A few weeks ago I signed up to participate in 2 different swaps on my friends blogs. What fun I had! The first one was by Lori at Morning Glories and Moonflowers. This was a bird swap! I was to swap goodies with Lindsay at The Cross-Stitch House. Lindsay lives in Yorkshire, England! She sent me many lovelies and she made some of them herself-she is very creative!! Here are some pictures of the goodies she sent me (sorry to say the pictures are minus the cream fudge (John and I ate it before I remembered to take a picture) and also the chocolate is missing (same thing we ate it).
These are all the lovely presents Lindsay sent me! Well except the fudge and chocolate (opps should have waited to indulge :)
This gorgeous hand towel is in my half bathroom downstairs. It is so beautiful-I love turquoise!
Lindsay did the cross-stitch on this cute burlap bag-she is so talented!
She sent me the cutest plate with little birds on it. They were raised on the edge-I've already used it twice! Really adorable.
This little bird was crafted for me by Lindsay! I just love it! I have her hanging in my jewelry studio.
This nest is so adorable! The "eggs" are soap!! Love it!
Lindsay is a very thoughtful person and wanted to send some Yorkshire things to me. She sent this towel, the chocolate, clotted cream fudge and a Yorkshire reusable bag (which I have already used at the grocery store!).
Thanks Lindsay for all the wonderful things you sent me and all the thought you put into this! Also thank you Lori for setting all this up-your swaps are always so much fun!!
On to the next swap! Heidi of Foxgloves, Fabric and Folly!! hosted a Very Vintage Summer Swap. Thanks Heidi!! My partner was Angie from Just Simply Live! Angie is really an amazing person and a fellow North Carolinian. She and I got our e-mail from Heidi with regard to our swap partner and her likes. Well I thought Heidi had sent me my own list back and so did Angie! We love all the same things, hence being paired up!! Here are the lovely presents I received from Angie:
John told me there was a box waiting for me on the Dining Room table and I knew Angie's box arrived. Here is her box before I opened up all the goodies she sent me! Isn't it beautiful!
See how beautiful all these presents are! Angie had them all wrapped in beautiful colored tissue paper also-very pretty!
There was some lovely rose stationery! I love stationery and this is just beautiful! She also included some recipe cards and black, white and lime green notes cards too! She is wonderful!
When I opened the box, this wonderful smell came out and it was from the gorgeous botanical candle Angie sent me! I had a candle very similar to this years ago and now I have another one and I love it!
This gorgeous tea cup has already founds its way to my sideboard! I love roses so this is the perfect addition to my collection of cups and teapots!
I love this dish Angie sent me! I love anything that is antique and white! I will be putting this out with some little mint candies in it. It is so beautiful. It reminds me of a very delicate oyster shell! Just lovely!
Now I have to tell you, I didn't put anything down on my information sheet about collecting antique silver tea items. This will show you how Angie and I are kindred spirits because she sent me a gorgeous antique tea strainer!! Here it is:
Thank you to the hostesses and participants I had a wonderful time! You are all wonderful women!!! I am so glad to have made some new friends through these swaps! Enjoy!
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!