Have you ever received something in the mail that was
A Most Pleasant Surprise? I must say that I have, so many times.
I am very blessed with great family and friends.
The other day I received a package that I was told to expect.
When I opened the package I gasped . . . one of those “take your breath away” kind of moments.
A most pleasant surprise indeed.
Sweet Rita of the blog Panoply wrote a blog post about a Lenten challenge
of going through her closets and such,
giving away 40 bags of things in 40 days to various charities.
Then she had an epiphany of sorts. Why not go through her vast collection of
vintage and antique items and give some items away to her readers who may be interested?
She called it the Panoply Purge and you can read about it HERE.
Well I was one of the lucky recipients!
A box arrived and inside was a beautiful teal hinged box and a gorgeous
embroidered and crocheted linen runner and a note from Rita.
Rita wrote that the runner was from a handiwork gifted lady in Wisconsin and that
the colors reminded Rita of the colors at the Greenbrier Resort, a place that we both love,
for its most beautiful interiors. The interiors originally by Dorothy Draper and now her protege
Carleton Varney and his interior design firm, oversees the interior design of the Greenbrier.
Rita knew that I have been adding some pink to my decor lately and this was a beautiful addition!
Then I opened the teal box.
It was then that I had that “take your breath away” moment.
Rita knew that I wanted to start a silver napkin collection.
These silver napkins went well above something that I thought I could ever find.
It was a set of Japanese silver napkin rings with a scene of Mt. Fuji etched on them.
Cue the box of Kleenex!
Rita explained in her note that it was Japanese Sterling 970 which is finer than U.S. Sterling.
They were from her personal collection and she wanted me to have them to get my collection
off to a great start. Rita felt what better to start off my collection than with a nod
to my heritage. A most great and emotional start indeed!
You can see the outline of Mt. Fuji on the upper right hand side of the napkin ring.
So hard to take a photo of beautiful bright silver.
So now I am thinking about a table setting for Mother’s Day
and I cannot wait to incorporate my beautiful Japanese silver napkin rings for my mom to see.
Thank you, thank you Rita from the bottom of my heart!!!
It’s Friday, and I wish you all a most beautiful day and weekend.
It will be close to 80 degrees here this weekend. . . . Happy Dance!!!!