but my Christmas cactus has just bloomed. Proving that the holidays were over far too quickly this year and some of us are still catching up.
I received some BEAUTIFUL old things as gifts; look at the package above -- isn't that cloth gift bag AMAZING? It has a series of To/From tags printed on the side, so you can use it more than once. It's from Terri and I know it must have been hard to part with because I don't know if I will be able to myself -- at least not for a while. I love the way she matched the seam binding/ribbon perfectly!
It contained the linen bird-themed calendar you see in the background, and this beautiful card box with this Christmas corsage decorating it!
Then, inside the cardbox: a green tissue holder with the sweetest birds-on-a-wire fabric print...
this FABULOUS bird-themed transfer sheet that I LOVE; I'm going to scan it before I use it to make towels...
and this beautiful blue bird notebook! OH: and BUTTONS!
Terri also gifted me this wonderful roll of linen burlap fabric, a gorgeous bird tag that I had admired on her blog...
and the world's sweetest little Christmas stocking she made with a vintage quilt and an embroidered bird linen! In one of my favorite color themes -- just look how it coordinates perfectly against this little robe I bought a while back!
It is so sweet. Thank you so much, Terri, for your thoughtfulness!
I also received a hand-made art mail surprise from Kathy:
As long as I'm talking about Christmas: look what I picked up for 1/2 price at the thrift store! Tiny ornaments -- but the box is the real prize!
Then: a late-season surprise arrived from Suzanne, the keeper/maker of all things beautiful!
I opened her pretty package to find this perfectly gorgeous, fabric-covered box.
It's a musical jewelry holder/box! We found it together in Abilene, KS and it went home with her...
but now it's MINE! It's going to be the centerpiece of my Valentine/Spring time decorating (probably for years to come!)
This was also in the box, to enjoy when I'm in an Empire State of Mind -- as I often am. Thank you so much, Suzanne!