Happy New friends and a Secret Santa Surprise

Happy New Friends and a Secret Santa Surprise.

Look here gals at my Secret Santa wonderful  parcel that I received nearly two weeks ago….but saved for Christmas Day to open! Do you remember that Victoria and Kelly was holding this swap and I helped them with the button for it!

I was sooo excited, as I opened the parcel and never expected at all, what was inside….My Secret Santa partner was Teresa from TCAKES blog….Please go and check her out, she is such a lovely lady.

…and it seems that she knows me so well, what with all the goodies that she had chosen for me….I thought that we had to spend about £10.00 on each other as I am new to this kinda thing! but Teresa went completely overboard and spoilt me rotten (THANKYOU SOOO MUCH T)

I know I know!…I have been blogging for a while, but apart from the occasional give-away! I have never participated in a swap before…and I have been pleasantly surprised, because not only have I received these lovely presents from Teresa….but I also want to get to know her better 🙂

…Luckily for me, Teresa lives about 10 miles away,  so we could perhaps meet up sometime for Tea and Cake…I’d really like that 🙂

Amoungst the beautiful pressies, was this lovely Christmas Memories book, I have included some pictures of inside the book including this one below, of the cost of christmas in the 1920’s…do please click on it and have a read…it is very interesting.

I love my gifts…and I keep putting them all back in the box and getting them out again! Sad eh!

My partner was the lovely Sophie whom I sent this too, which after receiving Teresa’s gifts…I now feel Sophie got a raw deal….I didn’t realise that everyone was so generous in these swaps…..so Sophie….I will be sending you some more goodies in the New Year honey – I’ll be in touch soon 🙂

Included in Teresa’s parcel was a tube of malteses…but when I came to photograph it all, they were missing!!!! Hmmm! I’ll have to find out where they got too!

Thanks again Teresa, you sure did help to make my christmas wonderful…I am so glad I saved it for Christmas Day…..

Here are a few of my other favourite things…I received an Orla Kiely mug….This is the perfect size for me, as I always leave half a cup of coffee, ready to be knocked over at any moment….this way I am hoping that by only having half as much in the first place….I will actually finish it, rather than leave half of it! LOL! I hope I have made sense there!….This was a lovely gift from my Freddy…

He also gave me this voucher! Oh yes gals! I am one of those people who loves a foot tickle….hehehe! I love the ‘NOT TRANSFERABLE’ part! 🙂 everytime I ask him to tickle my feet, he says NO! so this will be a complete treat for me!

In the build up to Christmas, we had some snow and lookee here, it made the garden look beautiful…it was lovely going out and about in it…even though, as I have said before, I am such a coward walking over the ice…I managed to sprinkle some good old household salt over the pavement at the front of the house and it cleared the ice away quite quickly, so the Postman was able to get our letters to the door without slipping over! and more to the point – we were all able to walk to the car without falling arse over tit! which could of been quite dangerous, let alone embarrassing!

Did you all have a fab Christmas? What lovely goodies did you receive? Did you receive any handmade presents and if so what were they?  Were you a part of a Secret Santa swap?…let us know if you found a new friend too! I’d love to hear from you all :o]Love Happy x




  1. Kate Landers Events, LLC
    5th January 2010 / 8:13 pm

    OH MY OH MY OH MY….Love at first site!!! What a beautiful blog, such style, such grace…it is poetry in pictures. I am so *thrilled* I found your blog in a blogging book my mom bought be for Christmas. I adore your taste! I am scrolling down the pages and sucked in! Thank you for sharing suck lovliness with the world! I am so new to blogging, but am falling in love with it. I just started a business planning classic parties for young children in October, and it has been an eye-opening experience to enter the world of blogs! It would be an honor and privilege if you visited mine…goodness knows it needs some help!Kindest Regards and Joyful, HAPPY Wishes in 2010!Katewww.katelandersevents.blogspot.comwww.katelandersevents.com

  2. Rebecca
    3rd January 2010 / 11:51 pm

    i love your blog. Pictures are amazing. Happy New Year to You Happy 🙂 xxx

  3. Amy.
    3rd January 2010 / 4:41 pm

    Wonderfully fun post!!!!Thanks! Always super cheery to pop in.Amy

  4. MelMel
    2nd January 2010 / 6:31 pm

    WOW!!!such a lovely lot of gifts!Happy NY….thank you for the email….I'm going to save my pennies…xxx

  5. Mummy Boo Bear
    2nd January 2010 / 2:45 pm

    Hi HappyWhat a lot of loveiness there! Lucky you.Just wanted to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year. And to thank you for your wonderful inspiring blog. Just looking at your photos can make me feel very happy, all that lovely colour. Looking forward to 2010 and all that you might choose to share with us all.MBBx

  6. bekimarie
    2nd January 2010 / 11:13 am

    What a wonderful box of goodies, all that UJ goodiness, i'm not jealous at all ;).My eldest son bought me a UJ doormat which I can't wait to put down but we're saving for when we move.Have a very Happy New Year.((hugs))Beki xxx

  7. Katie
    2nd January 2010 / 8:22 am

    I have to say – I am so glad that I discovered your blog! I am SO looking forward to a full year of Happy Loves Rosie! The Colours, your inspiration…wowie wow wow! I cannot believe how wonderful your environment is! SO excited!Happy New Year!

  8. Anonymous
    2nd January 2010 / 12:53 am

    Seeing the snow in a way warms my heart… here in TX we don't see snow… I miss it.Have a Wonderful New Year!!!Just A Gal…

  9. Kitty M
    1st January 2010 / 11:42 am

    Lots of love for the new year Happy – hope you have a decadent decade! Wowzer I have secret santa envy – your box of goodies looks AMAZING! I love the wrapping and so suited to your own colour schemes in your home, I also spotted some Cath Kidston goodies in there … yippee xxx

  10. Ashley Schott
    31st December 2009 / 6:58 pm

    Your secret Santa rocks!! How fun to open all these amazing treats! They are so you:)

  11. sylvie
    31st December 2009 / 2:17 pm

    quel magnifique blog !!! tout est beau, les couleurs, les photos… j'adore ! bon réveillon !

  12. Florence and Mary
    31st December 2009 / 12:16 pm

    Hi Happy,Teresa did rather fabulously with her package didn't she!!!! You lucky thing!As Kelly said we've met Teresa before and she is fabulous so we'll def have to arrange a little group blogger meet!Glad you had a fab Christmas… Happy New Year to you and all your familyVictoria xx

  13. Heleen
    31st December 2009 / 7:42 am

    Ohh, it all looks just wonderful! Seems you had a great Christmas! It was great to vist you blog this last year! Happy 2010!

  14. She'sSewPretty
    31st December 2009 / 5:15 am

    What a wonderful package of goodies! I love that book. She really did capture your style. I am doing a makeover at my house and you have been my inspiration. I hope you'll go have a look. Happy New Year!!

  15. fitty's pinky rose cottage
    31st December 2009 / 4:18 am

    awww Happy you lucky duck! you recieved fabulous gifts! perfect for Xmas and all so lovely! thanks for sharing and Happy New Year! xofitty

  16. Kelly
    31st December 2009 / 1:15 am

    What a great package!!!I won a giveaway from T and it was fab!Also been very lucky to meet up a few times and she is lovely!!!Ah let me know when you meet coz I'll be jealous 🙂 ha ha I'm not far away either we should so have a proper 'meet'!!!!Enjoy your foot tickle! Ilove a foot rub but anything approaching a tickle and I start to kick!!!!!

  17. La Maison Fou
    31st December 2009 / 1:02 am

    Love the Union Jack, espescially at Christmastime!Leslie

  18. LissyLou
    30th December 2009 / 8:51 pm

    wow!! lucky lucky you xxxxx

  19. TCake
    30th December 2009 / 8:09 pm

    Hi Happy… I'm soo glad that you liked you gift….. would love to meet up for tea & cake in the new year… have a fab new year. hugs Teresa x

  20. Elly
    30th December 2009 / 6:30 pm

    Wow, this is a GREAT swap!!!! And she knows what you like! Ah that are the best swaps ever!!!!I enjoyed reading your post, all the bright pics made me smile.No Christmas presents here, we celebrate Saint Nicholas on the 5th of December. And than I spoil myself with some lovely presents (hubby doesn't do that, well not anymore I've to say, after the disaster of the gsm I got from him a few years ago but never used. I'm the old fashioned girl who uses only a "normal" telephone.)Happy, I want to wish you all the best for 2010 and I hope you'll blog a lot!!!!Hugs, Elly

  21. Teresa
    30th December 2009 / 6:07 pm

    Happy Happy!I hope I don't sound like an obsessssssive fan…ha…but I just had to pop back over and thank you for popping over to Bainbridge!I am flattered indeed that you would take the time to comment on my blog!I can't imagine what it must be like to have such a huge following…and I just wanted to say thank you!I was ever so delighted to find your sweet comment!Oh…and you are welcome to pop over anytime…we'll HIKE your little heart out and I will happily host you in my home here on Bainbridge…I'll whip you up the BEST Southern meal your English little self has ever had!We can DREAM can't we!Last night we were watching "Parent Trap" for the zillionth time…don't tell anyone…my hubby adores that movie!Anyways…we adore the parts of the movie filmed in London!Greg was saying…"been there"…"let's see…now where is that…"Then I love it when she tells her daughter…"let's have lunch…and then get lost in Harrods!"Anyways…I was thinking…WOW!When I go back over…to London that is…I will have a friend…and her name is HAPPY!XXOOXX

  22. Sandy
    30th December 2009 / 6:06 pm

    Happy,Well…didn't yopu make out like a bandit! LOL Good for you! I was in my first swap this year too and it was sooo fun! One of the things my best friend and I are hoping for in the next couple of years is a trip to England. She has been there a million times ( well, not quite) and I can't wait. Can we come by for a visit??? LOL Happy New Year!

  23. Inspired Tokens
    30th December 2009 / 6:02 pm

    Oh La La! You are one spoiled lady! I adore your blog! I'm looking forward to what you might share with us in 2010. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. I wish you much joy and success for 2010.

  24. KC'sCourt!
    30th December 2009 / 6:02 pm

    What wonderful gifts – Secret Santa was very kind to you. Happy New Year for 2010

  25. lemonade kitty
    30th December 2009 / 5:42 pm

    My, you were spoilt there's some gorgeous goodies in that box. Hope you enjoy your "foot tickling" hour, Best wishes for 2010 Lucey xx

  26. Teresa
    30th December 2009 / 5:02 pm

    Wow Happy!What a lovely treat for you from Teresa!That almost looked like you were wrapped up in that box with your cute little vintage self!I know so much thought went in to all that she selected to send the OH SO FAMOUS YOU!I believe that all the lovely goodies that she sent your way are reflective of ALL that you do to inspire your readers!I would delight in sending you a fun package!XXOOXXI am telling you right now…If I got that package…as much as I adore all things LONDON and ENGLAND…I would just stare and stare and stare at all of those amazing things for days!I mean like I would just be in awe!XXOOXXDelighted you had a lovely Christmas! Can't imagine waking up to your magic on Christmas morning! I do love your new mug! And the foot tickel voucher…you are braver than me…my feet are toooo sensitive to be tickeled for an hour!XXOOXX

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