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Crown Swap — I feel like a Princess!

1 Aug
 A few weeks ago I signed up to participate in a really fun crown swap hosted by my friend, the sweet and talented Molly @ Fleur De Bee
And right before I left on my trip a big, beautiful package arrived!!
I opened the package up and was amazed at the beautiful goodies inside. My partner — Christine @ A Work In Progress sent me the most amazing treasures. Look at this crown — it is beyond beautiful and she made it herself! Wow – I still cannot believe it.   The inside is BURLAP and look at the craftmanship. It has this gorgeous brooch on the front and the bottom of the crown is metal and it looks like she welded to attain the correct shape. Plus sparkles and jewels on the bottom. 
It is stunning.
And it came in a beautiful decoupaged box with a tassel on top. Then I discovered this beautiful necklace in an amazing crown jewelry box. I love the colors and it has a crown inside the pendant. SO pretty!
And this colorful bucket with the cutest vinyl crown, plus a beautiful jewel and a crown purse hanger!
And that’s not all. There was also this little white cloth crown sack and inside were crown cookie cutters, sprinkles and frosting — perfect for those cookie tiaras that the girls and I can make!
Thank you so much Christine for all of these wonderful goodies. 
I am so amazed and thrilled and in awe. 
 Thank you Molly for putting the swap together!
It was great fun getting to know Christine!
She is amazingly talented!!!

Summertime Fun — Flip Flop Exchange

1 Jul
We are having such a great time this Summer! One of the first things we’ve done is participated in a really cool  Flip Flop Exchange. My friend Becca from The Texas Darlings set it up — it’s her second year doing it.

The Texas Darlings

She matched everyone who signed up with a partner. I signed up my girls and they were so excited to have a pen pal. We were asked to find flip flops for our partner and include things in the package that would be fun for Summer and/or from where we lived.
So we purchased some flip flops and spent one afternoon embellishing them for our pen pals. And then a few days later our packages started to arrive. You should have seen my girls’ faces when they opened their packages!! What a cool experience. And boy did we get some cool things!!
Hannah’s adorable flip flop friend is Georgia,  a 9-year old girl who is from Virginia — which is funny because Hannah just did her state report this year on Virginia! She has been wearing her flowered pink flip flops non-stop! they are so pretty! She put the bear right on top of her bed. And her mom blogs at
Ella was shrieking she was so excited to open her package. She hardly ever gets mail. And what treasures she found inside!!! She loves her flip flops and immediately started coloring in her new book.  Ella’s sweet flip flop friend is a little 5-year old friend from Texas, whose mom blogs at
I look a little crazed — but I’m crazed with excitement about how fun my package was! I scored big time. Ruffled flip flops – could they be any cuter – NO! And really cute Red, White & Blue cookie cutters. Plus personalized cards. My cute flip flop friend is Shannon @
And they are so excited to keep in touch with their pen pals. It’s such a great experience for them to get to know someone else who lives all the way across the country. What a fantastic idea. Thanks Becca!!!
You should join in the Flip Flop Exchange next year at Becca’s. it is such a fun thing to do. And your kids will love making a new pen pal friend!!