Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Green White Elephant Exchange!

Two posts in one day is pretty unusual for me, but its a big day! Laura, of Hey What's for Dinner Mom?, decided to host a blogger's gift exchange this year ... only this one has a little twist. Instead of purchasing a gift for another blogger, we were charged with re-gifting our assigned recipient! Hence the name: Green White Elephant Exchange ... its green because we are recycling unused items of our own and giving them a new home. How cool is that?

Laura asked us each a few personal questions, so the gift-givers could learn a little bit more about their intended recipients, then she paired us up. Fittingly, my recipient is Mo Diva of Food Snob. I sent her my never-used copy of Cooking at De Gustibus - a wonderful cookbook from my collection that is brand new. I also passed on to her a necklace, given to me as a gift and never worn, that needed a good home. I hope you enjoy them, Mo Diva!

As for me, I was delighted to find out that my secret gift-giver was Heather, of Heather in SF, whom I met this September at BlogHer Food! Such a special treat to be given a gift from a new friend ... and what a lovely gift too! You can see my treats pictured above: two beautiful, plush Christmas hand towels with adorable appliques, and a sweet little stocking ornament that Heather knit herself!

I don't know if you know this about me, Heather, but I truly cherish all things Christmas and that goes double for ornaments. In fact, when we decorate our tree, we don't just hang the ornaments all willy-nilly - no sir! Instead, I tell the story of each ornament before it gets hung. They are stories we've heard again and again, but that doesn't matter - its the telling that matters, the remembering that counts. From now on, you will be part of that tradition. I will think of you each year when I decorate, with the towels and the ornament, and our story will be told. Thank you, Heather, you couldn't have chosen a better gift for me!

You can read about the rest of the Green White Elephant Exchange via the links on Laura's post today. I can't wait to see the rest of the big reveal!

And a big thank you to my friend Laura as well. What a lovely experience this has been and I hope we'll make it a tradition. :)

Love, Hugs and Happy Holidays to you both!



The Duo Dishes said...

Smart idea on Laura's part. The green theme of this year should continue into 2010 and beyond! Happiest holidays!

Christina said...

Aww those are sweet gifts! :)

Maven said...

That sounds like so much fun! Great idea too. Love your gift.

Laura said...

Oh how cute! I love that little stocking!

My poor tree is literally dragging to the ground form every ornament I own. And my family they kind of roll their eyes when I start in on where each one came from!

So glad you played along!! I'm think that I'll do a Valentine card exchange or something. Ideas? Send 'em over!

Suzee said...

I don't always say out loud where I've gotten each ornament - heck this year I decorated the tree alone, but I thought about each ornament I'd had at my old home, which all are in storage, thinking why the heck aren't they here with me? oh yeah, because they take up 1/2 of a 10x10 storage area and my whole appartment is now just 650.

Fresh Local and Best said...

What a great idea! It's so nice to have a connection with people that you blog with and at the same time share gifts.

The Vintage Kitten said...

Have a lovely Christmas Diva! Lots of Love TVK X

Heather in SF said...

I am so glad you like the little gifts! I have to chuckle because my family is just the same way with the ornaments, as we were decorating the tree last night and will do more this afternoon. Merry Christmas to you and your family, my dear!