Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Changing Up The Chalkboard And A Surprise Gift.

Is this pretty or what?

Out of the blue and for no particular reason at all, I received a package from my sweet blogging sister Connie. 

If you don't know Connie, she blogs over at Crafty Home Cottage and she is one of the nicest ladies you'll ever meet here in blogland. 

She's an expert quilter, crafter, and she's quite handy with a hammer. I always enjoy visiting her blog. She makes me smile and she leaves me inspired.

One of my favorite posts is the one where she shares her Art Barn.
This is where the magic happens! I'd love to have a place like this!

She leaves the most encouraging comments. Some people you just automatically love...
She's one of them!

She made me this Valentine's banner out of drop cloth. I absolutely love it! It's perfect on my new chalkboard, and it fits my style.

So cute! My daughter picked me up some new lights; I like having them on in the evenings. 
I think they look good highlighting the new banner. 

Connie also made me this pretty apron. She re-purposed a skirt she picked up from the thrift store. A woman after my own heart!


There is nothing like a homemade gift! And I can tell she put some love in it :)

I moved my chalkboard from the dining room to the living room. If you missed it all decked out for Christmas; you can see it here. I'm sure this chalkboard will travel many times.

A huge thank you to Connie for the thoughtful gifts.
I'll treasure these things and think of you when I use them.

I hope my friends here will visit Connie over at Crafty Home Cottage and follow along. 
I promise you will make a new friend!
I hope you were inspired! 

48 comments:

  1. How sweet. Love it. Thanks for linking at The Art Of Home. I've loved visiting you. I'm gonna hang around awhile to visit!

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  2. Wow Sherry that was so sweet and thoughtful of Connie! I love how creative Connie is and we follow each other. I love what she sent to you and it looks great on the chalkboard. Take care and enjoy the week. Julie

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  3. Oh my goodness, I almost cried when I read this . . . you are too kind. Thank you and I am happy that you like them.
    Connie :)

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  4. So.Stinkin.Cute! I love what you did to your chalkboard! I have visited Connie and am in awe of her Art Barn...I can't even imagine. That banner is just precious and what a kind and thoughtful person Connie is! What a blessing!

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  5. It really is cute and the banner is a real charmer, but I think it's the lights that really pull it all together. You're off to a good start in the new year.

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  6. Love your new banner and the skirt is adorable! It's really special to make friends through blogging who know exactly what will make your day.
    Mary Alice

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  7. What a great place to craft! I love the banner. Blog friends are the greatest!!

    Jane

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  8. What a sweet and talented bloggy friend! I love her craft space! Your chalkboard is wonderful and I love the stool with the vintage planter! xx Karen

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  9. love the banner ... love how you styled it ... love Connie - our blogging sister.

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  10. Just found this lovely blog Sherry and have now started to follow...also Connie's ..bliss on a very wet UK day.xx

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  11. How nice of Connie. She is amazing! I followed her blog, and immediately felt like I had know her all my life.

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  12. How sweet! And that barn!?!? To die for!

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  13. Love the banner and the lights too! What a sweet gift!

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  14. Connie always has something interesting in the works and is very talented, how special to have receive this from her and just love your idea for displaying them!!

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  15. Sherry what a wonderful blackboard and it being movable, win win. Blackboards take on their own personalities and compliment any home. Mine is the bi-fold kitchen door to the stairs of the basement. I can not move mine ... C'est la Vie. Your lights, I adore. One of our favorite restaurants Le Viet in Philly has them cris-crossed on the ceiling and the shadows they cast are enchanting.

    I am awe-struck by Cindy's barn! Her gifting of the Valentine's banner and apron was so sweet. The kindness found in Blog land warms my heart. Love the tie border on the apron, very clever.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  16. That's adorable! And her art barn is wonderful! Love how your displayed your sweet gifts. xoxo, T.

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  17. Wow, she does amazing work and I love her craft barn! I am going to head over and check her out. Have a great day!

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  18. Hi Sherry, Oh what wonderful goodies. Yes it is pretty!! Connie does amazing work and her art barn is incredible. Love your chalk board and the display with the lights.
    You always inspire!! Have a great week. xo

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  19. I honestly don't think I have ever visited Connie's Blog, since I am home tonight (not driving to the hospital) I will head over there for a visit. She created a couple a real special pieces for you and I am quite sure you will enjoy them through the years! Bloggy friends are great! Blessings to you, Cindy

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  20. Beautiful gift from a very special lady indeed! I love how you have displayed her gift, the chalkboard is amazing! The lights add the perfect touch! :)

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  21. What a sweet surprise. I don't think I've ever been over to Connie's blog so I'm off to visit her. Love how your chalkboard looks all decked out with your goodies. So cute!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  22. OMGosh what a treat to receive a package with all those great things in it.
    Love the banner and the apron. I guess I missed seeing your chalkboard it is fabulous.
    I would love to get a surprise package in the mail, sometimes my daughter sends me a surprise
    I'm headed over to Connie's barn loft to check her out

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  23. Such a sweet, sweet friend and sweet, sweet banner!
    Love your heart filled vignette!
    xo
    Jemma

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  24. How lovely to receive a gift which is so perfectly you! xx

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  25. OH my, how incredibly sweet of Connie! The gifts she gave you are oh-so-beautiful and charming :)

    And yes, there are definitely bloggers you instantly fall in love with....YOU'RE one of them too :) Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

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  26. Love that banner and how very sweet of her to send it to you! What a beautiful gift!! It looks great hanging on your chalkboard! I haven't met Connie but will be checking out her blog! Hugs sweet friend!

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  27. The banner is lovely---are those precious images silk screened? That's all I can guess. Never have seen something so pretty as far as banners go. I am definitely going visit Connie. I'm not very crafy---maybe I'll learn something! :)

    I love your chalkboard and that's the fun of something this size, it can go anywhere you have room. My daughter does that with a ladder she has, always decorating it differently. I want one!!!

    Jane

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  28. How beautiful Sherry - and the funny thing is it reminds me so much of something you would make yourself !
    I love your chalkboard door too - I have a couple of doors ( one of them is used as a pot rack in the kitchen ) but now I think I'll make the other one a chalkboard - thanks for the idea !
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)
    xxx

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  29. Lovely :-) WOW, Connie is one fun girl.
    Thank you for sharing her today.
    Carla

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  30. What an adorable gift! I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing your goodies on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  31. That is so sweet of Connie!

    I LOVE your chalkboard!

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  32. Oh, my I have to say I just love Connie's blog and also her art barn. I was also the lucky recipient of a banner and I love it! Posted a picture on my blog. It is hard not to be envious of all her talent and all she accomplishes! Nancy

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  33. Oh wow...such a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  34. How nice to have such a friend.
    Amalia
    xo

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  35. What a sweet gift and it is just perfect on your chalkboard! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm! Pinning!

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  36. What a sweetheart of a friend! I love drop cloth and the banner is darling! Did she print the images right onto the cloth? Oh my, her art barn is indeed a piece of heaven! The apron is sweet and the banner looks right at home on your chalkboard! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    hugs
    Jann

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  37. Be still my heart! I love it all. Thanks for sharing!
    xo
    Lynn

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  38. It was a very sweet gift. Whau, that barn has lots of pretty things there for one to see.

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  39. A wonderful and generous gift. I love the chalk board what a wonderful addition to any room, a real delight.

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  40. Hi Sherry, just popping in to say hi and to wish you a Happy Valentines Day!
    Hugs, Julie xo

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  41. I love your new banner and I know that Connie is super sweet. :)

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  42. Sherry,
    what a good friend to send you such a special gift! It looks perfect on your chalkboard!
    Rebecca

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  43. Hi sweet friend! Just popping in to say....I MISS YOU! I hope you are doing well :) Love and hugs!

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  44. Hi, Sherry. I was just checking on you. Haven't seen you around blogland and I am just hoping all is well with you. Take care. Maria

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  45. Hi Sherry, Where are you? You haven't posted in such a long time and I am beginning to worry. I hope it is because you are just living life to the fullest and having so much fun that you don't have the time to blog . . . but please know that you are missed and in my prayers.
    Connie :)

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  46. wow it is all so lovely ,, such a pretty home! Your rugs are displayed perfect. Also your blog friends apron I love! I have made an apron out of a old skirt before too they are so fun. Love the banner!

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  47. I just found your blog...
    and I love your home, it's beautiful.
    I also love Connie's blog Crafty Home Cottage. I've followed her for years!
    I'm going to snoop around here for a bit.
    and see what else we have in common! Your blog roll has similar blogs I read. Also, I'm a veteran Home school mom...
    I mean... I did it a long time, and have homeschooled a few grandchildren now! What joy!
    So nice to meet you, Sherry!

    Patricia

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