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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A BEAUTIFUL OCTOBER...

HAPPY OCTOBER....
This is from my MACKENZIE-CHILDS calendar...
I love this calender...every month has the most luscious photos...

YES......IT'S OCTOBER
and BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH......

I've taken the pledge, along with BABY VAGABOND, to post something PINK in my every day posting to remind all of us of the FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER...
I would love for YOU to join us, PLEASE !
I got so excited when the ladies announced they were doing this,
I started posting PINK right away and THEN remembered it was still
SEPTEMBER !! :O)

my PINK something for OCTOBER
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I had just baked these luscious ORANGE cinnamon rolls ...

grabbed a couple with a cup of sweet coffee....

when at 10 til 10, the door bell rings.........
i'm still in my gown now so i am not really wanting to answer that BELL ...
but, I DID....
AND SURE GLAD I DID...
this was sitting in my PORCH SWING and
I AM EXCITED .......

I notice it is my package from
PENNY at LAVENDER HILL STUDIO.......
OOOOOO, remember.....I WON HER FABULOUS GIVEAWAY a couple of weeks ago...
My choice of a CROSS or a HEART
and I chose the CROSS.....
I was very blessed indeed to win this fabulous giveaway....I still can't believe it !
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BUT....it looks like another little treasure tucked into this BOX OF GOODIES.....

This is the most PRECIOUS, HANDMADE CARD I've ever seen.....
and all this beautiful LAVENDER PAPER and RIBBONS...the pretty ribbon has
LAVENDER HILL STUDIO on it....*sigh...I just LOVE it.....
everything is just so PRETTY....
and SOMETHING is smelling sooooo good....
UMMMMMM...OF COURSE! It's a generous bar of
PENNY'S LAVENDER SOAP....
I ran put it in my bath and the whole bthroom smells like LAVENDER FIELDS...
I LOVE IT, PENNY....THANK YOU for this special little surprise.....

Opening the bigger package now...
I can see the back side of the CROSS thru the bubble wrap...
(By the way, Penny...thank you for wrapping everything so well...it all arrived in PERFECT CONDITION !)

ooooo, BLUE AND WHITE......
tearing off that bubble wrap pretty fast by now !


ooooo, isn't this the most dreamy thing you've ever seen!!
PENNY, thank you!

The very first thing I looked for was PENNY'S signature
BUTTERFLY that she incorporates into every piece of her art...
and there it is...right on the top !!


You can see where PENNY took her inspiration for this piece from...
and, oh, it is going to look so GRAND in my dining room with all the other
BLUE AND WHITE....


Here's a nice, closeup view for you to see the fabulous PENNY workmanship .....


I DO LOVE MY CROSS SO MUCH.....
AGAIN, many thanks to you, PENNY, for giving me the chance to own one of your lovely works of art. I have wanted a piece, as I know a lot of other ladies would kill for something from
LAVENDER HILLS STUDIO,
for a long time.

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, PENNY.
AS YOU SAY, "SEE YOU SOON", MY FRIEND

love, bj

38 comments:

Rosie's Whimsy said...

What a lucky lady you are! Everything is gorgeous and a perfect match for wonderful home.

:-) Rosie

Katy said...

That is such a fantastic package you received!!!! I bet the soap smells lovely and the cross looks fantastic!!!!! :)

Becky said...

Congrats on your win!!

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi Bj...You have such a way of telling us a story, I was as excited as you while opening the pkg. It is a treasured win for sure! Have a mah-velous day! ;-) Bo

Kathleen Grace said...

Perfection! I know how exciting that package arriving on your doorstep must have been:>) One of the greatest things about Penny is that she seems to have a sixth sense of just what to make that fits in so perfectly with the style of whomever she is making the piece for. It looks fantastic in your dining room, and aren't these handmade items just the sweetest reminder of special friends?! I loved my soap too, it smells so heavenly:>)I will join you in the pink challenge for October. I don't have much pink in my home and I don't post every day, but every post will have some pink. One of my co-workers was just diagnosed with breast cancer. It is very early stages and the prognosis is very good, but it is such a shock. We need to beat this!

Beverly said...

Good morning, BJ. I am so happy that you have that beautiful piece from Penny. I know you are going to treasure it forever. She is an amazing talent, and a wonderful person. Just like you.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Good Morning BJ!
:-)))) You make me smile! I loved making the cross for you. I think I might have been even more excited to make it for you than you were getting it!! I glad you love it and I am happy that a little piece of me is in your warm and cozy home.
Love Ya,
Penny

Picket said...

Morning BJ...great treasure girl! Ohh I bet everything is smelling good with all that stuff up in there and that beautiful cross just fits in perfect with your blue collection...have a great day girl!

beddow said...

I was thinking how wonderful that box must have smelled when you opened it. The cross is lovely.
Have a great day!

Betty

Marcela said...

Hi dear BJ
I love the way you tell a story while you are opening your package!!!
What wonderful things Penny sent you!
Kisses to you and Happy October.
Marcela

Grandma Faith said...

Thanks for sharing your excitement with us. The cross is so pretty. I love how your blog takes us into your heart and mind. What fun it is to read. Take care.

Stacey said...

Lucky girl!!

Rue said...

Good morning Bj :)

Lucky you winning that cross from Penny! It couldn't have happened to a better person :)

Those rolls looked scrumptious!!

I loved your 7 things list, your bucket list and the interesting facts about your sweet hubby :)

Oh and I want one of those sinks from my pictures so bad I could pitch a fit! LOL

love to you,
rue

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Hey bj! First off, the sweet rolls look so yummy...I am definately wanting something to eat now. LOL! I love the calender page for October....I always look forward to turning my calender to a new month, so I can see the next pretty page. I love the treasures that you got from Penny. They are beautiful and I know you were thrilled to get your surprise. BTW, I love you porch bench with all of the pretty pillows. Hope you have a great day!
xoxo,
Queenie

Back Through Time said...

What a wonderful piece of art!! Penny always does such great work and how lucky for you to be the winner!
It looks perfect in your home:-)
Michelle

CIELO said...

Good morning sweet lady! May I have some of those yummy orange cinnamon rolls? Yumm, they will be so perfect with my morning coffee! :) And what a nice gift from Penny, I wouldn't expect anything less coming from her, she is so talented!

May you have a wonderful day...

cielo

salmagundi said...

Just checking in - I keep forgetting to check your countdown to your cruise on your sidebar. I couldn't remember when exactly you are leaving. I know you must be getting really excited!!! Loved the cross - what a great win. Sally

jeanne said...

BJ, I am so happy you have one of Penny's treasures. She does such beautiful work. You lucky girl. the card is thoughtfully beautiful too.
What a nice way to brighten your day. With all this stock market mess, we need something to lighten our mood. As for me I am listening to the music from Mamma Mia. It is just the thing to perk me up today.

I am going pink for Oct. as well.

Love...Jeanne

Smilingsal said...

The cross is gorgeous. How fortunate you are. And lavender soap too? I love that smell.

Anita said...

What a beautiful cross!
It just looks like it was made for you... :)

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

The cross is beautiful--as is all of Penny's work. COngrats on winning.

Virginia said...

OH! The cross is ,beautiful, Congratulation. And those luscious orange cinnamon rolls made me so hungry,that I ran to the kitchen. Oh no! nothing good to eat . After imagining eating one of those rolls ,nothing appeal to me.
I also adore any thing Mackenzie Childs, you are so lucky to have all those beautiful pieces. By the way I love the music you have in your play list.
Have a lovely day,many Blessings, Virginia

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Such a beautiful cross - enjoy it!

squawmama said...

BJ, What a great gift from Penny... She is such a wonderful person and friend.. I am adding something pink to my blog right now.. I am a BREAT CANCER SURVIVOR and it is great to see people reminding others to get their mamograms and do the monthly check.. a mamogram found mine. Come by and visit...

HUGS, Donna

Sweetie said...

What a wonderful surprise awaited you at your doorsteps. I love the way in which you described each precious gift. The cross is a wonderful match for your house. It is really a work of art.
Love,
Sweetie

Rhondi said...

Hi Bj
The cross from Penny is beautiful and it looks right at home in your house. Isn't it fun getting a package in the mail? Thanks for including us in the excitement!
Hugs, Rhondi

Twice as Nice said...

Talk about the perfect gift! She knows you well.

Twin and I are leaving in the morning for Vegas. We'll be home Tuesday evening. Have a happy week.

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Hi BJ...Love your gifts from Penny. She always gives the sweetest prizes and gifts...and she is sooo talented! Susan

PEA said...

It's no wonder you were glad you DID answer the door! hehe Such a beautiful cross and no doubt the lavender soap smells delightful!! I sent you my little surprise package on Monday so hopefully it won't take too long to reach you:-) xoxo

pat@backporchmusings said...

It's absolutely beautiful BJ!

nikkicrumpet said...

NOW THATS A PRIZE!!! I love her work...she makes such magical things! And that cross is soooo BJ! It couldn't have gone to a more wonderful person...YAY YOU!

Cookie Sunshine said...

BJ, EVERYTHING looks wonderful. I just always love coming by...but where my dear is your new tiara! I thought for sure you would have made it by now! Ha!
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs,
Cookie

Donna said...

You are so lucky! The cross is beautiful, congratulations!

I love orange cinnamon rolls!

Mary said...

BJ,

I enjoyed your post and those baby booties are precious. I also like the chef placemat. He is delightful.

What lovely goodies you received in the post. I'm sure you will enjoy them.

Blessings,
Mary

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Oh I just love that cross! I knew Penny would come up with something fabulous!

I'm so far behind on blog visits. I enjoyed your Blue Monday post and yesterday's post, too! I might try that salad as I am eating lighter these days. I tried your Asian slaw that you posted a couple months back and have made it several times since then. It's my new favorite!

Kady

Adrienne said...

Hi BJ -
What a wonderful gift from Penny! I love that cross and it's more special because she made it. What a sweet remembrance of a dear friend. Thanks for sharing it with us.
~Adrienne~

Debbie from NJ said...

What a lovely package you received!Such a pretty cross and yummy soap.
Love all of your hearts, and you have one the size of Texas!

Susie Q said...

You and Penny...two of the dearest people in the world. I love you both.