Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thankful for a lot of things...

I had 3 surprises this week that I just wanted to share with you all.

First, I got these...

Beautiful painted Milk glass plates

Isn't it gorgeous?
My friend Luisa went antiquing and saw these beauts and knowing how much of 'sucker' I am for milk glass, she grabbed them for me along with a cute milk glass basket too!
I've never seen anything like it before and I hope to find a place to display them properly.
Thank you my friend, so sweet!

Second, my loosing streak for blog contests finally broke and I won twice in a one week!

I joined the contest from...

And I won!!!! Ding - ding-ding-ding!!!!!!!

I got this beautiful hand-made herb box made from a reclaimed wine bottle crate!

I was planning to put small planters in and plant herbs in it of course, but since I didn't have time to do that yet, it now sits in my counter as my cookbook box!

Yup, What better way to start than with the Master, Julia Childs!

Thank you so much Khammany!
Aside from the prize arriving pronto, it was packaged so thoughtfully with a sprig of lavander tucked in the bow of the ribbon!

You can be a happy owner of the same box, just check out her ETSY shop, "Sweet Inspired Market"!

The Second prize I won cam from Lorie at...
I won a $100 Visa Gift card from the "Glidden My Colortopia" Contest!
Thank you so much again Lorie!!!!!

Lastly, the one thing that I am probably most thankful for this week was the safety of my Brother and his family back home.

You see, my home country, the Philippines was hit yesterday by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, particularly in the province where my brother and his family lives!

I just found out a  few minutes ago as I write this post about this devastating news. Not a lot of casualties known yet and a lot of old churches destroyed...

Basilica de Sto. Nino
as well as other buildings ...

so sad

Luckily too, it was a national holiday and a lot o the buildings were empty and  that includes the Capitol building where my brother works at!

I am truly GRATEFUL!


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  1. Oh Vel, I am so so glad your brother and his family are safe. How horrifying and scary for you, and for all those people affected by the earthquake. You certainly do have a lot to be thankful for! (You are on a lucky streak…..go play the lottery!!)

  2. Glad to hear your family in the Philippines are safe ... internet friendships are amazing in how they can make the world smaller and more personal cause when I heard the earthquake news this morning I wondered about family you may still have there.

  3. Vel, I am so relieved to hear that your brother and his family are fine! My heart goes out to those who weren't so lucky:-(. On a happier note, congrats to you on your winnings!! I am yet to win anything from a giveaway...xx

  4. Wow. I'm so glad that your brother and his family are ok. That is such devastating news!

  5. Wow, so scary about the earthquake! I'm glad your brother and his family are okay! The box looks cute with the cookbook in it! And I know I've told you this before but I love your wall tile. Thanks for mentioning my Etsy shop!! I appreciate it more than you know! You are one lucky duck for winning 2 giveaways!!

  6. So glad that your family is all right and what a blessing that the horrible earthquake took place on a holiday, when so many people were out of those buildings. I know you are greatly relieved. You have a very sweet friend who brought you the milk glass. I will be looking forward to seeing where you display the pieces.

  7. Congrats on your winnings, gifts and safety of your brother. Lots to be grateful for, Vel. You did hit the jackpot!

  8. Congrats on all your big wins! So glad your family is safe!

  9. Yes, thank God, your family is safe! What wonderful news out of such a tragedy.

  10. Wow...you should play the lottery this week!! So happy your brother and his family are fine - know that is so scary...

  11. I am glad your brother is safe, Vel. Congrats on the $100 win! You know I love your plates! What a sweet friend to think about you....Christine

  12. I read about that earthquake yesterday; I'm so glad your brother is safe! It was sad to see all the beautiful old churches that were destroyed.
    Your kitchen is SO gorgeous!!! Oh my heavens would I love to cook in there! Congrats on the contests you won, that is always so exciting! It hardly ever happens for me either so when it does I am so thrilled!!

  13. Oh my goodness, Vel, I am so glad your family members are safe; but that is truly tragic news for the area.

    On a happier note, congrats on the feature -- you totally deserve it for that gorgeous kitchen!

  14. Vel I am glad to hear that your brother and family are okay- what a terrifying thing! We live in earthquake and tsunami country here and it is always a little weight on your shoulders.... worrying about it.

  15. Oh Vel, I'm so glad your brother is safe! I was also worried about my sister, she lives in Manila, of course she is OK. I'm really happy for you and that stream of winnings, well deserved! ;)

  16. Happy that your family is safe. Beautiful kitchen!!!

  17. You've been lucky lately. I'm glad your family is ok.

  18. Glad to hear your brother and his family are safe.

  19. Your brother and his family are very lucky Vel. Thank Jesus!

  20. So glad to hear that your bro and his family are safe. Love your new plates, the details are gorgeous! Congratulations on your winning streak!


  21. Vel, so glad that your loved ones are safe. How very scary. I hope that they are able to get back to their normal lives very quickly. I am happy to hear that you have won some neat stuff, too...can you believe I never enter? I need to enter, you have won some lovely prizes! AND I was so excited to see your kitchen go by on my G+ feed being featured by Kathryn! Congrats! Big week for you! :)


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