Friday, 20 June 2008

Gifts galore!............

What a lucky girl I've been this week, little gifts have been popping up everywhere!

What a nice way to get back into the swing of everyday life......................

First of all my lovely giveaway from Lisa, a gorgeous embroidered apron, a flowered napkin, some lovely lace trim, a copy of the magazine that I hear so much about in the US but we can't get here (boo!) "Romantic Homes", and yes, it is fab!. We also got a big packet of Smarties (curiously missing from the picture, who could the culprits be?) And Lisa, Ian passes on his gratitude for the now famous "Tim Tams" - yum!! Lovely, lovely, lovely, all of it!

Speaking of Ian, he returned from Manchester with some more Harvey Nichols goodies. Oh how I love having a man who loves a good food hall! Our normally barren biscuit supply is now bursting at the seams with "grown up" treats and he also brought me a lovely cup and saucer for my French style cafe-au-lait, just to remind me of our fab hols. The flowers came from a neighbour as a thank-you.

Next the postie came a-knocking with this little bundle from the ever gorgeous Catherine at Mollycupcakes. Two little parcels for the little people. What excitement they caused, Kit was in yellow heaven and Jack devoured the book. Catherine is one of the nicest, most generous blogger out there, you must visit her blog!

Lastly, my scrumptious boy made me my very own paper fastener flower bouquet. What more could a mum ask for? I'm hanging onto these moments, he's growing up so fast!

All in all I'm feeling very blessed this week, no doubt something will come and smack me in the gob to bring me back down to earth next week but for now I'm just going to enjoy the moment!

And now....................the latest giveaway. Whilst in France I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to purchase the lastest "Marie Claire Idees" and what do know, another one just happened to slip into the trolley with it! Anyone who would like to get their sticky mitts on this and a couple of other little treats I'll pop in, leave a comment. I'm not showing a picture of it because I forgot to take one, but it'll make it even more exciting dontcha think!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend........................

34 comments:

oldflowers4me said...

ive just brought my copy of romantic homes..mmmm-

French Knots said...

Nice presents to lift the spirits, especially the paper faster posy!
And how cute is the battenburg?!

Curlew Country said...

I am in complete admiration of your beautiful and extremely well organised shelves Julia - very inspiring! How fab that your little man is enjoying old EB stories, hope mine do very soon.
Stephx

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

oooo you lucky girl!! We have the same storage containers..the laura ashley ones, aren't they sweet I love them, it sad when little things like them give me sooo much pleasure. Yes very well organised cupboards. Lovely pressies for your little ones....Katherine Molly Cupcakes is a fab girly!! Claire xx

Garden girl said...

Tim Tams are a firm favourite in this household too-yum, and I am so impressed by your chaps Harvey Nichols-ness! What a star!Catherine is indeed a lovely lady, glad your little people loved their pressies.

Ragged Roses said...

What lovely pressies, I love having loads of biscuits in the house (but they don't last very long!). Catherine sent you such wonderful presents, she is lovely isn't she. I enjoyed reading about your holiday too, oh to be sitting on that beach right now!
Kimx

Ali said...

Idees? I'm salivating at the thought.

And you've been a lucky pumpkin of late, haven't you?

Emma Herian said...

What fantastic gifts. Tim Tms are soooo scrummy, we ate as many as pos whilst in Aus, Caramel ones are truly delicious! What a sweet posy, something to keep for ever. Hold those lovely moments in your heart.
Emx

Summer by the sea said...

What lovely gifts to receive in the post - It makes up for the bump you sometimes experience when you come back down to earth after a holiday! - Natalie x

prettyshabby said...

what nice goodies you've all received this week..how lovely!
I keep hearing about Tim tams..its no good I'm just going to have to try them for myself to see if they really are like penguin biscuits.
x

Millie's Mummy said...

Glad to hear you've been spoilt - you deserve it after the last few weeks. Now then lady, where did you get the beautiful butter dish to the right of your second pic? I love it and if you say 'car boot' I'll scream!
Love Liz X

Reece said...

just beautiful!

Lotties barn said...

How come there where no Tim Tams left when I called round? Can you tell me how to get from Docklands to Notting hill via the whole of London please?

Swirlyarts said...

Do you know things are always jumping into my trolley too!! Pesky items!!

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Julia, lovely presents, all of them - though Romantic Homes would have to be favourite. I have a couple of old copies from a few years ago when I went to the States, they are nearly falling apart now I've looked at them so often!
Lucy x

Alice said...

Thanks for sharing!! Well, I like those flowers very much.

Louise said...

Wow - you have had a lovely lot of goodies delivered. It's fun when everything arrives at once! I love the book cover. My Chloe is suddenly mad for the Famous Five and we found a few lovely old copies the other day.

Lizzie said...

Hi Julia. Perhaps your chap should do gift shopping training sessions. I'd definitely send my other half along, that's such a good haul! And lots of lovely post too. I especially love the old EB book.

She'sSewPretty said...

I think that button flower is the sweetest gift! Wouldn't it be fun to share a biscuit and look at that magazine together. It's one of my favorites!

mollycupcakes said...

You lovely kind sweet lady, you brought a tears to my eyes with your very kind words.
Thank you so much, I'm pleased to call you a true friend and glad we've had the good foutune to meet and will meet again soon for coffee and cakes.
It makes me smile to hear that Jack and Kitty like their gifts.
Loving looking at all your presents, how lucky you are to have a fabulous man like Ian. He has the best taste. Harvey Nics wow I love their food court yum!
Many hugs
Catherine x

the homely year said...

Hi Julia, you've got some great gifts there...enjoy! And they look so good in your cupboard.
Margaret and Noreen

Katherines Dream said...

Lucky Girl...great gifts. I have never tried Tim Tams...I guess I will be very soon though!
I also love EB books....
Carol x

Katherines Dream said...

me again!
Forgot to mention that he site is Park Farm in East Sussex, it can be very noisey there ! I would not spend a week there for that reason. I am off to Cobbs Hill Farm in Sussex this weekend...I will tell you about it!
Have you looked at The Lulworth Estate camp site in Dorset? we are going there in July.
Cx

JuicyFig said...

So much lovely stuff! and what a well trained husband you have there... lucky you!

Kath
x

Mary said...

Love your pressies. My favourite book as a chid was Shadow the sheepdog i still have my battered old copy Its lovely

retrorose said...

Hi Julia, Just reading up on all I have missed. I am shocked and very sorry to hear about your mum-in-law. I'm so sorry I missed reading about this sooner. As you know, we have had a similar bereavement recently. My heart goes out to you as you all just get on with it. Thanks for popping over to the blog too. I've been away so long its a bit deserted. All your pictures are so lovely! Take care.

Lucy @attic24 said...

hi Julia
I've heard so much about Marie Claire Idees but have never managed to ever see a copy...would VERY much love to be with a chance for this giveaway, I will keep fingers and toes crossed!
Glad to have you back in Blogland, I so love your posts, also meant to say I lvoe your new banner, your plates are lush!
have a great weekend, hope the sun shines (grey and cold here)
Lucexxxx

Vicki said...

Loving the paper fastener flowers! If only we could retain every speck of the creativity kids have!!! Vicki at Hollyhocks.typepad.com

prettyshabby said...

Hello..I'm back again just to let you know I'd like to pass an award on to you..it's over at my blog when you get a mo!
x

Clover Yard said...

What lovely goodies! Isn't your boy creative.
Carolx

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

If I had known there would be so much Tim Tam love I would have made a case of them the prize!

So glad you enjoyed your little gift. But that hubby of yours is definitely a sweetie.

Have a great weekend!

Lisa
Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

andsewtosleep said...

This post has done me so much good? I currently have all 3 of mine (plus fiends/partners or whatever you call them) living at home more or less all Summer. At times I feel completely overwhelmed and slightly nudged out of my own home. Your post about your little ones growing up fast made me remember to treasure ALL of it. Now I'm off to see if there's any food left in the fridge and to put the third lot of washing in today!!!
Mary x

Country Cottage Chic said...

Shadow The Sheepdog was one of my favourite childhood books!

Country Cottage Chic said...

Oh! I'm dying to see that magazine so please enter me in your draw!