Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A wonderful present

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.

Amy

52 comments:

  1. What a wonderful selection of goodies. Have fun. :) x

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  2. What a lovely surprise. I'm feeling the urge to create things at the moment as well. Just a little short of time though... CJ xx

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  3. Oh wow! You lucky, lucky lady, what a wonderful surprise parcel to receive, and so many beautiful items. Linda, you are extremely kind x

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  4. What a really lovely surprise to receive! I must go and look at Linda's and Charlotte's blogs.

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  5. What a great parcel, I particularly love the mandala :) xxx

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  6. Congratulations on winning such a stunning gift, so much variety, beautifully made items, lots of texture and colour, what a delight to open and explore. Enjoy xcx

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  7. How beautiful, what a joy to receive such a surprise parcel. I loved the handmade notecards perfect for any occasion.

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  8. Oh wow what fabulous things Amy, Linda is so kind isn't she, enjoy your lovely gifts. :)

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  9. Hello Amy

    What a fabulous surprise package you received, it's wonderful.


    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  10. What a gorgeous parcel with so many lovely things. Blog friends are great aren't they?
    Marianne x

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  11. That is indeed a wonderful present. Such a lot of lovely things to find in your box and how kind of the sender too:)

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  12. Wow how lucky, a beautiful gift, just priceless...thought, effort and homemade-perfect. I love the seaside card, just beautiful.
    Thank you for the links to their blogs, will have a looky soon.
    Helen

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  13. What a lovely surprise Amy - and well deserved !
    Kate x

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  14. Well aren't you just the lucky one! And some beautiful things from that other Linda makes it really special. :-) This Linda isn't any where near that talented.

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  15. Hi Amy....
    What a lucky duck you are!
    And....such nifty cool things from Linda....
    Better get crating!
    Enjoy your week....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  16. wow wow wow I love this box of goodies lucky you xx

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  17. What a wonderful parcel. I know you'll have fun putting all those things to use.

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  18. I'd be so excited to receive all those little bits and pieces. There are some great gift ideas in there - I particularly love the seeds and the mandala.
    Enjoy them - I'm sure you will.
    Sarah x

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  19. Oh wow... Christmas in august !!! Lucky you !!!

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  20. What a lovely, thoughtful gift. I especially love the buttons and ribbons.

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  21. Wow! You lucky duck!! What beautiful things!

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  22. What a lovely assortment of gifts! Congratulations on your giveaway win, Amy! :)

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  23. Oh my goodness! How wonderful! All the treasures are "happy" things. LOVE it!

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  24. How lovely, I'm not crafty but love unusual buttons x

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  25. my goodness did you receive a generous package. I love the hand made gifts but those buttons!!!

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  26. What a lovely gift and with so many delightful bits and pieces. Take care.

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  27. What a lovely giveaway ... that has to be one of the biggest bloggy gift parcels I've seen.

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  28. What a wonderful parcel, full to the brim with such lovely goodies. So generous.

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  29. Amy, what a lucky lady you are! I will pop over and visit Linda's blog now x

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  30. I'm so glad you won - what a wonderful package to receive!

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  31. What a sweet treat Amy!! That is just grand to receive a present like that! And all of those lovelies are fantastic!! I liked those handmade cards!!! And by the way I just read your last post and boy is there so much inspiration!! I worked at a museum in college and we did a huge folk art exhibit! Those weathervanes brought back memories! Wishing you a happy day friend! Nicole xoxo

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  32. You lucky girl Amy. What fun you are going to have with that lot. Linda is such a fabulous and thoughtful person.

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  33. Sorry to hear you have been having a difficult time lately. Linda's prize looks fantastic so many lovely items. I love that seaside card too! Sarah x

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  34. What a lovely package to receive, a generous gift full of lots of lovely things!

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  35. What a great surprise! :o)

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  36. What wonderful gifts you received! I'm sure it made your day.

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  37. Hi Amy,

    What a lovely and generous package you got - love everything and must have felt a lot like Christmas.
    Have a great week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  38. What a beautiful surprise and a wonderful gift. No wonder you were so excited :)

    Hope you enjoy all the goodies, and I can't wait to see what you do with them. By the way, I love Mandalas too, and have quite a few around the house.

    Hugs,
    Sandra
    xoxoxo

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  39. What lovely an amazing gifts dear Amy!
    Im happy you received this gift from Linda she is so kind:))

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  40. How very sweet and generous of Linda to send you such a wonderful surprise! Enjoy all your lovelies that literally flew into your lap!

    xx
    Poppy

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  41. So very lucky indeed! How precious are those sweet friends of ours.All items are so lovely and show her good taste and also the fact that she is interesting on what you like and prefer.
    Take care!
    Olympia

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  42. What a wonderful generous gift and well deserved! Off to check their blogs now.

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  43. Very nice. I've also been fortunate to receive a package from Linda and I felt like I'd been showered with goodies and affection.

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  44. It's always so much fun to get a parcel in the post, and better yet when it's filled with such lovely surprises!

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  45. I have a bit of a thing for buttons too. Lovely to receive a gift that made you smile xx

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  46. Wow! What a great giveaway! I don't know if I even saw this one. I don't sew but I could craft with some of that. I love lavender. When I worked in NH, I used lavender essential oil everyday.

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  47. Wow what an absolutely gorgeous package of goodies to receive Amy! The cards are so cute! There is so much to keep you going in there-like a fabulous Christmas present! I will definitely go and take a look at Linda's blog
    Alison xx

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  48. Wow! What a wonderful surprise package!

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  49. An amazing amount of bits n bobs, and all your favourite things! Well done and have fun using them all!

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  50. Wow Amy, you are so lucky to receive such an amazing parcel. All those wonderful things. The seeds and sewing gifts and those beautiful cards. I love the sailboat one, and the pink whale. Enjoy!

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  51. What a great present and how lucky you are Amy. Linda seems very clever and how lovely to make things for charity too, I wish I could do all that. Still haven't had any time to get started on my sewing machine with all this house moving...and my one and only sewing book which is in a box somewhere.
    I love the handmade cards too, as you say they are a simple design but eye catching and so well done.

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  52. Wow - what a treat Amy! You must have been very excited to receive such beautiful items in a giveaway! Well done.

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