Saturday, October 30, 2010

Birthday MONTH: Day 30

Zandra is all about Zebra Print.

Every time I see zebra print, I think of her.

Nestled inside my birthday box were presents wrapped in zebra print, which by the way looks great with Halloween colors!

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Also inside the birthday box, I found this spooky glittery candelabra tassel...I love it!!!!

SO creative!!!!

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I think it was then and there that I knew what direction this birthday present was going...everything was going to be "Halloween" favorite holiday :)

If you noticed in the first photo, the bottom present had a little orange tag tucked under the bow.

It read:

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Well hell...

The last time she sent me smelling salts was when she surprised me with an autograph & photo from Tim Rock Star!

Can you just imagine this scene:

I was really nervous to open it.

I felt a panic attack coming on...could it be?

I thought, should I call a friend to come stay with me while I open it ~  just in case I faint?

(this was one time that i wished i had LifeAlert!)

ok. I'm a big girl. I'm 40. I opened it...

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It was just a rubber stamp, one of the new ones from Tim Holtz.

I love it!



(I suddenly wished that I'd have phoned a friend)

It's not JUST a rubber stamp...

oh noooooo~

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It's an AUTOGRAPHED rubber stamp from my ROCK STAR!!!!

Sure enough, I could NOT breathe.

My knees were weak.

WHY didn't I listen to her warning on that darn tag?


Tim Holtz actually TOUCHED this stamp!

(I smelled it. I rubbed it back and forth across my cheek)

Can. You. See. IT???

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I really think Zandra is trying to kill me.

I mean...I know she loves me and she DID give me a warning before hand but...It's just that us Cajuns don't follow directions very well. (lucky if we even read the directions at all)


~ i need a break all over just talking about it ~










okay. i'm back.

I still had a little bit of life left in me, it was time to open the second present...

{love that purple zipper flower!}

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okay. REWIND!!!!!

Did. You. See. His. Autograph. on. MY. stamp?

Let me show you again...

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Gah! I just wanted to make sure you saw it!!!!

Let's get back to the second present!

(are you sure you saw it?)


Let's peek inside...I'm sure you are all nervous and sweaty now too, huh? um hum...I know the feeling...believe me!  :)

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This looks SO familiar...can it be?

Yes!!! Yes it IS!!!

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This is the SWEET little Halloween Top Hat that Zandra made and she posted about it (click here). I remembered reading her post because she said she made it for "someone special" and I thought wow...that must be really someone special!

Never thought that her "someone special" would be ME!!!!

Zandra was inspired by Laura at The Vintage Key who designs for Graphic 45, Provo Craft and more!

She even wrote and signed the inside...

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I absolutely LOVE it and I'm so honored that she thought of ME!

There's one thing about Zandra...she's certainly not lacking in the thoughtfulness department!!!! She's surprised me with little gifts throughout the year...she has a HUGE HEART OF GOLD!!!!

of course she does, she's a Libra too!!!!  :)))

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I opened this birthday box on Thursday and I couldn't post about it. It was killing me not to.

Zandra was in London and she asked me to post about it when she returned home to the states...

...and today is the day!!!!


This rubber stamp autographed by Tim Holtz will remain close to my heart...

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forever and ever.

It's sitting high on a shelf in my studio now, right next to my framed photo and autograph of Tim and Zandra from last year...

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(I guess I could have stood on a chair to take a better photo for you, but I'm still light-headed from all the excitement :)

I just LOVE everything Z...thank you!!!!

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I'm just checking ONE more time...

Did. You. See. IT???

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Be safe on Hallow's Eve!!!!


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

How very cool! ...and how sweet and thoughtful of Zandra...
Happy October Birthday!
Happy Halloween!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Ok...that is way cool...but what I want to know is how she got the autograph!!

rosa & josie said...

Oh, I love that new stamp...yes sir eeee....I saw it!
What a great box of gifts, and love your post .... dear one!
Have a safe hallow's eve yourself!

Karen said...

Yup - we saw it! You are so funny!
Love that Z girl! Obviously she loves you too!
Very fun! Me.

The Feathered Nest said...

You get the BEST STUFF girl!!!! I love it have so many that love you Jodie!!! And I see :) that you've saved someone's gift for LAST!!!!! Your such a little aggravator!!!! I hope you've had a wonderful birthday month sweetie ~ sending you hugs and love Jodie, Dawn

Rose Brier Studio said...

Jodie, I love the stamp, haven't seen it before and all the better for Tim Holtz's autograph. I took a class with him a couple years ago. I won't go on and on about him here but I could, he's amazing!

Happy October Birthday month. You are one of the inspirations for my Happy Birthday year starting Jan 2011, you rock!

Lisa Phillippi said...

Well I think we are all officially jealous now! (not really) But that autographed stamp is to die for!

Charlene said...

The stamp is so wicked cool!!!!! And I can see it hit YOUR HOT BUTTON! Glad you are having so much fun over this. Gosh... life will be boring in just a couple of days. A new month. What do you have up your sleeve for that? HUGS!

Vicki said...

What a great gift! You are so blessed, girl. You may need to take November off after all this! lol Take care.

p.s. - funny thing, your blog in particular gives me the longest and most difficult word verification options! I can't do this and hit the grape!

June said...

Jodie I think Zandra must truly be the rock star here. How thoughtful of her to do this for you. But ya know what???? You are so worth it! I don't know too many people who are as special as you!
Sending you love for your birthday
and a happy BOO-day.

Debby said...

Oh my gosh Jodie, I am so far behind on blogging but I am so excited that I had a chance to stop in and visit. Happy Birthday month to you my friend. You have so many beautiful gifts from everyone, and boy, can you tell you are loved. Friendship is truly one of the most precious gifts of all. Thanks for sharing with us and wishing even more beautiful birthday month days. I am sorry that I didn't get my butt in gear and get a little something shipped off to you in time for your birthday. SIGH!!! I only have one more week to work and then I am off for the winter, so hoping to be able to get caught up on things and enjoy the winter.
Love yah sweetie,

Suzann said...

How nice you had such a wonderful Birthday month!!!
Thank you for sharing your birthday month in Blog Land!!

Tamarah said...

Oh Jodie I've just caught up with your last 6 or so Birthday posts & I'm EXHAUSTED....hahahahaha....I'm AMAZED you haven't been toted away to the Loony Bin with a great GOOFY smile on your face after almost an entire month of Birthday celebrations....!

Your new stamp & top hat are DELICIOUS....!!

THANKS for sharing everything with us....I'm not sure how I'll cope after your last post....Perhaps you SHOULD use November as a POST Birthday month....hahahahaha....!!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

Catlyn Berry (Cizz) said...

Absolutely! You should use Nov. as a post Birthday month! This is such fun, thank you for sharing it!


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Jodie, I got so excited for you that I almost needed some of that smelling salt myself, lol. That stamp was such a wonderful surprise. Zandra really knows how to make you happy! That tassel is very cool and the top hat is beautiful. Enjoy all those great gifts :-)!

Tina @ TinyBear said...

How cool is that. That´s an awesome gift Jodie. Wonderful stamp and I love the tophat and the tassel too. Oh you get so spoils girl ;D
Happy Halloween

Anonymous said...

What can I say that I haven't already said...or that was said here :D

Tim who????

love ya silly girl...victoria

trash talk said...

So let me get this straight. The next time I see you and there's a oddly shaped third boob sticking out from under your hoodie...I shouldn't bother asking what it is...right?
My gosh...she is talented out the wazoo! Man alive...I love that top hat!

A Cottage Muse said...

Did you wear that fabulous top hat while you did the happy dance!!

Jane said...

What a thoughtful gift. You have had quite the birthday month!!! Turning 40 wasn't so bad now was it :)
Happy Halloween.

Payton said...

I LOVEEEE the zebra stuff!!
And you crack me up...posting the same picture 2398423987 times in the same post!! :D

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Hey Jodie,
That was so cool of Zandra to give you a Martha Stewart stamp with her autograph on it! Very cool stuff! Now I'm not coming back to this blog until I see a box with a return address of Texas on it!!! Stop tormenting me! Lisa