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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 16, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8893421

From the number of participants, we're going to have another wonderful Christmas exchange. Thank you so much, LK, for volunteering to Co-Hostess.

These are the options we were given. Choosing our top two wasn't always an easy thing to do.

1. Receive a Stuffed Stocking, either bought or homemade.

2. Receive an Ornament, a decorative Santa, Snowman, or Snow Woman. It’ll be up to your Buddy to choose which one.

3. Receive a minimum of six bows along with a plain wreath, homemade or bought. You as the recipient will be able to change the bows during the coming months and decorate the wreath to your liking.

4. Receive a new decorated Red or Green Garden Trowel or another new decorated gardening tool you can display inside or out. Again, it’ll be your Buddy’s choice.

5. Receive a small artificial tree decorated with traditional or non-traditional items. Non-traditional items could include shells, mirrored tiles, pine cones, feathers, sprays of flowers and leaves, or a combination of these or other items you have in your craft stash or imagination. It’s totally up to your Secret Santa how your tree will be decorated.

6. Receive food or non-food items. A few food items could be cookies, cakes, brownies, chocolates, pickles, and jams. Non-food items could include soaps, potpourri, fuzzy socks, or dish towels. Just for suggestions. Your Buddy will surprise you with their choice(s).

7. Receive a Glass Jar Candle with the scent of your Buddy’s choice.

8. Receive a regional cookbook OR several recipe note cards OR a magazine, new or used, that features Holiday recipes. Again this option will be left up to your Buddy.

9. Receive a mystery gift that begins with First Initial of YOUR User ID.

10. Receive a Large or Small garden flag OR Wind Chimes…your Buddy’s choice.

As always, our goal is to have fun as we celebrate another Christmas together and enjoy each other’s company! Put your thinking caps on, use your imagination, and brighten someone’s day with a box of gifts whether they’re on your Buddy's suggested lists or not.

The value of the gifts you send should be around $20, excluding Priority Mail with a Delivery Confirmation Number.

Reveal your Secret Santa when you receive your package. Please Priority Mail your package with a Delivery Confirmation number no later than the week of December 5th. If you mail fragile items, please pack them well and insure your package. Keep your receipt handy or D-mail the Delivery Confirmation number you used to either LK or me, depending on which one of us assigned your Buddy.

Please respect your Buddy's privacy and don't post tracking numbers directly on our threads.

We came from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1228218/

Our participants this year are...

1234dottie / Dottie -- > #2 I love ornaments. Snowmen are my favorite. #4 Any kind of garden tool. #10 I do not have any kind of garden flag, I also love windchimes. Would love to have Surprises.

Bettypauze / Betty -- > RECEIVED FROM 1234dottie
absolutely no preference. Cannot receive plants or food across the border.

Carolyn22 / Carolyn -- > RECEIVED FROM deejay9
I don't like vanilla scented things, but love cinnamon. Would like a stocking stuffed with homemade items or things such as gardening tape and seeds. The other ideas all look good too.

ClanCampbell / Chris -- > #2- I like Santa Clauses best, I guess- really, no preference here
#10- don't really do flags that much, but everyone knows how much I love windchimes :-) (hint,hint) :-)
No allergies, but I don't like food smelling candles (like apple pie, etc) - would rather have something scented like flowers or vanilla (hmm, guess that might be food scented) I once found a victorian rose/vanilla candle that I LOVED.. and they quit making them LOL.

Cris316 -- > Would love to receive any of the items. Numbers 2, 6, 7 or 9 especially.
Allergic to bananas. Love vanilla scented items (candles, sachet, etc)

Crit / Patti -- > #6 is first pick. Second picks would be:
#2 I like snowmen/women
#5 Up to my buddy
#8 I love cookbooks and other people's recipe's that they like
#9 I'm a C. If you opt for cactus, I like unusual hens/chicks, odd cactus like living rock, etc. I'm not especially "asking" for cactus, just wanted to throw that in, in case. It is ALL up to my buddy
#10 Would like to start getting yard flags, but don't have any of the holders that they go on. I also love windchimes.
No allergies. Love food, chocolate, jams and clay thingy's. (hint hint. And that's a C! ) Don't care for cinnamon type scents. Use scentsy warmers more than candles. Like scents like Thunderstorm, Enchanted Mist and Rainforest...or for Christmas Poinsettia Pine.

Cville_Gardener / Carole -- > #4 and #10
I don't care for santas, elves, reindeer, angels, stockings, holiday ornaments and so forth. We don't put up a big tree.
Not allergic to anything but not wild about a lot of overpowering scents. Cinnamon, vanilla and citrus are my faves.
Do like small decorated trees (the funkier, the better), yard art, gardening items of all kinds, mobiles, stained glass, dark chocolate, soup fixins, pastas, and coffees/teas (especially organic).

deejay9 / Susie -- > RECEIVED FROM Cville_Gardener
I Would love any of these #2, #3, #6, or #9 but truly anything for my new home. Love rainbow colors. I have a small white tree so I have my hands up for Mini oddball ornaments for my tree from any one :) Love crafty people.

froggies_girl / Julie -- > My preferences are #6, 9, 1, 4, or 5 (I'm collecting New Orleans Saints items and their team emblem, the fleur de lis). Hyacinth, paperwhites, or other bulbs are fine. Buddy, I'm putting specifics but I'll love whatever you send. And I'd love a book that the children and I can record favorite Christmas traditions. Can be handmade or bought.

FruitOfTheVine / Susan -- > I'm picking #9 and #10 but would be just as happy with Surprises. Also love dark chocolate, jarred candles, and homemade jams or jellies. Don't send me a Fruitcake...lol, and I can't stand Chocolate Covered Cherries.

happgarden / Joyce -- > #2 and #9 Anything is ok with me. I am traditional bright red/bright green/and white Christmas person. Love surprises & homemade jelly.

irisluvr0252 / Debbie -- > RECEIVED FROM ClanCampbell
Sorry, I can't pick just 2! #2, 6, 8, 10...out of these 4 I think I would go with #2 and #8 but would definitely be happy with anything my buddy chooses!

jab91864 / Julie -- > I will be easy, whatever my buddy wants to send. No allergies or major dislikes.

joeswife / Debra -- > Surprise me.

lizrainey / Liz -- > #6 and #10 -- No rose smell, no coconut or cheese.

mandy97 / Mandy -- > RECEIVED FROM taters55
I think I'd like #6 and either #1 or #8 - buddy's choice. I'm not a fan of floral scents, but do enjoy fruit and cinnamon scents.

Mud_Elf / Kris -- > First choice would be # 5. I would like the mini-tree as it can be our Christmas tree for this year. I would love a cowboy or beach themed one.. The cowboy is for the long suffering Ralphie. My second choice is #10 as I can always use more yard art.
Need to say we are in a tiny place so any types of scents over power us so no candles or anything like that PLEASE. And we are on restricted diets so food is out too.

purpbutfly / Cindy -- > I would rather be totally surprised. Let my buddy decide what she wants to send me. No candles though because I make candles myself. Would like to have a butterfly tree.

ridesredmule / Char -- > RECEIVED FROM jab91864
#5 and #9 and #10. I can't stand smelly candles. I'm not a candle lover. Can't even go into one of those perfume places. Lord help me around those cinnamon brooms that almost take my breathe away.

Robynznest -- > #2 and #6. I love snowmen. I am allergic to oranges and most citrus fruit. Even the smell of an orange makes me sick. Other than that I'm pretty easy. A snowman and loads of dark chocolate will pretty much make me a very happy camper.

rouxcrew / Joy -- > #6 and #9

taters55 / LK -- > No specifics, just what ever my buddy wants to send.

warriorswisdomkathy / Kathy -- > #10 (would adore windhimes, hint hint) #5, if possible a traditional (it's been 5 years since I've had a tree and most of my lights and ornaments were aquired by my daughter and family. Love various Santas and or #6. I didn't see anything about any elves, if my trade partner has one to spare that can dig and plant I would forever be grateful.


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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 16, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8893462

To make it easier for all of us to keep up with what our Buddies have requested, I consolidated our lists and guidelines into the one post above. It looks like a lot of reading, but really isn't if you zone in on your secret Buddy.



This message was edited Nov 24, 2011 7:23 PM

deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 16, 2011
7:59 PM

Post #8893549

Just got home from bingo No Huge win tonight but did get my money back & had a good time :)

Susan I Have a twin bed not much room out here for anything bigger :) 0
would you believe my neighbors are starting to put up xmas lights already so i think tomorrow i will try to find room to put up my tree out here. for right now i need to go lay back up early with daddy so jim can go hunting . so you all have a great evening .
susie

joeswife

joeswife
(Debra) Derby, KS
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2011
10:30 PM

Post #8893744

Hi everyone.. got y buddies stuff all together, now to get it boxed up.


My college girl has been after me to get her another handmade quilt, I got all daughters quilts about 6 years ago from some Yoder ladies who were selling them for a charity thing, they love them, I have two small ones my college girl had someone on Facebook make, but they are really lap quilts..
my grandma and great aunt effie were in the newspaper once for an article on the quilt tops they made for charity, they made over one thousand quilts in one year.. don't know how they did that.. oh wait, they didn't work full time, I forgot.. :P~

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 17, 2011
3:28 AM

Post #8893813

Time is moving right along. I've got my bud's things together too. Woohoo! Fun! ^_^

I have many of my grandmother's old quilts. She was my very favorite person in the world. In fact, she gave me a handmade quilt for our wedding. DH's grandmother gave us two feather pillows with handmade cotton duck covers and stuffed with freshly plucked feathers. Forget the fancy dishes and silver. The older generation was sooo practical and I loved it. :)

This is not a quilt ... it's a sampler that was made by my great-great-grandmother who was verrrrry old at the time.

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GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

November 17, 2011
3:42 AM

Post #8893821

Oh wow...1906, is that when she made it?? That looks great to be that old. Very nice!!

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2011
4:19 AM

Post #8893840

WOW! Love that sampler! 1000 quilts in a year? How many ladies were sewing them?

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 17, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8893857

Thanks. I don't think I was too clear about that. Yes, she made it in 1906. At first I thought it was a child's sampler, but I believe she made it for one of her children. She was born sometime before 1850.

The material has held up remarkably well considering it had gotten no special treatment, although my great-aunt probably had stored it in a cedar chest and that helped preserve the material. The silk is very fragile and shredding but the rest is just fine.



purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8893915

Hi Ladies,

Been busy making candles, 86 all together now working on some Trash to Treasure goodies. Sure hope my buddy likes homemade things because that is what she will be getting hee hee ^_^

Anyhoooo here is a sneak peek at one thing I made: Hummingbird Feeder from baby food jars

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purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2011
5:50 AM

Post #8893919

Here's a side view and you can see my Brug in the background it has about 6 buds on it. I'm hoping it will bloom before it starts freezing here

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 17, 2011
5:54 AM

Post #8893925

Very nice ... both the feeder and the Brug. ♥

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 17, 2011
5:56 AM

Post #8893928

Oh yea and here is a pic of some of the candles I made


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deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 17, 2011
6:46 AM

Post #8893979

oh so pretty sure wish i could do candles all i can do is smell them can't burn them . that HB Feeder is also a cool idea :)
just waitig for jim to get back here so i can go put up my xmas tree & lights :) won't be much under it but I can enjoy the festive lights ;)
here he comes down the road so back later today .
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

November 17, 2011
6:57 AM

Post #8893990

All you ladies with the heirloom quilts be sure and have them labeled, we forget, our kids forget, or no one thinks about it until it is too late. There is nothing sadder than to have a quilt handed down and no one know for sure who made it. The simplest way is just take a scrape of material (that has been washed), then get a pigma pen, write down as much information as you know and then just tack it with thread to the back of the quilt. If you do a search on the internet there are a 1000 ways to label them, or maybe you quilters can tell us a simpler way. I did receive an old quilt from my Father-In-Law that was handed down thru my Mother-in-laws family, but DFIL had no idea who made it, zero, zip. I did a lot of investigation, I contacted the DMIL's family and we compared quilts that they had received and was lucky enough to find the same material used in two quilts, so we can only assume it was made by my MIL's Mother...but we will never know for sure. Good things to include if you know, who made it, who it was made for, when it was made, and anything else you might want to add.

Here is more detail on the subject.
http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/how-tuesday-make-a-quilt-label/
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

November 17, 2011
7:13 AM

Post #8894011

Speaking of quilts...my mom made both of my children one. She cross-stiched different things that related to each child...(what they were involved in or liked. etc.), dated them and then sewed them together. In the middle she put their full name, birthdate, how much they weighed at birth and the date she completed it. She still has them...I will have to ask why she never gave them to us. I had forgotten all about them until you all brought it up. Thanks.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 17, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8894013

Good reminder, happ. My great-aunt wrote the information on an envelope flap and pinned it to the back. It's still there. She was the great one in her family for "labeling" everything. ^_^

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8894609

Don't leave that pin in the quilt too long, or you will have a permanent rust spot in it.

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

November 17, 2011
8:12 PM

Post #8895021

I am so sorry. My mom is still in the hospital. She is continuing to experience atrial fib daily. The docs have switched her meds and still trying to get her stabilized. Between her, taking care of her plants and animals, and my own things, I barely have time to breath. Mom is in good spirits; really wants to come home. But they have to get things stabilized before they will release her. I hate her having atrial fib. Last year, we had quite a scare when she had one and her heart rate dropped so low it would set off the monitors. Don't want that to happen again.

FOTV, please let my buddy know that I will be out of town from Nov. 25 - Dec. 10. Going to NC, then to Deleware, then to New York, and finally New Jersey. My second trip to New Jersey since August. Anyone wanna know why? Gotta guess!!!!!!!

I love you all and will mail my buddy's box as soon as I get home on Dec. 10. If I can get it all together, I will mail it next week, but maybe I'll find something on my trip that I'll want to include. Be back in touch as soon as possible.

love to all, julieanne

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 18, 2011
3:39 AM

Post #8895220

The pin has already been in the sampler since the date she wrote the note ... 1957. LOL. Just adds to the charm of the history for me. ^_^

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 18, 2011
7:07 AM

Post #8895392

Poor Elfie was lost... she just found the page,,, now settling in to her corner to finnish up her little swap gifts,,, heehee...

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 18, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8895490

Julie, that is a lot of traveling! Are you going with cash in your pocket for the casino's?

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

November 18, 2011
9:14 PM

Post #8896418

Yay! Thank the Lord that Moma got to come home today! She is in good spirits and is looking forward to her visit with me tomorrow morning for coffee. I am going to make pumpkin muffins for her as a surprise! So blessed that she is home.

Buddy, I found some beautiful things to make you something special! I'm so excited about it!

Has anyone ever planted lettuce (salad) bowls? I am giving a presentation in Febrvuary on "salad bowls" and would appreciate any advice, links, and suggestions.

I'm going to bed for the night. Sweet dreams and love to all.

Julieanne
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 20, 2011
6:38 PM

Post #8899224

How I wish I'd never used the Wedding Ring Quilt my Mother made for me in the 1980's, long before I ever thought about being married, and another favorite she made was a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt she made for hubby. Both are in my cedar chest and have seen better days. I'm still kicking myself when I cleaned out her house that I didn't take at least one of her Cathedral Window quilts.

Tell me more what you mean by growing ' salad bowls" and which tender greens you're interested in trying. You ought to be able to grow a variety of lettuces, Arugula and a Mesculin mix from seeds under a grow light, like I'm going to try over the Winter.


Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 21, 2011
2:37 AM

Post #8899528

My 'Bright Lights' Swiss Chard is still going strong. Love it. ^_^ Any chard is a good cool weather crop. And flat-leaf parsley. Makes a great addition to a salad bowl. ^_^
jab91864
Northern Michigan, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 22, 2011
5:25 AM

Post #8901167

My Christmas package is almost ready to go out, waiting on one more item to arrive then I need to wrap.

Just popping in to touch base and catch up a bit on the thread, been working extra and haven't had much time off lately.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!!

~Julie =0)

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 22, 2011
5:37 AM

Post #8901179

Yes, Happy Thanksgiving, all! ^_^
irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

November 22, 2011
2:58 PM

Post #8901803

I need one more item to put in my buddy's box and then it can go out...hoping I can get it on its way this week and beat the deadline this time!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 22, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8901883

My box is packed, and ready to be picked up tomorrow. My buddy should get it this week end or early next week.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 22, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8901944

Mine just needs to be packed, and that requires me thinning out some of what I am sending. Darn it. I will just have to keep the extras!

Joy
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 22, 2011
6:11 PM

Post #8902009

Geez, you gals are on the ball. Had a busy week-end away and thought I might find a few things to include but didn't. So that means I'm back to square one and need to get on the ball.

What's on everybody's Thanksgiving menu?

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 22, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8902047

Were going to try and fry a turkey, then all the trimmings to go with.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 22, 2011
8:50 PM

Post #8902199

We had ours last weekend so that the boys could be free to eat with their dad this week. We fried a turkey (of course), twice baked sweet potatoes, carrot casserole, brussel sprout and cheese bake, dressing, gravy, homebaked rolls, and homemade cranberry sauce/relish. Made a pumpkin cheesecake which was cut in tiny slices but was so good. Had everything done way ahead and just had to pull out pans from the fridge and pop into the oven. Guys did the turkey, sat around and visited for the 30 minutes it took, then we all visited in the kitchen while my oldest dismantled it and everyone fought over the skin.

Joy

joeswife

joeswife
(Debra) Derby, KS
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
8:58 PM

Post #8902221

here is the email I sent out to family:
Due to the Good News that Sherry and Alex will be joining the family for this wonderful day of giving thanks,
the Meal will not begin until 1 ish. They won't be getting in until that time, and I am sure we all want to wait for them.. Anyone can come early, and the menu is this:
Two Bottles Asti from Joe
Smoked Turkey from Jon Jet BBQ
Baked Chicken ( Stuffed with Dressing) and Noodles from Debra ( in honor of Great Aunt Effie)
Pork Butt Roll Special from Joe ( New Recipe that Kicks A**!)
Sweet Potatoes with Marshmellos from Debra ( in honor of Charles)
Watergate Salad from Debra ( in honor of Pauline)
Hashbrown Potatoes from Paula
Cinnamon rolls from Paula ( these kick a** also!)
Cranberry salad from Paula ( in honor of Pauline)
Green Bean Casserole from Dana
Relish Tray from Tom and Dana
Corn dip from Rose
Bud light Lime from Charlie
Two pumkin pies from Karin
Baked Wheat Bread from Joanna ( the baking queen)
Large Multi flavors cheese cake
Pecan Pie
Fruit Pie ? ( from Joanna) if she can get them done

If there is something missing, please add it to this list..
Thanks for being part of our family..

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 23, 2011
4:17 AM

Post #8902402

Goodness, I'm drooling just reading that, Debra. What a feast! ^_^

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 23, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8902420

WOW is right, turkey, chicken and a pork roast! You said 1, I think I can make it by then! ^_^

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 23, 2011
4:48 AM

Post #8902424

Yep, me too, LK. See ya there. :-D)))

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2011
4:53 PM

Post #8903336

Sorry, busy as usual. Will be shopping for goodies, thinking Friday. Still planting, another 250 iris in in the last 3 days, getting close to being done with that chore and then on to others. Trying to get things together for a kitchen remodel, hoping to get started mid Dec. Going to my daughters for Thanksgiving. I will be making dressing, cranberry relish and my fav.: whipped creme fruit salad with bananas, marishino cherries (full jar), crushed pineapple and marshmallows, yummmm! Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Will be mailing out soon. Kathy.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 23, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8903425

What a houseful and a delicious feast you're going to have, Debra!

Had to chuckle, Kathy, when you're ever going to be finished planted Irises. Bet your gardens next Spring are going to be a spectacular site :)
Even more so than the smidgen of them we've seen. Don't tell happ about your abundance of Irises...lol






Robynznest

Robynznest
Pittsburg, MO
(Zone 6b)

November 24, 2011
4:45 AM

Post #8903696

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May God Bless you and keep all of you safe. Thank you Lord for all these good people and thank you Lord for all service men everywhere, including all our foreign friends.

Love you all.
lizrainey
San Mateo, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 24, 2011
4:54 AM

Post #8903700

wishing you all a happy thanksgiving

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 24, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8903743

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 24, 2011
6:09 AM

Post #8903760

Happy Thanksgiving to Charley and his gang, too. ^_^

deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 24, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8903768

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL I ALSO HAVE MY BUDDIES BOX ABOUT PACKED HOPE TO HAVE IT GO OUT BY MONDAY:)))
BE SAFE EVERYONE .

SUSIE

joeswife

joeswife
(Debra) Derby, KS
(Zone 6a)

November 24, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8903775

Happy Thanksgiving to you all , have a wonderful memory filled day..

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 24, 2011
6:56 AM

Post #8903793

Come into the Secret Garden
There's joy all about.
There is turkeys, pies and lots of
things to wear a person out.
Everyone have a great Thanksgiving.
I am Thankful for all of you and your friendship...

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 24, 2011
8:24 AM

Post #8903901

Happy Thanksgiving Dear Friends!

Char, that's an absolutely wonderful scene. Very nice.
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 24, 2011
9:22 AM

Post #8903928

Happy Thanksgiving everyone ^_^


My box is now packed and will be going out in the mail tomorrow.. woohoo!!

warriorswisdomkathy

warriorswisdomkathy
Kiowa, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 25, 2011
10:38 AM

Post #8905120

rider love the scene and the little wall sconce, cute, cute, cute. Waiting for the clouds to depart here and back out to that fresh air,lol. Need to work off the calories from yesterday. Didn't need a wheelbarrow to get away from the table this year, lol. Cool tomorrow, so shopping probably. Kathy.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 25, 2011
10:56 AM

Post #8905142

Beautiful Iris. Thank you..
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 25, 2011
8:24 PM

Post #8905968

Kathy, if my wheelbarrow wasn't full of stove wood, I sure could have used it yesterday..lol We had a delicious Thanksgiving meal even if I did cook it.

Can ya'll believe Christmas is a month from today?! I finally took down my hummingbird feeders, got them cleaned and stored til next Spring, filled the regular feeders again, changed the flags, and brought out two small lighted Christmas trees in urns I'd forgotten about that I found on clearance last year and put them on either side of our front door next to the pots of Kale that now sorta look out of place. Over the weed-end I'm planning to change our wreaths and dig in the Christmas stuff to see what I've forgotten about that I can decorate with inside and out now before I put up our tree. Our local stores already have fresh Frazier Fir trees, $30 for ones that are about 6' tall. They're tempting and I do love the smell of a fresh tree, but will put up the fake lighted one I got on clearance last year. Fingers crossed the lights still work!

GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

November 26, 2011
8:51 AM

Post #8906378

Fruity,
I was out on the front steps last week sweeping. All of a sudden a heard a loud buzz and a hummingbird flew up to my red salvia and flew off. Poor thing he must be a straggler, hope he makes it where hes going. I still had plenty of plants out, so maybe he got a good meal before he went on.
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 26, 2011
7:57 PM

Post #8907165

I was just reading an article in Birds and Bloom about how some hummingbirds are actually becoming year round residents of some of the southern states like GA, mainly due to later gardens and the feeders being kept up for them. So you may see that little one again!
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

November 27, 2011
4:27 AM

Post #8907364

aww, I will keep an eye out, may need to put my feeder back up.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 27, 2011
4:40 AM

Post #8907374

Please do that, Paula. Hummers that are too old, too young, or too debilitated to make the migration to Mexico, Central and So. America will often stay somewhere along the way or head to places like So. Florida. ^_^

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

November 28, 2011
7:14 AM

Post #8908799

Hi, girls! In Delaware right now. Gathering little things for my buddy as I travel. Going to NY Wednesday to see tree lighting and on to NJ on Thursday. I am so relaxed. I needed this vacation. I love you all and will catch up later. Love, julieanne

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 28, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8908854

Hi Julie ... have fun! ^_^

deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 28, 2011
9:57 AM

Post #8908978

BE SURE TO WAY TO US FROM THE TREE LIGHTING WE WILL BE SURE TO WAVE BACK ATCHA :))))

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 28, 2011
11:06 AM

Post #8909062

Hey everyone! Please say a prayer for Kris and hubby Ralph? They just lost her FIL last night, they are going home to make arrangements, and will be gone for about a week!
Thanks

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 28, 2011
12:14 PM

Post #8909124

How sad. Wishing them peace at this bad time.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 28, 2011
1:23 PM

Post #8909190

Will do.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 28, 2011
4:53 PM

Post #8909457

Thanks for letting us know, LK. It's never easy losing a loved one and doubly difficult during holidays.

Went shopping in town today and think I'm one step closer to mailing out my buds goodies.

Enjoy your trip, Jules. I'll watch for you in the Rockefeller Center crowds Wednesday night an be waving atcha too. Have you made a sign?

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 28, 2011
6:59 PM

Post #8909614

My box went out today!

Robynznest

Robynznest
Pittsburg, MO
(Zone 6b)

November 29, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8910080

Still working on mine, getting closer and closer to sending it on.

Sorry for your loss Kris.

Have fun Julie.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8910346

I GOT MY PRESENTS!!!!! i RECEIVED MY cHRISTMAS BOX AND EVERYTHING IS WRAPPED UP SO PRETTY. gOT TO TAKE PICTURES. ( caplock) Durn!!!!
I am so thrilled with my box. Had a rough time getting in. Julie, Thank you so much and the little card is cute as can be too. Will show it when I get up nerve to open packages. So pretty.. I love them...(Just the boxes)☺
Thank you, Thank you!!!
Hugs and Mule kisses...

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 29, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8910369

Are we a little excited! Can't wait to see what you got?

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8910376

O.K. You talked me into it.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 29, 2011
11:10 AM

Post #8910378

Not talking you into anything, you can place them under the tree till Christmas if you have the patience to wait that long??? LOL! ^_^

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8910399

Not me!!! I opened them. Oh, my goodnessThe two small boxes had one ornament in each one. The larger box was a treasuretrove of things. I have the pictures loading. Kaluha even got in the act as did Radar. Julie sent me the most cutest things. A tiny snow globe With snow and so cute. A little gnome on a rack. A beautiful large garden flag. I am in Donkey heaven. Radar wanted to get the larger gray donkey, Kaluha got the stuff used to keep things from breaking, I got a picture of him too.
There is a little Votive candle with holder. A pair of white gloves with diamond skulls on them, so cute, so gothic. How did she know???
The cutest little glove ornament with tiny garden tools in it. 3 liitle shovels and a couple of rakes.
A nice little pendant with a towel, watering can and rake on it. I can make a pendant of it, if not as another ornament.
first picture-box of boxes...

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8910402

Here is all the items in the box. Had to be fast, Radar wanted that little gray donkey with the scarf. There is also a tiny blue donkey.Forgot to mention got a pair of Snowman socks too. I am in Christmas heaven...

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8910403

Last two little packages. One has an ornament "muletide greetings" So cute and the other is a baby donkey. Both cute as can be...

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ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
11:42 AM

Post #8910406

Last picture.
Kaluha "Mama, I didn't do it!!!"

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taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 29, 2011
12:33 PM

Post #8910442

Charleen, I love all you got, and love the Muletide Greetings! Nice job Julie!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 29, 2011
12:37 PM

Post #8910447

Charleen, you were first to receive your box, and you're in Donkey Heaven. :-D I love cardinals and that flag is beautiful! I think I enjoyed "watching" you open your gifts as much as I will opening mine. Well, maybe not quite. I hope my buddy likes what I sent here half as much as you love yours. ♥♥♥

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8910459

You all send wonderful gifts. There is so much love in all of us. Yes, Dear. I was laughing the whole time I was unpacking. wonderful!!!!♥♥

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

November 29, 2011
1:21 PM

Post #8910477

What a box of goodies, can see you beaming from here...especially LOVE the flag!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8910572

She did Wonderful, I'm still smiling...♥

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

November 29, 2011
3:22 PM

Post #8910594

Providing there is no blizzard Friday I will mine from Buffalo which will guarantee a quick arrival!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 29, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8910603

Love all your goodies, Char, especially the flag. I can tell you're doing the happy donkey dance. Cute pup!
Thanks for the awesome job, Julie.
jab91864
Northern Michigan, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 29, 2011
4:29 PM

Post #8910662

I'm glad you're box arrived safe and sound and you liked your gifts!!!! The little blue donkey has magnets in his front hooves so he can hang on to the fridge or something.

I saw your gothic garden posts and being a skull freak myself, I just had to send the gloves...lol.

Happy Happy Holidays!!

~Julie =0)

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8910673

You did wonderful. I love EVERYTHING!!!!!
Hugs and mulenuzzles...
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 29, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8910679

Char and Julie, I never knew you two have a penchant for Gothic, as I tuck away that tidbit to use another day.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2011
5:38 PM

Post #8910731

Isn't it wonderful??? This is great!! Learn as we go...☺
1234dottie
Morgantown, WV

November 29, 2011
9:00 PM

Post #8910999

I sent my gift out before thanksgiving. Sure hope the gifts are ok.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

November 30, 2011
3:33 AM

Post #8911161

My box is on the way. It should arrive at its destination by Friday. ^_^
lizrainey
San Mateo, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 30, 2011
4:44 AM

Post #8911193

my box will go out on the weekend i keep adding
think i should seal it up lol

deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8911261

Mine went out saturday I Hope all players will DBL CHECK There PORCHES,GARAGES < Anywhere that Boxes Maybe left if you are away or working . .

WOKE TO A SNOW DAY

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taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2011
7:28 AM

Post #8911267

Seems to be a lot of lost boxes? Ladies, please check with your postman, or check your porch, back door, where ever a package may have been left!

When you get your boxes, please post pictures here. We would all love to see your goodies!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

November 30, 2011
8:14 AM

Post #8911325

I try to send Confirmation, that is best way not to "lose" a box. I've sent a box or two before and with no confirmation, they never arrived. Had to resend.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 30, 2011
8:23 AM

Post #8911339

Oh Susie - look at that snow. I can wait for that!

I have not sent out my buddies box yet. Still collecting things. I would like to send some dahlia tubers, but am hesitant with the weather...
irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8911353

The mailman left a notice that I have a box to pick up at the PO. It was an awful wet, rainy/snowy and windy day yesterday and I know he didn't want to leave the box with all the wet stuff falling...I'll try to pick it up after work today (I have my Master Gardener class at 6PM and I get off work at 5PM). I may have to be a tad late to class! But it may be tomorrow morning before I can get to the PO to get it. Possibly from ClanCampbell / Chris (had Campbell on the notification) :)
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 30, 2011
9:58 AM

Post #8911430

I am so excited. DH sent me a text - my box arrived today! Can't wait to get home and see it!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

November 30, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8911492

Blizzard conditions here, just starting to settle down a bit..long ride to work!!!

Guess I'd beter get used to it..

On the good side, we'll soon be in December and Santa will be dropping by.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2011
1:40 PM

Post #8911630

Can't wait to see all the goodies arriving!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 30, 2011
3:42 PM

Post #8911776

Me either, LK! I know all you Elves are going out of your way to make your Buddies happy, love that!

There should be no lost boxes in this group since you all know the drill to use a Delivery Confirmation number. Just a few reminders since we're getting down to the wire:

Reveal your Secret Santa when you receive your package. Please Priority Mail your package with a Delivery Confirmation number no later than the week of December 5th. If you mail fragile items, please pack them well and insure your package. Keep your receipt handy or D-mail the Delivery Confirmation number you used to either LK or me, depending on which one of us assigned your Buddy. Do NOT post tracking numbers directly on our threads.

Just about ready to mail mine out. Everybody have fun shopping and decorating and wrapping and...

Anybody have their tree up yet? Betty, I bet you do :) Won't put any of ours up til next week-end.


taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2011
4:14 PM

Post #8911806

We bought our tree last week end, but it is not decorated yet. we will get all the boxes out this week end.
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8911836

Waving to everyone ~~ I wonder who sent that box to irisluvr ^_^

I use a fake tree and will try to get it up this weekend..I've been finding some cute decorations, so it should be loaded down this year lol...
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 30, 2011
4:44 PM

Post #8911846

Wow! I have to tell you, I recieved the 12 days of Christmas from my buddie! Susie - thank you, so much. It looks like you had so much fun putting my box together.

Here is my first photo - when I first opened up the box. Susie enclosed a hand typed note telling of the 12 days of Christmas and the corresponding gifts...


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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 30, 2011
4:47 PM

Post #8911849

There were so many wonderful items, my little table could not hold it all...

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 30, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8911854

Susie also included a stocking with items inside...

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Mandy97
Paw Paw, MI

November 30, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8911857

Woot! Boxes (yes two boxes) arrived today! Thank you Linda (taters55)!

The boxes were filled with fun and festive items - pictures to come soon! It was a great box!

Thank you,
Mandy
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 30, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8911862

And ironically, Susie also put an orange and an apple in my Christmas stocking. As a child, my siblings and I always received an orange and an apple in our stockings...

Thank you so much to my buddie

and also thank you to Fruity and her Elves.

My box will be going out to my buddy shortly...

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

November 30, 2011
5:14 PM

Post #8911885

Yes, have 3 trees up inside,all the lights aglow, especially with the snow we got today. one feels that Santa is lurking somewhere among the pines. Not so sure my neighbors are excited as I with the lighting box playing Christmas songs and all outdoor lights dancing to the beat. Just got to love Christmas.. You can tell I love Christmas, even pressies are wrapped under the tree.. Santa's workshop here going full swing..how many more sleep before Santa comes?


LindaKay sends some of the best swap boxes, anxious to see what was in those 2 boxes!

Carolyn,how wonderful that you box brought back memories from your youth, that alone is special. Amazing how our swap buddies just know how to make us smile..think Santa told her what to send?
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 30, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8911920

Now the fun is really starting!

Good for you, Mandy! You know we can't wait to see.

Carolyn, your cat looks like my male. Wonderful sentiment including Fruit (lol), my parents used to do that too as a reminder it was all they received for Christmas many times when they were growing up. Did I spy a bag of Chex party mix too? Haven't even thought about making mine yet.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with goodies rolling in. Wish I was your neighbor, Betty. I'd be rocking to the tunes.

Mandy97
Paw Paw, MI

November 30, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8911958

Pictures! I received a recipe book, a stocking stuffed with lots of items (decorations, cookie cutters, etc), wine glasses, etc.

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Mandy97
Paw Paw, MI

November 30, 2011
6:44 PM

Post #8911961

I also received chocolate (I could smell it through the wrapping!), a cute card, a coffee mug with lid, a cute card (not pictured), a cute gift soap dispenser - oh, and having my initial on the stocking was a great touch!

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joeswife

joeswife
(Debra) Derby, KS
(Zone 6a)

November 30, 2011
6:47 PM

Post #8911967

such a great time reading the fun and watching the smiles on your faces... been so sick, but promise my buddies box is ready to go, just a matter of getting it up the stairs and into the car.. I can't seem to stay awake past the stoopid meds after I get home from work, sit in my chair and then Joe wakes me up and leads me to the bed..

so many wonderful memories and pressies shared here..
so kaciting!
okay, back to my chair I am cold again..

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8911970

Susie, love all you sent to your buddy! I have not had chex mix in a long time! Nice touch adding the fruit to the stocking too!

Mandy, glad to see everything arrived OK and not broken! Hope the chocolates were good!

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8911973

Hope you get rid of that cold Debra!
irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2011
6:55 PM

Post #8911983

OK I was right! It is from Chris/ClanCampbell! Everything in the box was wrapped with Christmas paper so this is the 'before' photo!

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irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8911993

Now for the 'unwrapped' photos! First up is the nice card that Chris included plus... I got 2 plush Christmas pillows (beautiful!); a Bluebird windsock; a cookbook (which I will go through before I go to bed!); a garden trowel with a Santa painted on it (love this!); a bag of Russell Stover candy (won't last long); Christmas socks (I love my socks!); and a gorgeous Bear ornament in my favorite type of glass! Love it all! Thanks so much Chris!

I hope to mail my buddy's box tomorrow or Friday! This has been a fun swap!

Debbie

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irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2011
7:04 PM

Post #8911994

Up close picture of the pillows:

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irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8911996

2nd pillow:

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irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2011
7:07 PM

Post #8911999

the Bear ornament

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irisluvr0252
Lafayette, IN
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2011
7:09 PM

Post #8912003

the garden trowel:

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 30, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8912036

Ya'll are far exceeding my expectations! Wonderful gifts you got there Mandy and Debbie.

Been missing you, Debra. Take care of yourself.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2011
7:51 PM

Post #8912058

Chris, I love those pillows, and that painted trowel is so cute! Did you make them all?

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2011
12:07 AM

Post #8912162

Wow! Great boxes arriving daily. ^_^

I agree about the apple and orange. I used to get that in my stocking too. Nice touch, Susie. :)

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 1, 2011
2:16 AM

Post #8912196

I've been oohing and ahhhing here this morning...look at those pillows, how festive your living room will be.. Amazing..

lizrainey
San Mateo, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 1, 2011
3:38 AM

Post #8912218

oh wow pillows cool did you make them linda?
nice boxes comming in mine going out on the weekend
jab91864
Northern Michigan, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 1, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8912243

Woo Hoooo great packages everyone!! That garden trowel is too cute!! Spa footies, are those the ones that have lotion in the weave...I've always wondered about them. They feel so soft at the store but I think they won't hold up after the first wash...anybody have experience with those ?

Off to work, everyone have a great day and keep warm, snow again today it looks like...bbrrrr I'm ready for spring once Christmas is over, lol

Julie =0)
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 1, 2011
5:44 AM

Post #8912287

Deb -

Feel better soon!

Robynznest

Robynznest
Pittsburg, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 1, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8912321

Wow! look at all these great pressies. Taking mental notes, don't know why cause in 5 minutes I'll forget them and if I write them down I lose them almost as fast.

Still working on my buddies. Will be able to finish up on it Sunday or Monday hopefully. I just have to get through this last craft show Saturday, hope it's a good one. DH is going with me so I can scout out what others have and maybe pick up a couple more things for the box. Hoping to mail it next Wednesday when I go into town.

Please everyone keep their snow, I don't want any this year. lol

deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 1, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8912344

CAROLYN GLAD YOU LIKE how did the Aloe "CHRISTMAS CAROL" make the trip I sure hope it didn't freeze ?
as for the 12 days of christmas note i have it on my other computor & ca post it for ya so you do not have to type it out :)

right now i'm in with daddy using my laptop while daddy is napping . really nice boxes arriving my concern was the Plants I Sent
will it being so cold out. sure hope they are fine.

Now do the pictures make since to you ????? that you recieved in the mail before the box ??? sure hope i did't send what you already had.
Happy Holidays .
susie
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 1, 2011
7:00 AM

Post #8912369

Susie

The Christmas Aloe and the other plants made it to my house in wonderful shape. We got lucky on that one as the cold weather is just now starting to set in - had to warm my car up this morning to go to work :((

Yes, now the pictures make sense - we can still do a trade though if you want to wait until some of my iris bloom. I know I had some that are on your want list...

Thank you so much...

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2011
12:10 PM

Post #8912651

I am home!! Such nice boxes. I will be sending my buddies box out on Saturday.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 1, 2011
12:16 PM

Post #8912663

Great!!! Are you doing o.k.??? How is Ralph doing???

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8912676

We are both fine. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes. We both appreciate it very much and know how wonderful the friends we have made here on Dave's Garden really are. We are truly blessed to know you all.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8912695

Good news. ^_^

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 1, 2011
2:11 PM

Post #8912827

Glad to hear y'all are doing ok! Buddy's box went out today, now I need to go up on our roof and find a leak with DH. Haven't had rain in so long that the back addition we added over a year ago must not have been sealed somewhere it joins the house. Misplaced our Christmas tree, will be hunting it up tomorrow so that we can get it up this weekend. I mean, really, only a blonde would misplace something as big as a 8' tree in a big white box.

Joy
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 1, 2011
2:57 PM

Post #8912880

Joy -

I could lose a car in a one stall garage!
Cris316
Port Norris, NJ
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2011
3:36 PM

Post #8912922

It took me over a week of looking around to find THE gift I wanted for my buddy.
Working on just a few more goodies to tuck in & I hope to have it mailed by Saturday.
Whew !!
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 1, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8912936

Debra, I'm so glad you like everything and that it was all in one piece! Specially that bear..I was worried about him, but figured the pillows would help with that.

LK, you crack me up.. I could lie and say yes, I made the pillows and trowel, but I don't need my nose to grow any bigger than what it already is!! ^_^
No, I found those several months ago and have had them put up until this swap.. I loved those pillows! And the gardening theme with the Santa was perfect for this swap!

Elfie, so good to see you back.. I know it's been so hard on you and Ralph..hugs to both of you!

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 1, 2011
4:30 PM

Post #8912972

I'm with you there Carolyn! Just looked at my bench that I was using to get everything packed and there sat some of my homemade goatsmilk soaps and two other things that didn't make it into the box. Don't know why I didn't see them. Now I have no counter space available nor table space. I emptied my pantry today so that I could fix a place where it is pulling loose. No dice, I am going to have to dismantle it, glue and screw it back together, then put it back on the wall. OMG, it looks like an explosion in my kitchen, and I will have to wait till the weekend to finish this project. Think I will just start eating out,

Joy

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 2, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8913458

Last night arrived at post office just minutes after it closed, in my mailbox it said a parcel was waiting for pick up!! Doors opened at 8am and I was waiting at 7:55' can never be too early. Lol

I certainly wasn't disappointed..for those of you who know me, you know my home is very country, not a spare inch not decorated..well, I got the loveliest of pressie...a snowman on a sled..sitting right ow next to firlace...if you look around the house you will see many. Similar style pieces...

It's a happy day here for sure, I'll treasure it and Dottie's box..
you have great instincts..as you said in your note, hard (but really easy because I love everything) knowing what to send when I gave an open option to what would please me, and please me you certainly did..

I'm doing a workshop here on DavesGarden, the 5th year and am packaging kits that will be mailed from Buffalo either tonight or tomorrow so included in those packages is my buddies Christmas treat, sure hope I can make her as thrilled as I am with Dottie's !!!

I'll post photo as soon as I have the car packed up


Thank you, thank you for letting this Canadian gal join in

Thrilled as can be and smiling as I post...

merry Christmas

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 2, 2011
8:23 AM

Post #8913616

Can't wait to see what you got Betty!
1234dottie
Morgantown, WV

December 2, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8913706

Whew I bought that sled for myself but decided it looked so good with that snowman I gave it to you. I actually went back and bought me another I don't know why that little sled just represents winter fun to me. I really didn't know a thing about you so I am thrilled you liked your gift. Merry Christmas and may God Bless You.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 2, 2011
12:00 PM

Post #8913804

Sorry, almost forgot the photo..isn't he just too adorable?

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 2, 2011
12:02 PM

Post #8913806

I'M just thrilled Dottie with him, he's so country and my home is country christmas theme...hugs for picking something so like me...

he's now settled in comfortably..

Shuffling off to Buffalo...gab tonight when I'm in hotel room...

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
12:05 PM

Post #8913812

Fruity, I got the most marvelous Rooster Calender. Thank you Girl. You did great, going to put it in the crafty=clutter room, but on the wall. Thank you, Thank you!!!!
Hugs and mule nuzzles... and Rooster crows...and chicken clucks from Abgail and little peeps frim Kaitlin...
She has grown since this was taken too.

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 2, 2011
12:17 PM

Post #8913838

That is really cute, Betty. And it fits right in with your decorating theme so well. ^_^
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 2, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8913876

LOL Betty, that sweet sleigh and snowman are 100% right up your alley. Travel safe.
Thank you Dotti for making her day, so very glad you joined us too.

Char, you're not my Christmas buddy lol...check the B-day club as I sent calendars to our members there, and a few others to folks who have helped me this year.


taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 2, 2011
2:34 PM

Post #8914009

Betty, love that Snowman and sleigh! Nice Job Dottie!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

December 2, 2011
4:52 PM

Post #8914220

On your side of the border..mom on breathing machine for 1/2 hour then out to eat..shopping will have to wait until tomorrow...have 2. 80+ ladies asking me where we are going so best I get at it

Again Dottie, you did make my day!
1234dottie
Morgantown, WV

December 2, 2011
5:02 PM

Post #8914236

Your so welcome I love this side of Christmas. What would the world look like if we never had the birth of Jesus Christ. The gift he gave us is eternal life.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2011
5:21 AM

Post #8914615

Dog gone, I got the wrong name.
Bumble mule strikes again ☺☺☺
In the wrong pew too!!!!
Got it goin don't I????☺☺

deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2011
11:42 AM

Post #8914936

BEST BOX FROM MY SECRET SANTA CAME JUST A BIT AGO & SO VERY VERY NICE i'm in the house with daddy right now while everyone else are out christmas shopping. anyway i will have to wait on the picture of all my goodies till i get them out to my little place.
but just wanted to share with you what i rec'd . going to go through it twice to be sure I Wasn't naughty & Forgot to mention anything
Nice : Love it all


A CHRISTMAS POEM THAT PROBLE DOSEN'T RHYME ( HER WORDS NOT MINE) HEHE
'BY CAROLE/
S IS FOR SUSIE WHOSE KIND AS CAN BE
& IT'S ALSO FOR OTHER THINGS, WAIT TILL YOU SEE.

A DEAR VINTAGE SNOWMAN I'VE FOR MANY YEARS
I'M SENDING HIM YOUR WAY TO SPREAD SOME MORE CHEER(S)

A SHINY NEW "ORNAMENT" THATS SOMETHING ELSE TOO,
AND SMALL SILVER ORNAMENTS FOR A SMALL TREE BY YOU.

SOCKS & A SCARF TO KEEP YOU WARM,
SWEET LITTLE SHOVEL BECAUSE ITS GOT CHARM,

STAINED GLASS GARDEN MOBLE MADE HERE BUT NOT BY ME
& I SEND YOU THIS SCARLET BIRD TOO & ALL FOR THEE.

SNOWFLAKE SOLAR PATH FINDERS & A SNOW -TOPPEDHOUSE FIT
FOR A BIRD ,& SEEDS OF COURSE & THATS MY LAST WORDS.

YOUR GARDEN BUDDY CAROLE

THOSE WERE HE WORDS BUT THERE WERE STILL MORE TO FIND
IN MY CHRISTMAS BOX .

THERE WAS THIS GOLDEN METAL BOX MARKED
D.M. FERRY & CO'S
STANDARD SEEDS ARE ALWAYS GOOD NONE BETTER.

IN THE BOX WERE LITTLE CORUS BOYS TREE ORNAMENTS .
HOLIDAY CUPCAKE PAPERS GUESS I NEED TO MAKE CUPCAKES NOW :)
RED CARDINAL FOR MY TREE.
A PAIR OF GARDENING SHEARS ,
& ALSO A TREE PARTY LIGHT CANDLE.
OH CANNNOT FORGET TO MENTION THE
KIT-KATS & SNICKERS :) DADDY JUST HELPED ME EAT A COUPLE
HE WANTED THE SNICKERS AFTER WE PUT HIS TEETH BACK IN tHOSE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HIS FAV'S .

thank you carole for great box of goodies :) & I Will cherish the vintage snowman & seed box will be used.

deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2011
11:53 AM

Post #8914941

A HUGE SPECIAL THANK YOU FOR FRUITY FOR THE MOST BEAUTYFUL CALENDAR I'VE EVER SEEN OR REC'D .
THANK YOU MY FRIEND IT'S GOING OUT ON MY WALL VERY SOON:) Well as soon as i can get out to my place ;)))
ty ty ty

SUSIE

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2011
12:17 PM

Post #8914952

Susie, I am so glad it finally got there. I hope things were in good shape when they arrived? The box had quite a ride around. The box left here and went to Nashville ... then to Grand Rapids where the next day they sent it back to Nashville for some unknown reason ... then Nashville sent it back up there to Hastings. It should have arrived yesterday actually or maybe even the day before. I got concerned ... but you know I do that anyway. Sheesh. I know it was supposed to be things starting with initial of DG user name but everything I kept finding was S instead of D. So I thought, well, S is for Susie. I'm just happy it finally arrived. Sheesh.

I was hoping Daddy would like the candy. I wanted him to have something too. ^_^

P.S. Check the box again. :)

deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2011
1:28 PM

Post #8915040

HERE Is My new Garden mobel & Shovel all hung in there new place along side of the calendar from fruity :)))

carole you done just fine I'm very pleased with all that I found in my box I have two more Photos to post please let me know if i'm missing something . I donot have good lighting tonight very cloudy & rainy day & No flash on my ipod.

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deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2011
1:30 PM

Post #8915049

here is my magical vintage santa along with the bird house & The cardinal again sorry no flash

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2011
1:43 PM

Post #8915073

Lovely thoughtful gifts, Susie. Our Carole is a sweetie and a great writer to boot.
The calendar from me is a little housewarming gift for your new place.
It is looking very festive in there :)


deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2011
1:51 PM

Post #8915093

& In This picture are all the silver ornaments for my tree, scarf & socks , my little choir boys, tealight ornament, seeds & seed box,garden shears , & pathway solar lights along with what is left of the candy bars :)

jim just called me for super so off i go will be back later please let me know if i overlooked anything .
susie

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2011
2:06 PM

Post #8915138

Let's continue our festivities here:

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