God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Dish Towel Swap With Kendra

I was not familiar with Kendra or her blog, The Stone House Primitives, until after she had completed hostessing a dish towel swap.  In fact, I had seen someone post photos of the goodies they received from their partner in that swap & that is what introduced me to Kendra.  Long ago when I was a young mother there was a magazine called Women's Household which I enjoyed very much.  This was, of course, way before the advent of personal computers so swaps were conducted through the mail by the hostess posting an invitation (free of charge) in the magazine.  I always enjoyed the dish towel swaps so I was excited to see that someone did one in blog land but also sad that I had missed out on it.  I began to follow Kendra's blog & made mention a couple times about how sorry I was to have missed out on this swap.  Well let me tell you ... Kendra is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met.  She offered to do a one-on-one dish towel swap with me & I jumped at the chance   : )  

Here are the goodies I received from Kendra.  I must ask once again that you excuse my poor photography skills & lack of staging.

Kendra made that wonderful crow dish towel!  The whole thing can be hung on a knob or nail & the towel part itself can be removed for washing!  Kendra had read my posting about my husband using my favorite old grater to cover a gutter drain which a blackbird seemed intent on blocking so she estimated what size grater would fit in a gutter & sent me this one ... & can you believe it is the exact same grater that is now duct taped in that gutter?!?!?  Unbelievable!  She also sent a an old pint size Ball jar with a lined zinc lid, filled with fake snow!  I can now enjoy snow whenever I want to   : )   If you look closely you will see a small glass vial to the right of the dish towel.  This is a vial of lavender essential oil.  I told Kendra about these horrible headaches I've been having every day & she told me that a drop or two of lavender essential oil on my temples or sternum would help ease them.  Once again she showed her thoughtfulness by sending me some of this oil along with a sheet explaining other uses for essential oils & she wrote on the back many benefits of lavender essential oil in particular!  She also included a battery operated grungy candle (I love those things!) & a little wooden star peg hanger that reads "homespun."  This is one of the most thoughtful swap packages I have ever received.  Thank you again Kendra!    


Milly said...


How kind of Kendra to send these lovely thing to you. Hope you enjoy using them!

marly said...

What a generous swap! Such great goodies.

Mouse said...

ohhhh that's a wonderful thought exchange swap :)
hope the oil helps with the headaches and fantastic re the grater ...lol
love mouse xxxxx

TheCrankyCrow said...

Awwww...that was so sweet of Kendra....She is a dear-hearted soul....Can't believe she got the grater so right. Every time I see an old grater since you posted about the blackbird incident, I think of you and wonder, could it be like this one? Now I can stop wondering, as your "empty space" has been filled. Wish I was more "productive" in the crafting department, as I think it would be fun to do more swaps.....Happy Sunday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

My Goodness...What wonderful goodies you have received from Kendra.
I Love them all. How thoughtful. I am interested if the Lavender oil works...I experience terrible headaches also. Have a wonderful Sunday, Shirlee. Thanks for sharing your goodies!

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Awesome goodies from Kendra. She is a sweet and thoughtful person!
You are one lucky gal!

Dawn said...

Angels watching over you! wonderful gestures.

Vickie said...

A very thoughtful swap indeed. Good for you Shirlee. :)

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

How wonderful of Kendra. She's a great swap partner and I love that crow towel! It's awesome! She really is so generous!

Kendra said...


I am so glad that you liked everything! I had a lot of fun making and planning and schemeing and getting to know you better though this swap!


Michelle said...

Shirlee, Those are such lovely gifts from Kendra, she is the best! I hadn't seen a towel like that before. I can't wait to see what you sent her, swaps are so fun. Stop by for a visit soon.

Chris said...

What a lovely exchange.
I hope the headaches are better.

butterfly said...

what a great swap, i love lavender and use it all the time.