Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Package of Friendship

I would like you to meet my friend, Lorraine, of Paper Vernissage. She is a passionate paper artiste and her work is truly fabulous. I have had the pleasure of her friendship through blogging. Blogging has literally placed the world at my doorstep and introduced me to many new friendships. I received a wonderful package from her right after Christmas. After reading her email, I realized just how much thought went into putting together this amazing assortment of goodies. Due to the hectic pace of the holidays, and then me being sick, I am only getting around to posting about it now.

This is a beautiful card made by Lorraine herself. I have always admired her talent in design and combining color.

This is a paperweight, topped with a beautiful rose that she made out of paper. It is currently being put to good use on my desk and I get to see it every day.

Have you ever heard of a Cape May Diamond? I hadn't until she sent me these. One is already mounted with a silver bale that I will be able to wear on a chain around my neck. I absolutely love it.

When I reached into the box and pulled out this beauty, my heart began to skip a beat. Hmmm, what was this beautiful embroidered piece in this lovely organza bag?

I guess I'll leave you hanging for just a moment. Look at the fabulous embroidery and bead work. It's so tiny and delicate and made me squeal with delight when I saw it.

It's a mirror!!! And she made it!!! There is even embroidery work all around the area that surrounds the mirror. So very beautiful!

The next item is a fused glass ornament made by a local artist to her area by the name of Peggy Karr. This ornament is less than 3-1/2-inches and look at all of the detail in one small piece. So amazing!

I have always wanted to take an East Coast trip to see the changing of the Fall leaves but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Lorraine sent me some beautiful pressed leaves, all reflecting the Fall season. These leaves are from a Sugar Maple. I have never seen a Sugar Maple tree in person. Talk about the joy I felt inside when I saw what was in the envelope. When I look at, and feel each leaf, I imagine myself surrounded by beautiful trees full of these precious creations.

Theres more. The heart shaped leaves are from Lorraine's favorite tree, the Redbud and the other's are from a Dogwood tree. We don't have these over here so it was such a treat to see them, and in their Fall glory to boot!

If you don't already know, Lorraine is an Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator. She sent me a tin full of these cute felt flowers from Stampin' Up in beautiful, vibrant colors. I think I will use these in my scrapbooking, perhaps in a flower lei design. It's just gorgeous. You all know how much I adore flowers.

Lorraine, Mahalo Nui Loa (Thank you very much) for your friendship and for these beautiful and thoughtful gifts which I will always cherish.


P.S. I just hopped over to her blog to add her link to my post and read her post about a random act of kindness bestowed upon her in the process of her gathering items for my package. It's a good read and tells you just how much thought and planning went into her wonderful gift.


Laila said...

Hello. Happy new year :-)
You realy got a great gift. The idea with the mirror was lovely.
Enjoy your gift It was fun to see all the leaves, our trees has only got sonw on now. Klem from me. ;-)

Laila said...

Hi again ... sorry the thing on the trees are SNOW... ;-)

sweetiepie said...

How very nice! Internet friends are the best. I love all your beautiful gifts.

I live in the midwest, but we do have a fairly colorful autumn, although nothing compares to New England. The sugar maple is one of the most vibrant for fall foliage. It is one you really must see to appreciate. I do hope you get the chance someday.

ivoryspring said...

Wow - what beautiful gifts, Lettie!!! Lorraine is truly talented!

Angela said...

What a thoughtful friend and blessing. Definitely a "pay it forward" gift. Enjoy!!

Suze said...

Wow, what a beautiful, thoughtful gift.

Stephanie D. said...

Such a lovely gift package and what a terrific story behind it!