The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous women. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Emily: The gift that is most precious to me, from my childhood, is the knitted rabbit that my Mother knitted for my cousin when she was born and which she then in turn gifted back to me when I was born. You can read more about him here: http://mousybrownshouse.
typepad.com/poised-to-take- flight/2010/05/loving-bunny. html . Bunny is a reminder of childhood, my Mother and of close family ties. He is also the first knitted item I ever owed and I like to think maybe the reason that I find knitting such a comfort in my life now.
Vibeke: What is the most cherished gift that you have ever been given, and who was it from?
Emily: This is such a hard question to answer, I have so many gifts I treasure, that have special meaning and remind me of special people but I think that maybe the most amazing gift I have ever received was the 1963 Morris Minor that my husband bought me for my 30th Birthday. “Bluebell” is pale blue and has a red leather interior, she is a happy car and when we travel in her people always stop and smile and wave at us. Cars of that age do not go very fast and when we drive in her we slow down and relax and notice things we otherwise might not! In April my older son turns 17 and I am passing on this treasure to him so he can learn to drive. Luckily he is very laid back and not a “boy racer” as I’m not sure racing is possible in a Morris Minor!
Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Emily: Oh dear yes! I have always been so excited about Christmas and birthdays and always used to open ALL the presents under the tree and then re-wrap them! In fact I just thought that was what everyone did and was really surprised by how shocked my friends were when I admitted to this recently...
Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Emily: I have been very blessed with good friends and acts of kindness and I think that I appreciate compassion in people more than any other ability. When I lost my Mother very suddenly last year, I was so touched by how many kind wishes and letters I received. Even people I didn’t know very well offered words of comfort and I really appreciated the effort that people made to connect no matter how difficult it was to find the “right words”. One person was especially wonderful though, Jennifer a friend I “met” online when I first started blogging. She lives in America and we have never met in person but she managed to make me feel loved and comforted at all times and always seemed to manage to know when I needed her. She sent me a hand knitted shawl to hug me, remedies to help me sleep and a hand made pillow spray, she added chocolate as a treat and alongside that she was always there to talk, either by message, letter or by FaceTime. I really wish we lived closer to each other but even so many miles apart she has really proved herself a true friend and I count myself very lucky to have her in my life.
Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Emily: I too love Spring Vibeke but I think I have to say Summer is the season that has a special place in my heart. It has to be a very Welsh Summer, not too hot! But blue skies and long days, blossom and flowers and days spent on the beach are my idea of Happiness. I particularly enjoy my Summers as I am lucky enough to work in a school and so get to spend six whole weeks at home with my children. We spend as much time as possible outside...eating, playing, reading, crafting, drawing and even sleeping. Every year we pitch a tent in the garden and holiday at home but we also have a tradition of spending one night each summer sleeping on our trampoline, watching stars and awaking at dawn covered in dew. Bare feet on soft grass, birds singing and the sound of bees on the lavender, scents of flowers and hot earth, vivid colours everywhere and fresh fruit from the garden...Summer really gives pleasure to every sense.
My gift is a handmade paper cut called Butterfly Bush. The paper cut itself is approximately 8 x 8 cm and it is mounted on acid free watercolour paper approximately 30 x 20 cm, which can then be cut down to fit a frame of your choice. Applied to the bush are two blue butterflies cut from vintage stamps. It is initialled and dated in pencil on the front.
If you want to enter in the drawing of Emily's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 5'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling...
The winner will be announced in here on march the 6'th.
The best of luck to all of you
Emily and me.
You can find Emily here:
blog, etsy and instagram.