Sunday, 23 March 2014

Rainbows and Gifties

Over at the Our Beautiful World blog, the word prompt this week is RAINBOW. They are magical things, and I don't know anybody who doesn't ooh and aah over a beautiful rainbow.

I took these rainbow pictures at our cottage in France, when the rainbow spanned the whole of the valley below us -

If you look very carefully, you can see a faint second rainbow above the main one.

These photos make me homesick, I can't wait to get back to France and our little cottage ( which you can just see in the last photo ).

And now, confession time. I am sooooo bad at remembering dates. Birthday dates to be precise. I have them written down in my Bloggy address book, but of course I forget to check it regularly. Now, my darling friend Dorthe knows this and puts up with it, and instead of sending birthday presents, we send gifts when, well, when gift sending pops into our minds. On Saturday, I received the most wonderful 'non-birthday giftie' from Dorthe. I could hug that beautiful woman forever, she is such a wonderful person. Here are my gorgeous gifts from her -

Always so prettily wrapped -

Beautiful skeleton leaves -

Stunning collage -

Another little package held all these fabulous pieces of ephemera -

Yet another package held this oh so pretty tag -

And the last package, oh my goodness, it was wrapped in the loveliest paper and was decorated with these dainty and delicate dried little flowers. Amazing that they survived the journey totally intact -

They now live permanently in my beautiful nest from Vicki -

Inside the package, this exquisite heart -

Everything so very beautiful, sigh.

Big big hugs to this amazing lady, wonderful friend and constant inspiration.

After showing you all these beautiful things again, all I want to do is fondle all the amazing creations I have received from friends over the years. They are all around me, so even while I get on with the tedious task of listing stuff on Etsy now, I can see them and smile at them, so all is well with my Sunday evening.

I wish you all a great week. Toodlepip xxx


Robyn Oliver said...

Gorgeous rainbow photos Liz, I'd be homesick too if I had a beautiful cottage in the countryside.

suziqu's thread works said...

Wow I'd be homesick too with images like that! Superb double rainbow - a gift from above.
And Dorthe's gifts are also superb - that sweet collage, tag and of course
another absolutely stunning heart to fill your home with all the love of gifts from your bloggy friends.
Enjoy each gift dear Liz - what goes around comes around to you with love.
Rainbow love,
Suzy x

Judys Fabrications said...

Rainbows are so beautiful aren't they.
What lovely gifts!

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Stunning pictures and stunning gifts. No wonder you sound so happy!

Manuela said...

this looks really idyllic, the pics of the rainbow are also wonderful.

Ros Crawford said...

Great photos! Thanks so much for sharing your rainbows with us this week at Our Beautiful World!

Elizabethd said...

Stunning rainbows!

Dorthe said...

Dearest Liz, your rainbow is totally amazing, I don`t think I have ever seen one so full or long !!
And dear wonderful friend, I was happy to send you a little -everyday- gift, and happy you like them- thank you from my heart for being my dear friend, Liz. xxx

Mascha said...

Amazing rainbow-photos and such nice and pecious things, thanks for sharing :-)

Rhonda said...

Your gorgeous rainbow and rolling French hills, sigh, they are so pretty!

That Dorthe sure did spoil you, Liz. Isn't she the sweetest?

Salma said...

was für ein wundervoller regenbogen! :)

und ja, da hätte ich auch heim-/fernweh, bei eurem tollen refugium :)

ganz liebe grüße!

Betsy said...

Ahh, what sweet gifts from a dear friend! each one unique an beautiful... I LOVE the heart and the tag and the collage...yes, love it all.
What a wonderful collection you have, allthose images and cut out papers, you will have such a great time creating with them!

bettyl-NZ said...

Wonderful rainbows! Love the double rainbow.

May said...

Wonderful rainbow photo's... your header pic of your cottage is so beautiful....WOW...That is very happy post to receive from your dear friend Dorthe...the contents all made with love are so is the packaging enjoy! Hugs May x x x

Wendy@AppleApricot said...

Dear Liz, you've been utterly spoilt by that sweet lady :-) Such gorgeous gifts, beautifully wrapped (which I Always find a shame to open...) and then seeing these gorgeous pieces of art, that must have been a real feast!
Your Rainbow... wow, so beautiful! Double AND full! And the area around your cottage is so beautiful too... I can see why you would feel homesick to that place, although it was quite funny to read that an English girl can actually feel homesick to France ;-)
Wishing you a sweet week.

Alexa T said...

Such beautiful rainbows in "captured" moments and... gifties with a special air of "je ne sais quoi du lointain"... Beautiful and thank you for sharing! Thanks for visiting my blog, also!

Betsy said...

Such lovely gifts! I had to admire them again! Love the picture of the cottage! and such a handsome gardner you have there! ;) It looks magnificent! Your red door and shutters are so bright and cheery!
Ta ta!

Milagros C Rivera said...

I totally adore your shots!!!
Thanks so much for joining us at Our Beautiful World!

Vicki Boster said...

Dear Liz-- the rainbow photos are glorious-- truly a miracle of nature and God.

Dorthe has blessed you with wonderful and beautiful treasures-- she is a dear and precious friend to us all. (It made me happy to see the little nest again:)

Love to you--

marie said...

Such pretty things Liz! Dorthe is so talented. That heart is absolutely beautiful...I love the way she tucked the ribbon here and there. Thanks for sharing your pretty treasures!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Liz,

The rainbow photographs are so beautiful. No wonder that they have rekindled fond memories of France. And, always interesting to see the second 'bow' which is a reverse of the original in terms of colours. And, where we wonder is the pot of gold to be found?

How thoughtful of your friend to send such lovely gifts. There is something truly special about things which are made by hand and created with such attention to every detail. Lovely!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh so pretty and such fun creations from the heart for you.