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August 11, 2010

Looky What I Got!!!

My bff/kindred spirit/sister and college roomie, Michelle, sent me a goody box the other day!!! I was so excited!! Thought I'd share the wonderful surprises I found inside!

I got a box of coyote notecards, drawn by Michelle's mom, Judy, who is also a gifted artist.

Here's a cool cross stitch kit that Michelle bailed on, and which I can't wait to get started on! She and I definitely play to our crafting strengths. She works magic with, and has the patience for, seed beads, and I have the patience for cross stitch but not with seed beads. But we both have the same taste in designs, that's for sure! I would have bought this kit on my own if I saw it in a store!

Michelle made these smart new bandanas for Sagie and Bean.

That flower toy is one of Sagan's faves, that's why I gave him the flower bandana. Plus the silly smiling flower pattern matches his goofy personality! "Tanks Auntie Michelle!"

And the dark bandanna also looks good on the Bean, who is, as usual, thrilled to be modeling for a yet another photo. "Tanks fer da bandana but pwease tell momma ta stop takin pitchers!"
I saved the best for last. This is a knitted/beaded butterfly bag that Michelle MADE!!!! Isn't she amazing??? She posted it on Facebook and I begged her to make me one too, and offered to pay for the materials. She offered to give me this. I couldn't believe that she would want to part with it!! I am humbled and honored.
It's perfect.
The strap is meticulous and exquisite!!
A beautiful beaded dragonfly with Swarovski crystal eyes.
And an ant with the tiniest curly antennas I've ever seen!!!!
A wee ladybug!
Lampwork glass snake made by Michelle's friend Cindy! I am equally thrilled to own some of Cindy's work as well!!
And a little lampworked slug, also made by Cindy!
I cherish this amazing piece of art. It is a prized addition to my collection!
Thank you so much Michelle!!!! I love you and miss you lots!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO


  1. I love love love your dog pictures! The beads are gorgeous I love glass beads.

  2. Anonymous3:12 AM

    Wow, that is gorgeous and the strap alone is just breath-taking with its intricate work. What a true treasure you have and heirloom!

  3. So fun to get surprises that are tailored just for you and your furry family! No wonder she's your bff.

    Thanks for sharing,

  4. Aww...your doggies are adorable! :-)

    And I love that purse!

  5. Anonymous11:41 AM

    What wonderful gifts :0)

  6. I guess I am never going to stop being jealous (in a good way) of you, Jo. You have outstanding, one-of-a-kind, talented friends. Guess what? I'm included in that bunch, too. However, just one catch, though - I taint tat talented - tet. Well, not in the visual, artistic way. But soon. Ha. Cheers Babe!!

  7. your little ones are just so cute the way they pose for you

    ... and the gifts - i was excited by the first ones, but that bag is awesome - something to treasure and something i would probably use too

  8. Wow, what a bunch of gorgeous goodies.

  9. That bag is a-may-zing!The strap--wow,wowy,wow!The snake is so flipppin' cute and even the slug!I don't have the patience (or vision) for seed beads,so seeing them used is something I love.I also love the feel of small bead necklaces in my hand.

    YOu DO have the most talented and crafty friends...I'm jealous in a good way too.

  10. Everything is beautiful but I'll have to admit, I admire the dog bandanas more ;-)

    [& yes - withholding info is my ex's middle name!]

  11. Fun goodies!!! She really is a talented artist. That wolf drawing is wonderful. I am always jealous of artists like that. I wish I had just a tiny bit of that talent!

    Have a great weekend!

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  12. I would love to have just the handle of that bag made into a necklace. Awesome!

  13. Anonymous8:01 PM

    Michelle is amazing all the way around!

  14. Michelle from Maine8:29 AM

    I'm so glad you love everything!!
    And za pups look MAHVALUS! Yay! I've been wanting to get this package together for you for awhile, but you know how life is. For the record, I didn't make the bandanas, my friend Virginia and her daughter made them to raise money for the Girl Scouts' trip to Washington, DC. Sadly, they didn't make enough to go to DC, but stayed at the Museum of Science in Boston. I bought as many things as I could! ;-)
    I love my Jo friend. She is a kindred spirit and sister to me. We've been friends for nearly 30 years I think, though thick, thin, and everything in between.

    Love you Jo!

    And if any of you are wondering why the coyote looks so wolf-like, coyotes in Maine bred with wolves way back in history, so they are bigger and more wolfie in their size and appearance. We hear them most every night around our house. Haunting, but wonderful sound.

  15. Michelle Wainer8:34 AM

    Thanks all for your lovely comments! You all sound like wonderful friends to Jo!


    If you want to see more of my friend Cindy's beautiful beads and other amazing talents, check out:

  16. From one Michelle to another - thanks so much for your wonderful comments about Jo and the history of the coyotes. Cheers!!