Friday, March 23, 2012

A Banner Spring Day

Reality sets in this morning as we return to normal spring weather. Still we have our memories. ☺ Four days of glorious temperatures, low humidity, and dreams.

Dreams arrived in the mail yesterday in the form of books, postcards, and art. What a blessed gal am I!

Brenda of Coffee Tea Books and Me sent me two classics: L'Abri and Hidden Art by Edith Schaeffer. If you read Brenda's remarkable blog, you know that she discusses books often; she has referred to both books more than a few times. I sat down at my earliest opportunity to read and I was not surprised that she references the books often nor was I disappointed in what I was reading. I'm only 41 years behind, and longer, with these wonderful books. Thank you, Brenda. (Brenda announced a new venture in yesterday's post. Check it out!)

Kate of Postcards From a Real Life sent me postcards. Wonderful postcards. They feature Maine scenes of 100 years and more ago. What a thoughtful thing to do...thanks so much, Kate!

This one is meaningful to me as I spent many happy summer days at Schoodic Lake. A family member has a year-round home there and I do believe he'd have some interest in this postcard.

My paternal side of the family hails from Bangor. Wonder if they know any Seaveys. Love the writing on the back of the card on the right. Jack wrote it. Jack and not Lee, Jack's wife. I'm not sure if I believe it. Perhaps Lee wrote it for him. What do you think?

This last package contained gifts and my order. I have loved this piece since Miss Sandy (Quill Cottage) first featured it over a year ago now — maybe over two. She recently decided to sell some things that have been "piling up." I hope that she doesn't regret sending this to me because I love it. Love is not too strong a word to use either as the layers of design and thought and meaning in this creation just amaze me.

...a Christian, above all people, should live artistically, aesthetically, and creatively. We are supposed to be representing the Creator who is there, and whom we acknowledge to be there...If we have been created in the image of an Artist, then we should look for expressions of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for our appreciation. ~Edith Schaeffer

So attractively packaged...

Sigh... Do you see the bird in the hand? 

In Place

And Again

Such a scrumptious detail...

Thank you so much, Miss Sandy! 

Told you that I had a banner spring day! You go have one, too.

Love Vee


  1. That beauty from Sandy looks as if it were custom made for your home. Beautiful.

    It looks like I get to spend time with my Chelsea this morning....she doesn't have to be to work until this afternoon. Hope you have a lovely day.

  2. They are treasures! I love the words about being a Christian and being artistic so much and intend to copy that. Beautifully spoken and so true.

  3. I have Hidden Art too - read it years ago now...I need to give it a reread. It is filled with inspiration and great quotes like the one you shared.

    We are humid here and it is going to get to the 80's today!


  4. Adore Edith's writing, you will enjoy the books. The postcards are to cool. And my heart is full that you are so happy with your order. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  5. GORGEOUS sweet Vee!!! I love Sandy's Dream artwork and it just seems perfect to me that you own it now ~ I always love her attention to detail in her creations! Such wonderful treasures...don't you love great mail?? Have a wonderful weekend dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

  6. Such lovelies this morning!

    Have a great day!

  7. Those are all wonderful! And your friends are the real treasures!

  8. That must have been a fun trip to the post office. I hope that your new things inspire you to live creatively every day!

  9. Such fun, to find packages, in the mail!!! :-)

    "If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life."
    ~Henry David Thoreau

  10. Vee, that quote is fantastic and I may have to "borrow" it some time. Your gifts are lovely and just show how much you are loved! xo

  11. I hope you have a lovely weekend, Vee. It looks like it's off to a good start! I love that new piece - so much to see in it.

  12. I loved learning about you and your family from Maine. I love Maine, and I often will take a day trip to the border near Kennebunkport. I traveled further in Maine for my honeymoon, we took the ferry to Nova Scotia. Also when my daughter was looking at colleges. Maine is gorgeous.

    I love your Dream art, and it looks perfect on that wall.

    Enjoy this beautiful day. I am going to go out with my camera and capture some Spring.


  13. beautiful gifts and a true celebration of friendship. Hugs and happy weekend wishes!

  14. So glad you're enjoying the postcards--I knew they'd have a happy home with you. I love that message from Jack to his Dear Cousin. He may well have written it--both my grandfather and step-father had beautiful penmanship.

    I have all of Edith's books, they were so important in the formation of my thoughts on creativity, art, and family life.

    Keep on Dreaming!

  15. Hi Vee, I love the postcards and books. I know you'll spend many happy hours looking these over. Miss Sandy's art is perfect for your home. I hope you'll enjoy the weekend. It's warm but rainy here - a great weekend to read!

  16. What a most wonderful box of treasures. Girl, I'm quite smitten with that 'dream' pic...ya might wanna watch your back there! Heeehehehe!!!

    Have an awesomely blessed and beautiful weekend sweetie!!! :o)

  17. Miss Sandy's 'dream'...beautiful! And the books and postcards...treasures. As for Jack's handwriting...wow! How sad to think that handwriting will soon be a thing of the past.

    Have a great weekend!

  18. I like that quote from Edith Scaeffer. You really got some sweet gifts for sure. I've been in Bangor, Main once. We stopped there from England to go through customs before continuing on to L.A. in 1973...I guess that might not count as "being there".

  19. Someone - and I still do not know who it was 36 years later - gave me Hidden Art as a wedding present, and honestly, it is the one thing I value most. And it is here, right behind me on the bookshelf. I re-read it often.

    I absolutely love Dream, Vee - so special!

  20. Fascinating have a lovely weekend with your books and postcards.

  21. Beautiful treasures and the frame looks exactly perfect for that spot on the wall! I really like those postcards what a neat set.

  22. Beautiful gifts Vee! I love the 'sign' that she made. It is really nice! Sunny and 10 C here today and very windy. At least it's not snowing! Enjoy the weekend.

  23. With such warm sunshiny gifts in the mail, I'll bet you're hardly noticing the nip in the air today! I do not have L'Abri, but The Hidden Art of Homemaking is on my bookshelf and is a wonderful resource.
    Happy spring to you as you enjoy all of your lovely, thoughtful gifts!

  24. Vee,
    The quote is exceptionally apt.
    What a lovely spring day indeed! We are in the 80's today, but rainy and 60's called for this weekend.

  25. Beautiful gift!

    We too have returned to more normal temps. It sure was grand while it lasted and I have things blooming here a month earlier than normal.

  26. Your treasures are beautiful ... and thanks for the links. And yes, your card party was a great success.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  27. What sweet gifts from sweet friends! So well deserved too!

  28. A banner spring day indeed Vee, I adore all of your new treasures! The quote by Edith Schaeffer, most inspiring.
    I am still basking in all the love that was spread around blogland Wednesday.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  29. You sure did receive fun and wonderful things in your mailbox.
    I'm not sure who wrote the postcard, but the handwriting is a work of art.
    The dream sign is really special and looks just perfect on your wall.

  30. Hi Vee,

    It's me again. I meant to tell you I read your Blogger Profile, and I'm a big James Herriot fan, too. I've read the whole series two or three times, and would love to visit Yorkshire someday.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  31. Such fun to have days like this. I love 'em, too.
    Wonderful things in the mail...I am in luv with the DREAM sign.....sigh.....

  32. Hi Vee, love, love that sweet dream artwork. Looks so cute on your wall! You certainly did have a banner day. We had record warm temps. In the upper 70's and I loved every minute of it. I started a new linky party that will take place on Thursday's. I would love for you to share sometime. Linky has been down most of the day, so this first one has been a bit of a pooper. lol! Hopefully next week will be better!

  33. Sandy's creations are just beautiful. Such talent!

  34. You really did have quite a day! So much love and beauty. Francis Schaeffer is my FAVORITE inspirational writer. L'Abri, Hidden Art of Homemaking, What is a Family... all are must reads in my opinion. Hidden Art gets re-read often.


    Blessings, Debbie

  35. I love that Edith Schaeffer quote - what a beautiful thought!


  36. Oh, Hidden Art! One of my favourite books of all time. My copy is tattered and torn, but it sits like a welcome friend on my shelf. I read it early in our marriage and it became my guidebook for homemaking. Art is everywhere!

    And speaking of art - how wonderful for you to have one of Sandy's pieces in your home. Love it!

  37. I've been a bit behind with blog reading. Nice to stop by here and catch up. : )
    I'm off to check out iPiccy,


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