Friday, January 25, 2013

Cutie Pie Cottage Swap

Oh! Oh! Oh!  Did a get a HUGE surprise in the post today!!  The Postman buzzed me and said "There's a package here for you!"  I went down and this is what I saw ...

Isn't it a pretty package!!

Wow wowee!!  Everyone could tell it was a Valentine!  I hurried back so I could see what was inside.  It was sooo pretty when I opened the box up!  Not only did I have to remove packages plus a smaller heart box to get to the big heart box, but when I saw it at last, it was just beautiful!

Because there will be sooo many pix, I made little collages.

I finally got to the Big Heart!!!

Ooh, so pink and pretty!  When I lifted the lid, goodies, upon goodies, upon goodies!!!  As I was pulling items out it seemed like they were never-ending!!

Some of the goodies-and chocolate!

Of course when I opened the bag with chocolates in it, I just had to sample!!!  Yum!!!

Look at that beautiful vintage necklace!  And the brooch!!

So many goodies to see!  The necklace was such a surprise and not only that, but a beautiful vintage rhinestone heart brooch!!!  And can you just glimpse a peek of someone's famous garland???

A famous Holly garland just for me!!!

Honestly, by this time, I didn't know if I should laugh in glee or cry in glee!!!  A beautiful Holly garland in lovely pinks with red-such pretty buttons all in between.  I have admired them so much whenever I saw one on someone's blog pix.  And now I have one!! (smiling while doing a little happy-dance) (There is also a pretty white hearts garland  to put up or use in crafting!!)

So many pickies - vintage buttons, candle holders, doodads, sparklies, trims held with pretty pink clothespins, cupcake toppers, heart magnets, shiny glass eggs, cute buttons, a pink glass bell, pink glitter, tiny chenille flowers, a pretty pink round picture frame, a large honeycomb snowflake, vintage valentines ... did I forget anything?  It was like Valentine-CHRISTMAS!!!  I was so excited to see everything. I love my sweet garland which will go up in my craft area, and the beautiful vintage jewelry that I most certainly will wear.  

I have to send a huge thank you to Holly for all of these wonderful gifts.  I feel so blessed to be able to swap like this with such a wonderful partner as Holly!  I hope this will be the beginning of a long friendship for us, even though we are miles apart!  And thanks also to our lovely hostess - Erica - for thinking up this absolutely delightful Heart Box Swap!!  I also feel so fortunate to have found this wonderful blog circle of generous, talented, creative, and sweet ladies who plan and do these nice things, especially for a newbie like me.  I have received a great deal of happiness since I "came on board".  I feel like, as we all read the blogs in our lists everyday, that it's almost like we are all in a huge circle, holding hands, as it stretches across this nation and even across the "Big Pond" to unite us in our crafting and creating, and every day lives.  It's just wonderful and I'm a happy person for it.

Again, thank you Holly of Cutie Pie Cottage and Erica of Golden Egg Vintage.  I am very appreciative!!


Until next time ...


  1. Oh me, oh my! I have a LOT to learn about swaps! That is the most beautiful and sweet valentine! It must have been sooooo much fun to open! Hubs finally was able to send out my valentines today. I hope you like it - simple, but sweet.

  2. Holly is one of the sweetest and most inspiring persons I have met in this community. What a blessing she has been to me and now to you! I am beyond happy for this bounty of Holly gifts that have come your way. I know you are thrilled! Elizabeth

  3. oh my!! such goodies! what a great valentine treat. this is a great group of girls for sure. Now.. I'm wishing I had joined in this one!
    have a great weekend Sandi. I'm adding your blog to my sidebar. I dont know why I havent already!

    1. Thank you Viv!! This was a fun swap absolutely! Thank you for adding me!!

  4. Ooo! So glad you liked your surprise, Sandie! I wasn't sure if you'd want a button ball garland or not but now I'm glad I added one! Also- the pink choker style necklace *IS* vintage but the heart broach is not. Looks like it though, eh? I actually bought it on the Christmas clearance isle at Walmart. :)

    1. Oh I did enjoy it Holly! My button garland is UP. With Valentines hanging from it. That pin sure does look vintage! I love it!!! XOXO

  5. Wowza! Holly really spoiled you! And that's such a sweet thing:)

  6. Sandie-
    I'm so thrilled with this post! It makes me so happy to see how happy you are! Isn't Holly so sweet and generous?
    Thank you for being a part of this swap!
    We are all so lucky to have found eachother!
    Erica :)

  7. Wow, what a beautiful box & so chocked full of wonderful goodies! What a great swap partner you had in Holly! Love the heart pin, everything actually, LOL! Lucky us for having Erica to host a swap for us to join! :) Pam

  8. What a beautiful box and full of beautiful goodies. Holly is a very talented and has a generous heart.


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