Tuesday, 24 February 2009

I'm behind . . .

I am sure I have used that post title before!!!

Honest to goodness, this life is mad!!!

Mad and crazy at the moment but all very, very good!!!

More on that later . . .

If you think I am behind in blogging, which I am . . . you should see the state of my house . . . actually no you shouldn't!!!

So anyway, I did Dolly's Valentines Swap and ended up with two swap partners. One of them was Linda from Raspberry Roses. Funny thing about Linda, well not funny really, but the interesting thing about Linda is that she was one of the blogs I first visited back in my early days of blogging so it was really nice to be paired with her.

Like, really nice . . . I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I opened her parcel, so much Valentines goodness, and so much time and thought put into what she gave me. I still haven't put it all away as I am getting so much pleasure just from sitting and playing with it all!

Here you go, here is what she sent me, so much stuff and so much of it she made, the ruffled heart "confectionery box" the paper doily "hanky holder", the toile covered "tussy mussie", for all I know Linda probably sewed the apron everything is sitting on, made the millinery covered heart,its all just so pink and pretty and Rosy and ME!!!


The heart "confectionery box" in all its ruffled glory.


The inside, crammed full, tags, fabric strawberry's and lots of little vintage miniatures, bridal couples, ballerinas, doves . . .


Close up of the tags, so cute!!!



Linda even sent the Princess a goody bag, cutest pink bag with a pink sparkly headband, heart shaped hair clips, heart candy, a stamp, a rose pen and a fairy note pad. Can't show you all that because it was whisked away before I could take a photo!

Linda, heartfelt thanks to you for your creativity and overwhelming generosity.

Oh and there was a lavender filled heart, but our NZ Customs took it, they are so heartless!

Oh and I forgot, Linda also sent me lots of mini Snickers Bars, yummy, I almost forgot because they are all gone, all gone in my tummy . . .

As for me, I actually got it together with this swap, I tell you this is MY YEAR!!! I'll show you what I made in one of my in the very near future catch up posts, so much to tell you all . . . so much to do, so little time . . . for blogging . . .

Bye for now, take Care
Rachaelxo

35 comments:

Lori said...

what beautiful goodies you got from Linda...i really love the ruffly candy box!!!

LiLi M. said...

Hey I thought you got lost somewhere in your garage ;-D! But you were unpacking what a relief! What nice goodies, I love them all! That candy box and what's in it, oh to die for!

The Things We Carried said...

Ah, lucky you :). Looks like a lot of fun!

Kerryanne English said...

Like Lili, I thought perhaps you had been swallowed up by the garage too. Glad to see you have survived the clean up and been creating. Love all your swap goodies from Linda. How cute are those tags!
Look forward to seeeing what you made for the swap Rachael.
Hugs,
Kerryanne

Amy said...

oooh you got some lovely things Rachael :-)

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Rachael,
You got some beautiful things from Linda there, how lucky you are! What a shame about quarantine taking the lavender sachet, that's happened to me before too. Can't wait to see what you did :)

kari and kijsa said...

Beautiful goodies to give and receive!! Looks lie so much fabulousness packed in a box!! Glad you survived the cleaning!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

trisha too said...

oh my gosh, what an amazing swap this was!!

:)

Gina said...

Oh my goodness what a sweet package. Hope you had a happy hearts day : )

Katrina Chambers said...

How lovely! They look so gorgeous.

Katrina xx

Pink Slippers said...

Sometimes I don't know how everything gets done. When I think it is impossible, somehow it gets done whatever it may be. I can't wait till the little ones can actually clean their own room--BY THEMSELVES. How nice that will be.
Your package looks like a lot of fun!
Wendy

Katrina Chambers said...

Hi again! I laughed at you saying I looked different LOL. How do I look different? I guess I did just lose 10kg and now have dark hair!!!! Haha.

Katrina xx

She'sSewPretty said...

What cute tags! That was such a fun swap!

Alison Gibbs said...

What pretties you got from Linda in the swap. The candy box is so cute.
Alison

The Prodigal Tourist said...

So creative! We just made brownies, as wel always do...

Lori said...

Rachael, Well Sweetie your not alone! If I posted how my home looks this week I would have to hide from blog-land forever! IT's A MESS!!!!! Love,Lori

Lori Anderson Designs said...

How awesome!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Hi Rachael,

Isn't that what we all feel like, "We are always behind"! LOL LOL! Wouldn't it be wonderful to just be able to sit down and create without all the guilt of needing to do something else! Well, I hope all has been well with you, my dear friend. Sorry I haven't been by for a while. Love your flower pins. And your valentine swap looked wonderful! Have a great day!

Blessings xoxox
Kitty

bluemuf said...

Rachael, wow!! beautiful goodies and I can see why you still have them out. The candy box is gorgeous and so full of wonderful treasures. I so enjoyed seeing all your Valentine treats.

Hugs Karen

Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

Oh lucky you!! You racked up girl! Been missing you, maybe I can catch up soon!

Danette said...

Be still my heart! I am lovin' all these pretties!!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Rachael, Your swap pretties are beautiful. What darling tags and the ruffled heart is gorgeous. I can so relate to being busy and finding time to blog and catch up. It seems I am behind on blogging all the time. Too much always going on, but such a treat to finally get around to visit.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

C. C. said...

Hi Rachael!

Those swaps seem really fun; you got some really pretty things!

Have a nice day!

C. C.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Rachael, so happy to see you!!
I LOVE your swap goodies, oh my goodness!!! The box is gorgeous too, i love that!!

Big Hugs,
Amy

The White Bench said...

Beautiful goodies! What a pity for that lavender sachet:((
I also enjoyed Dolly's Swap!
Monica.

Bejeweled said...

Beautiful goodies!!

You know what they say .. A crazy busy life is just a life filled with so many good things they are just bursting out all over :)

Take care!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Now, that's a swap! I love the ruffled candy box. I saw on another blog you won a giveaway...congrats! (I won't look at your house, if you don't look at mine)!

catieann said...

what a 'sweet' swap!! I love all of it!!
catie

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

I love swapsand it lookslike you really
made out with this one.
Thank you for your sweet words of condolences, ive started blogging again and trying to get in the swing of things
again.
hugs,
Sandy

Angela Harris said...

successful swap! Very cute items

Dr. Denise Tucker said...

Love the swap. Your title with roses grabs my attention. I grow roses, adore roses, dream roses. When I went to Paris, the very first thing I bought was a bottle of french perfume that smells like roses. My mystery novel features a main character, Gary Craig, who is an avid rose grower. Roses will be featured in all my books.

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Rachael, it is always nice to hear from you. Ow, what lovely goodies your received in this swap...I really enjoyed seeing them..take care.

Ruth

Jillian said...

What a sweet goodies box. Pretty!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi sweetie pie! Just popping by to say hi! It was so nice to see you today :) I hope things are going well for you and your sweet family!
Love ya,
Amy

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Rachel.... I LOVE all of the goodies you got from your swap!!! I hope you are having luck getting things in order over there... lol! I have things a mess around here too.

xoxo Heather