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Sunday, November 13, 2011


Brown paper packages tied up with string.  These are a few of my favorite things!
~ lyrics from Favorite Things by Rodgers and Hammerstein ~

Hello everyone!  The other day I received a package in the mail wrapped in brown paper.  I think I was more excited about the packaging, than the actual contents; our favorite sage cheddar from Vermont. Anyways, I wanted to share the fun  of receiving a brown paper package (though it won't be tied up with string.  I'll be suffering the wrath of the Postmistress enough with the brown paper!), so I decided to have a giveaway of some of my favorite things.  Sorry, I can't offer you a car like Oprah, but my giveaway is easier to get tickets to attend.  Just leave your name in the comments and next Sunday I'll draw a name.  So what's in the drawing?  A vintage English Brown Betty teapot made by Alcock, Lindley and Bloore. I've been collecting these adorable little teapots for decades.  What is a teapot without tea, right?  So a tin of Harney and Sons tea, which is about the only tea I can tolerate.  A pretty Royal Albert teacup and saucer (vintage of course) in the Winsome pattern.  Don't you just love the name?  I need to use the word "winsome" more often.  Stillmeadow Road by Gladys Taber, one of my favorite authors.  Who doesn't love Gladys?  A vintage Christmas apron, all freshly laundered and starched, so you won't splash any tea on your clothes when pouring the tea.  And a pretty sparkly vintage Christmas pin.  Perhaps you can spy it on the apron?  Madame the Bust is being very uncooperative in modeling the apron today.  Plus a few other little trifles that I'll let be a surprise.  So enter your name, tell your friends, the more the merrier!


  1. Blimey! I just popped over and joined your blog today from the Lazy Bee. I love your blog and now you're having such a winsome giveaway!! Count me in. I'll post on my sidebar for you as well! Thanks!

  2. You sound like a woman who shares my delight in a package. I never tear off the wrapping, but remove it slowly and carefully. I enjoy savoring the process. If there are several items in a gift box, what fun to remove them one by one and gloat over them.

  3. Hi Jane, what fun, I would love to enter your giveaway! How thoughtful! I love packages too and love to unwrap them, although I am not known as the best "gift wrapper". I always get my edges uneven and the tape gets a bit messy. My ribbon never gets as curly on the ends as I wish and I have been known to wrap the box upside down! :) I love to give presents though! I hope you had a nice weekend. We went on a little drive this afternoon down some of the dirt backroads near our home and took pictures. Every corner we turned there was something pretty to look at. Then yesterday we went to an art fair in town. Rest well tonight and have a happy day tomorrow! Delisa :)

  4. Hi Jane, one more thing, I love Gladys Taber too! What a special book. I found an old hardbound copy of Stillmeadow Road last year in the antique store and was intrigued by the title. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. She was a wonderful writer and just made country life come alive! Delisa :)

  5. How exciting! I love receiving packages as well, it just makes my day every time. I have wanted to wrap Christmas gifts in brown paper for years, I think they look so pretty and simple wrapped like that. Fun Giveaway opportunity :)

  6. dear jane,
    what a wonderful giveaway.really nice things!!!
    i love it all.
    i wish you a nice day with many sunshine,
    hugs and love regina

  7. What a lovely give away! My only other wish would be an afternoon with you to visit! Now THAT would be a wonderful prize! Tea, knitting, books, and a good chat!

  8. I would feel positively winsome if I were to win this romantic give-away! Seriously generous!! "WEEEE..." Happily squealed the way Julie Andrews does it in The Sound of Music...

    Blessings, Debbie

  9. Dear Jane,

    You are so fun! This looks like a winsome giveaway (but of course we expect such things from winsome you, hee hee!). :)

    And sage cheddar sounds quite delightful; it makes me want to start making my own cheese.



  10. What a great Brown Paper Package, Jane!! I especially love the Christmas Apron - I have a small collection of those myself - even have the family wearing them when they come for Christmas Dinner!

    (I hate to admit that I'm not familiar with Gladys Taber but will now check her out!)

    Sandy M

  11. What a sweet apron. I keep trying to convince my husband and children we should wrap all our gifts in brown paper and tie them up with ribbons. They've said no for

  12. Matty mentioned you today, so I popped over... and what a delightful posting to bump into. Perfectly 'winsome'.... I love that word too!

    I'd love to enter your brown package giveaway... my, my... lots of special treats in it.

    Haven't heard of Gladys Taber, but now she's on my list of look-fors. Thanks for the tip!

    Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places...........

  13. How neat- I love the apron I think Mom had one like it. Just recently started really wearing one must be getting wiser in my years!

    Everything so nice -now as to Gladys I'll be looking for her too.


  14. Hello Jane,

    I just found you through Courtney (who I also just found!). Please enter me in your wonderful giveaway. I look forward to spending more time here :)
    Thank you and have a blessed weekend!