Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thank You Gifts

Recently I made a couple of crafty purchases online. I want to share them with you because not only are the goodies cute and fun, but one of them is tatting related! One thing that made these purchases especially memorable was the fact that the dealers chose to include a thank you gift with them!

May I Show you?
this is a mixed media collage entitled
"Sweetheart Collage"
Any guesses as to why I purchased it, LOL?
(Tongue planted firmly in cheek, here)
Maybe it was the...

You may wonder why I would purchase a piece of art with
tatting in it when I am a perfectly good tatter, myself.
I know that sound braggy, but it's not meant that way.
I mean, why would someone buy something that they could just
make themselves?

I bought it because I love the message that
this mixed media art piece
calls out to me. It's on a piece of handwriting
on top of an old book cover...a book of poems, no less.
I love to write poetry!
I love hearts.
I love vintage things.
This work of art has an old tin ceiling tile for the "frame"!
It's just beautiful!
It is also a PERFECT example of a unique
and beautiful way to use our tatted motifs to make
a lovely work of art with things we love!
We don't have to stick with the "same old-same old"
ways of displaying tatting if we don't want to.

I think this artist has something special.

Her name is Lorraine.
I found it at her Etsy shop
called Sweet Pumpkins.
(She is participating in the
That is how I came across her
and her lovely work and Etsy shop.)

She included this beautiful,
one of a kind business card with the gift.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this!
It's a thank you gift!

Inside was a hand made book.

The pages are manila tags!!!

Thank you, Lorraine! I love it!
I love the collage and the thank you gift!


My second purchase was some cookie cutters.
What do cookie cutters have to do with tatting?
Well, a tatter has to eat, doesn't she!? ;)

I happen to collect cookie cutters.
I love to do other hobbies besides tatting.
Some of those hobbies are cookie and cake baking
along with decorating with icing!
I'm an old fashioned buttercream icing fan!
This hobby could be whole 'nother blog post!
In fact, it could take a whole 'nother blog! LOL!

I happened be browsing the shop of a
very good bloggy friend when
I found these!!!


I LOVE crowns!!!
So, of course I snatched them up!
She included this lovely charm pendant
as a thank you gift!
Look what's on the back!!!

Thank you, Barb!
You are a sweet bloggy friend and I appreciate you!
You may recognize her blog called
Thank you for stopping by and letting me show you the thank you gifts I received from two lovely and talented ladies. You may even want to stop by and get to know them and their work. Before you run off to see their stuff I'd love to hear what you think of the goodies! I'm such a show-off, LOL! Aren't we all, though? Isn't that what blogging is about...
showing off and sharing with our friends!? LOL! You guys are fun! I enjoy the friendships I have with so many of you and I enjoy your many, wonderful talents! Thank you for sharing with me, too!
P.S. There are just a few days left to sign up for the giveaway for the One World One Heart event! Just click over to the giveaway post to leave a comment by the end of February 11, 2009 (Pacific Standard Time). Good luck to all the people who have left a comment there.

62 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Back Through Time said...

I just love all your purchases and the thank you gifts were just as nice!
Have a wonderful Sunday

The Victorian Parlor said...

Beautiful things! Thanks for sharing-it's always so much fun to see such lovely treasures!

Tracy said...

Soooo many lovelies, TattingChic! Thanks for showing/sharing with us! I just love that collage at the top, and that clever little book with tag pages...oh, and those crown cookie still my heart! ;o) Happy Days with your new treats...and happy weekend ((HUGS))

Donna said...

I love your purchases. The "framed" piece is just too pretty for words.
I, too, buy other stitcher's work. Just because I stitch doesn't mean I don't appreciate what other people do. They may have a unique way of finishing it or their stitching just may be something that appeals to me.
And yes, I love surprise "gifts when I buy something!

Lori said...

what great stuff...i LOVE that collage...i discovered that girl while visiting the OWOH giveaways...i love her style...what nice gifts she sent you too...

Linda said...

I love hearts and crowns too. Both your purchases are wonderful as are the thank you gifts. hugs, Linda

TattingChic said...

Hi Michelle, thank you for visting!
The gifts were nice, weren't they? Hope you have a wonderful Sunday, too.

Hello again to the Victorian Parlor! Thank you for visiting and letting me share with you! Come again soon!

Hi, Tracy! Thankyou so much for coming by so I could show you my "new toys"! LOL!

You hit the nail on the head, Donna! Yes, the way this artist did something with the tatted motif was something I never would've done! I might do something like that now! She doesn't tat, incidentally, but she sure makes some lovely collages.

Lori! Thank you! I was pulling my hair out trying to remember how I came across her! It was her blog post for OWOH! See, now I need to find her blog again...since there's 950 of them for's like trying to find a needle in a haystack, LOL! Maybe she will comment and I can find it that way, LOL! :)

Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by! Well, you know the old addage...great minds think alike, LOL! ;)

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi TattingChic,

Those were some fantastic finds on Etsy. I love the piece with the tatting in it. You always have the most interesting posts on your blog. You are a fantastic writer and I love to visit your blog. You are a very special person. Thanks for being you!!

Happy Tatting!

KatCollects said...

Beautiful finds, and the extra gifts are always such sweet surprises.

Lori said...

here you go my dear:
i added her to my favorites immediately!!!

TattingChic said...

Carol, you just made my whole week! Thank you so much that means more to me than you know. ((Hugs)) to you, dear Carol!

Thank you, Kathy. Glad you like the finds. The sweet gifties were a lovely surprise, indeed!

Lori, you are a dear friend! Thank you so much! I have edited my post with her blog link. She is in my google reader, have just a "few" blogs in there, too, LOL! I've added a "few" since participating in the OWOH event, too! LOL! :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Absolute treasures!!! These are such charming finds. It's great to find something that really speaks to you, isn't it? And you are so wonderful to be supporting handmade crafts. Crown cookies. YUM! Think of all the ways you could decorate them. mmmmm.

I like looking at your newest acquisitions and shopping vicariously through you. Thanks for showing these!

CIELO said...

Pretty pretty..... ;) Have a blessed week, sweet talented lady!



A Romantic Porch said...

I love those items. They are beautiful. xo rachel

Cottage Rose said...

I so love all the pretty things you bought, and the thank you gifts they sent as well. Not very many do that any more.


Draffin Bears said...

Beautiful gifts you have bought ~ love them all.
The hearts and crowns and little handmade book, all wonderful treasures.

Isn't it so exciting when you buy something that makes your heart all a flutter!

Have a great week.


Tattycat said...

Everything is so pretty and unique. I don't know how people think of the things they do, but I love it!

Clyde said...

The mixed media art piece is just wonderful. She is very talented to come up with such a collection of items make the perfect piece of art. A great piece of inspiration.

Betty said...

Thanks for visiting me. Your purchases on this post are beautiful. And, I saw that you are participating in the One World, One Heart. I would love to enter for your gift; however, I'm not the least bit talented in the 'crafts' area. IF I were fortunate enough to win, I would feel guilty for depriving a 'crafty' person of the wonderful things you are offering. So, just know that I will be back to see you and whatever you are creating!

rosechicfriends said...

That is just beautiful! and the extra's are such a nice surprice huh?
Have a great week!

Suzie said...

Cool stuff

Sharon D. said...

Beautiful. Love the way it is framed. What a nice way to recycle. Always nice to get a thank you gift.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What treasures! Hearts and crowns are perfect for the season!

BumbleVee said...

What a unique way to display the tatted piece.... and so perfect for your love of all the different collage "bits"....

Tatfully Yours said...

Reading your blog is just like my today is SUNNY and makes me smile. Your purchases are beautiful. Good for you.

paperbird said...

Tatting Chic, thank you for posting my collage
(now yours)on your pretty blog. Your comments are so kind and thank you to your readers who said such nice things as well. Makes a girl feel kind of special!
This blog community is so welcoming and inspiring. Contrary to everyday news, there are such good good people in this world. Thank you so much and I will stop by your blog. Keep on tatting! "

TattingChic said...

Hi Bella Sinclair, you are right, it IS nice to find something that "speaks to you". SPeaking of which, I couldn't done a better job of finding something like that when it comes to you illustrations in the previous post...thank you for them...AGAIN!

Thank you very much, Cielo!

Thanks, Rachel. Sweet comment.

Right, Alaura. Not to many sellers do send a thank you gift anymore. It really brightens things up when they do. Makes you want to go back for more, LOL!

Hi Carolyn, yes, I guess it is (I'm embarassed to admit, LOL). It is nice to get something that makes my heart go "all aflutter", LOL!

I'm with you, Tattycat! I never would've thought to put my tatting in a collage just like that...or make that book or charm...they're all so lovely.

Thank you, Clyde! It IS a great piece of inspiration, isn't it? That is exactly why I showed it off. I wanted to inspire those of us who tat to possible use their tatting in some unorthodox, yet striking ways.

Thank you for visiting, Betty. I hope you do come back often.

Hi Lorena, thank you. Yes, the extras were a nice surprise.

Thanks, Suzie.

Hi, Sharon D, yes, I guess in a way it is recycling. It's a "green" mixed media collage of sorts, isn't it? LOL!

Thank you, Rebecca Ramsey. I guess so, huh!?

Hi Bumblevee, thank you for your nice comment. It's a treasure to me.

Thank you, Kelly! Your comment is like a little ray of sunshine in and of itself!

Hello, Paperbird, well you deserve each and every bit of praise the commenters are giving. It's all true! Your (my) collage is lovely. Thank you for creating. it. Yes, the blogging community is a lovely place to visit. I'm grateful to be a part of it. It has really enriched my life.

cherished*vintage said...

That collage is fantastic! All your purchases are, in fact. And how nice to receive the extras too! Great post!
Oh, I love the illustrations you received from your exchange, how fun is that! They are darling!!!

Vintage Girl at Heart said...

Beautiful purchases, I just love handmade anything and these are all the more special since you cherish them for the artwork tha they truly are!!! I love the crown cookie cutters too!!
Have a wonderfully Blessed Day!!

Thimbleanna said...

Excellent purchases -- love the crowns. Bring on the cookies and frosting and recipes and baking and all. of. it!!!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

So pretty!! Everything!

Kate said...

Wowie Zowie, you found some GREAT stuff! I especially like the little book with the manila tag pages.


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Those were marvelous purchases! I also include little thank you gifts when someone purchase something from Lavender Hill Studio. I love receiving special treatment when I purchase something. It is so much more fun to buy something from a small business than a big box store.

Shabby Addict said...

So many gorgeous goodies! Looks like you had a fabulous etsy shopping spree!

Vicki C said...

What FUN STUFF!!! And .. I have those cookie cutter also! I loved them so much.. I bought them for the girls in my "arsty" group. They are sooo fun!

TattingChic said...

Hi Karoline, thank you for your very sweet comments about both posts! Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Vintage Girl at Heart! Thank you! I'm glad you understand the love for the art piece. I can't wait to use the crown cookie cutters.

LOL, Thimbleanna! Yes, bring it on!

Thank you, Southern Lady's Vintage.

Thanks Kate, isn't that book darling!? It's the perfect little gift.

Oh, Penny, thank you for coming to visit! Well, that is a lovely gesture on your part to include a gift w/ purchase. Your artwork is absolutely gorgeous and a gift in itself!

Hi, Shabby Addict! Yes, it was an Etsy shopping spree of sorts. Actually, it wasn't too bad compared to some of the Hand Dyed Thread sprees I've been on at that Etsy place, LOL!

Oh, Vicki C, aren't they adorable! I look forward to making some cute cookies with them!

Lace hearts said...

You have time for baking as well as tatting?! My goodness, I don't believe it. I do love those cookie cutters. They are very unusual.
Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment on my daughter's post - she was so thrilled by everyone's comments.
The password I have to enter today is 'bless'. How wonderful.

Connie said...

The first book with the tatting and poems is so very neat! What a wonderful combination.

Barbara said...

What a beautiful collage! I loved your purchase and must visit her site. What a lovely thank you gift and sweet gesture on her part.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I so admire your work and will come often to see what you've been doing.

Barb said...

Hi Miss TattingChic,

Thank you so much for your very kind words. You are a true and special bloggy friend. When things quiet down here and I have a chance to visit blogs and sites, I will be stopping by to visit Lorraine. What beautiful creations!
Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

many hugs,

Rosemary said...

Great purchases!
I see why you got them.
I would have snatched up the crown cookie cutters as well. You know me and the crowns.
Have a great day!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

I love the tin plate framed piece you bought. So pretty and so you! What sweet thank you gifts to! I love the little tag book! It's adorable!!! Lucky you! Hugs, Maryjane

Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Great stuff!! I love the tatted heart, and the manila tag book is so cute.
I've been meaning to ask, do you have stamps from when you were at D.O.T.S. consultant?? Do you still stamp at all?

Fete et Fleur said...

It is always so much fun when you purchase something and a little gift is included. I love that. Beautiful purchases.


Gina said...

Beautiful collage!..and the gifts are really gorgeous too ~ what a special surprise! Have a lovely week :D

TattingChic said...

Hi Lace Hearts. Time for baking!??? Who said I had time for baking...time for shopping for cookie THAT's a different story, LOL! I'm just getting "prepared" for when the day comes again that I have time for baking, LOL!

Hi Connie. Glad you like the collage. :)

Thank you, Barbara! I hope you do visit Paper Bird's blog and shop and I do also hope that you visit often.

Hi Barb, keep me posted on the situation! Thanks for taking the time to come and visit. You are a dear bloggy friend.

Ah, yes, Rosemary!!! The queen of crowns! Barb might have a set or two of those crown cookie cutters left if you scoot over to her shop fast enough!

Thank you, Maryjane! Isn't the tag book adorable?

Hi Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! I do still have stamps left and I do still stamp on occasion... my rubber stamp collection truly rivals my tatting stash! It's shameful! They are all wooden stamps...I still haven't gotten into the "in" thing with the space efficient acrylic stamps...sigh!

Thank you, Nancy! Yes, what's not to love about a fabulous surprise of a thank you gift!

Hi Gina, thank you for visiting and leaving a sweet comment.

robin dudley-howes said...

oh my so wonderful!!


Pat said...

The mixed media piece you purchased is just wonderful! And, I LOVE that little book you received...just too cool! Thanks for you comment on my blog today concerning my crazy red heart!! Pat

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Thank you for sharing your precious finds, they are all awesome! There are so many talented people out there, including yourself.

Have a wonderful day!
Kathi :)

Gerry said...

I must be shopping in the wrong place. I never see beauties like this! Very nice.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Kathy said...

Soooo cute! Love each piece, and so delicate looking. A beautiful display of art work.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow! Everything is just wonderful.... I love seeing all your treasures- even the ones you didn't make!

Jessica said...

Like the drawings they're even better in person.

I've gone and picked a better name than EssieEllen for my tatting. I'm now going to be SnapdragonLace on Etsy and (as soon as I get it changed) on etatters. Thanks for the etatters recommendation. I can see myself spending too much time on that site. When I signed up on Etsy with the new name I put you down as my referral. I don't know if that gets you anything, but there you go!

Tinker said...

What lovely goodies! There are so many beautiful things I've seen through this OWOH drawing - and best of all, so many nice people. Thanks for stopping by and entering my drawing. It's lovely to have met you through the OWOH 'caravan!'

Reen said...

Beautiful things!. And i also like the necklace holder beside the collage. and getting extra gifts are equally wonderful.

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Robin.

Thank you, Pat! I LOVE your red heart! I think it's pretty!

Awww...thanks, Kathi! You are very talented, yourself! ((Hugs)) back to you.

Hi Gerry, that Etsy is a big neighborhood, LOL! I guess I got lucky finding the first artist. Barb is a blogging friend so I knew her blog before I knew her shop.

Thank you, Kathy! I really appreciate your sweet comment.

LOL! Farm Chick Paula, thank you for letting me share my goodies (that I didn't make) with you.

Hi, Jessica. I like Snapdragon Lace. Very nice name. I don't know what a being a referral gets me, either!

Thanks for stopping by, Tinker! Hope to see you again sometime here for a visit.

Thank you, Reen. I was hoping the necklace holder would look nice next to the collage. I'm glad you like it.

PEA said...

Good morning:-) I'm here to let you know that you are the winner of my OWOH giveaway, the faerie box!! Please come to my blog to see how your name was chosen:-) I'll also need your address so can you please email it to me at Congratulations!! xox

Snichols said...

Hello, those are some wonderful things! Oh, and you WON my giveaway!! YIPPEE, I just need your mailing address!

TattingChic said...

Oh, thank you, PEA!!! I am so excited to won your Faerie Box! It's so pretty! Thank you!

Hi Snichols! I can't believe I won your absolutely fabulous scrap stash! Thank you!

yoon see said...

These are so beautiful! You got great taste on lovely items:)

Heather said...

All of these are just wonderful little treasures... beautiful. Even if I could tat, I couldn't have resisted that adorable framed one with the heart either.

TattingChic said...

Thank you, Yoon See! That is so sweet of you to say.

Hi Heather! Isn't it pretty! I HAD to have it. Oh, I'm outta control that way with some tatting-related things, LOL!