Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Christmas Ornament Exchange

Recently I participated in a wonderful ornament exchange hosted by sweet Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose.  My gift box came from a blogger who truly is a 'kindred spirit', AnnMarie at Musings of a Vintage Junkie.  AnnMarie and I love a lot of the same things and her wonderful gifts reflected such kind thought and care!  This ornament is SO beautiful! Most of my Christmas decorations are blues, whites and silver so this is perfect, not to mention absolutely stunning!

My box was packed with lots of wonderful surprises!

Not only the beautiful ornament but this antique Ball jar filled with vintage light bulbs!

Perfect next to my little tree with vintage earrings on it!

Also included were this wonderful CD that friends of hers recorded and two books.  I've so enjoyed the Walk Through Advent book and the Daily Bread.  I told AnnMarie I grew up watching my mom read her Daily Bread each afternoon.  

The ornament is front and center on my little tree (We opted for a small, artificial tree in the bay window this year as our puppy Hudson would have probably drove us nuts with a large, on the floor, real tree!).

This is the package I put together for my swap partner.  She didn't have a blog so I snapped some pictures before I wrapped it all up.  Carol's favorite colors are periwinkle blue and pink so I found some things in those colors.  Carol also loves vintage like me so it was easy to find fun things to include like this vintage Christmas card, gift tags and hankie.  I added a fun set of battery operated fairy lights.

For the ornament, I included one of my mittens made from vintage linens and trims,

I'm always on the look out for these mini leather books. I included this one by Washington Irving.

I added this wonderful Advent book by Matt Chandler and a pretty, vintage doily.  

As always, Christmas has crept up on us and will soon be here and gone.  I'm grateful for God's faithfulness this past year and His mercy in sending His Son as our Savior.

Blessings to you all my friends!


  1. So happy to have you as a swap partner and as a kindred spirit! I just love the things you sent to Carol. The mitten is so adorable.

  2. Dear Lauren, what a pretty and festive ornaments exchange!!!
    I love the vintage light bulbs!
    Merry Christmas to your dears,

  3. A cheery good morning to you, my friend! My oh my, what sweet lovelies sent and received! AnnMarie is such a precious lady and the gifts she bless you with are wonderful! LOVE that ornament...and what a clever idea putting vintage bulbs in a glass jar.

    Everything you sent to Carol was beautiful. The runner is ever so pretty and you know I love your linen ornaments :) Thanks for joining the fun.

    Merry Christmas, Lauren! Hugs!

  4. Absolutely wonderful packages both given and received! This was so much fun and Stephanie is such a dear to have pulled this all together. I hope you and your family have a Blessed Christmas!

  5. Such thoughtful gift swaps! Is your ornament hand painted? It's gorgeous. I really love the vintage linen mitten. So adorable.

  6. What wonderful gifts being exchanged. Your deer ornament is beautiful!

  7. You received and gave such perfect things - I would say both of you ended up with the perfect swap partner!

  8. Stunning ornament for sweet AnnMarie in deed! AnnMarie is a real sweet heart.
    I love the idea of the vintage light bulbs, perfect for you.
    My mother's favorite color is periwinkle blue, you never hear of that color much.
    You found some lovely gifts for your recipient.

    Bless you~

  9. Oh, how wonderful! I love seeing what everyone gave and received! I enjoyed participating, but haven't been able to post about my wonderful goodies yet. God bless you and yours this Christmas season!

  10. The ornament you received is very pretty. Looks like a fun swap.

  11. Oh Lauren, what wonderful gifts you received and gave. AnnMarie certainly chose perfect, vintage gifts for you. Merry Christmas to you!


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