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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Swap Goodies

Oh my goodness...Christmas came for me just a little bit early this year when I went to get the mail and saw a GIANT box from Kendra over at The Stone House Prims...she was my swap partner in Amy's Gingerbread Swap !

Ok...first I have to tell you that Kendra lives in a little town in northern on the map if truth be told but guess what ? I used to live there back in the 90's...small world right ? We knew lots of the same places and she is just the kind of person who lives there too...sweet, salt of the earth, hard working and totally awesome !!!

Well I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her during this swap and found we have TONS of things in common and I am sure once you see all the goodies she spoiled me with you will understand that this gal TOTALLY GETS ME !!! We like sooo many of the same things and it was like she was inside my head...seriously...look at all the treasures she made or chose for me...

First this big box....patience...or at least thats what I told myself as I ran for the camera...and we all know I DONT RUN !
And out of that box came gift after beautifully wrapped gift...
And ooooooooooh just look at how pretty these items are...
Plus she made me this....
and these smell yummy enough to eat !
I am busy finding homes for everything but did want to show you where I put a few of the things...
Funny thing...see that vintage skate with the gingerbread man ??? I actually made that for Kendra and then was reading her blog and saw that she already had I thought it looked just perfect with all the things she sent me...what do you think ?
I just love this little Genoa salt glazed ornie...Kendra knew I collect salt glaze and it was just sooo thoughtful !
And isn't this ornie just too sweet ??? Oh and the candle made the house smell sooooo heavenly. Add to that some of her homemade gardners salve, cookie mix, soap and sweet grocery list and you can call me spoiled rotten...I have already told Kendra I think she over did it but I just want to publicly thank her and Amy of course for hosting another wonderful swap.

I am busy trying to finish my items for next week Primitive Handmades Mercantile update and I have lots of Before and After projects to show you all but as usual I am running behind. I am not sure how that happens...when I had 3 kids at home and worked full time I got more done !!!

I have been saving THE BEST news for last...the best Christmas gift of all time ....we just got word a few days ago that our son Kyler, the Marine who has been deployed for over 9 agonizingly long months, will be arriving at our house on December 22nd ! YIPPEE  YIPPEE  YIPPEE

I have been so depressed because his deployment had been extended and they thought he could be gone a few more months...add to that this is the first Christmas our other son, Kirk, wont be with us either. Since moving to Virginia back in June he has been home a few times but he cant get time off work over Christmas...and of course our daughter, Kait is out in Colorado so I thought we would be completely alone (and I was not really handling it very well...couldnt get in the Christmas spirit at all). Now I am in major Christmas RUSH cookies baked yet, not a single gift purchased yet and I am not sure I will ever get the outside lights up this year...At least the trees are bought and put up and I have one decorated (Light fiasco to follow another day, lol).

Well...I know this was a long post...thanks for sticking with me ! Many hugs and much love to all of you !

Grace to you,


  1. Margie ~
    SO HAPPY to hear your son will be home from deployment. That is the best Christmas gift of all!!!
    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs to all :)

  2. I am so happy for you what a wonderful blessing to have your son home! I cannot imagine the stress and anxiety you have had these past 9 months! We will continue to lift him and all our military men and women up in our prayers

  3. What wonderful swap goodies!! and great news about your son~our youngest(19) is wanting to join the Marines next spring, so I hear ya!! So glad he gets to come home. I kept thinking of 'Christmas w/the Kranks' when reading your post~you are rushing around trying to get everything done before your son arrives~have fun!! Merry Christmas!


  4. Kendra always makes her swaps special.The display you did with the gingers is perfect.Wonderful news on your son coming home,I'm sure as long as you get the cookies baked and do his laundry none of the rest will Hugs!~Amy

  5. Hi Margi, love your swap goodies from dear Kendra, such a giving gal, sweet gingerbread men, everything is great......But the greatest gift for Christmas is your Son coming home, YIPEE!!!!!!! So happyfor you........Blessings Francine.

  6. What nice swap goodies! Genoa isn't too far from me. It's more than a dot on the map. (yes, there are other towns than Chicago in Illinois)

  7. One of the best Christmas gifts is heading home!! Yippee!! Love your swap goodies.

    Merry Christmas~Becky

  8. Yippee! Oh Margie,I am so happy for you!Your son coming home is the best gift!Don't you worry about getting everything perfect!Sit back and enjoy it.LOL!Love all your goodies from Kendra.She sent you some really cute gingers.Christmas Blessings,Jen

  9. Wow Margie...between Kendra's package of goodies and the good news about your son coming home - you have lots to be thankful for!
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  10. Hello Margie!
    Wonderful Swap items you received from Kendra!
    Love your Ginger display!
    So glad to hear that your son is coming Home!
    That is the Best Christmas gift of all!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Oh Margie, most wonderful swap goodies, but the best news your son coming home for some Christmas cheer! hugs!!!! OLM

  12. HI MARGIE,
    So nice to see you posting !
    I've missed you.
    Oh my goodness Kendra did spoil you but you know are an easy one to are just as sweet as Kendra.
    I love all that she sent to you.
    I'm so happy for you that you son is coming home...and I know you wish your other son could as well but at least he's in the country and can make it when he can.

  13. So glad you are enjoying your treasures! I am so enjoying mine!


  14. Hi Margie,
    So happy your son will be home for Christmas! I love all of your swap goodies. Kendra is an amazing person and I have been truly blessed to have her in my life. Have a wonderful holiday.

  15. What an amazing swap package! I'm glad your son made it home for Christmas. When you said you had to rush around to get ready-- I was picturing Christmas with the Kranks. :-) Happy New Year!


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