Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy New Year and a Wish come true!

Happy New Year! ... better late than never.  I seem to be getting off to a slow start but have made lots of resolutions which I will share bit by bit.  The first day of the year brought with it a totally unexpected surprise!  I have entered quite a few blog giveaways and most I could either take or leave and enter just for fun, but this one, I really wanted to win!!!  I have never won anything in my life, that I can think of.  Yes, I have been blessed with many things, but never the luck of the draw.

The amazing Noel Solomon, at Fanciful Designs, had a giveaway with the winner being annouced New Year's Day.  I thought I would look, just for fun, to see who won.  Never in a million years did I think it would be me!! 

Being a calligrapher and having more tea in my house than food, this was a prize I truly wanted!

Last week, my little treasures arrived, beautifully packaged as I would expect coming from Noel, who makes everything so much more exquisite. 

 The giveaway gift came from Tail of the Yak in San Francisco.

The owner, Lauren McIntosh, has been a favorite of mine for a long time. She is an amazing artist and has a line of designs in a stationery line I carry at my stationery shop ~ A Fine Line.

I love the flourishing on the calendar!

While the tea block of art is much too special and unique to drink, it looks fabulous in my kitchen sitting among my tea cups and pots.

Noel wrote to me:
May the tea always be there to fill your cup
and may the calendar remind you every day how beautiful life is!

Thank you, Noel, for bringing so much beauty into my life this past year!

Photos by Noel Solomon ~ Fanciful Designs


  1. Congrats to you Dana! So well-deserved! I agree - Noel is fabulous!

  2. What a beautiful surprise! So perfect to usher in what I hope is a lovely and prosperous year for you, Dana!

  3. Sweet Dana,

    Thank you for putting together such a sweet post! You deserved this prize!! You are a true gem~ Thank you for adding so much creativity & friendship in my life ever since we met.


  4. Congratulations!! Enjoy your prize!
    Big hug,

  5. Such a beautiful parcel...I'm happy for you! May your year be continually filled with beauty and thank you for giving so much beauty to the world1

  6. Dear Dana~
    You are the most deserving of these special gifts! You inspire beauty.