Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blown Away By Generosity...

Blogland is so amazing. I have met people from all over the world. Sometimes we trade little bits of art back and forth...and once in a while someone will just blow me away with their creativeness and their generosity. It happened to me yesterday. I met Laila about a year ago. If you don't already know her you owe it to yourself to pay her a visit and browse through her blog. Take some time to go back through her older posts. You won't be sorry.

She does it all...drawing and painting, sewing, embroidery, knitting and crochet, beading...you name it and Laila probably does it. And she does it all so well. Her mandalas are gorgeous...and she never just tries something easy. No, Laila jumps right in and tackles the difficult stuff. Recently she asked if I'd be up for a trade and I said yes as long as she didn't hold me to a tight deadline. You all know how terrible I am about deadlines! Many of you have first-hand experience of it! We agreed to do something small. Yesterday the package arrived from Norway. It was special even on the outside...


The entire envelope was hand painted in this all-over design. I sat and held it and looked at it for several minutes before I opened it because I just loved the leaf design so much...and it was done in my favorite color! Then I opened the envelope to discover this wonderful hand-painted card...


Laila has been doing a series of these doll paintings. Isn't it great! I would have been happy with this painting as the trade but there was more.


She included some bits of paper for me to use plus some book pages from Norway which are so cool...and this yummy tissue wrapped package. When I finally tore away the paper I was stunned. I couldn't even think for a moment because what Laila sent to me is so incredibly gorgeous...


This wall hanging is done in three parts to show the different times of a day.




I left these last three photos fairly large so be sure to click on them to see the beautiful detail in each one of these sections.

To think that Laila spent this much time and effort to make something this special for me is beyond my expectations. I wish you could see it in person so be able to appreciate the quality of her work.

Needless to say I love it and it will hang in a place of honor where everyone will be able to see it. Thank you, Laila!

Now what on earth can I do to compare to this???!!