The response to October's Contest has been fabulous... but it's not over yet! You still have today and tomorrow to enter! I have been encouraged by every comment and blessed by the overwhelming response. I truly am sorry for not being able to personally respond to each of you but I appreciate each one of you, love to know what you're thinking and hope you know that if time allowed, we could easily become pen-pals! I'm excited to see who the winner will be!! I'll announce it on November 1.
I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of photos from my sweet friend Margaret from Australia... the land down under! Last February I offered a digital download for a Valentine's gift box that you could make and fill with goodies for a friend and then in the spring I offered a download for a pretty pink seed packet and encouraged you to have your own garden party. Margaret loved the idea of the garden party but on her side of the world, when we are celebrating spring they are in the midst of winter... no flowers and no garden for a party! So she has held onto the art and the idea and behold... the spring flowers are blooming and so is she and her friends!
I love Margaret's creativity. She used pages from Down a Garden Path to make placemats and each woman got one that was specially chosen for who she is with the art on one side and the story on the other. She used the free stationery from my website as her menu... fun! She filled the seed packets with real seeds and the candy boxes with sweets. Faye read from Down a Garden Path while they were waiting to be served to set the heart of the party.
As each woman arrived she was ushered into the dining
room to choose her own Fascinator. Now, I had never heard of a
Fascinator before but they are lovely and so much fun... a little
handmade hat with flowers and feathers and quite the compliment to these pretty ladies! Margaret did tell them a true fascinator has a little tulle covering the forehead and eyes but I don't think any of her friends minded.
From left to right... Janet, Eleanor, Lyn, Pam, Faye, and Margaret.
Thanks for sharing Margaret... what fun!!
I just know it blesses your heart to see your girls come together and celebrate You and the life You've given us. May we be women who open our hearts and our homes and invite into our lives other women who need a touch of love and blessing... and fun... from Your heart and ours. Amen.