Wednesday, January 18, 2012

~and then there are the GOOD packages in the mail~

Hello friends...welcome back and I hope you are all surviving the week.
Last week I mentioned receiving a package in the mail
 that made me can read about the sad package here.
My how things can change.
This week a package was left at my front door
 that put a huge smile on my face.

See this pretty lady tossing a pillow in a Better Homes & Garden Feature....
Her name is Kim and she blogs at
Kim is not only an artist/designer,
 but she is also a Federal Agent.
Talk about being well rounded!

One of the biggest reasons I adore this lady
 is her wonderful and dedicated work on behalf of animals.
Kim gives of her time and her personal pocketbook.
All proceeds of Bella Rustica Market are donated to animal charities.
Kim's California kitchen was featured in 
Better Homes and Gardens
Bath & Kitchens in 2010.

Then Kim's job took her to Georgia.
St. Simons Island to be exact.
Kim ended up purchasing a home that had been vacant for about 8 years.
With that came a whole host of renovation problems, like 
Kim hired a professional to tackle that 
and she also found a wonderful contractor
 who helped bring her plans for this little pink house to fruition.

After months of hard work
Kim had herself a beautiful Island home.
In fact it was featured in
Elegant Island Living Magazine.
Wow...this gal ends up in magazines no matter where she lives...gotta love that.

Here is a little preview of her kitchen before..
you should see the after...Wowsa!
You won't believe how she transformed the inside.
Please treat yourself and check out Kim's 

Now about my package...

Here she is...all plump and soft.

Kim  was having a giveaway on her blog a little while back
 and the winner would receive one of her
Gorgeous handmade burlap pillows.
I left a comment telling Kim how beautiful I thought her pillows were. 
To my surprise, Kim e-mailed me and offered to send me one.
Yeah...just SEND ME ONE!!!!
How generous is that?
She refused to accept money, 
so instead I made a donation in her name
 to the animal charity she had posted on her blog sidebar.

This is the first burlap ..anything.. that I have owned.
I love it!

**LaVita e Bella**
'Life is Beautiful'
Yes it is Kim
and so are you!

I would love for you to hop on over to say hello to my friend Kim at Bella Rustica.
Maybe browse her Bella Rustica Market
and read about her unselfish work with animals.
Tell her Janet sent you.

Until next kind and stay creative
Oh...and as Kim says
"La Vita e Bella"


Hartwood Roses said...

I'm not big on burlap, but this obviously not your ordinary burlap ... WOW!! I can SOOOO see this pillow in your house.

Now I'm off to go visit Kim's blog for a while. Thanks for the introduction, Janet.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful pillows!

Linda said...

I'm a big fan of burlap and those are amazing pillows. I AM ALSO A DOG LOVER. Kim is doing a fabulous job in rescuing animals.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

That's one gorgeous pillow! Heading over to check out Kim's site. Thanks for sharing!

the treat girl said...

I love it for you!!!!! Can't wait to check out Kim's site!

jojo said...

how lovely of Kim to treat you to that gorgeous pillow...I will surely be checking out her blog!

Atelier Conti said...

You have some great friends Janet! Kim's site is a treat and that kitchen remodel is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your win. I visited Kim's blog, mentioned you said to stop by, and am now following. She is a very interesting lady.

Jennifer Juniper said...

That is a great pillow and looking at the photo of her kitchen I swear I know that chandelier! I'm pretty sure it's made in my neck of the woods and I've been to shops around here that carry it - I am currently stalking one in a shop near me!

Aprons and More said...

Cute pillow! What a nice surprise! I'm sure it gave you ideas...burlap is in right now!

Mac n' Janet said...

What beautiful pillows, loved what she did with the house. We visited St. Simon's Island a couple of months ago, beautiful place.

Amy @ 11Magnolialane said...

Wow what a lovely surprise! I remember her in the magazine and her gorgeous pillows...Enjoy yours :)

Kathleen Grace said...

What a sweet thing to do! Her designs are just beautiful:>)

~mel said...

Janet... why should that surprise you. As I recall someone once sent me something unexpected. What goes around ~ comes around. Calling It Forward

Have a wonderful day!

Syndi@ Beachnut Lane said...

The pillows are beautiful and I love her kitchen redesign, especially the sink and the chandelier!