The Enchanting Rose invited her readers to participate in a Christmas ornament exchange. Stephanie has often hosted teacup exchanges in the past but I have been hesitant to participate, fearing a teacup might get broken in the mail.
So when I saw the ornament exchange, I thought it might be fun to take part. Stephanie worked out all of the logistics for the 63 ladies who participated. A registration type form helped her know about people's likes and dislikes and so on. She emailed each of us with information concerning our swap partner, and gave detailed instructions, also:
1. This is an ornament swap so please send either a handmade, store-bought, or vintage Christmas ornament. Please make sure it's in nice condition with no breaks, tears, or wear.
2. Include a sweet little something with the ornament. It can be anything, my friends. Be creative and send something that is sure to bless the recipient's heart.
3. Please send a letter or card introducing yourself. Be friendly, share some fun Christmas traditions with your new friend.
4. Also, please send a "Thank You" card to the lady that sends to you. Remember, you are sending to someone and someone completely different is sending to you so you will make 2 friends during the swap.
5. Wrap everything well with bubble wrap and tissue paper. Please send your items in a sturdy box, and please make sure your goodies are shipped out by Saturday, December 1st. The sooner you send your package the better!
6. There will be a reveal post on my blog on Monday, December 17th. If you have a blog, please feel free to share your Christmas ornament on it and then link it up on my blog. If you don't have a blog than you can send me a picture of your swap goodies and I will share it on the reveal post.
If you check out Stephanie's reveal post, you will see that some ladies really went over the top with their gift-giving. There seem to be many talented crafters among this group!
The person who sent my package was Ashley. I'll just share photos and captions.
|The gift was packaged in this nice box with chalkboard label.|
|Ashley had read on my blog that I enjoy sewing, so she sent me two pieces of pretty fabric. It will be fun deciding what to use this for!|
|What a lovely Christmas card!|
|Ashley made this pretty ornament for me using sheet music.|
|Tea bags (Lemon Lift is one of my favorites!); sticky notes and pen; and a lovely gold snowflake completed the gift.|
My package was sent to Susan. Again I'll share photos and captions of what I sent to her.
|A variety of handmade gift tags and a sparkly "S" for Susan (or perhaps for Sparkle!)|
|Susan likes blue, tartan, and plaids, so I used a blue Christmas card to write my introductory note. The "Joy to the World" journaling card is by Jaime at Raising Up Rubies.|
|I sent 2 ornaments -- the gold sparkly heart made by a friend, and the cross stitch one made by me years ago. I also included a glimmering acrylic tree which I found at Wal*Mart. I liked that so much, I bought more for myself.|
|A handmade coaster with a blue fabric included and a mulled cider mix, both made by me|
|Lastly, Susan also mentioned liking chocolate, so I included a tiny box of chocolates and a teensy bag of Lindt truffles|