Thursday, March 26, 2009

Excited Beyond Belief!

The time has finally come for my much awaited trip! Remember "honey" gave me the money for Christmas to go out to California for the Shaker Doll Necklace Class from the talented Jewelry Designer Diana Frey. Above is a picture (sorry it so small) of it! I have been so PUMPED I can hardly stand it & the time is finally here. Check out Diana's http://www.dianafrey.blogspot.com/ site & you will see what a talented gal she is. I just hope a little of that will rub off on me!
And if that wasn't enough... the mailman made my day with the delivery of a package from Italy. YES! Italy! Even the stamps were exciting & mysterious. My precious friend Monica sent me her Easter Swap Box. It was filled with wonder. As she said in her note, "it is so wonderful to make things with love for friends". My box got a bit of a later start & she has not gotten hers yet. But, she wanted me to enjoy the Easter goodies before my trip so come & see what she sent. Beginning with this precious card she made.
Here's the basket all wrapped in cello with the card. Isn't it HUGE!
Monica had known that I was looking for old keys & tied with this fabulous ribbon (that says Pretties for You) there are three BIG skeleton keys. Such a beautiful rusty patina. I just loved the shape & color. OH MONICA THEY ARE TREASURES!
And here is the pretty wreath that she made me. I hung it in the guest bathroom over the potty. You can see my candles to the right. The colors look great together don't you think?
Here's the basket with out the cello. To the left is a bandanna that Monica's sweet Kim sent to my Fur Baby Reba. I told her Reba is not as willing to wear these little"outfits" for photo ops like Kim does. You will find Kim doing all sorts of things to be famous on her Mom's blog. A cone (front) filled with wonderful smelling soaps.
A Bunny Wand for Easter Wishes. I just love him!
This is a little candle & in the back where the tea light goes it is stuffed with Easter grass. Monica said she feel in love with this & bought it for herself but, then decided she had to add it to my basket. Thank you for sharing my sweet friend the grandsons will love this!
And this is Evelyn. She is one of Monica's creations. She hand makes these angels. Pop over to her site http://the-white-bench.blogspot.com/ & see a wide variety of these. Each one is different in little details such as the face, the outfits, what the are holding. Each one unique. Notice how her colors matched the wreath perfectly.
There at the very front left corner is a tiny little china bell that she hand painted & all the goodies sort of laying out on the table.
Now you can see the details of the decorated basket with some of the things moved away. To the left is a cute egg filled with straw, old print, a little bird & the word NEST in Monica's pretty handwriting. And there are those keys again. Notice the pretty silk flower & WISH coupon that decorated the basket. Well, I couldn't have wished for a more wonderful Easter treat! THANK YOU DEAR MONICA FOR BEING MY SWAP PARTNER! I will take lots of photos & learn a bunch in class! Hubby will hold down the fort & I will share all the wonder with you when I get back. HUGS! YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

8 comments:

Really Rainey said...

Have a fun time and can't wait to see what you have to share when you get back!
~Really Rainey~

Blondie's Journal said...

I wish you all the best and can't wait until you are home to tell us all about your trip!! :-)

I love all the treasures Monica sent you. She is such a talented and warmhearted lady!!

Bon Voyage Charlene!!!

xoxo
Blondie

The Feathered Nest said...

What wonderful goodies Charlene!!!! I hope you take TONS of photos during your class, I'll be with you in spirit girl!!!! Have a wonderful time and travel safe, xxoo, Dawn

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

So many sweet and beautiful things...m.

CIELO said...

Hi Charlene.... everything looks so springly and pretty! Enjoy all your treasures!

Hugs

cielo

Vicki C said...

Oh..what a GORGEOUS bunch of goodies! You lucky girl!.... and then to get to take that awesome class toooo! WOW

Abounding Treasures said...

What an amazing gift basket filled with all sorts of special treasures from across the world :o)

Have fun in California!

The White Bench said...

Oh, Charlene, you are such a darling!! The photos are great, and the most beautiful words accompany them! Thank youuuuuu!! So glad you liked all I made for you!! The wreath looks lovely with your candles- a splash of pastel colors is the best at Easter, isn't it!!
Have you noticed, on the tag, the word 'amicizia'= friendship pointed out from the old book page??;)
Hugs,
Monica.

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