January 22, 2011

* A Gift from a friend.

I couldn't believe my eyes.  Astonished ... that's a good word for what I was feeling. I surveyed the scene before me ... I found myself standing there with a smile on my face.  Allow me to explain ...

When I moved to Mexico, I left my 'room' of art stuff behind.  That was and still is the hardest thing about coming here.  My stash ... it's gone.  Anyway, that was then ... this is now!  Carolyn and I decided to do an art swap.  Yesterday I went to pick up my mail.  Carolyn's swap had arrived.  It was a little larger than I had expected ..... a medium size UPS box!  I couldn't wait to get home.

Everything poured out of that box ... beautiful papers of all types and sizes, coloured envelopes, rolls of tracing foil, shadow boxes, a kit Carolyn had put together for me with ink and pearlex powder to make glimmer mist with hand written instructions on how to make it, rhinestones, puzzle pieces, tags of all shapes, colours, and sizes, cigar labels, stickers, specialty items such as cutekuts, a krylon gold leafing pen, cast off papers for a project I have in the wings,  collage papers and German scraps, postage stamps, shapes to make shrines, a board book ready to embellish, chipboard shapes in sheets called periphery I have never seen before and more ... it just kept coming out of the box.  I was actually giggling at one point.  Remember, I have not been in a store which stocks these items in over a year.  I am seriously down a quart. 

This morning I am sitting here going through it all again.  My mind whirs with possibilities.  I realized the other day as I was sitting at the table creating something, just how much I love and adore paper.  Any kind of paper.  Old paper, new paper, patterned paper, blue paper .... it does not matter.  Paper and possibilities seem to go together for me. 

So my dear Carolyn .... Thank You!  Being here with no places I can get my little hands on art supplies like these .... this is the very best present I have had in years!

I took a photo.  It doesn't really do it justice as you can't see everything .. however, you will see why I am so excited.

Gift from a Friend.

“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.” ~Richard Bach


  1. Donna, I am so happy you liked your box of goodies. Actually I am the one who is the most pleased. Over the years friends from afar have treated me to items not available in my area. It warms my heart to return the kindness to another with limited access to craft items.

  2. Well Carolyn ... I'm sure happy we met all those years ago ... even if never in person. We have had some great fun together doing art.

  3. Lady D, even though I'm new to your blog I nominated you for a Stylish Blog Award because I enjoy it so much. Please stop on over at my blog to see what it's all about.

  4. Very thoughtful gift(s) Carolyn. Lady D, I am taken away by your love of art. I just love the blog world...so many ways to explore together.

  5. Wow - reminds me how, when I went to Manzanita, we all brought "trade bags" and came away with 13 different bags of stuff from everyone. I am still going through and looking at the amazing variety of items. Super fun - so happy for you!! (Hope you are able to get in your studio soon!!)