a tapestry of days...

Apr 19, 2017

the joy of friendships...far and wide :0)

 Hello there dear friends...

I pray that you have had a wonderful time celebrating our Savior's Resurrection this past Sunday.  For me it was a wonderful time of reflection and contemplation...
My heart overflowed with praise for the sacrifice freely given by Our Savior - Jesus Christ! 

I have been away from this lovely place due to a cold that I could not shake!.  I was able to travel and visit my brother and his family about two weeks ago, and upon my return, I fell very sick with the flu bug that seems to make the rounds around our little town. :-/

But alas, I feel much better, and slowly but surely, I am returning to my old self again! 

So many changes that Our Lord has shown me.  So many discoveries from lessons that He knew I needed to go through and learn from....I'll share as time allows :0) 

But today is the big Reveal day! yay!!!

For the past three years, I think it has been three, I have participated on Stephanie's wonderful tea cup/mug exchange.  I have had a most wonderful time putting together my packages and receiving such delightful goodies :D 

This year was no exception! 

My mug partner was Stacy...she is a young mother of four and a wife of a minister residing in North Carolina.  As a mother that home-schooled her three children, I can relate with Stacy on the struggles of putting together curriculum and balancing teacher/mother relations :0) She has a delightful blog , intentional mommyhood, , in which she shares information on different lesson plans and home schooling endeavors.  It is such a joy to have met her through this exchange...

Her package was filled with a gorgeous box and in it, a nice size mug with a lovely hair barrette, a seed package of Zinnias, a book mark, and of course tea :D.  I loved the lemon lift tea so much, that I went out and bought myself a box :-D 

Thank you Stacy for putting such a lovely package together.  

My tea cup partner was Sara.  She is an adjunct professor at a local Christian university, she also runs her own designing and dressmaking business, specializing on historical clothing and wedding attire.  Oh and what a lovely website she has! 

This package was a delight to open.  The paper was toile...one of my favorite fabric prints, and the cards that I received were just lovely!!!

But when I opened the package, I heard a rattle, and my heart just sunked! :-/  the tea-cup and what I presume was a milk jug from the tea set was just broken beyond repair :-(

 tTe teapot and the sugar bowl made it through shipping and it is just precious, and so was the delicious chocolate and the tea :-) 

Thank you Sara for the package...thank you for sharing yourself in your lovely card :0) 


Overall, I am quite delighted with my goodies :D 

Again, it goes without saying how wonderful it is to participate in this kind of exchange.  Thank you sweet Stephanie for taking the time to put this together.  I know the hard work that goes into these kind of endeavors :0)  God bless you sweet lady! 


Until next time dear friends...



  1. My dear Mari, what lovely packages from both Stacy and Sara. Each package was quite obviously put together with lots of love and care.

    Oh, how sorry I am to learn there were some broken pieces of china. The giveaway I hosted for my birthday had a tea cup in it and the recipent told me that the tea cup arrived in 10 pieces. I was heartbroken! Especially since I wrapped everything very well. Sadly, the Postal Service can treat our packages of love roughly and things like this happen.

    Thankfully the beautiful tea pot and sugar dish are okay as the tea pot is simply stunning! I know you will enjoy using it.

    Thanks for joining the fun. Hugs!

    1. Oh I did not mind...everything else was just perfect :0) thank you Stephanie for putting it together once again :D mari

  2. It was so nice to meet you Ms. Mari! I enjoy your blog very much! I have such changed my url to http://www.duncanpartyofsix.com but the intentional mommy should soon redirect. I hope to keep in touch! :)

    1. Oh Stacy...it is a joy to have met you and do keep in touch :0) mari

  3. Mari,

    I have truly enjoyed your post about the tea cup exchange. What lovely packages you received!


  4. Just beautiful, Mari... You are such a sweetie! Also, love your header.. xoxo

  5. Good Evening ... Thank you for your visit to my little space. It was so nice to hear from you. I am sorry to hear that you were under the weather, but good to hear that you are on the mend. Your blog looks so pretty and quite charming. Thank you for sharing your sweet mail in your mailbox. Have a blessed evening. Hugs ♥ Teri

  6. Both gifts are beautiful! So feminine and pretty and such a nice exchange!
    oh! too bad about the breakage. If it is any consolation, I break my cups all the time just being clumsy...I don't even have to rely on the mail system breaking them! Andrea

  7. Oh Mari... my heart skipped a beat when I say those broken pieces, and as Stephanie said, " the postal service can be rather rough on our parcels."
    Such a lovely set.
    Your mug is precious as are all the gifts you received.
    I pray that you will feel better real soon.

    God bless you♡

  8. Such sweet and thoughtful gifts you have given and received, Mari! So sad about the broken china, but you still have such charming pieces to enjoy. I am happy to hear that you are feeling better. I will have to try the lemon lift tea - it sounds delicious! Sending hugs xo Karen

  9. How neat was your package from Stacy (She was the person I sent too) - Small world. - She picked out a great mug to send you. - So sad about the broken piece but how nice the rest was intact. It's such a great way to meet new people.

  10. I'm sorry that you had a broken tea cup, but the rest of it sure is pretty! It was really nice meeting you through this exchange. :)

  11. Oh what gorgeous pretties you sent and received. One always holds one's breath when opens china that has travelled over land and sea. How unfortunate there were broken pieces in your gift.....but those that were in one piece are gorgeous. It is always lovely to meet new kindred spirits in Stephanie's teacup/mug exchanges.

  12. Sweet treasures. Oh I am so sorry to see the broken pieces. That's my fear too of happening. I have enjoyed this exchange so much. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. Lovely items from both exchanges, too bad something broke during transit. Perhaps you can find a matching piece or a friend will see one and pick it up for you.

  14. I too had a pretty dish broken, I think our mail people treat parcels a bit roughly. But isnt it wonderful what generosity there is, so many lovely things sent from one country to another.
    Stay well now, dear Mari.

  15. Thank you for sharing this post ... lovely items, but a shame something broke in transit.

    I think Stephanie arranges these exchanges so well. Although I do not participate I do enjoy visiting the many blogs and seeing the wonderful gifts you ladies exchange.

    Take care

    All the best Jan

  16. So sorry to hear about the broken teacup, I experienced once too, only I was the one sending and I know how awful it felt, anyhow that beautiful teapot and sugar dish made it safely and which I am sure you will find great joy using it with a little story to tell. Enjoy!

  17. Sorry that you have been under the weather with a cold Mari, the colds have been bad this year! I'm sure you felt so much better just opening such lovely packages of goodies! So sorry about the broken tea cup, it does seem that the mail service doesn't take care of packages well at all. So glad that the teapot made it intact, it is gorgeous! The lemon lift tea sounds lovely, how fun to find a new favorite tea :) Hugs to you today!

  18. I truly enjoyed getting to see what you received ! Everything was beautiful! I am so sorry part of your parcel was broken! The other pieces were beautiful to say the least! This exchange has been so much fun and blessing ! Hope you have a blessed week!

  19. You have such a sweet and gracious acceptance with your broken china, Mari, that is good of you. Stacy put together such a generous and wonderful package. I am so happy you had a few pieces salvaged. If she doesn't know it she should be able to reimbursed for the loss, at least. Do you know if it was shipped Priority through USPS? If so than it is definately reimbursable.

    These swaps are such fun - bless Stephanie for doing this so that so many may feel joy and kinship with a new friend or two.

    Wishing you continued good health and a happy weekend.

  20. The tea cup exchanges are a lot of fun aren't they? You sent and received such wonderful items Mari, what a shame that some pieces were broken. I hope you're feeling better.

  21. The mug and teacup packages are both lovely! It's fun when partners include tea samples. I was sorry to that your teacup and milk jug didn't arrive intact. If you're crafty, maybe the broken pieces can be used for a mosaic project?

  22. So sorry some arrived broken.. but the rest is lovely, I had a wondeful celebration ressurection.. and I too am learning so much in the Lord... sending love and hugs Janice