December 19, 2009

Raspberry Surprises...

I ran an errand for Handsome while he was at his orchestra rehearsal yesterday morning. When I returned home, I opened the front doors to let the sunshine and cool air into the house. I was surprised by this box greeting me in the entryway. (Can you see it's from The Raspberry Rabbits?) I was doing the happy dance. I had a package from my sweet friend, Shell May!!!
I opened the package and there were multiple wrapped bundles inside. I opened the card to find the furry faces of the Raspberry Rabbits themselves - Sugar and Razzy - looking back at me! I read the heartfelt sentiments from my friend and then commenced to open those bundles.

Inside Bundle #1 was a cute trio of rabbit tails with a sweet friendship message. On the back is an attached clothespin, perfect to hold a project in progress or a bundle of papers. Three bunny tails...so cute!
When I opened Bundle #2, I was greeted by this bunny-adorned mug. My favorite flower - geraniums - next to the Marjolein Bastian bunnies on front...and a reclining rabbit with a cute message on the back. I love this mug and decided I would fill it with the ball of yarn I use for cording on my pincushion creations. That way, it will be front and center on my worktable instead of closeted away. There's something tucked inside, too. I'll come back and see what it is when I've opened all my bundles.
Then I opened Bundle #3. When I realized its contents, my eyes welled with tears. Shell sells these beautiful bunny embroidery scissors and scissors holders (here) in her online shop. I've been eyeing them for months...really! Is the lovely Shell also a mind reader? I think so!
On a recent "Wild Hare" Wednesday, Shell wrote that her wild hare was to change out all of the drawer and door pulls in her home. I told her I admired her pink rose pulls, and look!!! She gifted them to me! Now, I have to decide where to use them, but for now, they'll also be on my worktable, inspiring me to do my best and most charming work - just like the elegant pieces that are born in my friend's studio.
I didn't forget... Look what was inside the bunny mug.
Ghirardelli Raspberry-filled chocolates!
Now you see 'em...
Now you don't!!
(Trust me. They were delicious!)
Isn't this the most magnificent array of gifts? Handwork from the graceful Miss Shell, touches of her decor, her hand chosen gifts and a photograph of her beloved Sugie and Razzy. Best loved of all are the kind and generous words shared with me in her card. I cherish our new-found friendship and look forward to the day when we can share a cup of kindness in the same room.

Thank you, my dear and precious friend. Your generosity is truly overwhelming. Hugs to you and the rabbits from this friend who is grateful beyond measure.
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Tracy Suzanne said...

Goodness Donna. You must have been doing the Happy Dance all over the house. What beautiful goodies she gifted to you. I will definitely be going by to see the Raspberry Rabbits.

I hope you have a beautiful Christmas, it looks like your on your way to a good start.

Hugs...Tracy

DeeDee said...

Wowsers...what a lucky girl you are indeed....I love how you share you holida spirit...and I so love those rose pulls also...have fun with this....Happy Holidays...

P.S. check out my blog today for a special thanks ,....

Thistle Cove Farm said...

With all that plunder, you're still doing the Happy Dance; mercy! What a wonderful friend!
Merry Christmas from Thistle Cove Farm.

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Dag girl.... you're gonna make me cry!
I'm so glad you liked everything. Your friendship has been a treasured gift to me this year and I still can't thank you enough for all the beautiful things you made me that gave me hug when I needed one.
I too look forward to the day we share some tea or a glass of wine together in the same room.
Until then Have a Merry Christmas.
Love ya,
shell and the bunnies

Snap said...

Isn't the blogging world wonderful?!!! I just love mail call! What a wonderful package of magical surprises!!!!!

Jane said...

What a wonderful surprise waiting for you! The generosity of fellow bloggers never ceases to amaze me! Enjoy your fabulous gifts.
Jane

Claudia said...

Now that is a wonderful surprise to see waiting for you! Just beautiful - what a lovely group of presents!

xo
Claudia

The Feathered Nest said...

Such gorgeous gifts of love Donna!!!! Each and every one is so beautiful and perfect for you!! xxoo, Dawn

The Lone Dollier said...

How sweet of her! Now that is a truly real good friend.

Smiles~
Marilyn

Kitt said...

What treasures! The best one is your new found friend.

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

She is a sweetie! Love those rabbits of hers.
Brenda

Valerie said...

Donna, Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for sharing in our special day with the wedding. It was really something. I love your blog and I loved all those gift that you received.

beedeebabee♥ said...

What a wonderful bunch of goodies, and what a very special friend she is! Sooo Sweet! Hugs, ;)

Anne~fiona and twig said...

What amazing treasures!
Nothing like Christmas come early, eh? :-)

Anne

The Rustic Victorian said...

How fabulous! Absolutely to die for sweet.

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