The Best Time of the Year

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The time has arrived for big turkey dinners, mounds of mashed potatoes, Starbucks red cups, Christmas music and family! The greatest of these, Family.

What better way to start off the week of ultimate Thanksgiving then with a Thank You from one of my Tweedles. The gift of Transformers produced this precious note. The simple things in life are the ones worth holding on to.  This goes in the vault.

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Nothing is more dear than a handwritten note from the littlest of hands.

 

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Typed Appreciation

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I’ve had a great appreciation for typewriters since I was a little girl. My grandma used to use one as her main correspondence method. When visiting her house you could hear the slight purr of the electromechanical typewriter and then the tap tap tap of the keys as she started to write.

Then when I was about 14 a wonderful family friend found an old typewriter for me to use. I enjoyed the feel of the silky keys under my fingers and the decisive tap of the letterpress striking the paper through the ribbon. I had to give it up after a couple of years because of long distance moves (it was really heavy!), along with the ribbon ran out. I searched high and low but couldn’t find the correct replacement. I guess the age old tail of “Out with the old, and in with the new” was the demise of my trusty typewriter.

I recently received a Thank You card that took me back to the days listening to my grandma type and the smell of the inky ribbons.

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Erin, soon-to-be-Mrs., has great taste which extends to her paper goods! This lil’ beaut now graces the refrigerator door giving me pings of pleasure every time I glance at it.

I couldn’t find the link to the notecard above but I found this one and this one. I think I just found additions to my Christmas wish list!

Auntie Express

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I LOVE being an Aunt.

(pronounced Awwwnt for all you West Coasters)

Last Sunday, I had promised one of my Tweedles a piece of gum for doing a fist bump blow out with me.

Yup, I bribe. No shame.

Tragedy of all tragedies, I forgot to give it to her! I received a call later that night at her bedtime with a little girl in tears. How could I have done that to her!?

I promised her I would send some gum in the mail with a special card. Tears alleviated at the thought of special little girl mail.

Since I had to jazz up the card all perty like with an envelope seal; the postage was going to be outrageous!

Answer: Auntie Express Mail- hand delivered

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Personalized Tweedle stamp blowing bubble gum.

IMG_6591The culprit. I still have an affinity toward envelope seals thanks to Pride & Prejudice.

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Auntie Express Mail with a piece of grown up gum for each Tweedle.

 

Good Reminders

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I enjoy finding little items that are postal inspired or remind me to be thankful for all that has been given me. Here are some items and phrases that caught my eye on Pinterest.

post_pouch redThe first is this Post Pouch from MochiThings. The red is my favorite but the brown reminds me of a bag that my Grandpa or Grandma Bee had. I’m a sucka for mail and for things for mail to go into. I may just start a garden full of mailboxes instead of flowers!

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The same saying but two different ways. Serious and playful.

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Gratitude: A Journal

For the periods in life when you need to sit down every day and come up with something. Believe me, finding something every day is easy when your in practice.

This blog has become my journal of sorts. I may not post every day or month! but I am constantly thinking of who I should say thank you too. Turns out the bagger at the grocery store, a happy posy, the man singing on the bus or the baby toes of friends child happen across my brain as moments of thankfulness.

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Thankfulness Notes from hellobee

These little notes are a way to be reminded daily of the things big and small that we are thankful for. No need to wait for a Thankfulness tree once a year but spread this cheer all year long!

A plus for the day! The notes can be downloaded and printed for free. Go to the link above and start this summer with a little bit of thankfulness.

xoxo Miss Thank You

Bonded by Wine & Paint

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I’ve received two of these flowery little thank you cards from my friend Krissy. Such elegant pieces of prettiness.

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1. For a birthday gift of homemade lavender sachets and bird glass charms. Krissy is a delightful host who has such wonderful spreads of cheese and wine for our friends. Love it!

2. The repainting of her old apartment that I helped her paint at the beginning. What a weird deja vu! We had a great time catching up and drinking lots of coffee very early in the morning.

Onward to new adventures, my dear! Thanks for the thanks!

Foody, Fun and Fifty

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My mom turned Fifty! Say what!!!

She is an incredible woman who teaches me continually in all areas of life. To celebrate her half a century of extreme awesomeness, my family and I threw her a surprise filled 4 days of fun and food.

A picture montage to tell it all.

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Pomegranate Bistro, Toulouse Petit, Nordstrom Personal Shopper Department, Family Dinners, Gene Juarez Spa in Bellevue, Woodinville Lavender Farm, Chateau St. Michelle, Black Bottle, Surprise Birthday Party

My momma sent me a hand written thank you to show her appreciation for all the details that went into planning the weekend.

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Thank you, my Toots, for letting me be your daughter and writing me notes all the time. Much Love!

Aunt Adoration

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I really enjoy being Auntie Gin. Enormously! I have 7 nieces and nephews who I feel privileged to be called an Aunt (awwwnt, not ant) by.

The first sent me a handmade Thank You postcard. Oh what sweet joy to see appreciation through the eyes of an 8 year old.

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I will send clothes, books, games, trinkets… whatever it takes to receive little joys like this. Love you my Ellie Girl!

 

Narwhal of a Good Time!

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My good friend, Christina, had a baby!

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Bee Bop A Ree Bop is what I call her. In short, Bee Bop. This is a snapshot from one of our church groups. She gave me an endearing smile.

The rest of the world calls her Ellie. (I’m partial to this name as well since my first niece is an Ellie.)

Well, back before Bee Bop made her entrance into the world, Kristy and I decided to throw Christina and baby girl a shower to celebrate them both!

This is what came about through a few discussions with Christina, the inspiration of the sea and the love of friendship.

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20130120_172936Kristy, Christina, Bee Bop and myself.

One of Kristy’s great ideas was to have addressed envelopes from all the guests to help ease the process of thank you card writing. I took it one step farther and created a narwhal inspired card to go along. Since Christina liked the theme of the sea, book pages, bunting and and little pops of pink, I took inspiration and went with it.

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The best part is I received one from her! It is a rare moment when I am given one of my own creations. Adding a truly Christina touch, she underlined funny, applicable or weird words on the book page envelopes. Love it!

My dearest Christina, thank you for saying thanks!

For Freedom!

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Completely disappointed with the post office today.

I went to buy new lovely artistic gems of stamps…

and was not impressed with the selection of Go Green, Toy Story, Presidents, Purple Hearts and the Flag.

I chose the Flag out of necessity.

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When I voiced which type I wanted to the postman, I said, “I’ll take the Liberty and Freedom please.” In the 25 and half seconds after I said those words I realized how extremely blessed I am to live in a country that I can say Freedom and Liberty are mine. No one can take those away.

I am an American!

In the search of something pretty today, I found instead my firm ground of patriotic pride. Now that is something to be thankful for!

Hooked on Each Other

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My younger cousin got happily hitched last June! I was able to fly out from the West Coast to celebrate her nuptials in the great state of Connecticut.

bekki & jayWhat a wonderfully sweet couple!

A few snapshots from the wedding

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Doing what I can to help out the bride. 🙂

gin dancingMy family is REALLY into dancing. And so am I!

I have a tradition that for every person who happily gets hitched in my family receives a hand crocheted blanket.

This one is number is #4

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Bekki oh so sweetly is modeling it for me!

And this the great Thank You card I received from new couple.

20130214_131732It warms my heart to see that this card is signed by them both. Three cheers for new family!