Thursday, November 3, 2016

The 9th Teacup and Mug Exchange


Good morning Friends ~ Today I want to share with you a sweet exerience I had by joining Stephanie and 191 other ladies for this event that Stephanie has put together and graciously oversees, joining women’s hearts in friendship. This is a lot of work, but a labor of love.  This was my first time participating and I am thankful I did for I gained two new friends.

To see what other ladies recieved in the exchange click on the photo below to take you to Stephanie’s sweet blog and post about this lovely exchange.


I chose to be in a mug exchange, since that is what I use for my coffee or tea.

I was given Lynda’s name to send a pkg. to. I learned a little about her through email and also through her blog. Her favorite colors are fall colors. I made two tiny counted cross-stitched pieces as this is her favorite needlework to do. I then applied them to a heart and did some beadwork, etc.  I also sent a bookmark I had made with silk ribbon embroidery, she’s a librarian.

You can see and read about her pkg. on her blog, “A Cozy Little Place for Stitching”.

Then I received my pkg. from Anne of ‘Stuff & Nonsense’.

Oh my goodness, what a delight her box of sweet goodies was. This came right around the time of Hurricane Matthew, so was a real blessing at that time. This was the wonderful little box that was inside the cardboard shipping box, inside were the goodies. Isn’t this beautiful?


Oh my, what sweet surprises awaited me inside the. A lovely mug covered in roses,  two kinds of delicious teas, a sweet little bird that sits on the lip of a flowerpot, and oh my gosh a wonderfully scented bar of luxurious soap, plus a lovely journal shown further down in the photos.


This soap scent is ‘Fleur de Cotton’. I love scented soaps, and have been so disappointed with them. Well, I was NOT disappointed with this. The soap is also very luxurious. My little bathroom is scented with this lovely fragrance at all times. I googled this soap, and you can read about this company here. Needless to say, on visiting the site, I found other scents I want to try. Winking smile


I did not want the little bird pot-sitter to get lost in my tropical jungle, so I set it on a lovely glass that is in my scullery window, where I see it every day and can think of my new friend Anne, found through this exchange. It goes well in this window with other little birds in my collection.



Also I was given this lovely journal, which spoke to my heart, with the encouraging words on the front and back covers and also with thoughts and scripture on the inside pages. I look forward to using this journal in 2017. I am writing in a journal now that is filled with thankfulness, thoughts, prayers, and scripture verses that have spoken to me this year. It is my journal to Jesus/God. I have another journal that is more of things happening around here, etc.






Thank you dear Anne for this lovely exchange. It truly blessed my heart, and I look forward to a growing friendship. I already feel close to you from our emails exhanged.

Dear Stephanie ~ Thank you for your time and effort of putting these exchanges together each time. I can’t even imagine trying to do something like this. You have a real gift and ministry in doing this.


That’s it for now. It’s time for some breakfast, then to get a move on for this glorious new day that I have been blessed with.

Have a great day yourselves ~ FlowerLady


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness Lorraine, what a lovely new mug and such treasured gifts sent by a new friend. I love scented soaps, too, and I will need to go to that site. Our dear Stephanie is such an angel for organizing this exchange with such love, and kindness poured forth from her heart. We are truly blessed in giving and receiving.

Stephanie said...

Good morning, dearest Rainey. I was very excited to have you participate in the 9th exchange and oh, how it brings me much happiness to see how Anne blessed you. Isn't Anne a sweetie pie!

I just love how the Lord works and His timing is always perfect. I remember your concern about Hurricane Matthew so I can imagine this little package of sunshine distracted you a bit from those concerns.

The mug is ever so pretty and feminine and isn't that bird sweet! I also like the lovely box she wrapped your items in. Oh, and the journal is stunning! I know you will enjoy using it.

I saw the beauties you gave Lynda and wow, you are truly amazing! Your creations are one-of-a-kind and I know many are blessed by your talent.

Love and hugs to you!

Skyeler said...

Such a pretty mug and journal! My package came with soap as well, and it was so enjoyable to open it and be met with the scent of roses. <3

Debbie Harris said...

Good Morning my dear Lorraine~~
And, who is a beautiful lady has gifted you with such delightful gifts for your first time doing this exchange. Everything is so personalised just for you! I love that journal, and hearing how you will use your new journal is an inspiration to me.
I was so happy to see that you joined in on the exchange. :-)

Much love to you~~

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

What a beautiful package you received. Lovely mug and the birdie is too cute. Such a fun exchange!

Buttons Thoughts said...

What a beautiful idea and I can imagine every package that landed on someone's door made for happiness. Beautiful journal, bird and mug. What a clever idea. Hug B

Kim said...

I love swaps like never know what you're going to get or who you're going to meet. Your cup and bird are the sweetest!! : ) Enjoy them both.

Nancy J said...

Those gifts, selected with love and much thought and care, the journal is delightful, and so "YOU". And I am sure that you selected and sent with love as well, what a wonderful exchange.

Anne Payne said...

Sweet Rainey, I am so glad you are enjoying everything. I'm going to find me another bar of that soap because I'm sure it's even more heavenly smelling when used. I'll write soon! Love you ~ Anne

Consider It All Joy said...

Oh Rainey, I'm so happy you joined in, wasn't it fun!?!? I so enjoy this exchange! You received a delightful package and that mug is beautiful, love the box it was sent in. That little bird is perfect for your nature loving heart!! Glad you enjoyed your package! Blessings to you, Cindy xo

Rebecca said...

Thanks for showing us all the lovely gifts. Soft touches such as these soothe hard times/places so beautifully, don't they? ♥

Curtains in My Tree said...

I so enjoyed this tea cup exchange will join in Stephanie's next one.
I may ask for a mug next time also,since I have a jillion tea cups LOL
Thanks for visiting my blog post on the tea cup exchange

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

It has been a pleasure visiting the other ladies taking part in Stephanie's exchange. The box your goodies came in is a reusable gift in itself and the mug - well who doesn't love roses? I like the salted caramel tea, found it last year in another brand and it's a regular on my shelf now. The little bird will be a great companion on a pot, sitting on your counter or out in the garden - gardening is something we have in common.
Although you garden in Florida year round, my Ontario beds are at rest waiting for the snow to come. :-)
I am now following your blog and look forward to perusing more of your posts.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Those are all such wonderful gifts.Enjoy them and cherish the friendships.

Dewena said...

What a lovely way to form new friendships. A lot of care and thought went into all the exchanges, it's obvious.

M.K. said...

What a beautifully thoughtful gift! She really did a lovely job. That journal is a treasure you will enjoy each day. And I love the little bird - what a sweet face! So glad you had this happy present come your way.

Carrie said...

Wow, what a perfect package you received! It suites you to a tea ;).

Kim said...

Such pretty gifts you received, Lorraine. What a gorgeous mug; love the pretty pattern. The little birdie is so very sweet and the journal is so pretty. Have fun journalling next year whilst you enjoy a cup of tea or two.

BeachGypsy said...

These tea cup exchanges are so fun to read about and see all the goodies being carefully selected, wrapped and mailed out to their new homes, all in the name of friendship! Loved seeing all your new treasures..and your mug is so pretty! What a nice journal too. We have cold weather headed our way this weekend and I am so looking forward to the 70 degree temps and even lower at night! Been searching out a few sweaters and some warmer things. Have a lovely weekend!

Vee said...

Oh I just loved this, especially in light of the thinks I have been having lately. Stephanie does a beautiful job of knitting gals together with her tea cup/mug exchange. You received some lovely gifts...I am charmed by the little bird. Now off to see what you sent to your recipient. I am a new follower.

Vee said...

Oops...groogle would not allow me to follow without going whole hog with their "new thing." I'll see if I can follow with Bloglovin'

Traditional Simplicity said...

I am so excited to see your treasures. How beautiful! I have already signed up to get her emails so I can join the next exchange. I never knew so many women love the same things I do! Thank you so much for posting about this.

And your gift, I saw the beautiful heart you embroidered. What a treasure to know each time a cup is used that someone is thinking or praying for us.

Hugs to you,

Snap said...

What a wonderful package you received! I love the mug, but have to say that little bird just makes me smile! I tend to put the scented soaps in the lingerie drawer and I'm going to look this company up on your recommendation. Wonderful journal, too. Enjoy and have a wonderful week.

September Violets said...

Wow! The mug, the journal, the tea, the box, the soap!! all of it is just beautiful! The mug is especially pretty and the journal looks like something that would be such a pleasure to write in. Enjoy your day!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your treasures are absolutely lovely! The mug is one of the prettiest I have ever seen - and the journal is truly special.

St. Augustine's Feast Day in on my birthday, Oct 4th! : -)

Stephanie works so hard for these exhanges - what a blessing to us all - but the very best treasures are the friendships made, indeed.

God bless. ♥

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Lorraine, What a beautiful gift for your first tea cup exchange. Your treasures received are lovely and I love the journal.
This exchange like the others has been such a joy and dear Stephanie once again worked her magic to make it be special for all.
Enjoy your treasures and have a blessed rest of the weekend. xo

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, what dear and lovely gifts, Lorraine! So very thoughtful and so very 'you'! It's so nice to get a package in the mail! Sending hugs xo Karen

Margie said...

So glad that you decided to join all the fun! Your yellow chintz mug is a beauty!

Devilish Angel said...

Nice gifts...

Leslie Kimel said...

Anne has such nice taste. Everything is so pretty and thoughtful. The exchange sounds really fun!

Ang Smith said...

I love all that you received. I really love birds; but I especially love that journal. You actually just inspired me. I love to journal my thoughts, Bible verses, etc, but I've never actually considered journaling TO God. What a great idea! Thank you. :)