Treks, treasures, and treasured friends

The last time I saw Ben was over a week ago, in the bright morning light as he met up with his crew to go on a 10 day trek in New Mexico.  I haven't heard a word from him since he left and I'm ready for him to be home now. I'm sure he's having a great trip.
Many have asked if his was the camp in CO that had to be evacuated last week, and it wasn't; he's at a different High Adventure Camp.
To take my mind off of that, I'll show you some treasures from treasured friends.  Above, Linda made one of these sweet hanging birds for each of us at Birdsong!  I promise this will be my last post about Birdsong -- a month past now although it hardly seems possible!
How much fun is that?
The bottom card is by the talented Hope Wallace.
The card on top was hand made by Karla's brother, "Guncle" Randy...
who joins us for Birdsong and whom we have all come to know and love!
Did I show you this coffee filter flower kit that was in our goodie bag?  It's from Heather Kowalski who I met for the first time -- she is so much fun and exceedingly talented!
 While we were at Birdsong, Suzanne gifted me a lovely blue hat box full of goodies that she'd been saving just for me!
It included the issue of Vanity Fair celebrating Audrey,
and some linens that she knew I would adore!
 I am so into the textile art of this era, which of course she knows;
 Look at that cute little horse and carriage in the lower left corner, above!
 And this fabulous scarf decorated with birds, which I love because it reminds me...
 of sunny California skies in the cities I grew up in!

Look at these Christmas ornaments -- they are so "atomic" and unusual.  They're made of plastic.
A purple Vera scarf (happy sigh!)
 Suzanne is such a thoughtful and creative friend!
The little bag above is my friend Kathy!
 I loved the card!
 The Laurie Bag contained this old but new set of Easter ornaments -- many are birds, some in nests!
Some heavenly spun cotton decorations...
 more birds...
 and the world's sweetest baby card with netting and sparkles!
Plus some gorgeous glass Christmas garland.
 This photo above is a gumball machine creation by Kathy!  She is ueber-talented and sells antiques and hand made, upcycled, beautiful things, locally and on Etsy!
The last time I met up with her at an estate sale, she snapped this photo of my trekker and me in the front room.  More on Kathy in the next post!


Linda Sue said…
Ben is so grown up...birds gotta fly!
Kathy said…
What pretty treasures!! I adore the gumball machine filled with pearls. That is inspired.
Lisa said…
Oh my gosh ~ all kinds of goodies!

I hope you are having a good summer, Laurie!
CatieAn said…
what sweet and beautiful treasures. I would love to go to Karla's birdsong maybe one day! was it terribly expensive for travel/lodging?

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