Monday, March 2, 2009

Look What I Got!

I just came back from the post office in our little town because I've been expecting some orders I recently placed for fabric and other related goodies but alas...they haven't arrived as yet. Am I disappointed? Absolutely not! You should see the wonderful surprises I received instead!

I'm going to detract a little first...sorta like dangling a carrot...just to prolong the suspense.

I've only been blogging for just over a month now and it just boggles my mind not only the amount of people I've "met" from all over the world, but the friendships that have begun to grow in such a short period of time. When you meet someone in person, it isn't too difficult to see whether a connection has been made or not. So much can be read into facial expressions, tone of voice, the firmness of a handshake or a hug to say hello or goodbye. It's not that easy with the written word, especially when you've never met the person. So much can be misinterpreted when all those other things are missing.

But enough dangling because my excitement to show you what I got in the mail today is killing me. A parcel, neatly wrapped in brown paper, was handed to me by the lady who works in our little post office with the announcement for all the other patrons to hear, "It's from the states!" "Thank you," I said while running down the stairs.

Home couldn't come soon enough. I jumped into the van and hurried (notice I didn't say sped) home. After unlocking the door and without even looking, I threw the other mail down on the table, grabbed the scissors and cut open the package. Lo and behold, this is what was inside.

There was a cello wrapped package tied with a pretty red bow.

I could make out my favorite, white and blue. My heart was beating even faster now. I untied the bow and unpacked the treasures inside one by one.

Enclosed I found a red, white and blue wall hanging which Karen pieced together so perfectly and left for me to complete as I desire. Thoughtfully included were the strips for the binding. And did you notice the hexagon pin cushion?

Just recently I started to collect pin cushions and I'm wondering if I happened to mention this to Karen at some point...hmmmm. Inside a little hexagon pin keep was this little note.

"A little treat for the winter blues! Hugs, Karen." Even though Karen and I have never met in person, this is a hug I truly felt. Karen, a big hug of thanks to you in return.

Friends are special, but blogging friends are somewhat special-er. I am truly overwhelmed.

And do you know what else? No bills in the mail today!

Happy stitching!


Kimberly said...

Just beautiful, you lucky lady, you!

...and if you'd ever want to swap one of your needle and pin keeps... maybe for a stitcherie, just say the word!

Blessings, Kimberly

Robyn said...

Wooohooo!! No bills... a great start!
I love reading the way you write, it's exactly all that, that I and all of us, I'm sure feel, when we receive a parcel or a squishie in the mail.
You did really well waiting.
Sometimes I rip stuff open in the car and wonder if anyone notices how 'mad' I look :p *giggle*
I get so excited!!
Karen is a gorgeous girl... a kindred spirit and I so agree with you about blogging friends.
Like Wow!!! Who knew? ..and how blessed we all are :D
I had a cuppa with a quilting lady I'd never met the other day and I left feeling as if I'd known her for years...there were no barriers.. Wow again!!!
Enjoy your precious goodies.

Thanks for popping by my blog too. You are so right Kaaren, my friend.
9/11 is another such event.
So much goodness amongst the sadness, never to be forgotten.

Bless you :o)
Robyn xx

PS Wooohoo!!! :p

Julie said...

aawww, that's just lovely kaaren. what a thoughtful person to send you such goodness.
julie :)

Pat said...

Lovely! Lucky, lucky you!

janet said...

Isn't it exciting to get these treats in the mail? Lucky you.

Terry said...

I love surprises in the mail! I could never wait until I drove home to see what's inside! I normally open my packages walking back up the driveway from the mailbox! Have a great day! :0)

Carrie P. said...

How very nice of Karen. She made you some very nice things. I am glad you didn't speed home.

Thearica said...

If you love pincushions, then you need to visit us over at the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum! One of our long time members is hosting a pincushion swap. I have joined 2 in the past and I love what I received back in return! You can read about the swap as a guest but to post or see photos, you will have to register, which is free.

I am QUILTAHOLIC on the forum so stop by one of my threads and say hello if you come by for a visit!

Julia said...

No bills has got to be good...and a gift instead is even better..
How lovely of Karen..
Julia ♥

ferne said...

I was a received a similar package from Karen about a month ago. I won her heart table runner. She is such a sweetheart to give us such treasures and her work is beautifully done. Congratulations on winning. I also got a pincushion for my collection, very cute!

It was nice visiting your blog!