Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Swapping Green For Red

A couple of weeks ago I was reading the blogPatty's Pretty Things, and Patty talked about joining the Chaotic Goddess Color Swap which sounded like so much fun.

I immediately went and signed up and ironically, I was partnered with Patty for the swap.


Check out Patty's blog post here about her love of green.

I had to drive KC to Los Angeles yesterday where we got in some quality mother/daughter shopping time before I put her on an airplane and when I got home this package was waiting for me.


I was exhausted and I knew I wanted to take pictures as I opened it for my link to the color swap so I held off opening it until this morning.


Surprise - red tissue paper and lots of it with a sweet note from Patty.


Patty definitely paid attention to my blog and included a sweet red scarf for Lulu - whose only interest at the moment is to eat it.


And Patty knows my love of creating - red pins, duck tape, buttons, string . . .


Handmade dishcloths which ended up on a pile of red dish towels.


After a day in the garden, I can wash up with the Lava soap and then enjoy a cup of tea - can't enjoy the cookies because we already ate them!


I know from following Patty that she has a Silhouette and after seeing this cute red pillow box and matchbook notepads I am convinced I need to buy a Silhouette.


More of Patty's beautiful work - cards, all with red images - and I love every single one of them.


And then, I came to the bottom of the box.


Patty had already told me she had made me some "red" things, but seeing a photo of my colorful croquet balls brought tears to my eyes.


When I opened the book and saw a photo of our sweet Lulu, tears began streaming down my face and I took the book to show Steve.


Page after page of "red" in all different sizes and another image of Lulu on her first day with us adorns the back of the book.


Patty has obviously noted my love of red and polka dots - the book has joined other handmade books in a basket in the hallway.


It was a red letter day for me receiving a fantastic gift from a wonderful blogging friend.


And, a red letter day on the beach with my 2 besties - Lulu and Steve.

Check out what others received in the color swap at Chaotic Goddess Swaps.

45 comments:

sweetvintageofmine said...

This was a RED letter day for you! Patty has flourished you with beautiful creative keepsakes! What a lovely lady!! (she lives near me...Cinti area..though we have never met!) How ironic you became swap partners....I like this....I must check it out!! Blessings~~~Roxie

Patty Antle said...

I'm so glad you liked your package. It was so much fun collecting red things for you.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

what a nice package to get in the mail.
She sure paid attention to your blog...so much fun!
Nice of her to include special mementos from your blog and something sweet for Lulu too.
Pat

My Garden Diaries said...

Now that is just amazing! The attention to detail in her gifts to you are just outstanding! And the book...oh how sweet is that!!!!! I really like how she thought of your little LuLu! SO glad you were spoiled with goodies! She sounds like a cool lady! Have a wonderful week friend!

Aubrey S. said...

So, so sweet! I love the personalized book; what a touching idea. And how funny is it that you were paired with your bloggy friend?

Phyllis @Around the House said...

It is wonderful that she sent such an wonderful and personal gift, so sweet and a wow of a present...love things in the mail....Phyllis

Kathy said...

Our "tribe" of blog friends is the best and what a delight to have one gift something so heartfelt!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

What a fun package to receive - I love the color theme. I have a silhouette and I love it! I think you would do great things with it.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

WOW. what great red items you received. your friend really listed to your likes and thinking of Little Lulu too.
Mary

Barbara said...

What a lovely package to receive - and even a present for Lulu. Perfect!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear Carol! What fun for you, what fun for Miz Lulu! teeheee...she is now a blog dog, and there's no turning back. She will be a part of your photo shoots, she will have first dibs on opening up packages, and she has eating rights...you know? teeeheee

Look at all the goodies! And Steve and Lulu on the beach? The best gift. MUCH LOVE! Anita

greenthumb said...

Lucky you what a wonderful gift to receive.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Patty is the sweetest! You got some great loot from her. I participated in this swap last year, and I loved it. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xo,
RJ

Cathy said...

Carol, How fun to receive so much goodness and love in one little package and all in red, too.... How perfect for you. Love the idea of the swap sounds like so much fun.... Have a great day at the beach, Cathy

chateau chic said...

What a LOVELY package with so. many. thoughtful. goodies!!! I know that made your day!
Mary Alice

Miss Angie said...

She did such a great job!~ Seriously love her packaging too! Amazing! And how funny it is that you were partnered with the person you learned about it from! Thanks for joining us!

Down by the sea said...

Carol,
What a wonderful package to receive! That is such a lovely touch making that book for you too! Lulu and Stve look as if they are enjoying the beach too!
Sarah x

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Carol,
What a wonderful package you have received. I love all the red! Wonderful beach photo and I love the house with the red door in your previous post too. Yes, I love red too. It's such a happy colour. Thanks for your visit and enjoy the rest of your week. Blessings, Sandi

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

What a nice gift! Love the red!

bobbie said...

What an awesome swap! Lucky you ~

Acorn to Oak said...

What fun! This swap sounds great!

podso said...

Your gift proves how well you can come to know a person through blogging!

Michele said...

What a wonderful box full of goodies. Patty is a peach!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a great swap box of goodies! I love how creative she was in finding all those red items, but the handmade book is the best for sure! Glad you had fun. I want to see what you sent Patty!
hugs,
Linda

fiona anderson said...

What a charming and heartfelt series of gifts she sent you, just lovely.

Prince Snow Farm said...

What a box of goodies! All so well tailored to you!! I love that you have appreciation for each item. You have a wonderfully tender soul.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, what a fun swap and a fabulous assortment of red goodies. Patty did such a wonderful job of personalizing so many treasures for you. You must get a Silhouette, they're so much fun.

Vicky Hunt said...

What sweet and thoughtful gifts! Thant handmade book is precious and looks great with all the others in the basket. I love the photos of Lulu with her hankie and on the beach. She is getting big and is such a cutie! Enjoy your box of goodies. What a fun idea for an exchange...:)

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

must love junk said...

Wow-Patty really took the time to make you a very special gift package!! What a wonderful friend! :)
Susan

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a fun swap that was and what lovely gifts you received!

Ana said...

Oh Carol, I have been away way too long....Lulu is such a sweety. I can't believe I missed so many of your posts especially the one where you introduced Lulu. La Pequeña Lulu or Little Lulu was my dad's nickname for me when I was a little girl. He said it was because I reminded him of the little cartoon character. Hee, Hee, Hee...Funny huh? Good to be back. Missed you.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

Beth W said...

Wow- what a fantastic package! She definitely spoiled ya. ;)
I love all the handmade stuff she made for you!

Weekend-Windup said...

What a beautiful gift you received! All hand made things looks so great. Especially the hand made book is awesome.

becca said...

what a wonderful box of goodies you got

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Carol everything is so you and so lovely. That book is the best. I can see how touching that would be. Love the picture of little LuLu and Steve on the beach. Enjoy all your special treasts. I am hoping over there to see what everyone else is getting too. How fun was this!!!
Kris

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Even Lulu is going to wear your colour!

Melanie said...

What beautiful and thoughtful gifts! Thank you for sharing with us. Speaking of sharing, I just shared your last photo - the beach one - with my husband. I said, "See? We need to move to California. Look at how they can walk on the beach every day. Look at that beautiful water, sand, blue skies, and bare feet." And Brian said, "Yeah, yeah." :-o

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You crafty ladies are a real special bunch! A swap sounds like just a natural. I love those washcloths! There's always so much energy over here. And of course I love seeing the beach action!

Renee said...

Isn't it fun getting such wonderful gifts and picking out gifts to send. I am in a secret Santa swap with a group of friends and it is fun. I love the reds and the polka dots. Love the book. So many wonderful things.

Paula said...

How sweet! And the book is the perfect personal touch!

Jennee Thompson said...

What a great collection of red goodies!

Doreen@househoneys said...

Your swap sounds like so much fun, and you got some lovely gifts! Sounds like you're enjoying retirement!!

Jann Olson said...

Wowzer! What great gifts! The red lover in me is a bit jealous.
hugs,
Jann

Carla said...

Patty definitely paid attention and what wonderful goodies she put in that box. Lucky you

jen @ grown in southern ground said...

great package! i love handmade stuff!