Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Sweet Shopping Experience

I recently started my Christmas shopping.  This might not sound out of the ordinary to you but, trust me, it is very unusual for me.  Don't get me wrong -- I'm not one of those people who are running to the mall on Christmas Eve.  But I don't think I have ever done any holiday shopping before Halloween, either.  

Anyway, I just wanted to write a little bit about what a nice experience it was.  I ordered something from the Etsy shop called Hens In Daisies, run by the very sweet and talented Kathleen Grace.    Many of you have probably read her blog, Kathy's Corner, and maybe even ordered something from her shop.  It is a wonderful experience.

I ordered one of Kathy's beautiful fabric hearts for a good friend.  It came packaged in this lovely, beribboned box.

Kathy sent along a nice, handwritten note thanking me for my business, and included two beautiful handmade gift tags.  When was the last time you got such friendly service and lovely extras at the mall?

And just look at the heart itself -- it is so beautiful!  Handmade with wonderful vintage jewelry and millinery fruits, and lovely bits of lace.  How gorgeous is that?!

Kathy's blog may be found here, and her etsy shop here.  Now go forth and shop.  :)


  1. I have started, too! And I can't believe you opened that beautiful but to show us the heart. But I'm glad you did;)

  2. Very pretty! Your friend will love it!
    I am behind this year. Normally, 90% of my Christmas shopping is done by the end of July. I haven't bought much yet. I am slow to start for do many reasons, but am trying to make up for it.
    Have a great day!

  3. Good for you, Mary. Your friend is going to love this. And, good for Kathy. Her store always has such gorgeous things.

  4. I always tell myself to start shopping earlier but never do. Love the pretty heart. Your friend will love it too!

  5. I am so glad you like it Mary:>) That is one of the best things about making these, I love to share them with others who enjoy them!

  6. Oh Kathy's work is just beautiful! What a lovely gift for a friend...


  7. Kathy does beautiful work! I hope to take good advantage of online shopping, too. Such unique gifts!

  8. Hi Mary,

    I think I may have to tootle over because that heart is the cutest thing ever! What a sweet gift it will make. I've started my shopping, but I have a looooong way to go :)


  9. Your friend will absolutely love it.
    I got a sage green toille heart this past May,for my friend's b-day.
    It came packaged so lovely,and a little special something for me.
    Isn't Kathy the sweetest?
    Right now she has some crows,and they are adorable.Might want to check it out.
    Your blog is wonderful,and I enjoy checking in to see what you are up to.
    We have something in common.The love of dishes.
    I wish I had a walk in closet,so I could collect even more. :)
    Have a great day.

  10. Hi Mary -
    I have some of my shopping done this year, too. Family is coming soon from out of state and we hope to send their gifts back with them (to save postage!). I love Kathy's work. I'm sure your friend will treasure that gorgeous heart you chose to give her. Thanks for sharing it with us today.

  11. Oh! Your friend is going to love that! Kathy's etsy site is always filled with beautiful things!

  12. Love your "About me"...:)

    I general don't start my shopping very early either..but actually...I have gotten just a few things so far.

    Lovely pillow..very pretty.

    Take care,

  13. So pretty, what a great gift for your friend and you have gotten some Christmas shopping in early.

  14. Hi Mary

    You seem to get to the greatest rummage sales--what great finds for you! The pressed flower pics...wonder where they'll end up? In your library?
    I might just have to shop at sweet Kathy's, and I can do it in my jammies!

  15. What a lovely gift for your friend. And the talent and love that is here in blogland is just astounding!

  16. Good Job starting early! I got one of Kathy's birds ona stack of pumpkins and it is just so wonderful.

    I am planning on buying a lot of Christmas presents from Etsy, as well as, making some myself. Etsy is a great venue.

    :-) Rosie

  17. Oh, yes, Kathy is one of my favorite places to shop...I have 4 of her precious hearts and will order some for gifts. I am trying to do a lot of shopping thru the lovely ETSY shops. There's so many pretty things out there.
    Have you sent the note cards yet? I am confused on if I was supposed to send payment..altho, I haven't received an invoice as yet. Pls. let me know if I've misunderstood, ok? I am not in any hurry for them as they are gifts for Christmas, too.
    love, bj

  18. Interesting and fun post, Mary! And I love this little heart. I used to make things like this. What is wrong with me?

  19. That is just too darling! Thanks for showing us!
    Karla & Karrie

  20. ...and today "Louis" noticed the Christmas Trees are up in IKEA already....

  21. So very beautiful! Makes me want to give Etsy a try. Thanks.

  22. You're right, Kathy does have such cute items. I love all the little birdies. I was just visiting her blog and said I need do do some shopping. Cute heart, love the black gingham. Someone on your list will be lucky to get it as a gift.

    Debbie in Florida

  23. What a beautiful and carefully wrapped gift. You can see that'it's done with love and I am certainly going to have a look on Kathy's Corner. You did her justice to show the contents of the lovely box. The ribbon is a piece of art in itself.
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  24. Hi Mary,
    I have one of Kathy's Birds. I couldn't resist. They are made with such love!


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