Wednesday, 17 July 2013

WOYWW - Magpie Heaven!

What's on my work-table today! A treasure trove for a magpie! And it's all thanks to my Magpie Cousin and a wonderful blog-hop called WOYWW, the brainchild of the amazing Julia, that put us in touch! If you want to have a good nosy at what great crafters are up to right now click HERE.Yesterday I was making a card when the postman knocked with a package. It's so hot in the UK at the moment and things are still in a bit of a muddle as we wait for the work to start on the kitchen again ( it's no doubt going to get worse before it gets better...never mind) so I opened my package in the shady magpie garden - and what did it contain? Treasure from my dear, Magpie  Canadian Cousin, Dianne Marcoux!
There were the beautiful key fobs she had made me to go with my key plaque: you might remember the family keys were hanging from some rather disreputable bits of string! I photographed them with my new garden ornament - a very bright, glittery  toad-stool, which you might be able to spot peeping out behind the the geraniums! Please click on the images if you would like to see more clearly.
This was not all: my Magpie Cousin was so generous! She sent things I would have chosen to bring back to the nest myself if I'd spied them! I dressed up my favourite garden statue.
Now my new things are on the table and they are all so precious I have to find a home for them and start using them in projects. Dianne labelled everything with really lovely little personal notes.

Look at those exquisite Chinese papers, that vintage lace and the wonderful Genko leaves I will coat and use in projects!
Dianne also sent me some wonderful photos and postcards which I will scan into the computer and then use. 
I couldn't possibly cut up such lovely original images!
I just love these fibres and these darling little ladies!
These images are just the tip of the iceberg of all the lovely, lovely things Dianne sent. I intend to use everything at some time and my head is just crowded with possible projects now: handmade books, cards, the sky's the limit - I have the stash of my dreams!!! 
I took many photos but I must try to keep this short! I decided to store the Oriental cards and papers in my Asian wallet with my supply of ATCs and tags.
Here is a peek inside...
I love everything and my daughter, Matilda was very taken with the butterflies!
I also won the Paper Artsy Draw on Sunday and the stamps I chose arrived along with Dianne's package -...
I really am in Magpie Heaven now! Have a great creative week everyone stopping by. I will try to visit when I can tear myself away from all these lovely things! There are many, many more - stick pins, papers, fabrics. Thank you Dianne and thank you WOYWW for introducing me to some wonderful crafting friends.









40 comments:

  1. WoWza - what a gorgeous hoard of stash you have :-)
    Happy WOYWW

    IKE x # 33

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  2. Great collection of emphemera you even got some death asian money how awesome.

    Happy WOYWW Eliza 26

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  3. Ah, that's the real beauty of WOYWW...generosity of people in sharing and giving. I love it! You got some fab gifts there, enjoy using them!!
    Hugs, LLJ 46 xx

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  4. What gorgeous happy mail!! well done on the win, good stamp choice too! Helen 19

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  5. What a wonderful Magpie Canadian Cousin you have - what a parcel! Fabulous goodies and thanks for sharing them all.
    Congratulations on the Paperartsy win too - a wonderful LP plate. No wonder you are in Magpie Heaven at the moment.
    Thanks for visiting me earlier - Hugs, Neet 14 xx

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  6. Oh what a wonderful Asian dream you received. And I LOVE the sparkly toadstool. Thanks for visiting me already BJ#56

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  7. WOW!! you are a very blessed magpie! such beautiful treasures :) and a lucky magpie too - I love lynne perrella's stamps!
    thanks for stopping by already :)
    happy WOYWW!!
    no.40

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  8. What fabulous gifts. I don't know where to look first, they are all so lovely. What a very lucky magpie you are and to win the paper artsy draw as well. That is an excellent haul, you will have so much fun using all of those things.
    Have a great week.
    Von #31

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  9. Hey Cuz,I'm so glad your happy with all the stuff, I hope you have a barrel full of fun them, I can't wait to see what you create YIPEE,thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. I'm off to waterfit and will have a peek around then...

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  10. Oh I forgot to give you congrats for winning those gorgeous stamp, I saw on there blog you had won, I was very excited for you, well deserved cause I know you loooooove there stuff......

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  11. Way to go... you hit the mother load with crafty goodies there! What fun to have all those fabby things to get the ideas cooking! Love your toadstool in the garden what a little cutie that is! Annette #8

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  12. WOW what a lovely collection of goodies... and congrats on your prize.
    Sandra @89

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  13. Oh my, what happy happy mail you have there. How lovely. Enjoy creating with it.

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  14. Have your feet touched the ground yet? I would still be flying high with a wonderful gift like THAT! Congrats on the win
    and thanks for popping by my blog
    Krisha #5

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  15. You got some really amazing stuff to work with. That is what I call a creative block plunger. Have fun and blessings!

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  16. What a wonderful cousin...she sent you alot of great goodies and a nice win there. Brigita #25

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  17. Aw bless you -0 isn't it lovely when a friend can read you so right and is so generous. Lovely photos..being in the garden is bliss right now, but to be surrounded by your new treasures - doubly so!

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  18. Wow..You really have some great stash. Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting #13

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  19. Hi Julie Ann
    it looks like your birthday and Christmas all came at once with all that lovely crafting stash. Wow you will have so much fun playing and sorting through all of that lovely lot, enjoy
    have a great day enjoy the rest of your week
    Ria #75

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  20. Well now we are all in Magpie Heaven with you! What devine papers--oriental images are so beautiful. Thank you for your sweet visit today--now I am all inspired with your goodies. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #6

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  21. heaps of lushness going on here, thanks for the snoop

    Happy WOYWW
    Jay NO.65

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  22. Gotta love Happy Mail! Heaps and Heaps of crafty goodness to get the creative juices overflowing. Looking forward to see the items you make. Creative Blessings! Kelly #105

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  23. What a fabulous haul1 Those playing cards are awesome- good plan about the scanning. I do that sometimes with background I create, as you can never replicate the ones you really love. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz xx #50

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  24. So glad you shared your happiness and pictures of your lovely gifts with us. How kind of your cousin. I adore those linen texture postcards. Thanks for visiting me already and commenting. Happy WOYWW! ~ Laura

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  25. What wonderful packages you received. Congrats on winning the paperartsy draw.
    I so love your magpie garden, especially the ladies head within the green.
    Happy WOYWW and I wish you a lovely week.
    Monique # 70
    xx

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  26. Oh my goodness!! What an amazing gift!! I know you will put each and every piece to wonderful use!! And I love your pictures in your garden!! Such a lovely post!
    xxDaniella#17

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  27. Hi Julie Ann I love all your stash too.
    Thank you for your comment on my blog.I appreciate it very much.I wasn't sure about putting such personal stuff on the blog, but I am so glad it touched a chord with you.
    I can't tell you how helpful I have found the breathing exercises. Last night I woke at 4.30am with what felt like a panic attack/asthma. It is hard to tell sometimes.I got up, had a chamomile tea, and did the breathing exercise thru nose, out thru nose and hold breath 5 secs, then rest, then repeated until I felt better.Asthma in the middle of the night always feels worse.
    The shortness of breath went away, and I fell asleep in the chair!Nose breathing is the key I think.Thank Goodness for the internet for this info!!
    Judy xx #12

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  28. What a day you had with Dianne's monumental treats arriving the same time as your win (congratulations)! My goodness, Julie Ann, you truly will have enough goodies to turn into goodies for weeks and weeks to come!! Enjoy it all!!

    Thanks for stopping by to visit me! Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week fondling and oogling your treats! Darnell #20

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  29. Thank you for stopping by my blog already. I was crafting at the clubhouse again all day today so this is my first chance to start visiting!
    What a lovely package of ephemera...such a treasure trove of goodness! Hope the kitchen remodel goes smoothly and quickly...I have lived through one too and while it can be trying...it is so worth it in the end

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  30. Thanks for calling by on me yesterday. I'm only just getting round to doing a bit of blog hopping to check out what my friends have been up to this week....a 6am to 9pm day with my gorgeous grandchildren yesterday sort of got in the way of blogging....but I'm not complaining cos it was a wonderful day. :-)
    You've had some very special gifts there...have fun with them.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Hugs,
    A x #55

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  31. Con gratulation is on winning those rubber stamps from paper artsey they are really lovely
    Thank you for visiting me already Jackie 39

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  32. Brilliant, what A lovely mixture of stash you have!!?! Have a great week, thanks for my snoop!! Happy (late) WOYWW!!??
    ((Lyn)) ##11

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  33. What a lovely lot of treasures you received! I love how you set them in the garden to show us. A win from PA too- so happy for you! Looks like a great set! Thank you for all your kind comments about my journal - they are greatly appreciated! Chrisx

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  34. What a wonderful haul of exciting goodies - I was lucky enough to win one of Dianne's amazing parcels recently - so I know just how much fun you had unpacking it... And a PaperArtsy win in the same post - hurray!
    Alison x

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  35. What a fabulous array of goodies you have received and so lovely that you are showing us your garden too! Happy WOYWW! Danie #34

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  36. Sweet new stamps and those cards are wicked love the designs in them hugs Nikki 32

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  37. You have had a lucky week!
    Thank you for visiting.
    Karen #57

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  38. What a lucky gal. I've used that joss paper a lot in Asian projects, but I've never seen the cards before. They are incredible. Thanks for your visit on Wednesday. I'm not sure how late LATE is, but I'm here to wish you a beLATEd WOYWW from #2.

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  39. Happy mail indeed in Magpie land well had no idea you could get literally get ginko leaves and what wodnerful key rings great share all around indeed! Happy WOYWW, thanks for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x #30

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  40. Wow! Whos is the lucky girl then? Great pile of goodies there.
    Hugs
    xx

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