Monday, September 29, 2014

Gifts of art and creativity

I am so blessed to have friends who helped me celebrate this year's birthday with some amazing gifts of creativity and art!
 Kathy chose this tin especially because of the Vera name -- I love the Art Deco feel of it!
She filled it with a Happy Birthday glass pendant she made, and all kinds of sweet things for art that she knew I would love!
You know I will have fun with all of this!  The Blue Chip stamps bring back such memories!  And when I look at that Dresden foil "25" and think that I am twice that -- I just have to do a double take! No pun intended!  Kathy has the best stuff!
Rebecca gifted me a box full of loveliness, packed in a sweet, low color box emblazoned with my favorite flower.
 Inside, wonderful gifts that tell me she really knows my heart!  A roll of delicious burlap and linen script ribbon...
 and this -- something I have never seen before, but instantly loved -- Birds on a Wire --
which is exactly that: different metal bird shapes that can be attached to a long chain and hung, like a banner!
And...a hand made necklace!  With charms and pendants Rebecca chose and made!  I really love that enameled bird in one of my favorite colors...
and, the focal pendant which is a watercolor -- different on both sides!
She included a "5" as a reminder of the decades that have passed!  Plus -- two resin pendants which were not quite ready as of this writing.
Karla, who is in the midst of one of her huge and fabulous swaps, sent me this package...
decorated with this gorgeous tag...
which decorated a beautiful blank journal!
You see, I had to miss out on Karla's swap this time -- but not anymore!  Now, I get the chance to create journal pages to fill up my own Nature's Blessings journal!
 There is just no angle to look at the journal that isn't sumptuous..
or beautiful!  I will have so much fun with it!
Bonnie and Angela surprised me with this amazing work of art necklace!  It is made of vintage beads. The necklace is hand hammered silver covered copper, and the beads feel like iridescent blown glass but are probably an early plastic.
The beads on the earrings are glass, though!  I wore this ensemble out to dinner the other night but sadly forgot to take a photo; it's even more gorgeous on!

I am so excited to be able to wear my new necklaces to work from now on.  At the job I just finished on Friday, necklaces were impractical and always getting caught on things and/or getting lost/dirty so I had given up on dressing nice.  I am looking forward to being myself again at my new job!  Which starts today!

Just to make you laugh -- here is the one gift I did NOT appreciate receiving for my birthday!
I tell you the truth -- I gasped out loud when I opened the envelope and saw what it was.  Ouch!
I used to tease Dennis about getting these all the time.  I guess it's my turn, now!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vintage Darlings Snippet Roll Swap - my snippet roll from Cerri

Cerri's snippet roll arrived and it is just gorgeous!
Here it is in full...
 and section by section.
 I love having my initial "L" on it

 The "sweetheart" pin is another favorite section...
 ...along with that pretty lavender button!
But the little bird, I think, is my favorite part of all!
I'm so happy to have done this swap, and I hope Cerri liked her snippet roll as much as I liked mine!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A great day and a new beginning

Some scenes from my birthday Friday, in which I celebrated 50! 

I took the day off work and had lunch and a pedicure with Rebecca
Dennis took me out for a fabulous seafood dinner
complete with birthday "cake" (bread pudding)
Then we saw a local production of a MUSICAL of my favorite novel
Front row

Mind you, I had already been treated to a birthday celebration last Sunday... Rebecca's!
Which included my favorite cake.  And we were celebrating something else, too:
today is the first day of my LAST WEEK at Goodwill.
I start a new job on the 29th!
Can you hear the angels singing Hallelujiah?  I can!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The last outdoor festival of my season

Yesterday Kathy and I attended what will probably be the last outdoor festival of the season -- at least for me -- in Florence, Colorado.  It was a beautiful day! 
I love this event because it's both an outdoor Junktique and a craft fair (plus an old fashioned parade) in a small town.

Here's Kathy -- she doesn't like having her photo taken, and doesn't stand still for very long either so it's hard to catch her!  It was so funny going with her to this event because she knew EVERYONE who was a vendor there -- everywhere we walked someone greeted her!

We visited some indoor shops, too when we were ready to get out of the sun and into the A/C.

But I think my favorite part of the day was relaxing on a park bench under the trees and having a long chat with Kathy.
Kathy gifted me a beautiful collection of pretty things for my birthday (more on that in a later post), and I gave her a snippet roll I made just for her.  Yes, sorry, you need to look at another snippet roll!
This one has a glass curtain pull at the end, with a crocheted lavender cover, that I have been saving just for a project like this.

A ledger page covers the inside of the spool.

It was a lovely weekend of celebrating my birthday and other great news; I will be writing more about all of that and showing you some of the beautiful, thoughtful gifts I received from dear friends--so please visit again soon!