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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2010
6:59 AM

Post #8197276

This is what we do:
Sign up by november 12th if we have at least 12 people- or more
pick buddies for each person and I will d-mail chosen names by Monday Nov. 15

Sending items should be done by December 15th the gift suggestion list is huge.
keep $ low be creative. see other thread http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1138311/

As we receive our gifts we should open them ( it is your pre-christmas surprise
and yours alone) and post pictures thus getting some exitement going.

So we are signing up until the 12th of Nov.
closing the Secret Santa exchange by the 15th of Nov.
sending to your buddy by the 12th of Dec.
gift has to be out by then
Please make sure your address is in the daves garden addy .

participants sofar:

mrsbonnie
jamieviw
plantladylin
Hill-billy_gran
meag848
Lillipad
Helenethequeen




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Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

November 6, 2010
12:45 PM

Post #8197742

Sign me up!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2010
2:17 PM

Post #8197876

Sign me up please! I thought I already signed up ... must have put it on another thread, LOL ... I told y'all I'm a ditzy blonde! I'm in the address exchange.

mrsbonnie
Ottawa, IL
(Zone 9a)

November 7, 2010
3:50 AM

Post #8198725

sign me up also,
bonnie
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 7, 2010
5:11 PM

Post #8199922

I'd like to participate! I want to make those gorgeous pinecone ornaments. I'll add my address.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 7, 2010
5:15 PM

Post #8199930

O.k., I'm relatively new. Where is the address exchange found?
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

November 7, 2010
5:39 PM

Post #8199959

go to "extras" on your home page and it is under "DG Connections.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 8, 2010
7:11 AM

Post #8200774

Here is another Christmas gift idea --$$ Tuna can transformed - Pin cushion ear ring holder or ring holder.


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plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 8, 2010
7:41 AM

Post #8200825

I am not crafty and have a very short attention span so I think my buddy will be getting a store bought item.
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 8, 2010
10:16 AM

Post #8201106

Dec 15th Huh?? OK sign me up!! I'm in the exchange!

Melanie
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 9, 2010
8:34 AM

Post #8202780

OH...I'm Definately IN. Sign me up too.

And if there is an uneven number to sign up, I will gladly volunteer to send two boxes, as I want this to be fun for everyone.

Let me tell you, Helene sent me one of those tuna can pincushions, and it was unbelieveable that it had ever been a can! Really beautiful and I use it all the time!

So Helene, aren't you going to sign up too? I don't see your name on the list !

tish

PS: I'm going to add on here for my Santa...that my favorite color is yellow, I enjoy both indoor and outdoor gardening, love anything that looks vintage, my hobbies are gardening, sewing, quilting. I can't think of anything to add that would be a dislike, I'm pretty easy to please.

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 9, 2010
10:16 AM

Post #8202933

I did up date the names today.
We are struggling but getting there we do have a few more days.
Tish you are so funny OMG I did forget me.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 12, 2010
7:20 AM

Post #8207828

I am closing this "Secret Santa" as we don't have enough interest.
We will try again next year. Sincerely Helene
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 12, 2010
7:47 AM

Post #8207877

That''s too bad. Thanks for trying.

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

November 12, 2010
7:51 AM

Post #8207885

Pretty pic, Jamie!!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 12, 2010
11:47 AM

Post #8208234

thanks, it's optimara little jewel sapphire.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 12, 2010
2:09 PM

Post #8208424

I especially like the lighting effect.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 14, 2010
6:47 PM

Post #8211877

Ahhwww my friends, some of you are mad at me, or so it seems. If you (7 of us ) want to go on we can figure out a way to give a gift to each other,,,Helene

Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

November 14, 2010
7:01 PM

Post #8211905

I'm not mad :-) just mostly lurking the past several days. I will go with the flow--whatever everyone else decides!!!
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2010
7:43 PM

Post #8211986

Its a shame there is not more participation for a gift exchange. Who doesn't like gifts, ha. Whatever Helene has decided/decides is fine with me.

tish
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2010
11:13 PM

Post #8212233

Helen, I really don't think anyone's mad...more like dissapointed.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2010
6:36 AM

Post #8212495

Well if all want to give this a try - we are seven at this point. I'll wait to here a "yep" from the others and d-mail buddies this PM. Helene
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

November 15, 2010
6:58 AM

Post #8212563

Sounds great-- have you sent a group email invite to people playing bingo? they may have missed this thread I'm in-- (already got the gift)--jlmk :-)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 15, 2010
8:56 AM

Post #8212762

I can't participate this year due to health issues,but I will be lurking and cheering for everybody!!

Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 15, 2010
9:14 AM

Post #8212789

Lynn, I just said a prayer for you. I hope your health improves, especially through the Holidays.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 15, 2010
9:30 AM

Post #8212814

Thank you Jamie :-)!!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2010
11:05 AM

Post #8213000

Lynn, Sorry about your health.

The Saying "Health is wealth" is so true. Get better pronto. Helene
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 15, 2010
11:50 AM

Post #8213086

Thanks Helene :-)!! I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Lynn

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2010
12:47 PM

Post #8213156

If there is anything I can do, just let me know. Huge experience with health issues...HD
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 15, 2010
3:58 PM

Post #8213523

Thank you again.

Lynn
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2010
2:42 PM

Post #8217301

It's been a very bad year for me as well, otherwise I would participate. I think you all should go forward as planned...get the tradition started...so I can join next year.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2010
7:07 AM

Post #8231060

Hello, ladies, Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We visited my SI and DB, Just 4 of us here in Fl. Fam is every where else.

i think I have some ideas pat down as to what I want to do/send to my buddy, hoping you all come up with some pretty and interesting for your partner. Helene

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2010
11:33 AM

Post #8231415

I am the first who received "The" Secret Santa Package from "hillbilly_gran" Sooner than you think.

Lovely wind chimes, brand new in package, lovely antique saucer for the special mini, something old. Thank you Tommie Gillam. So thoughtful.

When all agree I will post picture.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2010
11:50 AM

Post #8231428

Oooh, I haven't mailed my secret buddy's package yet. I have the box ... hopefully by the end of this coming week I will have it all together and get it mailed, will definitely get it out before Dec. 15th!

Helene: I'd love to see a picture!

Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

November 26, 2010
11:58 AM

Post #8231433

Helene, did the cup arrive intact? If not plmk-- I insured it and we will do the paperwork.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2010
1:09 PM

Post #8231522

OHHHHH Cup? running down to look for cup.

Was just going to post that I am sending mine on Monday. and ...need to run to the garage/

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2010
1:17 PM

Post #8231533

Cup INTACT with drainholw for AV. How clever.

I have to explain, My Sewing/Playroom is in the garage. I also wondered why the insurance?
I did not open the windchimes, but now I did and what did I find but CUP.
Thank you so much. I think Fisherman's Paradise( which is coming nicely) will look good in cup with saucer, the blue flowers and variagtion. Pefect. Thank you so much. You all let me know when to post pictures. Helene.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 26, 2010
7:23 PM

Post #8232108

It sounds like a gorgeous gift Helene :-). I'm looking forward to everyone's pictures.

Lynn

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 27, 2010
8:48 AM

Post #8232635

This is part of my "SS" gift from Hillbilly_Gran - Beautiful Yes? She knew I love anything China..

Perfect hole in the bottom of cup. How come it didn't chip.

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Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

November 27, 2010
9:24 AM

Post #8232695

So glad you like it!! I have to admit it was a little scary, that cup is so fragile, but there was a whole thread on drilling holes on the C & S forum. As a result I ordered "diamond hole bits" in 3/8 and 5/8 sizes -- NOTHING is safe from me now;)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 27, 2010
11:03 AM

Post #8232835

It's beautiful!! I've always been afraid to try that.

Lynn

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 27, 2010
11:05 AM

Post #8232836

LOL - that happens to me too.

I am the "Macher" in this household too.

I used to collect cups and saucers and things to make silk arrangements and then give those as little gifts. But it became expensive to collect cups and saucers. Thanks again. Will post picture of the Windchimes when I assemble them. Can't use them now here on the beach - too windy. helene

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 29, 2010
12:48 PM

Post #8236267

I sent my package just now.
Soooo somebody here will get a packg. in 2-3 days. Sew beautiful. Am I bashful???
mrsbonnie
Ottawa, IL
(Zone 9a)

November 29, 2010
3:13 PM

Post #8236442

mine would have gone out today, but have to wait till my reciepent puts her right address in on daves, garden.guess i will have to wait till she reads er email.lol
bonnie

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 29, 2010
4:46 PM

Post #8236589

Ohhh, I see what you mean...I may still have it from when she sent some plants..
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 30, 2010
6:07 AM

Post #8237255

Sorry, I've been 'out of pocket' during the holidays. I've got to catch up and mail my gift! I'm almost done though. Your cup and saucer are beautiful. Wish i could work a drill!
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 30, 2010
4:38 PM

Post #8238129

Cup is really pretty! I got a drill bit at home depot for ceramic...I had some of those self watering planters that just were not working, so I decided to drill a hole in the bottom of the top piece and just wick my plant. It turned out good... I didn't break any of them and the plants did much better in them than before. Some had held too much water and others, not enough. I don't think I'm brave enough to try china though!

I'm putting the finishing touches on my ss and will mail out the package tomorrow.
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

November 30, 2010
4:46 PM

Post #8238133

Definately get a diamond hole bit-- you can drill anything!! You can get them at HD or Lowes but they are about $20 d-mail me if interested and I will give you a link to get them inexpensively ( I got both for $26 with free shipping).

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 1, 2010
7:28 AM

Post #8238916

Thanks' again. Much loved. I' ll post a pix of the Wind Chimes as well.

meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2010
10:08 AM

Post #8239177

Helene!!!! You really outdid yourself! Talking about a spirit lifter. I came home from taking some exams, which I feel like I didn't do very well on, and found my SS on the backsteps.Here is what was in it:
Celestial Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea
Ghirardelli Chocolates
An ornament that she made (just beautiful)
An adorable watering can (which I can paint on)
A handtowel, which she decorated, with the cutest little poem
Two crocheted potholders and dishtowel
And Silver Sheen Episcia.
Thank you so very much!!!
Melanie

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 1, 2010
10:21 AM

Post #8239193

I am glad it arrived save. You are very welcome, perhaps you have a picture as I forgot to take one.
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2010
11:02 AM

Post #8239307

I'll take one and post it tonight!
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2010
3:07 PM

Post #8239696

Once again, thank you Helene!!

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

December 1, 2010
4:43 PM

Post #8239902

Oh my Melanie,
What a lovely gift!! Makes me wish I could still do crafts.

Lynn
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2010
5:05 PM

Post #8239968

What a wonderful gift!!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

December 2, 2010
7:27 AM

Post #8240611

Hi hillybilly gran- I would love that link! By the way, how do ya'll add links to your messages?
Helene- beautiful items! I'm just teaching myself to crochet. It's so much fun so far.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 2, 2010
7:37 AM

Post #8240621

add link:
highlight the link you want in the browser or in a msg. right click on copy, then go to where you want the link, right click on paste. there she goes.
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 2, 2010
8:30 AM

Post #8240697

Here ya go!
http://www.discountdiamondbits.com/index.html
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

December 4, 2010
8:20 AM

Post #8243740

Thanks for the link and link info.
Thanks to Mrs. Bonnie for the wonderful Secret Santa! What a pretty little demitasse cup and saucer for a violet. I love oyama pots and will use this 4 inch immediately. I also got some sphagnum moss pellets for starters and gesneriad markers. I have lots of seeds going (no germination yet though) and hopefully will be able to use those. I'm so sorry to say that the white sprite plantlet did not make the shipping alive. It was cold, soggy and dead. I could see that it had flower buds too. There is a circular ring that I think is for leaves. I've never used one and don't know how to arrange leaves in that without breaking them. Any advice? It will be nice to try something new.
Thanks again Secret Santa!!!
I'll send my package out this Monday.

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Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 4, 2010
8:40 AM

Post #8243773

ooooh nice gift!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 4, 2010
9:10 AM

Post #8243803

Someone will receive a package from me @ Wednesday next week. It's all packed up and ready to ship first thing Monday morning ... heading North. :-)

mrsbonnie
Ottawa, IL
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2010
10:25 AM

Post #8243876

Oh Jamie;
So sad the tiny plant did not make it,but i do have plenty of them & when it's warmer i will send you a few. so glad you liked everything. The violet colar, think thats how you spell it. just take a rubber band on the back of the colar & twist it twice around each little nib, then slip your pot into the rubber band likle this picture. Hope this helps.I jusy got my box from Tish & was so thrilled, i will post a picture of that also. So smart, this little light bulb with a plant inside is really remarkable.lol I love everything she sent. the cute little pin cushion & bag, she made also. so talented.lol Thanks so much Tish. I love it. Now tell me where did you ever find that little lite bulb?? Also got 2 other plants in tiny bags, can't wait to plant them.
Bonnie

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mrsbonnie
Ottawa, IL
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2010
10:27 AM

Post #8243877

here is what i got from tish.thanks so much again
bonnie

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 4, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #8243904

this is soo much fun. all the gifts are unique and yet AV/Ges and planting related. I am glad you all particiapted.Arent you?
mrsbonnie
Ottawa, IL
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2010
11:03 AM

Post #8243914

you bet, this is so much fun. like xmas.lol By the way Tish what are the little bags of plants you sent me? It looks like maybe gessies, but can find no info on them.any help would be appreciated. they are nipheae equadorensis,amalophyllon rupesite
bonnie
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 5, 2010
7:36 AM

Post #8245043

You are very welcome bonnie. I really enjoyed working on the sewing projects. I got the dishtowel idea from the sewing forum last year . Also Bettypause over there gave directions to make the scrap bag. You could also use that in the plant room for discarded leaves and such if you put a baggie inside it. The flowerpot pincushion probably still smelled like glue! - if so, sorry about that. I got that idea from a free handout flyer at a craft store the day before and I thought oooh...just want I want to add!!ha.

Did you pour the vermiculite out of the bulb and find the little tuber? I didn't know any other way to try and send it. You need a micro mini to grow in there, the small ones get too big. I bought that at Hobby Lobby, there are two sizes but the smaller one is really too small for anything except design.

I don't know about the Nipheae... I bought that rhizome at the National Convention from Marcia Belizie. I read the other day that it will go dormant. I've been pampering mine, as it is new to me and I didn't want to loose it...I travel a couple weeks a month or so, so i have it growing under cover so it won't dry out on me. The leaves look just like achimenes, it hasn't bloomed for me yet. I know you have a lot of different gessies, and as I hadn't heard much about this, I thought maybe it was something you didn't have...same with the Amalophyllon. Now I got that rhizome last Feb from Jim Roberts. He had posted a pic on another forum and I wrote and asked him about it. Nancy Kast I think had shown a different amalophyllon variety at a couple conventions and I wanted one so badly...there were seeds from the gessie society seed fund and they just didn't sprout. I was very disapointed. I was surprised they have rhizomes, I hadn't known that. Anyway, Jim offered to send me a rhizome and now the plant it is in bloom, single white star flower blooms. If you aren't interested in growing them, feel free to share them or trade them with members of your club.

tish
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 5, 2010
9:36 AM

Post #8245222

What wonderful gifts everyone is receiving! Thank you Helene for hosting this fun exchange!

I love the little china cups/saucers and Wow, some of y'all are just so crafty ... wish I had a talent like that! I've just got to know about that light bulb with the plant inside! Does the top screw off to access the inside for planting?? I love planting dish gardens and little terrariums and that is so unique and precious!

Bonnie: I googled for Niphea (Phinaea?) and Amalophyllon and found this, Amalophyllon at top of page and scroll down to the bottom of the page for Phinaea:

http://www.gesneriads.ca/genamaldiaphin.htm

And, when I googled for Amalophyllon rupesite (rupestre?) I found a photo of one called A. rupestre: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ki/3715078670/

Really interesting plants ... I love browsing the gesneriads.ca website!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 5, 2010
10:08 AM

Post #8245281

plantladylin - your gift is coming, it is coming. Very pretty too. Since I am Santa I know.
Those plants are soo precious looking.

Yes the light bulb is interesting. My problem with growing in terrariums is that when I put them in, they fit. But now that they are growing beautifully, how to take them out.
I have to do a pix of what I am talking about. Totally stupid...
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 5, 2010
10:27 AM

Post #8245310

My package is all packed up and going out tomorrow! I'm not so talented at crafts but I did make a little something, not the greatest effort but I tried. I've never been real talented but was a little better at crafts when I was younger. :-)

I wanted to send non gessie plants to my buddy, but the weather isn't going to cooperate for shipping live plants. We are supposed get down to 29 and 30 for the next three nights, brrrr. I was hoping we'd not have another record breaking cold winter like last year but it isn't looking very promising so far. We usually don't have any cold nights until late January, early February and here it's only early December and we are going to be below freezing. Last week we had a daytime high of 83 one day and the next day a high of only 61. The news said some areas had a difference of 30 from one day to the next! Gee, the weather is really getting weirder each year, even in Florida!


lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 5, 2010
7:43 PM

Post #8246091

Bulb: Yes, the top screws off. .. its about the same size as a light bulb but the glass is thicker. I gave one with a sinn. white sprite in it this past spring. This fall she said it had grown and bloomed like crazy and had now outgrown the bulb.

My father gave me an old large 10 or 15 gallon clear glass jug, like they used to put medicine in (he got it from an old dr years ago). I had it for a long time and then one day, I had gotten a lot of episcia cuttings and I thought, now I'm going to plant that jug. Well, that was about 8 years ago and it is just full to the top...solid plants, very over grown. Now and then I see a bloom thru the moisture and leaves.

tish
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 5, 2010
8:16 PM

Post #8246138

I love terrariums and I have a few. I've got a heavy 5 gallon glass jug that was given to me back in the 70's, I originally had two but one of them broke many years ago. I'm lazy and cheated ... I had my husband take it somewhere to have a hole cut in the back so I could get my hand in for planting!

Not the best picture, but this jug only has a large Fittonia plant in it.

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Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 6, 2010
5:48 AM

Post #8246481

Great terrarium & great idea Lin!! I have a number of 4 gal plastic jugs that are supposed to be disposable(recyclable), and a number of gessies and begonias that want a terrarium. I can't bring myself to get rid of them(jugs or plants)--hmmmm you have given me ideas!
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2010
6:44 AM

Post #8246576

That plant looks very happy in there...leaf coloring is very pretty. I ordered a dozen clear plastic one gallon "jars". I grow a lot of gessies in them so I don't have to water so much. For a lid, I put a clear glass or clear plastic plate over the top. The heavy glass ones work better, but I ran out of the ones I had and the size had worked so well, I found the plastic ones on ebay. Guess I need to learn to like pickles really really well...for the jars! Ladies, get yours planted and then we will start a new post of our terranium pictures!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 6, 2010
9:37 AM

Post #8246891

Mailed out my "Secret Santa" gift this morning ... recipient should receive it Thursday.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 6, 2010
9:59 AM

Post #8246920

this is soo neat, looks like we will have it together way before the 15th. Nice I think.
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2010
2:02 PM

Post #8247301

There is no way to have mine ready before the 15th!!!!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 6, 2010
2:14 PM

Post #8247322

well you are working on it and getting there. It'll all work out
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2010
2:32 AM

Post #8248031

Thanks for the encouragement. I just hope that the person likes it.

Helene,as soon as I can get to Moms I'll send you a picture of my great grandmothers quilt squares. I really hate to see them go to waste packed up.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 7, 2010
6:53 AM

Post #8248313

Well like I said, if you can sew a little we can do something with them - or perhaps decide on colors and I can sash them and you have it quilted by some one near you - hand or machine..

Ladies, perhaps we shouldn't reveal the next few pkgs. received since meag848 is needing some time. This way - we wouldn't know who is to receive her gift. Yes? HD
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 7, 2010
7:06 AM

Post #8248330

Helene: No more reveals for now is fine with me. We all understand that this is a busy time of year for everyone ... and it's still a few weeks until Christmas so it's only natural that Santa is still preparing. :-)
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 7, 2010
7:13 AM

Post #8248337

works for me!!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

December 7, 2010
8:00 AM

Post #8248399

Good here as well. I sent package yesterday too. I love the idea of a terrarium thread. I planted up some terrariums with violets and gessies, but had no rhyme nor reason for what to put where. I would love to learn more about that sort of growing.

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meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2010
8:14 AM

Post #8248423

Thanks everyone. It's taken more time than I thought it would to complete. I really hope that this person likes it.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 7, 2010
8:54 AM

Post #8248481

Jamie: Very nice terrarium, great job! There is a Terrarium Forum here on DG: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/terrariums/all/ but I think it's active only sporadically. I think it would be great to have a thread here on this forum showing our AV/Gessie Terrariums ... or in my case, a few that hold non-gessie plants.

meag: The rules state to mail our package by the 15th, so there's still time. Even if you can't get it out until later, don't worry ... it's still a gift of the holiday season and the recipient will appreciate it.


helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 7, 2010
11:50 AM

Post #8248710

Thank you ladies for understanding. Would be kinda "unfair" for the last one to know before the pkg. arrives. Yes?

It'll work out just fine.

Growing under Glass -- that would be nice. I agree
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2010
6:58 PM

Post #8249216

Melanie this is fun, please don't let it get stressful. Take your time. I sent mine out a little early because someone in our family who lives out of state is ill and I didn't know if I would need to travel. Everything else it seems I'm getting done at the last minute! Enjoy the holiday and the trimmings! tish

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 8, 2010
8:06 AM

Post #8249977

absolutely,
I sent early because I knew i wanted to bake a bunch of cookies like 10 diff kinds for gifts and the kids are coming. I made a baking book for them a few years ago and now I try to add new pages as I Bake and refine other recipes. I knew I'll have quite a bit of Company, they are staying a week and we love our lunches and dinners. Etc.

It'll work out... Helene
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2010
8:54 AM

Post #8250027

Whoo Hoo!!!! It will go out this weekend!!! Thanks everyone for being so kind and waiting.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 8, 2010
10:18 AM

Post #8250145

When all the pkgs are received it's ok to reveal and thus this is zippered up next week.

GREAT all around
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 10, 2010
8:07 AM

Post #8253161

I've been tracking the package I sent, and it has arrived at it's destination. :-)
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 10, 2010
10:21 AM

Post #8253339

Yep it has!!! I picked it up a litle bit ago and LOVE everything!!! I will post a photo and details in a bit--as soon as I find the USB cord for my camera-- or email to myself from my cell phone (no one can ever accuse me of being organized). Thanks so much Lin! You are the Best Secret Santa ever!!
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 10, 2010
10:52 AM

Post #8253384

Lin, I apologize for the quality of the pic-- still looking for that usb cable... My Santa sent me: A beautiful rainguage with a bird motif. Pot holders and dish towels with bird motif, a Humming bird ornament, an adorable handmade wreath, fuzzy Christmas socks, a scented coaster, notepad and pen, homemade Banana nut bread (absolutely wonderful, munching as i write) An adorable garden plaque that I intend to put on the outside of my new gh--soon as the siding is on and a Santa full of chocolates :-) Thank You Santa Lin!!

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

December 10, 2010
11:08 AM

Post #8253398

Ooohh- that's nice! I love Banana nut bread. This is fun. Thanks for getting it together for us Helene.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 10, 2010
2:19 PM

Post #8253636

Tommie: So glad you liked everything! I've been baking a lot of banana bread the past couple of months. I wasn't sure how it would travel but I got the tip from my youngest sister (who is a fabulous cook), to freeze the bread shortly after it cools, and to remove it from the freezer right before packing the box. She says it travels well that way? I'm going to be baking this weekend too ... a couple of different kinds of cookies, banana nut bread, pumpkin bread, cream cheese pound cake, and home made cranberry sauce. I give these in gift baskets to family, friends and neighbors.

I received my wonderful package from Jamie yesterday. She sent me a beautiful hand made Pine Cone Ornament. I sure wish I had the patience to do something crafty like that! She also sent holiday kitchen towels, scented soaps, a pair of cozy socks, and an oh soo cute little mini AV (Optimara "Little Sapphire") that I hope I can keep alive! Jamie, thank you so much for these great gifts, it made my Christmas really special!

Helene: This was a lot of fun, so thank you so much for hosting this wonderful swap. It makes the holidays a bit brighter!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with time to reflect on all that is important in your lives, time to spend with friends and family (even if it's only a loving feline or canine companion), and I wish you all peace and prosperity for the coming year.

((((( Hugs ))))) & Blessings to you all,

Lin

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 11, 2010
12:37 PM

Post #8254850

ladies, i believe we are still missing some...i will wrap it up when i know all is well. HD
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 13, 2010
3:27 AM

Post #8257200

It's in the mail!!! Finally!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 13, 2010
7:53 AM

Post #8257634

This was really a lot of fun and I'm so glad I joined in the Secret Santa Swap ... look forward to next year!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 13, 2010
6:59 PM

Post #8258786

it looks like we are bringing this together by due date. Ladies you are wonderful peeps.
Love that word...I mean peoples.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 13, 2010
7:03 PM

Post #8258793

Helene, I like that word peeps too! It makes me think of young chicks ... and I'm not so young anymore, LOL so it's kinda nice! :-)
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 13, 2010
7:10 PM

Post #8258800

makes me think of marshmallow easter chicks :-) I like it too!
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2010
7:15 PM

Post #8258806

Ditto :-)

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 14, 2010
7:21 AM

Post #8259478

I am a word person, Love words. I'd take the dictionary to bed when I learned english and long thereafter. All these new abbr. come from texting...
My kids use this all the time,and you just don't ask your 50 yr. olds what are you saying? They know it all by now, so you don't ask.
At first I also had to think of Easter, the little chicks.
My newest is "Potatoes in their jackets"

Well tomorrow is D-day for the secret Santa and I think every one should have their gift/s this week. Check here I'll have a little surprise for you. An award for participating so to speak.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 14, 2010
8:30 AM

Post #8259599

LOL .. I don't think I've ever heard that saying "Potatoes in their jackets"! Very cute! I roast red skinned potatoes in their "jackets" but just never thought of it that way.

I've never gotten "into" the texting thing, just don't care for trying to type on such a small phone and forget about trying to figure out all the abbreviations!! When we got new cell phones a few months ago I had my husband call ATT to have them block texting. My youngest sister and some of my nieces and nephews text all the time and I have a good friend that loves to text ... I would get text messages and have to have someone decipher them for me because I couldn't make heads or tails out of what they were saying! :-)
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 14, 2010
10:30 AM

Post #8259815

Why text when you can call? So much easier don't you think?

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 14, 2010
4:49 PM

Post #8260388

Oh I love a good conversation and it is almost non-existing. I talk to my 2 daughters often, it used to be everyday, but as they get older and have their own issues it becomes less. It seems we only talk when we are happy. It should be the other way around. All 3 of us are very competitive peeps and don't like to air our dirty linens. We don't like gossip among us only when it's the extended of the Fam.

Melanie don't forget the "sun Bonnet sue"
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 14, 2010
6:02 PM

Post #8260582

Oh Helene, it is a shame you and your daughters don't talk so much anymore but I understand how life sometimes gets in the way of the important things. I wish my dear mom were still here so I could have conversations with her. We used to talk on the phone all the time. (Actually ... I still have conversations with her, it's just that she's not right here in person to answer me, LOL.) My youngest sister (8 yrs younger than me) lives in North Ga. and we were always real close, we would talk on the phone for hours with calls sometimes beginning at 8 p.m. and we'd still be on the phone at 1:00 a.m., but things have changed in her life the past few years and we aren't as close as we used to be ... rarely seem to talk anymore. She stays really busy and the distance has seemed to grow wider, but, I realize that life has it's twists and turns, changes etc. Now it seems my oldest sister (who's only 9mos 3 wks older than me LOL) and I have become closer. She lives in S. Florida and we don't get to talk often because she still works full time ... but our friendship has gotten stronger as sisters the past few years.




helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 14, 2010
6:09 PM

Post #8260596

that is exactly right...We'll walk when all the gifts are received... next couple of days.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2010
6:29 PM

Post #8260629

It's funny...(but not really) how we all seem to lose personal contact with others as time goes on.It is so much easier to keep in touch by email,texting,etc.)I so seldom write letters anymore and since I have to deal with 4 phones at work,I hate them too,although sometimes it seems I really need to hear the sound of someones voice.

Lynn
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 14, 2010
7:57 PM

Post #8260770

Lynn, I do understand. My oldest sister works in the insurance field and has a phone to her ear all day long and is also on the computer all day long with work related stuff, so she doesn't want to deal with phones or computers after she leaves work ... understandable ... I remember those days well! I feel very blessed that I don't have to work anymore, and I know how important it is to have peace and quiet at the end of a busy day.
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 18, 2010
10:28 AM

Post #8266490

Holiday Greetings! My package arrived Thursday! Sorry I couldn't post earlier, I had a party Thurs eve then Friday the computer connection was iffy at best. Guess its the weather. I'm posting now hoping I can get this typing finished while the connection still holds.

Melanie painted beautiful flowers on a glass cutting board! That means she had to paint "backwards" or reverse, because you would usually paint the background of the flowers, then the details...for the flowers to show thru glass, she had to paint the details first! Wow, really talented Mel!! Will be awhile before I can use it, ha, cause right now I'm too busy looking at how pretty it is! ...and can't bring myself to use it just yet.

And Lots of pretzles...I love pretzles! I really do. Now the caramel candy could be a problem as my husband likes them too, so I may have to hide some! My christmas tree has a lot of handmade ornaments...every year I make a bunch to give and I keep the extras for my tree; so the ornament will fit right in there too.

Thanks again Mel! This has been a lot of fun! I'm sorry you were worried about wheather it had arrived or not...I apologize for not being able to let you know sooner.

Take good care! tish

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plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 18, 2010
11:32 AM

Post #8266554

Oh Tish, that is so pretty, I think I'd have to display it on a wall and never use it for fear it would get stained and then the flowers wouldn't show through! Great job Melanie, I really admire y'all who have talent. I can't even draw a straight line and even had trouble with trying to paint stencils once, I can't even imagine trying to paint in reverse, that must take tons of patience!

Yumm ... don't ya just love Werther's Caramel's, they are the best! I love caramel, whether chocolate covered or plain ... luckily for me my husband is not a caramel fan so I don't have to hide them like I do other chocolates!

Again, Helene ... Thank you so much for hosting this Holiday Swap, it really was a lot of fun!

MERRY CHRISTMAS Everyone!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 18, 2010
12:16 PM

Post #8266617

So this wraps up this exchange
Ladies thank you for being precise, acurate, on time and extremely creative and I think generous. Melanie just GEourges.So creative. I do hope you'll paint the watering can as your time permits.
As a thank you I'll share a yugoslavian Walnut pillow cookie recipe, for those who want. E-mail me so I can get your e-mail and will forward it in PDF form. Again those who want. I know not every one has the need to bake. Again a big fat hug and thank you.

hmdbrew@aol.com
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 18, 2010
12:21 PM

Post #8266620

Thank YOU helene for organizing this!! the cutting board is gorgeous!!!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 18, 2010
12:33 PM

Post #8266636

Family recipe "Walnut Pillows" Helene

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plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 18, 2010
12:36 PM

Post #8266638

Helene: Oooh, I want that recipe! I've got so much baking to do and can't seem to get motivated today! I did make my youngest sister's recipe for Cranberry Sauce and made a recipe I got from a co-worker years ago for Chocolate Cashew Crunchies ... so easy, no baking required. But, I have a few cookie and breads I bake every year for Christmas gifts for family, friends and neighbors ... gotta get busy the next couple of days!!

Will send you an e-mail shortly!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 18, 2010
12:37 PM

Post #8266640

Helene: Oh my goodness ... those look awesome!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 18, 2010
1:07 PM

Post #8266677

Yes, little lemon, little cinnamon. Should be dusted with cinnamon flavored 10X sugar. I do not . too much cinnemon.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 18, 2010
2:30 PM

Post #8266783

Helene: I got the two recipe's ... Thanks so much!
Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 19, 2010
7:07 AM

Post #8267559

Looks delicious!!
mrsbonnie
Ottawa, IL
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2010
4:26 PM

Post #8274281

mrsbonniewow, where is everyone, no post for some time. whats up???
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

December 24, 2010
8:57 AM

Post #8275121

I'm still here Bonnie,but I work in retail...a little swamped.

Merry Christmas :-)
Lynn
mrsbonnie
Ottawa, IL
(Zone 9a)

December 24, 2010
4:07 PM

Post #8275673

just thought it a little strange , there were no post for a few days.I know everyone is busy.lol
bonnie

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