Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Ornament Exchange

Ornaments, star, snow globe
This is my third year participating in Vicky Hunt's annual Christmas Ornament Exchange. (Vicky can be found here with all the ornaments!)

Vicky matches each of us to a partner.

One to send a package and one to receive a package.

One day a large box arrived.

I opened it to find two gifts inside.

A lovely note from AnnMarie who blogs at  Musings of a Vintage Junkie .

The first package was this rustic star.

Distressed and rusty.

Jute and jingle bells.

Perfect for my den.

The other package contained one of AnnMarie's snow globes.

Of course the first thing I saw was the bottle brush tree.

Tied with red striped jute webbing and two jingle bells.

And peeking out in the snow was a small fox.

I have a secret obsession with foxes.

Maybe not so secret any more!

The snow globe has found a place in front of the old red barn with some other vintage bottle brush trees.

The star is nestled in a basket until we dig out the trees.

The star will remain on display throughout the year.

Thank you so much, AnnMarie!

AnnMarie and I are not only blog friends, but also Etsy team members.

You can visit her Etsy shop NaNa's Things.

My ornament box went to Debbie Harris from She Graces Her Home In God's Beauty in Colorado.  I made some ornaments and included some vintage ones.

A huge round of applause to Vicky for doing all the work to make the ornament exchange so much fun!

See y'all!


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  1. Such a beautiful gift you received from Ann Marie. I love that rustic heart, and I would leave it up year round too. Her snow domes are quite cute.
    So you have a love for foxes? For years we had one come to our property and he would play with my husband like a dog would play. He loved eggs, hence fox in the hen house, and Cooper, we named him, would take the egg out of our hand. He was very friendly with us.
    Two years ago thanksgiving he disappeared never to return. We believe He died as He was quite gray in the face, so likely old.
    Good times!

    Thank you again, Donna for my lovely treasures you graced me with.

  2. Such pretty and unique items. I hope I have time to participate next year because this looked like fun.

  3. Hello Donna,
    Wow I love what you received from Vicky's annual ornament exchange. That snow globe is just gorgeous. Enjoy everything and have a wonderful weekend.
    Julie xo

  4. I haven't done an ornament exchange in years! I think I'll have to look into joining one next year. Love the star ornament. I don't blame you for keeping it out year round!


  5. Such fun things you received from AnnMarie. This looks like a really fun exchange.
    Enjoy the week end.

  6. Love the ornaments you received. This is my 3rd year of the exchange and it is so much fun! I need to get my post up to share what I received!

  7. What fun! I'd love to participate in this next year!

  8. Ornament exchange ... looks like fun. Love what you got from AnnMarie. Enjoy.
    Merry Christmas,
    Audrey Z.

  9. Hi Donna,
    Love the things you got from AnnMarie, the snow globe is so pretty, and I love that she uses the little woodland animals in them! The star is beautiful too!
    This was my first year participating, and it is such a sweet thing for Vicky to do!
    I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend! :)

  10. What a wonderful package to receive! I LOVE stars and that snow globe is brilliant!! I also visited Debbie and saw the beautiful treasures you sent her. So talented! Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas Donna! Cheers to you.

  11. You received a couple of nice gifts. I love the star ornament and it is wonderful that it is something you can use year 'round.

    Merry Christmas!

  12. So glad that you like your gifts and I am thrilled that you will leave the star out year round! I like to decorate more winter than Christmas so I don't have to take anything down till April!

  13. Such lovely treats to come in the mail!

  14. Hello Donna! Oh I am enjoying what everyone has to share...the star AnnMarie sent you is so gorgeous...I love it! Aww! And the snow globe...adorable!
    You sent Debbie a darling box of goodies...I am so glad I was able to join in this time!
    Sending love!

  15. Those are great! The star with its rusty middle and bells and the cute snowglobe with the adorable fox ( I'm mildly obsessed with them as well!) are just wonderful! I enjoy Vicky's exchange each year. So much fun to see what everyone gets.
    Merry Christmas!

  16. Such lovely gifts from Ann Marie. I gave to her this year. I love the way Vicky set this up so we share fun. Love the star, great idea to keep it out all year! Thanks to Vicky we all had lots of fun.

  17. hello, participated in my first/only ornament exchange 6yrs. ago exactly to today's date. was having left knee replaced on 12/7 but then found out taking part in exchange, called dr to see if possible to hold off til 14th. after hubs dropped me off at hospital on 14th. he went to mail all my holiday cards and of course ornaments to exchange administrator. this past 12/7 monday had right shoulder replaced hence using small letters for this post.
    sure can't miss out on blog posts. love ornaments you recvd.great post

  18. I'm sad that I missed it this year, but I sure love looking at all the cute stuff that's exchanged!

  19. Such lovely gifts....I love them!! The snowglobe is adorable! I love the one AnnMarie sent to beautiful and proudly displayed as well!!

  20. Just to let you know Vicki's link at the top doesn't work! I've not heard of the ornament exchange before. You scored good girl on the star and globe.

  21. I finally have a chance to comment on everyone's link! I have been so very busy! I knew AnnMarie would be a perfect match for you! You both share a love of vintage! I just love the things she sent you. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Christmas season. I know I am! Have a blessed and beautiful week and thanks again for joining the fun!

    Hugs, Vicky

  22. What a great exchange, Donna, and your gifts received are wonderful! I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I hope you're enjoying the holidays. Here's to another fun year of the hunt in 2016, and to our shared interests. Cheers!

  23. I was so sorry not to be part of the exchange this year, but the work at school is more intense and I was afraid I wouldn't have time to do it "seriously".


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