Friday, April 20, 2012

A Wonderful Gift

Right before I left on my relaxing trip to the beach I entered a lovely giveaway from The White Bench.  Monica is a very gifted artist and photographer.  I joked with her that when I got back from my trip I fully expected for there to be a message on my blog that I had won.  Guess what?  There was!!!!!!
 If you have read my blog for any length of time you know I don't win giveaways.  I jut don't, so I was just tickled to death that I won one, especially this one.
 Monica lives in Italy, and her gift as an artist is so special.  Can you even imagine making your living from your art?  Or living in beautiful Italy?
 Inside my package was this beautiful cloth heart with a sweet button and this little embossed ceramic circle with the word "ocean" on it.  Lovely, lovely, lovely.
 Monica's work is published just about everywhere.  And to think I am the owner of this amazing watercolor, wow, it just blows my mind.  This picture is just soooooo beautiful.  The detail is gorgeous.  Thanks you so much Monica.  You just made my day.

I have been feeling a bit glum lately so this package came at just the right time.  I am still battling this cold, it is really sticking around and it feeling like any energy I can muster is quickly drained away.  I have been blowing, and blowing my nose.  And then I had a thought, last year at this time I also had a cold that would not go away.
 Is it possible that the cold is there but I may also have allergies? 
 And if I have allergies it may be these beautiful gardenia's that are surrounding my house and inside my kitchen! 
I could be making myself stay sick!!!!  With the flowers I love more than anything!!!
Bummer.

17 comments:

by Teresa said...

Oh wow, you lucky girl! Love the watercolor!! I should do a giveaway and do a watercolor for the prize... I think you need to get thyself to a doctor and see if you have allergies. Hope it's not the gardenias!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Dee said...

Oh, I really hope it isn't your gardenias! Hope you are feeling better soon.

Congrats on the win. You got some lovely things.

kathy b said...

Hooray for you!! Your luck has changed.
What is Monica's last name? I have to look up more

minaandme said...

Hurrah for prizes! Those pieces of work truly are beautiful. As for your cold/allergies, I hope you figure it out and soon get along on your way to recovery!
~Lacey

Susanne said...

Anything is possible. Pollen counts are high with all the trees and flowers blooming. My best friend is in Georgia for a year and told me that everything outside of the house is covered with 1/2 inch of yellow pollen and impossible to go out and even sit by the pool. She is an outdoorsy type of girl and it is just killing her to be stuck inside. Congrats on your winning the lovely items from Italy. The water color is pretty enough for framing. Your luck has changed :)
Susanne :)

Shari said...

How sweet is this.. what a surprise to you!! I didn't know about the giveaways since I am new to the blog world.. I guess I have to start looking for them.. so excited for you. Enjoy your new gift!
Shari

Babajeza said...

The watercolour is lovely! Will you frame it? I wish you luck with the pollen. It would be a shame removing the gardenias but maybe worth it. Perhaps it's just the ones in the house?

My son David, who is a baker has gotten allergic to rye flour. We haven't figuered out what to do. "Fortunatelly", he is in military service and all the symptoms have gone away.

Monica said...

You're a darling, Meredith! Many heartfelt thanks for this super- lovely post.
Hope you're feeling better soon (and it isn't your beautiful gardenias that cause you problems!! Their scent is divine).
Hugs!

moonstruckcreations said...

Good to hear your giveaway luck has changed at last! And what lovely things to receive.

Hope you are feeling better - lets hope it isnt those lovely flowers!

And btw I have just posted about a craft it forward Im running - check it out - Im quite happy to post internationally!

Have a lovely weekend, hope the sun is shining where you are (it isnt here yet)

Helenxx

Kris said...

What a fantastic giveaway to win! I adored visiting beautiful Italy!
I hope your cold leaves you soon. Gardenias are my favorite flower too. I have a bush right in the planter that leads to my front door. You can smell the sweet blooms when the front windows are open!!!
Have a great weekend. I am busy with little ones!!!
: ) Kris

Rizzi said...

YOUR GIFTS ARE LOVELY....I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU.....AS THE YEARS GO BY AND I GET OLDER (72) MY ALLERGIES GET WORSE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR....ALSO I LIVE IN NEW JERSEY AND THAT DOESN'T HELP......I ALSO HAVE BEEN BOTHERED THIS YEAR....AND SO MANY TIMES I THOUGHT I WAS CATCHING A COLD.....THESE DAYS WHO KNOWS.....I HOPE IT'S NOT YOUR GARDENIAS...I ALSO LOVE THE SCENT OF THAT FLOWER.....THERE IS SO MUCH POLLUTION IN THE AIR THESE DAYS.....HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER.....
RIZZI

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Yea for you Meredith! Monica's work is stunning! My oldest son has been blowing his nose for quite some time too. I'm guessing it's not a cold if it hangs around that long. Bummer indeed! Best wishes, Tammy

Leah said...

Congrats you lucky lady! What a beautiful giveaway to win. I hope you're starting to feel better soon - and hopefully it's not allergies and just a lingering cold. It would be a shame to have to avoid your lovely blooms.

Have a fabulous week hon.
Leah
xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Sweet Meredith,
Thank you for your lovely comment, it made my day!
You really received some special gifts, so pretty! But I do hope you are feeling better soon, not fun to be sick in the spring/summer.
Sending well wishes, xoRobin❤

lovestitch said...

Wonderful giveaway! Same to me, I didn't win any giveaway and one day I won, and one more! Lucky you!
Hope you get well soon and enjoy your rest of the weekend!
Best, LS xx

Bumpkin Bears said...

Ooo lucky you ;) monoca is such a nice talented lady, so glad you won. Catherine x

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