Monday, March 21, 2011

Gifts from Shanghai

I worked from home today as I had a nasty cold.  With the loud bark from Kota, I knew there was someone at the front door.   Behold, the mailwoman with a package in her arms for my honey and I. What could it be, we hadn't ordered anything?  Lots of Chinese characters on it and we knew it was from Alan's daughter and her husband. They moved to Shanghai late last summer and have been enjoying the country, its people, color and flavor. 

Marvelous treasure...A book about China, another about its textile history and an assortment of vintage Chinese pinup pictures on playing cards, note cards and a fantastic business card case.

How lovely is this card case?  Perfect for my blog cards that I hand out to shop owners when I ask them if I may post about their shop on my blog.

My blog cards fit perfectly.

Such pretty note cards of vintage Chinese pinup girls often found on calendars.All of these lovely items were wrapped up in pretty rice paper.  I will repurpose the papers into other things.  

Now, we have a guest at our house for the next few weeks.  My 5-cheese ravioli has sent her friend, Flat Stanley, to visit us.

If you are not familiar with Flat Stanley, he is the brain child of, Dale Hubert, a Grade 3 teacher in London, Ontario, Canada, who began the Flat Stanley Project in 1995. He invited other teachers to take part by hosting flat visitors.  It's as if the sender and the recipient have a mutual friend, and writing becomes easier and more creative for the sender.  Like the traveling gnome, Flat Stanley will travel with me to different places.  I'm even going to take Flat Stanley swimming. 
Just sent this photo to my 5-cheese ravioli as one of his first experiences.  Yes, that is Flat Stanley hiding in one of the Sea Witch's bull helmet shells.  What fun this silly little project is for children and their friends and family.  Simple genuis from a man with a love of learning and sharing.  Thank you Dale Hubert and welcome, Flat Stanley to the Sea Witch's world.  


Bettyann said...

lovely gifts..very special..flat stanley, what a great idea..such fun..hope he has a special swimming suit lol..

Unknown said...

Glad they got there! Everytime I see these vintage pin-ups around town I think of you. The large characters on the business card case say Shanghai. Not sure what the small ones say ;)

just call me jo said...

You have such fun mail! I wish I were a musing sea witch with real friends...;o) Love the notecards, oh, and everything...Have a good time with Stanley.

Robin Larkspur said...

Wonderful gifts from Shanghai! My husband's grandson sent us Flat Stanley last year and we had a blast taking him around. It's a fun project.

The Country Nest said...

Love flat Stanley! I think there was one around or similar when the kids were small....
Anyway loved your comment about my pewter......bat s*it crazy. I just laughed out loud. Thanks for making my day!!!!!

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

What a pretty gift package, and useful, too! Very nice.

We had Flat Stanley visit us a few years back. He was quite a polite house guest! :-)


Seawashed said...

I love your gifts! I have always loved other countries...the people, colors, sites, sounds, smells...I guess that is why I wanted to be in the Peace Corps and why I minored in Ethnic Studies in college. The business card case and notecards are so so lovely. How very special. ox

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Such beautiful gifts, and I love your blog business cards.

Flat Stanley is a fun idea and I've seen on many occasions that he has visited sights far and wide! :)