Sweet friends, I’m on a bit of a rollercoaster at the moment, aren’t I (hmm, maybe a *mild* understatement)? Sweet joy leavened by deep sorrow, all at once. It’s taking me time to mentally *decompress*. There have been so many utterly opposing emotions to contend with in such a short space of time whilst all the while continuing on with Planet Baby’s normal affairs of state. Like resuming The Great Unpack, tending to an outbreak of conjunctivitis (a second pixie was caught off-guard yesterday), showing Joshie how to help me weed the garden (he loved it!) and adjusting to the start of school holidays with all 3 pixies at home (hmm, even less headspace than normal for A Certain Mother).
But in the midst of it all, I have been bowled over by the arrival of an extraordinary box of blog love which spans the globe.
It turns out my treasured friend, sweet Felicity of Gifts of Serendipity, has been in cahoots with a vast number of you huge-hearted Planetarians to send me a parcel filled with kindness, thoughtfulness, craftiness and compassion to lift my spirits during this trying time. Words cannot adequately convey the depth of my gratitude to Felicity for being the Chief Conspirator behind this act of love. Thankyou, Sweetheart.
And the most heartfelt of thankyous to the kind souls who thought about, crafted for, and bought something for, me. I am completely gobsmacked at your gorgeous acts of kindness. I hope you don’t mind but I’d like to share my joy with your fellow Planetarians by showing some of the delights you sent me. So here goes!
This is the enormous box delivered to the door by our trusty postman late last week. Can you believe it?! Knowing my penchant for butterflies and the colour blue, Felicity had thoughtfully stamped some fluttery friends all over the box. Then I opened it up to be greeted by this sight.
Personalised bunting – it doesn’t get much better than that, does it?! Underneath lay layers of treasures, all divinely wrapped (another of my favourite things).
Beautiful Bron of Maxabella Loves in Sydney sent me this whimsical little Typo pencil case (she shares my passion for stationery so I bet she enjoyed hunting for it!).
Inside was this glorious ring.
Ah, be still my beating heart! I adore it. It’s so *me*. You have immaculate taste, Bron. Oh, and you know me so well!
Sweet Millie from The Laurel Hedge in Adelaide treated the Francophile in me to a pretty Parisian Cavallini & Co (one of my favourite stationers) notebook. Just perfect for blog idea jottings – thanks, Millie!
Kind Jennie from Posie Patchwork in Canberra treated me to a brilliant combination of my loves of all things French and stationery (you know me so well ☺). Ooh, happy in Hobart!
Clever Carol from Naturally Carol in Queensland whipped me up this jaunty little apron for the traveller in me – just the ticket for flouncing about in our fancy new kitchen at PB HQ ☺. Isn’t she clever?
My dear friend Tina of Rubies’ Place in Armidale made me this divine little clay butterfly which looks like it’s received her clever doily treatment. It’s just exquisite, Tina, and looks perfect in my *room of my own*.
And then she found time in her busy life to crochet me this sweetest of doily garlands.
Isn’t it sublime? I am just so moved to think of her fingers busily crafting such a delicate masterpiece for me. It will pair beautifully with its gorgeous counterpart I luckily won in her giveaway back here.
One of my very first bloggy friends, the talented and kind Janette of My Sweet Prints, sent me this sweet little fluttery friend on a dainty little freshwater pearl bracelet. I just adore it, Janette. You know how much I cherish butterflies, you lovely soul.
This delightful felt floral brooch/hairslide was given to me by my generous and huge-hearted friend, Le of Third on the right, in the Blue Mountains. Some of you might remember I mentioned Le back here. She’s so thoughtful and a fellow stationery fiend! I am smitten by this, Le. And Miss India is already eyeing it off…
She also popped in this tiny original watercolour by the talented Kerri of Driftwood Interiors in Brisbane which will look gorgeous on one of my mood boards once I’m organised!
My! Are you still keeping up?! The kind and talented Michelle of Paper Art Studio in Brisbane has been a Planetarian for ages. She was kind enough to pop in this jaunty heart garland. I can’t wait to hang it up. Thanks, Michelle – it’s about time I posted about my love of garlands.
I was so touched and moved to receive gorgeous and thoughtfully written letters from Martha at Jelly Shane in northern New South Wales, Sonia from Raine & Sage in Brisbane and Suzanne at Privet & Holly in the mid-west USA. They were so heartfelt and supportive – thankyou, ladies!
Sweet Beth from A Welsh Girl in Australia is another Brisbanite who writes so engagingly about her expat life with her husband and young daughter. She’s a devoted Planetarian so knew what would take my fancy – a blue butterfly and some luscious French L’occitane hand cream. Thanks, Beth, you treasure.
Over on the other side of the country in Perth lives my caring friend, Amanda of Homely One. Another long-time Planetarian, she has a sweet little daughter, Grace, and is expecting their second child soon. Somehow, she found the time to pick me out this fabulous butterfly biscuit cutter.
I love it! I suspect it might also be used for craft as well as baking biscuits for the pixies, Amanda ☺. This nifty large clothespeg magnet will be brilliant in my *room of my own* - I’m on the hunt for a magnetic board to house my treasure trove of magnets.
Crafty Kate of Another Donkey Design in Sydney was kind enough to send me some of her handmade goodies. Here’s a pretty butterfly garland (gee, you girls are good at working out what I like!).
And here are some of her nifty blackboard tags with fabulous Baker’s Twine and some chalk. I am looking forward to using them in organising my craft cupboard. Thanks, Kate!
The gorgeous Cathie of m.e. in Melbourne sent me this long joy-filled garland – another treasure to adorn my *room of my own*. It’s so bright and cheery – just the tonic I need now.
She also sent me a host of her brilliant photo cards like this scrumptious one, complete with recipe. Yummo!
Oh, and her fabulous handmade recipe cards will some in very handy on Planet Baby. You are such a treasure, Cathie.
Over in Perth, talented Tammi of Little Poppa was kind enough to whip me up this divine crocheted garland in one of my favourite hues of blue. Just the *thought* of her, spending hours crafting this for me is so touching.
She also found this classic German sewing tin, replete with cotton inside. It’s fabulous and I have the matching one already! Gee, I’m a lucky girl to have such a kind friend.
One of my favourite Blogging Your Way buddies, Angela of Wicker & Stitch in Sydney, found this cute little bookmark – isn’t it sweet?
And from faraway The Hague in The Netherlands, my dear friend Iris of the gorgeous Irideeën, sent me the most divine butterfly scarf. It is the prettiest thing I own and I adore it. Thanks, Iris! Here’s a close-up. Look at those glorious colours and different flutterers!
Here it is, draped over my chair in my *room of my own*. Oh, it makes my heart sing!
Felicity also generously sent me numerous gifts including this divine little birdie, so cleverly made by Brisbane ceramicist, Sharon Muir. What a treasure. She’ll look such a treat on my desk.
Cripes, this must be one of my longest posts ever. Forgive me but I just want to do this box of goodness justice. I hope you all have found some more pretty and inspiring blogs along the way as well.
And Felicity, you have the hugest heart to rally the troops around me at such a difficult time in my life. I will never forget your kindness.