A dream became a reality in the 2014 Merry & Bright Gift Swap all thanks to you lovelies! It was early in the year that I knew I wanted to host a Christmas gift exchange through the blog, but I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. I was starting from scratch as far as the organization of it, trying to get the word out, wondering how even to get people involved. In my mind, the swap would be successful if 20-30 people signed up.
With this in mind, I threw out a sign-up sheet in October and let the numbers begin to grow. Little did I know that just shy of 150 women would sign up to send some Christmas goodness to a stranger! I was completely blown away (and slightly overwhelmed when it came to assigning.. oops!). You all were so patient and gracious as I assigned partners all over the world (which also blew my mind)! We had participants in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, France, and Austria! What a wonder!
My Merry & Bright partner was the lovely Rachel of Oh Simple Thoughts. I have admired this lady in the blogging world for quite some time and was glad for the chance to send a note and a gift her way this Christmas season. She is such an encouraging and inspiring gal to follow, so I highly recommend you hop over to her blog or instagram to check her out. She also has a shop full of goodies, and I have to say I about squealed with joy when the grocery tote arrived in the mail! I'd been eyeing it for a while and cannot wait to put it to good use.
She also sent me some pretty prints, bunting, chocolates, and hair ties that are just delightful! (I've been moving from room to room as the holiday's have rolled around, so the rest got tucked away for safekeeping until I get back to my apartment). Her adorable family's Christmas card is more than adorable, by the way! I sent a few of my favorite things her way that same week: a candle from Anthropologie and some mercury glass ornaments with her and her hubby's initials.
What about you, my friends? What goodies did your swap partner send via snail mail?
I hope everyone enjoyed getting to know their buddy and spreading some Christmas cheer. I must say I'm already looking forward to the 2nd Annual Merry & Bright Gift Swap in 2015!