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October 17, 2007



Yes, Santa did come early this year :-) What sweet things to share!


Christmas indeed! I can only imagine how excited you must have been as you pulled one lovely thing after another out of the box. Truly, every single thing Fifi sent has your name "written" all over it!

I had to chuckle...although my little house across Tampa Bay was built 30-something years after yours, it still had that same broken tile floor on the front porch, in those same colors! Must have been the "in" thing for several decades around here.

And that Maggie...she is capable of more heart-melting expressions than I have EVER seen on any dog! I'm a complete sucker for big brown eyes. Just want to squeeze her to pieces she's so sweet!

P.S. I hope to start painting the bedroom next week. I'm nervous but excited too! I'll let you know how it goes.

Daisy Cottage

Shari, this tile is ALL OVER the porches here in my neighborhood! Too funny! I picture someone driving around back then to all the neighborhoods, selling the tile out of the back of their truck! ;-)
Can't wait to hear how your bedroom turns out.. it's going to be wonderful!


Wow! Fabulous treasures! And all perfect for Daisy Cottage. I'm on my way to visit FiFi ... ~ hugs, Lynda

Susan Ramey Cleveland

Maybe Maggie needs her own care package. Hmmmmm.

Penny ~ Mosaic Artist

What a wonderful sweet thing for FiFi to do! Those items will look perfect in your home!


How wonderful and kind of Fifi! Those items are taylor made for Daisy Cottage. I look forward to seeing how you use them.

Debbie L.

Good Morning Kim!

Wow, you did receive some wonderful gifts from Fifi. How thoughtful of her.

Oh now Kim... Maggie needs some french panels too, LOL. I just love Maggie to pieces. I have been away and just catching up with you and Miss Maggie. You both bring smiles to my face each day, thanks:)

Debbie L.


Who gets more mail than you???? How sweet it is to come to a package from waiting to be opened. By the looks of it you have a box full of wonderful, beautiful things to make you smile.


Surprises are wonderful and such pretty things! It's so cute how Maggie picked out what she liked!


these are fun gifts and I can not wait to check her out! Who does not love creative inspiration? Wanted to let you know I am doing a jewelry give away...enter you name in to win! I am so excited about it!

Diane Duda

If these are Fifi's old things that I guess I really must head on over and see what's new!

- my Aunt used to have a poodle named FiFi and this is certainly not the kind of packages she used to leave. :) -



Hi Kim,

What sweet treats from Miss Fifi and how perfect they are for Daisy Cottage!



Hooray! Christmas in October! Gotta love that.
God bless :)

C. Stower

How wonderful for you! And how much fun will it be to find a place for all of it!! I love decorating with second hand treasures, and how nice for you to have a sweet friend like Fifi. I visit her blog regularly, I love the eye candy it provides. Hugs, Cindy


Kim, these are wonderful gifts from Fifi! Cute shots of Miss Maggie, too!



How sweet of Fifi to send you so many wonderful goodies! I see Maggie has exquisite taste just like her mommy does ;o)

The feathered nest

Oh My Gosh! Lucky, lucky you!! What "fabulous" things she sent you. So perfect. That was very nice of her to send those treasures on to you. I'll have to go see what she's up to!



Wowzers, what a dear friend! You fortunate lady, you! :) Have fun with it all and can't wait to see how you use it in your fabulous cottage!


That's a lot more fun than going to the mail box and getting bills!! I love the toiled especially.


That is so amazingly cool and generous. It all seems so perfect for you and for Daisy Cottage.

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Beautiful and so generous!!!! Maggie thinks so, too!


What a sweet thing to do! We bloggers are a special group, aren't we!


How very generous of Fifi, lovely stuff and I'm glad to see that Maggie approves!


That was so nice! How lucky for you.
What fun,


Wow, beautiful "stuff" and perfect for Daisy Cottage. FiFi is great and I visit her blog often. I found her blog through you. Thanks.

Michelle E. @ Vintage Pastiche

WOW KIM! What beautiful gifts! I guess Christmas DID come for you! What a great friend FIFI is! :)

Boy I have certainly missed some beautiful things since I have been MIA lately. All the beautiful pictures are making me swoon. :)



Oh.My.Goodness! You hit the jackpot! Lovely things...all of them. I'm going to give her a visit now.



Those rich fall colors are gorgeous! What a beautiful, autumny- box from Fifi!

Angela (Cottage Magpie)

I've been offline for so long with my move this is probably WAY Way way behind the times, but I LOVE your new banner photo! Your house is SO CUTE! ~~ I just came from Fifi's and recognized the stuff in the box from her photos! Super cute and just perfect for you! Can't wait to see what you do with it! ~A :-)

Junie Moon

What gorgeous treasures she's shared with you and what a generous gift all this is. I'm so tickled for you!


I am really excited to see what YOU do with all of this wonderful stuff... I love the red needlepoint!

Thanks for your sweet comment too... I just wanted to hug you after that!

Barbara @ Southern Lady's Vintage

My goodness... you have been blessed with a very nice friend! How thoughtful of her. Now I am off to visit her blog!


Wow! What a great package of goodies, no wonder you were excited. I've already stopped over to visit Fifi.


PS..i'm loving the red furniture next to the box! What is that cutie?

Robin~Thrifty Miss Priss

Oh so LUCKY! I have visited Fifi's blog and drooled many times!

Elaine L.

Wow, everything looks perfect!
Fifi is too sweet.


Cottage Contessa

Wow, what lovely gifts! You and Maggie are a couple of lucky ladies!lol
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

The Decorated House

I'm so touched by Fifi's generosity! And how wonderful all those fun things will be in your home, Kim. I know how much you will enjoy them.

Esther Sunday

Cast offs from Fifi? Ooooo, baby! You are lucky! Thanks for your words of encouragement for me - love ya, too, Kim!


What beautiful treasures you received, Kim! You lucky, lucky girl! Maggie seems to enjoy them, too! LOL!!
Nan and the Doxie Kids


Oh Kim, such sweet things for such a sweet person! Everything is so pretty. I am jealous.LOL Can't wait to see what you do with it.


What bliss! Just like Christmas indeed! 10 Christmases! FiFi must be so dear and you are so deserving of such lovely surprises!



Your blog keeps getting prettier and prettier just like your cottage. How blessed you are to meet a kindred spirit like Fifi. Looks like she loves your cottage and you, by her generous gift of treasures that were inside that box. Even your dog is pretty! Blessings, Karen


Oh, that Fifi - she's a doll! :) Your photographs are really gorgeous!


Oh, that Fifi - she's a doll! :) Your photographs are really gorgeous!


What beautiful houses you both have! Came across your blog on a link.....I'm so glad I did and will keep checking back.


Nice to meet you too! I hope to be as accomplished a blogger in time!


I love the picture of your pup with the package! Even she was excited! :-)

I also love that red piece of furniture in the background...fantastic w/ your yellow house color and wonderful entry floor.

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