Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A thoughtful gift from Marie
The other day, this very sweet gift arrived from Marie. She treated me to a wonderful project bag made from a tea towel (I'm prone to using plastic ziploc bags for many of my projects, so this will class it up a little). And the little teapot embroidery reminds me so much of the iron on Aunt Martha's transfers (remember those?) I used to do when I was younger.
Marie also included two locally handmade cutting boards, with holes drilled by one of her sons to form thread holders. When I opened the box, my husband said, "Oh good! One for me too!" I'll have to find something special for these - I'm thinking some sort of PA Dutch pattern would be perfect. And I also received my very first flower frog, something that comes in handy for many stitchers for holding their scissor collections. This pretty clear glass one happens to fit perfectly on one of the glass bowls we inherited from my husband's grandmother. But as pretty and as useful as it is, it will most likely live in a china cabinet for a few years, as there is a curious and not so careful preschooler in the house. Better safe than sorry for a bit, right?
Thank you, Marie, not only for the beautiful, thoughtful gifts, but for your friendship as well!
Marie's blog is one of the very first I came across, and over the years I've gotten to know this lovely woman. My blogging may be spotty, but we stay in touch regularly via email. If you visit her blog, you will see that she has created some gorgeous ornaments, many of which have been gifted to others. She also has a special talent combining her stitching with one of her other passions, quilting. I am in awe of her talent with quilting - just look at her lovely treat bags and candle mats. And did you know Marie is a prize winning quilter? It's no wonder her blog is so fun to read!
I've also been paired up with Marie for the Fair and Square Exchange twice, and have actually finished both pieces into objects on display. She knows my fondness for lighthouses, so for the first one, she stitched me this Prairie Schooler piece. Which just happens to still be in the living room on the shelf because I cannot get my act together long enough to come up with a decorating plan for our family room mantel, unless you count my Pinterest boards, and then I'm an EXPERT at decorating.
The second piece set a landspeed record for finishing because it happened to arrive as I was in the middle of finishing several other ornaments, so the squares went right into the pile and were also finished into an ornament right away so they could join the 50 or so other lighthouses on our Christmas tree.
Speaking of the Fair & Square Exchange, is anyone else interested in continuing it? it's been dormant for over a year now, and perhaps if there's enough interest, we can convince Jill to get it going again. I miss it - sometimes it was the only thing that kept me going with stitching because it was a small, manageable piece with a specific deadline, and it was so much fun meeting other stitching and choosing what to stitch for them. I've made some truly wonderful friends through the exchange and I'd hate to see it die off.