Monday, October 31, 2016

Another Tea Cup Exchange

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Stephanie graciously hosted her 9th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange and I was so, so happy to participate once again. 
Today is the reveal day..... and I am excited to reveal the contents of  the very lovely package I received from Debbie Harris who blogs at She Graces Her Home in God's Beauty. In case you are not aware, she is also mom to our tea cup swap hostess!



My package arrived and much to my surprise and delight,  I recognized the return address as belonging to someone I had sent a tea cup to some time ago! 

I took my package out to the back porch, sat on my wicker love seat and proceeded to open it,  fully planning to enjoy opening every little treasure! Pink and gold was the theme! Just look how pretty everything is!



It was the loveliest collection of pink and gold! Feast your eyes on this pretty teacup! It is exquisite!



......and the little gold spoon! It has a sweet little rose on the end of the handle. I fell in love with it! I had been in my favorite antique shop earlier in the week looking for a gold spoon as I realized so many of my tea cups are edged in gold. Debbie may not know it yet, but she has started me on my latest collection: my gold spoon collection!



You may have noticed the beautiful gold and ivory accessories. They are beautiful and make such a perfect table setting. Debbie purchased these from Stephanie's Etsy shop and they are just stunning! If you haven't stopped by her shop, here is the link! So much prettiness!



In this photo, note the fabric flower on the left side of the mug mat. It's a bit difficult to make out here but there are pink stones set in gold. It matches so perfectly!



It's a little easier to see here!  I just kept looking at it over and over again! 


Here are more treasures!....some delicious white loose leaf tea (YUM!), chocolates (which my husband and I devoured) and a book, "Vintage Tea Party." I have been enjoying this book in the evenings after dinner. It sits on my end table in the living room and I read and reread the interesting facts and history of making tea, the proper way to make tea (I've been doing it all wrong for years!) and so many delicious recipes.



Last but certainly not least, Debbie included a jar of her homemade Raspberry Preserves. I had it on my toast every morning until it was all used up. It was delicious! I cannot believe that I have never tried my hand at making jam.....Debbie has inspired me to give it a try! I think I will start with raspberry jam as it is one of my favorites!

I was so touched by the generosity of Debbie's gift and the thoughtfulness that went in to putting this perfectly pink and gold package together for me! It happened to arrive on a day that I was feeling a bit weary and overwhelmed, so to say that it lifted my spirits immensely is an understatement! 

Thank you Debbie for these lovely gifts and the sweetest gift of all--your friendship! You are such an inspiration to me!
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Now, I'd like to introduce you to Martha who blogs at Martha's Favorites. I was given her name in the swap and enjoyed shopping and sewing for her! 



I stitched up a few things to include in her package.....



and sent her the tea cup that you see pictured above. You can read all about it here!

I look forward to reading more of her blog and getting to know her. I've seen some gorgeous tea cups posted on her blog. Fuel for my obsession.....like I need more fuel.....;)

So another tea cup exchange has come to a close....I'm already looking forward to the next. As always I am very thankful to Stephanie for putting this swap together for all of us to enjoy. As my collection of tea cups grows I am reminded that my collection of friends is growing at the same pace. That, my friends, is a blessing!


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41 comments:

  1. Oh my! I love, love, love that teacup!! Pink and gold is a favorite combination. So feminine and elegant and warm. Love all the goodies you got with it too. Stephanie makes lovely pretties. And how nice to get homemade jam. I have jam every morning, too, and homemade is the best!
    Martha will certainly enjoy the cup and handmade pretties in her package. I know from first-hand experience what beautiful packages you put together!! :)
    Blessings, Deborah

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    1. Hi Deborah!
      thanks for stopping by....for some reason I thought the link up was today so I guess I got ahead of myself. Yes it was a beautiful package! I love the shopping and preparing the package to send off as well. Really couldn't be more fun! Thank you Deborah, so glad we met during the last swap! Hope you are having a lovely fall!xo

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  2. Oh my, what a beautiful post! There is so much eye candy here, my friend. The tea cup is truly exquisite. The soft pink with the rich gold makes for a perfect combination. I am so happy you enjoyed your package from mom {{smiles}} I know she enjoyed sending to you.

    And then the goodies you sent to Martha...what loveliness! Your handmade items are lovely and the mug rug is just darling. I am sure Martha was very blessed by your kindness.

    I am looking forward to Wednesday when the reveal link-up will take place :)

    Thinking of you, dear Linda. Love and hugs!

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    1. Good morning Stephanie! Apparently I read the "memo" incorrectly! I apologize, I thought the link up was today....loved all of the pink and gold--it is a gorgeous combination! Your mom is a sweetheart but you already know that! Looking forward to the link-up too. It's always fun to see what everyone gave and received! Many thanks to you!
      xo
      Linda

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  3. Dearest Linda~~
    Your post was beautiful my friend.
    Thank you for the sweet and kind words. I was thrilled when I was given your name and had a delightful time putting your package together, then to hear that it arrived at the most appropriate time to lift your spirits,God's goodness indeed.
    I treasure your friendship.

    The Lord bless you~~

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    1. Debbie,
      The pleasure was all mine Debbie! You must have gathered by now how much I loved every little thing in that package! I've read the card several times--I keep it in the Vintage Tea Book. Looking forward to some free time so I can bake up some of the goodies in that book. I'm planning to bake the lemon drops first!! They look pretty amazing but then again, everything in the book does! :) So thankful Debbie, I treasure your friendship as well! Love and blessings to you too! xo Linda

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  4. Oh, dear Linda! I am SO delighted to hear how blessed you were through Stephanie's wonderful teacup exchange! What a beautiful package you received from dear Debbie...one can just see all the love and thoughtfulness she put into making it special for you! Such a charming teacup and oh! I love the other sweet goodies she included! {{smiles}} Hmm...jam making is absolutely the best, I know you'll enjoy it so much...and it is much simpler than everyone imagines too! {{smiles}}
    And what a darling package you sent to Martha...I know she must have been as pleased as can be to receive such a love-filled, sweet package from YOU! I adore the teacup you sent her...
    Always such a delight to stop by your blog...it has been awhile, hasn't it? Thinking of you and sending dear hugs your way!
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Kelly-Anne,
      How nice to hear from you! I hope all is well....your sweet baby brother must be getting so big! I'll have to stop by for an update--I must say he has the most beautiful eyes!!! Yes, this swap was so nice....I enjoyed both sides of it as much as I did the first time that I participated. yup, I am going to make jam! It does sound so simple, I guess I have always been intimidated by the canning process...but reading various recipes--I can't believe I waited so long! Debbie's was so delicious! Thank you Kelly-Anne for stopping by to say hello, I'll be by to visit you as well! Sending love, xo Linda

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  5. Oh Linda, what lovely gifts you vex received from our friend, Debbie. Debbie gifted me at Stephanie's very first teacup exchange, and sent me some of the raspberry jam, too. I've been making it ever since, as it's my favorite. Your gifts to Martha were just so thoughtful, too. Isn't it nice how we are all connected by this sweet mission of Stephanie's? Have a lovely day, sipping tea from your pretty cup.

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    1. Hi Kitty,
      Yes! I am going to make some jam! I really enjoy it on toast in the morning! I don't really care for a big breakfast in the morning, but toast with Debbie's raspberry jam was perfect....so I'm going to make a batch of my own! This swap is something I really look forward to....it's nice to connect with so many lovely ladies all over the country and beyond. I still treasure my beautiful teacup from you....I found one to match in an antique shop and when I picked it up, it had a big chip in it! Now I am on a quest to find a large teacup shelf because my collection has gotten quite large and I want to show them off...Can't wait to see your new tea cup. Hope all is well...I am a tiny bit jealous that you can still have tea parties out on your patio! ;) enjoy! xo Linda

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  6. Hi Linda, Your tea cup and gifts from our dear Debbie are beautiful. I love the pink with the gold and she sure coordinated all to go together beautifully. How nice to receive her Jam too. What a perfect breakfast or afternoon treat on toast or crackers. I know you will make some from this inspiration.

    Your gifts to Martha are gorgeous too. She will be very blessed to receive a package from you. I can still remember the joy of your gifts to me. I love my teacup and think of you each time I use it.
    As you know I received my cup from Martha and she blessed me with such pretties that I will cherish too.

    Our dear Stephanie did such a wonderful job once again of bringing all of us together. I am so thankful to have met you through our exchange. What a blessing.
    Enjoy your goodies from Debbie.
    Have a great week and enjoy the reveal posts. xo

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    1. Hi Celeste,
      Yes! Stephanie did a fantastic job as always! I have gotten so I look forward to the next one probably sooner than I should, lol....like right now! Yes, I enjoyed and continue to enjoy everything in this thoughtful, wonderful package! The jam is long gone but I really can't wait to try making some preserves. It was mighty good on toast!

      I hope you are enjoying your package of goodies too! I am anxious to see all of the tea cups and other pretties tomorrow!

      ...and Celeste, I am also very thankful that I met you you via the exchange! You have become such a regular (everyday) source friendship, support, and inspiration. Thank God for social media!

      Have a pleasant evening!xo
      Linda

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  7. Such a lovely package you received, how neat to have some of Stephanie's tea cup coasters, I like how you are now collecting gold spoons :) The package you sent out was very sweet as well. There is nothing more special than getting a wonderful sewn creation from someone! I am sure she was very blessed by your package as you were from Debbie's, how wonderful that it arrived just at the right moment when you needed lifting up! Hope your week is off to a good start!

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    1. hi Connie,
      Yes, it's my second set of Stephanie's coasters! I love them! Yes, my package was lovely and well, it made my day! Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for dropping by!

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  8. Your teacup is gorgeous. I love the soft pink, it's so beautiful and feminine! I would have fallen for the little gold spoon as well! :)

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    1. Thank you Skyeler! I love it too!!! And that spoon....it's so sweet!! Just stopped by to read your post...I think we all agree that this swap is so much fun thanks to Stephanie!

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  9. Pink and gold. How elegant! Love the mug rug... very pretty. Stephanie puts so much love and work into the exchange and makes it fun! Have a lovely week.

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    1. Thank you! I think it is quite elegant too! Yes! Stephanie does a wonderful job organnizing this event for us! We are so fortunate to have her here!

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  10. Oh my goodness, everything in both packages is amazing! Both teacups so beautiful. You are so talented, I can't sew a button, lol.

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    1. Thank you so much Pam! LOL, I bet you can sew a button!!!! :)

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  11. Oh Linda, I couldn't wait to see what lovelies you put together for your new friend, I just loved your handsewn tea rugs and holders, you are so amazing with thread and needle in hand! And I loved the pink combo you chose to go with too! And how amazing that you received such a special package from Debbie, I can just feel the joy in your heart as you sat outside and opened every precious gift sent to you from her. The gold rimmed tea cup is gorgeous! And the lovely items from Stephanie's etsy shop coordinated so perfectly... isn't it the most delightful thing ever to have this virtual tea party! It is so blessed to see the joy in each lady's heart as they give and receive tea packages. I am still enjoying the beautiful teacup, tea booklet and bookmark that you made for me on my very first tea exchange. The blessings still flow! {smiles} Hugs to you today dear friend!

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    1. hi Marilyn,
      Thank you for you kind comments as always!!! Yes, my package from Debbie was indeed special! Loved adding that beauty to my collection! It's so nice to hear that you are still enjoying the items I sent you!! So sweet of you to say! Hugs to you to my friend!!! xo

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  12. Pink and gold are so elegant together, your new teacup is sure to look pretty sitting on one of the feminine coasters.

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    1. Yes, pink and gold is such a pretty and elegant color combo! It looks so pretty sitting on these mug mats. I could look at it all day, :) LOL! Thanks for paying me a visit!

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  13. Two beautiful packages! You do wonderful work. Such pretty sewing! I'm so glad you were blessed with a great package. :)

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    1. Thank you Ang! I just noticed you also have an etsy shop...I'll stop by a little later today to check it out!!I was just over at your blog taking a peek at your lovely teacups! Both were so pretty! Yes, I was so happy with my teacup but then I always am! My collection is getting quite large! As in I'm going to need a bigger house! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Wow - two beautiful packages and love all the cute homemade things from both of you

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    1. Thank you so much Deborah! Following you on G+!

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  15. Your tea exchange treasures are absolutely wonderful! That teacup is absolutely gorgeous!

    Yes, we are truly blessed that Stephanie does this for us all - what a gift unto itself - those friendships formed.

    It's so oddly warm here; warmest & nicest fall weather in my recollection! My iris are blooming for the THIRD time right now! It's mid Ohio! I used to attend football games when younger sometimes in the SNOW! Today was mid 70s!!!

    Loving this warm stuff!

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    1. hi Michele,
      Yes I agree! The friendships formed are the best! We are having a little bit of a warm up too (warm to others, I'm still cold) and 5 yrs ago we had two feet of snow before Halloween! Yesterday I had to run errands all afternoon and I brought a raincoat and a winter parka because the temperature was fluctuating so much!!! Only in New England....cant believe your Iris are blooming for the 3rd time! That is amazing! I'll take the warm stuff too! Enjoy!
      Linda

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  16. I always love seeing what everyone gets and gives... So much fun!!

    ~Trisha

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    1. hi Trisha,
      just came from your blog and checking out your swap treasures! Nice! Thanks for stopping by!
      Linda

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  17. Oooh....that pretty pink tea cup oozes prettiness; so, so very pretty. It is always nice to start a new collection, isn't it. =) Such thoughtful and lovely gifts you received from Debbie. AND.....you gifted Martha with glorious gifts. Oh how wonderful to have some of your lovely handmade treasures. It is a lucky lady, Martha is!

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    1. Thanks Kim! Yes I love my new teacup!!! Your package of goodies was pretty delightful too! I've been checking out everyone's tea cups and there are so many pretty ones!!! Yes and now I am collecting gold spoons!!! LOL! Thank you for paying me a visit!

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  18. I love the pink and gold that Debbie shared with you ~ so feminine and elegant! The gold spoon rocks! :) The items from Stephanie's shop are beautiful and I can only imagine how wonderful the jam is. I'm so glad the package arrived on a day that you needed a boost ~ God's timing is always perfect isn't it?

    The package you sent was amazing too! We're all blessed by Stephanie's gracious gift to us.
    xo
    Pat

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    1. Yes we are Pat! Stephanie is so wonderful to take this on twice a year! It's a lot of work!!! Yse, I am pretty fond of that little gold spoon. It is just the finishing touch to that pink and gold teacup!!! :) Yes, timing is everything!xo
      Linda

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  19. What a glamorous teacup! A nice subtle shade of pink and the gold spoon is a perfect addition. You received such beautiful gifts from a beautiful lady ;) I love the items you sent out as well. It's so nice to receive handmade items. Love the little teacup mug rug!
    Wendy

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    1. Hi Wendy,
      Thank you! I was very pleased with my pink and gold package! You received some beautiful things from Stephanie! She and Debbie are so kind!! Love them and love this swap! Take care,
      Linda

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  20. Your teacup is stunning! Debbie certainly has the Midas touch! I was also admiring the beautiful package that you sent to Martha when I was visiting her blog.

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  21. Oh I have enjoyed seeing all the wonderful treasures and tea cups that have been exchanged. You received and gave well.

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  22. I love everything you received from the exchange and hope you enjoy it all.

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