October 11, 2010

It's A "D"...

I just had to share this wonderful, little gift I received late last week! The return address was from my generous friend, Claudia of Mockingbird Hill Cottage. Claudia lives in New York State. Whatever could this be?

I opened the package to find this box with a beautiful tag and blue and brown ribbon that really looked good enough to eat!
When I removed the ribbon and tag, my initial was revealed.

Years ago, Handsome and the boys gave me a beautiful pendant that just bowled me over. I was actually speechless when I looked at it. The art deco details of the pendant actually kept me from realizing that it was my own initial. The boys looked at me and said, "It's a "D"!" It's been a family joke for over 20 years now. Perhaps I'll photograph my pendant and share it with you later this week. But I digress...

This box is beautiful, and has my initial on it. What a cool gift! But, wait...there's something inside!
Claudia!!!! You know how to touch my heart, girlfriend! All these wonderful acorns, tucked beautifully into my initial box. I squealed with delight and rushed from the studio into the kitchen to show them to Handsome.

"Acorns."

"Aren't they beautiful, Honey? Look at the beautiful box Claudia used to package them!"

"Uh, huh. It's a "D"."

What could I say? He had me cold. I just giggled. Some family jokes just never get old.

Thank you, dear Claudia. I love the "D" box, your handcrafted tag, and all the precious acorns. I can't tell you how I appreciate your generosity...and for taking the time to mail this thoughtful gift to me.

Please take the time to click on Claudia's link above - especially if you've never visited her before. Really. She's a beautiful soul.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, #1 SON!!!

PS. Last night, I auditioned to sing with the North Port Chorale. I'll be joining the alto section from now on, and when they perform, my Handsome husband will be backing up the Chorale on the drum kit. I can't begin to tell you how tickled I am about that! Of course, our first concert is in November and I have to commit all the pieces to memory by then. No pressure!

17 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Claudia is a sweetheart...and of course you deserve those pretties :)))

I really hope that one day you and I could do a swap together Donna, my schedule has been rediculiously busy (but fun). Maybe that's one thing we can look forward to next year :)))

Sarah said...

First off, congratulations! Sounds like an exciting time. You are one busy lady!
Love your thoughtful gift. It's such fun to get a surprise in the mail. And acorns are another favorite of mine. I'm off to visit Claudia. ~ Sarah

Dorthe said...

A wonderfull and so sweet gift, dear Claudia, send you- those acorns are darling,-and the "D" box so pretty.
Have a lovely day,-congratulations-
Hugs,Dorthe

downsize said...

And she sings too?!

Jane said...

Wonderful gift! Which of course reminds me that I have a HUGE bowl of acorns that I gathered from my backyard tree and I promised you some (don't worry, I won't send all of them). Sometimes I can be a forgetful person!!
Happy Birthday to your son and congrats on singing with the North Port Chorale. Is there nothing you can't do!!!
Jane

Crowsnest Pass Primitive Folk Art said...

S . P . O . I . L . E . D
Cheers, Susan

Claudia said...

You are more than welcome, sweet friend! I'm so glad you like them. Every time I set off for a brisk walk, my pace suddenly slows and I find myself scouting acorns for you!

I sang in choirs for many years - alto, of course!

Have fun and enjoy your acorns.

xo
Claudia

MosaicMagpie said...

Congratulations on your new singing career! It's a D! Is beautiful and all those lovely acorns. I picture in my mind one day a squirrel will look into a window of your home. He will spy the abundance of acorns and rally his friends for a coup.
Debbie

Createology said...

How fun to have such a wonderful family joke. Now we really must see the origin of the "D". Thoughtful friends are very dear friends. Lovely gift. Happy creating...

Charlene said...

How sweet of Claudia!!!! My Hubby & I love acorns too. We bought a piece of property on Acorn Lane once & that started is all. One year for Christmas I gave him a set of 3 CONCRETE acorns. The largest one is sooooooooooooo heavy I have to roll it to vacuum under it & roll it back to the dent in the carpet where it sits. But, we still love them (even if we did sell the lot & not build there after all). HUGS!
Charlene

Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

Congratulations, Donna, on your adventure with the Chorale! How exciting!

My husband & I went acorn hunting this weekend, but the squirrels beat us to them! Only found caps. Ah, well...will have to start sooner next year! :)

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs!
Lori

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I love the "D". Your gift is wonderful and how sweet of Claudia to send you this.
How funny of Handsome..lol
Donna I am thrilled for you to be in your Chorale. You must be terribly excited especially to have Handsome involved with it also.
Hope your having a great week
Love ya
Maggie

Michelle May said...

Get out!! You can sing too!!!???!!!
Dag girl!! That's so cool!
Ok..I'm really laughing about The D joke. I love family jokes that never get old, just more funny.
Finally, those acorns in that beautiful box is so lovely. Claudia is a sweetie!
xx, shell

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

well done for auditioning!
having hubs drum is bonus!
and happy b'day for #1 son -
same month as my eldest ~
good month to arrive!
carry on singing :)

Patty C. said...

Beautiful Gift - Congrats ;)

Beedeebabee said...

What a perfectly sweet and thoughtful gift!!! I loved your "D" story too, Donna. :)
Congrats on your new place in the Chorale...they'll love you! xo Paulette :)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Ah, men! LOL My hubby would have said something similar - cold or no cold. :) More lovely gifts - I love seeing all the wonderful creations of these artisans. And more acorns - how charming!!! Theresa

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