Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tenth Tea Cup, Mug Reveal ~ Spring 2017

Welcome to the tenth Tea Cup Mug Exchange!

I am so thrilled to be apart of this season of exchanges
hosted by our amazing and talented friend
This season may have been the largest number of participants yet.
Everyone has a wonderful time and enjoys making 2 new friends.
One you send to and the other you receive from.

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This spring season I decided on sending and receiving a mug for the first time.

It was a wonderful exchange and I was  blessed to receive my mug
from Lisa Johnson who lives in the west.
Lisa doesn't have a blog but she is one of the nicest ladies ever
and I am so glad to have met her!!!

Here are a few photos of the gifts she sent along with my mug!!

Starting with the sweet card and boxed filled with goodies.


 Love this bike card with sweet note from Lisa inside!


This sweet pink roses box was filled with goodies!
I love it for storage and more!


 The mug Lisa sent me was a beauty from the Pioneer Woman collection.


I truly love it and how beautiful it goes with pieces from 
the collection I already own.
Look how this cup has beautiful watercolor painted flowers all around.
Not sure how she knew I would love this cup!!!


And to go with the cup, Lisa added this beautiful plate
with the same design.
LOVE it!!


She also so generously added this lace pattern plate from the PW collection too.
Gorgeous!


And if all this wasn't enough she included a beautiful 
storage keeper for food etc. also from the PW collection.
The design is the same as the mug!
It was also filled with goodies like this~~~

Oh my goodness the yummy goodness!!


These wonderful mug cake mixes are a special treat.
Lisa included these too  and I can't wait to try them.
Dessert in a mug.
How perfect!!


Swedish Thins were also included and wow are they delicious!!


Lisa added two of my very favorite teas too.
Earl Grey and Irish Breakfast!!
Oh my she has spoiled me!!!!!


And if all this was not enough, Lisa included a set of 4 napkins
in the mixed colors of PW and 2 beautiful dish towels.
Oh how I love them all.



Look at this sweet aqua tag with the butterfly.
Lisa tucked this among the goodies as well.

Lisa gifted me in an incredible way and I so love
everything she sent with the beautiful mug.
Thank you so much my new friend.
You have blessed my heart with your generosity and friendship!

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My mug exchange gift was sent to Lynn
I enjoyed making up a package for dear Lynn
and I also sent her a Pioneer Woman mug.
From the colors she enjoys, I thought this was the perfect accent in her home.
Lisa and I were thinking along the same lines. 
Lynn's mug has the red interior while mine was dark aqua!!
Love them both!


Above is the package I sent to Lynn.
She is such a sweetheart, To visit Lynn and say hello, 
click, HERE! you'll be so glad you did!!



Once again it was a wonderful event all organized
with love and care by Stephanie.
I have to take a moment and thank her too!!
You know this isn't an easy task to pull together,
but Stephanie does an incredible job.
 Her efforts over the
past 10 exchanges 
have blessed so many with  friendship all around the world.
Thank you Stephanie for making this exchange a beautiful event once again!


Thank you to all of you too for taking the time to stop in. 
I always love your visits and for more participant reveals~
drop on by,  The Enchanting Rose

See you again soon sharing a new adventure in design

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Monday, April 10, 2017

No Cupcakes For Us!

Hi Friends,
Well, like the title says,
No cupcakes for us!!
You probably know what this means already!! 
I'll get to more about that in a bit, but yes, we could not even get close to the
Bakery at The Silos!!!

As you know I've been traveling around the Hill Country this spring.




And this is why it's called The Hill Country of Texas. 
Because of the gorgeous scenes like this!!!


We had a terrific time
seeing the springtime blooms of Texas
along with our beloved
Bluebonnets.





 Here we see Bluebonnets with Indian Paintbrush flowers.


 We found a charming park on our adventure
and enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing time there.





A lot of German history in this part of Texas
from New Braunfels to Fredericksburg and more.



The Willow City Loop is the best place to see Bluebonnets in this part of Texas.
It's a 20 mile loop in the country that you can pull over and see the Bluebonnets up close.


You see signs like this along the way.
I expected to see a cow or two, but none showed up on the trail while we were there.

As you begin the drive, you see a fence with every post accented with a cowboy boot.
It's a fun sight with boots of every color!




As you can see 
The Willow City Loop is amazing!!


About mid week we visited
 once again at
The Magnolia Market
and The Silo's.

You know I first shared my trip there
in a post about a year ago.
View HERE and HERE if you missed it!
These two posts really give you an overview of the whole market.

Anyway in the last year a lot of upgrades were added to the market.
The inside has been rearranged with a better shopping flow for customers on the two selling  floors.
To the play area outside, a covered picnic area was added along with lots of
fun games for kids on the AstroTurf.
Food trucks still line the parameter of the outdoor space
with a variety of choices for quick meals.

So as we approach our destination~~


we are getting closer to The Silos!

The anticipation is building!


Until we get here~~~~~~~ 
and realize the line for The Bakery is out the door,
 down the block and across the street.
 oh no it's only Wednesday!!!
Can you imagine what Saturday is like???

This lady with her hand on her hip gave me a look like, don't even try to get a cupcake.
I wouldn't mess with her in that line.
She was wiping around a cane!!


Anyway, when we saw this and were told 2 hours to wait,
we decided to head over to the market and shop around first.
This couple above is trying to decide.
Do we wait in line or shop or what!!

I'm sure the cupcakes are over the moon delicious,
but I'm just not into waiting in line 2 hours!!!!



Other's were having the same thought and were walking over to the Magnolia
Market to the left.


I tell you this was a mid week visit 
and there were so many people it was elbow to elbow getting around the place.
Just look at one of the Silo's. They are huge!


So we ventured inside the market and to the left of the front door
is this darling mantel display with words from Claude Monet.
"I must have flowers always and always"
I loved this with the gorgeous paper roses trailing up and around the top
of the faux mantel.


Then you see this. Wall to wall people!!


My pics don't do the size of the crowd justice to how many folks were shopping.


I guess spring break had a lot to do with this along with Roundtop going on.

Many shoppers were on their way through Waco,
 before getting to the real junkin in Roundtop, Texas.

We tried to stay in Roundtop too but there were no accommodations available anywhere
and our trip was reserved a few months in advance.
  After doing some shopping inside we 
tried The Bakery again 
and of course, it was just as busy with a 2 hour wait.


So we had some lunch in the outdoor area
where there are many food trucks with a variety of menus.
This covered area above was added since our last visit
and it's a nice spot to have lunch, snack or relax  sitting at a picnic table.


After lunch we visited the garden area.
In the back of the garden is the Seed and Supply Store selling garden art and more.


I loved these darling fairy gardens added to birdbaths in the display area.
I loved the tiny little green house but didn't get one.
They were 46 dollars!!!

I did find a few goodies in the market and I'll share them in posts to follow.

But like the title states,
No Cupcakes for Us.
Not even a look at one.

The folks that were able to get inside and order,
gobbled those cupcakes up so fast, we could only see them from a distance in the
outdoor bakery patio area ~~ licking their fingers!! haha!


All in all our week in the Hill Country was a wonderful getaway.
We relaxed, and enjoyed the warm days of early springtime in Texas.

There is so much to enjoy right here in Texas 
and the beauty is incredible.

Especially with the amazing farmhouse scenes like this.


Thank you for staying through this long post.
I so enjoyed your visit.

Have a wonderful week my friends.
See you soon.


I think I'll bake us some cupcakes!!
XO




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