I've been completely spoiled rotten lately. So much love and generosity has come my way and boy do I feel like one lucky woman. I celebrated my birthday last week and although I was quiet about it here, I received many email wishes thanks to my dear friend Jen who sent so many friends my way when she wrote such a sweet message to me in this post. And to accompany such a lovely wish on that day, this sweet gift arrived in my mailbox from her.
"Spend some time with me." I love that. And boy Jen, I sure wish I could right now.
My sister is really good at spoiling me. She's been doing it my whole life. I'll never forget my eighth birthday when she took me out for dinner at a Japanese restaurant called Fuji-ya. It was such a huge day for me. She must have had her driver's license already, but for some reason we took the bus to the restaurant downtown. I felt so special. And so grown up. And I will never forget such a unique treat. (Don't worry Sistah, I'll leave out the part about how it was snowing buckets out when we left the restaurant and I was completely unaware you hitched us a ride home from strangers. Don't worry, you said, they're just some nice people from church...get in the car. I felt like a princess not having to go home in the bus.) This year was no exception. She showered me with gifts.
Always a favorite; 100% wool.
This beautiful silk scarf.
And a covered journal she learned how to make with this friend.
Another gift I just have to show off since Shari doesn't have a blog is this beautiful purse.
Silk and wool. Lined with cashmere and velvet. I don't know whether to put my phone and keys in the bag or just use it to keep my hands warm.
And speaking of silk and velvet, I treated myself to one of Jackie's beautiful embroidered cuffs.
It actually arrived ON my birthday...I love, love, love her work. Check out her shop here.
And yesterday when I saw Jen, I could hardly believe my eyes when I unwrapped this beautiful gem from her.
Jen does such incredible work and this is a piece I will treasure forever. And how appropriate given I am a pisces. (Her photo is so much better.)
Finally...lucky, lucky me. I got to have a "bring-a-blogger-friend-to-work-day" on Tuesday. Dear, sweet Sarah was in town again. She willingly wanted to join me at my school. Actually, it was perfect. We had plently of time to catch up while the children played and I enjoyed a little break as she did (what she does so well) story hour.
What an energy boost she is. She lifted my spirits and brought smiles for all the children. Her humor and laughter is completely infectious. I loved sharing this part of my life with her and now my school holds the memory of her visit. What a special day for us all. Check out the beautiful photos she took of my boys. She also came bearing gifts. Some delicious smelling candles came inside one gorgeous bag that she made.
I almost cried. All the pretty fabrics, most of them vintage. And her sewing is quite enviable. One day I keep telling myself. One day I will learn how to run that sewing machine of mine.
Anyway, like I said, lucky me.