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.