I have taken part in my first blog swap and it was really good fun! I took part in the 'send us your country' blog swap via the lovely Creative Chaos who hosts lots of fun blog swaps.
My swap partner was Lyn and I was very excited to find she lives in Australia! I received the most beautiful gifts from Lyn in my swap box and really she has totally put me to shame on finding such wonderful presents related to her country. We exchanged a few emails prior to our swap to get an understanding of what we're both like, what we like spending our spare time doing etc. and I'm pleased we've also found each other on Instagram where Lyn posts some gorgeous photos of her quilting and patchwork projects, as well as her lovely dogs.
Lyn's gifts to me are so perfect for what I love doing; I received two brilliant cookie cutters, one in the shape of Australia and the other a cute little Koala, I can't wait to bake some biscuits with those soon, Shortbread in the shape of Australia will be a novelty! I'm pretty sure Jack will nab the pecan nuts too, they're his favourite (you must be psychic Lyn!)
I received a lovely yarn bag which will be perfect for holding my crochet hooks when I take my crochet on trips with me; we're off to my parents soon as the crochet hooks usually end up getting lost in the bottom of my handbag! I adore the soap too, it smells divine!
I'm obsessed with stationery bits like pens, keyrings etc. so I love these bits Lyn got me, the little boomerang magnet is now on our fridge!
The tea towel is such pretty colours along with the oven glove, bright and colourful is just what I love! I love the coasters too and have already made use of them in the conservatory where I discovered mugs keep getting left on the MDF of the tortoise's indoor run and leaving beautiful rings!
And last but by no means least, I am completely IN LOVE with the mug Lyn got me! I have found it almost impossible to find a nice Jack Russell mug here and have been looking for one and this is perfect! The Jack Russells on it are so cute and I love it! It's beautiful bone china too which I love, I'm a delicate drinker and not very good with big heavy mugs!
So to say I was pleased and impressed is an understatement, thank you so much Lyn for the wonderful thought you put into the presents I received from you, It arrived on Friday when I'd had a long tiring day and I was so touched by it all. I only hope the gifts I have sent Lyn are pleasing to her, though she's most definitely out-done with me with these beautiful items.
If you'd like to take part in a blog swap then do take a look at Creative Chaos' blog; her blog is wonderful (and always so colourful) anyway, and the blog swaps are such good fun. I feel like I've now made a friend in Lyn and definitely feel like part of the blogging community. I'd definitely like to take part in another one.