"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

August 17, 2010

How Do You Say Thank You?

Cindy at Whimsical Musings has made something special for me!  yes, for me! and just for being me!

You can read all about it here

It is so kind of her to make this special gift just for me.

I have received such nice things from fellow bloggers, like Bill at Affordable Accoutrements who sent me these pretty table napkins and napkin rings from April Cornell, have you seen her collections? they are Beautiful! she has the most amazing collection of table linens.
 And Samantha from Mommy's Timeout who sent me this pretty card.  She made my day when I received this in the mail the other day:
I liked it so much that I made copies of the front and turned them into seating name tags, they go perfectly with my napkins:

Saying thank you is just not enough to express how I feel.  I feel like the only way I can really say thank you is by doing the same for someone else.  Actions speak louder than words sometimes, and this would be one of those times.

I decided to do the same as Cindy did, by giving something away to my readers, as a way of showing my gratitude for her thoughtfulness.  Since I could not make 84 gifts, it would be insane for me to try, I decided to put all 84 of you in a paper bag and have my seven year old pull out a name.

As he pulled out a name, his "Ta-da" gave way to a big applause from my little family.......

Congratulations Sandie, of Chatty Crone.....YOU WON!!!

Please email me your address so I can send you your special gift.  


  1. My mom always made us write thank you notes when I was growing up. I hated it then, but I'm so glad she did that now. Taught me a valuable lesson!

  2. Maria, that's lovely! (the surprises to you and from you!)

  3. I have an award for you: http://ahippowithaheadband.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-blog-has-substance.html I hope you like it. You deserve it!

  4. Ooh, great idea! Congrats Sandie... let me know what you get!


  5. Oh my goodness - I never win anything - lol - this is so wonderful and special - and so unexpected. That was so sweet and thoughtful of you. It is a great way to pass the thanks forward.

    I know I appreciate the gift alrady and thank you. I'll send you my address.


  6. OH they turned out very very cute. I would have never thought of doing that. I'm thankful that we have become friends. =)

  7. How thoughtful. The gifts you received are beautiful.

  8. Hi Maria,
    Oh my gosh--that was so sweet of you to post all this and also, congratulations to the winner of your drawing!!! I love your napkins and the adorable cards you printed out from your friend's card--how cute and clever! I can't wait 'til the tag arrives.



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