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The Gift of Thoughtfulness

I was cleaning out a plastic container in our basement several months ago when I came across a Christmas card given to me waaaaaay back in high school. And though I do have many, many containers of memories in our house, I’m not the type to hang on to a card given to me by a high school classmate.

This card was different. 

The envelope was intricately decorated by hand, and my name was written as elegantly as I had ever seen it. The words written inside were equally beautiful both in their penmanship and their meaningful content.

This card was given to me by a fellow classmate and sweet friend, Jessica. Since our high school days, we have kept in touch as much as we could—a coffee date here, an Instagram “like” there, but that card remains one of my most treasured possessions. It reminds me of one of the most talented people I’ve ever known and how she took the time to create something beautiful just for me. It reminds me that I should be more intentional and more frequent with my acts of thoughtfulness.

Well, as I scrolled through my Instagram feed two weeks ago, I noticed the most beautiful hand-drawn cards created by (you guessed it) Jessica. I immediately thought of the card she gave me in high school and how much that simple gesture means to me all these years later. I can hardly remember my phone number most days, so it speaks volumes that I remember this particular card.

Her thoughtfulness transcends my mommy brain. 

Two weeks ago I asked Jessica if she would create some one-of-a-kind, hand drawn cards for my wonderful Katy in a Corner readers. And in honor of warmer temperatures and all the bird poo on my front porch, I requested a bird theme.

Jessica has a style of card that she calls “Sticker Scenes” which include a combination of stickers and pen and ink artwork.

Jessica Rollins Sticker Scenes

This giveaway includes 4 hand-crafted cards (NOT prints) made with Jessica’s extremely skillful hands.

Hand Drawn Cards by Jess

The theme of these cards is “thinking of you,” so they will work with any occasion.

Hand Drawn Cards by Jess

I even had her include one card without text on the front so it could stand alone as a piece of artwork.

Jessica Rollins Sticker Scenes

If you’d like to know more about Jessica’s artwork, you can follow her on Instagram or Twitter:

Jessica Rollins Contact Info

If you’re not on Instagram or Twitter but REEEEEALLY want to have Jessica create some custom cards for you, please shoot me an email:  katy (at) katyinacorner (dot) com. I’ll put in a good word for you. (Basically, I’ll beg.)

Finally — and she never would have asked me to say this — I want to point you to Jessica’s music page on iTunes. Her voice and lyrics are as beautiful as her artwork which is as beautiful as she is both inside and out.

I just appointed myself President and Chief Overkill Officer of Jessica’s fan club.

To Enter:

Simply answer the following question in the comment section below.

What is the most thoughtful gift you ever received?

The Rules:

Please post entry by 11:59 p.m. Central time on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Winner will be announced Friday, April 11, 2014. (Make sure you subscribe to get updates to your inbox!)

Winner will be chosen at random from the comment section below.

Giveaway open to US Residents only. Sorry, international friends.

This giveaway is 100% sponsored by Katy in a Corner and my love for Springtime, friends, thoughtful gifts, and you, my wonderful blog readers! Your support makes these giveaway posts possible. Thank you!

This post contains an iTunes affiliate link.

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Comments to "The Gift of Thoughtfulness (GIVEAWAY!)"

  1. Laurie W.

    April 8, 2014

    Too many to single one out, but the most recent is that my husband spent the weekend making me a beautiful raised bed garden.

  2. G-Man

    April 8, 2014

    Katy, couldn’t agree more. Jessica is so talented! I still love the topiaries she painted on our closet doors and the clever way she hid the University of Georgia “G” in one of them. You know, for the G-Man!

    Anyhow, I think the most thoughtful gift I’ve been given would have to be “time.” By that I mean the time given by family and friends whether that time was given in celebration together or in suffering. Either way, when someone sacrifices their time for you, it is indeed a thoughtful gift.

    I don’t see a family disclaimer on the contest. Does that mean I have a chance? 🙂

    • Katy in a Corner

      April 8, 2014

      Sorry, G-man, the family disclaimer goes without saying. 🙂 Make that immediate family. Extended family is still eligible.

  3. Lorelei

    April 8, 2014

    I’m not family but I totally agree with the G-man and I include all hand-made gifts in that description. When someone hand crafts a gift, they are giving both their time and talents.
    Jessica’s cards are so beautiful! Here, at 7000′ in the Rockies, the return of birds is a sure sign that Spring is on the way…despite all that snow on the ground.
    They also immediately made me think of my mother. A lifelong bird watcher, she would have loved these cards. Had tears wishing I could send her one if these amazing ‘Thinking of You’ cards…she’s been gone for awhile but I am always thinking of her.
    If these works of art come my way, I would frame that lovely birdhouse and include it on my ‘Hugs & Kisses’ wall. Just looking at it here feels like I’m getting one more hug from Mom.
    Off to get an Instagram account. Is there an opening for VP of Jessica’s Fan club?

    Lorelei

  4. Bobbi Jo

    April 8, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful work!

    My favorite present was from one of my best friends in high school as well. He bought me this beautiful delicate wind chime that is orange and has a glass butterfly. I have it in my house hanging in front of a window so whenever I hear the chimes ring I think of him.

  5. Kathy

    April 8, 2014

    Several years ago before I became an administrator, a co-worker, with whom I have a “work only” relationship, gave me a teacher sampler. It was her first and only attempt at cross stitch and beautifully done. She picked it out with me in mind because of the descriptive words on it, and I have never been more touched by a gift in my life. It is hanging in my office in a prominent place and brings me joy every time I see it.

  6. Lala

    April 8, 2014

    Hey Katy!

    I couldn’t agree more! Jess R is one of the most talented people I know. She drew a picture of me when I was a young girl for my mom. It was supposed to be a painting, but the pencil drawing looked so beautiful we ended up framing that. My mom treasures that artwork to this day.

    I think the most thoughtful gift I have ever received is some sweetheart glass china from my grandmother. I collect opalescent hobnail glass and this china looks very similar to that. She had it as a young girl and passed it on to me. I use it at showers and tea parties, etc., and it always makes me think of her and days gone by.

    Love the blog, keep writing!!

  7. Carissa

    April 8, 2014

    My lovely friend gave me a necklace with the Eiffel Tower on it. She said our trip to Paris together was so fantastic she wanted me to think about it often as she did.

  8. Susan

    April 8, 2014

    A very dear friend stopped by my house many years ago right around Easter to gift me with a silver rabbit statue and to ask for prayer as she suspected she might have breast cancer. I was amazed that she was facing one of the biggest fears a woman could have, yet she was thinking of me with a gift. My friend, Martha, passed away from breast cancer about 18 months after this particular visit, yet as long as she had the energy, she was gifting her clothes, her personal possessions, and her love to her many dear friends. That rabbit continues to remind me of Martha and what an incredibly gracious and generous woman she was.

  9. Victoria

    April 8, 2014

    One of the most thoughtful gifts was a pair of funky socks that my mom gave me to keep my feet warm while going through chemo treatments.

  10. Amanda

    April 8, 2014

    My favorite gifts of all time, were not given to me, but I was a key player in both and I will cherish the moments forever. My husband’s grandfather passed away a little over a year ago. About 6 months before he died he called me into his office and gave me a portrait of him in his Marine Corps uniform to give to my husband. (I had mentioned a few months before that he would love to have it). Pawpaw even “autographed” it for us. My husband cried when I gave it to him. The second item, was Pawpaw’s watch, Granny (my husband’s grandma) gave it to us to give to my son when he’s grown. I cannot wait to give it to him. They were each other’s favorite people, even though my son was only 3. 🙂 Neither of these items have any $ value, but they are priceless to us!

  11. Monica

    April 8, 2014

    When my daughters were very little, my husband gave me one date a month for a year as my Christmas present. He even made arrangements for the baby-sitter.

  12. Dala

    April 8, 2014

    As a child, anytime I visited my grandmother I would have her play this musical statue of blue birds that my grandpa gave her the year they got married. We would wind it up and she would share with me the story about how they met and their wedding. And about how much that statue meant to her and how many happy memories both the statue and the music it played held for her. Later, when I was older and getting married myself, my grandma gave me that very statue. Now I play it for my daughter and tell her the story about her dad and I while the music slowly plays.

  13. Karmen

    April 8, 2014

    I read this book about the true meaning behind the Christmas carols/songs we sing and I was blown away by the story of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was a story to cheer up his son as his wife (son’s mother) was dying. The story was made into a book and given to every child who sat on Santa’s lap at a department store (can’t remember which one). I was so touched by this story and yammered on and on about it. My husband searched e-bay and found an original copy of the very book that was originally given to children after a trip to see Santa and gave it to me for Christmas. It was so thoughtful! And I didn’t think he was even listening to me.
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  14. Anna

    April 8, 2014

    I still have a tiny painting in a circle frame Jessica did for me when she and Wendy were in high school. It’s of a garden and she knew how much I loved my flowers.

    When I was about 10 years old, my mother! Gave me an old trunk filled with old evening dresses. My friends and I spent hours playing dress-up. I’ll be 70 soon and I still have the trunk….I will never let it or the memories go.

    Enjoy your blog very much, keep it going!

  15. Loretta

    April 8, 2014

    Jessica’s cards are just lovely! If I won, I would certainly use 2 of the cards to thank my children (and their spouses) for surprising me on my birthday with a personalized version of our favorite book to read when they were little: “A Day At the Beach.”

  16. Leah

    April 8, 2014

    While there are many gifts I can think of that stand out as meaningful to me there is one that holds a special place for me. Shortly after turning 16 and receiving my driver licence my mother surprised me with a small gift. She gave me a penny that had been punched in the center with a heart shape , along with the penny was a poem about growing up and how I would always be in her heart. I have carried that penny with me on my key ring from that day forward. When I gave birth to my daughter I knew I would someday pass it on to her. On the day she received her driver licence I passed the penny and story along. My daughter now carries the penny on her key ring with her everyday.
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  18. Myriah

    April 9, 2014

    Love Jessica Rollins! Her talent is only exceeded by her goodness. She is one in a million!

    Throughout my life, God has always provided everything I need. I have never been in want, but sometimes it was close. My family went through a particularly rough spell when I was in high school. I remember my mom asking if she should buy bread or milk because we couldn’t afford both. That day, my aunt showed up with an entire trunk full of groceries. She claimed it was because everything was BOGO and she’d never be able to eat it all, but we knew better. Sometimes God doesn’t meet all your needs through your own means. Many times he uses others to remind you you’re not alone.

  19. Fred Baragona

    April 9, 2014

    Katy, you are awesome! I am so thankful for you and your family, and the friendship and comfort you provide to Staci & Craig and my precious grandchildren. Plus, I love your Blogs!!! Keep up the good work-:)

  20. Staci Barham

    April 10, 2014

    After talking to you yesterday, I realized that the most thoughtful gifts are the gifts of food! When you have a baby, when you have surgery, when you have a death in the family…food comforts! That was one of the biggest shocks to me when we lived in England…they didn’t know about comfort food. I think by the time we (meaning all of us Americans in our little church…) left, our sweet British friends had come to enjoy our American comfort food. The gift of food is always a thoughtful gift because the giver had to spend time planning, shopping and preparing that most wonderful gift!

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