Wednesday, June 16

A teacup swap received!

Okay, here it is. Susanne in Australia sent me the sweetest pink-a-licious teacup swap ever!
It arrived in this pretty box...........

And when I opened the box, this beautiful totebag was inside!!! I gasped. Really!! I love pink and roses and she made such a beautiful bag. I nearly cried.
But then I peeked in the bag......and actually everything was wrapped when it came but I didn't take pictures then as I was too anxious to see everything she had sent. Look inside that bag.........
It was filled with more pink goodies and here they are..........

First, I opened the custom made teapot card. Then I unwrapped the needlecase (you can see it opened below). And then I unwrapped that teeny-tiny teapot pincushion!! And then came the teacup! The felt sweets that she made on the saucer look almost good enough to eat! And the last little goodie was a thimble from where she lives in Western Australia. :-)

Here's a close-up of the teacup pincushion...............

I loved every single thing she made and as I mentioned yesterday....she spoiled me but I am so glad she did. Now you can see why I said that what I sent her just wasn't as fine as what she sent me. Soooooo, when my mother and I were out shopping, I found a little something that just said "Susanne needs this" and after I embellish it a bit, it will go off to her in the mail as a thank you for such a lovely swap. Some of you have e-mailed and wondered about this swap. It was not a swap I organized but is one that was hosted on the Yahoo group......... CrazyAboutPinCushions. Just click on it and you can join, too. It's a fun group with lots of inspiration for pincushions of all shapes, sizes and designs. :-)
I mentioned yesterday that I would tell you about another little "hidden treasure" that my mother and I visited while she was here. Actually, it's not really hidden, but it's kind of small and unexpected. Many of you are probably familiar with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Well, the brothers who began the clinic grew up in the little town of LeSueur, MN just a few miles south of Henderson. The family home sits in the heart of downtown LeSueur.........
It is such a petite little house and a very interesting style. We arrived too late to tour the house so I just took a photo but one day when I'm in LeSueur on errands, I'm going to visit it and will share some more photos.
If you double-click on the photo below, you can read the history behind the house and the family.
There's an old saying............"You learn something new everyday". Well, that was certainly true today and I have to share what I learned because I can't believe I didn't already figure this out. It has to do with blog comments. I didn't know that you can have your blog comments sent to your e-mail address. I always wondered if there was some easier way than how I was doing it. Whenever I would reply to comments it was time consuming because I'd click on the commenter's profile, then open my e-mail, then type the comment and then sometimes go back to the comment because I didn't remember to copy it so I can remember what I'm replying to.....it was cumbersome. Well, today, I got lucky and learned something new. I hadn't been over to visit Chookyblue's blog lately so I stopped in to see what she had been doing (her photos are always beautiful). I happened to notice on the left sidebar that she had a new topic in her "How to-blog bits" titled "get your comments e-mailed to you". I clicked on it, followed her how-to steps and like magic, my comments began coming to my e-mail address! Oh, my gosh, it makes it sooooo much easier to reply to your comments. I wish there was a way to have it be retroactive to old comments so that I could reply to some of the many comments that you have all left for me. I have amazed myself that I have learned as much as I have in this blogging journey but I am constantly amazed at how much I do not know. It took me two years to figure out the easy way to answer comments. I wonder what other great things I'm missing in this blogging world but whatever they are, they will just be opportunities to "learn something new every day!" :-)
Hope you'll leave me a comment so I can answer it right away. :-) Have a great day!!
Sandi

15 comments:

Laurie said...

What a beautiful teacup set - how sweet of your partner to send you such a pretty gift!

And I'm glad you found the email shortcut - it IS so much easier. I, too am wondering if there is anything that I haven't known - I'm off to Chookyblue's :)

Pat said...

That swap package you got is nothing short of INCREDIBLE!!!! The card is adorable and everything else is just amazing!!! How interesting about the Mayo family, too. And...lastly, I guess I got lucky in the beginning as the comments made on my blog have ALWAYS come to my email. Must have been beginner's luck when I set up my blog!!! LOL

Kaye said...

You swap partner sure did a fantastic job, beautiful treasures. It is true that we can learn something new every day, especially with the workings of our trusty computers. I also have a 14 year old gs living here and he is sooo smart.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my goodness your teacup package is so awesome! Pink rocks!

Crispy said...

Oh Sandi, the teacup swap was beautiful!! I love the little needle case :0)

Hooray for finding out how to get comments sent to your e-mail. Like Pat I was lucky to have clicked the right thing when I set up my blog too.

Crispy

luv2quilt2 said...

I guess I was lucky as well, since my comments have always come to my email. Your package is beautiful; what a wonderful swap partner you had!

TheaM said...

that pincushion set is precious! that is one very talented Aussie you swapped with!
thanks for the tip on email comments, too - I've wondered for a long time how to make that work.
Here's hoping I get it right!

Diane H said...

Sandi, your teacup swap gifts are wonderful! I was lucky when I started my blog, Kaaren from Painted Quilt took me under her wing and gave me many helpful blog tips. One of them was to use "Windows Live Writer" a free download to use to write my blog posts. It is compatible with Blogger but provides many more options and more importantly "behaves" better than the sometimes contankerous Blogger. I hope this may be of some help to yourself or your readers.

Caryl W said...

WOW on the swap...and the Mayo house info...very interesting.
There are so many things to learn about blogging....but I love to learn new things!! Thank you so much for sharing the tip on comments notification. :)

julieQ said...

Very nice teapot set!! I bet it was fun to open and explore. What an interesting little home!

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

That teacup set was so great! What a fun idea!

Needled Mom said...

That is absolutely the most adorable package!!!! Everything in it is so perfect for the theme and made so well.

Loved seeing the Mayo house. I was familiar with the story, but it was really fun to see.

Yes, isn't it so much better when the comments come to your e-mail. It is also nice to have an e-mail address to reply to!!

Chookyblue...... said...

so pleased you found that bit of info..........makes life a lot easier......and quicker........

great swap parcel too......

Beth said...

Your teacup pincushion is just so pretty. All your other goodies were just as nice. The tiny teapot...so cute! Enjoy. I am going to go look up the email shortcut.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Cute cute! Love teacups. I've been catching up on your blog. Such fun stuff. When a swap turns out good, it is a wonderful thing.

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