Monday, October 12, 2015

The Enchanting Rose Teacup Exchange

Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose blog hosted a teacup/mug exchange in early September and I signed up for the teacup option. My, over 100 ladies participated and we've been patiently waiting to show the others what we received. Each of us sent to someone different than whom we received from affording us the opportunity to make two new friends and not all were bloggers.
My gift came from Janet Collazo of Rosemary and Thyme and when I emailed her to say thanks, I mentioned that her gorgeous business card looks like an April Cornell fabric. (for privacy reasons I've added some butterflies to block her address and phone number)
Inside the package that arrived were these two boxes tied with silky ribbon.
Isn't the top of this box sweet? These are the type of boxes I keep my homemade cards and supplies in so I was thrilled to have a new one.
A monogrammed card that was perfect for the giver, (and receiver) held warm words of affection about the gifts I received with hopes that I would like everything.
Inside the peacock box were delectable cookies and two teas that I am enjoying as Twinings is always in my tea cupboard - but not these two until now!
A couple of vintage cocktail napkins, the perfect size for afternoon tea were nestled in the box and also two charming napkin rings made by Janet. Real amethyst was used without knowing it is my birthstone. How special I felt with all these treasures. But there is another box to open.
A feminine rose, flowers and butterfly covered tea-for-one set from Gracie China brought a big smile to this tea granny's face. I am blessed to have such a thoughtful and generous tea exchange blogger and I wish to thank Janet again. Tea etiquette requires a written card of thanks for gifts and I tucked a tea bag in mine. I forgot to take a photo of it.
I felt like dressing up and putting on a fancy hat to make a special 'tea for me' the afternoon I used my new tea things. I didn't of course but like this photo a friend and professional photographer took of me at a Victorian tea in the past. 
The cookies were as delicious as they looked and the English afternoon tea has the taste of quality.
Special thanks goes to Stephanie for all the work she put in to organizing this huge exchange and a card of thanks was mailed to her as well. It has been a pleasure to make and write three cards during the process and I too received the nicest card from the recipient of the parcel I sent out.  (Deborah at The Beautiful Matters blog)
I'm linking to The Enchanting Rose teacup exchange.


38 comments:

  1. Hi Judith,
    Wow what lovely items you receive from Janet! I hope you enjoy everything and form a new friendship too. I love these exchanges.
    Julie

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  2. What a lovely parcel from your tea mate. I participated in this exchange for the first time and will be showing it later this week. (still have to photograph it). The tea for one set is so pretty!

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  3. Thoughtful, beautiful gifts! How special to have things that made your heart sing...the amethyst napkin rings are nothing short of a God wink.

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  4. All so pretty and the the tarts look YUMMY ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  5. The tea cup exchange is such a nice tradition that brings friends together. Love the sweet tea cup and tea pot. The box and paper are beautiful, too. I missed Mosaic Monday again; just too busy. And I even took photos this week. I'll be back next week.

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  6. Your gift are lovely, Judith! What a fun exchange.

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  7. What lovely, thoughtful gifts you received from Janet! The tea for one set is just sooo special, and the pretty napkins and handmade napkin rings are perfect. It looks like you enjoyed your new tea and treats, Judith. Isn't this the most fun exchange? Stephanie is such a dear, sweet, kind friend, and a great organizer. Enjoy your new tea things!

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  8. Oh Judith, what a beautiful and feminine package from Janet. The tea cup and tea pot are oh-so-delightful and the linen napkins are simply lovely.

    It was a joy to have you participate this time around - thank you, my dear. And again, thank you for the beautiful card and delicious tea. Your thoughtfulness greatly touched my heart.

    I am looking forward to the link-up tomorrow. Hugs!

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  9. What beautiful things to receive! I am sure that they will be treasured by you! xx

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  10. I just love this idea of a teacup exchange! And This is such a lovely post!

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  11. What a lovely gift exchange Judith. So thoughtful of Janet and quite a coincidence that she chose stones for your birth month. I haven't tried either of those Twinings teas but we enjoy some of that brand all the time. Have a great week.
    Pam

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  12. What a lovely package you recieved with so many wonderful things! This was my first time to join the exchange and thought it was so much fun. You wear hats well, Ms. Judith! I wish I looked good in them :)

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  13. What a lovely gift and what nice idea. I would love to take part, will have to check it out for next time

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  14. What a lovely package from a lovely lady. Janet has a romantic heart, and it shows in her choices of pretty, feminine gifts. Especially love the napkin rings. And Judith, you look beautiful in your gorgeous hat!

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  15. What a beautiful gift! Everything looks so pretty and delicious!...Christine

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  16. So glad that you enjoyed your first teacup exchange, Judith! Your pretty tea-for-one set is perfect for tea in the garden. Looking forward to The Enchanting Rose's linky party tomorrow.

    Your tea hat is also fabulous! I bet its colour was lavender!

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  17. Hello, Judith!
    The Tea Cup and Mug Exchange looks like a wonderful event. Lovely items sent and received. You will certainly have many happy tea moments using those beautiful gifts.
    The portrait is lovely! xx

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  18. Such a perfect exchange package! Adorable tea cup pot. So glad to join in Stephanie's event.

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  19. What a beautiful gift you received! I am sure you are enjoying it now and will for a long time to come! Blessings, Lynn

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  20. Hello Judith~ I'm visiting you from my dear Stephanie's tea cup and mug exchange party, it's so nice to meet you.
    Janet has certainly graced you with a lovely package and a beautiful tea cup and tea pot.
    Isn't that something that your napkin rings are amethyst for your birthday gem and she didn't even know that it was the month of your birthday. The guiding hand of God...
    My birthday is also in February, a wonderful month to celebrate a birthday, isn't it?!

    Enjoy your gifts~ Debbie

    P.S. You look just lovely in your beautiful hat. :-)

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  21. First of all, I love the photo of you wearing your elegant hat! How lovely a gift from Janet and what a wonderful surprise to receive amethyst napkin rings! Your tea-for-one is really sweet and I'm sure you will enjoy using it for a long time to come. Thank you for sharing with us and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  22. Isn't that just lovely!!! I'd feel like dressing up too!! How very nice!

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  23. What beautiful treasures, Judith! I think this teacup exchange was so much fun! I am going to try never to miss another!

    I think that picture of you is gorgeous - you look right at home in your lovely proper afternoon tea hat, my dear!

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  24. What lovely gifts, Judith! Bloggers and especially tea bloggers always seem to know what lovelies will bring great joy to another tea lady! :)
    Hugs, Beth

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  25. The teacup and teapot are simply sweet and precious!!! I love your picture all ready for tea! The napkins and rings are such a nice touch! I'm so you had a great time participating in Stephanie's exchange. I can't wait for the next one! Have a wonderful week!

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  26. Hello Judith,

    I must begin by saying that you have written a beautiful post. I am so humbled and thankful for your kind words. It was truly my pleasure. I can't believe that amethyst is your birth stone but I am happy to know that our napkin rings will be extra special. And your photo is gorgeous. Please stay in touch.

    Blessings,

    Janet

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  27. Hello Judith. What lovely and thoughtful gifts from Janet. We are all blessed by Stephanies generosity of time and spirit in organising this for us. A new follower of your pretty blog. Much Love, Mimi xxx

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  28. What a beautiful package Janet put together for you, I too store my cards in beautiful boxes, can't get enough of them! And the tea cup and all the "accessories" are just amazing! Such a wonderful way to enjoy tea and make new friends... and your picture all dressed up is just wonderful! Glad to meet you :)

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  29. Each time I click on each lovely post where each lady has chatted about the lovely gifts that found their way into their letter box, I am amazed as to the beautiful tea cups or indeed mugs and the other pretties that were sent as well. And.....yours is no exception. How pretty is your tea-for-one set and those pretty napkins are so dainty. The boxes are so pretty....one can never have too many pretty boxes. I can see you in my mind's eye,,, sitting like a lady with a pretty concoction of a hat sitting ever so daintily atop your head, partaking in a spot of tea, enjoying a cookie or two. Enjoy your pretties!!

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  30. This was lovely and I saw YOUR gorgeous package to Deborah this morning :)

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  31. Judith these are beautiful!! Such a pretty tea set for one, and the vintage serviettes add such a perfect touch. And how lucky are you to have a birthstone in your favourite colour! I still have to visit the party to wander around blogland and admire all the exchanged gifts. Heaven! I do love that photo of you in your elegant hat ... you look like you're off to see the Queen! Happy Weekend my friend!
    Wendy

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  32. What a Lovely Box! She did a very good job!

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  33. What a lovely box of treasures! A real delight to see here -- it must have been like Christmas when you opened it.

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  34. Hi Judith, such pretty things that really seem just perfect for you. I'm glad you got to participate in the exchange. I have done each one and have always received such special and thoughtful packages. Hope all is well in your world.
    Linda

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  35. What lovely gifts you received! And thanks for the reminder that the presentation can be a large part of the gift as well!

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  36. A beautiful idea & gift. This is something I'd like to do for my sisters.

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