Unexpected Gifts

Today I received some wonderful unexpected gifts from my special friends in France. Maggy sent me a belated Christmas package. Inside were LOVELY rose napkins rings

Rose Napkin Rings

A beautiful needlecase
Needle Case

With the tiniest button I have ever seen!!
Open Needle Case

So “couture” !!!
Needle Case 2

And a wonderful and colorful table mat with six coasters…I think the fabric is catalan fabric from southern France.
Table Mat and Coasters

She also included a French Magazine, “Marianne”…for me to practice my French. It has the most wonderful news articles from all over the world. And I can see what some of the French are thinking about the U.S.!! She is truly my sister on the other side of the world! Thank you Maggy….I love them all..!!!!
Marianne Magazine

And my good friend Elisabeth (who visited me here a few years ago) sent me a belated birthday gift. She did a crazy quilted Needlework Design Journal. I have never seen one. It is lovely and so unusual.
Needlework Design Journal

Her stitches are the tiniest ever! on the front and on the back!
Back of Needlework Design Journal

And the inside has a place for me to design my OWN needlework! How great is that????!!!!
Inside of Needlework Design Journal

Last, but not least, she sent me some handmade Belgian Lace. I can’t imagine the patience it must take to make something so intricate. Thank You Elisabeth…what a delightful surprise from a very special friend!!!
Belgian Lace

What delightful surprises for my day today…totally unexpected, but VERY much appreciated. There are some days when I am just simply DOWN. And today was one. These far away packages made me smile and I felt the warm hugs all the way across the ocean! My dear friends, I cannot thank you enough.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Miss 376
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 04:03:53

    No wonder they made you smile, they are all beautiful. Lovely to have such talented friends


  2. Thomas
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 07:59:32

    WOW…that should have been a pleasant surprise. All of us love to get gifts and looks like you got a handful many of them in that surprise package.


  3. Marjorie
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 12:45:58

    It’s wonderful, isn’t it, how things like this can really light up your day? Great presents that I’m sure you’ll really enjoy. Marjorie


  4. colour du jour
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 00:27:34

    how very very sweet. to have friends to send you such lovelies.

    I have been cruising around and found some wonderful new to me blogs:



    both in Italy

    Thanks for visiting and the the lovely comment.


  5. Jacquelynne
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 20:40:21

    What lovely gifts, I just love the napkin rings. They would look beautiful on a table set for Valentine’s Day.


  6. Philip
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 04:29:45

    I see you have talented friends as well as yourself I hope it really made you day.


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