Friday began here with a wonderful sunrise, which greeted me as I crawled out of my warm bed and enticed me onto the cold balcony to take some photos:
But the day soon grew wild, wet and windy, and I had to battle again the wind and rain to get my shopping, and arrived home soaked, in urgent need of hot coffee and a warm bath.
I was very happy to receive many cards and presents for my birthday and Christmas from blogging friends, which really gave me a lot of joy. The generosity of fellow bloggers always astonishes me, especially when they show more kindness than family and neighbours. Some I have already shown, here are some more:
, who always makes such wonderful, vintage cards, sent all these treasures. I love the stamps, especially the peacock on the left, and I am going to have fun decorating those totes. And what wonderful fibres!
sent me this stylish card, some ATCs, which I already showed, and this pretty butterfly stencil. I have lots of stencils, but none with butterflies, so it is very welcome in my collection!
These beautiful cards and goodies came from Jeanette
in Hamburg. I love those cute serviettes with owls, and all those pretty goodies. The little bag is also filled with pretty stash. The fizzy bath tablet was wonderful, and gave me a very enjoyable soak in my tub!
The cards with Zen-doodling came from Lonetta
, who makes intricate and flowing designs which never fail to amaze me.
The cards and bookmark were made by Anja
, who is justly famous for the amazing colours she uses and blends together so cleverly:
made this beautiful card with birds, which she knows that I love. She always makes cards which are STYLISH with a capital 'S', and which always impress with the details, like matching envelope liners and stickers on the back of them. I love the lace and pearls, too!
These goodies all came from Sue
(the Iron). I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw all those goodies in the box, and the beautiful stamp, with numbers - which I so love to use in my journal pages, and a wonderful stencil which was also missing in my collection:
These beautiful creations were also in the parcel - I think she knows that I love owls. The colours of the giant tag on the right are really glowing, it is so beautifully made- there are even Hebrew letters on it:
And that's not all - these gorgeous serviettes and the birthday hanging were alos n the treasure box:
And last but definitely not least, this fantastic birthday card, a double easel card was in the box:
sent me beautiful cards for Chrsitmas and my birthday. I especially love the birthday one with the little 'quackers' on it, I wonder how she got the idea to do that....
This box was neatly wrapped and packaged when Suze
sent it - Somebody, whose name I will not mention, couldn't wait to take a photo before digging in to that selection of English candy bars and Horlicks - YUMMY! I had Horlicks and maltesers one evening - paradise! Not to talk of the chocolate frogs and buttons, Galaxy bars, Cadbury's flake and everything else that was in that box:
And believe it or not, I got a new cutter for my birthday from Alex
. My old one has been cutting wonky edges since it fell onto the floor some time back, and this one is two machines in one - great!
A very big thank-you to all of you. Your gifts are all much appreciated, and the beautiful cards and hand-made creations will be treasured.
Have a great day you all, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!