Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A surprise from Marja & Fall Gardens at Sunrise

Hello there !

We are enjoying what I call 'Indian Summer' but my husband says it's not hot enough.  Whatever !  We are enjoying such beautiful colours and some nice warm days !

Last night I went for a little walk to pick up our mail and found a package from the Netherlands.    A friendly & talented blogger friend, Marja at Marja's Stamping Addiction , whose work I've been admiring for the past year sent me a surprise !  

I'm a lucky lady !   First is a gorgeous bookmark.   Marja stamped the lady with her own homemade stamp and drew in details.  You can see she is a talented artist !   I love this style and was SO excited to receive this !

And that would be a big surprise already but she also sent a piece of her encaustic work that I admired at her Blog.   I was excited over it as I felt it was a piece of beautiful artwork and not a card to send out.    I've  been recently introduced to encaustic art (just looking, not doing) by an artist friend and then to receive this from Marja I am thrilled !   

Thank you again Marja, special gifts from a talented lady !  If you have a chance it's well worth your time to check out her work at her blog.

Yesterday morning as the sun was rising I noticed how it made the tops of our trees in their Autumn glory 'sparkle'.  Nature is so beautiful.   I ran out with my camera in my PJs to take some photos and I've included a few here.

 view from my craft room window

When we moved to our home, there was barely grass growing with zero trees & plants.  Many years later and we have a mini forest !   We are enjoying the gardens as they mature.

Well that was a longer post !  Next one is short with a little Halloween Twinchie !
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,


Donna Ellis said...

Lucky, indeed! Thanks for sharing your beautiful goodies. Love seeing your photos, Shirley. We still are green green green here LOL (not that I'm complaining). Beautiful Florida weather. Have fun enjoying your new art!

Karin said...

wow what a beautiful gift you received! Love the pictures you took of your garden, gorgeous autumn colors!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Marja's work is amazing Shirley...and you received two gorgeous creations from her...I love her work so much!!
And besides that, she is a great Lady!! :-)

And wow your garden is a big party in autumn colours...do you live in a palace with such big gardens? :-)
You're blessed with such surroundings...very inspiring I guess.

All the best, Alie :-)

Sue said...

Oh wow her work is beautiful Shirley and so is your gardens! my favourite time of year the colours are so gorgeous. Unfortunately we only have a very small garden but its full of lovely plants and flowers huggles hun xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Ryn Tanaka said...

Wow! I love those pieces by Marja :) What a nice package to receive in the mail! Your garden looks beautiful as well Shirley! You've certainly taken it a far ways from just a grass lawn!

cparsons said...

Love Marja's work and I am so going to pitch a tent in you backyard!! Gorgeous simply beautiful!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Marja, is a great talent!!!And you are a lucky one to receveive some ART from her, Waw your gardon looks so lovely and when the weather is so nice you can really injoy it!!


Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Dear Shirley, you're we;come.

The pictures of your garden are so beautiful with the fantastic autumn colors and the sun shining on the leaves. you have made a real paradise there in your garden. Pardon garden??? your Forest!!!
Lovely greet and a big hug

Eileen said...

Oooo such beauty in your gardens.... I am soooo jealous ...You have worked hard... so much gorgeousness to enjoy.
E xxx

Miranda said...

Hi Shirley, you have a 'Garden of Eden' here, gorgeous colours and you can see the 'heart' which you've put in here!Great to receive those lovely gifts from Marja! warm greet Mirandaxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What stunning gardens Shirley, and they look as though they have been established longer than 12 years. To have such beautiful colours right outside your window must be a great inspiration at times.

Sue x

Saakje said...

Hi Shirley,
Your garden looks sooooo nice with all the Indian summer colours. What a really paradise. All your garden works give you a great reward. Saakje.

Shannon White said...

Wow such Pretty works of art that Marja sent you! Your are a Lucky Lady! And the pics of your garden are Wonderful! Loving the Beautiful Fall colors,Wow!! 8-)