"Ding Dong" (yes, our doorbell does make the traditional sound).
Downstairs I went... (cue that music from "Mary, Mungo & Midge" - remember them? - for going down in the lift)...
This is what the Postman gave me!
My initial reaction was "Good God!" (sorry Lord...) as it was such a huge parcel. Also I hadn't ordered any stuff and couldn't think where it could be from. I made the postie check it really was for me. There had been a card through the door yesterday, to say they'd tried to deliver something when I was out, but I had forgotten about it. Then I saw the name "Megan" on the sender label and remembered...
So, having lugged it upstairs (cue the "going up in the lift" music!), I set about opening it up.
Sneaky peek inside... oooh...
This is what was inside the parcel:-
My Prize from a Giveaway at Nerdnest's Blog
I was a bit stunned to have won the giveaway, which they set up to celebrate their 75th Blog follower (along the lines of "Any Excuse for a Celebration" I think, hee hee). To tell the truth, I had forgotten about it (mostly).
I am very humbled by the generosity of some folks. These guys are students, working hard at college. They have a dear little girl and a lovely loft appartment in Kansas City. They seem to be lovely folks and put such interesting posts on their blog. I've been following them for a while now and really enjoy the regular posts - such as Music Monday - a playlist on a theme, every Monday, reports about their Life in the City and fun updates about the finds they unearth at second hand shops (thrift stores) and antique/junk shops, which they post in their fabby little Etsy Shop.
Also, Megan has an artistic bent and likes to make fun and funky things - like that altered notice board above. If it wasn't that postage from USA is sooo expensive (hold that thought!), I would be a regular customer of their shop. I find so many items I would love to own, but it's just too expensive to have a filing cabinet, bookcase, or even an old record stand to use for my 12" papers, shipped from Kansas.
And to return to the postage... these folks cheerfully sent this fabulous parcel all the way from Kansas to me in UK, without any comment about the phenomenal cost of posting it! I just hope it didn't mean they all had to eat baked beans on toast for 3 weeks....
Thank you so much, Guys!
So, more detail about what was in that bountiful parcel.....
Here is a closer look at the lovely Notice Board.
See the hand-painted trees, each one different; and the lovely birdies, attached at various points; and the fun border of wonderfully dotty fabric, with the raw edges and overlaps... all kind-of "hand made it by myself just for you". I think it's great. I will have to fight to keep it, as J. already expressed an interest when he saw the original prize post on Nerdnest blog! It's Mine! He can't have it!
I will find this a special place on the Art Wall in my Studio. The question will be whether I ever use it as a notice board, because it's too cute to cover up!