#SecretCupid 2021 Mine-All-Mine Edition

My dearest Louise,

As you know, we are up to some good, clean fun in our corner of the Armitage Army right now. Our #SecretCupid project is well under way and while I am still waiting for my modest contribution to reach its destination grumblegrumble, hurry up EU mail system, I have been lucky enough to receive the gift my generous Cupid has sent me. Joy!!!

My Secret Cupid was Olga and I had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of my package since she told me she sent it. It made the long way from Russia in excellent time and so on Thursday I got to unwrap it. And boy, was there unwrapping.

The gift was in a bunch of packaging materials not unlike a Russian doll. How fitting.

Such excitement. With each layer I got closer to the prize inside. Look at the beautiful flower pattern on the inside bag and then the first present—because let’s face it: A purple pouch, sewn especially for me as packaging for the contents, is a gift in itself.

Inside, we get to the first nifty gifty—my Secret Cupid present.

If you know me at all, you can tell by this first glimpse already that I am going to love it: Claude Monet. Love this painter, love Richard’s portrayal of him in The Impressionists, one of his most underrated and joyful roles and a pure delight IMHO. The excitement ratcheted up a notch.

I should have made a video to do this ingenious piece of fan art justice, but I didn’t have the patience to futz with a camera and tripod setup and find time and a place away from people I cannot do this if anyone is around to hear me record, so unfortunately you’ll have to make do with photos. Thank you to Olga for the first picture. I just realized had forgotten to photograph to overall inside view.

The card opens up to two beautifully decorated halves: RA on one side and For Kate on the other half. Both halves open up and reveal a picture on the inside. The RA side features a gorgeous stubbly Richard (#TeamLawn will approve!) while the For Kate side has a screenshot of The Impressionists with Richard as Claude Monet in one of my favorite scenes—staring in awe and wonder at the sunrise. #sigh When folding out the photo, you get to yet another layer of the card that features a red, velvety heart. It is so intricate that I folded it the wrong way the first time I tried to close it back up. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Thank you so much, Olga! <3<3<3

So, that’s my secret cupid. But that’s not all. The package contained another beautiful gift.

If you read Russian, you already know what this is. It is a birthday present. Olga and I almost share a birthday and exchanged gifts this year, which was lovely. Here is what she gave me.

Would you look at this absolutely fantastic silk scarf? It’s luxurious. It’s purple. It has a flower design. I could not be happier. You have really spoiled me, dear Olga. A thousand hugs and kisses for this wonderful gift.

It is even more special because Olga put such thought into it. This scarf comes from Pavlovsky Posad, a small Russian town that is an important center of the textile industry and especially known for its shawls. Please check out this link if you’d like to know more: Pavlovo Posad shawl

Well, all I can say is that I feel very lucky and blessed to be part of this great community. Thank you to all of you for participating and thank you to Olga for this treasure!

Happily yours,
xx Kate

12 thoughts on “#SecretCupid 2021 Mine-All-Mine Edition

  1. Wow, what a lovely Secret Cupid package that was. I love the card – was twice the fun. And the wonderful birthday present is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful gifts, sure to spread love and happiness.

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  2. Dear Kate, you can’t imagine how happy I am to see all these little things in your hands 💜 I don’t remember last time I handmade a card, so I discovered I really enjoyed doing it (as amateurish as it appears 😁). Thank you so much for your generous response 🙏🏻
    As to so many plastic wraps, I was so scared by seeing Sonja’s post about the package returned to her soaked and damaged so I tried to protect my presents in all possible way, at the end I had to stop myself not to put the ready package in more plastic bags 😂 (That would have been a real Russian-doll like package).
    Much love ❤️😘🤗

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    1. Oh, I hear you about the wrapping. I put a plastic cover around my entire package for the same reason. It actually added to the unwrapping experience, so I very much enjoyed it. 💜💜💜


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