Friday, July 9, 2010

Some Days are Diamonds...

Or, shall I say...Some "Mornings" are Diamonds!!!

However you want to put it, this particular morning was swap delicious!

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I was honored to participate in a swap with Karen of Some Days are Diamonds and Julia of Vintage with Laces.

These two girls are fabulously talented and along with you, they are two of my best BBF's (best blog friends)!!!

Today, I'll post about what showed up on my doorstep from Sunny California...from my California "Diamond" girl, Karen.

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First things first, I have TWO confessions to make.

CONFESSION #1...

I was late on this swap...like um, TWO months late!

These two girls forgave me & they still love me (i think).

Will they ever ask me to swap again? hmm. Who knows?

CONFESSION #2...

It doesn't matter how many packages I have waiting for me to open...

I will wait for the PERFECT time to open them when I am not rushed, not disturbed and when I have good lighting ;)

I love to savor each and every detail, have it burned into my little memory and of course, photograph everything!

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How cool is this cabinet card by "SWAPS STUDIO"???

(See, if I was rushed, I would have missed that!)

So with that said...it took me almost TWO weeks (after the two months being late) to open their boxes and they patiently waited. I told you that they were my BBF's! Who else would put up with that?  ;)

So in the early morning light...

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I sat on the floor...

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in the peace and quiet...

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just me and my camera...

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and savored each little detail  :)

She sent me some French text...

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some French ephemera...

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a French book (love love)...

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"Uncle Jacques" to add to my extended family...

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le velvet (love love love)...

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some California love...

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some Paris Market (Savannah, GA)...

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my favorite piece of ephemera...

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some bottle bling...

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but I must show you the whole bottle she made...

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and more bling...

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of the journal she embellished (love love love)...

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and all in a nutshell swap...

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in the early morning light, I shall...

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Enjoy!!!!

"A good friend forgives when a friend swaps late!"

~ Chinese Proverb

:)

Thanks Karen!

We are not finished yet...

I will share (ooops! I mean SHOW you) what Julia of Vintage with Laces sent me all the way from Germany...you don't want to miss what's coming up next!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

:)

35 comments:

Karen said...

I just love you, love you, love you. :)
:) I'm so tickled you liked it all!
And one would be a cotton-pickin fool to never swap with you again! :)
Your photos are wonderful.
Me? I just RIP INTO IT and then just look at it all for days and days.
:) HUGS!
Karen

red.neck chic said...

Jody... you lucky devil!!! Good grief - I would wait to savor each and every piece of that FANTASTIC pile-up as well!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fun - and everything is gorgeousness!!!

Enjoy YOUR week-end!!!
xoxoxoxo
robelyn

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Miss "Leavingpackagesunopenedforaneternity", Even though you tortured us quite a bit, I still LOVE you and would swap with you any time again! Next time I might insert a little mechanism though, which destroys the package automatically if it's not opened within 48 hours after receipt, ha, ha, ha.
Karen's gifts are beautiful!!! Have fun with all those lovely treasures!
Hugs, hugs, hugs,
Julia

TinyBear said...

what a wonderful swap Jodie - so many goodies. Everything is perfect. Cant´t wait to see the swap with Julia.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
xo Tina

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Great stuff! Lucky girl! But how on earth did you wait 2 whole weeks to open it! I practically grab the packages from the UPS man's hands. He now does a ring and run!

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Jodie,
What a beautiful package! So much thought and time put into a package like that...
I do the same thing! I wait until the time is jusssst right to open up a pretty package in the mail. It's no fun doing it rushed and flustered!

FILIGREE MOON said...

Zoinks, Jodie LeJ! These swap photos are divine! Karen's creations and gifties are gor ge ous! Can't wait to see the next swap post! Hugs to you. ~ Angela

A Vintage Chic said...

I LOVE that you wait to savor every tidbit, Jodie! I don't think I'd be able to do it, though....not a very patient girl!

Karen is wonderful! Love all the beautiful things she created and found for you...and your photography is, as always, gorgeous!

Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy your swappy treasures!

{p.s. LOVE that ancient Chinese proverb.......don't think I've every read that one before...tee hee!}

Julie

Theresa said...

OH Lordy Me, as my Mama would say:) That Karen is too much and so are her gifts! I don't know how you can stand the suspense to let the packages sit without opening them. You have strong self control:)

Enjoy your day my friend! Love you bunches!

BEAR's Mom said...

you are one lucky girl...but i would have had that package opened 10 seconds after it got in the house :D nice pictures...now don't make us wait another two weeks before you post your other treasure!
HUGS
~victoria~

Linda said...

I absolutely adore the fact that you wait for just the right moment and savor each and every detail!!! That's marvelous and to me, that's how life should be handled.

Hope you have a positively wonderful weekend, my friend.

Love,
Linda

Tins and Treasures said...

Jodie,
You are a lucky, lucky girl. Those were some pretty precious little keepsakes...and all wrapped so sweetly. Blog friends are the best, aren't they?!

Have a fabulous Friday. ~Natalie

Angela Weimer said...

Wow what beautiful items you received. I love the packaging she did for everything. So special. You are so lucky!. Have a wonderful weekend. Angela

Kelly said...

Jodie, Everything looks so beautiful~I especially love that ribbon~~~

Xo

Kelly

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Karen is a sweetie and you sure received a box full of goodies. I love those fleur de lis buttons! So cute! Have fun creating!!

Secondhandrose said...

It is all so beautiful, well worth the wait I'm sure. thanks for sharing it all with us. I did say "share" didn't I !? Not just "Show"! LOL

karen

Ruth said...

Wow...... amazing treasures!

Beth Leintz said...

OH so pretty- worth the wait, but I don't think I could do it, I want to rip the wrap off as soon as I get a gift- but you're right- it is so nice to be able to savor all those details.

Caleen said...

What a wonderful swap. So many pretty things and all packaged with love and care. You are a very lucky gal. So great to have blog friends. Have a lovely weekend.

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Jodie my sweet lil sis,
What a beautiful swap! I just finished looking at Julia's post, I should have talked myself into this one. LOL I can't wait to see the next one. I'm still trying to recover from my own Julia swap, that girl is just amazing, I mean it. Love to you. Gotta go, the police are here. LOL :) Lisa Marie

zandra said...

I'm jealous! ;o) Love, love, love it all! What fabulous things. Two months! lol I especially, love the velvet flowers! ;o)
Have a great weekend.
Hugz, Z

Katsui Jewelry said...

Jodie,
What a beautiful swap! Thank you so much for sharing every minute with us!
Hugs,
Suz

MosaicMagpie said...

A wonderful swap you girls had I have seen the things you sent Karen. I think you girls were trying to out do each other. I love the E V typewriter keys on the journal. Lots of fun stuff for you to play with.
Debbie

Gypsy Mermaid said...

Aw how pretty good thing you were by yourself when you opened that bottle up cuz we would of been running around you and Oreo chasing me to pry it out of my hands haha ;) just kidding
lucky you to have such a wonderful swap!! Big hugs
toodles- Sarah

The Feathered Nest said...

Awww Jodie...you are such a sweetie, relishing the gifts you receive, they are such treasures though, aren't they??? So many gorgeous goodies Karen sent ~ I love them all! I've been known to let the package sit around for awhile just enjoying the anticipation of what's inside!! Of course eventually I can't stand it and have to tear it open ~ I hope you have a great weekend sweet friend!! hugs and love, Dawn

Linda Robinson said...

How much fun to get goodies like that! I just love how you wait so you can savor every sweet min. of it. I don't think I could wait.. I would rip into every thing the minute I got it! One of these days I'm going to have to join in on a swap they sound like so much fun!

Lorraine said...

well I don't know you well, I don't have a beautiful blog like you do, and I'm way too poor to have swaps, but wow how lovely of you to share...it's so beautiful, I love vintage and I love your blog, and you don't have to visit mine, I just really feel good when I come here, which is of course all thanks to Christina ICandy, and Scrapbook Diva, Deb who have opened my eyes to a world of art and whom i shall be grateful too forever. Long message, sorry, I'm just very awed and grateful :)

stampdiva said...

Just popped over from Julia's Blog and after drooling at her photographs I now am in the middle of too many ooh's and ahh's looking at your swap goodies. All of you do everything with such love and care. Lynne M

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

She is so sweet! Love your new treasures!
Brenda

Charlene said...

Well NOW wasn't Karen good to you!!!! What pretties you got in your package! And I agree with you in waiting until you can savor the goods & your photos are always fabulous... so lighting is the seceret? NO! Talent! And you've got it baby! Have a great weekend. HUGS! Charlene

JoAnne said...

Hi Jodie,
You and Karen are the Supreme Swappers for sure! Everything you sent and received is absolutely beautiful.
Thanks for your sweet comment on my mermaids.
I'm following your lovely blog now and will grab your button. When you stop back to see the finished book, hope you'll do the same.
xoJoAnne

The French Bear said...

Jodie, you are way to hard on yourself.....it takes time to put the right things together and make it special!!! Oh my goodness you received such beautiful things!!! Wahh, I cannot ever find gorgeous things like that!!
Count me in next time you want to swap, I think I could find some "things" you'd like, he he!!!!!
You girls spoiled each other so well!!!
That is just the most divine package of goodness!!!
I still don't know how you can wait to open them, I understand it though....I usually forget the camera!
Enjoy your lovely gifts honey!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Deb said...

And some days are great, big, fat, Liz Taylor diamonds! :-) Congrats on receiving such great stuff!

Robin Thomas said...

Oh.
Em.
Gee.
I am really trying to still like you right now.
That bottle is ridiculous. Ahhh...

Debby said...

Hi there sweetie, I am way behind on visiting my blogs, but had to get to yours today to see what I have missed. I love all the goodies Karen packaged up for you, so many beautiful things. A girl has to love a great swap.]
Miss you,sending big hugs your way.
Debby