Book and a Cuppa Reveal!

Oh My Goodness – I am absolutely hooked on blog party swaps!

I recently read about blog swaps on Wendy’s blog, A Day In The Life On The Farm, and was directed over to Beth and Angie’s blog Chaotic Goddess Swaps!  This is where I read about a blog swapping.  No, we didn’t swap blogs!  It is a swap party where people who have blogs participate in a themed swap.  In this swap we were supposed to swap a cup or mug and a book, along with a few related goodies!  It sounded like a lot of fun, so I decided to jump in!  book and a Cuppa Swap I was partnered with Beth, one of the co-hosts, and boy was I the lucky one!  Beth has a great blog, Printcess, about her love of books and hobbies, but also makes and sells her own home-made eye shadow. Check out her shop! Though Beth is much younger than I am, I found that we have quite a lot in common.  We both love tea, books and chocolate!  I am her newest fan and follower.

That’s what is so great about the swapping – you get to know your swap partner by reading through their blog and through e-mails, so you know what type of gift they will love. Through this exploration, it is inevitable that you will make a new friend.  I have!

When I received my swap package in the mail, I couldn’t wait to tear inside.  Look what I found:

This box was just chock full of goodies! I was literally squealing while I opened it! :)

This box was just chock full of goodies! I was literally squealing while I opened it! 🙂

I could tell right away that this wasn’t Beth’s first swap.  She wrapped everything well and even some packages came with bows.  But the most special thing (in my opinion) was the way she labeled every gift, explaining why she chose them.

First up:  Tea – lots of it!  Organic Chamomile tea, home-made Rosehip Rooibos and also caramel matcha green tea, and some specialty teas one called Apple Mint Cardamom Green Tea and the other Pineapple Angle Food Cake White Tea.  Don’t those sound absolutely devine?  Then, to top everything off, she added one more tea called Peppermint Marshmallow Melting in Hot Chocolate…  yup – that’s what it’s called and, let me tell you, it smells just like peppermint marshmallow melting in hot chocolate!  Yum!

Tea - lots of tea! I love drinking tea, day and night, and especially while reading a good book!

Tea – lots of tea! I love drinking tea, day and night, and especially while reading a good book!

Beth is an avid reader and one of the generas she likes is historical fiction (me too!) and so she sent three books of that genera:  Shakespeare’s Wife by Germaine Greer, The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, and Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant.  Along with those, because I am a budding homesteader, she sent a book called DIY projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner.  Thank goodness it’s still cold and wet outside, because that gives me the perfect excuse to sit down and read, with a good cuppa tea, chocolate at my fingertips!

Four books! Wow! I am almost hoping for dark, dreary days in the next month so I can sit down and read - nonstop!

Four books! Wow! I am almost hoping for dark, dreary days in the next month so I can sit down and read – nonstop!

The swap was called “A Book and a Cuppa”, so did Beth send me a cup?

Nope.

She sent two!  One was a large mug in my favorite color of green, and the other was a cute mug in a set with a tea infuser and spoon rest.  Holy Cow!  I just love them both!

Aren't these the best? And the color of that large green one - gorgeous!

Aren’t these the best? And the color of that large green one – gorgeous!

Was that it?  Noooo…

Beth went over and above what I had expected!  Knowing that I love chocolate, she filled the green mug with hershey’s kisses and Dove dark chocolate bites, and also included a chocolate candy bar – Dark Chocolate with pumpkin spice & Almonds!  Doesn’t that sound delish?

Chocolate. Mmmmm... chocolate. What more can I say?

Chocolate. Mmmmm… chocolate. What more can I say?

Thank goodness it’s still cold and wet outside, because that gives me the perfect excuse to sit down and read, with a good “cuppa” tea, chocolate at my fingertips!

Is it Christmas? Is it my birthday? No - it's a Chaotic Goddess Swap!

Is it Christmas?   Is it my birthday?   No – it’s a Chaotic Goddess Swap!

Thank you so much, Beth!  I am so glad to get to know you and your blog, Printcess, and because of your generosity, I am so hooked on swaps!

Oh Yeah – P.S.

Our Wall of Keys - not very efficient.

Our Wall of Keys – not very efficient.

You know those cute little tags Beth included with each gift?  Well, Ray and I have a key wall right next to the door in our trailer.  It holds keys to the tool shed, back road cable, tiny cottage, chipper/mulcher, the laundry shed and the quad.  Needless to say, they got mixed up.  We needed labels.  An epiphany hit me when I saw those tags – I could use them to label the keys!  That way, I will be reminded of how much fun this swap was every time I used one of the keys!  You know what I always say: Reduce, REUSE, recycle!  😉 Book and a Cuppa Swap Results 8

 

So, Angie and Beth of Chaotic Goddess Swaps, what’s the next swap theme?

 

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