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Friday, December 28, 2012

Giving and Receiving

We baked up a storm and made candies galore! We gave baskets of food and much much more! Our lives are abundant and the blessings are full. I was so happy to share with others this Christmas.
 I know that receiving is fun, but I find giving so much more! The children and I had so much fun together creating love with food and crafts. 
We listened to Christmas music and danced and sang. 
It was fun putting our love in gift form.
Thank God for giving us the the gift of His Son, and the joy of giving!
With giving also comes receiving!
That is a blessing as well.
 Speaking of giving and recieving, that reminds me of Swaps! Swaps are such a fun part of the blogging community. We make new friends and share ourselves in really fun swaps. 
Debby at Cozy Blanket had such a fun swap called Cup Of Kindness. I hope you are following her blog already, but if not, she is a sweet woman with lots to share. She is a great crafter and she is a grandma and she is one of the nicest people ever!
My partner was Erica from Golden Egg Vintage and she also has a blog that you will want to follow if you are not already. Erica is one of the best vintage crafters and collectors and she specializes in Christmas theme!! I sent her my present and she sent me mine! Just look at her wonderful Cup of Kindness for me.
All so very Christmas Vintage!
Details! Make the cup even more fun! 
  I thought this was a lot to fit in one cup!! 
Erica, you must possess some Elf Magic!!
Vintage pipe cleaner Santa and cute Snowman, and decorated wreath! A vintage hand stitched Chicken /Scratch embroidered gingham apron!! Oh, Erica, you pay attention to what I like. You are such a sweetheart.
 See the pretty corsage that she made! 
Everyone loved this when I wore it for Christmas.

Thanks again Debby for being so kind in hostessing this 
Cup of Kindness Swap 2012.
Thank you Erica for being a wonderful Swap partner!

 Thank you to all my readers. So many have become friends and I am so happy and grateful for that! 
It was a good year and I am looking forward to seeing what blessings are waiting in 2013.

Live. Laugh. Love.

God bless you,
Little Susie Home Maker

26 comments:

  1. Oh thanks Susie. I am loving your new banner. So happy that you had fun in the swap. Trying to put my thinking cap on for another swap......hmmmmmm.
    Happy New Year.

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  2. You were very lucky to be paired with Erica -she's Ms.Creative, for sure!

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  3. Merry Christmas! Isn't Christmas time a magical time?!! I love your perspective on giving and receiving. Thank you for your comment on my blog. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

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  4. Hi Susie,
    I just love your new look, it is so you! I'm so glad you had a good Christmas, I hope you have a wonder-filled Happy New Year,
    Hugs,
    Dorothy and Ms.Wilma

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  5. Just lovin' your new header and blog look, terrific! What a fun swap, such cute goodies. Thanks for sharing; I'm wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and blessed New Year! :) Pam

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  6. Wow! Snazzy page here Miss Susie! Now you know Erica and me in MN you'll have to plan a vacation! Smile. Happy New Year Mountain Girl!

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  7. That's so sweet to bake for others. I haven't had sugar since May and wasn't into baking that much this year. It was so exciting when our neighbor came over with a big platter of baked goods for my family! They were so ecstatic! It was lovely. Your cup of kindness swap looks so fun! I did a mug swap this year too!! I just love Christmas!! Have a very Happy New Year!!
    Karen

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  8. Merry Christmas my dear friend. Love your new look. Looks like you got some Christmas love from Erica. She is a total sweet heart.
    May you have a Blessed New Year.
    Hugs
    donna

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  9. Wow, it sounds like you had a great Christmas, how wonderful that you shared all of your baked treats. Sounds like you hit the swap bonanza with Erica as a partner. you have a great New Years!!

    Carol

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  10. What a lovely post Susie - so glad you had such a wonderful Christmas!

    Love your swap items, what a lot of fun :)

    Take care and I wish you and your family a fantastic New Year!

    Hugs, Estelle xx

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  11. I love the giving part, too. =)

    I miss having younger children to cook with. Those were some of my favorite times.

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  12. Susie,

    The swap sounds so fun! All of the goodies were adorable... I am glad you had a Merry Christmas. Also, I love your new header.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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  13. What delightful little cups-o-fun. The Christmas corsage was a very cute conversation starter. BTW lately your blog has been loading in a flash. Something must have been going on with my computer before.

    Happy New Year to you!

    Susie @ Persimmon Moon Cottage

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  14. How sweet is that cup full of wonderful goodies.It looks like the Swaps are great fun.
    Here's to a wonderful and blessed year ahead.

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  15. Great new blog make over! Fun swap goodies, too! I'm ready to swap now that I'm moved! ♥

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  16. Susie,
    That swap looked like fun. Cute gifts to make.
    Hope you have a blessed New Year you and your family!
    Pat

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  17. I love all of the pretty things...blog buddies always know just what we love. It is such a special time of giving and caring and a great time to have a blog. I get so many great ideas and I've made so many friends...like you! Happy holidays my friend!

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  18. It really is more fun to give than receive, however, those who received your yummy goodies were blessed. Your blog is darling and such fun to read.
    blessings to you.

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  19. Hi Susie!
    Oh...I'm so happy to read you comment and come visiting your delightful blog.
    I'm glad you had such a fun Christmas baking goodies and celebrating our precious Saviors birth.
    Oh, the sweet gifts you have received from blogging friend. In the years to come they will be treasured keepsakes.
    How I love blogging. I only wish I had started earlier. Last Spring was my beginning in blogland and it has been such a wonderful adventure.
    Thank you for your many kind visits and comments this past many months.
    Blessings and have a Happy New Year!
    Carolynn xxx

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  20. Sounds like a good time! Baking is always fun when others get involved. Hope you had a good Christmas! Happy new year!

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  21. I am so happy that you had such a wonderful Christmas...you deserve the very best!!! I was thrilled that you could use the recipe card -- there will be many more is 2013 i promise! you should hop over to today's post...i have 50 free digital instant downloads there -- i am sure you would like a few! ; ) thank you for being you!!! hugs and love and a HAPPY and Blessed New Year!!!

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  22. Well, Erica must have some elf magic to fit all that festive cuteness into that sweet mug!
    Thanks for stopping by -- hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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  23. Swaps are so much fun! Work was crazy this December for me and I never got around to any baking....I'm thinking Valentine's Day would be a good holiday to bake for!

    Happy New Year!

    chris

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  24. I love the new blog lay-out! How lucky you were paired with Eric! I love her blog! How fun to bake with family! I didn't get a lick of baking done this year! I hope you had a wonderful New Year! :)

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