Friday, April 11, 2008

The Kindness of 'Strangers'.

I received a wonderful parcel the other day from one of my website customers in Italy. It was totally unexpected and I was so surprised - Monica had ordered several items from my on-line shop which I had sent out to her - the last thing I expected was a present in return!!
Monica hand painted the china plate with pretty flowers. And the Italian copy of 'Little Women' was printed the year that I was born - so it's VERY old! Lol! Love the pictures! Thank you so much Monica, you are such a kind girl!
I've also been shopping. I couldn't resist this beautifully embellished purse, made by Lilla, which was for sale in her etsy shop.
It has a wonderfully nostalgic look to it, which I just love.
And inside the parcel was another surprise. Lilla had included a kit to make one of her hand painted dolls.
Well I set to work on this little project one evening and here is the result. I added a few extra flowers and things and have stood her up on a vintage reel of thread.
I also went shopping at Louise's wonderful etsy shop too. She has been creating some beautiful vintage inspired collages just recently and so I needed to treat myself to one of her artworks! Thank you Louise - I love this.
The musical collage has a very special story behind it, which was Louise's inspiration and one that I found so charming.
I am going to hang it in my new workroom when the decorating is done, so that I can look at it every day....
And talking of the workroom.......the building work is virtually complete! There will be a lot of painting and decorating ahead for me, but this weekend I have my sister-in-law coming to some trips out and some time-off are what's planned for now.

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you get up to!
Niki x


  1. Anonymous2:52 pm

    What beautiful things Niki and what a lovely surprise for you. The completed doll looks beautiful and your workroom has come on so fast. Have a lovely, relaxing weekend. Jackie Mx

  2. What a lovely surprise you received! And the posies on the plate are beautiful!

    So it was YOU who purchased that pouch from Lilla! I had favorited that one on etsy! lol I saw it had sold, so I purchased a different one and have the pictures ready to show on my blog, too -- Lilla was my swap partner, and I am taking photos of my treats from her and will post it all soon. How ironic, Niki! =)

    I am pleased you like the collage. One day I will make one for myself and include the photo of our family's pianist! =)

    Hugs and happy weekend to you!

  3. Anonymous3:39 pm

    Oh, Niki, what a beautiful surprise!!!! You've posted about me on your blog!!! This was completely unespected!! Thank you so much!! :)

    I'm happy you've liked my little gift- you've been so kind and your gorgeous things have made my home beautiful!.. I HAD to thank you!!!

    The purse is so pretty- and the doll too!-, and the charming collage will add a further touch of "vintage" to your new studio (... can we call it a studio, now??!!??). I'm looking forward to seeing it decorated by your talented hands!

    Have a great week- end, and
    Thank you again,

    Monica xox.

  4. What beautiful pressies Niki! I love Louise's work and am always admiring them. Love the bag too. And as for the builders, wow, how fast was that! Have a good weekend

  5. Niki, what a sweet surprise you got in the mail, the plate is so lovely and your purchases from the girls on etsy are just gorgeous...both have a wonderful vintage look and feel!

  6. Anonymous5:20 pm

    Can't believe the room is ready for decoration, you must have some wonderful contactors! Lovely purchases and surprises.

  7. Ooohhh what wonderful treasures you have received Niki! How sweet is that of your customer to send you such pretties. I adore Lilla's work sooo much! I didn't know of her until she signed up for my swap and then I got to see her amazing talent. And Louise is just one of my very favorites! She is so talented with all different mediums.

    Love this post! xo Heather

    ps- your box has been mailed and is on its long journey to your stone house! ;)

  8. Your workroom is going to be wonderful and I love that musical collage. I play the piano so I think it is just so sweet!

  9. What Beautiful treasures!
    Sandra Evertson

  10. Such a great gift, and as a surprise even better!:)
    Love the workroom, can't wait to see what you will do with it. Hope you have a great weekend with your company.
    xo Lidy

  11. wow Niki, your workroom is looking fantastic!! Bet you cant wait to get started down there. I have a workroom downstairs too but my problem is with the heating, it just gets so cold down there! will have to sort that out now its heading into winter.
    Alicia ~ time worn style

  12. You are going to enjoy your new room so much! I can't wait to see it when it's all done and decorated!

    :0) Sharon

  13. What lovely prezzies. Aren't some people just so kind.

    The workroom looks amazing. Having seen in as it used to be I can appreciate how much work has gone into the project. Looking forward to seeing how you will transform it into your own space.

    Sue x

  14. What lovely items you've received.
    Thanks for the links to those wonderful shops!

  15. Hello Niki,
    I can't wait to see what you do with your wonderful new work room. I love all the nice surprises you received in the mail, they are so beautiful Pinkie Denise

  16. Anonymous12:13 am

    love your work room - i am so excited for you =) can't wait to see how you finish it off. i'm sure it will look LOVELY! debbie

  17. I'm dying over that bag! So funny and Louise...and me I guess surely have similar tastes! I have to go view Lilla's shop...

  18. Love, love your workroom!!!
    You do live in an amazing place.


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