Magazine swap

April 9, 2015

Lorrie from Fabric Paper Thread recently organized a magazine swap. I got matched with Shane from Roses Lace and Brocante in New Zealand. How much fun to get a package from another hemisphere! While we're looking forward to warmer weather, they're heading into their colder season.

So why were the magazines wrapped with ribbon with Eiffel Towers on it? After all, Shane lives in New Zealand. Well, she has grandchildren in France! So France is like a second home. I guess if your grandchildren have to live in another country, it's all good when they live in one you want to visit, non? Shane says on her blog, "my love affair with France begins with my darling French granddaughters." 

The pretty notecard she sent was enclosed in an envelope stamped "Pour Vous" and "Bonjour."

Merci, Shane. The magazines are beautiful, and make me want to know more about your country. I only know it is beautiful from seeing it in the Lord of the Rings movies. Gorgeous! And my son the economics major says New Zealand has a very good system in place there. One of the best.

the New Zealand magazines are bursting with beautiful photos

So it is a perfect afternoon -- rainy and windy -- for a spot of tea and reading some magazines.

I'm also looking at the latest InStyle magazine, perusing the upcoming symphony calendar, and looking at this book my daughter bought.

Maybe I'll do a review of it soon.

And since I haven't bought any clothes in like forever, I treated myself to this Chanel nail polish in Ballerina. I can let my nails dry while I read. It's very pretty, and -- bonus -- because it's so light it doesn't show chips.

Oh, and remember I said I should get rid of my heels because I only wore them once in a while? Well, I thought, since I'm keeping them, what better reason to find some occasions to wear them?! 

So I am looking at the symphony offerings. If I sign up soon, we can get seven concerts for the price of six.

Thank you for all your encouraging comments regarding my weight loss. It helps when I "report" to you here -- keeps me a little accountable.

Thanks again Lorrie from Vancouver Island and Shane from New Zealand! Both so far from Michigan here in the U.S., but this wonderful blogging community shortens the distance.


  1. Sweet gifts from a dear blogger! That was a nice idea Lorrie had. I should participate if she ever does it again.

  2. How fun to get magazines from so far away! Your pretty tea table just makes me smile. I love an afternoon break with pretty magazines and books to browse through - and a good idea to do your nails at the same time. The symphony sounds wonderful and a perfect excuse to keep those shoes! xo Karen

  3. Hi Deborah, I hope you enjoy your lovely magazines from the swap. The pink polish looks nice too. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. What a fun swap, Deborah! Shane and Lorrie are both so sweet. I do love your new nail color. I don't do color on my fingernails because I chip them so badly. You'll have to do a report. Yes, the symphony will be a wonderful occasion to wear those gorgeous heels. However, my friend, with your weight loss, you're going to need some new outfits to go with those heels.

  5. How delightful, Deborah. I think it's time to welcome you into my merry band of Culture Vultures. Brava!! You'll never regret purchasing symphony tickets. My Metropolitan Opera subscription keeps me grounded in an ethereal sort of way. I couldn't live without it.

    Keep up the good work on your weight loss program and hang onto those beautiful shoes.

    Shane sounds like a great lady to get to know. Of course, I may just be partial to anyone with grandchildren in France.

    I am so jealous of your photographic skills. I'm hopeless with a camera. Have I mentioned lately how much I enjoy your Blog posts? "Non? Et bien" I do.

    Cheers, M-T

  6. Glad your magazines arrived and are so enjoyable to read. It is fun getting mail from far away. Reading is a wonderful way to spend a few quiet hours.

  7. What a fun swap, magazines, who would ever think. :-)
    Looks like you have some lovely ones to sit with over a cup of tea, and your tea cup is quite beautiful I must say.

  8. I'm a follower of Shane, such a lovely lady.I met her last year through 'Grow Your Blog' she kept in continual contact with me during a difficult year I had, having had surgery on my back.Her blog is always a pleasure to read, and I'm sure those magazines will be treasured and re read several times. We have a lot in common as I live in France. Your blog looks so pretty, I'll be back when I have more time to see what's happening in your neck of the woods, In the meantime enjoy your week end, ' a bientot '

  9. How fun! I see you have received a fun package in the mail as well! Shane is a sweet heart. Love the pretty nail polish and I'm glad you decided to keep those just never know when you might need them :)

  10. Your table set with your tea cup and magazines is so inviting. A cup of tea and something to read make for an enjoyable afternoon.
    What a wonderful idea to have a magazine swapI I don't know how I missed that post.
    Lorrie lives in my city and we have met...she is lovely.
    That shade os nail varnish looks very soft...I might pop by the Chanel counter this week.
    Enjoy your weekend Deborah.

  11. What a delight to receive some magazines from the lovely Shane - she is such a sweetheart {just like you, Deborah} :)

    Your nail polish is oh so pretty! I only paint my toenails since I tend to chip the color on my fingernails. We don't have a dishwasher so my hands are in hot water a lot throughout the day :)

    Anyway... have a lovely weekend, my friend. Hugs!

  12. Hi Deborah, what a fun swap and the perfect day to enjoy them while it rains. Shane is such a sweetie.
    Your table looks so inviting and peaceful for an afternoon of reading and letting the polish dry. Love that color!!
    Glad you kept your heels. I would not be able to part with mine either. LOL You never know when you will need them. Enjoy the symphonies you select. Looks like a wonderful line up!!
    Blessings for a nice weekend.
    Hugs, CM

  13. Dearest Deborah,
    All throughout this post you sounded very bubbly! Concerts with Brahms music; wow that is a dream.
    You are enjoying life's little pleasures and yes, magazines from that far add to the joy of special gifts.
    Enjoy a lovely weekend and hope it has some sunshine for you as well.

  14. This sounds like a swap I would have loved ! And what a wonderful way to spend a rainy day.

    I have been told by friends who've visited New Zealand that they'd go back in a heart-beat. Sounds & looks like a country of spectacular landscape and equally amazing people.

    Congrats on the weight loss, you NEED to go shopping for new clothes. :)

  15. A very pretty setting of sweet gifts from faraway lands, ready to be enjoyed and appreciated!

    Re: your previous post...KUDOS to you, Deborah for reaching your halfway mark to your goal!!:))


  16. What a lovely idea. That is really special. It sounds like a great way to make new friends.

    Happy Sunday.


  17. I agree about the friendship and support of the blogging community -- I love it! One bloggy friend in Australia has become a true buddy. She sent me a package from there, and it made my day :) It's so fun to get something tangible from the other side of the world. I LOVE that cup/saucer -- the delicate lavender flowers. So pretty! Isn't it lovely to have a rainy afternoon perfect for tea?


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