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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gifts From Italy

Don't you love to receive packages in the mail?  Ah, yes, me too.
So imagine my delight as I reached into my mailbox to pick up the package that had a Bologna, Italy return address on it.
I have been reading Shabby Soul for quite some time now.  Sylvia's blog is full of lovely shabby images, she shows you how she has created many of her sweet little projects, too.  
I just love all of her wonderful dreamy images.
Inside the package were two delightful Christmas gifts.
One is a large white cloth with red embroidered words on it, I'm not sure what it says, but I love that the words are in RED and in Italian.  Edit: An anonymous commenter from Italy left a comment telling me that the words are not Italian.  Actually, she's right, they are German.  Thank you!
I have been perusing European blogs recently and red is a very important color in many of them.

Isn't it sweet?  It fits perfectly on my footstool/coffee table.

The second little suprise was this beautiful Belgium lace piece that can be used in so many ways.  There are lovely little pockets in it.
Thank you, dearest Sylvia.  I am now on the lookout for something pretty and very Canadian to send her one day in the near future...who knows what it will be?!

I am joining Nita over at Mod Vintage Life.  Her parties always have such fun participants.

Have a lovely day, my friends!  Thank you for all of your wonderful comments, I always enjoy reading every one of them and visiting your blogs.

Hugs, Cindy
You can see the snow on the roof of our garage, we still only have a few inches.


nannykim said...

Very pretty; you will have to tell us when you discover what the wording is!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, that all looks so completely gorgeous Cindy. I'm a huggggger fan of red! So warm and cheerful - just like you. ;-)


Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

It's a small world isn't it? How exciting to know someone you've never met is so nice to do that. The cloth looks like she measured the ottoman and made it to fit. Lucky you and she is lucky to have a sweet blogging friend.-------- Shannon

It's me said...

What a beautiful gift from

Anonymous said...

The presents you received are beautiful but the words in red are not Italian. Bye,Maria from Italy

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a beautiful gift! I absolutely love red and white! You are blessed to have such a wonderful friend!


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Nancy said...

What lovely gifts! You'll treasure those for years. I like how you've displayed them. Be sure to show us what you find to send to her!


Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Cindy. You received a very sweet gift from your friend in Italy! I am drawn to red and white linens too. It's still green here but very cold. Brrrr. Blessings, Pamela

Shelia said...

Cindy, how beautiful is the red work your blogging friend sent you! It looks like it was made especially for your ottoman!
I made a lemon meringue pie from some of my lemons! ;)
Be a sewetie,
shelia :)

Pondside said...

How lovely!...all the way from Italy. What a sweet package for you to receive on a Prairie winter day.
The Belgian lace piece is a bun holder - I have one that I bought in Brussels. It is made to sit inside a basket, and each pocket holds one bun, keeping it crisp and warm.

Faye Henry said...

Oh, I love your sweet gifts, Cindy.. Redwork is one of my favorite things..
Everything looks lovely..
Blessings sweet friend..

podso said...

Lovely gifts! What fun to get a package from overseas! I wonder if the lace with pockets might be for bread or rolls? My mother had something like that. It's hard to say without seeing it closer, but you would know! Enjoy your snow! At least our weather has gotten colder!

Relics of Witney said...

We love your River Walk sign. It caught our magpie eye straight away.

Your new pieces are lovely. It looks as though your Christmas was marvellous.

The Relics Team

Betty said...

What a lovely gift. I have a scone holder with pockets similar to that one. I think you can tie the strings together to transport them if you are taking to a supper etc.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Congratulations on the gorgeous gifts, Cindy. There is something so wonderful about packages in the mail... especially when they are a delightful as these! blessings ~ Tanna

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

How beautiful! I'm like you. I'd be just as thrilled to see a package postmarked from Italy as I would be to receive the contents. Red is one of my favorite colors. It works with just about everything.
Have a wonderful day!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Cindy, what awesome gifts! I love them both and the bigger one with the red looks so perfect on your ottoman/coffee table...and you know I love that silver tray too! Your header is gorgeous!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! It let me straight to you....I am your newest follower :)

Lou Cinda

Sue said...

Time to get baking Cindy because I too believe that the small piece with the pockets and strings is for keeping your freshly made buns warm on the table. The wording of the two that I can see on the larger piece translates to - praised, blessed..... cannot see the rest.
xoxo Sue

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh how pretty those are and I must be European as I love red and white. My favorite combo. Love the little heart in your window.

Bluebells and Lavender said...

Hi Cindy, it all looks really beautiful! Wishing you a GREAT 2012!

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

What beautiful gifts! I think you could do a Google search with those words to see if you could find the English translation. You are so blessed to have such a sweet friend...and one across the ocean no less!! :)

Ana said...

What very sweet gifts...and what a sweet and thoughtful friend. Enjoy my dear friend.

Much love,

Shabby soul said...

Darling Cindy I'm so happy, it fits perfectly to your ottoman coffe table!
The embroidered words are in German and say (they speak about Eucharist) "Be praised and blessed the holy altar's sacrament" (sorry for the bad translation).
The little Belgium lace piece is for candies, and you have to pull all the laces and join them all together with a knot on the top: many little pocket will appear.
A hug my sweet friend!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What sweet gifts, Cindy! I love redwork!

camp and cottage living said...

Wow, all the way from Italy!!
They are so sweet and delicate looking.
I love the bun warmer-very unusual.
And I always love anything with redwork.
Take care-Kimberly

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I always love stopping by Cindy. Sweet gifts. I love that touch of red.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

That spot under the window in your kitchen is amazing. It's always changing. Good job this time around! Happy Weekend Cindy. :o)


Hi Cindy! I love it dear Cindy, such nice gifts all the way from lovely Italy! Love all that lace in different languages, so lovely! I love you spot under the kitcehn window, very cozy! I'd love you to come visit me and comment on my frist year giveaway, that's all you have to do.
Lots of New Year's hugs,

Sheila said...

So nice that you had an unexpected surprise arrive in the mail. This winter is really not what we expect. We've had freezing rain over the past week but no snow. I love thinking that with any luck there will be just a few months of winter left!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Cindy that large cloth is beautiful I love the vignette too!

The Hopeless Romantic said...

Very pretty, I love the silver tray! I just found one of those at a thrift store today....Paid only $12....I have one on my dresser that i sprayed pink...The one i bought today i think ile use on the coffee table with some candles maybe?.....I was really surprised to find it for only $12, most of the ones i see go between $40 and $60......can u believe what some of the antique dealers are asking?...........Bonnie

Marissa "Marathon" Stower said...

Hi Mom! How blessed you are to have such sweet, wonderful friends all around the world. And those pieces look lovely in your house. Love you!