Happy Monday, Happy Mail!

Happy, happy Monday!  A brand new day with no mistakes.  A new beginning of a new week.  A new opportunity filled with new opportunities!

Last week, on two separate days, I was the luckiest girl,  for I received some very happy mail.  The first was from a fellow WordPress Blogger, Beverly, (of  MoreInkPlease blog).  Beverly won the very first Giveaway on the Cobweborium Blog here, when the Random Number Generator picked her number to win the ‘ Just for you . . . if you’d like it.‘  <—(clickable link) which was a handmade Card, with a country theme and featured some chickens in their hen house, (and even had a feather donated by one of my own chickens!).

Beverly and I have got to know each other through blogging comments, on each others blogs, over the last couple of years, and a few weeks ago I got a message from her telling me that something had happened and that she’d write again when she could.  True to her word she wrote,  . . .  telling me that her husband had passed on.  I will admit that I read that message I don’t know how many times, trying to make sense of it.  Just a few weeks previously to this, on June 30th this year, Beverly had posted a picture of her and her husband on their wedding day,  and told everyone that they were, that day, celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

I truthfully thought that I’d read that wrong, or that I was getting mixed up and that she was talking about someone else – because, had someone asked me to guess how old Beverly was, I’d have said she was maybe somewhere between about 38/39  and 44/45.  So to hear she’d been married for 50 years was a real surprise.

When I learned of her husbands passing,  I felt the need to write to her.  Send a card.  Send an EmailSomething.  But Beverly and I were only on-line friends.  We’d never given each other our snail mail address’ – in fact, we’d never even exchanged email addresses!  Yet I loved her like she was as real to me as one of my neighbours.  She really is such an absolute darling.

I know, at the moment, she’s not able to post crafty things.  She’s still in that ‘waiting area’ ….  waiting for ….  what?  You see, that’s exactly it.  WHAT?  What next?  What now?  Where?  Why? Who?  How?  Why?  WHY?

That ‘why?’ is something that she probably won’t get an answer to.  And as for all the other questions (and there are more than I’ve written), they will, perhaps, be acknowledged eventually.  However, until the ‘numbness’ is over-come, moving forward is something which is difficult to do.

So anyway …  I was overjoyed when I realised that the Random Number Generator had picked  Beverly as the winner of the card.  Even though this was a more light-hearted ‘something’ it didn’t matter.  It was something that I knew would deliver a smile when it arrived.  But …  I didn’t want Beverly feel that she had to send something in return … so…  I was a little bit sneaky.  I didn’t put my full address on the back of the package I sent to her.  I simply put the name of our cottage, and the number, and the post code.  (a bit like the US zip code).

I guessed that this would be enough for the Customs department, but that Beverly would look at it, see that it wasn’t a ‘proper’ address, and so not feel she had to send anything.  PERFECT!

Then, last week,  a package arrived from her.  [tsk tsk Beverly!]  Beverly had trusted both the US postal system, and then the UK postal system  (I can hear people of the UK laughing up and down the land right now!),  and the address on the package that she’d sent to  me had been carefully read, de-coded and then the UK postal system had written the full address onto the package and my postman had brought it to the door with a grin.  Bless him.  I love my postman.

When I opened the parcel I couldn’t believe what was inside!  My eyes grew to the size of saucers.  I’d never received this type of Happy Mail before.  Beautiful die cuts, for me to use  – images, note cards, flowers, incredible sea related die cuts,  pretty butterflies, die cut words,  OH!  all manner of things which I can use in craftingand tucked inside was a fabulous handmade card, made by Beverly herself.  It was an amazing easel card, which could be displayed as it was, or … with the addition of a battery operated t-light,  which she’d even packed into the parcel for me,  the card would suddenly burst into life and glow!  I’ve taken photographs …..

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The beautiful card from Beverly, with all the Happy Mail items which she’d packed into the box which she’d sent to me.

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Without the flash.

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Close up, with the big over-head light on.

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photograph taken without any lights, just the glow from the battery operated t-light.

This started my week off in such a wonderful way.  I felt like the luckiest girl alive.

Then … the following day I received another happy mail!

The second Happy Mail was from another wonderful lady who is a truly fabulous Jewellery artist:  Hannah – of  The Artisan Duck  <—click

Hannah is a multi talented, amazing Artist –  continually making jewellery,  changing, and developing new ideas,  and I can see how her style is really coming out,  for her makes are incredible.

However,  as if being a Jewellery Designer and Maker wasn’t enough;  her talents don’t stop there  … she also makes beautiful handmade cards, and is a most talented artist of the pen/pencil & ink (drawing) variety.

If I ever actually set about writing the children’s book which I’ve had buzzing around my head and heart for a couple of years or so now, I’ve already told Hannah that I would love her to do the illustrations for the book, as I adore her artwork.

Hannah recently did a craft fair but because of a  ‘mix up’  . . .

(for that  ‘mix up’  read: someone put an ill equipped nincompoop in charge of the craft fair two weeks before the due date and he completely ruined the craft fair in various different ways – for ALL the crafters and artists who were there,  –   apart from,  strangely enough,   those artists who were his personal friends  . . . . enough said,  as I zip my mouth

. . .  although she sold some of her beautifully hand crafted items, she only sold a fraction of what she could have sold, so she’s told me that she’s going to fill up her Etsy Shop with items for sale.  (So if you’re interested in taking a peep, go to her blog, and find the link to her Etsy Shop – she’s currently filling it with goodies, so you might have to wait for the link to appear).

Hannah made some blog posts showing everyone what she was making, and it was in one blog post where I saw some really lovely earrings.  I wrote her a comment, and asked her if she made Brooches in the same design.  (I’m a bit of a scarf and shawl wearer, and use brooches to keep them pinned to me so that they don’t fly off in the wind.).  Hannah said that she hadn’t thought of making a matching brooch, but she’d make one for me if I’d like her to.

WOULD I LIKE HER TO MAKE ME A BROOCH???    I darn well nearly passed out with excitement!   I wrote to her and said a polite yes please, (all the time panting like a dog whose owner has bought her a new tennis ball!)  and asked her to let me know how much, and how she would like me to pay her for it (paypal, bank transfer etc).

Last week …. the brooch arrived!!  I could barely contain myself. It’s SO pretty.  SO beautiful.  And … I felt like such a peacock when I wore it for the first time a few days ago.

I’ve tried to take photographs – but you all know that photography really isn’t my forte, so these photo’s don’t show the true beauty of this magnificent brooch . . .

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The brooch was carefully crafted in Polymer and then treated to an Abalone Leaf Metal finish, which then, as the piece is heated, cracks and shows the background colour of the Polymer.

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A  close-up, to show the cracks.

It looks, in these photo’s that the brooch would be rough to the touch.  It’s not.  It’s very smooth and very tactile.  You don’t ‘feel’ the cracks.  But you do see the amazing colours – which again, I’ve tried to capture but failed.  Imagine a rain puddle on a black asphalt road,  then gentle float some motor oil onto the puddle, and see the colours which suddenly appear, like magic!  That’s what this brooch looks like.

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The brooch shown from a little further away…. so that you can get an idea of what you’d see if I was wearing it on my scarf and you were stood in front of me.

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Hannah also made the card you see in the photographs.  See … I told you she’s multi-talented!

The brooch, in real life, is far more beautiful than these photo’s show it to be.  The colours change as the light hits it in a different way or from a slightly different angle.  So as you turn or walk, the various colours show up and catch people’s eye.  It looks really rather expensive.

BIG THANK YOU  to Beverly for her box of happy mail – which is already now sitting in my craft room and I have plans to use something out of the box later this afternoon.

BIG THANK YOU to Hannah for the making of my beautiful brooch.  I’m thrilled to pieces with it Hannah, and it works so well with my scarves – be they light, floaty scarves or woollen ones.  This brooch is perfection.  Thank you.

And now I’ve talked the hind legs off a donkey … I shall turn to something which will give you a smile …

How to Shock a Time Traveller:

  • If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared,  what do you think would be the most difficult thing to explain about life today?
  • One answer: . . . .  “I possess a device in my pocket that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look 
at pictures of cats and get into arguments with strangers.”

Have a truly blessed rest of your day all.

Sending squidges from my corner to yours ~

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23 thoughts on “Happy Monday, Happy Mail!

  1. Love getting mail like that! Rare that it is, it makes it soooo special. I am liking that brooch, very nice. I have fimo clay but not all the lovely stains and things to use with it, in fact, no time to even start new ventures in crafting. Downsizing is good, sometimes sad, but good. I am into my knitting and paper again. Love the goodie box of lovelies, and the card the brooch came with is just so lovely. You are one lucky gal.

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    • Hello Soozy
      I am so blessed to have such beautiful people in my life. Beverly is so tender hearted. She’s almost like a rare flower which you find amongst your border of flowers, and you have no idea how she got there, but boy am I glad to have her.

      Hannah is SO talented. She seems able to almost put her hand to anything. Some of her things are so exquisite that I look at them and can see that they really are very designery and she could ask far more than she does for some of her creations. I’m thrilled to pieces to have bought my brooch from her, and I love it to pieces.

      Great to see you soozy. Have a blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. x

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      • Hi there I was so happy to see the beautiful fairy in a jar and special cards you are very talented I spent a lot of my time lying and resting on my bed resting as IV got a chronic illness which means sometimes I can paint my living room as I did the other day and other days I’m riddled with pain so my life’s very lonely but I live for beautiful different things magical things I can send to my friends and IV seen a few of your beautiful things can’t wait to c more thank u so much everything’s beautiful xx

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        • Hello Karen,
          It’s so lovely to meet you, and I was so saddened to read how poorly you are, and what a miserable time you’re having at the moment.

          It’s fabulous that your body gives you a bit of ‘time off’ which allows you to do some things which make you happy. Although … painting your living room is a big thing – so just be careful about trying to be superhero woman! You’re just human … remind yourself of that every day, that way you won’t try to do too much and won’t beat yourself up when you can’t do anything at all. You’re just human.

          Thrilled to bits that you are enjoying taking a wander through my blog and have found a few things which have ‘spoken’ to you. The Fairy Jars are one of my favourites, and my Grandson (I think) believes that I’m some sort of magic person who knows how to speak to, capture and keep fairies in a jar. Bless his heart. He really does look at me as if he’s looking and trying to find this magic … and where I hide it. lol.

          I hope I never disappoint you Karen, and that you get both beautiful things which your eyes love, and also some smiles and a little fun along the way too. (Not sure if you’ve clicked to follow the blog – but if not, … if you’d like to be amongst the first people to know when I’ve made a new blog post, then simply click to follow the blog, and then all you have to do is enter your email address and all you’ll ever receive is an email when I’ve posted a new blog post, and you can click the link to read it. You won’t get any spam or silly stuff. Just an email to tell you I’ve made a new blog post.

          Have a truly blessed rest of your day Karen. ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Lovely post Cobs. Aren’t you a lucky girl! Beautiful gifts from your friends. TFS. I did let out a little snort when I read about the UK postal system. Sorry, it was quite spontaneous and totally uncontrollable. Bless the postman. Have you told him he has admirers across Europe 🙂
    Have a fabulous week, hugs Flo xx

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    • Hello Florence.
      aww, love seeing your name here for you make me smile.

      Laughing about the postal snort. LOL. Actually laughed out loud. No I haven’t told my postman he has admirers across Europe … I’ll tell him at Christmas, and watch him puff his chest up and glow!

      Sending love Flo. ~ Cobs. x

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  3. EEKS! Quite Fantastic 🙂 I do luv ya to pieces Cobs! xx I could feel your enthusiasm and energy through your post! I will look forward to visit Beverly’s blog, and I do know of Hannah’s artistic gifts! 🙂 I follow Her on Instagram and she was doing a “Doodle Challenge” I thought, ” doodle? Her work is wonderful, I agree she would be able to illustrate a book with ease! Have a Fabulous day! xxxx

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    • Aww hello dearest Ruthie!
      I think, once Beverly gets going again, and her sparkle returns just a little, I think you’d really like her Ruthie. She’s soft, gentle and so special. I reckon the two of you could hit it off.

      Hannah … Ohhh yes! Isn’t her artwork amazing?! Everything about it is perfection.
      Love you to pieces Ruthie. Have a blessed rest of your day, my fabulous friend. ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Aren’t you a lucky lady? Karma really, seeing as you are always so nice to everyone yourself! Sometimes the Post Office get it right, don’t they? I love both the cards made my Beverly and Hannah, and of course Hannah’s brooch is beautiful. Your joke at the end really made me laugh – the world really is a ridiculous place sometimes, isn’t it?

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  5. See Cob…You are a special friend to all of us. You are one of God’s rare gems and we love you . I am now following Ruthie. Isn’t this a fun time to be alive. Now ….If I can just remember to snap before licking the envelope I’ll post more often…promise

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    • Aw, love you Beverly and so happy that you came today.

      THRILLED to pieces that you’re now following Ruthie. She’s a really fabulous lady who brings sunshine wherever she goes.

      Thinking of you often, Beverly, and pray for you. I know that you’re putting one foot in front of the other, which is brilliant. But I also know how difficult this is.

      Know that you are never far from my mind, and that I send love to you all the time my friend.
      May God bless and keep you.
      Sending loving squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  6. I am now going to have to go on over and check out Beverly’s blog. I have this terrible feeling I have been really missing something.
    Your mail looks like love wrapped in a package :). You are the perfect person to be on the receiving end of such good things!
    I will confess I laughed about the UK mail comment. I have no knowledge of the UK mail system but I do know our US postal service can be less than stellar…….and I will leave it at that.

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    • Well that’s given me my first chuckle of the day! So SO beautifully put .. and yet it says exactly what you’re thinking! (absolutely out loud laughing now)

      Bless you for your lovely words. .. and YES! please do go and check Beverley out. I know she’s working towards getting a little more crafty in her life again, and so makes some fabulous makes.
      But she’s also at the same time having to re-jig her life and find a new way of living now that she’s half of the beautiful two-some she once was.
      I so wish I could be of more help.
      Sending oodles of squidges your way Chicken. Oodles and Oodles.
      ~ Cobs. x

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  7. What goes around comes around …you deserve to receive such wonderful surprises and aren’t they just beautiful !! everyone who reads your blog knows what a kind soul you have ~ so strut all you can, put your die cuts to good use on your amazing cards and know in your heart you are loved ❤

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    • oh Mrs.P bless your beautiful heart.
      I’m just being a human.
      It’s not me who’s being kind, it’s Beverly who sent me the magical box of Happy Mail Wonderment; and Hannah, who I bought the brooch off, who designed and then made my brooch for me. She really didn’t have to make it, but she did, and that alone is brilliant, but the brooch is STUNNING! She could have charged me a heck of a lot more and I would have paid without a complaint. I mean to say … how often do you get such amazing service direct from a desgner! She’s talented in so many ways.

      love you to pieces Mrs. P. ~ Cobs

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  8. Ah Cobs, thank you so much for such a lovely post and I am delighted that you like your brooch so much. Your suggestion of a brooch was great and once I started on yours I couldn’t stop and now I have a whole load of brooches waiting to be sold. Stocking my Etsy shop is taking a little longer than I hoped as I have had plumbers in for the last two days with high probability of more again tomorrow (my heating is still messing around and they can’t figure out why).

    What an amazing box of goodies from Beverly and a very special card – I have never thought of making a light up card. It’s just so clever.

    I hope all is well in the Cobweborium Emporium. Hxx

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    • Hello Hannah
      Aw I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having these problems with your heating – especially so since the cold weather arrived with menace on it’s mind! It’s been really cold here for a few days now, and Mr. Cobs and I were only saying yesterday how blessed we are to have central heating, …. but even though we’ve got it, this year it seems like the cold wind has no respect, and it’s still managing to get into our wee cottage.

      It needs to be taught some manners! Or … we need to think about getting some new windows fitted. (This is the problem I think). We ‘inherited’ these windows and they aren’t that good. Although they’re double glazed, we think they’ve been in for some time and need updating. Not for looks – but purely for keeping the draughts out. Time to save some pennies I think.

      Hope you get that heating sorted out soon Hannah. What a darn nightmare for you.

      Thank you for my beautiful brooch Hannah. I can’t stop looking at it, and haven’t even put it in my jewellery box yet. I keep picking it up and gazing at it like some love struck teen! lol.
      I’m thrilled to hear that my request has ended up with you making more of them. I’m going to have to get to your Etsy shop before anyone else and buy before anyone else does! eeeek! LOL.

      Sending love and warm squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Morning Scrapper
      Thank you SO much for visiting, and I’m overjoyed that you like the Happy Monday post.

      Like you I too love that one kindness can go around full circle.
      I’ve found that in going round in that full circle, it can’t help but draw others into the flow and that way, the circle works in exactly the same way as dropping a pebble into a pond.
      It’s an almost magical, very special, heart warming thing.

      Sending squidges your way M.Scrapper. Have a fabulous day! ~ Cobs. x

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