Saturday, November 21, 2009

52 thank yous



I have so much to be thankful for and my blogging friends are certainly among my blessings!
The mosaic above is a composition of gifts and give aways and special consideration afforded me by some of the loveliest ladies in our blogging community. First, is my wonderful No. 52 pillow which I ordered from Ruth at The Beautiful Life. As many of you know, Ruth extends her friendship to so many people and has a full and generous spirit. She goes out of her way to make not only her customers happy but to cheer and support all of her fellow bloggers. If I ever retire to Florida...I plan to ask her for a job! Wouldn't she be fun to work for...I can just picture all those coffee breaks and runs to Starbucks!! :)
Second, pictured above are the gifts I received from Vale and Paola of Les Cotrions when they hosted my family as guests in their beautiful hometown of Lucca, Italy. Vale is another one of our blogging friends who makes sure she visits and leaves a kind word to so many of us on a regular basis. Meeting her in person was a highlight of my trip to Italy and she is truly a delightful and charming lady. Third, is my friend Deb of Yaya Chique....I was so fortunate to win her chunky turquoise bracelet and beautiful bookmark. Deb lives such a full and artistic life....her boundless energy and enthusiasm have me longing for a trip to Texas to meet her in person!
So, to you three lovely ladies...Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your gifts and your friendship!




This next surprise came from Jill at Gypsy Brocante who has been hosting Vintage Black Friday...a weekly event that I have been enjoying over the last few weeks.



I was lucky to have won a vintage black goodie bag in honor of VBF that was filled with treasures....how fun was this to open? Thank you Jill for hosting this weekly event and for picking my name and sending these treats!



And finally, from the elegant and lovely Manon 21....I received this package in the mail yesterday....Three beautiful tags made by Manon...and one especially for me....with my name 52 Flea! Who does this kind of thing for someone they have never met in person living half way around the world? Someone incredibly thoughtful and special. Manon had told me she would search for my favorite number....52....after reading my post about searching for enamel house numbers in Italy and finally finding number 52 covered with graffiti. She wrote me last week to tell me she had found my number and wanted to send it along...



And so she did! Isn't it wonderful? ...and along with it the little wooden game piece sporting my special number 52 as well! Everything was wrapped so prettily in this hand stamped and stitched envelope. Thank you Manon! I am overwhelmed by your generosity and your willingness to extend yourself to me....Someday I hope we are able to visit and then I will thank you in person...
And thank yous to all of you as well....for stopping by...for leaving comments...for following along...
I am blessed to be a part of this community...aren't we having fun?
Take care, Laura

27 comments:

Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** said...

What a lovely post! :) I always read your blog and enjoy it very much. But I really enjoyed reading about the positive connections you have formed.

NicNacManiac said...

That is some serious blog there lady!! You deserve all that is sent your way and I am sure plenty more!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!! xOxO Nerina :)

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

How wonderful......I'm finding soooo many wonderful and generous girlies out there too....I LOVE blogville...

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Ange said...

You inspire people to give Laura! You are another prime example that like attracts like! Beautiful inspires beautiful too...
Take care Mme 52. xx A

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Laura! Thank you for your sweet words! You made a very nice post and you touched me!!! I was searching for enamel house number 52 but I didn't find it! I'm happy Manon has been luckier than me!
Today is a grey day...perfect to make some new creations!
Happy Sunday!
Vale

Jacqueline said...

Well, blessed you are Laura. What stunning gifts they all are ans so you.
Enjoy your beautiful presents , you certainly deserve them as you have brought so much pleasure to all of us who follow you.
Have a great week. XXXX

Amelia said...

Hi,

what gorgeous and inspiring items. Thank you for sharing! Also, touching writing. I am fairly new to the blogging world and when I click on people's blogs and find yet more blogs I just seem to go further and further into an enormous blogosphere world full of amazing things and people and creations. . . .

I will be back.

Amelia.x
www.101birdtales.blogspot.com (do visit some time)

Floss said...

Lovely gifts, and richly deserved, as you give us all so muich pleasure. I always find myself looking out for 52s at Vide Greniers these days...

Happy Thanksgiving.

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Hi Laura, Imagine my surprise this early Sunday morning when I was sneaking a peek at new blog posts and saw the picture of your 52 pillow and your sweet words about your blogging friends; :)

You are a real inspiration to me and so many! Your beautiful photos are seemingly endless and you've introduced us to some of your lovely friends up there near you. (Hi, Evi!). :)

If you ever do come down this way -- you're hired! :)

Thankful for YOU this Thanksgiving!!

~Ruth

sissie said...

Oh my goodness, your gifts are beautiful and you are so blessed to have such talented, generous friends that care for you.
Your blog is so lovely. I always enjoy coming here to visit.
Have a wonderful Sunday.

Redness said...

Gorgeous well deserved gifts. Beautiful post that reminds us how blessed we all are ;)xo

Theresa said...

I love all of your goodies I agree about how you can feel so close to people you have never met and they all do such nice things. I am so thankful for blogging. All of my blog friends are my friends now and we all have a bond, even though it is thru a keyboard and screen:) a bond just the same. We pray for each other and feel the happy and sad along with each other.

I would love to know how to do the mosaic. I see the tulips on the sidebar and I would really like to learn how to do that. Can you give me a lesson? Have a blessed weekend!

lia said...

Dear Laura, you got lovely presents. And I'm sure that you deserve it.

Have a very nice week, lia

FILIGREE MOON said...

Such beautiful gifts! So beautifully presented as well! Thank you for sharing through your fabulous blog ~ Angela

manon 21 said...

Merci Laura pour décrire si bien le plaisir que tu as avec tes amis de blog.
j'ai été heureuse de t'envoyer ce petit présent.

amitiés

manon

My Grama's Soul said...

You have such a beautiful blog. I always love stopping by. Thank-you for sharing your beautiful story of Thanksgiving with us.

Blessings,

Jo

Kari said...

Really great gifts you get.
Enjoy you're lovely gifts and we will love your blog!!

Lori said...

What a wonderful surprise and a great array of gifts!! Well deserved ~ bravo!

LiLi M. said...

You're spoilt Laura, but you deserve it! Have a nice weekend!

shayna said...

Your blog is just beautiful and I love your gifts, you sure have great blogging friends :)

hugs to you!!

Lisa said...

Oh you got some really great stuff! I love the crafty generous blog friends and all the treasures you can get from them! You got ones that are really you!ENJOY!
Hugs, Lisa

Theresa said...

Thank you Laura for the mosaic link! Can't wait to try it:)

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

You deserve it all and more. Who would have thought we would have made so many friends all over the world in such a short time!
xxx....me

June said...

Truly Laura, this is the best kind of fun! Your gifts are beautiful as the women who sent them to you.
I think that starting a blog was one of the best choices that I have made.
Hugs,
June

Welcome to Yaya Chique! said...

Love to ya my loving Yaya sista! I can't wait till you make that trip down here to Bayou Country! Won't WE have fun!!!! Maybe you can come join me on one of our great Texas "Round Top" trips....talk about an adventure!

I am also thankful darlin' to have found a true loving and kind sister like yourself! xo...deb

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh for sure, the blogging comunity is the most fun place to be!

BellaRosa said...

Laura, what beautiful gifts...obviously well deserved :) Thank you for sharing those lovely pictures. Besos, Rose