Present of pretty petals

I just have to share with you a very special gift that I received on Christmas morning.  Many of you know how my boy's built a cottage garden for me in the spring and how I loved planting flowers in it.  Of course, I had favorites ~ too many to count.  Flowers are all so different and lovely.  But my husband knew just which ones I loved the most. 
purple coneflower, gallardia, & verbena on a stick
And he had original artwork drawn of my favorite flowers.  Unbelievable!  I was soooo surprised!  They are absolutely gorgeous!  The artist is a blogging friend, HollyHox, who lives in Montana.  We have never met but have enjoyed getting to know each other in the blog world.  I have admired her work for some time and was so disappointed recently when she had a contest and I didn't win one of her prints. 

And then I got three of my very own originals.  Being a fellow artist, I know how hard it is to part with originals.  Thank you, Holly!  I really love them~

The funny thing is they have been scheming for months to the point that he got an additional email address and she sent him secret messages in her blog.  I even saw a picture on her blog of the creative package that my gift was wrapped in for shipping.  Wayne knew this so he wrapped my gift in a box in layers. 

First, the cute little "thank you" tag framed.  I knew I had seen it before but didn't know where.

Then the black cardboard painted with whimsical blue swirls.  "It's from Holly!" I could never forget cute packaging like that. 

Then the lovely colored pencil artwork:

Pretty Purple Coneflower

Graceful Gallardia

Statuesque Verbena on a Stick

And at the bottom the very entertaining correspondence between the two of them over the past few months.  I really enjoyed reading it.

Yep, that husband of mine is a keeper.  It was an very special Christmas gift.  One that I will never forget.  Thank you, Honey.  And thank you, Holly.  If you haven't seen Holly's work, head on over and visit her etsy shop.  I bet her prints will look great in your home.  I'm going to hang my pretty petals in the master bedroom.

Update ~ And here they are framed...

Love 'em!


  1. What a thoughtful gift!They are lovely.I also think it's wonderful that your boys would make a garden for you. I could see my girls doing something like that.We also have art in common. I'll have to look through your blog to see if I can find some of your artwork. BTW- I used to have an Appaloosa that looked very much like the one you have.We also have a riding instructor who teaches horse training. I love finding out that I have things in common with other bloggers!

  2. Honey,
    You could not be more deserving of your gift. I love you more today than ever before. I look forward to spending another 22 years with you!

  3. Oh Kim! I am so happy you like them. And can't wait to see how they look hung up! Hopefully they can bring a little bit of summer into your farmhouse this winter.

  4. That's such a fabulous gift! I absolutely love Holly's work too. That's so neat that you've got original prints of your favorites!

  5. Yep, that guy is a keeper. And his comment is worth more than any gift.

  6. I am so excited that I have found your blog! I love, love, love, your home!!!

  7. I like to find at least one thing for each of my kids/hubby that will surprise them and make them smile. I think I got my husband this year..he needed it the most. The others...I'm sure they are happy and have always said when asked for ideas. I will like whatever you get me...and they do. I love that about them!@!

  8. Now that is a special gift for sure. What a great husband you have to think of this and the three you liked best. I can’t wait to check out Holly’s site too. Looks like a wonderful Christmas :)

  9. Those pictures are beautiful... and well that your husband went to such great lengths is soooo special!

    Enjoy the rest of the holidays,

  10. Hi those lovely pictures are so realistic that they make me dream of summer! jennyx

  11. how sweet is that? he's a keeper for sure! Love the artwork, and all the special packaging.. and the story is right out of a sweet Christmas book or movie.
    Happy New Year to you and yours! -Tammy
    p.s. thought of you and your chickens tonight as I switched out my clear heat lamp for a RED one! :)


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