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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mostly mail!

Hi all!  Here I am back and it is only two days later.  Wow!  I am having such a nice break from work.  I've been crafting and letter writing and it's been fantastic catching up on everything.  :)  I haven't been out much in the past few days.  I've been nice and cozy in my pjs in the warmth of my home.  It's been freezing here since yesterday afternoon (between -20 and -30 celcius) and before that it was pouring rain.  So happy I don't have to go anywhere.  Yay!  Below you'll see some ATCs I made for some swaps a few weeks ago but hadn't had time to post.
Here is a "Vintage mail" deco I also made a few weeks ago for a swap as well.
And, now onto some mail news.  I haven't posted photos of my mail in the past couple of weeks so hopefully I haven't forgotten anybody here.  
Here is a wonderful selection of decos from a swap partner.
I received this wonderful letter, photos of her sweet boys, a Christmas ornament and snowman craft from my sweet friend Kristin in USA.
A beautiful "Anything Vintage" deco with some extras from a swap partner.
A "Cute Characters in the Snow" deco from another swap partner.
Two pretty decos, "Morehead" and "Kitties" from the same swap partner.
Another fabulous swap of HQFBs and decos.
And, I just had to share this awesome bag I received as part of a Christmas present from my friend Susi.  I love it!
I recently received this deco all filled up and made by my friend Vanessa.  The theme was "Vintage Ads" and the photos below are the various entries.
And, to finish off my post a photo of my sweet and precious Mustang.
See you all soon!  :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas morning!

A belated Merry Christmas to all of you!  I am finally on vacation for two whole weeks.  Yay!  So, I should be able to post more here and also do what I enjoy most; crafting, letter writing and reading.  Awe...the good life!  The weeks leading up to Christmas were so hectic with work, Christmas preparations and appointments.  So, I thought I'd showcase a few of the presents I received for Christmas.  I was so spoiled with presents from friends around the world, Noah, Jeffrey and my family.  It really amazes me!
This was definately the most amazing gift Jeffrey and I received.  It was from Noah.  It is a Christmas story written in French and all of the drawings were made by Noah.
His illustrations are truly amazing and he has his own style.
At 3:30am Noah thought it was time to get up and we found Kylie snuggling next to the Christmas stockings.  Of course I sent Noah back to bed.  There was no way I was getting up at 3:30am to open presents.  He later got up at 6:00 which was a bit more reasonable.
Noah unwrapping presents with Mustang helping out and Subaru in the background.
Molly gave me some really nice presents, all of my favourite things (stationaries, chocolates, a pine smelling pillow from Maine(I love Maine) and a beautiful Christmas plaque decoration pictured below) in this lovely gift bag.
I received so many BEAUTIFUL and PRECIOUS gifts.  Take a look at the Matryoshka doll tapistry and handmade mittens from a dear friend in the photos below.  Oh my goodness I was in awe of both when I saw them.
I also received this gorgeous  handsewn handbag made by my friend Reiko in Japan.  Isn't it beautiful?  I can't wait to use it this spring and summer.
Of course I received some lovely stationary sets too.
Another beautiful gift was this scarf from my friend Claudia.
I also received some goodies such as hot chocolate, chocolate and teas.
One of the gifts my mother bought me was this pretty paper by K & Company which I happen to love.
So, that ends my Christmas overview.  We've already taken down our decorations and all is back to normal.  We love the pre-Christmas part of the holidays.  So, I'm off to get some swaps done and letters written.  Be back in a couple of days with a mail post.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mail and things!

Hey all!  I have had a very nice weekend, mostly relaxing.  I feel kind of bad though since I haven't even accomplished half of what I had planned.  Instead I had lunch with one of my friends on Saturday since we hadn't seen each other in a while, and today I went out for breakfast by myself and took in a movie.  I saw "New Year's Eve" and I really enjoyed it.  It was a sweet little movie.  :)  But then I came home and was mad at myself for not having done what needed to be done.  Oh well!  So, I thought I'd start off my post today with a photo of my sweet little babies snuggling together.
Aren't they the sweetest things on earth?
Well, I did manage to finish some images I was colouring to use to make Christmas cards.  I took a class a few weekends ago and learned this colouring technique which I really love.  I've always loved colouring and now I'm happy it looks like markers.  I still need to put the cards together though.  Not sure when I'll get that done this week.
I did receive some nice mail this week as well.  I need to send mine out tomorrow as well.  I've got a few things ready to post and I'm hoping they'll reach their destinations by Christmas.
I received these beautiful decos from a swap partner.  I really love them.  She also included some pretty note paper.
Here is another deco swap I received.
I've been receiving some lovely Christmas cards as well and here is a pretty envelope one came in.
Here is a lovely ATC I received as part of a swap.  I love the pretty envelope too.
I received a pretty letter (inside the heart card), Christmas card and FBs from my friend Heegene from Korea.
I received this private swap of FBs and decos from my friend in Hong Kong.  She also included a pretty cow letter set.
More Christmas cards on my card garland.
I love my little Christmas village.
While having lunch with my friend Sonia on Saturday I bought these cute mittens and two little cows (only one pictured, the other one is Noah's) made out of Alpaca wool.  The wool is so soft.
Okay, so this is all for now, I have lot's of work to do.  Have a nice week everyone!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekend, crafting and mail!

Hello all!  Wow!  I've had such an incredibly nice weekend just relaxing and enjoying myself.  The only problem is it wasn't long enough to do everything I had planned.  The weather has also been fabulous, more like spring than fall/winter.  We've only had one snow fall so far and it only stayed on the ground three days.  I love it!  On Saturday we went to Noah's Christmas Bazaar (at his school) and bought some delicious baked goods, as well as a few other things.  In the afternoon I took a really long nap and felt quite rested.  Then today we went to the outdoor Christmas market here in town.  It was such a gorgeous day out.  The market is really nice this year, with a ferris wheel and quite a few artisans.  We also had a nice lunch there.
Noah and Jeffrey as we were going higher on the ferris wheel.  Noah was a little scared.
As you can see from the view, no snow in Sherbrooke yet.  :)
Me and a nutcracker in the lovely sun.
Jeffrey's lunch, a panini and a salad.
My lunch, a Greek salad.
I bought this gorgeous handcrafted necklace for myself.  I plan on going back next weekend to buy a few Christmas presents and a pottery butter dish since I recently broke mine.
I had a chance to make some decos this afternoon but I only took photos of the two below.
I also received a few wonderful pieces of mail this week.
A wonderful letter (photo above) and goodies (photo below) from my new friend Maria from the USA.  The mannequin shape is actually the letter, really creative, isn't she?!
A great letter, Christmas card and FBs from my friend Victoria from Italy.
A beautiful handcrafted Christmas card from my one of my bestest friends Rosita from Finland.
A great letter and FBs from my friend Margaret from Scotland.
A Christmas package swap and "Vintage Telegraph/Mail" deco from a group swap.  I haven't opened the package yet, might wait until Christmas.
I bought this pottery set at Noah's Christmas Bazaar.  They had a section of used items you could buy.  It was only $2.00 and I love pottery items.  Not quite sure what I'll do with it though.
And, I bought a few items at my local craft store again.  Some items will be part of swaps.  :)
And, that's it for tonight.  See you again soon.  Have a nice week everyone!