Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Special Gifts, Special People

One of the things I love best about blogging is 'meeting' people and making friends with them.
I love to receive comments, make comments on the blogs of others, and sending an email or two back and forth with them from time to time. It's neat to share photos of the things I've made, or done around the Nest. And, I'm learning lots of interesting things. What about you?

And, as is true with the friends in my 'real' life...I'm finding that my blogging friends are quite generous. So, today, I thought I'd show you some really nice 'goodies' I've received from my friends from cyberspace and a friend who lives here also. And, yes, I send things to folks from time to time myself as I like to share too.

One day a couple of weeks ago, I received a box from the Netherlands sent by my blogging friend, Francien. She is dear. Just look....a lovely pink pincushion she made, a crocheted soap holder with a beautiful bar of 'bee' soap (you know I love crochet and the soap smells good too!), a pad of bird notes, a sweet green bird and nest (yes, two of my favorite things and green, my favorite color, well, along with pink and red!), and a lovely handmade card with hearts and lace. So sweet of her to do such a thing and I will treasure them all. And, oh, yes....I LOVE the heart pin shown in the pincushion....you know...hearts - another of my favorite things. Thank you again, Francien!!!

Then, there is a crocheted piece from my blogging friend, Karen from Houston. This arrived one day totally 'out of the blue' also and I was so happy to have these beautiful crocheted birds!
Wasn't that a thoughtful thing to do? She found it at the flea market...oh...it's nice to 'meet' people who love the same things you do....such as all that 'hunting and gathering.' Thank you again, Karen!!!

If you've read my posts very often...then you know my daughter and a friend have started an art co-op here in town. There are about twenty-two artists involved....including me and my new friend, Burt. He lives in a neighboring town and is a potter. A very interesting guy who makes us laugh and at seventy-three, he is an inspiration...doing what he loves to do. One day I mentioned that I'd like some tiny bowls that would just fit into the palm of my hand. "Whatever for?" he asked. "Well, to put beads and things into," I said. So, last time we were open (every second Saturday of the month), Burt arrived with a box and said to me...'this is a gift." And, here you see what he had made...just for me...twenty-five different sized tiny bowls!
I've placed my embroidery scissors here beside them so you could see their approximate size.
Can you believe that? I told him he was an over-achiever, smiling, of course. They are really nice...porcelain, he tells me. (I would have been very happy with ONE....he's such a nice guy.)

I bet you have some of these stories too. Generous people abound in the craft/art/blogging world...and, even absent these very special gifts...I love hearing from my blogging friends....as they are the most special thing of all!! Take care out there....pat


vicki said...

Dearest Pat - what wonderful treasures you have been blessed to recieve from your friends! These are all so precious - I love the bowls and the soap and that pin cushion - they are all so wonderful! You are loved for sure!


Beth said...

Hi Pat! I feel the same way about online friends! I've met some truely wonderful people through blogging and online forums with people who have similar interests. As a matter of fact, that is how I met your sweet daughter! and then you!
Before Christmas, I got a package of Hawaiian chocolates, for no reason, from an online artist friend, who was born in Hawaii. It was very special to me.

Thanks for sharing your stories.

Francien said...

You are so very welcome my friend Pat...you are a very generous and warm person yourself...and your emails always cheer me up...love to see your posts on your blog too...your an inspiration to many of us..
and the little handmade creations people are sending just out of the blue are the most treasured presents by me..and its fun to send some too...it still amazes me that one can connect with people on the other side of the world without seeing eachother in person
and put a smile on someones face...you surtenly do that with my face...lol..so thank you and keep those awesome posts of you coming...greetings ♥ Francien.

Francien said...

Forgot to say that the other goodies you have received are stunning..love the crochetted doily Karen send you and those little plates are just perfect for your beads!!...they are lovely!! I would love to have a "Burt"in the neighboorhood too!!
greetings Francien.

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

What lovely gifts, the bowls are delightful. I am finding too that I am making some lovely blogging friends and because we all enjoy crafts and are like minded some lovely gifts are being exchanged.

Erin in MI said...

Oh my gosh Pat! Those bowls are to die for! Is Burt interested in selling any of these??

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Way to go , Burt!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Generous people are especially joyful - have you ever noticed that? I love giving things to friends, especially when it's unexpected. blessings, marlene

Riet said...

What a beautiful creations Pat.

Hugs Riet.xx

Melissa said...

All of your gifts are absolutely lovely...

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