Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lovely Surprises


The past few weeks the UPS truck, Fedex, and our mailman's jeep have been paying frequent visits to our humble abode.  Between things I've ordered and happy little packages sent by others arriving nearly every day, it's been a little bit like Christmas.

Recently the lovely Tricia Rose of Rough Linen fame created her very own bread bag out of some of her beautiful linen.  After road testing the bag herself she offered to send a few out to her readers, and I was one of the lucky ones to receive one of her bags.

Now I know I've been mostly gluten free since January, but trust me, I will find a million and one good uses for this lovely bag.  And just having it makes me pine for Tricia's linens which are on my "most wanted to buy" list!  Thank you Tricia!!!

The next lovely package to arrive on my doorstep was one from The Polished Pebble.  Those of you who have followed my blog for any length of time know that along with my love for Rough Linen's wares, I share equal affection for Kelley and her amazing design talents!

Along with her design business, Kelley just opened a shop where she sells one of a kind vintage pieces and some of her homemade goodies, like soaps and potpourri.  Kelley was so sweet and sent me some samples of both her Lavender and Rose potpourris and to say they smell heavenly would be a bit of an understatement.

Each generous bag is filled to the brim with the scent of her Ojai Roses or snippets of the beautiful lavender she grows in the highly coveted yard of her California home.  Now my home can smell a tiny bit like what I image lounging in her backyard on a gorgeous summer day must feel and smell like! Thank you Kelley!!!

Last but not least are some documents I ordered from Oscar Naylor on Etsy.  Alwen, who owns Oscar Naylor was so wonderful to work with and helped find me just the right antique ephemera I was looking for.

These are beautiful vintage documents, many dating back to the 1700 and 1800s and I plan to get them framed to hang in just the right spot in my house.  And along with the items I ordered, Alwen gifted me with a few extra goodies...thank you so much Alwen, I will treasure these!

So as you can see, it has been like Christmas around here, with lovely little surprises showing up each week.  And with Mother's Day right around the corner I think there might be a few more surprises coming my way.

I hope you each have had a few pleasant surprises at your house lately, and for those of you who are moms, I wish you each a VERY Happy Mother's Day!


  1. Hi Kat,
    I love the linen used to make that bread bag - you can see just how gorgeous the quality is. Beautiful penmanship on those old documents too - rare to find these days. Lovely purchases - enjoy them all xx

  2. What pretty prizes. Love those letters. Those will be great framed. We are always getting deliveries here and the mister just rolls his eyes and cuts up the boxes for the recycle bin.

  3. You have received some beautiful treasures here and your photos make them all the more special to see!

    I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day, Kat!


  4. It's always fun to have packages arrive on the front porch.... even if it's items I ordered myself and already know what's inside. I wonder why??

  5. Hey, you're a Winner just like me! Welcome to the club!

  6. You deserve it!

    I have a ritual with my children when they say 'you're spoiling me!' - my standard reply is 'you can't spoil a lovely nature.' When the universe has decided on a shower of goodies, enjoy it!

    (I love Kelly's garden...)

  7. Those documents against the flowers are just beautiful, Kat.
    It really is like Christmas at your house lately ~

  8. A bread linen. HOW WONDERFUL! Every time I would make toast I would feel so fancy!
    Those papers are exceptional!
    Happy Mother's Day!

  9. KAT- Part of the beauty of your blog is the way you photograph one beautiful thing against another. Today is no exception. I love those old documents and the rustic linen and the flowers. All gorgeous- xo Diana

  10. Your photos are just amazing! I am so in love with them!

  11. What a beautiful post! I love the vintage papers! The bread bag is wonderful!

  12. What beautiful goodies, Kat...and your photos are just lovely, as is the new header! Love the old documents! Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day, too! XO

  13. What an honor to be included in this lovely post. I will happily send more!!!!
    I am such fan of TRICIA too! love the wonderful old letters so much,

    thank you Kat for being such a great friend

    xx kelley

  14. Wow, Kat....this is a true testament of how much you are loved, girlie! What wonderful gifts! Blog friends are such a blessing! And your photos are amazing, as usual! :)

    xoxo laurie

  15. What beautiful gifts, and you have photographed them perfectly.
    The vintage documents look perfect.

  16. Wow...keep this up and there's gonna be some talk about you and the mailman...and the UPS guy...and the Fed Ex guy! There's a word for that you know...blessed.

  17. Such wonderful gifts! The way you photograph them really makes them special, Kat!
    Happy Mother's Day.

  18. Kat I adore Tricia Rose's Linens, would be in heaven to have a set of her sheets or even a runner! The other items are wonderful especially those vintage documents...

    I hope you will enter my Giveaway from Tina of the Enchanted Home!

    Art by Karena

  19. Kat,
    All your boxes were filled with some wonderful the bread bag. Happy Mother's Day!!!


  20. Hi Kat- I love my UPS man- it really is like Christmas when he comes--- I even know his first name- Steve!!

    The linen is beautiful-- and the photos with the petals are beyond gorgeous! Oh my goodness!!

    Enjoy all your new treasures!
    Happy Mother's Day--

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  22. Hi Kat, What lovely surprises you received and your photos are beautiful.

  23. Aaah....
    Beautiful eye candy
    for my sweet tooth,
    this evening : )

    Thank you!!

    Hope you had a
    wonderful Mother's
    Day, my friend!

    xo Suzanne

  24. You lucky girl...Tricia's linens are on my 'most wanted' list too!


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