Well, I have had a big parcel from Stampmaiden and I can't believe the wonderful things inside! We were swapping ATCs and here are the six Linda has sent to me:
Aren't they just fantastic. They are a series entitled 'The Tattered Wall', the corrugated paper reminded Linda of the old walls they have in LA. Of course, Linda has decorated the tatty walls as only an artist would. Aren't I the lucky one? Now I'm embarrassed about the ones I've sent to her. ~Oh Woe~
BUT, the parcel also contained a vast amount of rubber stamps. All garden related, except for one of a cow. Knowing about my run in with a herd of cows, that was a joke one! I like it!
Aren't they lovely?
The lady with the watering can is my favourite - and the tulips
As if that wasn't enough, Linda also enclosed 3 super magazines:
I can hardly put them down. They are filled with fantastic art and have set my mind racing with ideas
The postage cost an arm and a leg. I sent my ATCs in a little box. Just the ATCs. Nothing else. I feel so BAD! There was also a lovely 2 sided letter, all handwritten too.
THANK YOU STAMPMAIDEN (Linda). You have made my day/week/month!!
One of the magazines is 'Altered Arts'. I posted a photo on yesterday's blog of my disintegrating parcel. Later in the day, I received an email from Seth, the organiser of the project with Phase 2. Wow! On May 1st we have to take down our parcel and then make something new out of its remains! We have quite some time to do this but I'm already thinking of various projects. What fun, I'm so glad I became involved.
My daughter in law also sent me a photocopy of an article in 'Suffolk' magazine about Francine, the lady whose house we went to for our floral arrangement class. 2 letters for me in one day. Isn't blogging just the best?
Now, what have I done for 2 days apart from drool over the contents of my parcel? Gardening of course! I did hoover too. Just for the hell of it. I have ploughed on with the stream/path project and am getting along fine, apart from the thorns and nettle stings. We had accumulated huge piles of rubbish and I have spent the past 3 nights burning it all. Tonight the fire really got going and I think most of it will have gone by the morning. We'll be able to see the wood for the trees, as it were, now that it's gone.
For a change, and to let my hands recover, I have been clearing the bed at the side of the arboretum. I started this bed last year but never really got very far with it. Then the cows trampled all over it and dislodged the edging stones, so I more or less had to start again. It's looking so much better now. About half done so far, including re-doing the edge with bigger, better stones. One edge adjoins the grass and the other the road up to our meadow. I'll photograph it when it's finished. We already have some shrubs to plant in it and Jim wants to put some of his flower seedlings in there too. It'll be a good splash of colour.
That's about it for today. I just had to show you my lovely presents. Jim and I are off to Gort in the morning to look at a table he saw today in a shop that is closing down. He was very excited about it, so I have to see it too!
Anyone who is interested in flowers, in particular a bit more information about them, Jim is doing a blog now on wild flowers. It's quite amusing as well as fact filled. Do go and see:
Right, that's the 'plug' over with. Night everyone.