Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thinking of You

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments about my osprey pictures!  And for those of you who have not enabled your email please,please do so.  When I do have time to write back (which isn't often), I can't reach you because I have no way to do so...hint hint Leaf and Ink.  I loved your eagle shots but I can never reply to your comments or comment on your blog (you have comments disabled) to tell you how much I enjoy your photos!  And that makes me feel like this... :-(

We always know when a package arrives at our house, Mr. Quinn makes sure of that by barking loudly to let us know that we have an intruder, ie. the mailman at our door.
Yesterday he was barking like a madman and when Mr. Tide went to the door, he brought back a nice big box which was addressed to me!  I swear I'm just like a 5 year old when any package arrives for me, whether I'm expecting one or not.

This time it was a complete surprise, and not anything I had ordered, so I couldn't wait to tear it open.  It was from my friend and fellow blogger, Linda of the wonderful blog Itsy Bits and Pieces!  Don't you just love that name?!

Neatly packed inside the box was a treasure trove of goodies, including the beautiful beach inspired block with my initial on it!

Ephemera is Linda's middle name, and she puts together the most wonderful altered art pieces and even sells them, along with all kinds of other great vintage stuff at her 2 Etsy stores...Itsy Bits and Pieces and Romantic Farmhouse.

Just look at the darling sea shells she included in the piece she sent to me!

And I love the intricately carved K...for Kat of course...on this old wooden alphabet block.  It must date back to the Victorian era based on how beautiful and ornate it is.

I've named her "Beach Babe Kat" and she is now sitting in a bright sunny spot in my family room, because every beach babe deserves her day in the sun right?!

Now Kat the Beach Babe would have been thrilling enough, but of course Linda also sent me a few other things that made me smile from ear to ear.

She knows how I like to display old cards and ephemera using my antique flower frogs, so she sent me this wonderful vintage flash card with an oyster and lobster on it.  I come from oyster country, Linda knows this because I've pined after an old oyster tin she found, so this is perfect for me and looks wonderful displayed in my little flower frog.

And there was also an assortment of wonderful old bingo cards inside my package!  I love me some bingo cards!

The wonderful colors and fonts, and the simplicity of them is what I love most.

I can just imagine folks at the local church bingo years ago with these old cards and hoping to win the big jackpot!  Yes, our local churches still host bingo to help raise money!

The printing is beautiful on these vintage pieces, and this one even has my lucky number "8" in the bottom corner!

I created a nice vignette with my wonderful new treasures on the old chest in my living room.  Now every time I'm in there, I will be reminded of Linda's kindness and her sweet note which said, "Thinking of you Kat."

Thank you Linda, I'll be thinking of you too and treasuring these wonderful bits of history and my very own Beach Babe!!!

If you would like to visit Linda's blog and see more of her wonderful wares, go HERE!

I've decided that I might start a meme party called Spread the Love.  One day a week, other bloggers could link up their favorite blogs and help spread the love.  What do you all think?


  1. I LOVE getting things in the mail...if Milo allows the mail person to get to the door! And I am loving all of your goodies. Everything fits you to a T. The bingo cards bring back such good memories; my mother used to play bingo every Thursday night at our church and boy, did she take it to heart! We always heard the stories of how she came thisclose to winning! And when she won, that meant a shopping trip!!

    I'm off to Linda's shop, it sounds awesome!


  2. That was so sweet of Linda. Love that block. K is for Kim, too in case you find it missing! Love the bird photos and all that texture.

  3. Goodness - Beach Babe Kat is so darn adorable!! I must check out Linda's shop...thanks for the introduction. Have a lovely day :O)

  4. Wowzers! What a fun gift. That was sure to brighten anyone's day! Love Beach Babe Kat!

  5. Cute Cute Cute... Love that block with the 'K' on it. Wish I had the sort of knack that she has in putting things together for others.


  6. I think that block is fabulous....

    I love the idea of the Meme linking party day.

  7. Such generousity of spirit! To take the time to send something completely "out of the blue" just to let someone know you are thinking of them - well, that is a very special person. Am off now to look at Itsy Bitsy's delights! ;)Sharyne

  8. What wonderful gifts and photographed oh so beautifully! A-M xx

  9. It totally makes my day when I receive a gift unexpectedly, Kat! I continue to be amazed at the generosity and thoughtfulness of all the wonderful bloggers out there. :) Your sweet gift is so adorable!

    xoxo laurie

  10. Oh....and I think that Spread the Love is a GREAT idea! :)

    xoxo laurie

  11. Awww...Kat...the tears are are SO sweet! You touched my heart, friend! Thank you so much! I think the Spread the Love party idea would be WONDERFUL! (PS your photos are gorgeous!)

  12. Linda is such a sweet person. How very thoughtful of her to send you a gift just to let you know she was thinking of you. I think that makes it extra special.
    I also want to compliment you on your exquisite pictures in your previous post. Gorgeous!

  13. Kat all so special just for you!!I am always like a little kid whhen a package arrives.

    Yay for Linda's thoughtfulness!


    Art by Karena

  14. Yikes!
    Kat, I got your 'hint' wink wink ... LOL!
    Thanks for letting me know. Must've happened the last time we did major updates. Will check into this.
    Thanks for the compliments. It was the experience that was so amazing. Wish I would've had my 35 mm camera w/lenses or better wouldn't ya know.
    Oh & you are always welcome to email me at
    We will get our comments open again soon though.
    Thank you for the heads up Kat.
    Linda's gifts are adorable. Love the creativity.
    Will definitely check out her blog.
    Blessings, Lisa

  15. What beautiful gifts and how sweet of Linda! Beach Babe Kat is gorgeous.
    I think the idea to Spread the Love. :)

  16. Oh that was such a sweet surprise you got from Linda. All those little elements really make up such a beautiful vintage display too, especially with the beautiful K block and that fab Beach Babe Kat! xo ~Lili


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