Sunday, February 14, 2010


Hello, Happy Valentines Day! Welcome to my Amour Valentine Swap hosted by the sweet Cathy of Treasured Heirlooms. If you stop by to see her you can get a list of all the other participants. Thank you Cathy for hosting this fun event.

ON THE GIVING END~~~~~~~~~~~
Below is what I gave to my partner, Crystal of Hummingbird Cottage.
I made her one of my fabric covered cake boxes. Covered in a pretty pink and white print with just a touch of blue.

Here's a pic of all that I sent her, more closups below.

Heart shaped cake box.

Next I made Crystal a little felt tea-pot embellished with silk ribbon embroidery and filled with a touch of fresh lavender.
A pink felt heart shaped lollie also embellished with silk ribbon embroidery.
I made this vintage shabby cottage tea cup into a pin cushion. embellished with silk ribbon embroidery.

Crystal likes to do scrapbooking so I put some vintage postcard images, ballerinas and some lace trims in her box.
A little vintage heart shaped brooch.
Some hot chocolate wrapped in Mary E. fabric and a little box of Russell Stover chocolate.
A little valentine tag.
Lastly a Amour Valentine Swap Tag.

Sweet Crystal really spoiled me. Look how pretty my heart box was when I took it out of the shipping package.
Almost to pretty to open. All done up in tulle and a silver heart and an inital "S" in pearls. (which I love).

I waited until after dinner to open the box, it was just too pretty and I wanted to take my time.
Look how pretty Crystal embellished the box.

Look at my little box of treasures! I have to say that Crystal must have really looked over my blog because she touched on everyone of my hobbies and interests to fill my box of goodies.

A little flower pot pick with birds. Some yummy chocolate, a pretty post card holder with cala lilies.
A beautiful handmade pink crystal bracelet. Crystal makes jewerly and I'm sure she made this.
A pretty vintage redwork tea towel.
A silver heart and a beautiful letter "S" in pearls. Some finger nail polish, nail brush and files. Perfect for when I come in from working in the garden!

Two very pretty little pink frames and my favorite Earl Grey tea.

Some flower seeds, candles and pink n pretty note pads.
A counted cross stitch/silk embroidery kit.
I hung my pearl "S" on my Valentine tree. Look how pretty it looks there.

Thank you so much Crystal for the wonderful gift. It has been so much fun to get to know you and I will treasure all that you gave me.
Thank you to all my blogging friends who stopped by today. Enjoy your Valentines Day with your loved ones!
My husband and I will spend the day at home, were still snowed in!
Blessings, Shirl


Crystal said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Shirl. I am so glad you posted what you sent me, too. I am having quite the time posting this, for some reason. I just love all the things that you sent me. The ribbon embroidery is just lovely.
Oh I forgot to mention my mom made the tea towel, it is huck weave a swedish embroidery, I believe.
Have a blessed day.

Connie said...

You were both blessed, sugar! Gorgeous SRE as always.

Kelee said...

Hi Shirl!

Happy Valentine's Day Sweetheart!

Love your teapot! So cute!

I hope you know how lovley and good your are today!

And know you are LOVED!

:):) kelee @

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am loving seeing what everyone received.

This was a wonderful swap. Lots of Amour to be shared!

Happy Heart Day!

Cathy said...

Wow Shirl,

What an amazing lot of Valentine treasures. Looks like you two really got to know each other and made beautiful gifts. I just love everything you sent and received.

Thank you for making my first swap so exciting and fun. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

xo Cathy

Jacalyn @ said...

This was a great swap and you sure did receive and send some very lovely goodies!

Happy Valentine's Day,

rosechicfriends said...

Oh what GREAT goodies you both got! Love seeing all the fun ways these heart boxes were decorated! Just lovely!

Have a great day!

Lisa said...

This has been such fun!! I love all you gave and got! I have really enjoyed visiting everyone!
Hugs, Lisa

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

OMG! I love everything you sent and everything you received! Beautiful!

Vera said...

What lovely gifts both given and received! You girls are very lucky, indeed!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Olivia Paige

Lori said...

Hi Shirl! I had to laugh, you visited my site and don't think you remembered it was me! Anyway your mantel I the previous post was so awesome, love the hankie treatment! Now about the swaps, you box was fabulous! I want it!LOL All the wonderful things you both exchanged were adorable! Hope your keeping warm! Please have whats left of today sweet as can be! Sending love,Lori

Kath' said...

Happy Valentines Day. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I clicked to be a follower. Everything you made and got was 2die4.. Kath' at

the sassy beach said...

WOW! What fun this was! I had a blast! Can't wait untill next year to do it again
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!
hugs sassy gail

Angel Heart Designs said...

Hi! Shirl..So nice to meet you! This was SO much fun, and So creative, I loved seeing everyones goodies!!WOW! Your box is TDF.. Happy Valentines to you too! Cindy:)

Shabby Shan said...

I love all of the pretty goodies you sent and received! This swap has been so much fun! Thank you for sharing!

Shabby Shan's Cottage

stephanie said...

Such pretty goodies...It was a fun swap, wasn't it...

Sheila said...

Hello Shirl, I am so happy you paid me a visit at my blog to comment on the wonderful Amour Swap. I have to say you and your partner got Wayyyyyyyyyyyyy to spoiled.. lol.. What fun you will both have going back to gaze upon your sweet gifts.. The boxes each of you received are works of Art.. Have a great day.. Sheila

Renee said...

You both made such pretty boxes! Happy Belated Valentines!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

You two girls really did a great job of spoiling each other! I so love it all!! I bet she just thought she was in heaven when she opened your pretty heart box, Shirl!!

Angelic Accents

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Shirl,
Oh so great to see you and I loved catching up with your posts. My goodness you and Crystal were both very blessed with Valentine goodness. I love everything that you did for Crystal and all your pretty gifts are amazing too.
It sure looks like it was a lot of fun for you both.

I so hope your snow lets up soon and Spring is near by.
I am always so inspired when I visit your lovely blog. Your talents for creating just speaks to me and your decorating and displays are wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.
Have a great day.
Love to you dear friend.
Celestina Marie

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Shirl!! What a wonderful swap you two had! I love your creations, you put so much heart and work into your swap and it is all sooo gorgeous!! And your partner sure did know you well! Everything is SO SHIRL!!!
I sure hope you get your new ISP soon!! I miss ya :)
Love and hugs,

vickie said...

I've enjoyed looking at all the wonderful goodies you two shared.
Everything is so pretty!