Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Other Swap Partner

Unfortunately, with swaps sometimes you have people who can't follow through for whatever reason. The partner I originally gave to Jo-Anne from The Carter Clan did not have a blog and I only had an email address to contact her. We both tried and for whatever reason we couldn't get a response back, so Jo-Anne and I decided we would do the swap between us. We had talked last year about doing a swap between us, but things in my life got hectic and we never did. I am a long time admirer of Jo-Anne's fabulous quilts and was so excited to do this swap with her. She told me I didn't have to, but are you kidding a chance to get something made by her!!! I already have some awesome earrings from her she sent me last year. I just knew I wouldn't be disappointed. Secretly I was hoping she would make me something quilted, but I didn't tell her that. LOL. She asked me what I would like and of course I couldn't lie... I told her table runners or place mats hoping she'd get the picture. LOL. I'm going to tell you she is sharp as a tack!!!!

Anyway, I walked out to my mail box today and lo and behold.... this is what it looked like. The mail. person put a plastic bag over the end and left it sticking out of my box. I'm glad no one stole it before I got out there.

I could hardly wait to open the package... Well this is what I found...

Now on to the good stuff. I THINK this is the Goodwill find. Not sure because it looks brand new and awesome!!!! Can't wait to hang it on my peg rack.

Next was this fabulous sign, post it notes,(I think she's trying to tell me I'm to busy and that I need to write stuff down so I don't forget. LOL I don't know how she knew that.) and the little ornie. She also sent me another gift when she sent me her fabric, but I can't show you because Steve took it to use for me.

Now on to the most amazing gift. I am just so excited. I wish you could be here because I can't type fast enough to tell and show you what she made for me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these. I wish you could see the quilting close up. I can't wait to use the table runner on my dining room table and the small quilt on my end table. I am so excited I'm giddy. Oh and the caramel corn YUMMY!!!! She also sent me the recipe to make it.

It's hard to tell but I sent her tan, green, blue, and white fabric fat quarters. She did such an amazing job and even added fabric to it to finish it.

Jo-Anne thank you so much for everything. I LOVE it all!!!! You have been such an amazing friend with words of wisdom and strong faith since we first "met" in blogland over a year ago. I appreciate your emails and help with my many projects. You are a wonderful person I am so glad we met.

I went to Goodwill yesterday, but that will be another post. I don't want to compete with these amazing presents. I found some goodies though. Lots of make over potential.
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Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweetie...
I would say you got a great deal with this swap. You should have matched yourselves up together to begin with.

I haven't had very good luck with swaps either this you. Real poo-poo. I think next year I am just going to find a couple of ladies I would enjoy swapping with on our own.

Have a beautiful holiday sweetie. Thanks for sharing your wonderful swap. Merry Christmas!

Country hugs... Sherry

Sheila said...

Lucky you! What wonderful items you just received from Jo Anne. I just love all things quilted and admire the loving hands do all the work!
Have a wonderful day!

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Hi Mary, You are so lucky!. That goodies are awesome and the quilted pieces are just beautiful. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Mary, what wonderful gifts and the hand sewn pieces are just beautiful. There's so much work in them. How lucky you are.

I don't do swaps anymore because of the But I have to say they are FUN!!!

Merry Christmas!

Pam said...

Wow I can see why you were so excited! It's nice to have such great online prim friends!
Have a great day!

JenW!~ said...

WoW what great swap goodies. Lucky you to have a wonderful partner. I vow to do more swaps next year. That will be a new years resolution. I just wasn't able to get with it this year.

Hayley @ Prim it Up! said...

Great swap, congrats!!

marie said...

Hi Mary! This swap was such fun ~ I especailly enjoyed the swapping fabric aspect of it. You got some wonderful items from your swap partners! LOVE the runner and tiny quilt.
I posted about the goodies I received today. My partner was Donna. She made stockings for my grandbabies out of the fabric I sent her. How perfect is that!!!

Take peek at the end of this post if you get a chance.

Thanks so much for hosting this!

Sandy said...

Your swap goodies all look so great! I have to agree with you, JoAnne makes the most wonderful things. Her work is just beautiful!!!

Debbie said...

All your swap goodies look wonderful! I love the quilted table runner. What a treasured gift.

I need to do a swap sometime. :)

Take Care,

prashant said...

I think next year I am just going to find a couple of ladies I would enjoy swapping with on our own.

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