Saturday, September 22, 2012

Prize and Gifts From Maria of Il Cucchiaino Magico!

Here is the miniature vintage Italian cosmetics poster I won recently, shown in the child's bedroom of Cupcake Cottage. Isn't it adorable? It was made by Mari@ of Il Cucchiaino Magico blog:

Actually, Mari@ sent all of these darling miniatures in a gorgeous pink bag:

She included a book, Language of Flowers by Kate Greenaway, which I had been eyeing forever in Maria's Etsy shop (book shown here on the fireplace mantel of Cupcake Cottage's master bedroom):

She also gave me the gorgeous cookbook, Salumi Italiani. Both books are printed inside. Here's a page from Salumi Italiani for you to see:

Wow! I could hardly believe my eyes when I found the thoughtful gifts, in addition to her giveaway prize, that Mari@ had sent. She told me that everything was made with love. Isn't that so sweet?! 

Thank you so much for your sweetness and thoughtfulness, Mari@! You are a gem, and your gifts are divine! I am nearly ready with some gifts to send back to Mari@. I am working hard, also with love! :-)

Mari@'s blog and shop are both gems too. Her blog tells interesting history about the stories in her books. It also shows many examples of her beautiful work. And as you can see, her books are magnificent pieces of art. I know you'll enjoy a visit to both places!

Keep having fun! xoxo Jennifer


  1. Fantastic gifts! Maria does make beautiful miniatures! Enjoy them Jennifer! Lucky you!

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    I love the little vintage cosmetics poster, its adorable and looks so perfect in the Child's bedroom of Cupcake Cottage.
    The extra gifts that Maria sent are beautiful. Her books are so well made!!
    Hugs ♥ Vicky ♥

  3. Congratulations for these fabulous gifts. You're a lucky girl.
    Kiss Faby

  4. Thank you Jennifer! You wrote many sweet words and I'm happy you like all my works. You are always so kind with your presence and your nice comments on my blog and I'm pleased you won my giveaway. You have now a sign of my friendship. Thanks for this beautiful post. A big kiss from Italy

  5. gorgeous!! Such sweet gifts!! -Ara

  6. Preciosos regalos!!!

  7. Los regalos de Maria son estupendos!
    Los mereces, disfrútalos
    Un abrazo
    GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación

  8. The win and the gifts from Mari@ are so beautiful. When do do you cook this tasty meal? I love Insalata di riso. ;)
    Have fun.
    Hugs from Craftland

  9. Hi Jennifer,what beautiful gifts you received!
    Maria makes wonderful miniatures,I love the little vintage poster with the cute girl, soooo sweet :)
    Have a great Sunday !!

    Hugs Mieke xxx

  10. I lavori di Maria sono stupendi, anche io ho la fortuna di averne qualcuno, è un lavoro molto preciso e molto molto ben fatto. Immagino il tuo stupore quando hai aperto il pacchetto!!
    Un bacio

  11. Unos regalos muy bonitos, ahora a disfrutarlos.

    Besos, Narán

  12. Oh Jennifer! You are so fortunate! Maria's gifts are gorgeous and beautifully made. Enjoy your treasures.
    Hugs, Drora

  13. Lucky you - these are fantastic gifts. That cooking book is incredible. But there was no need for pointing out these things were made with love - noone would ever doubt that! ;O)


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  15. Felicidades por esos regalos tan bonitos!! Que los disfrutes!!

  16. Enhorabuena por todos esos preciosos regalos, disfrutalos!!
    besitos ascension

  17. I love them all, you are so fortunate! :)

  18. Que bonitos regalos Jennifer.
    No sabes como envidio las compañeras que son capaces de hacer tan bellos y perfectos libros, yo para el papel soy de los torpe jejej.
    Feliz semana.
    Mil besos...Julia.

  19. Hi Jennifer! Fantastic gifts of a very sweet Maria ;)! Enjoy it!
    Hugs, Ilona

  20. Fantasticos regalos!!!
    Besos de las Malu´s.

  21. I'm always amazed at how detailed Maria's books are.

  22. Thanks for your comment! I am glad I found your blog too, it's a feast for my eyes!

  23. Hello
    Oh where are the books beautiful, I love them. Congratulations.

  24. Hello Jennifer,
    Another greata ddition to your beautiful collection. Thanks for introducing me to a new artist.
    Big hug,

  25. Oh that poster is precious! These are fantastic prizes! You always need so many books in a dollhouse to get that cozy, lived in look. I love them all!

  26. Wonderful Gifts! Books are so Lovely and there are never too many books in the dollhouse!

  27. Oh! Qué bonitos libros,son una joya dignos de ti. Enhorabuena por los regalos. El cartel es fantástico. Besos

  28. Congratulations Jennifer, are really wonderful treasures, you're so lucky and Mari@ is a great miniature book maker! Enjoy!! Hugs

  29. The poster is adorable, I also like the sweet creatures that are sat on the bed.

  30. Congrets on your lovely gifts, they are beautiful.So sweet of you to fly two ours to meet your blogfriend.
    Looks like you had a wonderful time together, i saw the pictures on her blog too.

  31. Son preciosos los regalos que has recibido...disfrutalos,te los mereces.
    Un besin

  32. So lovely gifts you received from Maria! And made with love!
    Really wonderful miniatures!
    Very very cute!!!
    Mini hugs!


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