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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Winner, A Letter and the Most Amazing Matchbox

It was a great day for me and it began with checking my blog comments to find out that I was the WINNER of the "Mother of all blog candy giveaway," which was hosted by Michele at "Thoughts of a cardmaking scrapbooker" I was so tickled as there was lots of entrants  and lots of goodies for cricut and cardmaking!  YES, and I got in on the last few hours before Random .org picked my number.  It 's going to be a great day I thought.  I then got my first letter from my son on a mission, and that was very exciting.  And I joined a swap which we were to design and stuff a regular size matchbox (250 count).   We had to be very descriptive of all our likes when we signed up.  Hence it was called "Partner's Choice"
hosted by the wonderful JoAnne Balaz of Vintage Dragonfly.
   We sent to someone other than we were receiving from.  I was so lucky to receive from Debi Huntsman of lifeinmystudio.com who completely spoiled me.  When I saw how pretty the outside looked, I knew I would slowly and carefully enjoy every minute of opening it because I had a feeling I was in for a real treat!   check out all the lovely details in my package.
Upon opening the box, I found this lovely tag laying there, and I got more excited 
I peeled back the tissue paper and found this. . . . 
and inside was this lovely long chained necklace
Oh, she knows what I like!
and there was also this, and inside it was this crazy wonderful stamp set from Technique Tuesday. Yes!
Well, so far I was elated, and I thought there is still the matchbox filled up with goodies.  So I peeled back 
another layer of tissue paper to reveal this. . . .
It looked rather long for a matchbox length.  I love the brown paper and the vintage lace and mini fan and flowers make the package. . . . 

It is absolute breathtaking and regal up on this pedestal.  I was swooning big time!
You must see more views of it!
The glass knob acts a drawer pull when it lays down.  Are you swooning yet?
the whole thing so stunningly decorated.  Every detail is amazing, even down to the crackle paint on the bottom.  Isn't this just so creative?
And I have not even gotten to the inside of the box yet.   I pulled it out and folded back the ecru crepe paper and this beautiful vintage lace was laying on top, and upon removal of the tied up lace there was 
this scene. . . . .baubles and bangles and tiny frames with vintage buttons.  and a lovely vintage crystal chandelier drop.  She couldn't have sent me a box any more perfect for me than this one.  Debi is so talented!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I go back and take a look at it all, over and over and drool each time!
WOW, I GOT SPOILED!   Debi was dead on with this special matchbox for me.

I will show the box I did up for my partner soon, but it is in route to her still, and I don't want to spoil the surprise, so that will be the next post.


JoAnne said...

Lucky, lucky Michele! Don't you love these kind of mail days?

EllenaElizabeth said...

Oooeeee!!!! L O V E it all!! What a delightful idea that swap was. Thanks for sharing and also so pleased you heard from your son from his travels. God Bless.

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Wow!! What goodies! Good for you. Thank you for sharing. ; )

Perfectly Printed said...

Oh my!! You had a wonderful swap partner!!


debi said...

Hi Michele, I'm thrilled that you're happy with your matchbox and goodies! This was such a fun swap, and I had the best time creating and shopping for you.
Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Debi

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love everything you got--so fun!

Mimi said...

CONGRATS on winning!!!
You really did get some great things!!!Isn't blogger buddies just the best!!
I sure enjoy meeting new bloggers!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow! Did you get goodies or what? : ) I would have been in heaven opening that up. I actually have a package of matchboxes I got and I can't wait to use them up so I can do something with the boxes! I think these make for great swaps. I'll have to be on the lookout for one to join in on.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

WOW..what fun you had..Thanks for sharing the great pictures. These items and all the tiny details, would be like Christmas in summer. There is truly some wonderful people with great talents out there and it's fun to know they are in our blogland.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, you got wonderful gifts, bloggers are so great even the packaging! Great swap and win!


mercedes scott said...

Michelle, Yes, you are a lucky gal! Debi is truly a gifted lady and a very generous swap partner... she pays attention to every little detail when gift wrapping. It sounds like she sure hit the spot with you - a match made in heaven! Enjoy all your beautiful treasures :)

Diane said...

This is so beautiful...I would of been in heaven receiving this, too...I had to keep looking it again and again, and its not even mine...lol...good for you...glad you had such a nice day!!

Linda said...

Michele, reading your posts is like sitting next to you at retreat! I missed you SO MUCH last time. We have to meet at the temple for Kimmy's birthday. I love your matchbook swap and agree she couldn't possibly have done any better!

Sherrie said...

Fancy!! How fun :)

Anonymous said...

My,my Michele what artistic talent of pickins from your swap partner. For sure made your day for sure.

Anyones day.

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