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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Our First Gift Has Arrived

If you've ever been over to our apartment, you know that we have a reasonable sized kitchen but not enough counter space or accessible storage. One of the first things we registered for was a kitchen cart.
Before selecting this cart from Catskill Craftsmen, we looked at many carts from many stores. We had a couple of criteria that we used.
  1. Size. We don't have a big kitchen. The cart needed to fit under the kitchen window and still leave enough space for us to use the kitchen sink.
  2. Quality. Many options were pressboard and wouldn't hold up under consistent use. We wanted hardwood.
  3. Made in America. Many carts were made overseas. We wanted if possible to purchase furniture that was made here in the states.
Many stores sell this cart. We decided to purchase the cart from Macy*s rather than Home Depot (which we would have used MyRegistry.com to add to our registry) as Home Depot was charging $335 - almost $100 more for the same cart.

So when we saw that the first gift that had been purchased was the kitchen cart, we were overjoyed. We pestered my mom almost daily to see if it had arrived. She called us the minute it had. While it arrived prior to Mother's Day, our schedule prevented us from retrieving the cart and assembling it until Memorial Day Weekend. This project was primarily all cubes with a little help from me when needed. While cubes assembled the cart I worked on our envelope liners.
Catskill Craftsmen provides detailed documentation. Detailed step by step instructions as well as an FAQ.
After reading the documentation and instructions and laying out all the various pieces, cubes began assembling the cart. (I took breaks from working on the envelope liners to photograph cubes' handiwork.)

After a couple of hours our kitchen cart was ready to report for duty. If you're looking for a kitchen cart for your home, definitely consider Catskill Craftsmen products. They're easy to assemble and well built. Our cart is now filled with mixing bowls, a hand mixer, pie plates, and baking utensils (pie weights, cookie cutters, cookie dough gun, etc.). We're looking forward to using it for a long time to come.

Our first thank you cards have been written and will be in the mail shortly. In addition to our handwritten note we tucked some photos from the build process in as well.

What are you doing to make your thank you notes special? Are you opening and using your gifts before your wedding day?


  1. We're not at the gift stage yet, but I remember way back when from my first wedding that my mom told me not to send any thank you notes for wedding gifts before the wedding (thank you notes for shower gifts were okay). I think the idea is that you're not technically supposed to start using wedding gifts until after the wedding, or something.

    But since we got a lot of gifts in the mail before the wedding, I would write the thank you note as soon as we received/opened the gift. I think about a dozen people brought gifts to the wedding itself. I wrote those thank you notes the morning after the wedding. All of the notes were ready to mail as soon as we got back from our honeymoon. The guests loved the handwritten notes.

  2. We didn't think we were at the gift stage yet. Our plan initially had been to use a photo from our wedding for the thank you cards (http://cubesedenwedding.blogspot.com/2010/05/saying-gracias-thank-you.html) as we'd heard couples had 3 months from the wedding to send thank you notes.

    I agree with you (and Emily Post does as well (link in previous blog post) that thank you notes should be written no later than 3 months from receipt of gift - we're 4 months away from our wedding. A personalized handwritten note is wonderful.


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