Well, that rain I was so hoping for arrived on Friday evening, about twenty minutes before my outdoor summer swap party was to begin. It always works out that way, doesn't it? Luckily though, as my guests arrived, the rain cleared and we were treated to a double rainbow. Now that was a great way to start an evening.
Despite the rain we enjoyed the party outside, on the back deck, a fire going, and lots of blankets covering wet chairs. We ate, talked, laughed, enjoyed the pleasure of not one, but two newborn babies, and swapped some pretty awesome gifts.
My swap gifts were rope bowls, each one slightly different. Tucked inside was a head of organic garlic harvested from my garden a few weeks ago, and a tin of healing salve, made with organic herbs from my garden.
In return, I received a potted rosemary plant, felted wool dryer balls, lavender mint bath salts, peppermint sugar body scrub, salted caramel chocolates, apple butter, soap, lip balm, and a necklace with a bird nest pendant. A pretty great selection of gifts from a pretty awesome group of talented ladies.
I love these swaps, and I have to thank the lovely Amanda for sharing her experiences with them. It was Amanda who inspired my first handmade/homemade swap party last fall, and from there I was hooked. The entire experience of planning, to creating, to sharing our gifts, to enjoying an evening together is pretty special. I feel very blessed to be surrounded by a group of wonderful, inspiring and creative women who enjoy these little gatherings as much as I do.
With another successful swap complete, my plan now is to really sink into summer. I am off, meaning no nature camp, and no homeschooling for the month of August. We have guests coming, there is swimming lessons to attend, blueberries to pick, food to put by, a garden to harvest, tend, nurture and plant, books to read, a hammock to relax in, and beautiful summer evenings to enjoy, fireside. As the final weeks of summer stretch before us, my only goal is to soak it all up, and enjoy every moment.