Teacup And Mug Exchange Reveal!

445304cc-6a2b-4b04-9918-c325d4879a94_zpsrc1ni6hmHey everyone!  Recently Stephanie, over at The Enchanting Rose, hosted a teacup/mug and gift exchange, and Hannah and I decided to join!  I was a little nervous about doing it and thought it would be very hard and complicated, but it was so simple and easy to do and I had so much fun participating!

Hannah did the mug exchange, and I did both.  Looking back, maybe I should have stuck with just one, since it was a little bit of a challenge doing both while moving from one farm to another, but I couldn’t decide which to do and am so glad I was able to make two new friends!

I’ll start with my teacup!  I was having a bit of a rough day when this came in the mail, so getting this sweet package was very special!  Ashley (my partner) is actually my age and it was neat to find out that we have a lot in common!

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The tape she used was so cute!

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Isn’t this such a pretty cup???!  I really like the bright blue and yellow!  Oh, and the blue notebook it is sitting on was actually made by her!

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She also sent me a cookbook that is authored by a Jewish woman in Israel … I can hardly wait to try some of the recipes!  And the tea she sent is an all-time favorite around here … it’s so good!  I was touched to see the muffin mix … in the allergy section I put down “gluten” – my reason for it was so that someone wouldn’t spend their money on something I couldn’t eat, but she actually went out of her way to get something I could!  And another thing … the pens!  I laughed when I saw “lefty preferred” on the front, since I’m actually a lefty and trying to write with smearing pens can be very frustrating (I didn’t tell her I was a lefty!)  In all, I’m so grateful for all the care and love she put into her package … “thank you, Ashley!”

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And now to the mug … it came from a young lady named Joy, and wow, she was so generous!

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She actually sent two mugs since she didn’t know if I’d like the dog face one … I actually think it’s really cute but I haven’t tried drinking from it … I’m not sure if I could handle going to take a sip with it staring straight at me! 🙂  The other mug though … to say I like it would be an understatement!  The light blue/aqua color is so lovely and I really like how simple and elegant it is!

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I was very excited about the German chocolate!  When serving in Israel last year we met quite a few German and Swiss men, so needless to say we enjoyed some good chocolate 🙂

(Confession: the chocolate box there is actually quite empty in these photos … we couldn’t wait until I got the pictures!)5

Also, the bag, lotion, candy, tea and candles were all special treats!  And the pretty flower pens … aren’t they so darling???  The wrapping paper she used was so cute and there were paper hearts tucked here and there … it was so sweet!

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Her gifts were so thoughtful and sweet … “thank you, Joy!”

By the way, I forgot to get pictures of the things I sent my exchange partners but they should be shown on Stephanie’s post … their names are Erin and Emily!

And now Hannah can tell about what she received …

Hey everyone!  My partner was Lora, a lady from Arkansas and I was so happy to receive her box!  She sent this large glass mug, since she said that tea cups are lovely but don’t hold enough!  She also said that she tries to avoid items made in China, which I can appreciate.  With that in mind, I’m going to pause this a minute and go fix myself a mug of chai!

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Okay, I’m back!  I used three tea bags for this mug, since I like the strong spicy tea flavor.  I also like to drink chai with milk and honey … I usually use goat’s milk but I don’t have any thawed out right now so I added some vanilla almond milk to the mug that I’m enjoying right now.  Very tasty!

I had put on my form that my favorite tea is chai and Lora sent me three different varieties of it!  I’ve tried all three and I’m not sure if I have a favorite – they’re all good.  She also sent me chocolate pur-eh, which I had not tried before but it is also tasty.  It’s kind of like a spice tea with a chocolate flavor.

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The other thing that was in my package was a homemade linen cloth for boiled puddings, along with a page of recipes.  I have never made boiled puddings before but I’m definitely looking forward to it.  Lora mentioned that they often make them in the wintertime because they keep a pot of water on the woodstove to humidify the air.  We also heat with wood and always have water on the stove, so I look forward to trying some of these recipes as soon as it gets cool enough for a fire (which hopefully won’t happen before my father has time to get the woodstove installed here in our new house!)

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Participating in this exchange was a lot of fun and I am happy to have made some new friends!  I didn’t take pictures of the package that I sent out but Lauren has just posted about it on her blog, so you can visit there to see what I sent her 🙂

As you can see, we are back home from camping for Sukkot and, YHWH willing, will be blogging regularly again!

22 thoughts on “Teacup And Mug Exchange Reveal!

  1. Good morning, Abigail and Hannah! How I enjoyed this lovely post and seeing the goodies you received brought a smile to my face and a song to my heart.

    I was just visiting Ashey’s blog and she mentioned sending Abigail a cookbook book that was written by a Jewish woman from Isreal. When I read that she chose it before I had even assigned her Abigail’s name I smiled….You see, I always pray before I match everyone up and I seek the Lord direction for each woman so that friendships will be formed. Don’t you just love the way HE works! Dearest Abigail, both packages are lovely and I know you will enjoy everything. I had to laugh when you said the chocolate was gone!

    And Hannah, what a sweet package from Lora. A nice big mug is perfect for coffee and hot cocoa {{smiles}} And the variety of tea she sent looks delicious! Enjoy, dear one.

    I appreciate you and Abigail joining the fun especially when your life is so busy right now. It was a joy to have you along for the adventure. Wishing both of you a lovely day! Hugs and blesings!

    1. Good morning Miss Stephanie! Isn’t it amazing how things like that work out??? I was so tickled to get the cookbook and hear the story behind her getting it! I was also praying a lot about what I should get, and it was so amazing how the Heavenly Father showed me some things to do! I think it’s awesome that He cares so much about “little insignificant things” like this, and knows just what our partner should get!

      Thank you so much again for hosting this event … it was such a joy to be part of! With lots of love and blessings!

  2. What wonderful treasures! I never saw a dog faced mug like that – would make the perfect pen and pencil holder at a desk for sure! I laughed about the possibility of your taking a sip and having it staring at you, haha.

    You and your family are delightful. God’s blessings to you all, always.

    1. I never saw anything like it either! I thought it’d make a good pen holder too … I like looking at it, but just don’t know about drinking from it=D. With love and blessings ~ Abigail

  3. That is so neat! I absolutely love the idea! I used to have a pen pal and she and I would send little things back and forth to one another, thoughtful packages like that. It makes a day so special. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. I really like the idea too! When I saw the exchange I was so excited because I love giving gifts to my friends, and really liked the idea of making new friends through doing something special for them! Love y’all!

  4. I’m so glad you joined Stephanie’s teacup and mug exchange. It’s such a wonderful experience being part of this swap for me because I get to meet wonderful and extraordinary Ladies like you!

    Your teacup and mugs are adorable, and the gifts were great! I’m interested to see when you post about the boiled pudding.
    I appreciate how the ladies who sent your sweet packages, put a lot of effort and getting to know you beforehand…very thoughtful of them!

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. I’m so glad we did too! I so enjoyed shopping for someone I didn’t know, and trying to think of ways to make it very special, and then getting mine in the mail was so fun too! With love and blessings

  5. Hello dear ladies, I’m visiting you from my dear Stephanie’s party, so nice to meet you.
    How wonderful that you were able to join the exchange, and the Lord certainly graced you with many a treasure that you will enjoy for days to come.
    I had to giggle at that dog face mug, how unique is that!?
    Enjoy all your gifts and bless you!
    Debbie

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Yes, I was really blessed by all the special gifts! It was funny because the way the things were packaged (and some of the gifts) actually reminded me of myself … I like to get very creative with things like this, so seeing all the little touches they made to it made me laugh! Totally things I would do:). With much love and blessings ~ Abigail

  6. What a wonderful idea – I love both tea cups and mugs so this was exciting to see all the different varieties of cups and mugs that were exchanged !!! They are are so pretty and the thought that was put into each cup was amazing. Thanks for sharing your blessing with us.

  7. WOW! Such fun items. As others have said, the dog mug is just so different. You have lots of goodies and new teas to enjoy.
    Happy Fall.

  8. This looked like so much fun! And how thoughtful of her to give you that cookbook! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! 🙂

  9. Hello Abigail,
    I just read your lovely post. That’s cool the pens are suggested for left hand writers. You sent a lovely present to Erin. ( I didn’t see what you sent to Emily.)

    I am so glad we are pen pals.
    Much love in the Lord,
    Ashley
    Philippians 5:16
    Rejoice evermore.

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