Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog! A month or so ago I was soooo tempted to join a blog swap….but, we were having issues with Brian and also had a string of shows coming up, so I decided it probably would be too overwhelming at that time. Sooooo, I approached a good buddy of many bloggers, Sheila of Seasons of Thy Heart, to see if she would like to do a private swap. (I really wanted one of her gorgeous arrangements…and she has provided a lot of support since we found out about Brian’s health issues—like a LOT of you have! ) Just before we left on our trip last weekend, Al came in dragging this huge box! I was a good girl and took a pic before letting the wrappings fly! I can’t tell you how excited I was!! It was Christmas in June! Take a looky…..
This was a BIG box—like in fiberfill stuffing box size! Now, you have to understand…I have been trying to redo my front hall—it’s repainted, and I hung my redo mirror I showed before, but it needed something else…with color. I wanted to hang a little Ethan Allen shelf under the mirror….it fit perfectly….but stuck out too much when the door opened. So, the hall has looked a bit empty as I tried to think what could be done. The first thing out of Sheila’s box………..
was this…which was perfect!! LOVE it! The perfect size, I really needed flowers in the house and I LOVE geraniums , and the needed pop of color! Can you believe the difference!?! I don’t want to show TOO much of the hallway yet…..I’ll show it when it is all finished…
Then…I replaced my snowman arrangement…yes, I’m ashamed I still had a snowman out (but he’s SOOO CUTE!! ) with this…
I am seriously clicking my heels! ANOTHER arrangement!!! — I’ve always loved Sheila’s patriotic can arrangements. See the fabric wrapped firecrackers and the stars? SOO much detail. These are things I always look at in shops, but never buy for myself—love love love them! I Will be doing a redo on the lamp too. Too shiny! And there is more!…..
A big BEAUTIFUL pear with a crow—the fabric is printed with pears and crows too! Sheila said this beautiful piece was created by Janice of Black Sheep prims who sadly passed away earlier this year and was a friend to many of you. I love it, and will cherish the fact I have a piece from that talented lady.
This box was PACKED! A wonderful tote that is replacing our old one we used for shows that developed a hole in the bottom, a sweet towel appliqued with wooly stars –love wooly things! , ANOTHER arrangement that will be used in the fall, (can you believe THREE arrangements?!? ) two little unpainted shovels for me to finish (I have been going to my supplier for 2 seasons trying to get these but they are always sold out when I get there ) , a sweet smelling bottle of Huckleberry scented lotion (I may be in crappy painting clothes, but I sure smell good!! ) , and a set of grubby candles WITH a pair of autumn colored candle rings that will go on my wedding present pewter candlesticks! Woo Hoo! When I got home from Occoquan I kinda regretted not getting another set of candles—but I have them now. Besides all of the gifties…Sheila sent the most heartwarming note—maybe the best gift of all. Thank you SO MUCH Sheila!!—I would swap with you anytime—I love everything and it amazes me how much everything fits me and our home. You are beyond talented, my good friend! Besides that, as soon as I opened the box, our house was flooded with the most delicious scent…and it still is! YUM! If any of you have been reluctant to swap, go for it—it is so much fun and really gives you a warm fuzzy feeling—and you gain a great friend. Have a great day–Jan