Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentines Day Swap - my little show and tell

Recently, Claire aka Belle from Life of a Southern Belle hosted a Valentines Day swap at her blog. I'm very new to blogging, and this was the first time I had participated in a swap. I'm so glad I did! Belle was my swap partner as well as the hostess. She did a fabulous job of keeping everyone communicating and it went flawlessly! I came home from a particularly bad day at work and this little goodie was waiting on my doorstep! (Please excuse the christmas tag address blocks, my marker decided to make a run for it!) Oh boy, what could we have here?
This is the sweet letter that was waiting for me on the top of the goodies.
Oh just look at all these goodies! There is wonderful Rose room spray, the cutest little hand towel, an adorable wooden heart and picture frame . . . . . but wait, there's more!
See that little purple "tub" - that is filled with the most fabulous body cream - very subtle lavender scent and it is wonderfully creamy and smooth. See that bag of chocolates - mine, all mine haha. She also included a copy of one of her favorite magazines, Southern Lady. I'd not seen this before, and it is a beautiful publication full of gorgeous homes, decorating ideas and recipes - more on that later. And just look at that cute little valentine plate - perfect for . . .
Displaying those wonderful chocolate kisses on my counter - that way they are always close at hand!
Remember I mentioned the great recipes in this magazine? I tried a chili recipe and it was a BIG HIT! And don't forget, we are in Texas, where chili is an art form. This had the most wonderful smokey chipotle chili base, and it was great. It was 35 degrees when I got up that morning, so I thought it would be a great day for chili (and green chili corn muffins - yum). Of course by the time I got home from work it was 70 degrees, but I went ahead and made it anyway. No one seemed to mind!


Thanks Claire for all of the beautiful gifts. You really outdid yourself, and this was a really fun way to get to know you. Visit Belle at http://sbelle-lifeofasouthernbelle.blogspot.com/ when you get a chance and get to know this great gal! She has such a fun blog, filled with humor, warmth and fun! If you want a good laugh, read her posts about Little Miss Priss! And if you want to know how great kids can be, read anything about her precious children! Hope you enjoyed my little show and tell, it was lots of fun!

22 comments:

Olive Rue said...

Ahhh looks like you were the receiver of a nice swap.

Pug1 said...

How sweet!!!!! CHEERS! Michele

Lori said...

I'm jealous!!! That was a great swap! Loved reading about all of your goodies!

Dawnie said...

those are great! I'm a chili lover big time-so i might just head out and grab that magazine.

Kelly said...

That's a fantastic gift! I have really enjoyed all the wonderful people I have met here, I feel like family :)

marty39 said...

Kathy, what a great swap. I think you made out like a bandit. I love all your things. What a thoughtful gift. Hugs, Marty

Lynette said...

What a great gift - this was so much fun!!

She did you good girl!!

Melissa Miller said...

~Lovely items! :)

I must find that magazine.

Blondie's Journal said...

I just love your loot!! Such a sweet combination of all things pretty & pampering (& chocolatly!).

I love hearing about these swaps but have never been in one. I'm glad you had fun & Claire is a sweetie!! :-)

xoxo
Jane

prof en retraite said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! I love a package-opening post!! You got so many nice goodies, Kathy! I haven't heard of that mag either...will have to check it out! And your chili looks sooo good! Yummy..and candy for desert!! Have a great weekend...Debbie

Lisa said...

You made out!!! Enjoy all of your wonderful swap goodies.

Feel free to send over a bowl of chili. It is COLD in PA.

xinex said...

You got lots of goodies there, Kathy and the chili looks yummy!...Christine

once in a blue moon... said...

looks like such fun!

Our really empty nest said...

Kathy, THank you so much for stopping by and for my birthday wishes! It was a great day, the sun was shining, and I had 9 friends over for a luncheon to tell them just how special they all were to me, it was wonderful! Have a great Valentines Day! Sue

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Kathy, what a great swap full of goodies you recieved..I loved what came out of your oven.. yummy..
Happy Valentine's Day! my friend..
hugs ~lynne~

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I'm so glad that you had fun. I loved everything that you sent to me also. I did my post tonight but the photos won't upload correctly...one from your box is the only one that worked...I'll try again tomorrow for the rest!! Have a great weekend!

Happy To Be said...

WOW!! Girl you hit the MOTHERLODE of gifts there..how special was this...hope you have a great VD with your honey...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

nikkicrumpet said...

What a great swap..and no surprise package is complete without some chocolate!

tardevil said...

Oh, I love all of your gifts! I especially like the chocolate! :O) Glad you had fun swapping!

DesignTies said...

What a fun idea!! Like Christmas in the middle of February :-)

Enjoy all your gifts!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

ann said...

Now didn't that just make your day?It sure would've mine.All those goodies and chocolate too.wowow...Ann

Elena said...

Library of Congress for Wordless Wednesday. That's great. I also loved seeing your wall hanging. Something I would love to do with our family trip pictures!