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Swap-O-Rama!

I am long overdue on posting the wonderful goodness that arrived in our mailbox last week from Mary-Sue and her children Annika and Pedar. They were our wonderful partners from the miniswap and we have so enjoyed getting to know them better. I wish that I was a wee bit wiser, and had my camera at the ready when we opened the box, because instantly the contents were grabbed, loved and carried away to special places around my house. Our package was filled with so much thought and love and care…it truly was overwhelming. So, though it doesn’t begin to do justice for all that was included in our swap, here are some highlights (mary was napping during the photoshoot)….oh, and the box was FILLED with little pink hearts, attached to different gifts with notes about each item. It was so fun.
For starters, she made each of the girls one of these aprons, with their initial stitched on in buttons! I love them, especially because we have one craft apron that the girl’s usually argue over. Now they each have their own and they are way more fun than our plain old off-white one!

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Each of the girls got one of these adorable summer skirts. I’m thinking they will be the perfect thing to wear over bathing suits? Although Emma wears hers now over her pants, of course.
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This went up in Emma’s room right away.
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And here’s some more of the wonderful things that I could round up. Emma loved the dolls and I spent the first day cutting and cutting and cutting….and look at the wonderful bag and treats that Mary-Sue included for me! The bag has great pockets, which I LOVE… she included a wonderful book,
some herbal rub for my girls since they were both sick when we were talking, a candle and do you see that beautiful linen towel with the red poppies(?)…I don’t know if I can even bear to use it!

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Even as I sit and write this, I’m realizing there is so much that I forgot–the grey squirrel puppet. I think I may be having more fun with it than anyone else. I’m pretty funny with puppets, I’ve realized. Of course, it’s easy to get two giddy girls cackling when there mother is hiding behind a chair putting on squirrel dramas. Oh, and the sun catcher–Today, I caught emma standing on the counter at the sink, spinning it…and the books, and Lily, and the jewelry for emma….I know there’ more that i’m forgetting, but thank you so much Mary-Sue and Annika and Pedar. Your thoughtful package made three girls in Wisconsin (i won’t be able to say that for very long) very happy! xo.

I think the miniswap was a success. And I think a Fall round just might be in order…

I am long overdue on posting the wonderful goodness that arrived in our mailbox last week from Mary-Sue and her children Annika and Pedar. They were our wonderful partners from the miniswap and we have so enjoyed getting to know them better. I wish that I was a wee bit wiser, and had my camera at the ready when we opened the box, because instantly the contents were grabbed, loved and carried away to special places around my house. Our package was filled with so much thought and love and care…it truly was overwhelming. So, though it doesn’t begin to do justice for all that was included in our swap, here are some highlights (mary was napping during the photoshoot)….oh, and the box was FILLED with little pink hearts, attached to different gifts with notes about each item. It was so fun.
For starters, she made each of the girls one of these aprons, with their initial stitched on in buttons! I love them, especially because we have one craft apron that the girl’s usually argue over. Now they each have their own and they are way more fun than our plain old off-white one!

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Each of the girls got one of these adorable summer skirts. I’m thinking they will be the perfect thing to wear over bathing suits? Although Emma wears hers now over her pants, of course.
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This went up in Emma’s room right away.
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And here’s some more of the wonderful things that I could round up. Emma loved the dolls and I spent the first day cutting and cutting and cutting….and look at the wonderful bag and treats that Mary-Sue included for me! The bag has great pockets, which I LOVE… she included a wonderful book,
some herbal rub for my girls since they were both sick when we were talking, a candle and do you see that beautiful linen towel with the red poppies(?)…I don’t know if I can even bear to use it!

Swaps_3
Even as I sit and write this, I’m realizing there is so much that I forgot–the grey squirrel puppet. I think I may be having more fun with it than anyone else. I’m pretty funny with puppets, I’ve realized. Of course, it’s easy to get two giddy girls cackling when there mother is hiding behind a chair putting on squirrel dramas. Oh, and the sun catcher–Today, I caught emma standing on the counter at the sink, spinning it…and the books, and Lily, and the jewelry for emma….I know there’ more that i’m forgetting, but thank you so much Mary-Sue and Annika and Pedar. Your thoughtful package made three girls in Wisconsin (i won’t be able to say that for very long) very happy! xo.

I think the miniswap was a success. And I think a Fall round just might be in order…

8 comments on “Swap-O-Rama!”

  1. I just want to thank you again for organizing what turned out to be such a fun multicultural exchange for our family. We received our package yesterday (from Oslo! How COOL!) and I just posted the photos on Flickr. We’d definitely like to participate again, so we’ll be sure to check back frequently. We can’t wait to see photos of the items we sent in our new friends’ hands!

  2. hey…thanks for the comment about the target obsession! is it not like a child’s playland? I bet they do find all sorts of goodies!! I would have loved that when I was a kid. heck, I love it now! 🙂

    and you know what? I subscribed to your blog a couple weeks ago and have been reading & enjoying it since! but I just realized…I never have left you a comment…doh! so hello. 🙂

    nice to know someone else’s heart might do a little pitter-patter when she sees the 1 spot being re-stocked each month. haha.

    and also…how adorable are those gifts you got?? and your girls are the cutest! congrats on the mini-swap action. 🙂

    and good luck on all the moving hub-bub!

    .♥.

  3. Yes, definitely a Fall swap. My kids were so into this, total fun. I can’t believe you found time amidst packing up to take photos, you multi-tasker you. xo

  4. Please count me in for the next round of the swap. Is their any way we could convince you to do a spring/summer swap? I know it would help my daughter to have some fun things to do and look forward to in the summer.

  5. we alllllll LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing our gifts in YOUR wonderful space! Emma is the BEST model for anyone’s handmade items — she makes them look so much more adorable than I thought possible!We loved swapping with you tooooooo!and look forward to a long friendship…xoxoxomary-sue, annika & pedar

  6. wow, swap score! yes to fall… and this time, you can be sure I won’t miss the sign up! 🙂

    also– been thinking of organizing a little postcard swap for kids. I know you’re super-busy moving but might you be interested? prolly won’t happen for a while. just trying to get a feel for who might be in… (it would mean some drawings/doodles/painting/whatever on readymade or homemade postcards and maybe a short message)… give me a holla.

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