Friday, January 27


Greetings, dear readers!

After only a few days to recover from the first "Random Act of Kindness" that landed on my doorstep, I awakened to even more goodies arriving at my mailbox! Behold the Valentine-y goodness:

What wonderfully, quirky and inventive things to send! See the vintage "Cootie" and the bag of little Sherriff's Stars? LOVE! And the heart-shaped measuring cups and spoons are just utterly adorable! 
There are candy hearts (and a tube of Valentines M&Ms which have mysteriously "evaporated" (so says the guilty hubs) and darling cupcake liners...and rubber stamps and vintage valentines and...and...
Wait a minute...did I say CUPCAKE LINERS? (Several were Mary Engelbreit) hmmmmm....I'm starting to think this has the earmarks of a certain someone...I shall continue to ponder that notion. Meanwhile, back to the goodies...
And crepe paper and ribbon and twine and cupcake toppers! (See my darling little Owl? A creation from Elizabeth at Creative Breathing) OH! And look at the Hello Kitty book (HOW IN THE WORLD DID THEY KNOW I'm a "closet" HELLO KITTY fan? SPOOKY?!?!) And see the mousepad UNDER the Hello Kitty book? A vintage Shasta...a "for no reason" gift from my dear friend Sandy McClay at 521 Lake Street. (In fact....I'm starting to think MANY of these goodies have Sandy written all over them....confessions?)  
See this fab little travel cup? I got it at a dollar store a thousand years ago...but here's the GREAT thing...not only does it keep your Earl Grey piping hot, but it has a clear insulating cup so you can change the look of it! It was just Christmas sweater paper, but NOW, I used the darling little sack some of my treats were in to make an adorable, vintagey Valentines Day travel cup! I just LOVE the little skunk! Isn't he sweet? This vintage pattern is one of my faves. 
I can't wait to get started...I think I shall make celebratory cupcakes first! Isn't blogdom an amazing place? So many incredibly generous, kind and wonderful women...OH! Which reminds me...go HERE:
And read all about this genius woman: Jenny Lawson

Who purchased this most amazing dress (honestly, it's breathtaking!)

Wore it long enough for a photo shoot (a GORGEOUS photo shoot), and then mailed it to other women who wanted to: 

"I want, just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies.  I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be.  And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”.  Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better.  Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you’re worth it."

And so off it went, traversing the globe...this amazingly, magical incredible dress made by Sunny Haralson . I DARE YOU not to cry when you read this story! 

A dear friend and I are going to do something similar here in Mt. Vernon...stay tuned for details!

ALL THAT TO SAY, WOW! Thank you dear friends (both known and unknown) for making me feel special and loved!

Love and hugs to you all!
Paula Clare


My Vintage Mending said...

You are such a sweetheart...smiles...Renee

Shirley Hatfield said...

The women I've met on the blogs are amazing! They take such joy in sharing...I love seeing how happy their random acts of cute kindness make others. Bless your hearts, ladies!

Sandy said...

I have no idea what you are hinting at.....:):) Happy Valentines Day kiddo! Hugs, Sandy

ImagiMeri said...

You are most loved dear Paula, and Sandy makes a wonderful fairy godmother.....she's exceedingly generous. I wish you many happy hours of creating and play.

God Bless, and you're always in my thoughts and prayers,

vivian said...

well... you are special! so many of us know that about you miss paula clare!
I'm so glad the friendship fairies are blessing you with mailbox love!! makes me smile!!
the red dress story is wonderful and I cant wait to see what you and your friend are planning!
have a wonderful weekend

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Christine said...

Paula, YOU - Are one of Sweetest and Most Special Ladies there is! So Glad to See you treated to Such Adorable Goodies!
Love the Red Dress Story...going to go read the whole story...Coming back to see what you have in store"D

Janette said...

Love the red dress and love the valentine goodies! Thanks for the great ideas too!