Tea cup exchange – I love it! Take a look at my goodies…

Tea cup exchange – I love it! Take a look at my goodies…

What a lovely surprise this tea cup exchange was. I received my tea cup parcel from Karen @ www.southerngalmeetsmidwest.com last week – all the way from Iowa!

Did you see the cute little spoon as well? And the doily? And the pen holder Karen made? And the buttons? I LOVE the buttons and I’m contemplating what I can use them on…

The cup looks quite at home amongst some of my others, doesn’t it?


It goes ever so well with these cups I picked up recently which I wrote about here.


In her note, Karen said this is the first time she has taken part in the exchange like me and, from the pretty tissue paper to the handmade card and pen holder, I’d say she’s done very well!

Thank you again Karen!

And Thanks to Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose for organising the exchange.

I have also heard from my recipient, ValeryAnne, in Hampshire who says she’s pleased with the parcel I sent her too. In her info., ValleryAnne said she liked “Camomile tea… Pink, purples…. I love tradition and Victorian things”. I made a little silver and pearl tea cup necklace, a shabby flower brooch and a tag, put some buttons together, some different papers, lace etc – all things I thought I’d like to receive.


On her blog (itsanalienlife.blogspot.co.uk), ValeryAnne likes to use multi media to make cards so I hoped she would be able to use these bits and bobs in her cards. If I’m honest, parting with the cup and saucer wasn’t particularly easy for me… it was a bit like cutting off a limb. I may never recover fully but I’ve heard there’s another vintage fair later this month, so that might help…

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    • Dawn Author at 8:02 pm

      Hi Michele

      Yes, I hope to be a regular on Stephanie’s exchanges in future! I’ve just popped over to your site and had a look at your swap goodies and lovely china – hmmm…. very nice. Think I’ll be visiting your site regularly now. Also, I love the idea of wrapping everything separately – must feel like a second birthday!

      Thanks for getting in touch Michele!

      Best wishes


  1. Linda at 12:02 am

    The package you received contained some very sweet items and that teacup is beautiful! And yes, I noticed that dainty little spoon right away! The package you sent out is lovely too. I am sure she was quite delighted!
    Stephanie’s swap is the most fun and my tea cup collection is growing! So nice that you joined in on all the fun!

    • Dawn Author at 8:19 pm

      Hi Linda.

      Like you, I kept my goodies in their box for a while afterwards because they all looked so lovely together and Karen (my sender) had added lovely floral wrapping paper in the box too – I didn’t want to take anything out! You also mentioned in your post that your husband found the cup you sent out – what a dear! My husband has spent so long at fairs etc. with me that he now loves looking for old pieces too. He used to go just for the tea and cake but he’s caught the bug now too…

      Love your blog by the way – I will visit again very soon to have a good look around but I can already see you have sewn some beautiful pieces… I will be back!

      Best wishes


  2. Debbie Harris at 12:26 am

    Hello~~I came to visit you through my dear Stephanie’s teacup reveal, so nice to meet you!
    Oh my that is a gorgeous teacup, and yes it goes very well with your collection. Quite elegant I must say and the spoon is darling.
    You have much beauty to enjoy~~
    Blessings, Debbie

    • Dawn Author at 8:26 pm

      Hello Debbie – thanks for visiting – miles apart but so close when you’re in front of a screen! I love the packages you have sent and received – this exchange is turning out to be such fun looking at other people’s gifts – every bit as much as the sending/receiving part was!

      Have a great week.

      Best wishes


  3. Elizabeth at 8:58 am

    Interesting to see another Cornish blogger enjoying the tea cup exchange. This is my second year now and it is fun to do. I enjoyed looking over your blog.

    • Dawn Author at 8:32 pm

      Hello Elizabeth – nice to ‘meet’ you! I’ve taken a trip to your blog – I’m not surprised the chocs didn’t hang around for the photo – apparently, all chocolates go out of date the day after you receive them. I’ve never tested this theory, but it’s better not to risk it, isn’t it…?

      Lovely photos you have on your blog. We’ve had some great weather this week, haven’t we? Roll on summer…!

      Best wishes


  4. Stephanie at 3:00 am

    Oh my, what a beautiful and oh-so-delightful package of tea goodness! The items Karen sent you are simply wonderful and the tea cup does indeed match your pretty set :)

    The items you sent to ValeryAnne are also lovely. My, what a sweet little tea cup.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining the fun. It’s a joy to see how blessed you were! Hugs! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

    • Dawn Author at 8:35 pm

      Thanks so much for organising the exchange Stephanie – it must be quite a task! I hope everyone is having as much fun looking at other people’s gifts and visiting blogs as I am – blogs which, without your exchange, I would never have seen.

      Many thanks & best wishes


  5. ValeryAnne at 8:50 pm

    We did do well ith our swap packets. The teacup nd saucer you recieved couldn’t have matched the ones you had bought better. The colours are a perfect match. I will take great card of my cup and saucer and think of you whenever
    I use them. Can’t wait the next swap. Hugs ValeryAnne.

    • Dawn Author at 8:38 pm

      Thanks ValeryAnne. Lovely to have met you through this exchange. I’m still enjoying visiting other blogs and “oooh-ing” over their gifts!

      Speak again soon


  6. Margie at 1:14 pm

    So glad that you enjoyed your first exchange! I’ve been on the hunt for turquoise/aqua teacups so I’m loving the beautiful teacup that you received. The package that you sent to ValeryAnn is also lovely. I can totally related with the struggle to part with a beloved tea set from one’s collection! The upside is now you have space for another teacup!

    • Dawn Author at 8:42 pm

      That’s great advice Margie – thanks!

      You sound like someone with a very interesting china collection! These colours really are lovely, aren’t they? I hope you find some very soon…

      Best wishes


  7. Andrea at 2:58 pm

    You know you’ve done well when it hurts to give it away. I’ve read that it is good practice, and that you can rest assured that you’ve made room for something even more wonderful!
    Have a beautiful Sunday!

  8. Dawn Author at 8:52 pm

    Yep – one small cup and saucer out and a whole dinner service in – is that how it goes? Or is that just me…?

    Thanks for visiting Andrea – I hope you are enjoying lovely weather like we are here in Cornwall at the moment. I’m looking forward to a cup of tea in the garden as many times as I possibly can this week.

    Have a great week Andrea.

    Best wishes


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