Monday, June 2, 2014

Hearty Thanks!!


I had a wonderful surprise last week.  I was outside listening to a chirpy parrot when the postie delivered a mystery package wrapped in butterfly paper and yellow tissue. I yelped with glee when I opened it to find this gorgeous blue daisy heart made especially for me by Melody of The House On The Side Of the Hill.

Melody's work is always delightful and her stitches so perfect. Look at how she has tied each button. The daisy is so cute. Of course I just love this lovely heart to bits!!

Melody also included an inspiring colourful machine embroidery that I admired on her blog a while ago. I think it would make the most wonderful center for something quilty. 

More hearts!!!  I've been meaning to show off these  for a while now. I was very lucky to have won this pair of prints in a giveaway at Ellen Giggenbach's blog. 


 I've been a huge fan of Ellen's work for ages. It began when I found this wonderful swan card.

I just had to track down her cards to sell in the flower shop I was managing at the time. Here are a few that I've kept. 

I love the way her work is a perfect balance of folk art, mid century design but with a fresh modern twist. Ellen makes her collages using shapes cut out of paper. Not only that but she paints her own papers to get just the right colours and added texture. I read on her blog that she makes each shape beautiful in it's own right, not just how it works as a whole. All of Ellen's work and attention to detail certainly shows in her work. 

These designs are a few years old now. Ellen's expanded her range to cushions, bags, amazing paper 3D items, books and all sorts of things. 

I even have an Ellen Giggenbach mug, I told you I was a fan! I had to have it when I saw the little lady has a blue daisy and is holding a bouquet of flowers. 

To see more of Ellen Giggenbach's work visit her blog simply called Ellen Giggenbach Paper Cut Art and Craft. I know you'll love her colourful creations!

 I've got one more little heart to share. A simple twist of pink caught my eye on my way to work and made me smile. 

Wishing you lots of sweet hearty goodness!

30 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

All so beautiful! The button heart is so sweet and those prints and cards are gorgeous too! The random heart is fun :)

Patchwork and Play said...

All such pretty things Rachael! I saw the heart on Mel's blog recently and thought how lovely her stitching was! And your mug is so YOU! Ellen's style is modern with a touch of vintage about it!

Melody said...

So glad you liked your pressie. You are my inspiration and I'm so lucky to have you as a bloggy friend.

shez said...

Wow Mels heart is so beautiful,she is the sweetest friend,and such a wonderful kind person,love your heart pics Rachael.xx

Karen said...

What a wonderful surprise! The heart is lovely. Thanks for introducing me to Ellen's work. I had never heard of her before. That mug is just so perfect for you!

Terry said...

Such lovely hearst just like Yours.

needleandspindle said...

Perfect timing. My heart was sore and this was clearly the post I needed to see. You bring us all so much delight, it is lovely to see you delighted in turn by a very sweet heart gift.

Jeneta said...

Oh that sweet Melody! Her work is so beautiful. That machine embroidery medallion is so you, as are the Ellen Giggenbach prints. I must say, I am delighted to be introduced to Ellen's work (I am already a fan of Melody's!) - I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

What a lovely colorful post!
The stitchery is so cute and perfect for you! I love the prints too.
How serendipitous that you found a heart and it was pink!

Helen Ernst said...

The heart is adorable and I love all those COLORFUL prints.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

What a lovely unexpected gift from Melody Rachael....always a burst of colour when I come to visit!

Melissa P said...

Unexpected packages are always fun, but this one is perfect for you!

Ellen's work is so joyful. Following her work is a journey through color and perfection.

smazoochie said...

Yes! Very hearty goodness!
I'm heading over to check out the art -- love it!

Heidi said...

Happy for you :-)
The cards are a wonderful inspiration source for applique , don't you think ?

Vickie said...

That is a sweet heart all personalized for you ! I'm also impressed that you all have wild parrots ! I used to raise cockatiels, parrotlets.

audrey said...

What a sweet gift for you! Love the attention to detail. Those cards are fabulous. Love the happy vibes.:)

Katy Cameron said...

Lots of happy mail, and love the random heart!

Shay said...

Wow! You had some seriously beautiful mail this week !

Chris said...

I checked,out Ellen's link. What amazing work and so well priced. I fancy a new shower curtain sometime,soon!

O'Quilts said...

You are way so giving and way so getting. Somehow it goes together dear Rachel.

Quiltbenaco said...

E' una gran fortuna ricevere un così bel regalo...
Grazie per il link molto interessante!
Ciao

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

Melody's button heart is soooooo sweet!
Thanks for sharing Ellen's link...... Her work are amazing!
Hugs, Deborah

Thimbleanna said...

Oh how pretty -- you lucky girl. And that mug! It's just adorable -- and perfect!

Kyle said...

Ellen's colors and designs are so delightful. I can see why you had them in the shop and a nice collection of your own. Your little pink heart made me smile too.

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

Wow! What great art. Lots of inspiration in this post. I don't know what's wrong with me recently, a thing for heart? me? What alternate universe is this?? :)

pandchintz said...

What beautiful gifts!

Kaisievic said...

Lovely heart gift from Melody - just perfect for you.

Ellen Giggenbach said...

Thanks so so much Rachael! Your so kind!!
Ellenx

Karen said...

What a lovely gift from Melody. Gorgeous.
The prints are delightful. You are building a collection!

Mary said...

How special!

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