Saturday, December 12, 2015

Vicky's Ornament Exchange


This was my first time joining the ornament exchange at Life on Willie Mae Lane hosted by Vicky.

You just fill out a short questionnaire and then Vicky pairs you up with someone to buy for and someone who will buy for you. Until the package arrives in the mail it is a big secret! Fun!
Isn't this a cute idea to wrap the box in wrapping paper? Wish I thought of that!
When I received my box of goodies I was surprised at how much was stuffed in the festive package. My fun ornaments came from Pam at Virginia Retro. She loves to craft so I got some really cute hand crafted ornaments, some vintage ornaments and a Hallmark one too! Pam put a lot of thought and love into the special things she sent me.

How cute is this snowman ornament hand made by Pam!

He is reversible!
Here is the sweet 2015 Hallmark snowman. I love the old fashioned look of a classic snowman.

This is another sweet hand made ornament with a vintage girl, some lace, candy canes and a silver tree all tucked inside a tart tin. So nostalgic!

She came in a vintage box that matches perfectly with my kitchen colors, which I will display after the holidays too.
Actually this sweet girl is the star of my kitchen island centerpiece.

This pretty bird ornament is so vintage and clips on the branch of the tree. It is marked Made in Japan.

Some mini ornaments and a wreath pick brought back my childhood Christmas' in a real way! The Snowman is flocked and the angel is wood.

Pam said she loves sending vintage cards. So cute and also so nostalgic.

 I was happily paired with Donna at Distressed Donna Down Home. I loved the information that I got from Vicky about Donna's style and color choices because they are all the things I love too. I decided to make a rustic star ornament for her to match her den and then I added in a winter mason jar to match. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures but you can see them over at her blog post by just clicking on the link above. She is a blog friend and I love following her blog because I am continually amazed at the great thrifted treasures she finds and the makeovers she does. Plus I love her humor!

It is fun to find and buy gifts for family members and close friends every year for Christmas. But I find it is just as much or more fun every once in awhile to join in on an exchange or secret Santa game during the holidays.

And how nice it is to extend and receive joy and blessings and love to people you have never met but you can call friend.

Merry Christmas Friends!

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with:

Vicky's Annual Ornament Exchange Reveal


  1. Such cute ornaments. Pam is so talented! I saw what you sent on Donna's blog. You found some perfect ornaments for her. This is such a fun exchange!

  2. I'm stopping by from Vicky's ornament exchange. I love everything you received from the exchange!! It's wonderful and fun how Vicky organizes this exchange each year. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  3. How adorable, all of it!
    I especially like the tart tin filled with Christmas joy. What a cute idea that is.
    Some of you ladies have such talent and you use it so beautifully.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend,Ann Marie.

  4. Hi AnnMarie! I love all the goodies you received but the little girl in the tart tin is just too cute. She looks adorable in your kitchen island display! I enjoy this exchange each year and look forward to seeing what everyone receives! Merry Christmas!

  5. Those are just so sweet. What a wonderful way for bloggers to meet. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!

  6. AnnMarie, I love all your sweet gifts. Those old cards are adorable. Wishing you and yours a great new week. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  7. Hi AnnMarie :)

    Those ornaments are really cute! And your home looks lovely dressed up for Christmas. I need to get off my heinie and take some pictures myself lol


  8. Ann Marie, thanks so much for saying such kind things about your package. I so enjoyed sending it to you. My fav was the girl in the tart pan, and I love the display you used her in...beautiful! Such a fun exchange. Merry Christmas! Pam

  9. You got a lot of very cute ornaments in this exchange. Sounds like a lot of fun!
    Mary Alice

  10. Very sweet and cute, you were graced with adorable goodies in this exchange,

  11. Too, too cute AnnMarie! I just love these and what a wonderful idea!

  12. I love this! It's so nice to receive theses special treasures from friends we've never met. It makes them that much more special.


  13. Hi AnnMarie,
    I just love everything that you received, and that centerpiece is amazing, so pretty! Vicky paired us all up so, so well!
    This was my first year participating and I just loved everything about it!
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend and Monday!

  14. Love it all AnnMarie! I knew Pam would be a good match for you! I am finally getting a few minutes to check out all the link ups! I have been crazy busy for days now! I am so glad you joined in the fun and thanks again for the precious snowman in a jar you sent me! I just love it!! Have a blessed week.

    Hugs, Vicky

  15. Good Morning!
    Such a fun event to participate in and what special treasures you received!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  16. Cute ornaments, and the vintage Christmas card takes me back to my mother's farmhouse table where every year she wrote out Christmas cards and I stuffed them into envelopes. Back in the day. . . xo


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