First, I want you to run, not walk, over to Kim's blog----"Today's Creative Blog" and think real hard about placing a bid on one of the gorgeous items on the auction block, made and given generously throughout our blogging community. My item went up last night and is #49. Kim has given so much of her time to do this fund raising auction. She is a true angel. You can place a bid and read all about this very worthy cause at Kim's blog. In Kim's words:
Just a reminder.........we are raising money for the Nie Recovery. Both Stephanie and Christian have been badly burned in a plane accident. They have 4 small children who are staying with her sister. With the many months of recovery, it would be nice to contribute to this beautiful family to help ease any financial pressure. Please help spread the word.
And in the spirit of giving I never know how to respond properly to someone that is way over the top thoughtful. I get so beside myself in their thoughtfulness that I don't know what to say. When you are the one being thought about, it is a very humbling experience. A package arrived at my doorstep the other day....an unexpected package. I try to be the best website/boutique owner I can be, reminding myself to treat others as I wish to be treated. Well...that package was from one of my customers. She was sending me a special something! In the gorgeous note card she included she says: " Thank you for your many acts of kindness and thank you for treating a customer as a friend. It is greatly appreciated." In that package was the most gorgeous soaps. And guess what was imprinted on the French milled soaps? Bird nest!!! And the saying "HOME is where we love, rest, dream and NEST". How appropriate was that? I won't name my customer but you know who you are. I was truly humbled by your unexpected kind act. :)
This was something else I received last week. Donna at Donna's Art was kind enough to bestow this lovely award on me. Donna is a wonderful artist and has an etsy store called WhimsyTwo. I am fortunate to have one of her little paintings. A birdnest...what else? I keep it in the kitchen where I can see it everyday. Thank you Donna for this award. How are the pups today?
So many of you have been talking about Fall and getting your autumnal decor out. I was fighting it. I just didn't want summer to be over yet. But the calendar says this weekend that it's official. I took my little " sticking his tongue" out frog down from his perch on the front porch and put up my pear and as soon as I see them at the grocery store I will replace the pear with a tiny pumpkin. I am growing some but I planted them so late don't know if I will get any by Halloween.
One thing that Bobby G. and I planted a couple of years back really reminds me of Fall....cattails on the shoreline of the lake at the edge of the yard. I love them and usually pick them for an arrangement at Thanksgiving.
Speaking of the grocery store ..... do you know what I paid for a Napa cabbage the other day? $6.03!!!! That's outrageous!! There is a salad that I make with that cabbage, however our local grocery store had quit carrying that particular kind of cabbage for the last several months so when I saw they had stocked some I grabbed it. I had so missed my Napa Cabbage salad. I was floored when the cashier rang up the price. He was floored too because he immediately ask me if I wanted to return it. The only saving grace was it made enough salad to last a week. Along with the gas prices, grocery prices are out of sight. I really don't eat sweets too often but the other day I was in the mood for something fallish and sweet. So here's what I made.
Shhhhh! Don't tell anybody but this delicious piece of carrot cake came from here. I did add some walnuts and pineapple to it. Does that qualify for almost scratch? :)
The book is out! The book is out! Last Fall I was honored to be asked and included in Dianne Zweig's new book called "Hot Cottage Collectibles". I received my copy the other day and it is just gorgeous. The book is much bigger than I expected and the information included is amazing. Full of eye candy, it is an invaluable book for all of us that love cottage decor. And it would make a fabulous Christmas gift. A lot of our blogging friends are included in this book. Dianne included my birdhouses in her book. I am proud as a peacock to be there. The book is available at Amazon. And I hear Ms. Ashwell herself loved this book.
I am furiously working on getting ten more new light switch covers in the boutique. These are the perfect thing to finish off a room's decor with a little whimsy, charm and je ne sais quoi. They are all made from wonderful images and incorporate vintage bits of old jewelry such as brooches and rhinestone necklaces.
Ann if you are reading this I mailed your Halloween swap today. Here's a little sneak peek. HeHe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
It's a delicious day here today. It's rainy and cool. I love a day like this and besides, on days like this you can't see the dust in the house. Everything looks cozy and inviting. :)