Saturday, 2 December 2017

Home again...

...is a great feeling after three weeks away, and even better to return to family, pooches and mail art.  I found a lovely parcel waiting for me from Rose McGuinn.  We'd signed up for a paper exchange recently on Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art and did she ever give me a wonderful parcel.

It was chock-a-block full of so many luscious papers I was drooling into my morning coffee.  From packing tape lift offs, Gelli prints, deli papers, envelopes, and book sheets, each turn of the 'page' was something new and fabulous.


There was marbled paper, embossed paper, a postcard, a vintage advertisement, a sheet of medieval festivities and a most intriguing entwined line of dancing girls.  


Also enclosed were several pockets filled with bird cards, a postage stamp, a sheaf of coupons, and some plastic shaker bits, to say nothing of the stitched paper. 


In all, it couldn't have been a wider range of paper products, nor a more colourful one.  It was a truly extraordinary package to peruse!  Many thanks, Rose - I am awed by your generosity.

Now that I'm home and going through Link withdrawal, I'll need to rely on the last photos I took before I left...love the way he's rocking this jailbird look.  :D


Happy weekend to you all!

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  1. wow, your paper exchange with Rose was awesome!!! I love it all. can't wait to what you with it all. woohoo!!

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    1. Me, too Patty - it's going to be fun to play with them all!

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  2. Hurrah! It arrived there safely! How did the envelope I in which I packed everything handle its long journey? I'm always curious about such things.

    The birds are fancy stickers. The "dancing girls" are from a project of 4 years ago (I think) which was a challenge by somebody online whose name I can no longer recall. One ballerina (offered for the challenge) became a rainbow line of ballerinas in Photoshop. For some reason, I think I must have either had something more pressing take me away from this project or else I missed the deadline.
    The tiny deli paper bag sachet is a mint crystal one. I am really into making tiny, unique paper bags from different papers now. Lolz
    The marble paper is handmade, hand marbled. It's an import.
    The leaf paper is also handmade from recycled cotton waste. The leaves are not printed. Real leaves are left to sit on the paper as it is drying after "couching." it's my favorite decorative paper of all time.
    The tape is from a glass monoprinting session from last year. The metallic part is Perfect Pearl powder.
    The coupons are tickets of a sort from WWII (I'm guessing). Bought at an antiques place back in 2011.
    Link is so precious!!!! He looks stylish in his jazzy outfit. Will he and his parents be paying you a visit anytime in the near future?
    (remembering fondly that "new baby" smell....)
    xoxo

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    1. What a fabulous explanation of these papers, Rose - love knowing all the details. Yes, Link will be visiting between Christmas and New Years, bringing his parents with him. :D

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    2. Yup, and I can hardly wait! :D

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  3. Always nice to get a parcel in the mail. I would enjoy seeing those bird stickers/cards. Welcome home.

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    1. It was a great pleasure, Eileen, and I'll make sure you get a chance to see those bird stickers - you'd be all over them! Thanks for the welcome home - I'm delighted to be here after three weeks away, but am definitely going through Link withdrawal!

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  4. Forgot to mention the cream white deckle edged one is watercolor paper. I don;t know what its weight is. It was a gift

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    1. It feels like 140 lb to me, Rose; I'll test it to make sure! ;0

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  5. I'm glad to hear that your Link withdrawal was lessened a little by the delightful rainbow of loveliness in your paper parcel. I'm sure your creative juices are flowing anew. Thank heavens for Skype/Facetime - we've found it to be a fabulous way to keep up with friends and family in the 8 years we've been in Aus.

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    1. My son gifted me with a cell phone while I was there and my daughter (here in town) will help with the learning curve. We had a hilarious time with it this morning...haven't laughed so hard in ages.

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  6. Wow are you going to have fun with all that super paper! Jailbird look indeed - where is the colour grandma!!!

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    1. Hard to imagine a photo with so little colour even working on my camera, isn't it Val? Those stripes are a hoot, too.

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  7. Look at you go with a blog post the day after returning home!
    You paper package looks to have so many amazing treasures.
    Baby Link is adorable. Great to hear that he will be bringing his parents to visit over Christmas!

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    1. The package was full of amazing things, as was the birthday card you sent me - another delightful greeting on my return home. And yes, I'm very excited about the Christmas visit!!! xo

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  8. Stopping by between gingerbread men and Christmas lights to check out this weeks doings... Looks like your have been blessed with a great pre-Christmas, Christmas gift, so much creative potential there some beautiful stuff. And little jailbird Link what an angel so precious.

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    1. I'm about to start the whole Christmas thing, Deann, and will be on a tear for the next couple of weeks to make it all happen. Pure delight to have c grandchild to be part of it all! xo

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  9. Oh my gosh ! I really can imagine how great to get such a wonderful assortement of papers to play with! WOW!
    And he is so absolutely adorable!!!
    LOVELY!!!
    Happy start of the new week aead Win Dinn!
    I am looking forward to te projects with parts of those papers. I would immediately make a kind of Junk Journal with all this fantastic stuff to have it together to adore it from time to time!
    oxo
    Susi

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    1. I know these papers will show up in all sorts of things - I can hardly wait to play with them! Your idea of a dedicated junk journal is a great one!

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  10. What a great gift to come home to Win. I love the little suit, he's so adorable it will be lovely for you to have him over and his mum and dad of course Lol! Happy creative weekend, Angela xXx

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    1. Thanks, Angela, on all counts - so looking forward to this month for so many reasons!

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  11. How cutie!!! Your grandson is adorable, Win!!! And what a variety of great papers! Congrats to Rose for her generosity. Enjoy, my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Mia, on both counts. I'm excited to play with the papers, and have another turn with Link!

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  12. That is a great pile of papers to come home to ! Welcome home...pleased you had a good time ! xx

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    1. It was a wonderful surprise, Corrie, and a great exclamation mark at the end of a lovely time!

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  13. What a wonderful surprise to come home to! Grandbaby is so adorable in that cute outfit! It will be fun to watch how he changes over the years!

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing this little guy change from a carbon copy of his father (he certainly is now, looking a ringer for his dad as a baby) to his own unique being...a huge gift!

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  14. heeheee jailbird look- you made me giggle out loud!!
    What a fun swap- sorry i missed out- next time!
    When is your next Link visit? lucky gramma!
    Jackie xo

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    1. It was a great swap, Jackie - hope you get in on the next one. Even better, hope I get to partner with you!! Link will be here briefly on the 20th and then again for a Christmas celebration on the 28th...call me a happy Grandma! :D

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