Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Day and Saying Thank You


Did you dance around a Maypole when you were a child?

I have fond memories of special May Day

celebrations when I was in first and second grade.

I didn't dance the Maypole or receive the

customary basket of flowers on my door today,

but I did recently receive this card of beautiful blooms.

A thoughtful thank you

note from The Cherry Chick.

The past week also brought an

abundance of treasured gifts to my doorstep.

Sent me a very special Easter gift.

You may recall that I shared a post here

of the hand painted eggs I have collected

through the years. In that post I gave a shout-out

to Priscilla and the incredible eggs

that she's hand painted over the years.

Look what she painted for me!

My very own pair of Breton figures.

But that's not all!

Priscilla also sent me a very special

egg painted with a Peter Rabbit figure.

Isn't this the sweetest, most adorable egg?

I've nestled it right in with a

few of my Peter Rabbit treasures.

A few short days later a Quimper tureen

filled with tulips was sitting on my door step.

A longtime friend and fellow Quimper collector

decided it needed to belong in my collection.

With a change of focus in her Quimper collection,

she generously sent it along to add

to a group of tureens here at HFTS.

That very day I opened a brown envelope to

find yet another surprise ~ the cutest "mug rug" ever.

Yep! My friend, Rett @ The Gazebo House

has been busy at the sewing machine again.

Those of you who know Rett have seen the

darling outfits she creates for Miss Caroline.

Recently it's friends around Blogville

who have benefited from Rett's amazing talent.

A "mug rug" in a darling Mary Engelbreit fabric,

quilted, and bound with red and white polka dots.

Rett couldn't bear to cut into the wonderful M. E. quote,

so she added another section to lengthen the "rug".

You might recall that my husband is "the chef".

Yes, I know. I'm spoiled to have a husband who does the cooking.

This is the reverse side.

The fabric is a collage

of Mary Engelbreit quotes.


Teapots and Cherries

Ain't Rett something?

As if all the above wasn't enough,

Friday's mail delivered this bouquet of springtime tulips.

Another sweet thank you note

Tucked inside was a dainty

linen hanky and a little tea treat.

Perfect timing to enjoy with my

precious Mary Engelbreit "mug rug".

A "rug" that holds both my mug and a teapot!

The community of friendship and

generosity in Blogville is truly incredible.

I thank each of these friends

"from the bottom of my heart",


I'm most thankful for each of YOU who visit HFTS,

who encourage and support through your comments,

and who continually offer your friendship

and inspiration through your blogs.

Click the links below to join others sharing at the following memes.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. What beautiful and special gifts Sarah! I'm sure you were thrilled! Enjoy and Happy Sunday:@)

  2. Good Morning Sarah and Happy May Day to you! Yes, as a child in Elementary school, we always danced around the May Pole. That was such fun--to be a kid again!!

    WOW--you hit the "blogger" lottery, didn't you? There are so many talented women in this world-- and generous and thoughtful as well. Your gifts were fabulous and I can't think of anyone more deserving of them!

    Thanks for sharing them with us.

  3. Hi Sarah! What a wonderful collection of thoughtful gifts for you...but then you are such a thoughtful person yourself! LOVE those eggs...perfect...and the Quimper tureen! Aren't our fellow bloggers amazing people? Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  4. WOW Sarah, what wonderful gifts and cards your received. You must have been tickled. I know you will treasure them! Have a great day! XO

  5. I'm so happy that I could give back a little something in return for all the enjoyment you have given me with your beautiful posts.

  6. Ahhhhh....isn't the blogging community just wonderful??!!
    Happy May Day to you Sarah. We're all so fortunate to have so many thoughtful people in our lives. It's a testament to how wonderful a friend that you are. I'm so pleased to see that you've had so many lovely and thoughtful gifts sent your way. Of course, I am totally envious of your Mary Engelbreit Mug Rug! You deserve it.
    Hugs on this lovely spring morning,


  7. ............and you deserve to be showered with beautiful gifts for the sweet person you are Sarah. What talented gals all - love everything you received.

    Happy May Day dear. I too was a maypole dancing child - one of my fondest school memories of many years ago!

    Off home on Friday - looking forward to it. My brother will fly over from France to join us for a few days too - and I just know we'll have a wonderful visit. I'll say hello to Peter Rabbit for you when I get to Hill Top!
    Hugs - Mary

  8. Wow! You must love seeing the mailman coming!! All I seem to get is bills :)
    You received some beautiful gifts. I couldn't agree with you more that the generosity in blogland is incredible.

  9. You are well loved, Sarah! It is true that the universal law of tenfold return, states simply, that whatever you give away will
    come back to you multiplied ten times.
    All the good that you do for others is coming back to you.

    Great photos & I'm thrilled to see it put to use already.


  10. What wonderful gifts you have received! I love those eggs...

    Happy May Day.

  11. Holy Cow! This was a very "gifted" week for you. I love it all, but Rett's handiwork is just wonderful. I have my coffee on the rug she sent me, I love it.
    Enjoy all you pretties!

  12. I forgot to say, we never did May Day here, but I went to Catholic school and May was when we had the May crowning of Mary.

  13. How nice! I love the mug rug and all your wonderful gifts!

  14. Dear Sarah,
    such a collection of cute gifts and I am sure, all are well deserved. So thoughtful of your friends! I really love the Quimper eggs. Such a lovely idea and well done.
    Wish you a nice May Day. Best greetings,

  15. Sarah,

    What sweet treasures you received!! I must say I am smitten with those handpainted egss! All your gifts are wonderful! Have a fabulous May Day!!!

    Miss Bloomers

  16. And you have been truly blessed by friendship lately!

  17. Oh my goodness, your cup runneth over! You got such wonderful treasures, Sarah. I love thema all.

  18. What wonderful presents! Each is so special and unique. No one deserves them more. Glad you could be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescasper

  19. Sarah, you are clearly
    a cherished friend and
    blogger! Love all of
    these gifts that you
    received from some very
    talented women!
    xx Suzanne

  20. Ahhh, such sweet, thoughtful gifts! Happy May Day to you!


  21. Happy May Day Sarah! You must have smiled so much as you received all these lovely and well deserved gifts! Each and every one is a testament to your sweet friendship. The eggs are darling, the quimper tureen is outstanding, the mug rug is adroable and the tea and hanky is so thoughtful! Enjoy them all!

  22. You have some truly wonderful friendships. It absolutely warms my heart when I receive a gift that I know was chosen or made just for me. What a wonderful week of surprises for you! -diane

  23. Happy May Day to you Sarah! What adorable eggs! I think I'd have to leave the Breton figures out year round~ what wonderful detail! I keep thinking I will "run" across the perfect ME item to send your way, but I'm still looking, LOL! Enjoy all your gifts, you deserve them :-)

  24. You have some very special and giving friends Sarah! That's a reflection of you.
    xo Cathy

  25. Those are the sweetest eggs I have ever seen. What a great bunch of friends you have.

  26. Enjoy Sarah all that life showers you with, You deserve it! LOVE those eggs, how clever!!! We didn't have a maypole at our school, I went to a Catholic School and we were busy assembling our Mission Day Fair which took place the first few days of May...LOVED THAT!
    Have a wonderful week,
    Big Hugs,

  27. What lovely gifts you received, Sarah! I love each and everyone of them. So much talent here in Blogland. Thanks for the bday greetings!...Christine

  28. Sarah, Adorable painted eggs, yummy tea, mug rugs and gorgeous Quimper tureen.. so many lovely things for a lovely person...Sarah!! :)
    Hope you're having a great day. I'm painting deck chairs and wishing I were doing something creative. Oh well, can't have fun ALL the time.

  29. How do I even comment!? It was like Christmas! Everything was so beautiful, especially those handpainted eggs. Wow, Sarah what a fun post and a fun week for you!

  30. Sarah, I hope you have an idea how much you mean to all of us. You are one special Lady.
    Actually I did dance around the may pole as a child, it is one of my favorite memories from first grade. Thanks for sharing your gifts, all are so special and lovely.
    Sarah, talking about you on my blog!

    The French Hutch

  31. What a lovely collection of beautiful tinges. The eggs are collector’s items. All are beautiful, but they are my favorites. What a special series of pictures this week.

  32. Hi!

    This is my very first time here and I'm loving your blog. I'm loving how fun it is and how fun you seem to be!

    Drop by my blog if you have a minute. It would a pleasure having you there.


    Luciane at

  33. You are such a popular girl Sarah! But it's no secret why. I'm so happy that you received so many beautiful gifts! How fun! The Peter Cottontail egg is my favorite! I know you are enjoying each and every treasure.

  34. Hi Sarah...

    Ohhh certainly did hit the "gifts" jackpot, my friend! What lovely gifts...all of them! I certainly do agree when it comes to all the dear friends that we have met and made here in Blogland! I do declare that this is the sweetest group of friends that I have ever made! I just adore the little handpainted eggs and how very perfect that Pricilla painted a pair of Bretons for you! What a talented lady she is! I sooo enjoyed all of your lovely photos...thank you for sharing them with us!

    I just wanted to stop by to say hello and see how you are doing. Since I have been on a little blogging break I feel like I have gotten so far behind. I hope that my note is finding you and your family doing well. Take care, sweet lady!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  35. Sarah, you are such a special person ~ you deserved every one of these wonderful gifts. How fun to have them all turn up at about the same time. of course, you know how much I love those Quimper eggs, but I also love that Peter Rabbit egg. Your mug rug is so cute, and what fun to have the ME sayings to read while you drink your tea. I enjoyed reading about your delight in receiving such special gifts. laurie

  36. Yes Sarah, the blogging community is the BEST.
    Your treasures are lovely, just like you.
    May 1st was our 23rd Anniversary. How fast did that go?
    It's been over 2 1/2 years since I've been blogging, and it still amazes me how much LOVE there truly is out there with our dear friends.
    Happy Mother's Day Sarah.
    Love Claudie
    P.S. I had never heard of French faience and I'm French.
    See we always learn so much here too : )


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