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Tea Cup & Mug Exchange

I recently had the privilege of participating in the Tea Cup & Mug exchange hosted by Stephanie at The Enchanted Rose.  I learned about the exchange after visiting her blog from a link party.  When I learned about it, the deadline for participating had ended, but after commenting that I'd sign-up for the next one, Stephanie e-mailed me and invited me to join this one.  I was ecstatic!

After completing a questionnaire on wanting to exchange a mug or tea cup & things I liked/collected, all I had to do was wait.  Soon, this beautiful package came in the mail from Pam @ Virginia Retro.
As you can see, she really spoiled me.  In my questionnaire, I shared that one of my favorite colors was yellow and my favorite teas were Earl Gray and Chai.  Pam sure delivered!  She also included some vintage linens, coasters, a creamer, and chocolate (another favorite that I listed).  

I sent a package to Barbara from Texas.  I learned that she liked black tea and vintage handkerchiefs.  Fortunately, we have lots of antique/vintage shops around here and I was able to find the perfect tea cup and handkerchiefs.  She doesn't have a blog, so here's a peek at what I sent to her:
I was thrilled to find handkerchiefs that matched the tea cup.

This was such a wonderful experience.  In a world where there is so much divisiveness it was lovely to participate in something that was fun with the intent of bringing joy to someone else.  We really need more of this, don't you think?

Many thanks to Stephanie for organizing this exchange.  I'm sure I'll participate again and maybe you will too! I'll be linking this post to her blog shortly.

Thanks for stopping by the Cottage.  I hope you'll follow and stop by again soon.  Have a wonderful week!







Comments

  1. Good evening, lovely Ann! I am so glad you were able to join the exchange {smiles}} I remember when you commented on my blog that I was just starting to pair everyone up so perfect timing!

    I love that Pam created a package by using your favorite color - how incredibly thoughtful of her. The tea cup is quite beautiful.

    The handkerchiefs you sent to Barbara are so pretty as is the tea cup!

    Thanks for joining the fun :) Hugs to you!

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  2. I agree with your sentiment, we need more of this, especially in today's world.

    I'm so glad you like your package Ann! I did my best to please. Love the teacup and hankies you sent to Barbara.

    Looking forward to the link ups tomorrow. :)

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    1. I forgot, Barbara from Texas sent me a fab package in the last exchange. Maybe she is the same Barbara!

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    2. Thanks again, Pam. This was the first time I participated - so much fun!

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    3. Yes Pam I'm the same Barbara who sent to you last time. I love, love, love these exchanges.

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    4. Small world - How wonderful!!

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  3. Tea and chocolates are such a wonderful autumn staple, and that beautiful yellow teacup is wonderful! It makes one smile. :)

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    1. Thank you, Skeyeler. This was such fun! I'm so glad you visited my blog. Hoping you'll take a look around.

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  4. Ann, your treasures are lovely. What fun this has been and especially getting to meet new bloggers. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Cindy. I'm so glad you visited my blog. Hoping you'll stay awhile and take a look around!

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  5. Love your yellow cup. I agree with you .. it is fun to bring joy to others .. and tea! Have a lovely week.

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  6. OOH, how wonderful that just in the nick of time you were able to get in on this wonderful tea party! Stephanie is such a dear! And the items you received, tea and chocolate, and such a cheery yellow tea cup, just gorgeous! And your package sent so lovingly with the thoughtful and delightful vintage handkerchiefs, just beautiful! Enjoying the tea partying today, happy to have met you in my travels! :)

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    1. Happy to meet you, as well. I love visiting new blogs!

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  7. That is such a pretty tea cup you received. Such fun, indeed!

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    1. Thank you, Ang. So glad you stopped by!

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  8. You received a wonderful yellow teacup and other nice goodies in your parcel.

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    1. Yes, I did. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  9. Hello Ann, so nice to meet you through my dear Stephanie's exchange.
    Such a beautiful tea cup you received from Pam and the tea cup and handkercheif you sent is precious.

    Have a beautiful day~~

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    1. Nice to meet you too, Debbie! Thank for stopping by the Cottage!

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  10. Your tea exchange treasures are absolutely wonderful! I really love that your teacup and those pretty vintage hankies match- how lovely!

    It's so oddly warm here; warmest & nicest fall weather in my recollection! My iris are blooming for the THIRD time right now! It's mid Ohio! I used to cheer at football games sometimes in the SNOW!

    Loving this warm stuff!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. Enjoy that warm weather while it lasts!
      Ann

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  11. Two beautiful packages. That's a neat yellow cup and the blue you sent is gorgeous. I love blue.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. So glad you stopped by!
      Ann

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  12. I always love seeing what everyone gets and gives... So much fun!!

    ~Trisha

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Trisha. This was my first exchange & I loved it!

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  13. This is the second time I've admired this yellow teacup ;) Such a beauty! I'm so glad you enjoyed participating in the exchange (this was my second time). The teacup you sent to your partner is gorgeous, and those linens were meant to be included. Enjoy your day!
    Wendy

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. This was great fun! I'm so glad you stopped by the Cottage, come back again soon, won't you?

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  14. Your yellow tea cup is absolutely exquisite! And the tea cup and hankies were perfect for Barbara! This is truly a fulfilling exchange: like you said bringing joy to a new friend!

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    1. Thank you, Doniene. I couldn't agree more!

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  15. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your first exchange! I'm a huge fan of the colour yellow so I'm loving your beautiful teacup.

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    1. Thank you, Margie. It was great fun!

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