Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lucky me!

When I think of this blogger.
One of the first things that comes to mind is
Her blog is called
 612 Riverside
This is where she makes a home
for her husband and children.
Her number one priority.
In her spare time she loves creating.
Whether using materials from fabric, paper or objects
found at the fleamarket she manages to
whip it up into something delightful,
interesting and always beautiful.
Recently I was the lucky
 recipient of some of her
lovely handmade goods in a giveaway.

All beautifully and creatively wrapped.

The vintage card from the 50's (though I think
these might have come
from a company that makes reproductions of them)
I have the card at home....wish I had the name for you.
I blog from work but
don't tell my boss! 

Just kidding

BIG C for me!

Now the actual giveaway was this wonderful lavender
laundry soap that I have to say makes
 doing laundry like a walk in a french lavender field.
It's gentle enough for fine linens and only uses a small
amount....1 tablespoon per front loader.
You can find it in her Esty shop HERE
Isn't that incredible?

The other part of the giveaway was this lovely handmade dryer
 sheet that Theresa sewed from a vintage bed sheet.
She has a true love of recycling that I adore about her.
She does all she can to not only keep things out
of the landfill but tries to live her life with as
 little impact to the environment.  
She's my kind of girl.

Now to my huge surprise and delight she also sent me 
this notepad covered
in this beautiful vintage backcloth trimmed with lace
and button to close.

Tucked in the lace is an old photograph of two friends
with their arms wrapped around each other.
I'd like to think that's the two of us...
except I'm the better looking younger one.
Just kidding Theresa.

Awhile back she had bought some wool blankets
 and sweaters to felt.
I commented to her that I had spent hours at
GoodWill one day looking for
sweaters made of 100% wool to felt also.
 I thought I'd have an easy time of it.
I searched out every label to find that most of them were
blends of some type or other.
I looked at so many that after what felt like hours I was able
 to just feel them briefly and just move on.
Now there's a TALENT ladies!

The mellow yellow blanket piece reminds me of one
we still use on our bed.
It belonged to my parents.
And though it's old and the edges are a little tattered
it's the one I love the most.
It keeps me warmer then any other blanket we've ever had.
I would never cut it up.
Now I don't need to because Theresa
was kind enough to share hers with me.
Thank you Theresa not only for the lovely gifts
but for your friendship.

I want to show you some of the cute pumpkins
Theresa's been making

 I call them Bling Bling Pumpkins.
aren't they cute?

This is the big Momma Pumpkin

She's just gotten a big order to bring to
a local gift shop.

But if you wanted one of your very own
you can order one

Happy shopping!


Theresa said...

OH MY GOSH... you have me all choked up! I actually am hardly ever up this late, I was up at 4:00 this morning, making pumpkins of course! But here I sit, just finished listing some of the ones I made today and I was just going to call it a night. Well... because the computer is on my lap I figured that I would check blogland before I layed my head down, and there you were right at the top! And then I opened it and read your post, and well, I am all choked up, truly. Thank you for your sweet words, I'm glad you liked the soap, and all of the other goodies! Funny, I sent the picture of US thinking the same thing!!! LOL!!!
Thank you for being so wonderful! love, love, love, Theresa xoxo

oldgreymare said...


We love Theresa! I am so glad you posted all these pics. I received a wonderful package from Theresa with soap and goodies but it was right smack in the middle of PG and by the time I went to take photos I had already messed up the beautiful packaging and used the wonderful soap. I was so mad at myself because what Theresa does is so very special and you now have shown everyone all her talents. She is a true gem of a gal.

The soap is very cool isn't it? I feel so politically correct with each load.

Now, you and I need to talk. Lived together 10 years? We have not discussed this. I want details. George does laundry? and yet you wouldn't do "T" Tuesday? hmmmmm?

Carole and Theresa? You both ROCK!



Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Congratulations on all the gifts you won from Theresa, Carole! The laundry soap with a lavender smell sounds just wonderful. Hopefully George likes it too :-). Theresa's sweater pumpkins are awesome! What a great idea!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a talented friend you have Carole! I've never heard of handmade dryer sheets, but what a great idea. All of her pumpkins are beautiful too. What a sweet post.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Goodness Carole
This post Rocks!!! First the fabulous goodies that Theresa sent you... so lovely.. and so thoughtful.. what a kind and generous friend..!!! Secondly all the fabulous photos...your's and Theresa's??

And last ... but not least.. I just love your text today... hahaha George came with his own washer and dryer... I can see you now Carole.. sitting back with your fluffy slippers... enjoying your day ... curlers in the hair? whilst George slogs away at the laundry... Can you send him over here??? You're a hoot!!! Have a wonderful week my friend... ciao ciao xxx Julie

PS.. Glad George has his man cave!!! Every guy should have one.. if only too keep the man stuff out of the rest of the house!! haha

Julie@beingRUBY said...

oooh... forgot to say.. although out of the ordinary for me.. i really like that red pumpkin with the tartan... looks like winter warm goodness.. xxx

slommler said...

What gorgeous goodies you have received!! And so clever!! Love the white knitted pumpkins...they are fabulous!
My hubby does laundry too!! We are blessed!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Theresa is such a talented lady! Lucky you to receive all those treasures!
Lucky you that George does the laundry!
I love it when you ramble! :)

Olive Cooper said...

Those pumpkins are I amost said cute but elegant is the correct word! A man who does laundry is special. Does he cook? said...

Congratulations on your great win. Such a lovely gift. I am going to ask Don to start doing laundry;)What a great idea. Love Theresa's pumpkins. So unique and wonderful!
~Debra XXX
Capers of the vintage vixens

erin said...

it's all sooooo lovely!! you lucky chicy-baby!

trash talk said...

I love a good "Squirrel" post...makes me feel like I'm not alone out here in the universe!
Theresa is such a beautiful soul and so talented. When I think of family I think of her too!
He does laundry? I'll trade you Cat Daddy...he dirties laundry.

cindy said...

What a lucky girl you are to have a friend like Teresa. I think I"m going to over and visit her site now.


It's me said...

Lucky you !!!...wowwwww fantastic!!! hugs from me...Ria..

Jacqueline said...

Oh my goodness Carole....what a hoard of gorgeousness Theresa has sent you. There are a million and one things there !! I bet you wondered when it was all going to end. It must have been like Christmas Day !! I love all of it.....I hope we see what you do with the felting material !! No pressure or anything !
..... and, I love the way you have George trained !!!! haha XXXX

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

I was there a minute ago! and yes she 's a sweetie and her things are beautiful!

Denise said...

Cute stuff! I hate to be a big dumb dumb, but how do the homemade dryer sheets work? Duh me. :) I've never tried felting but it looks like it could be a lot of fun. And those pumpkins are hands down the cutest ones that I have seen. I neeed a white one. Off to check them out!

Gigi said...

Wow! What a great giveaway! You've hit the mother lode, Carole! Theresa seems like one talented woman. Love those pumpkins she makes!!!

Hugs to you!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

How lucky getting the lovely gifts from Theresa.
The lavender laundry soap would be delightful and just adore her sweet knitted pumpkins, she has been busy.

Happy Thursday

Tracey said...

Hi Carole! WOW what a truly amazing group of goodies you won from Theresa!!! And you did such a nice post about it too! Really lovely things!

Hope you are having a good start to Fall!!!

Hugs ~

:) T

Anonymous said...

Oooooooo, how fun! Lucky you, Carole!
I LOVE her Bling Bling Pumpkins! I'm off to visit Theresa's blog & shop!
Have a happy day,

Heaven's Walk - said...

You lucky girl, you! What a sweet gal Theresa is! Love the idea of lavender laundry soap. Better check out her shop for some....And her bling pumpkins!!! How adorable are they??? Congrats on winning those great treasures, Carole!

xoxo laurie

vicki said...

You hit the jackpot - your gifts are wonderful. So creatively packaged and so deligtful - lucky lucky you!

Gosh oh gosh I love those pumpkins - I must go and check those out for myself. Best creative idea yet for the fall decor - LOVE these! Your photos of them are awsome!