Wednesday, March 7, 2012


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I CAME HOME FROM WORK LAST NIGHT TO FIND MY PACKAGE FROM RICKI JILL (Visit her beautiful blog) here, Art @ Home.  Ricki Jill is my swap partner for Mamarazzi's Favorite Things Swap. Wait until you see what I received. 

Here is my big box...
filled to the brim...
I just adore peanuts...
this is the loot I unpacked from the box, so beautifully wrapped in this bright green and white paper,  I hated to open them.
I believe one of the reasons Ricki Jill and I got paired up for this swap (not only due to Mamarazzi having the knack!), but is due to us being Southern Girls and loves of the SEC!  Ricki Jill is Alabama and I am Tennessee!  She sent me this awesome photo of her beloved Coach Bear Bryant taken with a Tennessee cheerleader.  Now, how in the world did she find this?  I love this so much and it will be hanging in my office this afternoon.
her card read, "I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite things". " P.S. I thought you would appreciate this photo".  Y.E.S.!!
She included the most recent edition of Country Living, which I have not had the opportunity to see yet.  I love this cover so much due to the artist theme.  If any of you follow Ricki Jill, you know that she is an artist and paints beautiful pictures in her art studio that you can see here  .  I cannot wait to bury myself in this later today.
A copy of "The Lady and the Unicorn" by Tracy Chevalier, which I have not read and cannot wait to read.  Ricki Jill is the connoisseur of books.  She belongs to the Dixie Diva Book Club in Birmingham and she posts on her blog every Friday at her Literary Friday the book she has read this week. You can read her latest post of Literary Friday here.  I began making a reading list last year of books I want to read from her Literary Friday posts.  My list is really long!!
Next I opened this pad of "ALL OUT OF"  Knock Knock Pads.  They have a magnet on the back so you can place them where it is convenient for you to check items that you need to pick up at the grocery store, plus space to write in items not already on the list.  I have never seen these before, but what a great idea and I plan to put it to good use starting today.
Ricki Jill is also a tea connoisseur.  She included one of her favorite England's No. 1 Teas and her gluten free Amy's shortbread cookies.  Yum!  These will come in handy later today when I bury myself in that Country Living magazine!!

This gorgeous bar of soap is Mistral, Grapefruit Red Currant.  The smell of this bar of soap is absolutely divine.  The packaging is absolutely beautiful.  It is "Artist Series" and it is 100% Pure vegetable soap and will be very hard to actually open and use.
Last, but certainly not least is this Aveda Blue Oil.  I absolutely love Aveda products, but I have never seen this one.  It says to apply to tense areas whenever needed.  Gosh, I wonder if it comes in a larger size because I foresee this being used often!

I told you that I am one lucky girl!  I am so thrilled with Ricki's favorite things and I believe they are ALL going to become my favorite things too.
Thank you Ricki.  I love everything so much.  I hope you enjoy even one of my favorite things as much as I'm enjoying yours.

This is my very first "swap" adventure and I have to admit, it is really really fun and could be very addictive.  I highly recommend trying one sometime.  I hope you will go visit Mamarazzi's blog, Our Dandeline Wishes here and link up to all her linky parties.  It is one of my very favorite's things!

Love and hugs, have a happy day!
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  1. What a great box of goodies! Jill is a sweetie, just like you, so you made good swap buddies!

  2. Looks like you hit the jackpot, girl! How fun. :-) Enjoy those treats! Such variety. And so nice to get something besides bills in the mail, huh. :-)

  3. How fun is all that? First off, the packaging is adorable. It's all wonderful, practical stuff. I am obsessed with Aveda too. The smell of everything is amazing. I use the Blue Oil when I have a headache or can't get to sleep. On your forehead and temples. There are no words. :o) Enjoy everything Ginger!

  4. What fun that must have been to dig into. You sure got some great goodies! I've never tried a swap, but you certainly make me want to do it the next time.

  5. I'm jumping back and forth with you and Ricki! I feel like I'm in the middle of all the fun! I've never done a swap but it would be great with you girls! You like all of the same things that I like! ♥

  6. Hi Ginger,
    Girl it has been a while, but it seems I came just in time. Your gifts are amazing and the swap sounds like a lot of fun. That book is great, you'll love it!

  7. You hit the jackpot!!! I really love Aveda products, so I bet the oil you received is amazing!!!

  8. Ricki Jill is such a thoughtful giver. i have been on the receiving end of her gifts and she is special!!

    i am so glad you enjoyed the swap!!

  9. Yay for favorite things swaps! Enjoy all your goodies.

  10. Ginger,
    These are all great and thoughtful gifts from Ricki Jill. She is a gem. She was one of my first bloggy friends, and I will never forget that. And her comments are always so special. The picture of the coach and cheerleader is perfect, and the shortbread cookies look yummy with the tea. Isn't it nice to get surprises?
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  11. Ricki Jill is such an absolute sweetie. How lucky to be paired up with her. But then, you are both sweeties, so makes absolute sense. :)

  12. How fun! You really received some wonderful things girl. I adore Aveda products and have used the blue oil for years. You can also purchase it in a large tube. It's great to rub on your feet at night before going to sleep.

    I've never participated in a swap. Let me know when you discover others, ok? Off to check the other blogs.


  13. Oh, that looks like so much fun! Like having a second birthday! Surprises are such a nice pick-me-up! You and Ricki Jill were a perfect match! Now, I am going to check out your links here and see what this fun is all about!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

  14. How great is that!!! You and Ricki have lots in common, I think.
    Hugs, Cindy

  15. What lovely gifts! Sounds like fun to share and swap. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

  16. Praise, JESUS!!! I am finally online!!!!! :D

    I hope you are enjoying your goodies. I am fixing some of the French Roast you sent me in about ten minutes.


  17. What a wonderful idea. I love this swap too. Ricki Jill is such a sweetie. You received some wonderful goodies. Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party. Hugs and wishes for a lovely week ahead. P.S. The new giveaway has started!

  18. What a great package for you first swap! But I warn you…these swaps are highly addictive. Once you get started, you just can't seem to stop. :)


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