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Valentine Swap

So I am a lover of all holidays, including the over commercialized Valentine's Day. I really am. The candies, the treats, the colors and the crafts that surround this holiday make me happy!
However, I don't celebrate it with Micah. Well we do. Kinda sorta, in our own way. After experiencing a stressful "first" Valentine's day, while dating ten years ago we agreed that when it came to Valentine's Day for US it meant: no cards, no going out to a restaurant and no gifts. We stay in, order pizza and watch a movie together while snuggling in the comfort of our home.

I love our tradition.He loves me well and I don't need a Hallmark Holiday as an excuse for him to waste money on an oversized stuffed bear that has no use or on roses that at a whopping $80 will be dead by weeks end. In fact I forbid him to buy me anything. Nada. Zilch. I love him, He loves me and spoils me rotten throughout the year. You can read more on that from this post
However, I love spoiling friends with Valentine goodies. Heck, not just girlfriends, when I used to work in the office, I would bake up a storm, have goodie bags for all the ladies and even put on Valentine Swaps within the workplace.

Even now as a stay at home mama I  love having Valentines for play dates, baked goods made, decorations put up and making treat bags for the ladies in my bible study. I love to celebrate it but not with my honey. Is anyone else like that?
So anyway....

When I heard these rad gals were hosting a Valentine Swap I jumped out of my chair and did a giddy little happy dance. I love meeting new people and receiving fun surprise packages in the mail. I had a blast on the New Years Swap here and knew I had to be part of this one as well. So I signed up as fast as my happy little fingers would type.
I was truly blessed with my swap partner. Besides being oh so cute and friendly, she was beyond understanding. Not only did I send her package out late but had written the wrong name on her card. GO ME! I was like,"CRIPES! Way to make a girl feel special Nat!"Ok so moving on...
Meet my new friend and swap partner Angel from Simply.Lovely.Things 
When I first checked out her blog I was excited to see she was crafty and owned her own shop. I was crossing my fingers that she'd make me something.
Which of course she did. When I opened the awesome package I was stoked to find my handcrafted goody PLUS additional accessories she bought me to make a fab outfit out of.
She made this brown flower clip
and bought me this fun bright scarf and Fab blue ring!
See what I mean? This is sooo a girl's holiday!

Thanks so much for my awesome gifties Angel. You're simply the best. 
 Make sure to stop by Angel's blog to see what I made her! And while you're at it, check out all the other fun swaps on either of the hostesses blogs here or here. 
Hope your Valentine's Day is blessed and filled with much love!


19 comments:

Kara said...

Such fun new accessories! I love all the colors together!

Sugar Mama Bakeshop said...

So fun! I love that ring!! I'm totally with you on not celebrating valentine's day with my love. I think it's fun but cheesy... I would way rather celebrate with girls :)

Chelsea said...

awesome gifts! love that ring!

Alyson @Eisley Rae said...

I loved this swap! So much fun. You got some great goodies from your partner!! I'm with you, no celebrating here!

Erin said...

Such fun stuff! It all looks great on you too!

Marybeth Thielke said...

So fun! Love the hair clip- so cute!

Myranda Su said...

I think its wonderful that you and the hubs do Valentines your own way. My boyfriend and I havent exchanged gifts in years and we finally decided to again this year..and I enjoyed it very much.

But I too love to spoil my friends with fun little things.
Girls just appreciate that stuff ya know?


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littlepenelopelane said...

What a fun idea! I love this!!

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

Love! My hubs & are celebrating our first married valentine's day this year, but we're doing simple, going to Starbucks to play a card game. :)

Those new accessories are adorable. :) Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo!

UpsideDown Kate said...

Oh I'm so glad I stumbled on you because of the Valentine's Day Swap!! My hubby and I don't exchange gifts either. We do exchange cards and try to be extra sweet (he brought me coffee in bed this morning. i shoveled the walk so he didn't have to) but actually buying stuff seems silly. we DO always get a little something for our kiddos though. P.S. LOVE LOVE LOVE the color of that scarf.

Lotus Blossom Design said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I LOOOVVEEEE that scarf!

Alissa Circle said...

My hubby and I don't do anything for Vday either. Girl, it's like we were meant to be bff's!! You look adorable rocking your new gifts! Heart you!

caroline {good times never seem sew good} said...

i love the new gifties you got! so stinking cute!


thanks for participating in the swap! we loved having you!!

xoxo,
Caroline

Beth Ridings said...

i do love your outfit! how can you be wearing that in the middle of the winter?!?! you must not live in colorado ;)

i am a new follower through the blog valentines swap

ginanorma said...

That sounds like FUN! I love what you received and what you gave! Precious participation!!! and I love the way you celebrate V-day, we are very similar!

Kelly said...

your swap loot is great. your blog is adorable and i LOVE the name.
following!

Hannah @ www.thrivingthirty.tumblr.com said...

Sounds like fun! I love gifting... I just found your blog and shop and am LOVING them both. I'm adding you to my Google Reader! Visit me sometime at www.thrivingthirty.tumblr.com!

jessica said...

That Vday pizza heart looks so cute and yummy! And that looks like such a fun swap! I love that ring!!

Katie said...

love your new accessories! and I agree about valentine's day. my husband and I ordered food, stayed home and watched a movie too!