I once again participated in Stephanie's Tea Cup/Mug Exchange. (Stephanie's blog is The Enchanting Rose.) This particular time I had a million reasons why I shouldn't take part but I could not let the opportunity pass me by because it really brings me so much joy. I decided that life's other less joyful intrusions were not going to keep me from playing along.
I received the most beautiful package of gifts from sweet Sarah who lives in NY and blogs at Lilacs and Springtime. This treasure trove included a lovely blue and white tea cup and coordinating tea bag holder, (I have a small collection of tea bag holders that I often find while strolling through vintage shops so I happily added this to my collection!), some delicious cranberry tea, chocolate covered biscuits (YUMMEEEE) one of her lovely apron creations and matching kitchen towel, a hand-crocheted doily, some handmade goat's milk and lavender soaps made by her husband, a lovely set of notecards which coordinated perfectly with the apron fabric, a pretty vintage styled hankie and the nicest book of one minute devotionals. The colors of everything in the package were so pretty together so I just laid everything out on my table and looked at it......
A closer look at the apron--it is so, so pretty. I absolutely love the fabric and the lace! The towel is very sweet too! She has a lovely ETSY shop which can be found here: HERE! Hand sewn, hand knitted and vintage items........
I love handmade soaps....these will stay in my kitchen too! I haven't opened them yet. They smell heavenly and I love the wrappings.
Isn't the hankie pretty?
Here is a better photo of the towel and doily! I LOVE, LOVE them both!! As many of you know, doilies are an obsession of mine!
Thank you very much for this lovely gift Sarah! It was so thoughtfully put together and perfect in every way! It arrived on a Sunday which surprised me and totally caught me off guard. The box was filled with surprise after surprise, and each item so carefully and beautifully wrapped! The handmade touches made it even more special!
The recipient of my tea cup package was another sweet gal, Barbara who does not have a blog. She lives in Texas. I think this might have been the first time I have sent to someone who did not have a blog. I usually like to snoop around the blogs to find out what they like and dislike so this time it was a bit more challenging. In the email from Stephanie, it was listed that Barbara liked murder mysteries and that she had hosted some murder mystery parties so I decided to use that as a theme for my package that I sent to her.
I found the perfect teacup from Victorian Traders (I'll show you why in a moment...) and I collected several other little treasures to add. As many times as I have participated in these swaps, it never fails that I begin wrapping before I think to photograph. This swap was no exception so I will have to defer you to Stephanie's reveal post to see the other goodies that got wrapped and missed my photo op.
Below, you will see why I thought I had found the perfect cup for Barbara!
At the bottom of the cup are the words, "You have been poisoned." I also found a tea cup murder mystery book to accompany the tea cup. It was called The English Breakfast Murder by Laura Childs.
Maybe the next swap will be the one that I remember to photograph everything before wrapping!
I received the sweetest, most thoughtful thank you note from Barbara last week and I am delighted to let you all know, that despite the words in the bottom of her tea cup, she is still alive and well after her first cup of tea in it!!! LOL!
It has become my little ritual after receiving my new tea cup from my exchange partner to make a cup of tea in it the evening it is received. I always look forward to this part!!! It is a nice time to reflect on the entire experience of the exchange.... and well....a little chocolate biscuit on the side doesn't hurt either! ;)
It is so nice to have "met" two new friends-- Sarah and Barbara, and I am fondly remembering all of the friends I have met over the past many exchanges I have taken part in. I would like to close by thanking Stephanie for graciously hosting all of these wonderful exchanges (she's an angel!) and for bringing us all together for tea! Sip and enjoy friends!
PS Head on over to Stephanie's Tea Cup/Mug Exchange Reveal post which can be found HERE!