this is only the latest of the MANY huge parcels maria has sent me.
each one is filled with innumerable goodies and thoughtfulness and she writes cards with every little thing she encloses, talking about where she bought them and what they mean to her. she sends me pics of her kids, her awesome nails that she does, she and her husband at costume parties, her desserts (she's a baking professional), as well as actual conversation and facts and dreams and information about her wonderful and exciting life :D she assures me that she has "boring laundry days" that she just doesn't post online... BUT I DOUBT IT. she's glamorous. i can feel it.
she always nails it in the "packaging" department - this little Paris Souvenir bag i actually have as a HUGE poster in my living room! its one of my most prized possessions! how did she know?! no clue. she's brilliant, that's how. and she always includes a bunch of adorable wrapping paper and tissue paper which i then reuse with gifts to my niece :D spreading the love! that "birchbox" below is filled with about 30 presents.... INCREDIBLE.
on the back of my new favorite postcard ever "a proper cup of english tea", she included instructions for getting the best results with your tea, and BOY. are they specific. i am scared of her now... we won't be drinking tea when she comes to visit. but i will force her to make me perfect tea when i visit her... because i'm not a tea drinker! i'm a coffee person... but i could consume all the tea in the land at a proper tea party.... so that's on the calendar. and here's a closer look at that gorgeous paris bag.... and below it is a picture of the poster i have (unbeknownst to her) on my wall! :D
SAMESIES!!!!! she's so amazing. in the above pic, you can also see WAY on the left on the bottom shelf - a purple box from Laduree .... THAT is from maria... and on my lamp is a postcard with an eiffel tower that says "let's go!" - THAT is from maria... and about 50 things on the mirror on the right are from her :D she is literally ALLLLL over my house! i love it. everywhere i look- my british buddy is keeping me company and encouraging me to keep dreaming of getting back there asap. in the above picture - you can also see JUST how obsessed i am with paris - eiffel towers and paintings/pictures of paris everywhere. ha ha... i have a problem.
below, on the left, are her instructions for the perfect tea. and on the right is a list of everything that's in the box. there was actually a LOT more than what was listed - she didn't list all the little sweetnesses she included... she sent some chocolate bars and candy (which, of course, were eaten AS I OPENED EVERYTHING... )
here's a few closer looks at everything in the birchbox... SO MUCH FUN.
below - that "party mix!" tape - is actually a little tin that she filled with cute stuff!!! and that "cup cakes" green square on the right - is a magnet that is now holding up about 20 things on my fridge, and that paris girl on the bicycle pin is on my jean jacket! :D :D I TOLD YOU!!! she is seriously EVERYWHERE!!!!! <3
and oh - i ate that chocolate cream bar in about 10 seconds.
kidding -i ate half of it whilst opening the packages, and i ate the other half the next day - it was too good to eat all in one sitting - i wanted to space it out ;D
squeak REEEEEALLY wanted to eat my chocolate bar.... but no way. it was too good.
i love sending my pen pals (mostly maria, ha ha) postcards of where i travel (usually vegas to see bug), and over the summer - she sent me several postcards from her beachy vacations... i am SO jealous... i can't wait to go back to england <3 all her postcards and scrapbooking cards and little magnets and everything are COVERING my fridge :D she greets me every morning and sends me off to bed every night with little doses of positivity and happiness :D I LOVE YOU, MARIA!!!
thank you for being the greatest. i look forward to collecting things i think you'll love, and i love getting your packages, too. there is something SO special about knowing that someone you've never met is thinking about you and wishing you happiness :D <3 <3 <3