Monday, November 16, 2009

Sisters' Shoebox Swap

I am a big fan of Monica's blog The Homespun Heart. When I saw this Noel Swap post, I just had to play along. Monica and Carrie (go here to Carrie's blog to see links of what others sent) partnered me up with Jenni and what a perfect partner. Our tastes were almost exact. So it was easy for me to make something for her as I knew if it was something I would like to receive, hopefully she would too. Ü

Here is what I rec'd from Jenni: She tied lines of a song or poem (I'm not sure which it is as I haven't heard of it) that was typed on vellum to each goody in the box.
I love this super fun swag.
It is full of fun fabrics that match my home and rustic bells, stars, the letter "F"
and these ADORABLE itty bitty clothespins to hold pictures, cards etc.
How cool is this?! I am definitely inspired to make some of these for gifts.

I love this rustic looking little electric candle. This is going to go on my wash stand chest.

Look at this wonderfully rustic (notice a theme Ü I LOVE rustic) star decor. I love the embossed tin on it and the mustard color is perfect and matches the mustard in my wallpaper.

Another very fun item that I'm wondering if she made. It is nested in LOTS of homespun fabric strips that I'm going to use to tie tags on my gifts this year.
Here is a shot of all the goodies (minus the swag). YUMMY chai tea and *cones* of the yummiest snack! I definitely will be getting that recipe from her. It is disappearing FAST here. Ü Also nested in there is plaid towel. It has rusts, greens, browns and a hint of mustard. I love using these type of towels to line baskets and fill with breads, muffins etc when I go somewhere. This will be lining a basket this Thanksgiving. The colors match my dining room wallpaper so perfectly, that you would have thought I sent her a swatch!
Last but not least is this YUMM-) bag of chocolate covered craisins. Hmmmm wonder if this can be hid???? Ü

Thank you so much Jenni! I hope you enjoy your pkg as much as I enjoy mine!
Here is what I sent Jenni:
(I bought her a dish towel and made an applique towel as well as a large cello bag of treats that I forgot to photo. Oh and sent her and her family Twin Bing candy. She told me her favorite cookie was a chocolate covered cherry cookie and I thought she would like the candy that we can get here in NE.)
I went with a green, brown, red, white/cream color theme and gingerbread image theme.
This is a tea holder. I love this digi image by Whimsie Doodles. This holds 4 tea bags.
An altered Dollar General candle:
A notepad made with a junior legal pad cut in half and matching pen. Image is by Lizzie Anne Designs new Gingerbread Man single.A larger journal made with a junior legal notepad.


  1. I know I said it already but thank you, thank you, thank you! You were a great swap partner. Funny thing about those homespun strips. I got the box all packed and had no packing material. I have had this piece of homespun laying around so I thought to use it but it looked silly just throwing a yard of fabric in there. So I ripped it all up, lol! I thought maybe you could use it as filler for a gift basket but tying gift tags is genius too. The recipe for the mix is easy - we call it Floor Sweepings, lol. It's just 6 cups cheerios, 5 cups chex (I use corn chex), 4 cups pretzels, 2 cups M&Ms and 2 cups peanuts. Then you melt 2 pounds of white chocolate and pour over, spreading out to let it set. It doesn't last very long around here! And I didn't make the Peace sign, picked it up at the same store as the candle and star but I thought it was sweet. Have a blessed day!

  2. looks like you met your creative twin! :) beautiful work you both did!

  3. Debbie, what beautiful gifts the two of you exchanged. I would say you have met another kindred spirit!

  4. What a fabulous gift you've received...and the items you've made are fantastic as well!! Such 'eye candy', I say!!

  5. Oh! The swap looks like fun! You "connected" with a perfect partner - I love the swag. Don't you just love getting goodies in the mail???!!