Monday, January 05, 2009

There are some really generous people out there!

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I'm just amazed at how generous some of my readers are! I received an email awhile back from Lorrie saying she would like to send me something. Well, on Christmas Eve a huge package arrived on my doorstep. When I opened it up I could not believe all the things inside... Really beautiful things! Hand-painted dishes, 4 depression glass sherbet dishes, sterling silver serving spoons, beautiful paper napkins, an amazing ceramic iris, and loads of vintage linens!

Tablecloths, napkins, hankies, runners, doilies, pillowcase...you name it, it was in there! All this new linen inspired me to organize mine a little better so I've been gathering mine up...it was stashed in almost every closet and drawer in my apartment. I spend most of New Years day ironing and I'm not finished but here is what I have so far...
I now have my tableclothes, runners, and napkins stored on the bottom shelf of my blue armoire and every time I walk by, it makes me smile! Have I mentioned that I love vintage linens?

43 comments:

They call me Estatez... said...

Your post reminds me to pull out my vintage linens that have been stored for the last 4 years and get them ironed and displayed somewhere. I have lots of 50's tablecloths with great graphics. I'm layed up for a couple of weeks with a bum foot so maybe ironing will keep me occupied (when I'm not on the computer browsing blogs).

Laurie

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

What beautiful gifts! The linens she gave to you are gorgeous, and I love the way you displayed them! :) Have a wonderful Tuesday! :)

Jackie said...

Cindy, you certainly deserve it!You and your beautiful blog brings to much happiness and inspiration to so many people!!! Enjoy your new gifts!!

Wanda said...

Bon jour, Cindy, I am grabing this chance to say hi, before all your loyal followers flock in. I too am a lover of linens, and have them stuck every where. I just can't pass them up, but I would probably just die if I got a package like that. Think you for sharing. TTFN

Penny For Your Thoughts said...

Absolutely astounding! When things like this happen, from virtual "strangers"... it gives my heart faith in man (and woman) kind and the good that can reside in our hearts. How privileged and honored you must have felt receiving such beautiful, throughtful (I see lots of stuff with blue) and cherished treasures.

Enjoy every gift. They are all precious.

Hugs,
Penny Suzie

just a little bit shabby said...

Cindy,
WOW! what a lucky girl you are. All of the gifts are lovely. I have quite a few old linens that I bought on e-bay that I want to make pillows out of. Just need to get the time to do it. Want to finish working on my redecorating first. Sooooo much to do, so little time!!!
Enjoy every little morsel of your gifts, you deserve them!
Sandyt

Pink Slippers said...

Wow--that's just so amazing how thoughtful people can be. People who want to bless you because in some way your blog blesses them.
Wendy

Bre said...

Wow...women truly are amazing and generous aren't they?

I'm sure it's in the whole Karma thing though....what you give out is what you get back !!

...and your lovely blog has brought alot of joy to alot of people !

Enjoy your new lovelies!
Bre
http://chantillygrace.blogspot.com/

Terri and Bob said...

Aren't people wonderful! They are what makes the world go round!

Berlin Deluxxe said...

It's a good feeling to know you have touched people through your blog, your linens are wonderful.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What lovely linens!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Melissa Wertz said...

Oh what lovely gifts! Have you served sherbet or ambrosia in the dishes yet?

Betty Jo said...

Oh My! What beautiful gifts and linens. xoxo

Elizabeth (Northern on RMS) said...

Lucky you! I would love to receive a gift like that. What an awesome way to recycle too! Hopefully this will inspire others to pass something on to someone who would appreciate it. Way too much great 'stuff' including vintage beauties, end up in our dumps. Enjoy and thanks for sharing.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Cindy - that is awesome. I'm sure she felt it was a gift for you touching her life, the way you do all of us with your inspiring photos. It's called paying it forward. :-)
Besides, you are always giving away such beautiful things, its only fair someone should gift you back. I love all your linens. I have always wanted and desired Martha Stewart's linen closet. have you ever seen it? Tablecloths hang on thier own dowel rods, shelving and storage galore. Maybe in another lifetime! LOL Hope you're having a great day. Hugs, Barb

debi @ life in my studio said...

ooooooohhh!!! You lucky girl! Such pretty gifts.
Enjoy!
Debi

Penny said...

Beautiful Gifts!
I spent some time today ironing some of my vintage linens. I don't mind, love the results.
Enjoy ~

Ginger said...

What a neat surprise to find that box of goodies at your door. All your linens look so nice displayed like you have them.

blewis2968 said...

What a nice person, you must feel so special. I am curious to know if these items came with a note and if there was a particular reason that she sent you all those beautiful things.

Mary said...

What a wonderful gift! It really warms the heart to see such generosity, and all those beautiful pieces are truly a treasure. Enjoy!
xoxo,
Mary

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Nothing like beautiful linens, I love them too. And God Bless the woman that sent such lovely items. Very, very thoughtful of her..

Carolyn said...

Such a beautiful gift to receive from a lovely follower.
Carolyn

Cami said...

I, too, am overwhelmed my the generosity of bloggy friends. It's my favorite club. CLUB THOUGHTFUL! Love your gifts btw... Truly stunning!

Betty said...

Cindy,
How blessed you were! There are untold numbers of generous people with tender hearts who loved to share their treasures and you certainly benefited from one....

Betty

vintage chic mom said...

Wow! those are some gorgeous gifts. Sometimes we see things that remind us of others and what better way to share! The cutwork napkins remind me of all the ones that belonged to my great grandmother that I have packed away....you've given me some inspiration to get them out and put on display! The ironing part...not so much fun!

Take care,
Kelly

Rose said...

Oh wow Cindy that is AWESOME! Tickled pink for you. I had something like this happen to me a few years back and I STILL treasure my items! I absolutely LOVE the Colonial Couple Crooksville dishes and a lady sent me the best tea cup and saucer set ever. She said they were her Grandma Rose's and it just seemed fitting that I have them since my name was also Rose. I just adore that set!!! I can tell it from the others I have in that set because hers must have been older or something because it makes a different sound when you sit the cup into the saucer. Folks laugh at me when I show them because I dearly love it! Anyway just so happy FOR YOU!!!! Your linens look awesome ironed!!!!!

By the way, my daughters name is also Cindy. :) Story behind that one to. lol

Christy said...

Wow what wonderful online friends you have. Thanks for sharing the generosity of others! Your gifts are wonderful!

Nicole ~ said...

Wow, that was really nice. I am so excited for you. It is always so fun to receive unexpected treasures.

Virginia said...

What beautiful gifts! What a thoughtful thing to do, she knew you would treasured those lovely things and take care of them with love. Enjoy them.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh how lovely .... there is never enough china or linens....
HUgs
Linda

Angela said...

Cindy,
You deserve to get so many generous gifts because you work so hard on your blog. People stop by everyday because it brightens up their day. Your work on here gives anyone who stops by a break from whatever they are doing and a chance to be inspired or even relax. My Romantic Home is like a breathe of fresh air in the midst of the mundane or, in this depressing economy; a pick me up.

I have a feeling you will always continue to get sweet treasures in the mail!

Angela

p.s. those tassels are AWESOME!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a sweet blessing! I bet you were so happy, but I bet the real blessing was for Lorrie. Know you will enjoy all these beautiful gifts.
xo Lidy

glimpse of my world said...

Cindy, there are good blogging sisters out there.. I hope you realize all that give to many of us.. hope, inspiration, and dreams to make our home a fabulous place. You are so deserving of the gifts! Enjoy 2009, wishing you tons of celebrations, and smiles for the new year!

September said...

Wow.... you are so blessed... that is awesome stuff. I especially love the silver spoons. I polished my silver tea service on sunday and thought of you when I was doing it. It was SO tarnished because it was "landlocked" next to the old entertainment center (which left on Saturday by way of Freecycle!).

Now I need more vintage linens. I have a few pieces that I have gathered over the years, but not nearly enough! :) And I particularly love LOVE LOVE crocheted doilies!!!

TattingChic said...

What a lovely linen collection you have! I'm sure your generous linen benefactress was glad to find them a good home! :)

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

What a delightful blog you have~~~ annnnd very thoughtful, loving n' generous friends, too~~~ how LOVELY of your friend to DO something so beautiful... I believe it's called "paying it forward"!!! I still have a collection ~ SOMEWHERE in a box here~ of very similar wonderful, old linens I collected when we were stationed in Europe for so many years... I could always envision them being used when things were more "refined" and slower-paced in our lives! So, what smiles these pics bring to my face and heart! Thanks for sharing! Linda (RMS "Mom of a German Shorthair")

Peggy. said...

What a great friend to send you all of these beautiful things. You are a very lucky girl!!
Peggy

The White Bench said...

Oh Cindy, what a generous friend! I DO love vintage linens too, but they are nearly impossible to find here (at a reasonable price!).
You have the most beautiful linens... I love watching at your photographs!
If you have some time, please pop in to see my 'BLUE and WHITE' makeover!
Have a great rest of the week,
Monica.

villa extra said...

so you see..Santa Claus does exist and it is a woman named Lorrie...you're so lucky...

Lee Laurie said...

How beautiful and how sweet of her to send you all of those wonderful things! You lucky girl!
Hugs,Lee Laurie

Dixie's Whimsey said...

All you pics are beautiful, but I especially love the look of folded vintage linens stacked in an armoire.

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Wendy from Auntie's Elegant Collectibles said...

How fortunate for you to receive such treasure! My fingers would have gone directly to the four Depression Glass sherbet cups... were they pink? green? clear? I bet they do a lovely job of catching the sunlight on your vintage linens...