Friday, December 4, 2009

Thanks and Wishes

I have come to love my mailbox.  It seems each time I open it lately there's a surprise waiting inside.  It all began recently when the lovely Christina sent me a package full of treasures that were utterly and completely me, including one of her own original photographs and a little ticket with the word WISH printed on it.  I'm saving that ticket for a very special and particular wish.   I can't tell you what yet, but you'll be the first to know if & when it comes true.  

And do you remember my friend Eric , the amazing graphic designer?  He and his wife Carolyn sent me a copy of the Where the Wild Things Are film storybook, which you know I'll be using in my Children's Literature class this coming spring when I teach the book and, now, the movie, too.  Plus, Eric made me a card that I adore.  Art made by friends--sigh.

More recently, Kim from the wonderful blog A Box of Chocolates , knowing that I collect sea glass, sent me a tin of sea glass that she'd collected on the shores of Queensland, Australia.  So now my sea glass collection's gone global.  So cool.

This week I received a gorgeous box of goodies from my blogging pal Colette .  I'd won her giveaway , and what a giveaway it was, complete with some of her own beautiful photocards, a handmade Christmas ornament, a puzzle, and even a copy of Pippi Longstocking!!  She is one of my all-time favorite characters.  In fact, I dressed up as Pippi for Halloween in first grade, complete with coat hanger wires in my braids to make them stick out.

And my brilliant and creative friend Marlowe, who, like me, is a magpie of the most adamant kind, salvaged skeins and skeins of beautiful chenille yarn for me that someone was giving away at her dump's trade center.  She popped them all into a box and shipped them to me.  Free yarn that was just going to end up in a landfill--now that, I love.  I can't use it for the Knit-a-Square project, because they need wool yarn since it's more fire resistant, but you can bet I'll be whipping up some pretty, lacy, curly scarves for Christmas gifts!

I also received--well, this one Todd & I both received--the three lovely vases pictured above from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Jen, and her husband Ed.  The vases are handmade by Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, California, and they are completely and utterly us.  

I'm thinking of the day I opened up Christina's box of treasures.  My husband said, "Wow, she really gets you, doesn't she?"  Yes, indeed.  I have friends who notice the little things--a favorite color, a loved author, a collecting habit, or a hobby.  That kind of attention is a gift in itself.  In fact, if wishes are friends, then nearly all of my wishes have come true.

Just one more thing: thanks to blogging friends, old and new, for stopping by this week!  Hope you have a fabulous weekend!  xo


  1. Oh my...what fun you've been having! Obviously you must be a good friend to have such good friends.


  2. so fun... what a great week for you. you must surely deserve to have your wishes come true

  3. I am smiling just thinking of your face as you open up your mailbox each day to all these delightful treasures! Fortunate girl! Wishing you a lovely weekend. They say we may get snow!!!

  4. Beautiful pictures, all those gorgeous orange hues, lovely and you are a lucky girl.

  5. Good things come to wonderful people. You so deserve everything Gigi.

  6. Dearest Gigi,
    You, my dear sweet friend, are so deserving of such treasures! I love that you have been showered with such goodness all week long!
    And just a fun side note, Heath is down the street from me....shhhh, I'm addicted to their stuff!
    Hoping you show some of the beautiful things you knit from the 'recycled' yarn!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. What a wonderful friend you must be to so many people, for them to show their appreciation for the gift of your friendship. Have a beautiful weekend, Gigi.

  9. Even I feel like sending something!
    Just because you're such a wonderful soul Gigi!!

  10. i love 'just because' gifts.
    It makes me smile reading your words, because even though I don't personally know you, I can imagine by reading your adventures what a beautiful person you must be.
    your lovely new friendship treasures definitely mean so much more when they are sent from the heart and 'just because'.
    hugs ♥

  11. Oh Gigi, Christmas has come early for you, hasn't it ?
    What beautiful and thoughtful things you have received. Isn't it lovely to have such good friends ?
    Enjoy your weekend, looking at all of your new, beautiful presents. XXXX

  12. It's so lovely that you have received all these gorgeous things "in the mailbox" from all these wonderful friends. Enjoy! Leigh

  13. Oh what fun Gigi! Presents before Christmas.
    Did you get some snow last night {Saturday}, we did and it is just so festive. I was up early turning on all of the Christmas lights.
    Treasure these last weeks on the island.
    Have a wonderful day!

  14. Hi Gigi,
    I have missed so many posts! This week has been so busy. I can't wait for the holiday. Such beautiful gifts you have been given! I loved your description of them all and of friendship. I can't wait to see your driftwood tree-I bet it will be beautiful. I have one piece of lovely driftwood I painted white and have been looking ever since for other big enough pieces for CHristmas as that one is permanently out. I have cut some forsythia branches to use instead and am excited about decorating them!

  15. I meant to say that I enjoyed catching up!

  16. ...mmm...such sweet, Gigi... a little pre-Christmas fun... Blog friends are the best! Must say I apprciate the "glow" of your photos here today...they whisper...LOVE...Happy Weekend, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

  17. So great to find so many nice things in your mailbox. I am totally sure you deserve it all!

    I also love the pictures below of the wheater and the waves!

    I whish you a good week to come, and thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog.

  18. aww... this is so lovely. your an easy person to love. : )
    thank you for leaving a light on for me, the invite sounds beautiful.

  19. How lucky you are to receive such beautiful treasures in your mailbox by loving friends. You are held so dear by so many. And since I found you, I know why. You have a light in you that is so so beautiful.


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