I recently joined a group of fellow Decor and DIY-loving bloggers in a Secret Santa gift exchange, organized by the sweet and talented Sara from Shabby Grace Blog.

Each of the participants were given a survey to assist their “secret Santa” on selecting a gift. With the $25.00 gift limit amount, I cannot wait to see what goodies everyone purchased.

Last week, my package arrived from my secret Santa. I was happy to see that it came from Heather who blogs at The Dean’s List blog. I’m glad to have gotten to know Heather better through our participation in last fall’s One Room Challenge.

Look at how nicely written my name (I mean, nickname) looks on her card!

Tee Card

When I opened the package, I was surprised to see that 3 items were included in the package. Wow — $25.00 can still go a long way these days! 🙂

I love this wooden “hello” sign. As someone who often creates vignettes, I can see this sign being used often.

Hello sign

Want to hear something cute? When I told Lauren (my 5 year-old) that the sign says “hello,” she grabs the sign and says:

“Mommy, I know exactly where it should go since it says hello.”

She walks over to our foyer and places the “hello” sign right above the shadow box below. She was right, that sign fits perfectly there!

Hello sign in entryway

Another item that Heather purchased is this retro-looking clock. It was in the color I loved and the style totally suits my taste. Best of all — we really do need another clock in the house.

Other than electronics showing the “digital” time, we only have 1 other clock in the house! The alarm clock by our bed does not count. 😀

Teal Clock

I love the size of this clock. With it being a mid-sized item, I can easily transport it anywhere in the house.

Teal clock in dining room

The third item in Heather’s package is this pretty serving tray. I had mentioned in my survey that I loved geometric prints. Well, Heather must’ve taken note because this tray is right up my alley.

Serving Tray Geo shape

Right now, I have the tray on top of my coffee table. Since I don’t want the design to be covered, I made sure not to place magazines or books on top of the tray.

Doesn’t it look cute with the vase I placed on top?

Serving Tray with floral decor

Needless to say, I think Heather from the Dean’s List Blog did an incredible job shopping for me as my secret Santa. I am so grateful and touched at how thoughtful her gifts were and how she took note on the answers I gave on my survey.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Heather’s blog and trust me when I say that she is extremely talented and crafty. Here are 3 of my favorite blog posts from the Dean’s List Blog that I’d love for you to check out:

1) Simple + Chic Deer Wreath (link here)

simple-chic-deer-wreath - deans list blog

2. DIY Wedding Recap (link here)

DIY Wedding - Deans list blog

3. DIY Floral Antlers (link here)

Floral Crown Antlers - Deans List Blog

Want to know what I bought as secret Santa for Cat who blogs at Pocketful of Posies? Click HERE. I hope she likes what I picked out. 🙂

Be sure to visit my other blogger buddies who participated in this fun “Secret Santa” Blogger Gift Exchange. Links below:


Shabby Grace Blog // Knock it off Crafts // Uncookie Cutter // Pocket of Posies // Penny Loves Projects // Pretty Practical Home // The Dean’s List Blog // Tastefully Frugal // Beauteeful Living // The Twin Cedars // Domicile 37 // My Life From Home // My Crafty Mom // Twelve on Main // Casa Watkins // Old House to New Home // Hobnail Savaged Goods // Creatively Homespun

Thanks for stopping by, lovely readers. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas spent with your loved ones and friends! Xoxo, Tee.