How perfect is this? Yesterday was my birthday, and I was feeling a little morose about the whole thing. Yup, I was definitely feeling my age, and looking forward to a little Hershey love. However, a lovely piece of tole can cheer a girl up no end!
This sweet little tray is a present from my dear friend, Robin. For a while now, Robin has been bidding on (and occasionally winning) toleware trays on ebay, painted by a wonderful artist named Won Buikema. Won's ebay seller name is mahan555, and she has a beautiful tray currently listed here. If you are a dog lover, you'll love this one. Won also takes commissions, and is painting Robin's dog, Rosie. I can't wait to see the finished work!
The tray Robin gave me is approximately 14" X 9", and is painted with robins in dogwood branches, with a lovely border of red and gold -- practically made for our Little Red House. How perfect does it look up here above the range? I just love it -- thank you so much, Robin!
Here is another tole tray I got for my birthday, this one from my family. It is a little bigger -- about 18" X 15". I love the scallopped edges on it, and the elaborate painted border. What a beautiful birthday gift! I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful husband and kids. Thanks, guys!
Edited to add: I am also blessed to have such wonderful friends in blogland. Thank you SO MUCH for your sweet birthday wishes -- I'm overwhelmed by your kindness. xoxo