Treasure Trove

Upon returning home from the Christmas holidays I found a most delightful email that had been delivered to my inbox on Christmas Eve. Inside there was a lovely note from Ellen who had been visiting my website/blog and was also from Georgia.

After sharing a little about herself, her family and that she has learned that it is all too is too short not to enjoy what you are doing!

She asked if I would be willing to offer any advice or counsel to someone just starting out. Those of you that know me know that I am more than happy to share with anyone without anything in return. I was honored that she thought enough of my art to ask and was excited to reply.

She went on to share with me that while living in England with her husband almost 20 years ago they purchased an Antique Lap/Writing Desk. Years later they found the desk had a hidden drawer inside with lots of old pictures, letters, journals, etc all dated before 1900. As I read the email, I had to re-read one line over and over...." Maybe you would like to have this to use? Maybe we could help one another."

I was so excited that when I replied to her email I didn't even tell her I would love the treasures. But in her reply back she once again gave me a chance....she would really like to send me the old mementos as she would never use them. Of course I said yes.

Today I received a package in the mail from Ellen. OMG!!! There were letters, notes, photos, 5 little journals and more all dating before 1900. Here is a photo of just some of the things.

As I told Ellen, I look forward to sharing some of it in upcoming artwork and others will be an inspiration and reminder of what I hope to be the beginning of a wonderful friendship.

Until next time. . . . Remember Life is too short not to enjoy it.



Jennifer28 said...

What a wonderful treasure indeed to have! I will be eager myself to see the art you create with it all!
The story of the desk and hidden drawer with letters reminded me of the movie, 'The Love Letter'. The actors were David Dukes and Estelle Parsons. If you haven't seen it, see if you can rent it.
How close it is to this woman that sent you all the letters. It is one of the most romantic movies I have ever seen!
Yep, think I'll make some hot chocolate and go watch it!

Jo Wholohan said...

Just beautiful Debbi!!!! What a lovely treasure, cant wait to see what you do with it :)

inventivesoul said...

Wow, that must have been a cool and heavy lap desk!

I just love looking at the assortment that you got from her.

I hope that you have FUN using it all!!!


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Kristy C said...

what a great mail day!!:) definitely a treasure trove :)

vintagecollage said...

Jennifer, I have seen "The Love Letter" and after receiving Ellen's email I went to Netflix to add it to my list again.

To all of you, Thank you for your comments....I am working on something special for someone already with some of it. Will post when finished.


artsyfran said...

Can't wait to see how you use these lovely treasures! Isn't it wonderful when you help someone, not expecting anything and they say thank you in such a personal, loving way? :)

vintagecollage said...

Fran, thank you for your visit and comment. I am working on some art for an upcoming exhibit using many of the new treasures. Debbie