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Friday, March 19, 2010

I won! I won! I won! I won! I won!

I won Karen Valentine's fabulous give-away! She recently had a give-away to celebrate her 500th follower & I won...how lucky am I? Just look at all this loot!

Doilies, rub on letters, old leather gloves (wait til you see what I do w/ them!), her fabulous magnets & I neglected to get it in the picture (cause it's sitting on my nightstand) but she also sent Sandra Evertson's book, Fanciful Paper Projects. I highly recommend this book...I've seen it @ Michaels & on Amazon so pick you up one.

Look how cool her magnets are. She adds so many wonderful details...layers & layers of images, lace scraps, buttons, scrolly wire, etc.

Here's another one of teh magnets. I actually received 3 but my daughter in law was here when the box was delivered & she fell in love w/ them so I gave her one. Not sure what the wood thing is (does anybody?) but it'll be cool in a vignette.

Look at the tag Karen made. I love how she layered pattern paper over the images...LOVE it!

And I adore this box! Karen is one talented artist, isn't she?

Look at all that was inside...sepia toned rose cards, lace trims ....

and all this too! Karen, you are too generous! Love the old key & the paper roses...

and of course I love this crown barrette (who wouldn't!).

But I think my favorite treasures in teh box are the metal roses. They remind me of a funny (now!) childhood memory. I was about 9 & the apartment complex we lived in, had metal railings all around & up the stairs. On the railings, were these metal flowers (very much like these that Karen sent me) that a certain little girl decided would be really awesome, if they were painted & turned into necklaces. Never one to be satified w/ just one (I guess I've always been a packrat), I did my best to pry as many of those flowers off as I could. Some were welded on pretty good though & a couple cut me but I managed to gather quite a few. Enough for the apartment manager to notice & to track down the culprit. In my defense though, I honestly didn't know it was stealing. I was very surprised & very embarassed when I was told that it was.
The manager confiscated all my flowers & my dream of seeing them reborn as a necklace was never achieved. (I guess I've always been a procrastinator too! LOL) But I think I am going to live out that childhood dream w/ a couple of these fabulous roses...waht do ya think? Wouldn't they be awesome as a necklace?

Karen recently started an online shoppe....you can check out more of her work here @ Valentine Studio.

Hope everyone has a great week-end! Spring is in the air.....


T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! Karen is so very talented and generous. Lots of gorgeous goodies here. I know that you will put them all to very good use! HA! I love your story of collecting the metal flowers. Now you can fulfill that dream and share the reality with us. Create! Enjoy! Have fun! Blessings, Tammy

The Muse said...

Oh gosh! They are simply magnificent...and you know what? They look as if they were destined to be right there, in your loving home!
Super Congrats!!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

What a giveaway! And great that you got your childhood flowers. Its cool that you were already a designer at 9!

Inspired-Simplicity said...

I am so thrilled that you won. What a great give-away. I know you will have fun using everything.

Jenny said...

Doing a happy dance for you! How wonderful! Big congratulations!

Leann said...

What a great giveaway! You are soo lucky, I'm jealous!! Can't wait to see what you do with the gloves.

Enjoy your weekend!

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

WowWee Girl, You hit the give-away jackpot! I love every single bit of the goodness packed into that box. Karen is a gifted artist I a feel lucky to have one of her creations in my own house. Still would have like that give-away tho...:( LOL!! Lisa

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Cammi! You did such a lovely job of photographing your goodies! I'm so glad you love them. Thank you for the wonderful shout out. Have a wonderful weekend my dear!

My Desert Cottage

Charlene said...

LUCKY YOU!!!!! Karen is a DOLL! Your goodies are wonderful & right up your alley. Colors are perfect for you. Finished my cake. Did you? It will sure qualify for Pink Saturday posting next week. Hee Hee. Worked on my small white one this morning. Have a great weekend. Charlene

Jane said...

Congratulations on winning that fabulous giveaway!!
I'm your egg carton swap partner and I've had fun putting the egg carton together. I hope you like it! I am putting the finishing touches on it and should have it in the mail on Monday.
Have a wonderful weekend. I'm off to spend some more time looking through your blog.

Christine Edwards said...

Cami, congrats on winning Karen's wonderful giveaway. Lots of cool things to create with. I know you'll make clever use of them.

Happy Spring!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Hi Cami! I have been catching up with you this morning and your blog really makes me smile! I adore the beautiful story you wrote about your son - he's so lucky to have a special mom like you! Seeing your wonderful creations always makes me want to get going on my own projects. I can't wait to see what you do next!
Cheers, Andrea

Karen said...

OH! MY! GOSH! How stinkin' fun is ALL of this! OH you LUCKY DUCK!
Treasures - and I just loved your story of the metal flowers. Stupid apt. mgr. after seeing how hard you worked to get them off, the least he could've done is let you keep them! Grrrrrrr.
Well, you are going to have too much fun playing with all of this. Karen is such a special woman, and I was so tickled when she opened her "shoppe".
YAY for you! Congratulations!
Have a great rest of your weekend!

Katy ~ said...

Cami, wonderful, bountiful, abundant treasures, full of sparkle and lace and thoughtfulness. I am delighted for you.