Saturday, June 20, 2009

receive / give


solo post - L (get a better look by clicking on image)
fly so high - leap and the net will appear / believe in the beauty of your dreams. - eleanor roosevelt

Yesterday I received a package in the mail. How exciting. It came all the way from California and held within it treasures from a new friend – it's as if she knew me. I mean look at the items she sent to me. I immediately fell in love with the necklace – I wore it today. In addition, there were raspberry cookies (which were eaten before the photo was taken), a pencil made from a stick and a little bubble bath cupcake.
Several weeks ago I signed up to participate in a summertime swap over at the beautiful la porte rouge's blog. Our swap was to include a music cd made by us, two or more postcards, handmade, bought or both (one of your favorite quotes written behind one*) and finally a surprise of our choice, edible, wearable, readable, it's up to us. What a fun we had putting it together. Taylor helped me. The person I was asked to send a gift to is a 20 yr old young lady so I thought T would have a better idea of the music she might enjoy. She made me a wonderful CD including Fleet Foxes, The Dear Hunter, Manchester Orchestra, Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver and Iron & Wine. I hope she enjoys it. And since T and I share our blog, we shared in the gift giving. We included 2 notecards with her photos (vintage subject matter because we saw that was one thing she liked) and a set of her "peace, love and happiness" pinbacks as well. My part was a set of 4 calendar bookmarks and a notebook that I created with my art and recycled paper from work. Now that I look at what we sent it feels a little lacking but it's too late now – it's in the mail.
*above is the quote she left me as well as the quote I wrote on my package.

11 comments:

Gayle said...

I don't think you package was lacking at all. What a cool thing to participate in!

Jewels said...

That sounds like so much fun...

georgia b. said...

i love that you ate the cookies before you even took the photo. that's awesome. :)

oh, my goodness. that sounds like such a wonderful idea—the swap. i guess i have not been to that blog in so long, i did not even know about it. i love what you sent. i would have been a fond recipient of that, and i'm 37! well done!

i love this set of photos. and i love to give as much as i love to receive, if not more. i find such joy in it. so i loved this post!

robin bird said...

how great is that! being in a swap and being able to share your creative kindness. i am certain, without doubt your own gift will be a wonder when she opens it up :)

elk said...

look at all the fun stuff, it is really an exciting surprise when you open the mail I would love that cd grouping too...

smith kaich jones said...

No, no, no - it was a wonderful package & I can just imagine her delight! The swap idea is also wonderful & how fun! And the cookies - well, I understand. How could you not eat them all up first thing?

Love this!
:) Debi

onesilentwinter said...

it is wonderful!! i am so glad that you had fun! and your cd mix sounds great!

O. Joy said...

What a wonderful surprise & lovely story!! And love those quotes!! I can tell how much it delighted you!!

Relyn said...

I sincerely doubt she will find the gift lacking. Not one bit. I know you. I know your gifts, too. She's delighted. I'm just sure of it.

Woman in a Window said...

Creative gifts from creative people. I'm afraid I utterly failed last I mailed some things out.

jennifer lorton said...

Thanks so much, I'm so gald that you enjoyed what I sent to you. I love those stone necklaces, I have one that I wear all the time. It's made by a local lady, from rocks that she finds at a beach near where I live. Mmmmm cookies, I'm glad that those hit the spot too! And most of all, I'm so gald to have a new friend!
Best wishes, Jennifer

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The photos on the left are taken by me, Leslye, the mother. The photos on the right are taken by my daughter, Taylor – unless otherwise noted. Comments are always welcome. thanks
If you care to visit, I, Leslye, have another blog - AutumnSun where I ramble around different paths and pleasures of my own.