When I received the swap box from my sweet, funny, dear and so wonderfully crazy friend
I couldn’t help myself but just rip it off right away. I knew that everything would be just fabulous but it was much more than that.
THIS GIRL had spoiled me rotten with the most gorgeous things. Amongst others there were velvet flowers, vintage brooches, hand made tags and this rusted door back plate she had bought at the antique fair in Round Top/Texas.
A basket filled with the most YUMMY things
Gorgeous laces, millinery and vintage earrings
The softest velvet ribbons in delicious colors, numbered tags and more earrings
A sweet lavender pillow with the scent of the Provence
Another beautiful door back plate. JODIE had embellished this one with our initial :-)
and it is part of the gorgeous pocket wall hanger she had created for me
Can you read the wonderful quote?
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
Henry Ward Beecher
What would be more appropriate than using the pocket to keep my brushes in?
A zipper rose – another sweet detail
An attached note had asked me to take out the pocket wall hanger carefully out of the package because it would hold something breakable.
Inside the pocket I found these salt shakers. Would you think that German glass glitter would be the hardest thing to find in Germany? It in fact is and so I was thrilled to see these three beautifully embellished bottles filled with glass glitter in yummy colors. Don’t they just look so PRETTY?
I was already over the moon with all those amazing treasures but there was more to come.
A small velvet sack. I was wondering what it would contain and found out that JODIE had created the most BEAUTIFUL necklace for me. I jumped for joy! Take a look at the vintage plate with a “J”! Jodie told me that she had bought it from a lady who assumed that those plates were either used as handle bars of old bicycles or maybe in old automobiles. Isn’t it such a cool idea to use it for a necklace? I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and had worn it several times in the meanwhile.
I thought I had reached the bottom of the box and had been more than overjoyed already when I discovered that there were even more gifts for me to unwrap.
When JODIE had posted about her trip to the “Petticoat and Parasols” art retreat in Savannah, there was one picture showing her wearing a pretty yellow hat. I had commented that I liked it, not knowing that the sweet girl immediately decided to send me the same hat. I LOVE the hat! It suits me very well and is such a great match with lots of my clothing. Since I’m a camera shy girl, you only get to see my mannequin wearing it, together with JODIE’s necklace though :-).
Vintage watch straps. What a cool find is that? I can imagine using them in collages and assemblages.
In this pretty sugar sprinkler you see something that is typical for the area where JODIE lives. I had no idea what Spanish moss is and learned that it is a plant that grows on large trees in humid regions like Louisiana.
Another gift from JODIE’s home was the "Louisiana Hometown Cookbook". Anyone in the mood for “Sweet & Sour Alligator”? I’ve eaten alligator once in Florida and it was very tasty. It’s almost impossible to find them in grocery stores over here though and therefore I will more likely go for recipes like “Cajun Chili”, “Charlie’s Chicken Jambalaya” or “Sweet Potato Casserole”. Yummy!
JODIE, Thank you so much for all the wonderful treasures! I love each and everything and I love you too, girl!
Well, wasn’t that a most amazing package? I’m not even sure I really covered every single gift. There were so many and I was totally overwhelmed as you can imagine. I hope the swaps you are participating in are as wonderful as the ones I had the pleasure to be a part of.
I wish you a lovely Tuesday, dear friends!