Thursday, January 19, 2012

Swapping Update

Hi sweet swappers,

I've made a couple of changes on the blog, if you haven't noticed, including changing up the name to "The Apronista Swaps" (but the URL is the same).  I've been running the Apronista for the past year and am trying to align everything up so I'm not so scattered (good luck, right?!).  Plus, I really enjoyed our non-apron swaps like the Table Runner and Secret Santa so wanted to broadening the swapping possibilities.

My original plan was to start up a spring-time swap for either another table runner or something else domestic BUT I'm troubled about our last swap.  I had so many gals who either mailed SUPER late or not at all AND either didn't answer my emails any more or did email but lied about their packages.  I'm quite unsettled and a bit discouraged, to be frank.  This would be my fifth year running swaps but I don't know if I can do it again.  There's a lot of time, energy, and money involved in hosting/angeling swaps, even when everyone follows the rules.

Just wanted to put out an update.  Still thinking about you all, just trying to gather the energy to decide what's next.  In the meantime, I'm setting up a few fun things over at the Apronista so I hope you'll visit me there, too.  I really appreciate it when you comment on my posts or if you enter a giveaway so my sponsors know that I really DO have readers.  =)  Plus, who doesn't like to win cute stuff??

Much love,
Shawnee the Apronist


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Secret Santa Swap from a Special Angel

Loved this Secret Santa Swap. The waiting in suspense is half the fun. Well, I waited a little longer but it was well worth the wait. I got an angel package, but what a lovely angel package it was. Sorry it took so long to post. Finally had a chance to sit down and figure out how to get the pics from my android tablet into my post.

My angel was Jen Sue Wild. I love her blog, by the way. Not to get side tracked, but I have a secret admiration for Jen Sue and maybe it's because we both have faith, a big family and husbands who are still our sweethearts. If only I had half the energy she has... Anyway, back to the package. I had so much fun opening it and it was perfect. The word was BELLS for Bundle, Evergreen Tree Cookie Cutter, Lovely Tissue Cozy, Lotion, Socks. (How could anyone but an angel know that I like fun socks)

The bundle was a lovely fat quarter pack, and all sorts of goodies like a chocolate Santa, a plaque that says "Believe", an apron pattern (which will come in handy) and a lovely ornament for the tree. She said the kids helped her pick out the items for the package. They did a terrific job! Double kudos for the great hand lotion. I love the smell. The tissue cozy jumped right into my purse and is great. But truly, it was all perfect. Thanks so much!

Monday, January 2, 2012


My Secret Santa travelled a long way, just to spoil me ...... all the way from Sydney, Australia:-)
And spoil me she did .... look at the lovely package I recieved ...

Not to mention the cute tin. I have a weakness for Holiday tins. I pull the respective tins out for each holiday, and fill them with sweet goodness.
She sent me a cupcake recipe book .... yummy!!!! We have some earmarked. The candy cane ornament is so super cute.
I just love the bracelet she made me .... the color is stunning.
Do you see the packet of gummy candy? Gummy cherries to be precise ..... delicious!!!!
Thank you Catherine, I loved it all.
I don't have your email address to send you a personal Thank You, but I wanted you to know I recieved the package and loved it.
Happy 2012 everyone!!!!