Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Time for the Teacup and Mug Swap Reveal




I've made no secrets about a little obsession of mine:  vintage and vintage-style tea cups! I love them! I am collecting them! That is why joining in with all the lovely ladies in Stephanie's Tea cup and Mug Swap is a no brainer for me.

(Stephanie blogs at The Enchanting Rose. Her blog is full of wonderful recipes, craft and sewing projects, book reviews, inspiration and faith!)

Stephanie's teacup and mug swap doubly wonderful because besides receiving a beautiful tea cup every time I participate, I also have the joy of shopping for another lady who shares my obsession. How fun is that? None of us really know which is more fun.....the giving or the receiving! But I can tell you that the whole experience from waiting for Stephanie to give us the name and address of our recipient, to anticipating a tea cup package in the mail, waiting to hear that our carefully wrapped packages have been received, to emailing and chatting with our givers and recipients and ultimately reading about the reveals--it is a couple of weeks of good old-fashioned, kid-styled fun! Truly, it's like being a kid again and I just love it! I am so grateful that Stephanie arranges this for all of us. She is a blogger's blessing for sure!

 THANK YOU STEPHANIE!

The person I had the pleasure of buying a tea cup for is Marilyn who blogs at Mountain Top Spice. I purchased a tea cup for her at a favorite local antique shop.


Here is the tea cup I gave to Marilyn! I fell in love with the unique shape of the cup and the rose design inside and out.


These are the other goodies I packaged with the teacup.


I packed it all up, sent her an email to let her know it was coming and we have exchanged several emails since then and she sent me the sweetest handmade thank you note and bookmark. So sweet! It is such a fun way of meeting and getting to know someone!

It has been a pleasure getting to know Marilyn. She has a lovely blog and her adventures living in the Idaho woods with her menagerie of animals is fun to follow along. She has chickens, which is a bit of a dream of mine, but my husband, unfortunately does not share that particular dream! So I am living out my chicken dreams vicariously through Marilyn!

NOW....for the teacup I received as well as the gift of friendship from another blogger, Kitty who blogs at Kitty's Cozy Kitchen. Just as you might imagine from the title of her blog, she has some incredible recipes and her photos are sweet-- kind of retro/vintage and she zooms in so close to oozing butterscotch frosting that it makes you want to whip up a batch at very late hours of the night. Yes, I nearly did that one evening, close to midnight but I grabbed a hold of my senses. Yesterday I purchased some ingredients to make a batch of her snickerdoodles. YUM! Hopefully I will find some time this weekend to whip some up.

Here is the teacup I received from Kitty! I love the color combination of browns and yellows. The gold edge is always such an elegant touch. I just love it!



Isn't it lovely!


....and look at all the goodies that came with it!


All my favorite fall colors, flavors and scents....ginger snaps are one of my favorite cookies. I am still searching for a ginger snap recipe that produces a crunchy cookie!

Look at the adorable pumpkin that Kitty crocheted! It's so cute! There is also a sweet Autumn dish towel which hangs in my kitchen, some delicious chai tea--pumpkin spice flavored, and a votive candle which I burned right away with my first cup of tea. The tea was delicious. I did not even know that Twinings had Chai tea in a Pumpkin Spice variety. I will be adding that to my grocery list this week because I am almost out of the tea already. I drink a lot of tea!


What an amazing box full of autumn blessings! 

I received the nicest little note from Kitty on a sweet vintage autumn note card pictured above right. We have also exchanged several emails since the swap. Many, many thanks to Kitty for this wonderful collection of autumn gifts.....and each item was so very carefully packed! 


and this lovely, lovely teacup, I will treasure it! 

All this talk of tea......think I shall go have a tea party all by myself! ......which reminds me of this little ditty....

"I had a little tea party
this afternoon at three,
twas very small, 
three guests in all,
just I, myself and me.

Myself ate all the sandwiches
While I drank up the tea,
Twas also I who ate the pie,
and passed the cake to me."

Jessica Norton North


PS  Feel free to stop by Stephanie's Blog at the The Enchanting Rose to see all the beautiful tea cups and mugs given and received during this swap!

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28 comments:

  1. Isn't this the swap ever!!!! I love the teacup you sent Marilyn is very pretty! I love the delicate roses. Marilyn's bookmark is adorable! I also love the teacup you received from Kitty. I'm partial to autumn theme designs/colors, I guess since my birthday is in November! Kittly's goodies are all so precious, and I love her crochet pumpkin!!!

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    1. Yes, this is a great swap! I've met some of the loveliest ladies! I've always been a bit partial to fall themes, colors too...I love all the teacups I have been given. AHA, guess we know someone with a birthday coming up!!!.......yes I love my little crocheted pumpkin too! She did a great job! Thanks for stopping by!
      Linda

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  2. What a sweetheart you are dear Linda! It was such a blessing to receive all the wonderful goodies from you, and I have the apple cinnamon fragrance sachet close by, where throughout the day the scent reminds me of the beautiful gift I received from you! And what a precious package of gifts you received in return! I will need to stop by Kitty's blog too, because I am always looking for easy homey recipes! I love love chai tea too, and Twinnings is my favorite one to buy. I hope you have lots of wonderful tea parties with "me, myself and I", lol! Much love to you dear friend :)

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    1. Hi Marilyn,
      That's the nice thing about these swaps--using the items reminds us of those who gave them to us. I have my blogging friends on my mind all the time! I saw a rooster today in the store (ceramic, not live, lol) and I thought of you...before I saw your rooster attack post! Yes, my package was so nice! I enjoyed opening it and I am enjoying using my teacup and other items! Love to you too,
      :)

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  3. The teacup that you sent to Marilyn is such a pretty one, Linda, and so are your sweet gifts, also.
    I'm so happy that you love the vintage Fall teacup that I sent to you and all the other gifts that I had such fun putting together. This is one exchange that is a joy to give and joyful to receive!! What a blessing it is for Stephanie to coordinate all of this and we reap the rewards of giving and receiving, and making such wonderful friendships.
    I'm still enjoying my fabulous homemade soap that you sent me as a thank you! xo

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    1. Thank you Kitty! Yes, I loved everything in my package and I have enjoyed our emails....thank you so much for the recipes you sent me. I hope to make a batch over the weekend.....the dip sounds absolutely wonderful! So glad you like the soap. If you end up making some, be sure to post about it! Many thanks Kitty!
      xo
      Linda

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  4. Oh Linda...what a great post you have shared here with all your enthusiasm!
    That tea cup you gave to Marilyn is quite unique in its shape, just beautiful, and I love the colors of the pretty tea cup you received from dear Kitty.
    Both ladies are as precious as anything!!
    The first tea cup exchange my dear Stephanie had I was blessed to give my gift to Kitty. We have been dear friends ever since.
    I love these exchanges, and you described your joy just as I too feel about them.
    By the way, I too love a good ginger snap cookie! :-)
    Should you find a good recipe would you share it with me please?
    Have a beautiful rest of the week.
    Much love~ Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thank you! I have come to the conclusion that all teacups are pretty! I have not see one yet that I didn't like!!! So many different ones! Yes, both ladies are wonderful. I have enjoyed getting to know both of them....regarding ginger snaps, Kitty sent me a recipe that I will share with you....can't wait to try them! Enjoy your week too, I know you are very busy! Take care,
      xo
      Linda

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  5. Dear Linda, What a beautiful post filled with special blessings of teacup treasures and friendship. I simply love what your gave and received. Each cup is precious in detail color and design. I gave my exchange tea cup to Kitty and it was a delight to send to her and we also have shared several emails and have become friends along with getting to meet sometime soon.
    You describe the teacup exchange beautifully and I feel just the same. Love seeing your goodies along with the first pic of your teapot, sugar and creamer. So lovely. Enjoy the day and visiting the many in dear Stephanie's exchange. She is amazing and blesses us all with her special ways and generosity. Blessings always sweet friend, xo

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    1. Hi Celeste,
      Thank you....I really do have so much fun with this swap! I bought that teapot after I received Kitty's tea cup. I recently bought all new white dishes because my stoneware was just too heavy for me to wash and put away. My cupboard is a bit high so we decided to just get some lighter weight dishes. So I needed to a teapot that would go with everything...picked it up for practically nothing at tj max and I love it!!! Thanks for stopping by to see my teacup package....and yes, we are all so grateful that we have Stephanie who is willing to put this all together for us. God bless her!
      Enjoy the rest of the week,
      xo my friend!
      Linda

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  6. I do love that shape of the cup you sent that is just gorgeous and the lovely colors of the cup you received is very pretty and fall like, it reminds me of a set my mom had when I was young

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    1. Hi Connie,
      Thank you! My new cup reminds me of some dishes I have seen before too but I can't remember where I saw them....there must have been a similar popular pattern back in the day. I must get over to your blog to see what you've been up to lately! Thanks for checking out my teacup!
      Linda

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  7. Beautiful tea cups!! I have a weakness for tea cups too!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you Debbie!.....and thank you....you are in good company if you have a weakness for tea cups.
      Hugs,
      Linda

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  8. Oh what a wonderful package you received from Kitty! Love what you sent also. Great exchange fun! Your tea ditty has me chuckling. :)

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    1. Hi Pam,
      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, my package was wonderful! I am enjoying the contents!!!! Glad you liked my ditty! LOL!
      Linda

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  9. What wonderful treasures- both coming and going! What a fun swap this is that Stephanie put together for us all to enjoy!

    Without a doubt the best part is the friendships made.

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    1. Hi Michele,
      Yes, so kind of Stephanie to put so much effort into this teacup swap! You are right--the best part is the friendships!!! I am going to check out more teacup swaps tonight!! Love scrolling through all the photos!
      Linda

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  10. Your delightful package from Kitty just shouts AUTUMN! How I love the items she sent you, dear Linda. The tea cup is so wonderfully beautiful and her crochet pumpkin is darling! She blessed me with one last year and it graces my living room with its charm.

    And the package you sent Marilyn is incredibly beautiful! I am always blessed by you and the love you put into each package - you are such a dear, my friend. I am so thankful for the friendships that are formed through the exchange - what a joy!

    Much love to you, dear one.

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    1. Hello Stephanie,
      Yes it does shout AUTUMN! I love my little pumpkin from Kitty....I have it on my kitchen table where I can enjoy it all day long! I love the teacup--so pretty. My collection of pretty cups is growing!!! :)

      I really appreciate all that you have done for us Stephanie! You are so kind! So looking forward to the next one!
      Hugs,
      Linda

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  11. What a wonderful package you received from our friend, Kitty! Everything is just lovely; especially the teacup! Your package to Marilyn is also lovely. You chose a sweet teacup for her too. Blogland is oftentimes like a big extended family and it's a delightful way to get to know other ladies who love the things we do. Thank you for sharing with us and have a beautiful day, Linda.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Yes Sandi,
      My package from KItty was wonderful! I have been using the teacup almost every day since I received it! Yes, I agree with you about Blogland! Happy to join in the linkup! thank you for stopping by!
      Linda

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  12. You tea lovers have so much fun! How I wished I liked the stuff but I don't even like coffee. Now hot chocolate is something I could go for!

    Very pretty post and I loved reading about the thoughtfulness behind these gifts. I'm sure they were blessings.
    Dewena

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    1. Yes Dwena,
      It is so much fun! Oh wow, I head straight to the coffee pot when I get up in the morning.....tea is just so soothing! I do love hot cocoa! you could do the mug swap....it's not just a teacup swap! You should think about joining in the next time!
      Linda

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  13. I agree that Stephanie's exchange is like Christmas for us teacup lovers! Love the autumn-themed package that Kitty sent you. The crochet pumpkin is too cute! It's been a fun getting to know our sweet swap partners.

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    1. Hi Margie,
      Thank you for dropping by to see my sweet package from Kitty! I do love that little pumpkin and my tea cup is sooo pretty! Yes, it's fun!
      Linda

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  14. Aaah yes......she who has most pretty teacups all sitting in a row on a pretty sideboard wins!! Isn't collecting tea cups the best thing. I do love the rose tea cup you sent Marilyn....AND....didn't you receive a plethora of pretties. All those lovely Fall colours. Your tea cup is gorgeous. I do love that sweet poem.....I can just see you, yourself and.........sitting there enjoying a cup of tea and eating the sandwiches, pie and cake...sounds like my kinda tea party!!

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    1. Yes Kim,
      Collecting tea cups is the best thing!!! Or at least one of the best things!!!Thank you, i loved that little rose tea cup too! Mine is very pretty too! I love using it! Yes, the 3 of us had a wonderful tea party together, lol!
      Linda

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