Monday, January 3, 2011


Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.

-Author Unknown-Over the holidays I was virtually showered with all sorts of bloggy friend love and I can't thank each and every one of you enough for all your sweet comments, emails, cards, and even gifts, none of which I expected or even feel like I deserve. Blog friends really are the best, most kind, and thoughtful people. I treasure each and every one of you and am daily thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community.

I wanted to share some of the bloggy kindness I received over the holidays but before I do that I would love to share a new to blogging friend with you, Amy of Vintage ClubHouse. Amy and I " met" over the holidays when I read this wonderful post about A Special Gift that she made. Amy gave me permission to use a few photos to show you a little peek into her beautiful blog. A Christmas cone she created...A scrapbook page of her gorgeous holiday table...And what is not to love about seeing this sunrise each morning from her deck...Breath taking! I hope you will hop over and give Amy a big warm bloggy welcome.

I made a casual mention that I was looking for a certain type of button in a past post and precious blogger, Teresa of Maggie Grace Creates, sent me a note that she had just the buttons I was looking for. Being one of those sweet as peach pie Georgia gals, she offered to send me the buttons and I offered to pay her and she refused so I suggested a swap and she said no, so finally I relented and let her send them to me and I in return sent her a little goodie package anyway. Well, she not only sent the buttons I was looking for to finish out my studio window treatments but a whole bunch of wonderful buttons...And gorgeous laces...And colorful punched tags...
I plan to use these on the bottom of some larger spring themed tags I have in mind, perfect!

And the sweetest and most unusual note I have ever seen and it is edged in green, my favorite color!!!It all came wrapped it the prettiest tissue paper with green printing and I just had to use it in some way. I loved the note made from an old Christmas card scene and the delicate handmade edging so much that I wanted to preserve it and enjoy it. I made up a 3D paper star from some sturdy card stock and collaged some of the tissue paper over the top of it. After it was dry I inked the edges and ridges of the star and then brushed on a light coat of glue and dusted it with glitter. I added a little glue to the snow on the note card and dusted it with glitter too and then glued it to the center of the star...I now have a precious keepsake and holiday ornament to remember the kindness of a sweet blog friend who blessed me buttons and friendship!

And, as if that was not enough goodie goodness, I won a give away at Rebecca's A Re-Purposed Life! A package arrived on my doorstep on Christmas eve morning bearing the most beautiful glass trees I have ever seen! They made the winter scene on my dining table pure enchantment...These say " winter" to me and I can enjoy them far longer than just the Christmas season. Rebecca also tucked in a gorgeous Christmas tag that she made...And then a package came from my sweet blog friend Diane of Diane Knott's Musings. Cheeky girl, she sent me the most adorable bee hive pin cushion you have ever seen... She said this one would not sting, a little reminder of the wasp encounter I had earlier this summer. I love it and it is scented with the most wonderful fragrant lavender! I perched a little bumble bee from my studio stash on it...Just look at this pretty detail around the hive entrance...This thing is so cute that there won't be any pins stuck in it, I love it on my studio settee as a tiny little pillow and that is where it is staying. You can find sweet, like this bee hive, as well as stunning creations on Diane's Etsy store, Cottage By The Pond. My husband got me a Christmas gift from there and I love it! I'll post on it in another post.

She also included one of her yummy delicious art tags...OK, as if I had not been spoiled rotten enough, a suspicious yellow box that I distinctly remember sending to a blog friend, Sonya of Counting My Blessings, had returned itself to me FULL of goodies...There were vibrant red and green goodies...Patel pretties...Rich textural neutrals...And the icing on the cake of kindness, a beautiful wooden box...That Sonya altered inside with the most beautiful verse of Scripture...And nestled inside was a handmade gift, a vintage altered tart tin snowflake ornament!What in the world can a girl say to this kind of showering of love? Thank you hardly seem adequate and since everything tastes, looks, and sounds better in French, I offer these sweet friends a simple but heartfelt...Gifts are never ever necessary or expected here at the Quill but the one thing that is always readily and eagerly received is your friendship. I think of you often, love you much, cherish the time you take out of your day to spend a few minutes of it here, and pray sweet blessings rain down on your day!


Vintage Market Place said...

A very sweet post that puts bloggers in a good light.
You are much loved dear, definitely seen by these lovely gifts you have received.
Thanks for sharing these beautiful kind hearted ladies with all of us in blogland

Sonya Badgley said...

You are most sincerely welcome dear friend! I am so thankful for our friendship too!
You received beautiful gifts from the other sweet ladies in blog land and you deserve it all.
Thank you for sharing with us! I will definitely check out Amy's blog too.
Many blessings to you,

Tina said...

Wonderful gifts Miss Sandy.
I love the glass tree from Rebecca. So beautiful.
xo Tina

Rebecca said...

Happy New Year Sandy!
So glad you liked the trees, I think you are right they look wintery to me too.
Thank you for all your good wishes and encouragement throughout the past year, I am so glad we met and have become friends.
Many blessings to you this new year

Unknown said...

What happy wonderful goodies! Yes, blogging and bloggers are just the best. I swear there are times that it is what keeps me sane. :) Look forward to visiting with you even more in the new year.

Vee said...

Oh my the treasures you've been showered with! Never doubt the love your friends have for you...

The way you save the beautiful note was extra special...I must think of these things. (I found John digging through the Christmas paper looking for a tag my daughter had placed on his gift. When I read it, I knew why..."To Wonderful John" it said. He says it was the best gift of Christmas. Now I'll have to think of a special way to save it.)

Vee said...

the way you saved it...I'm beginning to sound like a toddler.(And I'm not one bit impressed with my word verification for this either: looniess...well, I never!)

Unknown said...

Such love, Miss Sandy!!
Thanks for sharing all of your goodies-I bet it made for a wonderful holiday season!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sandy, No merci needed at all! I simply enjoy your friendship and all of the beautiful words, sentiments and creations you post about. So many days you have MADE my day, inspired me and made me feel humbled...which is a good thing.
May this year be bee-free and full of happiness, success, love and creativity!
Blessings, girlfriend!

Unknown said...

What a most wonderful post sandy. Happy New Year to you, Hugs Marilou

Unknown said...

Miss Sandy,
Thanks for sharing your wonderful treasures from your blogging friends.
Each and everyone is wonderful.

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy,
you are very much loved,--so many beautifull gifts, I love it all- you had a special christmas-just like me-with love from blogging friends, around you.
Dianes bee hive is adorable, and the trees from Rebecca, soooo beautifull-and all the other goodies,to play with ,---you enjoy it all, dear.
Hugs, Dorthe

Elizabeth said...

I love the beautiful pictures of all the goodies you received and I love what you did with that sweet gift tag. How did you get started making your own creations?

Gwendolyn said...

Miss Sandy, you are surely one of my blogging heros, even though I haven't been by this way for some time! Blessings to you in the New Year!

Decor To Adore said...

I just love seeing all the creativity that abounds in blogland. You are a truly worthy recipient of such loveliness.
I loved that you took the skater card and made it into something new.
My Fashionista has long admired the Valentine couple cone you made me and over the weekend I took last years heart shaped candy boxes and created a few new gifts for my family. Hers of course now bears your cone. The rest will be embellished for upcoming swaps. They'll be on the blog Friday. Come take a peek.

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