Friday, May 23, 2008

Show & Tell Friday (and a fun surprise)

I received a generous gift this week from Kelli at No Place Like Home and I'm choosing to show & tell about what she sent me.

Two weeks ago Kelli explained on her blog that she had found some wonderful books at a resale shop and she offered them as gifts in a drawing -- and I won! Kelli's blog is one of my favorites so I was really excited to receive such a neat thing from her.

Thank you sooo much, Kelli! Oh, and thank you for the herbal tea too. What a thoughtful and generous lady!
This is what Kelli sent me:

She tied the books together with an embroidered ribbon. I shouldn't have been the least bit surprised with all Kelli's pretty touches on so many things she does - as pictured on her blog.

Here are the books and a sampling of their contents:

This sweet little book is filled with watercolor paintings accompanied by scripture, prayers and blessings.

And this book has fun pictures (again, watercolors) accompanied by proverbs, quotes and scriptures about friendship.


This little paperback is filled with all kinds of ideas for tea parties and it has some wonderful recipes. Really....I need a pretty tea pot now so I can invite someone over for a spot of tea.

This book is my favorite of all of them and I've read it from cover to cover already. It's all about making one's home a hospitable place both for family and visitors. I am inspired by this book to find simple ways to bring beauty to our home.
Here is a sample of the beautiful artwork in The Gentle Art of Hospitality.


And last, but not least, a lovely little gem of a book that I am going to give to someone (who stops in here and leaves a comment) because I already own a well-loved copy:
This book has beautiful paintings done by Edith Holden, a lady who kept a nature journal at the turn of the previous century, which was later published under the title The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. Here's an example of Miss Holden's beautiful artwork:

This copy was well loved by someone at one time and has some vintage stains (which adds to its charm). This book is a bit broken in so you will not be afraid to use it. I think that is ideal because this book really should be used, loved and shared with others.
I will select someone (from all who leave comments on this post by Sunday 5/25) to receive this paperback book. If you already own a copy of this book, or don't think you'd particularly enjoy it, please do say so. I will not be the least bit offended and that way someone who will enjoy it will be more likely to receive it. Be sure to leave your e-mail address when you comment and I will notify the winner sometime on Monday.

After leaving a comment here, check out more Show & Tell offerings at Kelli's.


  1. Congrats on winning the beautiful books. And thank you for visiting my blog. The little sea creatures are carved from wood. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the reading!

  2. All I can say is: "Awesome, congratulations!!"

    Everything is just grand. What a terrific prize.

    My Show n Tell is bone china cardinals this week. And especially a favorite...a cardinal music box.

    The show n tell is following a set of photos of a tornado that ripped through where my nephew lives!!! I had to post those first since it's family!! So, scroll down.

    Happy weekend, and for the Americans, have a safe holiday!

  3. Please enter me in your giveaway. I have been having the darndest time try to get used versions of some of the books that Kelli sent you.

    You have a wonderful treasure.

    Please, stop by and check out my S&T today.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. What a lovely collection of books you received from Kelli!!1 I loved the touch of the ribbon and wasn't surprised either being from Kelli!!! I'd love to be in the drawing for the give away book. Thanks!

  5. Whoo Hoo! Lucky You!

    Those are great books. I am a book-a-holic and I am coveting your books!



  6. What a neat package Kelli sent you! Thanks for the review of the Hospitality book, I am going to look for a copy of it.

  7. Congrats...these look like beautiful little books! :)


  8. Congratulations on winning these beautiful books. Kelli did a wonderful job with the lovely embroidered ribbon. I love books like this. The illustrations are eye candy. Thanks so much for sharing and for your generous offer to give the duplicate book away.


  9. Hi Becki,

    Congratulations for winning! I am a bit envious of all the beautiful books you received!!! Have fun reading through them... :)

    Have a safe and blessed weekend.

  10. Congrats. on winning Kelli's giveaway. The books are all very nice. I would like to have any of them, but especially the Edwardian Lady's nature journal.

  11. Congrats on your win! The books are beautiful.

  12. Oh, your books are so beautiful! I love books but old books always give me a special feeling. Thanks for sharing.


  13. What a lovely selection of books! I hadn't heard of the one you are giving away. I would love to be entered for it.

    I got your email... and I will reply soon!

  14. Thank you so much for stopping by my S&T this week. I enjoy having new company!

    What a lovely set of gifts you got from Kelli!

  15. Congratulations, was that the drawing with about a million (ok, exaggeration there) entries? lucky you! thanks for your visit to my bog and your kind comments.

  16. congrats on winning those lovely books from Kelli !! What a blessing. nice to meet you and hope to see you again... maybe next week. Mica

  17. Those are really pretty! I always enjoy Victorian, feminine things even though I am rustic oriented. I do believe that I have a cross-stitch pattern using that home scene in your second picture! Small world!

  18. How sweet of Kelli! And how nice of you to use that for your Show & Tell.


  19. What lovely books that Kelli sent you. The Edith Holden book I have had (in hardback) since it first came out many years ago, and I treasure it still. Such beautiful illustrations. I have several books of Country Diary x-stitch charts too, and they are such pretty designs when stitched up.


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