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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Mail Love!

I am so happy to be a participant in the Speckled Egg nest swap! I strayed out of my normal artistic territory and did my first shabby chic piece. I think it turned out just darling! Love the expression on the little bird and all the egg-laden branches woven into the nest.
My swap partner for the nest swap was Karla! Here is the queenly bejeweled bird she sent me. Isn't she beautiful perched in her teacup "nest"? And surrounding the base is the stunning "amour" banner I won from Bristol at Honey Bend. This is SO gorgeous and the photo doesn't do it justice at all. Even the back is completely and meticulously finished with a great toile. Thank you Karla and Bristol!
What do you know? I won something in the One World One Heart Giveaway! I won this delicate beaded heart pin from Bev at Big Black Dog Studio. This is so lovely and I have already worn it several times around town, receiving many compliments on it. I love how it has the little flower embellishment too - perfect for spring!

Thank you to everyone who sent good luck wishes to banish my weird steak of bad luck - looks like it worked! The whole family decided to get out of town and go to the coast last week just to get away from it all, and nothing horrible has happened since we got back (knock on wood!). I hope to have some pictures of our trip to share soon. It was our youngest's first time seeing the ocean and it was just so enchanting to see it through his eyes. And .. nothing makes you feel better than a little retail therapy. Japanese crackers, an awesome new Japanese craft book (these are a great source of innovative and fresh craft trends - even if you can't read them), and dreamy yarn that looks like 18thc. French ball gowns -- ahh! Feeling better!!
I even squeaked in a little studio time after getting back from the coast to make several sets of dreamy Italian paper magnets (at Etsy). LOVE this paper - it's making my run-of-the-mill fridge look very elegant and upscale :) I love displaying artwork made by my two little guys, so our fridge is usually covered in construction paper artistic masterpieces. It takes a strong magnet to cope with all that art, but there's no reason strength and beauty can't go together, right? :)

29 comments:

Gracie said...

How sweet is your little bird! And the one you received is just lovely as well.

And well done on winning something from the giveaway!

How gorgeous is that yarn?! Yummy!

Your little paper magnets are so sweet. I really must purchase some =)

And I'm glad things are looking up for you! *hugs*

P.S. I'm looking forward to Breaking Dawn as well! I love Bella and Edward eeeee!

Lori said...

Heather, glad your bad~luck streak is over:) i love your sweet little bird and also the one you got from Karla...that bracelet you won is darling, it looks so delicate...Love the magnets...and the Japanese craft book looks very amazing and inspiring!!!

NeereAnDear said...

Ok what did I miss about you needing good luck wishes??? What streak are you referring to??

Thank you so much for your input on a sensitive subject on my blog post.. I am finding the opinions of everyone to be most fascinating and yes everyone ... everyone... knows you cherish them!! as much as we cherish you!

HUGS

JO

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Hey, had to come by and say that it was so great you got away too last week! Even if it was with the kids LOL! That is fun too. We'll definitely include the kids on our next beach trip!

Too bad you've been having some bad luck, hopefully things are looking up now that you've had some time away to recharge! We used to go to Newport all the time for our anniversary. We would go to The Sylvia Beach Hotel. Nothing fancy but just a great unplugged escape weekend.

Happy day (Love the little birdie and your cute magnets!)

Melissa

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Dear Heather, What a perfectly darling little bird in nest. I love that you put her in the lavender paper!! :] You magnets are so special! Very Harpieish...Lucretia Borgia!! Hugs, Deb

KV said...

Good to see you posting again, Heather!

Lotsa love,

Kathy V in NM

Natasha Burns said...

Oh your birdie is great Heather and the one you received from Karla is fab too!
LOVE Florentine paper, isn't it just the best! Something magical about it, I don't know what it is, but it intrigues me! I was lucky enough to go to Florence and I found a sweet little Florentine paper shop and bought a couple of tiny hand made boxes and was just drawn to it.

SweetAnnee said...

Love the bird!!
what a sweet harbinger of Spring..

and your magnets..ooh la la
love that papier!!
smiles, deena

Natalea said...

Such cute nests Heather! i hope things are going better for you! It sounds like that full moon was making everything crazy for a lot of people...hopefully all is well with you now! Take care! xo natalea

Sugar Bear said...

Lovely goodies and your magnets especially are yummy. Happy to hear the bad luck has left town!
karla

Flair said...

awww, all very cute stuff you posted!

Heather said...

I love everything in your pictures!! LOL I'm glad you're back to feeling yourself again.

Nerissa said...

I love the nest you made & the one you received. What a wonderful swap. Those are some beautiful magnets!

Take care
Nerissa

Nnairda's said...

The bird is just adorable. I'm a big fan of Karla's and so I know you have a great swap partner. Lucky you!

queen of the carnivale said...

What a GORGEOUS bird your crafted! Absolutely spectacular!!! Sending you wishes for continued good luck...

She'sSewPretty said...

Your little bird is adorable. And what a wonderful swap package. That banner and bird are beautiful. I also love your little magnets.

Ophelia Miller Boutique said...

I love both birds very pretty!!!

Nnairda's said...

Thanks for stopping by and the leaving the warm well wishes!!

Monica Yvette said...

Hi, welcome back! I had a feeling you had Eastern decor in your home:) Oh, and I was absolutely going for Alice in Wonderland. Good call! Looks like you got some really great stuff in the swap. Have a great weekend.
Cheers!
Monica

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

My beautiful nest arrived and I love it, thanks so much! I have it displayed with my Easter goodies on my NEW dining room table. It looks so pretty! I'll post a photo on my blog soon.

Thanks again!

bluemuf said...

Your nesting bird is lovely and I like the one you received from Karla as well. What a sweet little beaded heart.

Karen

Deirdra Doan said...

Such pretty colors and so much Spring!!

Thanks for writing me. Happy Easter.

dollybelle said...

Beautiful blog! So glad to have discovered it! Drop by mine sometime!
xoxo
Dollybelle
www.dollybellespeepshow.typepad.com

Liz said...

Fabulous swap, the wee birds are delightful.
Hugs from N.Z.
Liz

Kari & Kijsa said...

Beautiful Spring fun!! Love the nesting bird!!

Come on over and leave this post (or another filled with spring fun!) link to share a bit of spring and wash away those winter blues!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Both birds are so lovely. Creativity such as this always amazes me. Thanks for participating at Kari and Kijsa's so I could find you!

Jen r. said...

Lovely birds, and such a cute blog!
Jen R

Little Lovables said...

I absolutely love those birds! You absolutely must make another.

Sandra at 7th St. Studio said...

Heather I love your little birdie in the nest!! So Spring! Glad to hear your season of bad luck has passed, Spring really is a fresh lovely season, so maybe new things are headed your way!!! I loved catching up on your blog!-Sandra