Thursday, October 01, 2009

Frederick Knick-Knack???

I picked up my mail from the mailbox and this rather HEAVY and beautifully painted envelope was at the bottom of the pile. My eyes traveled from the metallic stamped leaves to the array of stamps. The stamp in the return address spot just had a street address, JOHNSON in the center and Madison, WI.............I started racking my brain.............WHO? WHO? WHAT? WHO?
The back of the envelope gave me no clue, either. But, I love the stamp.

I opened the package carefully, not sure what to expect. I hadn't ordered anything from Amazon and they never come like this. I didn't have any exchanges or trades with anybody outstanding so what could it be?
The book is wonderful. You open the cover and that center square is a hole and the title of the book appears on the inside page.........
the Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams.
OH I AM SO HOOKED NOW. I still can't think of who has sent this and I look for anything stuck in the book. Nope. Nothing.

Then I turn to the first page and start to grin gets bigger................I'm starting to giggle.......... You MUST click on the page to read it..........WHOEVER YOU ARE and I WILL FIND OUT you KNOW ME SO WELL, you do. lolololsnort
The entire book is this wonderful, delightful story of Frederick Knick-Knack a merchant of matches, of watches, of bluetits, of mirrors, of sand, blackbirds and berries, traveling tradesman in time and in hours, a peddler of dreams for celebrations and birthdays on the train tracks and highways, on the dirt tracks and byways, AND SURELY I HAVE in my bags or my boxes, in my chests or my cases, IN MY LITTLE CART or hidden away in the back of my shop,
Surely I have
a marvelous marvel,
a sheer folly
to tempt you.
GRANT ME, if you will, a few moments of your attention................
I would like to show you my collection of collections.
Apparently, he has a dilemma.
He must find the perfect gift for me.
I LOVE IT. I'm sitting here grinning with my dimples showing.
YOU, YOU, YOU whoever you are and I will put on my thinking cap.
I LOVE IT. Thank you soooooooooooooooooo much.
What fun.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


  1. It was ME!
    LOL, I wish it was from me.
    How sweet a gift to someone so deserving!

  2. LOL I bet you are going to be the first of a couple of people saying that. I've asked my family and they all look blank.
    It's just wonderful though. :)Bea

  3. What a wonderful, unique gift Bea! I wish I could see the whole thing! :) It even made me grin! Whoever thought of that is very creative and thoughtful! I love the envelope and the stamps as much as the storyline. WOW!!!

  4. Yvonne, it's a real published book! It's by Frederic Clement. If you get a chance to see it in some bookstores take a look at it. It's a wonderful gift for "special" people. lol It was published in 1997 so it should still be in stores. :)Bea

  5. I, the mighty Zeus, Zeus the astounding, Zeus the plenipotential, am surely the one who has bestowed this treasure beyond counting upon my beloved Hera!

    (What, I didn't? Well, never mind.)

    Say, what's for dinner, Hera?


  6. What a wonderful mystery, Bea and how you deserve it. I would be just stunned to receive such a gift. I must look out for this amazing book too. xxx So what is the date of the big day then??

  7. Nice try Zeus but you have trouble even remembering when my birthday is. :)Bea
    PS Follow the sound of your car keys..........I'm waiting in the car to go to DINNER. :)Hera

  8. Ooooh, isn't it Gina? Every time I think about the book I grin. It was sent early, my birthday isn't until the 16th of October. :)Bea

  9. OHMYGOD! I was drooling all over my keyboard. NO, not really, but if it didn't matter, I would have. LOL!!! I don't know what I loved more, the envelope or the book cover! Well, what a great read and gift! I can't wait to hear who it's from! I just love mysteries!

  10. Loved John's comment, Wish I could say it was me, but I'm having trouble finding my shoes and knowing what time it is--but also buying a bed and pillows for your visit.

    Not me.

  11. Well, Donna I sure thought it was from you BUT then I said, the envelope isn't decorated like my Donna would decorate it. But the book is pure you. :)Bea

    Linda, it's like being a little kid to get something like that in the mail. :)Bea