Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fairy Mail

I came home from school tonight to find YOE Fairy mail. The package was from Val so I was excited and knew it would be a good package. I opened it to find everything wrapped up. What is it about a nicely wrapped package that makes it even more exciting to dig in to see what's inside?!

Val spoiled my daughter and I! She sent fabulous treats for both of us. Here's a picture of almost all of the goodies we received. I say almost because Val made a hair clip with a big orange flower and a clear jewel. When I unwrapped it I immediately put it in my hair and forgot about it. It's still in my hair now.

The ornaments are beautiful! Here are the two flower fairies Val sent. I think the little fairy is so delicate. I can't wait to get them hung up.

Now here's where you'll get jealous, if you weren't already. . . look at this sweet flower fairy house! I LOVE it!!!! Val crocheted these little flowers and leaves then put them all over the house. It's so beautiful and unique! I can't crochet for beans so this is something that I am in awe of and I appreciate. Val is a talented fiber artist. Combining the yarn media with a painted wood media was genius! I never would have thought of it.

Val also sent a children's book for us. It's called All the World. I love the illustrations, particularly this page. I love the landscape drawing. It says "All the world is you and me." I like the sentiment that together we make the world, so we can make it a better place. Thoughtfulness and kindness always make the world a better place. Val's package was filled with both. Thank you Val! I Love everything!

squeals of delight!

I don't know if any of ya'll could hear me squeal today!

The mail came and I got my package from Jill. Oh My Gosh did she spoil me!

Jill is seriously talented and everything she does is perfect....even the wrapping.

See the sweet little cards on the gift wrap? She made them all!

and unwrapped:

so many goodies! time for close ups!

here is my sweet little flower fairy all snuggled in for bedtime:

and out, ready to play:

and look at this adorable mushroom fairy!!! It matches the one on the card she made!

and the salt and pepper shakers which MATCH my kitchen, how did she do that?!

and a ladybug bookmark that goes with June's theme....again, Jill must be a mind reader!!!!

Jill sent me so much more.....too much to show it all individually.....but there is one last item that is really special.

She found it while on vacation in Nassau, while playing in the water.

It isn't a big thing....but it brought tears to my eyes. To know that Jill found this LAST year while on vacation and saved it for me to use in a mosaic.....I can't tell you how much that means to me.

Sometimes I am lonely and feel as if I have no friends. But going forward, each time I look at that tile, I will be reminded of how wrong I am. I promise to use it in something special.

Thank you Jill, I love it all...I just hope you are half as happy with what I made you!

June's theme!

With the onset of spring, I look forward to the return of many things...one of which is the ladybug.

Ladybugs are known as a symbol of good luck and health and a always welcome in the garden.

June's ornament: The lady bug
June's challenge: create a ladybug house for winter and hang somewhere sheltered from the elements.

June's activity: host a
lady bug ball or go lady bug hunting

"Never hurt a ladybug
We need them in the garden
Ladybugs help flowers grow
So please give them pardon!"
~Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Kerry sent my a beautiful Bird package over flowing with gifts. I feel so spoiled.
 The nest for my Christmas tree is made out of all types of things...twine, fabric, feathers. It is beautiful.
 Look at all the goodies! Gardening seeds and gloves, garden stakes, note pads, purse hanger, lavender satchel, pens...and the best of all...a gorgeous apron!!!
This is what I saw when I opened the box!!! Wonderful!!!
Thanks you so much Kerry!!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Jill is amazing......

I feel bad for taking so long to post because my nest package is just adorable....I had been so sick with some kind of virus and I opened it up and I felt like Spring had sprung right into my little world....

Jill made me notecards with a drawing that she had done, she bought me the cutest little birdie salt and pepper shakers and you have got to see the little wire nest ornaments close up.....I cant even imagine the patience it took you to make those!!!!

But this guy is my favorite....While I was still sick I kept him by my nightstand. Somehow he just made me feel better. Maybe because he makes me laugh. I think his mate abandoned him and while she is out playing, he is sitting on the eggs....

Thank you Jill for making me smile and for all the joy you put into your creations!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Truly Enchanting ....

I recieved my April swap package from Missy a little while ago, but did not open it until today. The reason being that I don't allow myself to open the package I recieve in a swap, until I have sent my package out ..... and this last month ran away with me.

Missy, your package is on its way. Thanks for being so patient:-D

The package I recieved can only be described as enchanting!!! My kids and I have spent the afternoon enthralled by the nest ornament she sent me. Take a look, and you'll understand why.

This is a real birds nest, that fell from a tree in her yard. She glittered it, and gave it an occupant. She put it into a round ornament ball and finished it off with a ribbon hanger. It is truly beautiful. The nest is a perfect cup shape and made of the most delicate sticks perfectly woven together.

Not only was I spoilt with such a treasure, but she included some other lovely treats for me.

Some bird seed - oh, the birds in our yard will be delighted. Some lovely perle embroidery thread and bird embroidery patterns. Rubber stamps, bird charms and a bird in a nest ... hmm, this may just find a home in another gnome garden:-D Then I also got some Peeps .... oh how I enjoy Peeps, and they taste even better when Peeps season is over, yet I still have some to enjoy.

Missy, THANK YOU for spoiling me so. I loved everything you sent me. The ornament will be treasured for a long time to come:-D

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hedgehog Heaven

Sherry sent me the cutest package filled to the brim with all things hedgehog!!! I LOVE it all. She even made coasters, napkins and scrubbies for my sink. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 2 hedgehogs she sent and the tiny matchbox filled with goodies. Thank you so much Sherry!!!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Giveaway

Benny is looking for a new home!!!

I have one of my gnomie pincushion going begging. Val has graciously allowed me to offer it as a giveaway to any of the ladies in our YOE2 swap group, who may wish to give him a home.

If you'd like to have your name placed in the drawing, please just leave it in the comments.

I'll draw the winner on May 31st:-)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cute Cute

My April bird nest came from Courtney. And such a cute nest with a mama bird sitting in the nest. And then a whole flock of little baby birds! 
And she included 3 skeins of yarn and a cute tag to go along with the nest package.

Thank you Courtney. It's a wonderful package.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bird's Nest Goodies Received

This month I was partnered with the fabulous Melinda C.

This is the marvelous package Melinda sent to me. The bird's nest is on a clothes pin so it can clip to the tree. She also sent these amazing tags she made and this bird pendant. Not only did she create these amazing goodies but she did it all while moving into a new house this month and having to search through packed boxes for craft supplies! Thank you Melinda for the extra effort!! I love my goodies!!!

This is a closeup of the bird's nest. It's beautiful!

This is a close up of the bird pendant. Sorry you have to turn your head sideways Blogger was giving me a hard time and wouldn't load the picture in the right direction. I'm excited for Melinda to see what I made! Hopefully Melinda will get her package on Friday or Saturday so I can share pictures.