Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WW: Mailbox o' Plenty

Wow!  I could hardly believe my eyes when I opened my mailbox.

No bills.  No junk mail.  No unwanted catalogs.  Just this ...

Count 'em ... 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 packages
Of various shapes and sizes.
From various senders.
From locations all over the world - no exaggeration!
My arms were full.  My face smiling.  My heart bursting.

First off, a package all the way from Ireland.  That's right, folks, I've got a friend who lives on the other side of the world, and he sends me NHV presents!  This delightful owl book and hand-written note came from Quince of The Speks.  If you haven't heard their awesome, kid-friendly music, then a) you're missing out and b) you haven't been reading ToddlerBrain!  Quince capitalized on Natalie's owl obsession, and she can't get enough of this book!

Then I opened a very fun note from a second grade classroom back in IL.  Seems we have a visitor here in the NW, and I have a deadline to take photos and write about the beautiful NW.  Homework - for the teacher - you know I am loving that!


My hands trembled as I opened the next two because I was expecting them ... like a kid expects Christmas morning. I knew what was inside but I didn't know what they looked like.  Both were sent from WI.  Both came from a talented, creative, super thoughtful friend of mine.  I've never actually met BJ_Mama - or even heard her voice for that matter.  Our friendship formed over blog posts, comments, and emails.  I can't tell you how glad I am that we found each other!  And we will meet in "real life" someday!

You really should visit her two blogs:

Inside the third package was my custom-designed handbag ... created by BJ_Mama just for me!  And she can do the same for you ... just ask!

She sent me a form.  I came up with some color ideas.  She drew up a sketch, shopped for fabrics, and with her magical sewing abilities, created a gorgeous bag - way beyond my expectations!  The outside if soft grey corduroy, the inside and details are a sophisticated stripe with bursts of yellow ... cuz I've got sunshine on a cloudy day!  I absolutely love it!


And, finally, a package for my girls (both of them) that completely melted my heart!  It's sure to illicit a few aaaaaahhhhhs from you, too!


I had this old t-shirt of NHV's from last fall.  It had an owl on the front, and I got an idea to take that owl and put it on a pillow.  One - big - problem, I have no sewing skillz what-so-ever ... beyond like, buttons.  That's where my talented, awesome friend, BJ_Mama, comes into the equation.  She offered to make the pillow for me!  I braved a fabric store (sc-ar-y) to find the brightly-colored flannel and sent it - along with the shirt - to Wisconsin.  BJ_Mama added the yellow fabric (it's perfect!) and the circle detail to frame the owl.  Is she good or what?!  Natalie is over the moon!  Smiling, hopping around, and saying, "Mice ooowwel peeelow!"

As if the tears weren't already welling up in my eyes, there was another little bundle inside the package.  A blanket - made from the same circle fabric - with a note from Natalie to her baby sister!  How sweet is that!? 

That little blanket will be traveling with me to every ultrasound appointment from here on out!


I love, love, love getting good mail ... especially package with such wonderful, thoughtful, fun contents!  What is the best thing you've received via USPS?


You can see more great photos and Word-less-ful Wednesday
here and here and here.


Rachel said...

I admit I don't get much unexpected from the mail, but I get just as excited to rip open a new Etsy find :) Your purse is darling!

And howdy from the NW too :)

blueviolet said...

I love packages! They're so exciting. Owl Babies is a family favorite.

Staci said...

I LOVE getting the mail! Unexpected packages are the BEST! Happy WW!

Auntie E said...

How exciting indeed. Congrats.

Evonne said...

I rarely get anything good, but I love getting mail. The blanket and note are just too cute!

Leonard Family said...

Just like Christmas morning indeed! I jump up and down and my stomach does flips when I get unexpected FUN mail!

Susie said...

Wow!! Awesome score:-)

Mommy Lisa said...

The BEST thing I ever got in the mail was a big fat commission check that my lawyer scared out of my former employer.

It was a David v. Goliath situation and David won, of course. ;)

Mommy Lisa said...

And I love the purse!

Marie said...

What a great mail day -- and that owl pillow is adorable!!

Tiaras said...

sounds like a great mail day

Lose Weight Today said...

Fun blog! I am following you and have also grabbed your button for my blogroll.


BJ_Mama said...

YAY!!! I'm so happy you like them!

L said...

I love you & don't know how you find the time to do all this! You are an inspiration! Hope all is well in the NW. Talk soon!

Epiphius said...

I've ordered a couple things online lately and last night in the middle of dinner I jumped up, ran to the porch and yelled "it's Christmas on our porch! There was a stack of boxes almost as tall as me! Ok, my waist anyway. Today there were two more already! I love getting packages!

Chi-town momma said...

Oh how I love that purse, and it is SO Danaesque!!! Seriously, BJ MOmma, you made that? Envious! The pillow and blankie are super cute too, love me some Owl Babies - the illustrations are awesome in that book, and who doesn't enjoy some time with Flat Stanley? He makes you go out and do cool things in your home town! And oddly enough, there should be another package arriving at your doorstep any day now! Hope you are feeling the love friend!

Emmett Joseph said...

That BJ Mama is a good friend to have--that pillow is the cutest! I am happy that you had a nice pick-me-up today--I love getting packages too!

Terri said...

Love getting packages too! And those are some great things you got! Most of my packages aren't surprises, just things I've ordered on Amazon, Old Navy, or Diapers.com. But for some reason, even when I order it and pay for it, I still get excited when the package arrives. :)

Muthering Heights said...

Awww, what wonderful packages!!

kys said...

That's a good mail day!

Oliver'sMom said...


Elaina said...

What fun! I'm staring at a package for you that's been on my desk for MONTHS! My goal is to go to the post office Friday! Also, I love that you had the owl t-shirt made into a pillow. I think that was one of the shirts that Lily's and I'm also pretty sure it had some nice stains on it when we handed it over! And finally - I co-oped at Lily's preschool today and read Owl Babies to her this very morning! Miss you guys. Love your blogs!

Jessica said...

Hooray for packages!! I love them, too. My friend Katie is the queen of sending me fun stuff for almost every holiday, courtesy of our favorite store - Target. Makes me clap for joy every time I find one on my doorstep.
All of your prizes are fabulous, including the cute Flat Stanley. :-)
_Owl Babies_ was given to SP along with a little stuffed owl that we call Swoop. He flies it around while we read the book for the hundredth time. We love it!

Erin M. said...

I am a new follower---found you thanks to Adventures of a Wanna-Be Supah Mommy!

Anyway, I love the grey felt bag, it's darling! And I got teary at the end when there was the little blanket in a package for the baby from big sis! SO SWEET!

I'm looking forward to catching up on your blog a bit. I always enjoy "meeting" other mommies who blog.

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