Thursday, May 17, 2018

It's Time for Tea!



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!

30 comments:

  1. What a lovely package you received. The teacup is gorgeous. I still smile every time I sip from my "toxic" teacup. I wish I had a blog so everyone would know just how much I enjoyed the package you sent me.

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    1. Lol Barbara! So glad you enjoyed your package! I loved putting your gift box together. Your lovely note said it all! But maybe you should start a blog.....just sayin...stop by and say hello every once in a while!!! I would love that!!! xx

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  2. Hello Linda~
    Just peeking in to see whats new : )
    You have been soo blessed! What a lovely gift package you have received.
    So happy for you~ Enjoy : ) Hugs to you, karen o

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I love my new tea cup and other gifts! It has been a wonderful experience as usual! I will drop by to pay you a visit. Hope all is well!! Hugs my friend! Linda

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  3. Oh Linda, what wonderful gifts your received and sent! I just love the blue transferware teacup and also the one that you sent to Barbara was meant to be!! It's such joy to put together a package and then wait in anticipation for one to arrive. Our Stephanie is indeed an angel!

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    1. Hi Kitty,
      Thanks for the email and info on the book. I love books like that!!!! I love the blue transferware too. It's my first one! If I had a much bigger house I would have a huge collection of transferware, I really love it. I agree that its fun putting these tea cup packages together. I shall miss it! But as we can all imagine, Stephanie needs a break!....and yes, she has certainly earned her wings!! Hope all is well, hugs!

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  4. Hi Linda,

    It was such a treat to receive your sweet thank you note/letter! I am so happy to know that you are enjoying the tea cup. : )

    You were so creative in putting together Barbara's package. That tea cup is certainly neat, and perfect for a mystery lover!

    May you have a blessed day!

    Sarah

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    1. Hello Sarah, so nice to hear from you!!! I have indeed been enjoying my new tea cup. I have not used my apron yet because I do not want to get it dirty or stained!!! I love it!!!LOL! It's hanging in my kitchen at the moment as is the towel. But I have actually used my towel. I may hop on over at some point to get some more. They make nice gifts! Thank you once again Sarah. You were so very thoughtful and generous! Blessings! xx Linda

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  5. Oh I am loving all the wonderful treasures here. It is so much fun to participate in Stephanie's exchange. I just don't know how she managed it all. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Yes, so many treasures! I started looking at all the posts at Stephanie's today--so many! It will take me a while to get through them but all are wonderful so far. It has been a lot of fun. It must've been very time consuming for Stephanie especially as the number of participants grew!!! She's been so good to us! HUGS!!! Linda

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  6. Wonderful teacups!How sweet the exchange is!Hugs!

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    1. It really is a lot of fun! My tea cup shelf is bursting at the seams! ;) XX
      Linda

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  7. I absolutely LOVE the tea cup you sent to Barbara...how very clever, my friend :)

    The sweet package you received from Sarah is "so you," dear Linda. The fabric she used looks like something that would grace your lovely home and the tea cup is just darling.

    Thank you so much for participating in the exchange. I'm so glad you were able to do so. Hugs to you!

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    1. Hello Stephanie, LOL, yes I was so happy to find that tea cup! You are so right, Sarah's package was so me! ;) The fabric was perfect! Definitely one that I would have chosen...I wouldn't have missed the swap Stephanie. Life's thrown some curve balls lately and I didn't have much spare time but I just knew I would be sad if I didn't join in. It's always been something I've really enjoyed. I can understand that you need a break though! It has really grown so I can only imagine the hours you've put into it! I'm very grateful for all your hard work. xx Linda

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  8. Oh my, you were gifted with beautiful treasures from Sarah, weren't you. The blue and white teacup is pretty. I can just imagine the smile on your face as you opened your package and looked at each surprise. I did chuckle at the quote on the bottom of Barbara's gorgeous teacup. I cannot think of a better way to go than drinking tea from a pretty teacup.

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    1. Hi Kim, I think you are correct about that last comment you made! LOL!.... and yes, I love my blue and white tea cup! It's so pretty!!! I've been using it each morning for my coffee too! ;)
      thanks for stopping by!

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  9. You received a very nice package from Sarah. :-)
    The tea cup you found is perfect for a murder mystery lover. :-D Such an elegant looking cup with such a villainous message at the bottom!

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    1. hi Mary,
      Yes, thank you! I loved everything in it!!! When I found that "you've been poisoned" tea cup I was thrilled! I'm going to order one for myself...I could have a lot of fun with that one!!! ;) thanks for stopping by to check everything out !!!

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  10. Hi Linda! Oh I had to chuckle at that awesome teacup you gifted! You certainly put your thinking cap on and came up with a terrific theme. Well done! :-)
    I love the saucer to the teacup you received with it's wave, just beautiful. Sarah goes beautiful work with her hands, my those are some pretty treasures.

    I haven't forgotten you.:-) I need to reply to your wonderful e mail before we leave for Canada, I've just been so busy.

    Lovely post~

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    1. Oh Debbie, don't give it a second thought! Look how long it took me to respond to yours. I think we must be living parallel lives for sure! I totally understand how busy life can be!!! Yes, Sarah's work is amazing!!! Loved the handmade items she sent! Hope things calm down for you! I wasn't sure I had time to do the swap but I knew I'd regret it if I didn't. I do love them! Your daughter deserves a much needed break though! If I don't hear from you before you leave, have a wonderful time! xx Linda

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  11. You all are speaking my language! I’m having a REALLY hard time picking a fav. Enjoy your lovely gift! I’m jealous :).

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    1. Hi Doreen,
      I got your message on IG and your message did in fact show up here on my blog!!! Thanks for stopping by!!! Yes, I have enjoyed all of my tea cups that I have accumulated through this lovely exchange! If we do it again, you should definitely join in! Such fun! Have nice day! It's gorgeous here! :)

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  12. Hi Linda, so special to visit your blog and see your beautiful tea cup gift and goodies you received and sent. What a great idea to use the mystery theme for your recipient. That cup is amazing. For yours the blue and white is gorgeous. I know you both have been blessed by this lovely exchange. Enjoy your gift and have a wonderful weekend ahead. Sending hugs your way. xo

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    1. Hi Celeste,
      I'm so happy you stopped by!! Thank you! Yes, I received a beautiful tea cup to add to my growing collection! I do love collecting them! I hope you have a nice week too! Hope all is well and hugs right back to you! xo

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  13. Beautiful package you received, like you said just perfect and the package you sent was fun too!

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    1. Thank you Connie! It's all so much fun! Have a great week!

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  14. What a lovely package from Sarah.

    I was paired up with Barbara last year and have enjoyed getting to know her better. I'm sure that she was beyond delighted to receive your beautifully clever teacup.

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    1. How nice! It's been fun getting to know her! Thanks for dropping by!!!

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  15. What a wonderful exchange for you! That teacup is a hoot with the saying in the bottom. I love all the items you received.

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    1. Hi Bernideen,
      Yes, in fact they all have been wonderful! I have enjoyed participating over the years!

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