Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mondays' Messages & more . . .

Here we go!

Now - I hope I am understanding this first one correctly. (Google translate can kind of leave you guessing sometimes!)

Biljana from Biljanashabby wants to share a swap she is doing with a friend.  She lives in Croatia - everyone pop over and see what she has created and say hello to our Croatian Sister!!

Then Ramona from Create With Joy is have a Vintage Christmas Giveaway! You better hurry up and enter!

Finally, Jill at Gypsy Brocante is hosting a Rosette Swap AND a giveaway . . . too flippin' fun - make sure you go see what that is all about.

And that's it for this week!

Now! I have to share these two boxes that my lovely mailman delivered last week!

First - I won Marsha from Sassy Mini Dolls'  giveway! YES REALLY! Oh my gosh I was so excited!

Love the quote on the card by Laura Ingalls Wilder!
Too fun . . . .
A beeee-u-ti-ful frame and 2 stuffed full bags!
This was the never-ending bag. 
It just kept coming . . . 
and coming!
Pretty tags, and laces and buttons. 
Bits and bobs, corks and cards.
Clothespins and an old glove!
A beautiful large glass crystal and
my very first antique clothespin!
wrapped with this . . .  :)
Look at the cute french rubber stamps
This tiny dress form was wrapped in an old pattern.
This was the other bag! But I got so excited - I mixed it all up!

Thank you Marsha! I love each and every piece. I have it all sitting in a pretty vintage mirrored tray so I can keep looking at it. And yes - HOARDING! :)

Now the next was a surprise! I had no idea this was coming. Made me cry - yes indeed! Now you remember Miss Cassandra from My Artful Adventures who hosted the wonderful covered box tutorial last week? I had taken one of her month long E-Zine classes earlier in the year but I got to meet her in Savannah this past April when we attended the same art event! And I just loved her instantly! I knew I would!
Anyway this box came in the mail on Saturday and when my son handed it to me, I couldn't quite figure it out. I am involved in a swap of Cassandra's but I couldn't think of what she would be sending me! ????

Just take a gander!
(now might be a good time to breathe . . . )
Now what would make you think that Cassandra? :)
Be STILL my heart!!! GASP!
Cassandra sent me her Rush project! 
OMG! It is a journal.
The journal cover has just
layers upon layers upon layers of
yummy vintage goodness on top.
Sigh! It is beautiful!
And then! 
She sent me her covered box she taught us!!!
Again, layer upon layer of vintage yumminess.
But wait - there's more!
(Go ahead take another breath, I'll wait . . . )
She filled it with even more YUMMY TREASURES!
bits and bobs, lace, pearls, buttons and 
those little vintage flowers are ceramic!
And to top it off - yet another little bag.
The cutest little pink bag ever!
Filled with all this. Sigh.

(Go ahead - one more breath before we're done)
Wrapped up all by itself in the bag - was this.
Cassandra made me a bracelet. (Sniff)
Thank you. You didn't need to do all of this.
My goodness!
I have it all together in a pretty dish in my studio
so I can TOUCH IT ALL!

I am sitting here shaking my head. Can you believe all this?
I just cannot believe the kindness and generosity of these wonderful women I am meeting through blogging. I mean . . . look at all of this! My gosh!

So - as I told Marsha - it makes me want to have a giveaway!

And a giveaway I shall have! I will post more on it later in the week when I iron out all the details.

Thanks everyone.
Isn't blogging just the greatest?
And next week - I get to see my ARIZONA BLOGGING SISTERS again! Yup!
CeeKay and Marty and Jamie are coming for a visit! WHOO HOOO!!!!
(Can you say SHOPPING?)  And YUP! We'll be driving around in my new car!!!! More on that later!
Thanks for visiting everyone!
Have a great week!




Theresa said...

You are spoiled rotten:) I can't believe you got all of that good stuff! Love it all! I have got to go back and look at each picture closer and drool some more!

Love you my friend! HUGS!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good evening my Dear Karen...girl I can't think of anyone more deserving of all this great stuff that one my friend...See It pays to be the sweetest gal in Blogland...Have a GREAT time next week with the girls how exciting for you all...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria ps I know you think I'm a flake not sending that stuff I promised but trust me Karen as soon as I have a day free from my granddaughter I will...I'm just over whelmed right now ha ha!!

Janet Ghio said...

You totally hit the jackpot!! Gorgeous goodies you got!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said... got lots of good goodies there...that journal is fantastic!
We are coming real soon now!!! I cannot wait!!

Heather said...

Stuff looks amazing!!!! I will be doing a give away this fall. I have several painted violins from when I owned a music store that I will be taking pictures of and then posting them for a give away. Have a great week!

Barbara said...

Karen, those are just amazing gifts that you've received!! Congratulations! I'm looking forward to the next event!

Hugs XX

Parsley said...

To quote Napoleon Dynamite.... "Lucky!"

I'm giving away a mini bunny teaset if any of the 'sisters' are interested.

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Squeel . . . that journal is absolutely beautiful! Everything Cassandra touches is beautiful!!!

I am tickled PINK tee hee that you like everything!!

Ohhh, lucky you, a blogger get together!! FUN FUN FUN!!! New car?!?!? Show and tell!!!

Have a wonderful week, Karen!!


Rebecca said...

Truly beautiful gifts my talented friend!

Thank you for all the work you are doing behind the scenes to make our Bloggerette Society a success! We all owe you so much.

Love to you~


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Karen,
I think you may be the luckiest blogger ever! What beautiful gifts, so girly, so fun!! And of course I am so jealous not to be with the AZ. gals coming to see you!!! Geez, how will I stand it? Well think of me when your sitting on the beach whooping it up. And when your shopping for all those goodies.
Big Hugs,


Oh this is so nice. You have an awesome stash right there!! Yes, I too think that bloggy friends are the best!!!

I finished my rush momento, stop on over if you get the chance!!! Thanks again for letting me join all the sisters so late in the game.


JoAnne said...

Karen, you lucky, lucky lady! What wonderful treasures. I've been swap partners with Marsha and her gifts are gourgeous and generous. Can't wait to see all the rosette lovliness!

Dawn said...

Special gifts for a special lady that is for sure. I want to come and visit and play and admire all your gifts. I would be in heaven with those goodies. So glad you shared them.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, you got so many wonderful things. What great presents. I know you are so thrilled. Everything is just so pretty. I love them. Can't wait until we get there to see them all. What fun it will be. Hugs, Marty

June said...

Karen, I think you and the mailman are getting a little too cozy don't you? Okay maybe not, but he keeps bringing you some pretty awesome stuff,and I think the neighbors just might start wondering what is up with THAT! I'm just trying to protect your reputation...I was thinking that maybe you should have this stuff sent to me first and then I can bring it down to you in a u-haul van so we can stop all the rumors. Does this sound good to you? ME TOO!

I wanted to thank you for the sweet words of congratulations. It means so much to me that you would be excited for me and the little studio.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Karen, That's a beautiful giveaway you won from Marsha and how sweet of Cassandra to send you all those treasures. Now you've lots of new goodies to play with or to hoard ;-).
Have a wonderful week!

A Vintage Chic said...

Thanks for keeping us filled in on all the fun,'re amazing!

What wonderful treasures they sent you! Blogger kindness is certainly a beautiful thing, isn't it?!

Off to camp for a week...hope you have a wonderful one!


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Andi's English Attic said...

What a fantastic couple of parcels. Christmas come early! xx

tina said...

wowww,what a great stuff!

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

What amazing goodies! It is true, what you put out into the world comes back ten-fold!

Debby said...

You are deserving of all of this goodness. Blogging is wonderful isn't it. When I try to explain to those who don't blog.....I get this blank look. I think they think it's like internet dating or something sketching. Why don't they get it, hah.

Dawn said...

What beautiful treasures. You remind me of my daughter. She likes to gather all her "little things" in her hands and let them run through her fingers!

We're having a gathering up north in October if you don't have enough planned already LOL! I posted about it today. Would love to be shopping down there with you girls next weekend. Oh well, take lots of pics for us!

Cassandra said...

Karen I am so so glad you liked everything. You are such a sweet giving lady and it was my pleasure! It was a pleasure meeting you in GA and I really hope to see you in CA some day! xo Cassnadra

Julie Ann said...

Oooh- What a lucky lady!!! And you deserve it all!!! :D Gorgeous gifts! :)

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Karen ~
What beautiful gifts for a wonderful lady! Enjoy yourself with all those treasures!

Biljana said...

Hi Karen!
Thank you for announcement post:)))
Have a wonderful week, hugs Biljana

Anitra Cameron said...

Wow. What a wonderful, beautiful, surprise! But you deserve it!

I've scrolled down past the comment button for Monday, so will say this here: I hope they fix your feet SOON. And I'm really sorry the footwear couldn't be at least a little more fashionable. Oh my.

Hugs to you!

Pam Kellogg said...

OH my goodness Karen, what lovely things you've received!! I love Cassandra's work. Her blog is gorgeous!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Karen, I found your blog by way of Sissie's. What wonderful gifts you received here! Everything is so pretty, I don't think I'd be able to put them down long enough to take the pictures. Marsha sent you some wonderful things ~ she's great, isn't she? I've got to start hanging around with you girls more, as I did my first swap a few months ago and am raring to go again!