This post is going to have a lot of pictures and some of you won’t be interested but I just have to GUSH about my new stuff. I met this super nice lady/girl/woman on some of the old blogging family’s blogrolls. Her name is Odette Valentine. Her blog is Little Miss Firefly and she lives in Dublin Ireland. She makes hand-made items and I’m telling you RIGHT NOW, I am in love with the stuff she makes.
It’s also not all about “what” she makes but a lot of what I love about her stuff is the presentation. I get a wave of nostalgia or something that washes over me. I can’t really explain it. Take a look at some of her stuff that I just got.
Check out this tape you guys. It’s like someone typed on an old-fashioned typewriter. Raise your hand if you remember those. I fell in love with this tape.
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Next up was this cute tin. I had no idea what was inside. I mean I knew what I ordered but the way she wraps them makes it like a fun surprise. You never know what’s going to be inside what. The way she packages everything is so unique.
How cute are these pins? They come in a little cork-board tin. I am IN LOVE WITH THIS. Here is a pic of the back of the darling tacks. One of them is a broach and the two small ones are push pins.
I saw these old-fashioned looking coasters and I just had to have them. They take me back to my grandma for some reason. She used to make things like this all the time with leftover pieces of material. I love these. Here are both sides. There are 4 of them in the pack. Then I saw these darling tags and I thought either plain or with some scrap-booking stickers, they’d be darling tags for gifts.
On this one Odette wrote me a handwritten thank you note and it made everything feel so homey and so personal. Like she made this stuff JUST FOR ME. I know how stupid that sounds but I can’t explain it. Anyway, this is some tape I got Trinity for her birthday goodie bag. She will love it.
I saved the best for last. This was the last goodie I opened. It’s also what took me to this site at this time too. I do go there every now and when but Odette posted these on Facebook, I HAD TO HAVE THEM.
These are jumbo paper clips and she’s put these cloth like buttons on them and they are absolutely adorable. I had a hard time just ordering and picking out two packs. I know eventually I’ll have them all. I am such an office product whore. I like them because in a book, it sticks out a little bit and I think for a teacher or something, these would be a great way to remember what’s clipped on which clip.
The mailing address is friendly and pretty. The stamps were amazing to look at. All the way from Dublin. My father in law would have been thrilled to get stamps from Ireland.
I very rarely gush about stuff but this truly made me happy when it came and I took my sweet time opening it and I enjoyed every moment. If you have “hard to buy for” people in your life and you value that home-made and old-fashioned value feeling, go over to swann and smerlin and you’ll get a feeling that you matter and you’re not just a number. Odette will treat you like your oldest and dearest friend.
This stuff is perfect for all those little gifts for the little times in your life when you’d like to show appreciation to someone with something little and don’t know what or how. Opening some of this stuff is like a hug.
Do you have a secret thing you just love to have?