I was SUPER excited and deeply blessed when I checked my mailbox late last week because I received not one, but TWO unexpected gifts in the mail! The first to arrive is my very own monogrammed (!!! You know how much I love a monogram!!!) camera strap from my good pal Jill from Sew A Fine Seam.
I have looooong been admiring these straps in her etsy shop (and in person, I have a few other friends who have them!) but had yet to purchase one of my very own. So imagine my delight when Jill mentioned she would make me one! This strap is SO soft and the details are divine! I a.d.o.r.e. the pleated ribbon detailing – seriously, this is my favorite ribbon, bar-none, so to have it on my camera strap – an item I see daily – truly makes me smile!!
I love her label stitched into it! I’ve come to realize that I really like labels and seeing them on handmade items especially makes me smile… don’t know why but I get a little “thrill” from things like that… isn’t it silly what little things can really jump out at us sometimes? Jill also very generously included one of the keychains that we featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll!! I am so excited to have this piece of her work from the premiere issue for my very own! Très exciting!
I can’t wait to put it on my camera now that I have photographed it to share with you… I couldn’t figure out how to attach it and photograph it at the same time… ha!
The second amazingly stupendous gift to come in the mail this week (which also had me jumping for joy!!) was a whole bag of SUGAR HEARTS sent by my dear blog friend Lisa from Celebrate-Creativity. Because you read my blog, I’m sure you have an idea of just how exciting it is for me to get these in the mail! The joy of having these for props for photo shoots thrills me to the very tips of my toes!!! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to bring myself to put them in my morning cup of hot tea… even though I know I should!
It is so lovely to get unexpected gifts in the mail, but to get presents that are SO completely ON TARGET for me and my tastes – gifts which show that these ladies really “know” me and thought about me when selecting and creating them – WOW – that is what really warms my heart!!
Have you received or sent an out-of-the-blue gift? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!
PS – stop by tomorrow for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT of the winner of the recipe contest! The votes are still rolling in as I type this on Sunday evening so it will be Tuesday before I make the announcement. I’m SO excited to see who wins!!
PSS – This is the LAST WEEK to get the July/August issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll for just $3.99! It goes up to $5.99 next week!
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