I was surprised when I received an e-mail from one of you telling me that Linda over at Chalkys World had picked me for her giveaway prize, I hadn't read her post and was totally unaware. It was a lovely surprise and on Saturday a beautifully wrapped parcel arrived from Linda. I had no idea what it contained as it was to be a surprise package, a bit like a Christmas stocking.
Thank you so very much for your wonderful parcel Linda, it really was so lovely to receive and made me feel very happy and teary at the same time as I was rather overwhelmed by it.
The parcel was so enticing that I opened it before I took any photos, but you can guess what a beautifully wrapped parcel looked like, and probably what a cardboard box looks like too, but I will of course share all of the delightful contents of the box with you as they are just wonderful. Linda gave no hint that the box would contain so many lovely things.
Most everything was wrapped individually inside as well, so I took these pictures after unwrapping of course, but you can see some of the beautiful bags that Linda used under the various items.
Lavender pillows for sleeping with or scenting things, a beautifully scented bar of soap - yet to be opened! - and a lovely soft washcloth and a heart - I do love hearts!
This bag is so lovely and a great size for all kinds of things. I have a use coming up for this which I will share soon!
Lovely sewing notions, ribbons and embellishments, stitch markers and a needle book which will go so well in the little tin of things I keep in my sewing basket - I am sticking needles in a crochet flower at the moment and it isn't at all effective so I really needed another needle book!
A notebook, some envelopes to collect seeds in and some seeds too! Poppies and sweetpeas. I have just the right place for these in the garden next year!
Of course you know that I love mandala's! I have been auditioning this one in various places around the house and I am going to use it in my autumn decorating, so you will see more of this soon!
This pack of handmade cards is just beautiful. Of course they do present a dilemma, should I send them on to someone else or keep them!! They are so pretty, very simply done in a way, but so effective, and it is actually harder to do simple I think, so I am very impressed by these.
Linda made a monsters quilt recently, so the card above reminds me of that in a way.
I love this seaside themed one as well.
A bag of buttons is always a wonderful gift to receive I think as it is lovely to top up your button tin with some new things and buttons that you might not have come across otherwise. There are some lovely dragonflies, a little bird and some hearts that really took my fancy!
I really would recommend that anyone stops by Linda's blog and has a read, you can find it here. Linda is an incredibly kind person who makes lots of things for charity events and fundraising and is a great crafter. In fact, Linda's crafting activities are so infections that she has been joined by her daughter in law Charlotte who also has a lovely blog which you can find here. Charlotte does great childrens crafts with her son and also crochets lovely blankets and other things. If you don't already read Linda and Charlotte's blogs I hope that you will pop by and say hello sometime.
Thank you again Linda! All of the things that you sent are so beautiful, so appreciated and will be loved, treasured and used. You really are so kind.