Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Love Letters in Waiting

While I was away, there were many love letters arriving at the homestead. I came home to a table full of boxes and envelopes. What a wonderful welcome home. I wish I had taken a picture of the kitchen table. It was chock-full of things. In my jet-lagged stupor, all I could concentrate on was taking a shower and crawling into bed. The next morning, too excited to wait, I opened everything (including my jewels from the trip, which I will share a little later) awaiting me.

First I opened the envelopes, just like Christmas morning. My first love letter was from Shelley. She sent me the sweetest note and note pad with a Mary Engelbreit motif on it. I love ME! Shelley is just the sweetest. I already have it up on the fridge for when I need to make a note to myself--which is quite often these days!

Then I turned to a padded envelope from a friend in the ATC group that I'm a member of. Jane and I swapped three Halloween ATCs as my first introduction to the group. Hers put mine to shame. They are absolute pieces of art! The technique she used in layering is amazing. My fav was the Joker. I love the ribbon. She also put a little bonus in of a chunky book page. I had never even heard of a chunky book! Lord, I have a lot of learning to do! I'm taking some pointers from her beautiful work. Thank you Jane!!

My next envelope was an unexpected one. From the same group came a breathtaking Christmas tag and another ATC from Candy. Look at the cute pug on the ATC. It says, "I kiss my dog on the lips." hehe. Even her envelope was hand made. Lovely, indeed. Thank you, Candy.

Then on to my last envelope. It contained three "black cat" ATCs from a Swap-bot swap. Aren't they fab! Love them. I'm beginning to have a nice collection, aren't I? (Oops, that reminds me, I need to check in with Swap-bot!)

And then, I was on to the boxes! I opened my overseas box first! Duh. It was from Tara. I knew it was the item I won from Peggy's auction, a antique French religious item. How exciting. Well, Tara didn't stop at just the auction item. She included a wonderful book "Putting the heart in Your Home," (can't wait to delve into that) an antique tin mold and a box of Fisherman's Friends lozenges (which I used after arriving home with a dry throat). And then there was this little antique bottle and a lovely bouquet of lavender. I put the little bottle and lavender in with my French wash table and it looks absolutely brilliant! The framed religious piece is already hanging by my fireplace.

Another box had come in with an order from European Papers for some art supplies. I just opened that today and need to get to work on using these wonderful little goodies!

My last box, I'm going to save for another post. It is from Natalie Sarabella herself. Can't wait, can you? grin.


cityfarmer said...

Oh the powerful magic of a good friend.

Tammy said...

I love getting things in the mail, right next to seeing what other folk get in the!
I got your post card today...thanks so much for thinking of me while away on your are just too sweet and Hubby is still amazed at my friendships with my blogging friends...all very near to my heart!!!
Love & Hugs

PEA said...

Don't you just love going away and coming back to loads of great mail:-) All the ATC's you got are gorgeous and it's no wonder you were so thrilled with them! The French religious item you won from the auction is just stunning and I love where you put it, it fits in perfectly!! I do hope you receive my Halloween parcel soonnnnn!!! hehe Hugs xox

Peggy said...

What lovely items you had waiting on your homecoming! Thank you so much for the postcard! It came at a day I was really stressed. It put a smile on my face. thanks for thinking of me

Lisa (oceandreamer) said...

what a wonderful thing to arrive home, safe and sound, perhaps a bit weary but full of vacation glow and then to have all those love letters/parcels awaiting you! All of it fantastic!

Janet said...

Wow! Girl you made a haul!! You got some gorgeous gifts. How nice to return home, all tired and weary, only to have all those nice gifts waiting for you.

paris parfait said...

You deserve to be spoiled! xo

Connie and Rob said...

You my friend got some real treasures. Love everything. That aution piece is just gorgeous. I think it was made for that exact spot in your home.

Glad you made it back safely from your trip.

Take care,

kansasrose said...

What a great homecoming...all your surprise mail is fabulous. The warm feelings of people who care about you too.



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