Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring 2017 Mug Exchange

It's time for the big reveal!  It seemed like no sooner had I signed up that I received my package in the mail.  Marina was quick! And as it turns out, I had sent her a package back in September for the Fall exchange. I was very eager to see what goodies had been sent my way, but I took my time and savored each little gift, starting with a pretty card - 



Next came the gardening gloves and seeds.  I need new gloves every year and I am looking forward to planting this little mixed packet designed to keep our bees happy and healthy.



Now for the treats!  Marina, how did you know how much I love those cookies?  Maple cookies, specifically Dare maple cookies have been a favourite of my since childhood.  I'm writing this the day of receiving the package on March 23rd, and I'm sure they will be long gone by the time this is published.  There is a lovely selection of chai teas that all sound so delicious, I'm not sure which one to taste first. What's tea time without pretty napkins? These are printed with lovely, bright photos of tulips.



I love to write, so I was very pleased to see this colorful little journal.  It will be perfect for garden planning, or taking along on road trips.  Maybe I need to start a journal on the gardens I visit.  This would be great for that!  See?  Inspired.
Those wee metal frame embellishments have more charm than you can shake a stick at.  I have no idea where I'm going to use them yet, but I will use them!
And then, there is this lovely, mini cookbook.  I love the art throughout and the recipes look very interesting. As I try them, I will write about them here and let you know how they turn out.  They are very different than recipes I am used to and may take some ingenuity on my part to make them work.



And the mug!  Simple. Elegant. Indulgent. I have never owned anything monogrammed with my first initial before, so this is a very special treat. I love it so much.  Thank-you to my new friend Marina!

S


Another very enjoyable exchange and thank-you so much again to Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose for putting it together.

23 comments:

  1. Oh Andrea, I can't believe I forgot you sent to Marina last time. Forgive me for pairing the two of you up twice, but bless you and Marina for being so gracious about it!

    The package she sent you is simply delightful, my friend. The mug is simply beautiful and I just love the English Tea Time recipes.

    It's always a joy to have you participate...thank you! Much love and tender hugs to you!

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  2. That gift package was just beautiful all the way around!!! ENJOY!

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  3. Dearest Andrea,
    you received such lovely gifts !
    I'm participating for the first time and it was such an exciting experience to me, it's a stunning idea to bring women together from around the world, isn't it, my loving friend ?

    Sending you all my love

    XOXO Dany

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  4. I love the reveal and getting to see what everyone gave and received!

    ~Trisha

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  5. Andrea,

    Your treasures are wonderful! And your A mug is absolutely perfect! : - )

    Bless Stephanie's efforts bringing us all together like this - very special.

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  6. What lovely items. That mug is really neat. I can't wait for you to try the recipes and share them as I love cooking and trying out new recipes.

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  7. Hi Andrea, Oh what pretties you received with your gorgeous and elegant monogrammed mug. It is stunning. The tea looks so delicious in those flavors. I love the garden gloves too. You are going to enjoy working in the card and then treating yourself to a cup of tea. Have fun visiting the reveals today. Joys to you. xo

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  8. That really is a special mug, simple yet elegant. I'm a fan of the maple cream cookies too, a favourite afternoon tea treat.

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  9. You received such beautiful and useful treasures this time around! What a beautiful mug to have the initial embossed like that. And maple cream cookies!! How I love them too ;) Have a wonderful day Andrea!
    Wendy

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  10. I love your white monogrammed mug! It is very classy! It's fun trying new varieties of tea...I have definitely broadened my horizons participating in these swaps! I have tried and now love so many new teas! My collection of tea cups is also expanding which is something I am very happy about. Enjoy your goodies--I love those maple cookies....one of my favorites! they go perfectly with a cup of tea!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog
    mysewwhatblog

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  11. Wonderful mug! The exchange is so much fun! Exciting to see the teacups and mugs everyone received ... each so different! Making new friends is a real treat.

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  12. I love the mug! What a thoughtful gift you received!

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  13. This is all so beautiful, but those napkins...wow! I've never seen napkins like that before! They caught my eye. Very nice package, indeed!

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  14. And Dearest Andrea here is a big hug from your second friend from this round of tea cup exchanges, little old wren in Bangkok! You were working with distance and the unknown post of the Thai postal service, and I love you for accepting me as you sent your parcel off on it's travels. I know we will both give a massive whoop, whoop of joy when it arrives here in Bangkok. I am so happy to read your reveal, what a wonderful parcel you received.
    Have a great week.
    Wren x

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  15. Such a lovely thing.. it so wonderful that Stephanie takes the time to inite all of you so special.. love that mug.. and the gloves me to I go right through garden gloves my one finger always pokes through.. with love Janice

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  16. Hi Andrea - what a treat ... all amazing prezzies - food for the soul, food for the garden, protection for one's hands, little booklets various, and then the mug - isn't that special ... clever ... and how wonderful - cheers Hilary

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  17. What gorgeous goodies you received! Everything is so pretty and I know you will enjoy each item and the thoughtfulness behind the gift.

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  18. I truly enjoyed getting to see what you received ! Everything was beautiful! This exchange has been so much fun and blessing ! Hope you have a blessed week!

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  19. Aww... shat a delightful package and to think it was received from the dear lady whom you gifted to in the fall. Meant to be, right?
    That mug likes like a great size for a cup of coffee.

    Have a beautiful day~

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  20. Aww... shat a delightful package and to think it was received from the dear lady whom you gifted to in the fall. Meant to be, right?
    That mug likes like a great size for a cup of coffee.

    Have a beautiful day~

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  21. Hi Andrea, you received some beautiful gifts from Marina. I love the monogrammed mug and all the other goodies you received. Enjoy your day!

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  22. Nice to meet a fellow Canadian blogger! Your monogrammed mug gets an "A" for its elegant design. Tea and maple cookies are the perfect match!

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