Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Clean Swap

I was excited to be able to participate in another one of Carrie and Monica's sister swaps. The theme for this one was Clean. I always find these swaps as a fun challenge to see what I can come up with to go with the theme and this one was no exception.

It was so much fun to do a three-way swap with Monica and Wendi. I have been long-time readers of both of their blogs and it was nice to prepare boxes for each of them. Even though I have never met them in real-life, I still feel as though both ladies are dear friends!

For both boxes, I tagged each gift with an appropriate verse mostly centering around homekeeping and clean heart.

Wendi has been focusing on organizing and decluttering her home so I tried to put together a few items to help her with that.

I filled a blue organizing basket with:
--dusting cloths
--drawer organizers
--Glade air freshener
--small body wash and lotion
--Orbit gum/breath mints
--kitchen towel
--scrubbie for washing dishes
--small bag of clothespins with instructions for writing prayer requests on each one as a way to pray for family and different needs while hanging the laundry.
--handmade frame with verse from Proverbs 31 written on it.

My box from Wendi was cute and practical. She wrapped every gift in brown paper and tied little tags on that said,"C is for clean." Very cute!

The box included:
--a cute cherry apron that I think Wendi made herself!
--cherry dishcloth
--a book about a million uses for vinegar. Right down my alley!
--hand soap
--Glade scented oil candles and refills
--Mary Engelbreit magnetic note pad

Thank you, Wendi for your careful thought in putting my box together!

I filled Monica's shoebox with:
--a handmade hanging frame with a quote by Elisabeth Elliot:
"I'm mothering young children who some day will fill important and useful spheres in life, and washing clothes is part of my grand task in caring for these souls who shall live forever."
--a small bag of clothespins with instructions for writing names and prayer requests as a reminder to pray while doing the laundry!
--drawer organizers
--scrubbie for dishes
--small body wash and lotion
--kitchen towel
--Glade apple cinnamon candle
--Orbit gum

Monica's gift to me was also very practical which I love! She filled a plastic organizing box with:
--decorated spray bottle
--embroidered cleaning mitt
--fun container of dishwasher soap
--handmade apron that is so cute and looks like spring!
--small dish

I appreciate the thought that went into preparing my box. Thank you, Monica!

Visit Carrie's blog to peek at more of the Clean swap boxes!


Wendi said...

Mary Ann ~ I am so glad that you enjoyed your box! I did make the apron and am so glad that you weren't disappointed! That was my first attempt at any real sewing.

Thank you for all that you sent me. I can't believe that I forgot to mention the gum! I laughed when I read "dirty mouth, clean it up!" Cute!

Have a great day!

thehomespunheart said...

Thanks again, Mary Ann! I've been enjoying some of the goodies already!


Hadley Coble said...

looks like y'all had fun too!

gail said...

mary ann-- i can just see how much fun you had putting together your boxes. you are such a creative, gifted lady. i love the clothespin idea. and the boxes you got look amazing too. so fun! have fun cleaning!

Jenn said...

Wow you ladies did an amazing swap! I love it!! Thanks for sharing and inspiration for swap ideas in the future, too. :)


Ellie said...

What a neat swap!! You guys are so creative!

*carrie* said...

I'm glad the first-ever 3-way swap was a success!