Tuesday, October 20, 2009

presents revealed!


Thank you so much to everyone for your sweet birthday wishes! I had a great day thanks to my super-sweet husband and boys for making the entire day special.

And as many of you know, the 18th was the day I could finally open my birthday swap goodies that arrived from Debi at Life in My Studio! Debi and I had planned the swap nearly two months earlier. Debi shipped two boxes to me! The box labeled #1 could be opened before my birthday.

Party in a box!

Now onto box #2 ... {All photos are click-to-enlarge}

44 wishes (LOVE this)

Everything wrapped beyond-beautifully!

Like a pretty cake ...

with delicious filling! The box that Debi decorated is a present in itself.

And a tin LOADED with treats!

Including these incredibly cool magnets featuring the little "cottage" cottage!

This Max Factor jar received its own beauty treatment.

The green wallpaper is a returning super-fave from our I thought of you swap. It will be so fun playing with this amazing assortment of vintage paper.


GASP: a Josef Original BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!

When in one's life does one receive treasures like this in the mail?
When one blogs, I suppose! Amazing ...

Debi and I even planned a birthday call. I was so giddy when the phone rang. We had a wonderful and easy conversation all about our goodies, blogging, and how we enjoy shopping for one another!

Here's what I sent to Debi

A little birthday girl!

Crafty treats and finds with an emphasis on pink!

I made this little doll using a clothespin from Debi.

Debi is still celebrating by hosting a generous giveaway! There's still time to enter!

Thank you for sticking with me through this long post! Hope to see you at Natasha's party!



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stefanie said...

happy birthday, what amazing gifts from you, and too her, how much fun you had, see getting older isn't that bad

Unknown said...

OH MY GOSH!!! You girls are too much fun!!!!!! I LOVE it! Just look at ALL the gorgeous goodies you two got/gave!! So many pretty things, I cant even count! I am lovin' it all!

Love ya,

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oohhh Elyse.. Happy birthday again and am swoon with all the gifts you received from lovely Debi

Lisa said...

Oh what a happy day! You guys really did it up!! I know you will both just love all the great treasures!
Happy Birthday!
Hugs, Lisa

Diva Kreszl said...

What a delightful swap...you guys are just having too much fun! I take that back, one can never have too much fun...Happy Birthday!!!

Theresa said...

Well I would be giddy over EITHER gift! Both of you shared such wonderful beauties with each other. Great idea to do a birthday sway. Have a blessed day:)

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

WOW~ What a fabulous birthday. I dont think I would even need cake after that!

Claudia said...

Oh boy - you two really treated each other to birthday goodness! What a treasure trove of goodies! (I love those magnets - so perfect for you!) Blogging sure makes birthdays special!
So glad you had a wonderful day!


Julie Harward said...

I loved your magnets..so pretty and how cool was that?! You sent some very nice things too...How fun to share it with all! Come say hi :D

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Wonderful Birthday Treasures! Happy Day to you!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Beth Gales said...

Neat stuff! Love that birthday girl!

Lori said...

WOOOO HOOOO!!! you girls really did it up!!! that is one amazing birthday swap...everything you sent to each other is SO wonderful, thoughtful and sweet...i just love those birthday girl figurines...they are darling...i am giddy just looking at everything!!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh my goodness Elyse! What a WONDEFUL Birthday swap you and Debi had! Lots of planning and love went into each package! From pretties to craft goodies, oh my! What a treat indeed! And how fun to talk to each other on the phone and I am sure you both have PINK princess phones! (I remember those days!). Thrilled you had such a "girly" birthday this year sweet Elyse!


Vintage Lizzie said...

WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!...So much fun!!!...LOVE everything!!!...Happy Belated Birthday!!!

LiLi M. said...

Ooh what a great swap! You both were spoiled and that is exactly how it should be on a birthday! Thanks for inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Eeek! Eeek! And more Eeek! Definitely worth the wait! How fun! ♥

Melinda said...

Fun and excitement all around. Looks like everyone had fun!


Brenda Pruitt said...

What pretty treasures she sent you! And you sent her! Blogville is such a beautiful place to live! Happy, happy birthday, Elyse!

Lisa said...

What a fun swap! You girls seemed to know each other so well! Thanks for letting us in on the fun!
PS Happy Birthday!

debi said...

hi sweet elyse!!

i'm still reeling from our birthday fun! i finally got my pics taken and my post up, so now i can play with all my pretties and 'sprinkle' them around the house.

thanks again for doing this swap with me, and for being such a wonderful blogging friend!

love and hugs, debi

Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

Hi Elyse..Happy Birthday! I missed you for Pink Saturday. What treasures!!!! Oh my...what eye candy! Your pictures are always the best.
Talk soon! hugs..Tami

Anonymous said...

How fun to have a blog friend birthday party!! HAppy Birthday sweet Elyse!

I actually have a blogging friend who asked if I would do a swap with her for my lil sweater pumpkins. I was so excited to think some one would want to have something of mine and do a swap! I thought of you immediately as you are always having such fun swaps!!

Enjoy all your birthday treats!


Karen said...

Oh my goodness what fun you two had! On both ends - the anticipation of how she reacts to what you sent her - which was beyond wonderful! and your reaction to what you find behind all the beautiful paper and trims!

I think this was a wonderful idea!
Hey does anybody out there have a May 2nd birthday? LOL
Very fun!. Thanks so much for sharing!

{oc cottage} said...

Geeeeeeeeeez Louise!!!The fabulosification of that pile of pretties almost defies description!

m ^..^

Anonymous said...

Wowie! zowie! What a beauful treasure to wake up to!

XUE said...

Happy Pinky Birthday! All's sooooo prettily pink here!

LissyLou said...

what lovely thoughtful gifts...and those magnets are gorgeous!

thedoodlegirl said...

What LOVELY things! Such beautiful colors! I hope you had a divine birthday. Your blog is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and so many beautiful things.You are a lucky Birthday Girl.


LaurieStar said...

Ooh my goodness what beautiful treasures! I love what you guys swapped! Too cute! Lovin' all the blue, pink and green. Happy, happy birthday - it's good to have good friends! :)

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

You GIRLS ARE GOOD! What great birthday gifts, so yummy.

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

Hi Elyse,
Happy Happy Belated B-day!! What an awesome swap!! Those are some pretty treasures. You must have loved looking at them all.
♥ Rebecca

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello Elyse darling, I will start this comment by telling you how much I have missed you these past few weeks. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and prayers. I am one lucky girl to have you as a friend; you truly are the gem in my teacup. I am now off to stroll around your blog to see what I have missed.

I truly missed you luv
Love & Hugs

Terri said...

Oh my..your little girl clothespin caught my eye Elyse! Could I buy some little kits with one made and some materials to make others for my girls and some friends? I would like to give these as xmas presents. I would like to buy at least 6 kits. These are precious and I know everyone would love them. Let me know. can't wait!