Ahhhh....the life of a traveling worker bee. I have always considered myself very blessed to have a job that allows me experience the beauty of the Grand Canyon State up close. Eating out for breakfast, lunch ,and dinner, rental cars, sleeping in hotel rooms....sounds very glamorous? The consequences of which, at least last week, led to a marathon style yucky-ness fest when I finally came home Friday afternoon. Yes, I am talking about food poisoning. And thus I spent most of my weekend hoping to keep saltine crackers and 7up down long enough to catch a smidgen of rest.
Today is the 1st day I am feeling close to my old self, and I love to share some pics of mail that totally brightened my week.
I have a fantastically wonderful neighbor named Tracey who is the type of person everyone wishes lived next door. Inside of her late Victorian home, her walls are decorated with gorgeous Waverly papers,vintage botanical prints and original watercolors. One can seat themself so comfortably on the faded chintz cushions, Country Living magazines strewn about waiting for a nice long read. When you pop in for a visit, depending on the time of day, Tracey will greet you with tea and shortbread, or homemade chips and salsa. The salsa is made from tomatoes, peppers and herbs that Tracey grows in the garden next to her pottery studio, where she whips up the most colorful, whimsical pottery imaginable. With her permission, I'll take lots of pics of her home and studio and share them in the coming weeks.
To give you an example of her kindness... when she found out that I was under the weather this weekend, within an hour, her sweet 14 year old son arrived on our front porch with a home made dinner for my family, and soup for me. I didn't know that they made neighbors like this anymore!
For all her sweetness, I try to pick up little tokens of gratitude for Tracey when I am on my travels. Knowing she is a lover of collage, I contacted the amazingly talented Melissa Lobdell "Little Melfie" to commission a piece especially for Tracey. The package arrived last week, sweetly wrapped and tagged, and even with a special extra for me.
When I delivered the collage to Tracey yesterday, she was practically in tears. She absolutely loved it. She enthused over every detail, the Italian sheet music, the sweet bird, the vintage millinery flowers!
What a wonderful experience to be able to give a handmade treasure such as this. It made me decide to commit to purchase all of the gifts I give to friends and coworkers for the forthcoming year only from other artists and from my blogging friends that sell vintage wares. Not only is it a great way to support the art and small business community, but the products you purchase have so much more to offer your recipient. True treasures that will last for generations, and memories that endure even longer.