoraPandora!!

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    First of all, her handwriting is gorgeous, and I think I might have to steal the way she writes her cursive capital S's. Secondly, this wasn't even the tip of the iceberg. There's still plenty more to come - check out this amazing sticker! Again, it's just 100% perfect for me! It has my two most beloved characters on it, and the sentiment conveys my personality so well. I'm gonna have to find someplace special to put this!

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    In addition to all the RAK gifts, she also sent me some bonus Valentine's Day treats! They came in this cute little box and included candy, stickers, a Valentine card, buttons, and a bubble blower:

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    Also can't forget this adorable Scrump stuffy! Funnily enough, I actually owned a plush doll just like this when I was 11. My mom got it for me shortly after Lilo & Stitch came out, because I was a little weirdo just like Lilo (my mom called me her little Wednesday Addams, lol.) Unfortunately I lost the doll years ago, along with most of my childhood mementos. So thank you so much, Sora, for the nostalgic and sentimental gift - again, you totally nailed it!

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    Finally, I got to that large rectangular present in the super pretty Disney Princess wrapping paper. It was almost a shame to rip it open - the art on the paper is really cute, and it was immaculately wrapped! Sora has some serious gift wrapping skills. I feel kinda bad for ruining her handiwork, but I love what was inside!

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    A beautiful Esmeralda doll! Her eyes are especially gorgeous; the irises are so striking and detailed. I don't collect dolls (that is the last thing my bank account needs right now, ha) but this one will definitely be a cherished keepsake! You guys are giving me such cool stuff for a whole Hunchback display!

    Thank you oh so much to Sora (do you prefer Sora or Sara?) for your unbelievable generosity!! I'm seriously blown away!!! I just hope I can send you an equally awesome package someday!! <3

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  18. watzshakinbacon

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  19. PixiePost

    PixiePost Previously SoraPandora

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    Yay!!!! I’m so glad you liked it all. You are very, very welcome!

    I did my homework by studying your Secret Santa exchange questionnaire. ;)

    I wasn’t sure if you liked dolls but I ran across Esmeralda at an estate sale a few weeks ago and could not resist when I knew you were the month’s RAK!

    Don’t feel bad getting rid of it or trading it for something you like better if you don’t have room for it or whatever. :) (That goes for everything in the package!)

    Thank you for all the compliments on my handwriting and gift wrapping, LOL! Oh, and I use Sara and Sora interchangeably. Either is fine!

    Happy RAK attack!!!


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  20. CCofRR13

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    Congrats ~ well deserved!
     
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  21. NutMeg

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    I'm going to try to find an equal-sized Megara doll so I can display them side-by-side underneath my pin boards. Hopefully they made a 15" Meg doll because I'm just neurotic like that lol. I'm touched that you did so much research for your zap, thank you so much again!! You're too sweet! ❤️
     
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  22. NutMeg

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    Just a fair warning to everyone who participated in my RAK... I am the reigning champ of zap tag, and I now have all your mailing addresses on file. ;)
     
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  23. watzshakinbacon

    watzshakinbacon B for Belle or B for bacon?

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    oh great.. at least i'm already engaged in zap tag with you xD
     
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  24. NutMeg

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    And it's not gonna end anytime soon. Mwahaha.
     
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