Saturday, August 08, 2009

Sweet Friendship Swap...and Creative Beginnings....

Yesterday was a wonderful mail day!!! Awhile back I signed up to do a Friendship Swap....this was a new one for me. For this swap you had to find things to represent each letter in the word "Friends" was such great fun and an opportunity to get to know someone new. I was so fortunate to be paired up with Joann from CA. I signed up for this swap before John was taken to the hospital....and Joann has been such a sweetheart through all of this, even giving me the option to back out if I no longer wanted to participate. Through everything that was going was something I had to look forward to, and I am glad I decided to stay with it.

Opening the box was so much fun, as I took out each item...I knew just where it would go or how I could use it...and it was truly special to have some items (the tote and pillow) that Joann had made herself.

Thank you Joann for being such a dear.....and as you can see from the next picture, I am finding homes for all the sweet gifts your sent. You have been such a great friend through this....thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!

Above is the mantle I put up in my you can see I already have a space for the pillow and tin Joann sent.
We were invited to a wedding this weekend...the first one that I have attended in some time. And feeling like my creativity has been on hiatus for awhile...I decided to try to make a gift tin to house the gift card that I was giving. I know -so dang generic...I normally try to do some sort of themed basket, but you read the last sentence.....creativity has left the building (for awhile)...LOL.
I have seen such beautiful things done with these tins...and I know this is just basic, but give me credit for trying...LOL

It really was a lot of fun to pull out the papers and stickers to create something again...just feels good. I filled the inside of the tin with wrapped wintergreen lifesavers and buried the gift card in it. I was happy with the result...and everyone seemed to really like it. So at least it is a start.

Do something creatively fun this can be something as simple as making a card...but it can really open you up to your creative side that spills over into all areas of your life.

I haven't forgotten the pin swap....I will be posting the sign ups for it on Monday, I really am hoping that several of you will want to play!!!

Have a great weekend.....tomorrow is church and then off to see Julia and Julie.....


  1. Have a great day, Debbie! I'm looking forward to the movie, too. I've had big thoughts of creativity lately and have written the ideas down, but it's been hard to actually get to the projects. School starts in a last year of the Masters program at UE. It's been a long haul, from deciding to go back to school and get a bachelor's degree and now finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with a Masters. You'll love going back to school--it's so different when you're a 'non-traditional' student. Good luck, and I can't wait to hear about it!

  2. I'm glad that you have has someone who has been so understanding and supportive and generous while you have been trying to get you life sorted out. The tin looks terrific. What bride and groom wouldn't love it! I find that brides and grooms love getting gift cards.
    I'm going to be in Chattanooga for a drs. appointment next Wed. How far do you live from Hamilton Place? I go to a gynecologist on that street up behind the mall.

  3. Your tin is pretty! Good job! I saw Julie and Julia last night... LOVED IT! did you see it?

  4. You got some lovely goodies in the swap Debbie....and the tin looks great...send it over here if you dont want Khris

  5. These are the very colorful and beautiful designed and great packaging wooden box which are very creative and innovative for sure.


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