Saturday, February 6, 2016


My heart is filled with gratitude for all the precious sisters in the Lord I have been blessed to meet, and I daily thank Jesus for allowing me the true privilege of writing on Beautiful Girlhood as well as forming the most wonderful friendships along the way!

Yes, my friends...I have returned from my little blogging rest.  I simply missed you all too much and had far too much I wanted to share with you.  I do think my blogging schedule may tighten up somewhat over the next few weeks as my dear mother approaches her due date, but I want to write oh so much that I will stop by when I can!

In my absence I have been working on several posts including a little tutorial I promised months ago, so all my sweet readers who love to sew, and even those who have limited sewing skills, do stay ''posted'' for a lovely and simple project which will only take about half an hour, coming soon!

I wanted to show you some of the most delightful gifts given to me by some very dear friends lately, both those that I have met and those that I haven't {yet}...isn't it remarkable that we can enjoy sweet fellowship with those we have never met in person before...?  The love of Christ unites us, and it is a joy to behold indeed!

 My dear pen friend, Ashleigh, blessed me with the most delightful Christmas parcel...just look at some of the treasures she wrapped up for is such a JOY to write to Ashleigh, and she does write the most delightful letters back...{{happy sigh}}.  She made this adorable birdie brooch for me...isn't it too cute?  And see the crocheted doily behind beautiful!

Oh, and Mildred, whom I have truly enjoyed getting to know better over the past few months, sent me these beautiful vintage hankerchiefs...aren't they pretty?  I am collecting lovely hankies as they make such wonderful tray cloths, don't you think so too?  I think my favourite is the ladybird one on the left!  {{smiles}}  Mildred, you have impeccable taste! 

 My sweet friend who lives just down the road gave me this charming blue tea cup...look at the design on it...  The two of us decided to throw a baby shower for a mutual friend who is expecting a second little blessing soon...  It was so enjoyable to plan together and then finally watch the event unfold...  Thank you, Beverley...I do love this tea cup so!

And on Monday my dad came home carrying a beautiful package of birthday blessings from my dear friend, Cheryl...not only did she send me a book filled with the most fantastic ideas for card making, but she added all sorts of goodies including a little book of ''home'' quotes, handwritten notes and a pretty tea cup coaster made by Stephanie...I am busy planning my sewing ''corner'', and I intend to have this pretty coaster on my table for that daily cup of tea!  
Dear blessed me more than you could ever know...thank you!

The post office has been quite busy with mail for me lately, and I simply have to smile...I have heard the term ''happy mail'' used for exciting things that come through the post office, and I can certainly say this is what I have received lately...  
If you are unsure of whether to begin exchanging letters and gifts with other ladies across the world, may I encourage you to give it a try?  I can assure you that it will be a delightful experience - there are so many precious ladies with generous hearts, it makes me smile to think about it!

Now I must be off...tomorrow is market day, and I am looking forward to meeting a friend for coffee while my sweet sister, Nancy, looks after the goodies at our stall.  I have quite a few products to show you, but all in good time...I could continue writing for ever so long, but I am sure you have lots you would like to do on this Friday morning!

Have a blessed and creative weekend, sweet friends!

 Oh, and have you entered my little ''love'' giveaway yet?  It is still open to all readers across the globe...if this is your first time visiting Beautiful Girlhood, please don't let that hinder you...the more the merrier, and you are most welcome here!  I warmly invite you to stop by this post to join in the giveaway delights...


Camille said...

What lovely gifts! I agree with you, Kelly-Anne....the friendships forged via blogging are truly wonderful. I am so pleased for you that you have been blessed in such tangible ways. Your giveaway banner is so pretty...I am sure whoever wins it will be excited to find it in their mailbox. Enjoy your market day! Hugs, Camille

Mary Hutchins said...

It's so nice to see you back!! Your friends have certainly blessed you with sweet gifts. Each one so special and pretty. Hope your day is happy and blessed!

Vicky Hunt said...

Such lovely gifts! I love to receive happy mail and just received a sweet gift from a dear blog friend this week. I can't wait to share! The teacup is absolutely precious! Love the little scene on it. Stephanie's teacup coasters are so darling! You were blessed indeed by your sweet friend. Enjoy your treasures and I hope you do well at the market today.

Hugs, Vicky

Daniela said...

You receive so many lovely gifts, my darling, because you're such a blessed soul, you give so much love to everybody and then, a sweet heart, with love answers you !
Have a blessed end of your week, thank you for the lovely words you always send me, they truly touch and bless my heart with joy, my sweetest Kelly-Anne !
Thinking of you with so much love

Little Treasures said...

Dear Kelly-Anne, you are truly blessed with such fantastic friends and you received some great gifts to treasure!

Elizabeth said...

What a happy day to see you back in the little world of blogging, sweet friend! And what lovely gifts!! Friendships made through blogging are such a blessing- when I first started blogging, I had no idea just how sweet it would be :)

A very, very warm welcome back from your break- I trust you had a delightful time off! I am so excited about your sweet mother's upcoming due date, and will be excitedly awaiting the news of a precious little boy's birth!! What an exciting time in the Gray household!

Enjoy your weekend! I've been thinking of you often, my friend! Much love to you always!


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kelly-Anne, such a lovely post of friendship and beautiful gifts you received. Everything is so pretty and so you. Friendships made here in blogland are very special and I feel those blessings too. God has been so good to cross the path of so many wonderful and special hearts. You are one of those for me my friend and I thank God for you and your dear heart.
Blessings to you for a wonderful week ahead and so glad you stopped back to share with us. See you soon. Sending hugs your way and prayers for your mother and the new baby. xo

Margie said...

Your sweet gifts made me smile, Kelly-Anne. Getting happy mail from someone who took the time to write me a letter always makes my day. I always enjoy reading about about the happenings at different corners of the world.

Cheryl said...

Dear, Sweet Kelly-Anne! Thank you EVER so much for your dear, precious words and the mention here. :) Oh, it blessed my heart indeed to read it and to know how very blessed you have been! You give so much love away, and it is just so easy for others to love you back! You are a precious soul and such a dear blessing to all of us in blogland. I am SO grateful God allowed our paths to cross. And, dear Stephanie!! Do you know I learned about her sweet coasters because another precious blog friend who writes for "Spicing Up Idaho" sent me a dear package for my last birthday, and in that package were two of Stephanie's lovely coasters? I loved them so much, I ordered more, so I could pass them along to others. I am SO grateful you like yours, and, isn't it dear of our Heavenly Father to connect us all this way? Sending you so much love and gratitude, dear friend!

Jazzmin said...

What a joy to read of your joys of late and to read a post from you! I am so glad to see your new post come up :) Oh how true, how truly wonderful it is to have the sweet blessing of dear friends through blogging that are in Christ and are such a delight to know. Like you, dear friend♥ I wish we knew each other in person because you are a true blessing in spirit and heart.
What absolutely beautiful gifts! What a joy to read of the story of how and from who you received each and how happy each made you to open and admire.
All are just lovely.

Prayers for you, your mom as she approaches her due date, and your family :) Blessings and hugs!!

Karen said...

I know you are thrilled with the lovely gifts. Thank you for you kind comments on my blog! You are an encourager.

Jill said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and the lovely comment. Great to " meet" you! What truly beautiful items you have received! Have a wonderful day!


Connie said...

How wonderful . . . it is easy to see that you are loved :)
That blue and white cup and saucer are a delight. How can you drink from that and not be wearing a big smile :)

Paige said...

What sweet and beautiful gifts your friends have blessed you with! They all know you so well, because all the gifts have that "Kelly-Anne" flair to them! :) How fun.
Enjoy the beginning of this new week! May the Lord give you rest in your busy times.

Alex said...

Oh, such lovely goodies! Love them all, the ladybird hanky is so sweet!
I hope you can get your sewing corner set up will be a very productive place, knowing you, Kelly-Anne!
The sweetness of blogging friendship and corresponding with each other just can't be overestimated. It bring sunshine to the day, and a warming of the heart, even across far distances.
I will be sending up a prayer for your Mama today, thinking of you both.

Shoregirl said...

I love the birdie brooch and mug -- so delightful!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Kelly-Anne, you certainly were blessed with such lovely gifts for you to cherish and love!! Blogland certainly connects us with such wonderful friendships, doesn't it?
Now I'm thinking of your dear mom and the baby boy that will soon join your loving household. Prayers are sent for the upcoming birth, sweet friend. xo