Monday, June 20, 2011

My Secret Friendship Envelope Swap Came!

I participated in a secret friendship envelope swap that Tammy over at A Primitive Place was hosting on her blog. We didn't know who we were receiving from and were sending to someone different....sort of nice to be surprised.

One requirement was that the items that you were sending had to fit inside a 10x15" envelope. So that could be either easy or tough depending on what your craft is. Anyway, imagine my surprise when my envelope arrived and I recognized the return address immediately. Brenda from PineTreePrims was my secret partner. I've know Brenda for years and yes, I said years. We met on a delphi painting forum and have been friends ever since. Although we've never met in person, we have talked on the phone quite a few times and I just love her to death!

And while Brenda has hung up her paint brushes for now, she has taken up a new craft and I have to say, she is pretty darn good at it too! Look at the lovely stitched pin keep that Brenda made.

And I have been drooling over the many candlemats that Brenda has been sharing on her blog these recent months. I am so loving this cute americana one. I'm thinking of taking one of the flameless pillars and painting it americana to put in the center. I think it will look great there.

Brenda also sent these 2 little presedential ditty bags. I will take some of the lavender from my flower bed and dry it to put inside. Note to self: cut some lavender. I've hung one off a peg just inside my front door and the other off the peg shelf at the top of the steps landing. They are just too cute!

Brenda also sent me a halloweenie candle mat. I better paint another flameless pillar for when halloween rolls around I can display it properly. Oh and the jar in my first and second picture....betcha wondering how that came in an envelope. Well the jar didn't but the label and a bag of cracked corn did. Having a ton of old blue mason jars around here, I went and modgepodeged(gosh is that a word? Guess if you do crafts it is!) the label on a quart jar and filled it will the cracked corn. I'm loving it!

Anyway, I love, love, love everything. Brenda sure spoiled me. Thank you my friend. And Tammy thanks for hosting this fun and awesome swap.

Until next time...


  1. Brenda is such a sweetheart,Love that girl too! She sent some wonderful things in that envelope..The Halloween mat is my favorite.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  2. Wonderful goodies from Brenda~ enjoy them!!

  3. You made out, GF!
    I love everything.
    Brenda sure knows how to treat a friend!

  4. Those candle mats are adorable! Love the pinkeep too - and, yup, you had me going with that jar...I was wondering how it fit in an envelope! The label, tho, is awesome! LOVE it!!! Brenda did you up good!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  5. Well now that you let me off the phone, I can post here...haha!!! Years??? Not that! You are very welcome for your items, I loved putting a package together for you! Just wish I would have thought about sending you something naughty...haha!!! Love ya girl!!

  6. Dee,
    Love all your swap goodies. Lots of nice things Brenda made for you.
    Country at heart

  7. Love your goodies !The pin keep is a favorite of mine .Great candle mats too.Brenda is talented for sure.Hugs,Jen

  8. oh I love the goodies she sent you..I am going to make some ditty bags and put lavender in them..:)thanks for the wonderful idea.:)

  9. Love it all...especially like the label & cracked corn. ~Kriss~

  10. Awesome swap goodies!
    Brenda is so talented.
    Love the Amerciana pin keep!!
    Thanks for joining in.