Friday, February 26, 2010

Spring is in the Post

Spring is in the air here in France. The sparrows we fed through the snowy weather are repaying us now with songs (delightful) and rustling under the roof tiles (less so). The weather can be sunny one moment and pouring the next, and the coups de vent, or gusts of wind, have been violent. But in the post, it is simply sunny...Several parcels were waiting for me when we arrived home and I took my time opening them - I hate to be rushed. Elizabethd from French Village Life sent me my next installment in the lovely Father Tim series, and added in this charming string patchwork heart - my first sight of string patchwork, despite being signed up to the challenge! It's full of restful lavender - thanks so much, Elizabeth.
This sweet little Victorian Christmas card was one of those incredibly low ebay bids that you don't expect to win...
And here is something I really did want to win - and I did! It's Della Grace's Dreaming of Spring giveaway. Happy me.
Inside the luxurious wrapping was this pretty card,
and these two wonderful pieces of fabric - I'd been thinking of springtime cushions, and here is some fine inspiration!
And Martha Stewart bows: yes, folks, Martha Stewart! I don't think I've ever owned something from the great Martha before. I feel creative...
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I also need to tell you that, in the spirit of Today is Special and the Winter Olympics, we joined in the Apres Ski fondue party with Evie George % a few nights ago. Very, very yummy and entertaining. Photos to follow.
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My blood test results have been deemed an improvement, and I am allowed to cut down my steriods by half a tablet. Whilst this is just the beginning it's a great relief, as those things are NASTY! They have done the trick, though, and I will be slowly going back to work from Monday onwards - taking it carefully for the first week. Thanks so much for your concern, best wishes and prayers.

23 comments:

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

What good news Floss, so glad you can start back at work but please take it slowly and don't expect to be able to do everything without feeling tired. Some lovely pretties in your post, especially your little card, what a good find. yaps

CraftyHelen said...

I am so pleased that you are well and truly on the mend. How lovely to return to pressies in the post. My magazines have arrived from Della, and I hope to post about them this weekend. xx

Emma said...

What pretty things to get throught the post.
I am new to your blog, sorry to hear you have been unwell, hope you get much better soon.
I see your reading Alice in wonderland to your children, I read that to my daughter Hannah many years ago and she still loves it at 16.
Emma x

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

What wonderful news you are able to cut down on your medication!!! And yes, Spring is just around the corner! If you would like to send me your snail mail, I have a little package of Martha Stewart embellishments I can send your way... they were given to me and I just haven't found any way to incorporate them into my own artwork! You can email me at stitchintyme9 @ aol dot com. =)

Six in One Hand said...

Congrats on your progress!!!

YAY!!!!
Your lovelies are simply scrumptious. I hope you enjoy them.
:)

The Curious Cat said...

Glad to hear you will soon be well enough to get back to work - steroids? Yuck! My step-sister used to take those for asthma when she was little. I am terribly sorry but I think I have missed what was exactly the problem or was that hush hush? Hope it is nothing too serious! You've got some lovely gifts to cheer you though and fondue - well, I think fondue could cure most things...I'm going out for some tonight! xxx

Lululiz said...

What a relief to hear good news from the doc at last. Take it easy though, girl, slowly does it. Coming home to such lovely prezzies must have been a wonderful surprise.
We looooooooove fondues. We have a much loved tradition at Christmas, having a meat fondue with our best friends. Have been doing that with various friends for nearly 30 years now.

Itch2stitch.com said...

What lovely parcels to come home to! I am glad that you are on the 'up'! Yes steroids are nasty, I had to be on them when I had the chemotherapy, you will be happy to get off them! Suzie. xxx

Pondside said...

Welcome back! Nothing like mail to make one smile, in this day of everything by electronic post.

Kissed by an Angel said...

I am glad to hear you are much improved!!! What gorgeous pressies!!
xxxx

Elizabethd said...

So glad you are feeling better and coming halfway off the steroids.
What pretty things you were sent, am delighted that you liked the string-thing! And, oh, Martha Stewart!! Lucky you!

Sherri B. said...

Floss, So pleased to hear you got a good report from the Dr. and that you have the green light to go back to work. What a treat to come home to such treasures! The Father series is great, I could't wait to finish the one to get to the next. Keep well!

Kate said...

Good news all round, I expect you'll be having a very happy weekend. I hope Monday goes well for you and you're not too exhausted by it. x

Kelly said...

Glad to hear you are feeling well enough to return to work! take care of yourself though, no pushing it!
Lovely presents too xxx

twiggypeasticks said...

Glad you're on the mend, what lovely post you have!! The Victorian Christmas card is sooooo pretty.
Twiggy x

Lola Nova said...

What wonderful spring goodies you have received! I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better, take it slow wont you.

Sarah said...

Oh I love the string heart! The piece of lace really looks sweet. And I love the little Christmas card, it would look lovely framed.

And you listen to all those ladies telling you to not overdo it! It's so easy to do when you start to feel better. I'm the worst I'm sure!

maryannlucy said...

Take it steady on Monday, but enjoy it - have a lovely weekend.

Rebecca S. said...

Some friends of ours with Swiss heritage hold an annual Swiss fondue at their home late in January. They set out long tables with benches and I always hope to sit where the sweet set of antique Swiss fondue plates are set. Large pots of melted cheese with wine and garlic, little bowls of pickles, pearl onions, ham sausage, and grapes and big bowls of bread cubes. Then there is trifle and Black Forest Cake for dessert. I think the point is to have skiied for miles before you sit down to tuck into the meal!
I subscribed to Martha Stewart Living for one year. There are enough projects and recipes in those twelve issues to last my entire life!

Della said...

I'm so glad it got there! Yay! Can't wait to see what you make with the fabric.

Yay to feeling better!

jus said...

So glad to hear you're starting to feel better...take care,x

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The sparrows around here are singing up a storm too, and they are all a little fat, I think I've fed them too much :-) You got some wonderful items. I'm glad you're feeling better.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings,
Marcia

Josie-Mary said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend :) Lovely gifts :) x