Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A sweet RAK and a word about Pinterest

There's nothing that will make a blogger smile all day than receiving a Random Act of Kindness (RAK) in the mail....Happy Mail we often call it. It's what bloggers do for each other.  I have a blogging friend (who likes to fly under the radar so I won't mention her name) who has gifted me with books and beautiful cards when I've been sick.The gift giver gets as much pleasure out of the gifting as the gift receiver does...did you follow that? Anyway...I was fortunate to on the receiving end last week. My sweet friend Marie, of Spun By Me, sent me a wonderful assortment of treats. Marie not only makes wonderful art but she wraps up the presents in a fanciful way...this time she used sewing pattern tissue.
Each gift bearing a tag with a clue...







Really....wouldn't you love to be on the receiving end of all of this,...and I haven't even opened anything yet!

Some things were made by Marie...



and some were selected because Marie knows what I like...
A beautiful hand made card by Cherry of Cherrys Jubilee
A new dress form stamp for my collection...
and believe it or not...this is a dress form soap!



All of this left me quite breathless and very grateful for my friendship with Marie. Now you know we've never met in person (though we will one day because she lives a hop, skip and jump away from our kids in Maryland) but we do have a strong kindred bond. Dress forms and squirrels, grandchildren and soft vintage pieces, aches and pains....oh well, we're not going to go into that now. Good friends who now share another ...um, obsession  interest...

Do you pin? If you do and would like to link to me, you'll find my Pinterest link on my sidebar.
It's an awesome place to go for unending inspiration. Marie and I go there every day.
Speaking of my sidebar...did you notice my new mug shot. My previous one was 2 years old and I thought it was time to update my face.....I need to install my Photoshop program...pronto!
RAK....Random Act of Kindness....I'll be paying it forward this week. I hope my under the radar friend will be pleased! In the meantime...go pay a visit to Marie...she will welcome you with open arms!
Thanks Marie...I am blessed by your friendship.

xoxo
Joyce



20 comments:

Diane Mars said...

I LOVE the new photo and you are such a sweetheart you deserve gifts in the mail everyday~ Hugs, Diane

marie said...

And I am blessed by yours!

I love the new photo and I noticed it right away. It goes nicely with the background.

Happy Pinning! Now I need to get back to my yoga pose! : )

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Wow...she is a great gift giver and an inventive wrapper. Do you think she'd consider adopting me?

I joined Pininterest, Linked In and Face Book and never ever go to any of them. There is this time constraint.

How are you feeling, Joyce?

woodandfabric said...

Wow! Beautiful gifts!! The dress form soap is incredible! I never saw this before. And I think it is a wonderful idea!
oh! And your new photo is gorgeous! Maybe I should change mine too! It is more than couple years old!
Have a creative day!
Michelle *Ü*

vivian said...

HI Joyce! I'm trying to get caught back up in blogland.. I have popped in and out without leaving comments, but I feel like I've neglected my bloggy pals!
as for your post, Yes, bloggy women are awesome friends and givers. Ive definitely been on the receiving end of those packages before. And I like to send them out once in a while too.. just because!
You received such sweet things, I love the instant relative framed photo! adorable! well, enjoy your new goodies.. I've got to get off and get going to work here. So, have a great day and a great weekend!
xoxo
vivian

KatyDidStitches said...

What a wonderful bunch of goodies! I like that you call it "Happy Mail." (I'm married to a mailman...and "Snail Mail" is getting kinda old.) Love the pattern tissue wrapping...the dress form soap is amazing...and the widdle bear is so CUTE! Please tell Marie I would LOVE to have another relative! ;o)

I had never heard of Pinterest. Pinteresting...and probably worth more of my time than Facebook!

I noticed your new picture right away...and I have one question: How did you manage to get YOUNGER in two years?!!

Kathy

lynn said...

such wonderful happy mail, joyce! love your new pic! have a great day!

Jenny's Heart said...

What goodness came your way! Marie knows you well and is so kind to send you such Joy in a box :)

My Vintage Mending said...

Gorgeous blog makeover and photo addition...what a great set of gifts and sent to such a perfect person too...smiles...Renee

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

**LOVE** your updated photo - what a happy sweet face..
Your "goodies" are so fun and Pinterest? Can't figure out how to get on it ..seems I need an invitation or something? Guess I need to Google it so I can learn more..love some of the things I have seen that other people have shown..

Suz said...

Joy,
Thank you for your very dear comment on my site. I am just so grateful for your support and kindness. Jud is away at a retreat (he is a leader) and I never thought he would be "healthy" enough to make it but he did. They have back up for him if he needs it. I am grateful that he is feeling pretty good but missing him this weekend and having a bit of a hard time with it right now.
I saw your picture right away and LOVE it! You look wonderful and healthy (and I know that you have struggled). No one would ever know. The radiant smile helps to hide it.

Oh, your friend. My gosh. I would be thrilled to get a package like that, of course!!! That is a wonderful set of goodies! I love that she attends so well to your similar likes. Some pretty special people in this blog world. People that think the things we love are special!!!

Thinking of you and hoping you are continuing to feel better.

Hugs,
Suz

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What a gift, better yet is the friendship. I noticed the new picture right away. You look great Joyce - happy, vibrant and beautiful. I'll have to check out Pinterest. Thanks for sharing your excitement. ~ Abby

Sandy said...

Isn't blogging wonderful? I don't know where I would be without my blogging friends.....I love the new photo of you on the side bar...I miss you! Pinterest is driving me nuts....haven't gotten the hang of it yet, my mind is just fogged....Love, Sandy

Mimi Sue said...

Lucky you Joyce! It is so fun to find adorable things in the mail. I've been trying to avoid Pinterest but now I'm hooked too! Just what I need, a few more hours on the computer every week...Mimi

Mary said...

Thank you for visiting & becoming a follower of my blog. I'm following yours now ( LOVE IT!) I just discovered Pinterest this week. I'm learning my way around it slowly.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Joyce,
I was just over at PJ's and noticed your AWESOME "mug shot". It caught my attention immediately. : )
Love all the little pretties you received from Marie. She's one in a million!!! : )
And about Pinterest... Sara and I have both agreed that we're afraid to even get started on that "obsession". Maybe one of these days???
Hope you're feeling good these days.
xoxo,
Mary Lou

Sandy Michelle said...

That is one special friend! I love how happy you look in your new profile pic! I just spent the last hour on pinterest..lol!

Sandy xox

LaurieStar said...

Wow - what wonderful things. I loved her little notes to you. Very sweet, but you are very deserving! :)

Heidi said...

Ah, Joyce! Your new photo is adorable! Your smile is a blessing to me! Love the polka dots, too. RAK---really, not random, but meant for you!!!!! God blessed you with a cheerful heart, and your friends (all of us in blogland) are honored to know you, each of us is better because of you! Happy Day!
~Heidi
PS I can't get anything done...Pinterest is worse than new magazines....it's NEW everytime I open it up!!!!! Grr...and Great!!!

Maria Matter said...

what a sweet idea for gift giving! thank you for sharing!

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