Another surprise and other things

I don't believe it, the postman delivered another surprise early this week!  I can't begin to tell you how amazed I was!!   There was a gorgeous shabby chic tray, a darling decorated coat hanger and a shabby style flower bucket.  My eyes popped out and my face smiled all day.  Surprises warm the soul.  Thankyou so much dear Carmen  Your gift was a much appreciated surprise and I absolutely love everything.

Right after sending a thankyou note to Carmen our internet dropped out so I couldn't post a photo to my blog to share my pleasure.  The 'Grumpy' old bloke came home a little later and said he'd seen a very large truck bring down the phone lines just around the corner from our internet, no phone.  It felt like I'd had a lobotomy, cut off from blogs and all my friends who live in my computer! :))

Now I'm feeling all virtuous because I used the time to actually try to make something to display with those beautiful gifts from Carmen. 

Well, I tried..........

Carmens heart shaped shabby chic tray needed pretty ladies things on it so I made perfume bottles.  That pretty coathanger is perfect for a baby romper.  The lovely flower bucket needed flowers.  I'm not great at making miniature flowers but I thought lavender might be easy enought for me to try and it would suit the colour of the bucket so I searched my files for a tutorial - to no avail.  No internet, unable to search!  Ok then, I'll have to try to make lavender from memory.  I'm sorry my poor lavender doesn't do justice to this lovely bucket :(

Thankyou Carmen, your gifts are beautiful and you made me try to make something I never did before.

The second day, still no internet.  What to do?  Practise making lavender and see if I can do any better.  No, I'm afraid my second effort isn't any better than the first attempt :((  Well, I won't throw it out so, what to do with it?  There are some of those ugly little wooden pots in my stash but if I paint them they will still be ugly and look like painted wood because I'm not that great at paint effects either.  Hmmm, they're a bit on the small side too.  If I cover them with paper clay they'll look bigger so, out came the paper clay.  Just cheap stuff.  Glue and paperclay up to the elbows, paint in my hair, I forgot to make lunch but having a lovely time and in the end I like that little wooden flower pot now :))  And it's all thanks to Carmen for giving me the impetus to do something else besides crochet!

If anyone can help me learn to make nice lavender I'd be grateful!

Now I'm off to catch up with all the blogposts I've missed.


  1. Felicitaciones son unos regalitos muy hermosos

  2. Susan your new items are gorgeous, gifts as well as the ones you made. Your lavender isn't so bad and the pot you made is beautifully aged.
    I made my dried lavender with painted wire, the end dipped in tacky glue and then into purplish Flower Soft which I was able to purchase nearby. The first lot I made was from a different product I bought at the miniatures fair in Sydney and it was a better colour I think. Others have said to buy Lucopoedium, not sure of the spelling, on ebay but no luck as yet. That is for 'fresh' lavender leaves. I have so much lavender growing out the front to look at for guidance. Hope that helps you.

  3. Lovely gifts! For the Lavender instuctions, sheck out Lara´s blog!

  4. what beautiful gifts!!! I love your perfume bottles- they are so perfect! This blog post has a wonderful tutorial for lavander

    I think your lavander is beautiful Susan- and I love the results of your day of no internet!! I think I would get so much more done sometimes with no internet :)

  5. Carmen's minis are so sweet, you are a lucky gal. And pretty little display you've made.

    If it takes your internet to be down to get you making lavender then bless the fellow playing with the lines down your street, the pot and plant are really great :)

  6. Unos regalos bellisimos. Muchos detalles bien trabajados. Felicidades.
    Tu lavanda está muy bien, no sé que quieres mejorar. A mi me encanta cómo te ha quedado.
    Besos Clara

  7. Thankyou all for your lovely comments and thanks for helping with a tutorial. I'll check that out later, my day is going from busy to busier!

  8. Hi Susan, I think your lavender is not so bad! It looks very nice especially with that aged flower pot.

  9. Susan, you did really well. I'm one of those people too that need at least a picture or preferably a tutorial or kit to make satisfactory plants and flowers. And sometimes I wish for at least one day a week without internet. It's too addictive and I would do a lot more if I would turn it off (but I can't!!!)

  10. Thanks for that nice comment Lara but I'm sure my next lavender will be better after seeing your excellent tutorial.

  11. Heheh, thanks Marion, wry grin, I guess under the circumstances the lavender didn't turn out so bad. I can't grow it here with our wet tropical summers :( and no internet to research meant relying on a somewhat dodgy memory. I know what you mean about kits, I love them! and, you're right about the internet, we might get a lot more done but the friendship and inspiration through the internet connection is invaluable.

  12. Hola! los regalos son muy bonitos y la lavanda la encuentro perfecta.
    Un beso

  13. The gifts are beautiful!
    Susan, I got your package and just sent you an email. Hopefully you got the email ;)

    Pei Li

  14. I received your email Pei Li and have replied, thankyou.