Here is the first parcel, opened yesterday evening: This box was Sonia's second prize - well, I would have loved her first prize, but, as I told elizabethd, I've never won a giveaway before at all, and even her second prize was fantastic!
Then, just to make things even more amazing, I won Michela's theraputic chocolate for autumn, and it arrived this morning:
So, let's take it slowly, and unpack everything calmly, just like I did(n't)... Here are rolls of vintage wallpaper for crafting - hmm, do you think they match my colour scheme? I promise you that I only happened to open the box here, I didn't choose it because it matched!
Sonia is a real craftswoman, and although I've long admired her creativity, I've now realised that photography just can't do justice to her papercrafts. You have to hold these wonderful cards in your hands, and turn them to catch the light, to realise how special they are. I wonder if I am ever going to be able to give them to anyone?
If this is whetting your appetitite, Sonia's etsy shop is here! These tags are just fantastically tactile, as well as visually pleasing. Even Ben was impressed - I think he likes the ladies! He also admires the work involved, no doubt...
This morning began with a bit of excitement - Son 2 answered the phone and passed it over to me - it turned out to be a parcel delivery man who couldn't find our house (we get that approximately every third parcel...) Once I'd put him right I went to the gate to await... this! Yum - one each - we have plans for these tonight!
Also allocated are these goodies - Ben's brother is visiting this weekend and here we have five yummy treats for a picnic lunch...But perhaps it's not all for sharing... Mumble, mumble, munch.... I HAD just been on an hours' cycle ride! Look away now, Rose!The allocation plans are a good idea, or I'm just going to eat it all! Thus, this one is going to make a lovely gift for Ben to take to his mum on Sunday night - he and his brother are flying back to the UK together on Sunday.But we're keeping this one...And these! One for eating, one for drinking... Looking forward to hot chocolate on cold evenings!
This one is going to be hidden in the back of a dark cupboard until Christmas...
Yum! Michela also sent me a pretty card and this mysterious, stylish box...Can you spot what was inside? They're rather camouflaged here...
Nope, not earrings, assuming I want to be able to lift my head off the ground! They're huge pampilles, crystals for my chandelier! Michela is so observant and thoughtful, and knows what I am collecting. She has brocante-dealer parents... Thanks, Michela; you can see a picture of my crazy chandelier at the bottom of this post, and also some of the boys counting pampilles on the post above it.Here's the collection so far! Thanks so much, Sonia and Michela - I am absolutely chuffed to bits with your gifts. (There's a bit of colloquial British English for you!)I just want to pass all this happy giftiness on, perhaps influenced by Pomona's recent inspiring post. Victoria has been doing a few magazine giveaways, which I think is a great idea, and so here I have two French magazines for you - reading is not what they are all about, as you will adore the photos even if you're not a French reader! Le Journal de la Maison is from October 2003, but is astonishingly un-dated, perhaps because they go for a classic loook on the whole. Some lovely vintage stuff in there - why am I giving it away? Mon Jardin et ma Maison is from October 2007 and is a great combo of gardening pics, advice and articles, and charming country homes.Just leave a comment on this post if you'd like to be entered in the giveaway - no complicated rules, but do feel free to let other people know about it on your blog too! I'll choose a winner at random on Thursday 24th September, in one week's time. Best of luck everyone, and have a great week.