Monday, July 27, 2015

Vintage Treasures ❤

A very dear friend of mine recently blessed me with this beautiful book by Edith Holden...
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady...smiles...thank you Miss M, you are indeed a treasure!

My sweet friend knows how much I love anything vintage, beautiful, and country~inspired,
and I was touched beyond words that she thought so particularly of me...❤

   "A friend is a gift you give yourself..."  

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

  There is so much lovely detail on every page...the love Miss Holden had for the countryside is evident in her beautiful and detailed paintings...

 "Edith Holden's words, all carefully written by hand, include her favourite poems, personal thoughts and observations on the wildlife she saw surrounding her home in Warwickshire, and on her travels through Engalnd and Scotland.  The equisitely beautiful paintings on every page of birds, butterflies, bees and flowers, reflect her deep love of nature; they have been executed with a naturalist's eye for detail, and the sensitivity of an artist..."

~ Introduction to The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

The daily journal entries are written with such care and simplicity, and a warm colour palette is used for her incredible paintings...

"The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein."

~ Psalm 24:1

The other day, upon visiting the post office, I was excited to find a very sweet letter waiting from me from my new and very dear penfriend in Virginia...smiles...  
Did I ever mention how much I love receiving letters in the mail?  Letters bring such pleasure!

  "There are a few things that people really value in their daily life, and one of them is certainly receiving letters.  In spite of the vast electronic communication services available to us, most people still love to get letters in the mail."

~ Lady Lydia

 Oh, and just look at this beautiful and delicate vintage hankerchief dear Ashleigh sent me...she said she found it on a recent visit to her local antique store and thought it needed to move into my cottage...wasn't that so thoughtful and kind of her...? 

"The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it..."

~ Unknown

Today is gloriously clear and crisp - the perfect day for tending the mom and I are very busy planning our spring garden and discussing all the lovely flowers, vegetables and herbs we are hoping to plant this year...Spring is just around the corner, my friends, and how very glad I am!

Thus, I bid you farewell for now, sweet friends...
I hope you have a beautiful week ahead filled with many lovely blessings and smiles!

 ~ Blessings ~

~ Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for breathren to dwell together in unity!  Psalm 133:1 ~


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Anonymous said...

How lovely to receive such a beautiful gift. I have that book and it is enchanting to read it. Enjoy planning your Spring garden, here in the mountains, summer is still with us. God bless!

Vicky Hunt said...

How lovely Kelly-Anne! Two wonderful gifts from two special ladies.I love vintage books myself. I actually love books of all kinds. And vintage linens are so lovely. I hope you are doing well and had a lovely weekend. Have you been busy refilling your Heartmade booth? Have a wonderful week my sweet frined. And, if you think of me during your prayer time, please say an extra prayer for me. My daughter leaves Friday for Europe and while I am happy for her, my heart is hurting. If you would also say a prayer for safe travels for her as well, I would be so grateful. Her name is Miranda. Thanks so much! Have a blessed and beautiful day.

Hugs, Vicky

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a lovely book you've shared with us, Kelly-Anne and such wonderful quotes on friendship, too. Yes, your sweet gift is perfect for you and a wonderful remembrance of a friend across the miles.

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Kelly-Anne! I've missed visiting with you as I've been out of town and slightly upside down the rest of the time, but I wanted to pop in and talk for a bit. It is so sweet to have a pen pal friend in Virginia, especially one that sends gifts. :) The handkerchief is just gorgeous. What a lovely gift.
And I just noticed in your sidebar that you have Miss Potter here, and I just love that. All things Beatrix are appreciated in my house, but I had never seen the movie until just a few weeks ago. My my, I had really missed out. I've watched it nearly ten times since I bought it. :) I'm sure you understand...
Have a wonderful week!

Kimberley said...

Hi Kelly-Anne!
I'm visiting you back! :)
Your gift book is beautiful! The pictures are amazing inside!
I see that you have Anne of Green Gables on your sidebar, that really stood out to me...being an East Coast Canadian Gal I am more than familiar with Anne! ;) I don't know too many people in the USA that even know of this story!
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Kimberley

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Dear, so glad your Spring is coming soon. Planning a garden is great for the heart. That book does look like a treasure. And I agree a letter in the mail is wonderful. You are a treasure to so many of us! Thank you for preparing your heart for your future husband and family. Love, Roxy

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Kelly-Anne, what a special book gift from a dear friend. It looks lovely and I know you are really enjoying it. Love the pretty hanky too and how special a gift like this is to treasure.
Both books and hankies are treasured favorites of mine as well.
Thank you for sharing and also for stopping by and your kind comment. Wishing you and your mother a special time planning your spring garden.
Blessings and Joys to you. cm

Margie said...

How thoughtful of your friend to gift you with such a beautiful book. I'll have to see if my local library has a copy of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

I also love receiving letters. While I appreciate the convenience of e-mail, it's more fun to receive snail mail!

Anne Payne said...

Sweet! That book is a true treasure. And such a lovely handkerchief.
I'm enjoying looking at your Pinterest boards. :)

Mary Hutchins said...

Your friends have blessed you with beautiful treasures. That's wonderful!

Kim said...

I too have this lovely book. Page after page of lovely paintings, drawings and lovely thoughts written by hand. Vintage books are wonderful aren't they. Come to think of it, anything vintage is treasure. How lovely you and your mum are tending your garden in readiness for Spring. I am afraid down here Jack Frost is a visitor who seems to appear much too often. I have a feeling Spring is not appearing around the bend of our country road anytime soon.

Debbie said...

such a beautiful book, you will treasure it always!!!!

Alex said...

Hello dear Kelly- Anne, I should think there are many of us who have copies of this book - wouldn't the authoress have been amazed had she known it would travel far and wide?
Planning a garden is such a hopeful thing to do at the end of winter.
Blessings and love!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

I have this book Kelly-Anne, it is delightful to look through.

Hamlette said...

That book looks awesome! I bet it is fascinating as well as beautiful :-)

SpicingUpIdaho said...

I have never heard of the book you mentioned, but I am going to go on a hunt for it, because it sounds most inspirational, and such beautiful pictures too! How special it is that you and Ashleigh are communicating through mail! I think that is just the most wonderful thing about this blogging experience, is all the beautiful friendships that come about! It is amazing how you are just about to enter spring time, and we, the fall... and there is such joy that comes in all changes of the seasons! I pray you and your mother have a wonderful time making plans for your spring garden :) Much love across the miles dear friend!

Gwen AnIslandFamilyByGrace said...

My mum has a copy of the Diary of an Edwardian Lady. We borrowed it last year as an inspiration for our nature notebooks, and my older daughter especially liked it- it has spurred her own to do even more drawings of her own. Thank you for sharing this!

Conniecrafter said...

I have some papers from the drawings you showed, came with my British magazine. How sweet of your friend to send a lovely embroider piece, yes it is so nice to check the mail box and have something other than bills or junk mail!
Have a great week!

Linda Walker said...

I am busy catching up on your posts! I LOVE that book! I wish I could see more of it! What a treasure for sure. The handkerchief is very sweet. How thoughtful of your friends! I have to say that I do love getting letters in the mail too. enjoy that book! I could lose myself for hours in that one!!!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Kelly-Anne, what a precious and cherished gift! I love the beautiful illustrations, and hope precious to receive the vintage handkerchief! Sigh! Oh, at times I miss the slower more gentle times of life! Cherish them, dear friend! Hugs!