Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Miracle Happened!

Not Really!! Just my Wendy Addison hand made book finally got here after waiting 10 long months.
If you recall, last Valentine's weekend we traveled up to Northern California for my nephew Joey's Confirmation. My husband took me to meet and visit Wendy Addison in her amazing shop in Port Costa California. This is where we bought my Valentine's Day present. A handmade book from Wendy. It is number 160 out of 450. She said it would take 6-8 weeks. I thought that isn't too bad. Great, just when I forget about it, I would get a nice surprise in the mail.
That kind of didn't happen. I think it took her much longer than she had originally thought. She still has her other designing to do, make appearances, and have open houses in her shop. At one point on her blog I noticed some of the books were being delivered. I thought it won't be much longer now. Well, not exactly.
I started to joke that I would receive last years Valentine present on this Valentine's Day. I wasn't too far off.
I noticed in the fall her blog post said she was trying to get all of the books out by October 30Th. I thought, yay, maybe by Thanksgiving I would get my book. Nope!!
I decided I would email Wendy. I had emailed her a few times in the past, and I knew she was still working on them as fast as she could. This time she emailed back and said she wanted to have them out by Christmas. Yay again!!
Christmas came and went, then just 2 days before New Years day, a miracle happened.
It was a rainy afternoon when we pulled up from doing some errands. I saw a white package on the porch. I thought a very late Christmas package had arrived. Then I saw the label on the package. It said Theatre of Dreams, and I knew what it was. My long awaited Valentine was finally here. I opened it carefully, and removed layers of brown tissue paper. Ta Da!!! The amazing book, hand made and signed by the great and powerful Wendy Addison was in my hot little hands. I very carefully turned the pages, and read each and every word. Took it all in, and my conclusion is, the old saying, "All good things come to those who wait" It was true. This masterpiece was worth the wait.
I wish you could all see it in person, as the pictures do not do it justice.
I'm sure she still has more copies available. So I guess patience is a virtue.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Chat again soon.
PS, no, I was never mad about not getting the book very fast, just impatient!
Dear Wendy, if you ever read this blog, it was worth waiting for, and you are one talented lady!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Rosemary!!!! My friend here in Minneapolis has the same book, but I have yet to see it in person! She too, her husband had ordered it way back and she had to wait for months to get it. I would love to see it, because I want to make such books! I just made a little one last night with hand drawn images and my own text, of course! OH! YOU LUCKY! I must look up the artist. HOW ARE YA'? HAPPY NEEW YEAR ROSEMARY!! Anita

Simply Me Art said...

Well that was a Test in Patience. It's Beautiful, Im sure you will Treasure it. Happy Weekend, Jamie

Preppy Mama said...

Oh what a lucky girl you are!! What a treasure! I love Wendy's work. She is by far my favorite artist and I treasure what few things I have of hers. Enjoy!!

Marydon Ford said...

Patience is a virtue ... what a gorgeous gift. Where is her blog or site? I'd love to see her works.

How fortunate you are ...

Happy New Year! May your year bring beauty, joy & blessings ...
TTFN ~ Marydon

Andrea said...

So glad you finally got your book. Yes, patience is a virtue!!

Hope you have an awesome New Year!!

I have a prayer request on arise 2 write.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Gracious! Guess it takes time for an oyster to make a pearl! What a wait! Glad you have your lovely book now!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Rosemary!

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Michelle said...

yea for you! Snail mail is the best!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hey Rosemary! Thank you for always coming by and leaving a comment...I so appreciate you and your friendship! Simplicity is on my mind these days, but I will always be a glitter and glam girl! (As I get older, I am looking to see how I can pair down my clothing, makeup and mostly, attitude towards life!!)

Have a great week! Anita

Maija said...

That's such a special treasure and worth waiting for I am sure!!!

manon 21 said...

bonne année 2010 de FRance.


Laurie Blaswich said...

Dear Rosemary,

Jennifer has talked about you quite often!! I just had to stop by your blog! OMG I really like it! I am new to blogging. It's so much fun! I hope we can meet sometime. Please stop by my blog sometime.

Sincerely Laurie

Mermaid Queen said...

Yea, you finally got it! It looks like such an amazing book Rosemary. Wish I could see it in person. :)
Take care,

Tutti Chic said...

OMG Rosemary! It certainly looks like it was worth the wait!! enjoy it! Happy New Year to you & your family~xo chris

Diane said...

What perfect timing to visit your Blog today. Congratulations on your Valentine Gift, maybe sometime I will be able to see it in person. What a treat. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed your New Year Celebration. Hugs, Diane

Anonymous said...

Hi Rosemary,
Wanted to THANK YOU so very much for your kind words!!! And your patience in waiting for your book. I am truly lucky to know such people. I will try to call you in person. Gratefully, from Wendy Addison said...

Hi Rosemary,
It looks like it is very beautiful. What a wonderful way to start the new year!
Capers of the Vintage Vixens

Storybook Woods said...

I would call that a miracle, you lucky girl, enjoy for me. xoxoxo Clarice