Thursday, May 17, 2018

12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal


Have tea
and let it be.




It's time, my friends!
It's time for the 12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange reveal.
Oh, what fun we shall have today.
Feel free to brew yourself a nice cup of tea
or a delicious mug of coffee. . .
and maybe grab a cookie or two
because there are oodles of tea cup and mug pictures to scroll through.
Plus, at the end of this post you will find blogs linked up
sharing their treasures from the exchange.

Sit back.

Relax.


Enjoy.

One last thing,
during the exchange I had a giveaway
and today is the day I announce the winner
of the $25.00 Amazon gift card.
She is. . . 
Jacqueline Cooper
Congratulations, dear one!

Now let the fun begin!

* * * * *

To Kelly - From Maureen



To Janice - From Pam



To Bonnie - From Dixie



To Deborah - From Debbie



To Barbara - From Linda



To Wanda - From DeeAnn



To Tamela - From Erika



To Susan - From Beverly



To Nina - From Angie



To June - From Valerie



To Mary - From Kitty



To Teresa - From Margie



To Belle - From Bonnie



To Sofia - From Tamela



To Sarah - From Sarah



To Lily - From Joy



To Maggie - From Amie



To Tammy - From Lisa



To Sarah - From Rosalyn



To DeeAnn - From Elizabeth



To Lisa - From Kelly


To Kathy - From Bee



To Silvia - From Dawn



To Tricia - From Angela



To Dixie - From Lynn



To Sarah - From Elizabeth



To Bee - From Gretchen



To Beverly - From Linda



To Debra - From Dixie



To Karen - From Denise



To Emily - From Olivia



To Jeanette - From Abigail



To Lynn - From Marilyn



To Sam - From Debby



To Peg - From Cindy



To Adeline - From Silvia



To Susan - From Beverly



To Lynn - From Kaye



To Betty - From Tammy



To Judith - From Elizabeth



To Anne - From Susannah



To Elizabeth - From Maureen



To Karen - From Gillian



To Dorothy - From Nina



To Cheryl - From June



To Kathryn - From Nancy



To Joy - From Belle



To Emily - From Krishna



To Becky - From Diana



To Margaret - From Judy



To Diana - From Arilea



To Grace - From Paulina



To Mal - From Ashley



To Cheryl - From Cheryl



To Janae - From Paulina



To Peg - From Andrea



To Debbie - From Lynn



To Alyssa - From Angela



To Adria - From Judy



To Rosalyn - From Elizabeth



To Florrie - From Rebekka



To Adaline - From Jan



To Olivia - From Florrie



To Grace - From Susannah



To Marge - From Ella



To Sam - From Debbie



To Ida - From Bee



To Danielle - From Adeline



To Allison - From Anne



To Anne - From Karen



To Irene - From Grace



To Margaret - From Barbara



To Marina - From Rosalind



To Marina - From Sandra



To Kathy - From Ida



To LeAnna - From Brianna



To Maggie - From Olivia



To Sarah - From Rosalyn



To June - From Lea



To Jessica - From Gretchen



To Valerie - From Carolyn



To Joanne - From Tanya



To Jan - From MONTSE



To Karen - From Darlene



To Barbara - From Tonia



To Emily - From Danielle



To Lily - From Danielle



To Danielle - From Janae



To Ella - From Chevon



To Sylvia - From Alyssa



To Janice - From Adria



I can't thank each one of you enoughfor joining the exchange.
Many of you have become faithful participants
and your joy in joining the exchange brings a smile to my face.
I consider it an honor to host this event for all of you
and I'm incredibly thankful that you enjoy it so.
Thank you, friends, 
for it is YOU who makes this exchange possible.

And on that note. . .
at this time I will not be hosting another exchange.
Each one continues to grow and with close to 250 participants 
it's getting to be a "bit much."
And I must confess that with each exchange comes certain "issues" 
that are out of my control, but tend to make participants unhappy
which in turn bothers me deeply.
So for now I am saying "adieu" to the exchange. . .
maybe for a little while or maybe forever.
We shall see. . .

Have a beautiful and blessed day,
lovely friends!

Each cup of tea
represents an imaginary voyage.
- Catherine Douzel -

54 comments:

Creations By Cindy said...

Thank you again Dearest Stephanie for being such a gracious host. Such lovelies today to gaze upon. Congratulations to the winner too. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

It's so heartwarming to see all the love, thoughtfulness, generosity, and kindness that people share through your teacup/mug exchange, dearest Stephanie. I don't know how you do it, but I am so grateful for your organizational skills, your love, and gentleness. We all appreciate YOU, and are so thankful for all that you do. Love and God bless you!

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

This is such a fabulous event, Sweet Stephanie! You did an awesome job in putting the exchange together and I can understand how you can become overwhelm with its' growth and other circumstances. I'm sorry for that. It really is fun seeing all the beautiful teacups and accessories!

Margie said...

Just doing a quick drop-by to add my link and take a quick peek at the tea pretties. Thank you, Stephanie, for organizing another successful teacup exchange!!! I'll enjoy viewing the goodies over the next few days.

Debby Ray said...

Dearest Stephanie, as saddened as I am to hear this news, I totally understand about giving the exchange a rest. You have completely amazed us (me) by continuing to put this wonderful exchange together season after season! You surely have gone above and beyond what you needed to do in order to keep it up as long as you have...YOU DO NEED A BREAK...even if it's forever! In a group this large especially, I totally see where issues would come about, no matter how lovingly you set up the guidelines. I just want you to know that I feel so blessed to have been able to participate in six of your wonderful exchanges and my life has been enriched by many of the sweet friends I have made. To say "thank you" just doesn't quite cut it...but I do hope that you know how much how much you are appreciated. Go rest up, dear one...much love to you!♥

Magnolia Darjeeling said...

Thank you for being such an amazing host, Stephanie. While I am sad that I only had an opportunity to participate in only one of your exchanges, I completely understand how it can becoming overwhelming especially if not everyone follows the instructions. But thank you for a great experience. This was fun!

montse v said...

Oh, I can see that Jan has received my mug. I am very happy that arrives in good conditions.Well, I am still waiting for mine..

Thank you for organize so beautiful exchange and your gentleness.

living from glory to glory said...

Good Day to you my Dear, You have gone above and beyond the call of duty! this has been a lovely experience for so many ladies! But as we all know things never go according to plan. Being in charge is always the most work and burden. I appreciate you and your desire to do this amazing exchange!
You have shared your love and wonderful crafts and beautiful pictures and trust me that is enough for any busy homemaker!
Thank you! Much appreciation...
Hugs, Roxy xoxo

Laura said...

This was so much fun! Thank you for hosting it!!! Congratulations to the winner!

Laura
flowersinmybasket.blogspot.com

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Dear sweet Stephanie! What a beautiful array of tea lovelies to scroll through and enjoy!!! Truly I am saddened to hear that this was the last tea exchange, but I can only imagine the difficulty in trying to sort out all issues that arise when it has gotten so popular!! I am so thankful to have been able to participate in this exchange and for the sweet friendships I have made!! Thank you again sweet friend for all of the hours that we will never know about that you put into this exchange to make it so special for each one of us! Sending hugs and blessings your way today!

Sarah said...

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you SO much for all of your hard work, and for all of the love you have put into this event! I can only imagine how difficult it is to organize. I understand how it could become too much, especially when you are a busy wife and mother. May the LORD bless you!

Sarah

deborah said...

Thank-you so much Stephanie for all your hard work! It would take a LOT of time and effort.

I don't blame you for laying it down. To everything there is a season! And I wouldn't deal with issues and complaints and unhappiness. That soon steals the joy!

This was my second time to join in and I enjoyed it immensely!!! Thank-you so much!!

Karen Owen said...

This was my first exchange and I loved it so very much. Thank you for all you did to make it happen! Blessings to you and my gratitude for allowing me to participate. My partner sent a lovely package and I am hoping my partner is loving hers.

Linda Walker said...

Stephanie,
I am so sorry to hear there were difficulties. I remain so thankful to you for organizing this as many times as you have. I have enjoyed every single one! Thank you so much! Love and hugs to you,
Linda

Debbie Harris said...

Gorgeous!! As I scrolled through the beauty I was astonished at the loveliness of each of these dear ladies in their hearts of giving, WOW!
From some gorgeous teacups and mugs to the most unique gifts, it all speaks so graciously of each loving heart.
I will spend days viewing and enjoying this party.
Stephanie, this exchange has become quite a thing and you have been remarkable!
You may never know this side of eternity how God has used you as His instrument through this amazing exchange. Friends have been made and God has been glorified time and time again.
It's quite understandable why you should desire to step away and give it a rest and you shouldn't feel guilty at all. The majority of ladies are precious, but in life there are those who make life difficult no matter what.
Your sweet and gentle spirit is why YOU have been the amazing hostess that you have been.
Thank you for all that you have done so selflessly!
My teacup (and a few mugs) collection has grown into quite a beautiful array of gorgeousness and that wouldn't have happened with out you!
I will forever look into my China cabinet and be reminded of you and all those dear ladies I have met, all through a teacup/mug exchange. :-)

Enjoy this day and party~

Love you~

Carla from The River said...

Dear Friend,
WOW!! to put this event on, thru the world wide web, I find it to be just amazing!!! Well done in all the exchanges that you did.
The generosity is amazing to me.

... we may need to do a MLB exchange. LOL
We are heading to watch the Crew on Sunday play the Twins. It is only a 2 hour drive to see them at Target Field, Miller Park is almost an 8 hour drive. ;-)

Love, Carla

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh, oh... What beautiful, beautiful tea cups and gifts! What a delightful post filled with beauty and tea time delights! How sad I was to miss out on this lovely exchange...hopefully next time! {{smiles}}

Much love to you, Stephanie!

Klik said...

Dear Stephanie, for a long time I've been following this tempting exchange (because I love the cups myself), but did not dare to take part, because I live very far, in Russia. But even looking throught these wonderful photos, reading about the participants received joy - was very nice :). Thank you for your work - because the number of participants is really impressive.

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

Thank you so very much for hosting such a wonderful event my friend. Such a huge success and creating so much happiness :) Hugs to you!

Danielle Marie said...

Stephanie, I had such a lovely time participating in the exchange. Thank you so much for putting everything together and making this possible! :)

krishna said...

This is amazing I enjoyed it thoroughly..

Regina said...

Stephanie, thank you so much for all your hard work. I can't even imagine all the hard work that goes into this. I'm sorry about the issues that you have encountered. There will always be negative people so just pray for them.
Love you dear friend!

Decor To Adore said...

Thank you sweet Stephanie for arranging such glorious fun! I so appreciate all that you do.

krishna said...

I was overexcited and posted it long back,
Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com/2018/05/tea-cup-exchange.html

Gretchen said...

I decided to make it a true reveal day and didn't open the boxes until today. I do have pictures of what I received (as well as what I sent) and am wondering if they can be included in your pictures. Folks can see them on my blog Amanda's Baskets at http://amandasbasket.blogspot.com/.

This was so much fun, especially looking at the boxes and anticipating the joy of opening them, I want to thank you for hosting this exchange.

Patti said...

Wow, such lovely gifts everyone received and gave! I have always wanted to be part of one of the exchanges, but they always seem to happen when I am on blog break, so I don't find out about them until after the deadline. Since I'm pretty sure I won't be taking any blog breaks in the coming year, I was thinking I would be able to participate in the next one. Alas, that isn't going to happen. That is disappointing, but I can certainly understand your reasons for not making plans for more. Hurt feelings and unhappy readers are definitely reasons for stopping.

Blessings,
Patti

Olivia Bell said...

I had such a wonderful time participating in this exchange and seeing all the lovely pictures was so much fun! Thank you ever so much for hosting this amazing event, I love it ever so much! {{smiles}}

Elizabeth said...

Sweet Stephanie,

Oh, how you have blessed so many through this lovely event! I must say that I can only imagine some of the issues you have had to encounter with this, so I fully support you in your decision...sometimes stepping away brings about the most peace, and that's an important thing. Please know that I have only been blessed through each and every one of the five exchanges I've taken part in. You are a fine, lovely, gracious host and such a gem of a person and friend. Thank you for all the work, energy, time and love you have put into each one of these events...YOU are a blessing, my dear!

I have linked up my post, and this evening, I shall spend a good bit of time visiting all the other blogs...oh, how fun to see all the lovelies everyone received!

Thinking of you and wishing you a splendid weekend! Lots of love and hugs to you!
~Libby

Anne Payne said...

Such lovely packages sent and received! You are a beautiful soul, Stephanie, for bringing so many together to share in friendship and faith. God bless you, dear one!

Bonnie Preslar said...

These swaps have been so much fun!! I do appreciate all of your hard work and I understand when humans are involved there can be "seeds of discontent". Please don't let that discourage you in any way, my friend. I hope you will take time off, but I do hope you will reconsider dropping the swap altogether. I do love getting happy mail and even more so, I love to send it. Thank you for blessing us all!

Kat White said...

Hi Stephanie You sure stay busy, I don't know how you do it. What a lovely tea exchange and some of the gifts are fantastic as well as all the giving of great exchanges to one another. Very sweet! Have a wonderful day! Blessings and Hugs

sarah said...

So many beautiful cups. I'm glad you are setting your limit and taking care of yourself. Have a beautiful day.

Michele said...

I think we're going to need an entire pot of tea or coffee to do all this fine reading and visiting and "ooohhhing and ahhhhing!"

Stephanie, no words quite fit thanking you for all your hard work in putting this amazing tea/mug swap together. Seriously, you are AWESOME!

Thanks for so much joy you bring to so many! Love you bunches. ♥

Roseann Hampton said...

Thank you so much for putting this together Stephanie! Always lovely to see what everyone has exchanged!

Chris Lally said...

Thank you for hosting the exchanges, Stephanie. I will miss the excitement and the pics, but I'm so happy that you know how to step away, and gracefully at that.
Hugs, Chris

mamasmercantile said...

Such a wonderful feast for the eyes. Beautiful gifts.

Bethany Carson said...

Thank you so much for hosting, Stephanie! We really appreciate it!

Mary E. Stephens said...

Thank you again, my friend, for hosting this exchange. You have certainly brought a lot of joy and happiness about through your efforts. Love you. :-)

Kim said...

Once again, so many lovely new friendships are formed over enjoying a sip of tea in a pretty tea cup. So many beautiful gifts have been received. You are a treasure, lovely Stephanie.

Lillie said...

What a wonderful feast for the eyes Stephanie. Thank you so much for your effort and hosting this wonderful exchange, you brought so much joy to everyone around the globe. As much as I am sadden with your decision, I can understand the heartache that you go through and 250 participants is a great number this round.

Thank you so much, wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Tamago said...

It was so much fun seeing all the wonderful exchange gifts!
I understand with so many participants, it can get a bit hard.
I know everyone participated in it are so grateful for your hard work and kindness :-)
Have a lovely weekend, Stephanie!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie, It has been wonderful to view the long list of beautiful treasures once again exchanged. I know each and everyone was blessed by their gifts given and received. You have outdone yourself once again my friend with your organizing and planning for so many to enjoy. God Bless you!!
Sending love and hugs your way. xo

Carrie said...

Stephanie, thanks so much for arranging the exchange again--it is so much work for you and so many of us appreciate all your efforts! I had so much fun preparing my box to send and waiting for the one I would receive! Thanks again :)

Roberta Celestina said...

Dear friend Stephanie,

It's always joyful seeing how many beatiful tea cups were shared on this party!

Have a nice weekend,
Roberta

allthingzsewn said...

I know this was a hard decision for you, Everything has it's good and bad moments. I'm having to let go of some of my volunteer sewing and it's so hard to chose who you stop helping. Please know that because of your work of love so many have had joyous moments that they would not have had other wise. As I'm sure you know everything is not as it seems. The world need more people like you. Thank you dear friend in Christ.

Zaa said...

Everything is so lovely ...I apologize for not posting mine as I'm still in Australia ..but I will be sure to post the beauties when I turn home in June. Thank you to everyone who sent prayers... THANK You Sweet Stephanie for your skillful attendance to this HAPPY Exchange... It's surely was alot of work on your behalf....What a delight for everyone.... Big Hugs

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

What you have given to all involved is a true gift and it is TOTALLY understandable to end it!! what a joy it's been!!!

Debbie said...

WoW!! a large group of very generous woman!! the exchanges are lovely!!

you have done a wonderful job stephanie, many will be sad to see it end. i don't know how you have done it for so long!!!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie, what a wonderful exchange you have organized over the years. I have had so much fun participating in a few myself and thank you for that experience. What a huge success the exchange has become and I can understand that you how you feel now that it has become so big. You have done so much work with this and we all appreciated it so much. I will look forward to seeing everyones goodies.
Julie xo

Lowcarb team member said...

Wow!
The exchanges are wonderful.

All the best Jan

Red Rose Alley said...

I so enjoy looking at all the pretty tea cups and goodies, Stephanie. I think my favorite was "Be still and know that I am God" with the blue tea cup. So many wonderful gifts from so many wonderful ladies. Thank you, dear one, for doing this tea cup exchange. It can't be easy, but your love shines for all each and every year.

~Sheri

Dawn Russell said...

Thanks for all your hard work Stephanie - another lovely exchange.
Take Care. Dawn x

shirleygirly7 said...

Perhaps the dear Lord will prepare a lovely high tea in heaven ...❤

Annesphamily said...

OH Stephanie, I was sad to hear this but I do understand. If I lived closer I would have been there at your side resolving these issues and helping you in any way that I could. Your hard work was remarkable and your kind heart , often people are unhappy for whatever reasons and lash out at others. I wish everyone would be happy but life doesn't work that way does it? I would love to con tinue the exchanges but I have no technical background and barely learned how to post photos at my blog lol. But sometime I have giveaways and I love selcting a random recipient just to see their smiles. I know there are others who have hosted and decided to discontinue. It takes so much time and effort. But I will keep in touch. I admire you for your kindnesses and your beutiful uplifting posts. Take care HUGS, LOVE and BLESSINGS - Anne

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