Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Birthday RAK's...WOWZA...

I have a stamp that reads something like "My Tiny little THANK YOU doesn't seem like enough for all you have given me"....  WELL....

I'm long overdue for this post, but had a little extra time to do what really needs to be done and THANK the wonderful people I've come to know through this little hobby of ours.  I was STUNNED when my birthday week came and I started getting little bits of happy showing up in my mailbox and front steps...BIRTHDAY RAK's...some from people I've never even talked to other than blog comments and emails.  Some I talk to every day...ALL I cherish beyond words...

Here is just a bit of what I call....AMAZING...

 The super sweet Kristy Young sent me these pretties ALL the way from Down Undah!  She knows JUST what I like and this made my whole day...
 Check out the adorable card Kristy sent along with the above, complete w/ Butterfly confetti in the envie-can you say THOUGHTFUL???
 Heather Schlatter, my sweet stamping friend who always leaves the nicest, most heartfelt comments on MANY of your blogs surprised me with balloons and chocolate delivered to my from my local florist.  AWWW!
Ok, seriously?  Did they MAKE this stamp for ME? Special?  Yes, yes they must have!  Have you ever seen anything more perfect for The Whimsical Butterfly?  The adorable Kadie Ensley sent this to me along with her gorgeous and festive card...I LOVE it!
When my awesome friend Jen was here visiting last week, she brought me LOTS of goodies.  Some stamps, a Lady Antebellum Concert Tshirt from the concert I was supposed to go visit her for but got sick :( wahh) and this BEAUTIFUL Twilight-inspired necklace-I ADORE IT:

When I opened this from my sweet friend Mary Giles, I squealed.  Just ask my girl Jen, she was here when it came!  Are you KIDDING ME?  Alice?  In Bath and Body form?  Surely this was made for me as well.  Cherry Vanilla...mmmmm... lucky girl I am!
 Mary also sent me this BEAUTIFUL card, cute DP, and also some yummy G45 Alice in WOnderland paper...you might have seen it on my Kraftin' Kimmie peeks!  LOVE it!
 The VERY sweet and awesome Kelly Booth sent me this adorable set of kid quotes stamps and this FABULOUS card!  I LOVE how she gave Gigi wings!  Perfect for a butterfly, if I don't say so myself!  Thank you SO much Kelly!  HUGS to you lovely lady! (sorry about the pic quality-this was back when I had pc and camera issues!)

My WONDERFUL friend Peggy McCurry knows just what I like as well...so you can imagine my giddy afternoon when the Mariposa pack came in the mail-Butterflies galore, and PRETTY ones!  To top it off, she sent me this beautiful Mermaid card and I even got to SEE her last week!  Peggy is a dear friend and I love spending time with her!  
 Totally shocked and in AWE of this girl, Kim Yu's, amazing skills that go far beyond her GORGEOUS coloring on this sweet Amelia card she sent!  Kim makes these adorable crocheted flowers (used one on yesterday's card!) and hat pins!  I was so touched to receive this surprise in the mail-thank you, sweet Kim! 
 One of my favorite people to email back and forth...she puts up w/ my nuttiness from time to time and just so happened to be the brain behind the ADORABLE Cupcake Anya-my friend Rach :)
Below is a picture of me.  WHY picture of me you ask?  (which, as an aside, is by far NOT my fave, LOL)  See that UBER cool White Rabbit necklace?  THAT was made by none other than Sara Henton, who not only made this for me but made a TON more initial pendants for MORE people than you could imagine!  Talk about thoughtful...and prepared!  I LOVE this necklace so, so much!

 My sweet friend and Oh, Alice teammate Erin sent me this ADORABLE (and pink!) Dee Dee card:
My two stamping BFF's...where do I START.  Pam and Mercy hand-delivered me this card w/ a gift card tucked inside at the start of our CHA journey...and I tell you what, the past two years of my life have been filled with MORE laughter than I can even explain.   Where do I even begin to tell you how many times I have come home from a weekend and my STOMACH. literally. hurts.  Well, I don't know where...but I do know one thing...ten thousand laughs, our own language, and several hours logged stamping, eating, and watching Twilight marathons later...my life is rich and blessed and I am honored to call you friends.  

Last but not least, I want you all to pay special attention to this card...this card that my cousin/BFF Kim's NINE year old daughter Kaeli made!  I am sad to report that her younger sister, Emilie made me a FABULOUS card as well, as did Kim, but those pics were lost on my computer :(  Thankfully I took a picture of this card that Kaeli made on my phone and had it to post today.  YES.  NINE YEARS OLD.  Design Teams LOOK OUT!  This girl can COLOR, right???  AMAZING!  But what she wrote inside was even sweeter.  The girls just LOVE to stamp and I love how their faces light up everytime they come visit.  I am so grateful that distance (with us moving from TN last year) is no object for us.  I LOVE when they come visit us!  I was blessed to be able to celebrate my special day in person w.these guys and it wouldn't have been the same without them :)  LOVE YOU GUYS SOOOO SO MUCH!

Actually, come to think of it, the card Kim gave me for my bday is shown HERE  :)   Gosh I'm really hoping I'm not forgetting to thank anyone...my life has been SOOO crazy these past few weeks with CHA, company, work stuff, computer issues, and back to school that it took me a while to get this post up but AM I A LUCKY GIRL OR WHAT?!?!?

Thanks for stickin' with me for today's Very Important Post...and a HUGE-beyond-words THANK YOU to all of these wonderful ladies, all of you who stop by and leave me comments, emails, etc...EVERYONE! Hugs...
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13 comments:

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Happy Belated Birthday Jess! What a wonderful thing to be showered with gifts and cards from friends. That's just the way it should be!!! Happy Days and blessings for sure!

Hugs,
Lisa

donna mikasa said...

You are loved....♥

Kristy Young said...

Wow Jess look at all your goodies!! So glad you got spoiled rotten and so happy you liked the embellies and card I sent :)
Kristy♥

♥Rach♥ said...

So happy that you had such a load of Happy Mail for your bday! Hugs!!

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StampinCathy said...

WOW! What creative and inspiring friends you have. You are so special and you can just see from all your friends. Glad your day was special...you so deserve it!

Lelia Pierce said...

I had to come by and comment on this post...while I lurve seeing your creations, this post made me grin from ear to ear. How awesome to share with us your birthday goodies and what all of your friends mean to you! Thanks for sharing!

XXX

Mercy said...

aaahhhhh...you guys made me ink! :) you're a sweetheart, jess...i'm so glad your birthday was a fabulous one! :)

Danni said...

So happy that your bday was a wonderful one!

WickedPixie said...

Happy Late Birthday Jess! Not to make excuses or anything, but when I went on vacation I went brain dead!! I hope you had a great one! :-)Traci

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!
Hugs~
Sheri

Kim Y. said...

Wow, Jess! You have been showered with LOVE! So well-deserved!

Pam Varnell said...

OMG I can't believe I am just now seeing this post. How special sweetie. You are so loved by so many people. You are a friend that I will treasure for life. Love you.