Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Teacup Swap Reveal


The latest addition to my teacup collection! So pretty..... let me start at the beginning......

Stephanie who blogs at The Enchanting Rose recently held her 8th Teacup/Mug Exchange and I cheerfully participated. Stephanie's post with links to all of the participant's posts can be found HERE!

I was delighted to receive the most beautiful package in the mail; beautifully wrapped and just a lovely collection of little gifts including the sweetest teacup and saucer which also came with a coordinating larger plate. I have been using it for a dessert plate, breakfast or luncheon plate. It's the perfect size!

This package of treasures was sent by my newest teacup swap friend--Kelly Deal whose blog is  Dreaming of Vintage. I have spent quite a bit of time reading through some of her posts and scrolling through her photos as I have been a follower of hers for quite some time and have admired her work which is usually very vintage inspired. This explains why her cards, tags, etc are so appealing to me. She uses some similar items in her projects that I use and her work is just wonderful! You will have to check her blog out for yourself!

My gifts were all wrapped up in a Paris box which is a gift all by itself. I absolutely love these boxes and use them to keep some of my sewing and crafting supplies in.


Before......


After.....All the treasures I found inside my box....two sweet little tea themed dish towels which are hanging on my stove, a bag full of a variety of teas to try (and I have a new favorite!!!), A cute little pink Paris notebook and package of tissues, a sweet little white ceramic dish, two embellished tea mug mats, a tea strainer, a fabric tea wallet which has already been packed and found it's way into my bag.....a lovely, handwritten note from Kelly and of course, the beautiful teacup, saucer and plate. I love the design on the cup-- pretty, dainty, with a vintage feel. The bird is so cute!


Once I had opened everything, and oohed and aahed sufficiently, I packed everything back up in the sweet little box and admired it some more....


I sat it on the end table next to the couch where I was sitting and admired it all evening! Truly!


Eventually I realized that in order to drink some tea in that sweet little cup, I was going to have to dismantle my box of goodies.....and I did!  AND I am so glad I did! My first tea in the cup was a Lady Grey Tea and I loved it! So I have a new favorite tea!

Thank you very much Kelly for this parcel of pure perfection! I loved every item that you chose to include and I felt completely pampered by your thoughtfulness. It completely made my day!
Since I have placed the cup, saucer and plate in my cupboard of all white dishes, I am greeted with it every morning and of course I think of you!

I sent a teacup package off to Deborah Montgomery who blogs at The Beautiful Matters. She has a  section on her lovely blog specifically for Tea related posts which is where I headed first!  In my excitement to get her package sent out in a timely manner, I had everything wrapped before realizing that I forgot to snap photos of each item. So once Deborah's post is published, I will edit my post and add a link to her photos. I did manage to photograph the wrapped items and the teacup....

Update:  Visit Deborah's Teacup post here!


All wrapped up and somewhere to go.....


My husband actually found Deborah's teacup in an antique shop we were shopping in while picking up my daughter in Rhode Island. I fell in love with it, violets, platinum edging and all.....


Deborah, Kelly and I have already exchanged some emails and I look forward to getting to know both of them! We share many similar interests!

I cannot wait for the next teacup swap....Stephanie does an amazing job of organizing this event for us and I am so thankful!  Much thought, time and effort goes in to planning and coordinating this event so Thank you Stephanie from the bottom of my heart!  Imagine all the newly formed friendships!......167 participants this time around from all over the world! So remarkable!

I don't know who said this, but ain't it the truth.....

"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy tea, and that's kinda the same thing."
(unknown)