Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Parasol & Paper Swap....



During May and the beginning of June, I collected items for a swap I was participating in, The Parasol and Paper Swap, graciously hosted by Shannon, from Paint Mine Pink.


My swap partner was Pearl, from Pearl's Sentimental Journey, and we were both first time swap participants. Our instructions were to swap parasol items and pretty paper products.

I absolutely had a wonderful time gathering all the little objects, and an added bonus... to know that it was going to such a special lady, one of my best blogging buddies, Pearl.

Pearl is amazing! She has many serious health problems, yet she trudges along. She is always encouraging, witty, and such a sweet soul! And, she is a genius on the computer! Her way with words and graphics is outstanding!



Below is my package of goodies, wrapped and ready to be delivered to Pearl...










As a prelude to the swap, Pearl posted some fabulous vintage pictures of ladies and parasols! This is my contribution...



The children and I were eating lunch today, and what does the mail man bring, but a box for ME, with Pearl's name and return address! OOHHH...I started doing the "PICKET SQUEAL & DANCE!!!" I know what this is and it is going to be GOOD, I inform the kids!

They were as excited as I was! Ashley grabbed scissors, I grabbed my camera and we dug in to the box! They were a little miffed with me, because I kept pausing to take pictures!






I absolutely loved each and every little item, and all the details of the wrapping and packaging were beautiful! Pearl outdid herself! But I have to say, this is my very favorite item in the box! It was one of the last that I unwrapped, and I CRIED! I intend to frame this with the little "Ephesians" Tag she made also!





The little tag, of the girl in the blue suit, is the "Ephesians Tag." It reads...Ephesians, "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;" 18-19.


How appropriate!




And guess what was in this sweet package...a lovely vintage looking parasol, which I already have just the place for! :)







The following pictures are more of the items in the box...















Thank You, so much Pearl! I loved everything in my package! You were the best swap partner, and you are always such a good friend!


My children said THANKS, too! My "less than pleasant" disposition, carried over from yesterday, has entirely changed for the better! LOL! SO, they really appreciated the package! LOL!



You brightened my day...as all of my Blogger friends do!



"Friends are the Flowers in the Garden of Life!"



~Rhonda

17 comments:

Beverly said...

What a wonderful swap gift. All of your things are beautiful, and they were clearly sent with love.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Oh, such a pretty package of things! How fun! What a great thing to brighten up your day. Thanks for sharing the pics - now we feel like we got a package, too! :)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Very nice! I love all the parasols!
Hugs, SHerry

Mrs. B said...

Hi Rhonda! I love your goodies! Those swaps always look like so much fun. I've never participated because I know I wouldn't be good about gathering things up and getting them mailed, but it's always fun to see other people's treasures.

My garage sale went okay, but I'm sure glad it's over! I think it will be a very long time before I want to have another!

Pearl said...

Hi Rhonda... I'm so happy that your package arrived, safe 'n sound... and tickled that the kids had as much fun as you did! I am soooo glad that you liked everything ~ I had so much fun putting it together for you ~ Love the idea of framing the post card and tag, but sorry to have made you cry ~hugs~ But I know they were good tears.

Please stop by for a visit and see the new post I have up! All of the wonderful swap treasures you sent to me! YAY! ~smile~ Also, thanks for the sweet email, and I'll write back, soon... am just so worn out now, am going to head to bed. God bless...

~huggs~

Pearl

Picket said...

Oh My Word!!!! What beautiful treasures!!!!!! I think I heard you squeal like a sissy girl!!! lol Ohhh I would have loved to have seen you do that "Picket" dance!!!!! lol lol Pearl is such a sweetie to send you these treasures and you can tell she put alot of love and thought into them...ohhhh I am so happy for you girl...now you go and have a great day!!!

onlymehere said...

This sounds like loads of fun! Glad you liked her package! Loved seeing your phrase of picket's (squeal like a sissy girl)! I used it in my blog about Savannah too! Amazing what we pick up from each other isn't it?! I really am going to use your word "glisten" for "sweat" from now on. It sounds much more genteel doesn't it?! Have a good one. Cindy

Ivory Spring said...

Wow Rhonda! Look at all those goodies!!! Simply wonderful! Gifts mean so much when you know they have been prepared with loving thoughts for you.

Thanks for the lovely comments you have left on the floral arrangements and quilt.

I hope you have a super day! :)

Blessings!

Susie Harris said...

Wow, yall are some blessed girl's. I loved taking a peek at all of your goodies. I have yet to join in on a swap but looking at yall's sweet's... I think it would be so much fun! ps.. I put Miss tassel in the mail yesterday. Cant wait for you to see her! Susie H

Kelli said...

Such wonderful and beautiful gifts, Rhonda! It's always nice to be spoiled by friends. :0)
~Kelli

Deb said...

Rhonda, what a special post. It was fun also, Pearl is such a loving and giving person, she made the banner for me that I'm using now and I have a few others too. I really enjoyed the package just as much as you did I'm sure. I'm on my way over to Pearl's to see what she got. Deb

Heather said...

Oh what wonderful treasures!!! How fun was that? What a great idea.
I loved your post on being stressed! I laughed out loud while reading it as I do have those days! It's fun doing this blogging things because we realize with every post from our friends just how NOT alone we are!! Hope you are feeling better!
Bella is doing great! I did a late post today- wanted to do it sooner but she wanted to do a lot of cuddling so blogging just had to wait!! We pick Kyle up tomorrow evening and I can not wait to see him! He is having a ball with my sister but I am having withdrawl from my little man!! Thank you so much for checking in, keeping Bella in your thoughts and prayers. You are truly a wonderful blessing in my life and I appreciate your concern more than you will ever know!
Have a great evening!
-Heather :)

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Hope your week is going well and that you're not glistening too much!

Stop by my blog - I have an award for you! :)

Penless Thoughts said...

How wonderful and I can hear your joy clear out here in Oklahoma!!!
Susan

Picket said...

Evening Scooter!!! Just came by to say hello and that I hope you and yours have a beautiful Father's Day weekend!!!!

PAT said...

Beautiful swap, Rhonda.

Have a great weekend.
Pat

Feathering My Nest said...

Wow what a fun package. Friends are so thoughtful. I'm happy for you. Please come over to my post about "Schmitty our Kitty" and accept my "Blogging Buddy" award. You deserve it. Blessings, Kathi