Friday, July 27, 2012


This was a great week for mail at my house. As some of you know I won the magic wand that the Angry Gnome and his very talented crew created for the Celebrate Oz event that was held on July 19th. Our mail carrier delivered it to the door on Wednesday. It was inside this humongous box marked very fragile and when I carefully cut open the top flaps I found  a piece of paper with a warning that said,

"Careful opening the wand. I hope you don't hear any sound of broken glass! I have bubble wrap and taped all around & the top paper part is fragile, as well as the glass bowl. Oh heck- maybe you better not even touch it! Just leave it wrapped in the box!"

Well, that didn't sound like any fun at all so I threw caution to the wind and dug right in. Talk about bubble wrap. There were three kinds of bubble wrap and then there were the Styrofoam peanuts and all of the tape and then more bubble wrap. I've got enough packaging materials now I won't have to buy any for years to come. It took forever to get to the wand but when I finally did I was so excited I nearly dropped it. I've got to have a display stand built for it but for now I have it stuck in a vase full of sea shells.

Isn't it beautiful?!? There is so much detail to this piece that I can't even begin to tell you about it all. I was going to take more pictures but as fate would have it, the camera battery went dead. I had taken other photos with it earlier this morning so I managed to get a pic of what came in yesterday's mail as well.

I've just added another photo trying to show the detail in the globe of the wand but this is as good as it's going to get. I'm getting a reflection off of the glass so you really can't see the witch and the flying monkey or see how the poppies and everything fits together so magically.

You remember Dillywink my Munchkin from the Oz posts? That was his name here but his new momma gave him a nickname, Dilly Boy and now that's what he prefers to be called.  He's so happy at his new home so he asked his new momma if he could send me something as a thank you for sending him to live with his new family and she told him he could send me anything his little heart desired so he chose to send me these:

Aren't they wonderful?? It's a  set of 18 of the most delightful Oz ACEO cards and I was flabbergasted when I opened the package and saw them. It wasn't the first time that I'd seen them they were on the July 19th Celebrate Oz blog party post on Ireland Brady's site. I'd never visited this site before and hadn't seen any of the work created by Karen Anne but once I did see it I wanted to see more. I took my daughter blog hoping to see what everyone else had posted for the Oz celebration and she fell in love with the artwork on this site too. Karen Anne is not only a talented artist but also one of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. That is one of the wonderful things about blogging. You meet some of the nicest people. I am so happy I took part in the Oz celebration and am thankful for the new friends I've made by doing so. Thank you so much April and Karen Anne and you too Linda for bringing so much joy by being the lovely people that you are.

Remember the pale Santa in the last of my Oz posts? I finally got him painted and took a few photos of him. I've named him "2 B & a D" (two bears and a doll).

I have one more Santa to finish and that will take care of those three Santa heads that played "What's my Line" awhile ago.

Wishing you a happy weekend. Thanks for stopping by.


The Bear's Blog said...

What a wonderful and exciting week you have had. Bet you "love" your mail carrier now. (o:

Have a wonderful weekend. Love Santa, he has such a kind and gentle face.


Gina said...

So jealous of that is awesome!!! ...and Karen's art is superb :D XXX

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that wand was absolutely fabulous, very deserving winner.

I dunno though, you meet some right weirdos on blog hops... Oh no, wait, wasn't that how we met? ;o)

Linda Wildenstein said...

How wonderful that your wand arrived with extra added bonuses.....packaging that is.
I almost expected you to say that there were some gnomes in there too. Congrats on the wand. Boo on the camera batteries.
And there is a young one here who got the shock of her life when none other than Dorothy arrived here at C de C. Will post tomorrow when I get back in the bloggin saddle. Oma Linda glad Oz did it's magic and brought all of us closer.

Kays Kids said...

Your wand is so mystical, I would love to see what was in the top. May be next week. Your Santa is beautiful.He has the kindest face.
What an exciting week.

orchid said...

Dearest Maddy,
Wow, what a marvelous wins you had☆☆☆
How magical the wand is and you beautifully put the sea shells inside; oh it is wonderful you have them, isn't it♡♡♡
And your Santa "2 B & a D" looks so handsomely made and warmhearted with bears and a doll♬♬♬
Please Take Care of Yourself; I am trying to be inside, haha scorching hot!
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my Dearest bs, xoxo Miyako*

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow, you lucky duck! That wand is so special! I am happy you won it, because you are such an Oz fan! You deserve to have it ;o) And, what a beautiful gift from Karen Anne! She is a wonderful person and so talented! Take Care ;o)

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Jan said...

Your Santa looks so much like my neighbor they could be twins! Oh my what a beautiful wand you have received! I'm so glad it didn't become broken in transit. And the ATC's you received, oh my, so many and so beautiful! What a wonderful mail week indeed.

April said...

I LOVE the way you displayed the wand!!! At first I wondered WHERE did the Second Wand come from??? Okay...too much Red WINE Being Consumed HERE!! But the Gnomes are all so HAPPY you like it! AND LUCKY DUCK!!! I( LOVE those Oz ATC cards!!! They are FABULOUS!!!) But so was Dilly Boy so I guess you are both EVEN STEVEN! And your Santa is Wonderful!!! He looks very British to me!! So Happy to have found you, Maddy!!!

Heather said...

what fun! I love the wand!
have a great weekend!

IrelandBrady said...

The wand looks just wonderful the way you have it displayed and your Santa with 2 bears and a doll is a great testament to your talent!

Dilly Boy is so happy that you like the gift he chose for you that he is "Happy Dancing" all of the house! LOL! He is quite the little charmer!

I, too, am happy I participated in the Oz Celebration ... as a result I have made many new friends! A plus I never expected! Happy Day!

Maggie said...

Wow, the wand is extraordinary! And, what a nice surprise from Karen Anne, too! Those ACEOs are just beautiful!

I wish MY mail carrier would bring me something. Oh yeah, I'm going to get one of Stacy's ACEOs soon. YAY!

Kayzy said...

Hi Maddy
The wondrous wand is a fitting reward for your excellent blog posts. Use it wisely and well. I do like your Santa's face - I wouldn't be afraid to tell him my Christmas wishes.

Mina said...

Ooooooohhhhhhhhh, you lucky lady!