Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thrifty Swap parcel from Michela

My Thrifty Swap parcel from Michela of A Garden just outside Venice was a real treat! Even before I opened it I was charmed by the lace tape - LACE TAPE!!! Where can I get me some?


Then I spotted one of Michela's beautiful postcards inside. Oh, Michela always sends beautiful postcards, I sighed... Then I noticed that the package was FULL of beautiful postcards, so now I am also the owner of beautiful postcards, but, do you know the difference between me and Michela? She SENDS her beautiful postcards to people and I'm going to keep mine all to myself! Ha!


I got quite worried about my internal monologue at that point, but then fortunately was distracted by a parcel of beautiful embroidered cloths and a pillowcase. Good timing, Michela!


And all of it wrapped in one Mr Berlusconi's publications - I suppose it could be one of his, or does he just have TV interests? I later had fun reading about the Royal Wedding plans in Italian. The article was all about Kate not promising to obey, or at least I think it was...


And inside it was this beautiful candlestick, made and hand painted... Just Outside Venice... in the 1950s! Oh Michela, it really is perfect.It has found a home already, although since I took this photo I've also changed the photo and added a second French blue and white flowered candlestick on the right.Did I mention the traditional Venetian licorice pastelles Michela also sent? They are delicious and I love the wrapping (of course). And delightfully, I'm the only person in the house who likes licorice!


Thanks so much to Michela, and to Betty of Mrs Yappy Dog, who organised such an excellent Thrifty Week and Swap.

14 comments:

Betty said...

What a fabulous swap - such beautiful things - so pleased for you Floss. Bettyx

Elyse said...

what a very enjoyable read!

xo
elyse

Lululiz said...

The candlestick is beautiful, what a lovely thrifty gift. Michela is such a darling, she sent you a gorgeous swap parcel.

fee @ chipper nelly said...

how lovely.
You could always hang your postcards like bunting too!
fee x

Elizabethd said...

What a beautiful piece of china, something to treasure for a long time, I think.
It was such a nice swap.

VintageVicki said...

What lovely pressies :)

I like Fee's idea of the postcard bunting :)

Serenata said...

A really gorgeous swap and the candlestick is just perfect.

Catherine said...

A beautiful swap parcel to receive - Michela sends the most amazing packages - I'm in love with your candlestick!

Michela said...

Erm..how embarassing to see our Prime Minister on your blog,where have his faux hair gone?! :)
Sorry to disappoint you, but credits for Pastiglie Leone go to Turin and the flavour should be anise.
You've been a super lovely swap partner, I hope there will be more thrifty swaps in the future, I truly enjoyed myself!
xxx

Jane and Chris said...

What a beautiful candlestick..just gorgeous!
Jane x

Lyn said...

I have been lucky enough to receive a parcel from Michela in the past, it also was full of brill things, you are lucky.
xxx

Pom Pom said...

I love all the treats Michela sent to you. She is such a nice person, isn't she? I love Betty, too. Blog Land is full of givers, isn't it? Joy!

Shabby Chick said...

Oh those are lovely swap goodies! I love the washing line display idea in your previous post too, it looks gorgeous.

Sorry I've not been by for so long, Mel xxx

Olga said...

Hi Floss, I hope Blogger is back to being good to you these days :)Lovely post! I loved the items you received and the Berlusconi touch was so topical. Thanks for sharing your thoughts the on the 'deserve' subject.