How much time do y'all have right now...'cause it would be to your advantage to go and get a snack as this may take me awhile! That's the drawback to not posting as often...I have to cram so much into one post!
There are a couple of things I need to mention before I get very deep into this post. One being today would be my mother's 85th birthday. Sadly, we lost her in 1998, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't see her in something. Maybe it's a song or an old movie...sometimes it's in my grandchildren's expressions...sometimes it's the smell of White Shoulders...but she is always around me. I love you Mother and I miss you every day.
Second, I would like to ask y'all to keep Witt and his family in your prayers over the next few days. He's such a special little guy and is in the process of recovery from heart surgery. Also in need of prayers and lifting up is Malissa and the love of her life, Lurch....again heart surgery recovery, although Lurch isn't such a little guy. He is the center of Mal's universe and I hope y'all will join me in a prayer circle for both of these fellows. Y'all always know just the right thing to say and how to say it. Goodness knows...y'all got me through one of the most difficult times in my life.
To say I'm overworked and underloved would not be a totally true statement. Over worked...yes! Underloved...no? Not when there are some wonderful ladies out there who just amaze me with their thoughtful and generous hearts.
I am two...count 'em...two ladies' Valentines! Laurie and Jodi each sent me their hearts through the mailman...or as I like to call him...Cupid! If that wasn't enough, Tracey at French Larkspur held a giveaway lately and I was the recipient of this gorgeous pillow cover! I'm in the process (among other things) of changing my guest bedroom and this will be going there. In fact, I'm going to have to order another from her to place on the daybed. I'm reworking it for my girls. Don't you think they will love it? Tracey's blog is a never-ending source of inspiration. The tiniest of details are in every photo...I love to go over and just sigh! I have so much still to learn and thank goodness for friends like these who can teach this old dog new tricks...such as art for heart's sake. Jodie at Everything Vintage is a gifted artist and she made the heart box from an empty chocolate box down to the tiniest detail of a sweet, little rolled-up note to explain the missing candy mystery. She ate the candy during the process, but more than made up for it by sending me the darling heart dangle as a replacement! Thanks Jodie for the special gifts and for saving me those calories! In honor of Mardi Gras (after all...she's from Louisiana) she also included my tiny mask. Bring on the gumbo...I am ready!
Jennifer has talked me into helping her set up an Etsy shop. As you know, she has taken time off from work to stay home with Bella through RSV Season and she would like to continue to stay home for a while longer. (Can you believe it's been a year since Jenn first went into the hospital with Preeclampsia and that Bella will be a year old in less than a month? Where does the time go?) Our Etsy Shop is fittingly called Cat Daddy's Shop and along with our trash, I mean quality merchandise, she will be selling things she has made. I'm telling y'all this for a couple of reasons. If you go take a look and I hope you do...I'm open to any and all suggestions to make it better (like how to add it to my sidebar) AND I'm hoping to get the word out. Blogging is the best advertising I know of. Hopefully, she will generate enough sales to offset lost income from her job.
Now back to your regular programming!
My Southern Honey Baked Ham sent me this for Valentine! Laurie's jewelry is just 2die4 and I have several pieces. Look at the details on her packaging. Again, this is one talented lady who can do it all...including trying to steal my man. She's going to be selling this spring at Marburger Farms for the first time! I cannot wait to see what she whips up and out. I sure hope Texas is ready for the likes of her!
I love you.
Do you love me?
Please check yes or no!
The one thing all these ladies can teach me is the art of presentation. They just don't wrap things up with newspaper and stick it in a box. Nosireebob! There are extra little excitements tucked in...pretty paper to be folded and saved...confetti to scoop into a jar...tiny paper birds lovingly crafted to be saved...business cards and notes that just scream perfection. Don't get me wrong...I love the gifts, but getting down to them is 90% of the fun...well that, and squealing like a stuck pig upon opening the mailbox! Details Debbie, details...gotta remember the details!
There is one more thank you that I have to do. As you all know (unless you've been living under a rock the past months...don't believe me...google Barn House Boys and see what you get) The Barn House Boys (the guys who are the masters of details) just recently launched their MarketPlace with a giveaway of BHM cash. Generous...HA...you don't know generous! These guys gave out some serious cash for shopping and while I didn't win...they graciously presented me with a honorary award of $25! I KNOW!!! I just love you J&J for doing this. BTW, they are also featured in the brand new issue of Flea Market Style and I am on the hunt for a copy. Seems it's selling out as fast as shipments come in. Who'd a thunk it? Uh, that would be us and that's for dern tootin' Skippy!