Friday, March 25, 2011

Easter Mug Rug Swap

I stepped out of my box and joined the Easter Mug Rug Swap
over at Aunt Pitty Pats and I had so much fun putting this
all together.  We were suppose to get an Easter Mug and make a mug rug
to match it.  And we were to add some goodies in the package.
My Swap partner was Nadine and this is what all I sent her.

I used my embroider machine again and did more Easter eggs!

This is only my 3rd Mug Rug that I have ever made.
I thought it turned out pretty good.

Then I made her a little card with my rubber stamps!
Are you proud of me, Becky?
It's a start, right?

I was tickled how the embroidery turned out.
I thought it looked cute with the mug.
Inside that mug is some candy in a package
that looks like a carrot!

And of course, I had to give one of my dishcloths!
Imagine that, right?

And then my package came from Nadine!!!
Oh my goodness!
Look how sweet she packaged everything!

Look at all these gifts!!!
I was so overwhelmed.
Do you notice that candy in a package shaped like a carrot???
That is exactly what is sitting in her mug that I gave her!!!

Is this not just beautiful?

And look at all the tea that is in it!!

I am so overwhelmed with these beautiful gifts.

And look at this mug rug she made me!
Look at those Easter eggs!

And this cute spatula that she added........

And last but not least!!
Look at this Easter Tea Mug!
Thank you Nadine!
I am just a beginner so when I received all these gifts
and saw how professional they looked.....
I felt like I should tell her to send my back and
I would redo it and try to make it better!
But then we talked through email and she told me
how much she loved mine too. She told me that
it doesn't matter if you are beginner. She said that
the enthusiasm that I have for learning means a lot
to her.  She loves to hear that others are learning more.
I guess everyone has to be a beginner at some point, right??
Anyway, I had a ball joining in on this swap.
It was so much fun.

Today I am thankful for.........stepping out of my box.


Angela said...

Evening Val, Looks like you both hit the jackpot. Love the eggs you embroidered. That machine sounds great. I would love one of those to do stuff for Darbee Rae. You did such a great job. And I loved the gifts you recieved. The gift with the tea inside is such a great idea. Betting this won't be your last swap?? Have a good evening.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

So glad that you enjoyed your swap! Everything looks wonderful :-)

Maria said...

What beautiful Easter gifts you make for Nadine and also you received such gorgeous ones as well. Enjoy!!

grandmarockton said...

This is the JOY of sharing with each other. The gift of LOVE put into little packages , sharing , makes the world a better place for all! LOVE both now I wished I'd joined.

grandmarockton said...

Beautiful job, This is bloggers way of SHARING the love! Wish I'd join this swap!

Alice Grace said...

What a beautiful mug rug you made! I am so proud of you and I know yours was a wonderful gift to Nadine. And the gifts she sent you were beautiful, also! You both did a wonderful job!

Granny said...

Your little mug rug is beautiful. You did a great job on the machine embroidery. Now you'll feel confident in joining other swaps.

Pat said...

I think you did a good job on the package you sent to Nadine and she sounds like a super person! I'm glad you had fun with the swap. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Lovely gifts, lucky you!

Michelle said...

The mug rug you made turned out really pretty. You are getting so good at this! The goodies you sent, and the goodies you received are both really neat.

Have a great day!

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Val, everything you made (and received) is gorgeous! The card is precious - you did a great job! And nothing that I saw looked like a beginner! I LOVE the embroidered Easter eggs - I would love to have an embroidery machine! Blessings, Becky

Needled Mom said...

I think your mug rug and all of the gifts are wonderful. I love the matching mug too. The gifts that you received were lovely. Aren't swaps fun?

Scrappy quilter said...

What wonderful swaps. I love your mug cute.

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

What a fun swap!!!!
You both had wonderful goodies in your packages!


StitchinByTheLake said...

Val your mug rug you made is wonderful - not everyone can do machine embroidery so she's bound to love it. I love swaps but never feel like I've done enough - I think that's just women. We always want to do more for everyone! You received some sweet gifts in return for some sweet gifts - and that's a good thing. blessings, marlene

Allie said...

What beautiful gifts you both gave!!! Val, receiving something that someone has made just for you is incredibly special - you're not a beginner girl, you made wonderful gifts for her! I love the embroidery on your mug rug. Good job!

webbsway said...

O Val,
I adored your gifts you sent - anybody would be more than thrilled to receive them.

I know you loved the gifts you received too. I know it is so special when someone cares enough to share of themselves with you.

I learned a long time ago that you just cannot out give God - I have tried and it is just not possible. Every time I have tried to do something for someone else ? God just plain dumps blessings galore back on me. LOL

caknitter said...

Looks like a fun swap. You're a lucky bunny! lol
Happy spring!

Cathy said...

I loved seeing both yours and Nadine's mugrug swap packages. I'm so glad you "stepped outside the box" too, because you did an awesome job on your mugrug! It's kinda addictive, isn't it? I've been blessed to be Nadine's swap partner before too♥ Isn't she a sweetie!!! :)
Good for you!

lindsey said...

I think both packages are fantastic, you have done a great job and certainly dont look like a beginner, I love your label on the dishcloth. I am crocheting dishcloths for my daughter who is a missionary in South Africa, they are a great idea and so useful

Tania said...

I LOVE a good swap. And stepping out of a box. And candy in the shape of a carrot...

Anonymous said...

I loved this post Val! I'm glad you enjoy your home away from home! The fire looked wonderful. We use to do that in the back of our property.

Glad you also have such nice friends to exchange with. Beautiful gifts!