A Surprise Package From Sweet Diane!

On Monday, after a long, stressful day at work, I pulled into my driveway, hopped out of my car, opened my mailbox to get the mail and…SURPRISE!!! A package! I LOVE packages!!! πŸ™‚
Look at this adorable box…it even has cute little pansies decorating all the sides! Could this be the package a dear, sweet friend, Diane, recently told me she would be sending my way?
Diane, who has her own blog, Four Paws and Co, recently told me a surprise would be arriving in the mail for me. Is this it? If so, I have absolutely no idea what awaits inside this adorable box. Diane wouldn’t tell me, that little stinker. In her e-mail to me, she wrote, “Now for the teaser, since you tormented us in your blog, you know how this one goes…”
Then Diane tortured me with just a few clues, saying, ” hmmmm, birds… and it’s breakable, aaannnnnndddddd there are 2 pieces. That should really peak your curiosity!”

Ok, I know you all are laughing out there…you’re thinking…Yea, Girl…how do you like being on the receiving end of a tease?! πŸ™‚ Ok, ok, I had it coming!

Oh look, there’s a card! Even the envelope is decorated with cute pansies!

Awwwww…and such a cute card…just the type card I would expect from Diane since she is an animal lover just like me. Here are some of Diane’s four-legged sweeties…you can see them and her wonderful husband of 37 years pictured on her blog.

Murphy and Bailey…



I’m not one bit surprised by all this lovely packaging because Diane is very creative. She makes gorgeous floral arrangements like the one you see pictured here in this wonderful entry of her home.
Wow! I love this arrangement Diane created. It is actually done by using a punch bowl as the container!

Ok, I can’t stand it…back to my mystery package! Look at this precious heart paper…oh, I can’t wait to see what’s inside…quick…what were those clues again?!

Oh, Gasp! Isn’t this darling crystal dish stunning!!!

Oh, I remember one clue, “birds.” Diane knows me well…I do love anything having to do with our feathered friends!
It is two pieces…just as Diane hinted! So in addition to being beautiful, I could store something inside. What would you keep inside?

I am sooo thrilled with this precious little crystal bird dish. It combines two of my loves…crystal and birds…I’m in love! πŸ™‚

And do you see the precious little birds around the base? Doesn’t this wonderful piece just take your breath away?

Diane told me this little dish belonged to her Mom and that her Mom loved crystal, china, silver and figurines. In her e-mail, Diane said, “It was the funniest thing, when I picked this particular item up, your name just popped into my head & it seemed so loud, for lack of a better term. That doesn’t normally happen to me, but I felt you should have this little “pretty”.”

I couldn’t wait to call Diane to tell her thank-you for her wonderful gift. But since Diane lives on the complete opposite coast from where I live, I forced myself to wait just a few hours in case she wasn’t home yet. We had so much fun talking and laughing! πŸ™‚
My heart just sings with joy each time I gaze upon this beautiful crystal piece. I will think of Diane each time I see this precious little bird here beside me on my desk.

Can you imagine how many people Diane must touch each day with her kindness and generosity?! Diane, you are such an inspiration to me and I’m sure to everyone who knows you! I will never forget your thoughtfulness and this beautiful gesture of friendship. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart!

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  1. decorator101 says

    What a beautiful thoughtful gift… I’m sure you’ll cherish it always… hugs ~lynne~

  2. nikkicrumpet says

    It never ceases to amaze me the kindness and generosity that is out there in blogland. What a special gift!

  3. Awwww…that is such a sweet and thoughtful gift, and so ‘right on’ for you, Susan. You surely do have a fine friend in Diane!
    Love, Annie J.

  4. What a beautiful gift! Surprises are so wonderful…God’s little gifts to us….I know you will enjoy it.

  5. Hi Susan…You do tell the BEST stories…you had me wanting to unwrap that package as much as you…LOL…and there it was…a wonderful gift for a wonderful lady. πŸ™‚ Bo

  6. Oh, what a beautiful and wonderous gift from such a special lady.
    This will fit right in with all your beautiful things…and, yes, it will serve as a beautiful reminder of a lovely friend.
    love, bj

  7. It is exquisite. A wonderful gift from a very special lady to a very special lady.

    I know you will enjoy and treasure it always.


  9. Don’t you just love when it’s “fun to be you”? I love those days. What a sweet gesture and I love that it was her mother’s. Those little bird “feet” are just the cutest things ever!
    love, Carol

  10. How very special this gift is Susan and for Diane to give you something that belong to her mama that my friend is just PRICELESS…and girl I would put YUMMY candy in it..and every time you gain a pound you can thank Diane for it haha!! love your music today great choice Susan..and Thank you Diane for doing something special for our special girl Susan… Hugs and smiles.. Gloria

  11. What a lovely gift! Just perfect in every way! And even more special than the gift, is the knowledge that someone cared that much about you. Touches my heart that she shared something her mother loved so much with you. And I think you should place a small nest and some tiny birds eggs inside *winks*….Less fattening than candies! Lol! Vanna

  12. Darlene - Our Creative Life says

    Wow, that is a wonderful surprise! Just to be clear..this is from someone you didn’t know other than from blogland..correct?

  13. How very lovely! I got goose bumps reading this today! Diane seems to be a very thoughtful person, and a little bit of a stinker herself!..too cute! and I vote for candy! ~cindy~

  14. Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) says

    Darlene, Yes, that is correct. It is so wonderful…the friendships that occur here in blogland…I’m reading about them everyday. Refreshing to know there are still caring, giving people, like Diane, in our world! πŸ™‚ Susan

  15. What a thoughtful example of generosity. It would store jewelry quite nicely. It is so cute, and I thought it looked familiar. After going to my corner cabinet, what did I find? I happen to have a companion piece from MY Mom, the same bird on a crystal bell… what a coincidence! This was a nice little story to read.

  16. That is beautiful and what a sweet gesture of kindness..Hope you are having a great week!

  17. Susan, I would never have guessed that you would be such a tease! That was fun. It felt like I was having the suspense of opening a gift! And what a beautiful gift you opened. Thank you for sharing someone else’s thoughtfulness and kindness. Laurie (bargainhunr)

  18. Susan, I feel so honored to have played a part in such a beautiful presentation and I am delighted that you are enjoying the little bird dish. :0} Diane

  19. That is a beautiful piece, and what a sweet gesture to be willing to give up something that belonged to her mom for a friend. In the midst of all the bad news we’ve been hearing lately, it’s refreshing to hear that there are still a few good things happening in this world.

  20. This was such a generous touching gesture. It’s so wonderful that there are still such kind hearted people in the world.

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