Drora's surprise giveaway

Drora's surprise giveaway
4 Dec.2019

Friday, July 26, 2013

Jazzi's Christmas in July Swaps

This year I was again very lucky to have a wonderful swap partner.  Anna.  Look what wonderful miniatures, all beautifully created by Anna, arrived.

Books by Gerald Durrell.  I read his book My Family and Other Animals for the first time somewhere in the
late 70s and this was the reason I stopped learning Italian.  Our next door neighbours' son was going to study medicine in Italy.  I was beginning to teach myself Italian from a wonderful book my father gave me.
When the boy saw the book he begged me to give it to him.  In exchange he gave me the Durell book.
It was a soft cover Pinguin edition.  I was enchanted and never regreted the fact that because of this book I don't know Italian.  Many years later I learned  a little Spanish and when visiting Italy I almost understand what is spoken.
The book and the author became very popular. Most of his books were translated to Hebrew and were eagerly read by the entire family.  I am so happy to share this love with Anna.

Miniature maps of Greece, wonderful cook books and herbs planted in a pot Anna made from paper strips.
You can see her work here.

A  beautiful Christmas wreath.  I'm keeping it wrapped up until Chrismas when it will go to one of the stalls.

You can see in the first photo above, together with the Durell books, two sand and seashell filled glass jars.  Look how cleverly Anna covered the toppers.

Last, but not least, Anna's visiting card.  Can you believe how tiny the scenes in a sea shell are? Enchanting!!

To see what I sent Anna you'll have to visit her blog here.


It's been quite a while since my last post.  I did make some miniatures for swaps and friends, most of which
I cannot show yet.

I wish you a wondrful weekend with my blessings.


  1. Drora Hi!!! "Big minds meet", don't they??? :) I was just also doing my blogpost about your presents!!! It is wonderful that you like the gifts and that i could surprise you with the Durrell books! Now..your story about not learning Italian..that's a wonderful one, too!!!! :) All the best to you and THANK you for all your wonderful gifts!

  2. For some reason, the post on your gift s haven't shown up yet but I am sure they are just as wonderful as the nes you have received from Anna :). She's a natural!

  3. Dear Drora, the gifts are very beautiful! Especially because they can give you so many emotions !

  4. Hello Drora,
    What a lovely swap. anna is very talented and makes wonderful minis. I cannot wait to see where they will go in your beautiful rooms.
    Big hug,

  5. Great miniatures! I am sure you both had a great time making gifts for each other.:) Hugs

  6. Ohhhhh!!!!! son unos regalos estupendos, felicidades

  7. Amazing and beautiful treasures! She sent such wonderful and unique items. Enjoy !

  8. These gifts are wonderful. You're very lucky.
    Hug, Faby

  9. ¡¡Merry Christmas!! in July.
    Congratulations for these presents, They are wonderful.

  10. Какие замечательные подарки! Поздравляю!
    Всегда весело обмениваться!

  11. What a funny background story why Italian language and you couldn't get close to each other... and what a great thing Anne made these books for you that are so special to you. What a lovely swap, Anne's work is always stunning, especially her ways of recycling paper. I'm curious to see your part of that swap soon on her blog.


  12. Very beautiful gifts that Anna has given you! The books are well made. Too bad you have stopped learning my language. The swap Jazzi in which I participated, too is an excellent initiative!Hugs

  13. Unos estupendos regalos, disfrútalos.
    Besos, Narán

  14. Hello Drora, \I admired the beautiful miniatures you made Anna. And in this post I can see she sent you some very pretty mini's herself! You both had a nice swap and made each other really happy :-) Have a nice weekend and enjoy the presents! Hugs, Liduina.

  15. Lovely gifts, enjoy them. I'm glad that you are feeling better, stay well. I'm heading over to Anna's now .
    A Big Mini Hug

  16. Your swap gifts are wonderful. Anne makes beautiful magical items. Wonderful story about the books. It makes your gifts extra special.
    Hugs Maria

  17. Es un intercambio muy bonito, por ambas partes. El próximo comentario que haga en mi blog si es en español , mejor. Hay que practicar un poco, ! Un saludo, Eva

  18. A lovely story Drora! Anne's work is amazing and I am so happy for you both you enjoyed the chance to be swap partners this year!

  19. Wonderful gifts! I too love books of all kinds and loved reading the Gerald Durrell books because I am an animal lover.

  20. Wonderful gifts from Anna, Drora! You are one very lucky swap partner, as I am sure she is too. I'm glad you've been making minis--you must be feeling better to do that. I'm glad! xo Jennifer

  21. Very lovely gifts. Love books.
    Have a nice weekend

    Lil on Lilsdolls

  22. What a lovely miniatures you have got Drora

    Have fun with it

    Greetings Xandra

  23. Congratulations Drora, you received very beautiful gifts, enjoy yourself! A big hug and I'm very happy you feel better

  24. Lovely gifts, I have read some books by Gerald Durell and liked them very much. It must be lovely to have some books in miniature. I love it when books I love I have in miniature as well.
    miniature greetings

  25. Hello Drora, you and Anna had a great swap together! The gifts of Anna are wonderful, enjoy it all!
    Hugs, Ilona

  26. I love all of Anna's gifts! Those cookbooks are gorgeous!! Everything is so enchanting.

  27. wow YOU amaze me!I love your works of art!

  28. Mi querida Drora, lamento el haber estado tan perdida por aquí, no han sido meses fáciles en mi vida, pero tu sabes que eres importante en mi minimundo.
    Me encantan todos esos libros, son perfectos, muchas felicidades.
    Te deseo un feliz fin de semana.
    Mil besos...Julia.