Before you continue with this 'part two', you might like to read part one, if you missed yesterday's post. You can find it here.
You read that? Yep? Goody, I shall now continue with my 'every detail' reveal.
Hen's beautiful bag had been revealed, and I was at the point where I was about to open all the gifts inside, which you can see above. Just before I was going to start undoing ribbon, I glanced at the envelope in the bag, and thought to myself, open that first. Very unusual self-control was going on, normally I get at the wrapped gifts first.
So the pile of gifts were put to one side, and I fished out the envelope. Ooooohhh, what have we here? A great big envelope decorated with beautiful images cut out of magazines, is what we have. Thoughtful down to the last detail is Hen, don't you think?
Inside the envelope, I found all these things above! I tell ya, Hen gave me some top notch magazine clippings, that is generosity personified in my book. I'd like to show you some of them in more detail.
I love this photograph Hen, thank you so much for giving this to me, I love the colours, the flowers, the shelves. I must go and have a look in the attic, I'm sure there's some blue shelves a bit like these, stored up there. And I have some of these beakers. I'd better finish this post before I rush up to the attic.
Now, would you like to see the gifts?These gifts?!!!
O.k. what shall we start with?Let's start with this one shall we? It's hard to know where to start isn't it? Note the very lovely tag, made by Hen, really very ingenious too, I imagine this is a great way to use up off-cuts and snippets of fabric, that might normally go in the rubbish bin.
Mini Blackcurrants, coated in milk chocolate. YUM! I tell you, these are delicious, and sinfully moreish. Needless to say, they didn't last long, and sharing them with Hugo was an act of self-sacrifice on my part. To be fair on Hugo though, he did let me eat the majority of them.
Ah-ha! What do we have here? An intriguing looking gift. With another gorgeous gift tag. I particularly covet that snippet of fabric on the bottom left of the tag , the one with the tiny rose buds, and the green background.
Now let me pause before I open this, and point out the lovely ribbon, and also mention the gorgeous wrapping paper. To me, this looks like very special wrapping paper, and expensive wrapping paper, it's very good quality. This wrapping paper is very much appreciated and loved, and each piece has been carefully smoothed out and placed in a drawer, not to be re-used, just to be owned forever by me, and inspire me too.
I opened the wrapping paper very carefully, revealing tissue paper, and then this lovely bowl, with more wrapped goodies inside! How exciting to open a gift, to reveal something gorgeous, with more gifts nestled tantalisingly in the bowl!
Sugar mice! Wonderful! To be added to my line-up of sugar mice that sit in the armoire in my studio . All wrapped in different coloured tissue paper, what fantastic attention to detail. That stripy tissue paper is divine.
Now, what shall we open next?Let's open this one shall we?
Ooh, oohh, oooohhhhh Hen! These wrist warmers are just FANTASTIC! Love the colours, the buttons, the yarn (they're lovely and soft), and they are an absolute perfect fit! I do expect quite a bit of jealous admiring looks when I wear these. I've been wearing them while I work non-stop, but they'haven't had much of a public outing yet.
Aren't those buttons fab! Let's have a closer look shall we?
Shall we open it?
Isn't the cover of this book stunning? It's a rather fab little book actually, jam packed with stitches and info. All very elegantly presented. At the moment, it's sitting on my bedside table, ready for bed time reading. I think this beautiful book is going to prove to be very useful, and I love that it's a lovely object, apart from being handy reference.
Oooohh! Beautiful. Hen assures me these are tea towels. But if you felt them, they are so soft, and such luxurious quality, I can't bring myself to allow them anywhere near where Hugo might be cooking. He has been known to burn holes in treasured vintage linen tea towels before, by using them as oven gloves. So these precious towels will have to be for my own personal use only, or even just for display.
Or I suppose they could be used when very posh guests are visiting. Well, that will be never then, because we've never had, and probably never will have, very posh guests to visit. I don't like things to be stored in cupboards when they're meant to be used though, so these will be used, I just haven't decided in what capacity yet.
Aren't the tassels FAB?
Lets have a little summing up of all my treasures shall we?
What a fortunate lady I am, do you not think? Yes, very fortunate to share the same tastes as a very generous person. Hen is always very generous with her blog posts too, they are always nice and full of witty banter and lovely photos. You can find Hen's blog here. If you like Hen's handmade gifts, I'm just going to plug her shop, and direct you to here, be prepared to drool.
Well, I'm going to have to go now, dear readers, I hope you enjoyed taking part in the unwrapping of Hen's gifts? Hugo and I are now going to his Mum and Dad's for supper, which will be enjoyable. Have a lovely weekend. Take care, and see you next week. Love Vanessa xxx