September 13, 2010

Bunderlands Delivers...

Monday...a day that will live in Blogland...The Needleworks of Brynwood and The Rabbits of Raspberry converged in a parking lot for the Patriot Holiday Inn in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Bunderlands
delivery vehicle pulled into the parking lot and the most beautiful, vivacious, teeny tiny! and generous Miss Shell May fairly bounced into the hotel lobby. There was no hesitation. We laughed and hugged like we'd known each other forever!

Look at her license plate! There is no mistaking this gal when she's on the road. She advertises the home of Sugie and Sir Walter Harrington whenever she gets behind the wheel.
She told me she'd brought goodies for me, and man, she wasn't kidding! She opened a huge box to reveal mountains of crocheted laces, doilies, linens, findings, pearl buttons...Here, let me show you a little of what I saw inside the box...
This...
Oh, sweet, hand embroidered birds...
...and more of the same. I can't show you everything, or trust me, you'd just faint dead away! (We can't have that. I still have another picture to share with you!) Suffice it to say, she was generous, above and beyond... Can you even imagine me speechless? Yeah, I know! But I was!

We got in her bunny mobile and drove to a store called "Love2Quilt". It was full of wonderful fabrics, patterns and they were even selling refurbished Featherweight sewing machines. We both agreed we liked the cream-colored one more than the black ones.

We shared a meal in a French restaurant, and then went back to the hotel where we could take photographs. Shell would then drive four hours back home to Bunnyville. All that travel, just to see me while we're in Williamsburg.

We reflected on the fact that we've known each other for about a year and a half, and we talked about the wonderful relationships we have in common because of our blogs. Wouldn't it be nice if we could gather somewhere central with some of our bestest, bloggy girlfriends? For now, we agreed that we'd try to get her and her husband to come over next year to see the Thursday night Williamsburg concert.
We hugged, said that we were so glad we could carve time out of our schedules to meet in person, and before we could blink an eye, it was time to part company. She hadn't been gone ten minutes and it felt like I'd said farewell to a well-loved, little sister. Our visit was everything I'd hoped it would be, but much too short. There were no awkward, "What do I say next?" pauses. There was no "getting to know a stranger" feeling. We were two women who already knew and loved each other very, very well. Meeting in person was icing on the cake...Cake delivered in a Bunderlands Bunnyville car.

Thank you for taking your long drive to spend the day with me, Shell. You are every bit the delightful woman I thought you would be...and more. Because of you, my heart is full and my glass of joy is overflowing.

21 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

DeeDee said...

Well just how cool is that...I love meeting my on line friends...we always have so much in common .....so glad you got to meet and spend the day togehter...

fun times...

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, I am so glad the two of you met and had such a special time together. I can't believe all the treasures she brought you! Amazing! Twyla

Jillayne said...

That is so fun! How great that you were able to do that. Blogging is an amazing thing and you two were so smart and lucky to meet up!

mya said...

Happy for you - what a wonderful experience to finally meet someone you already know. Hope the concert goes well.

Liszha said...

I love it when you get to meet someone you just connect with right away.
Great story! I hope you get to meet eachother more often.
Hugs,
Lisette

Liszha said...

I love it when you get to meet someone you just connect with right away.
Great story! I hope you get to meet eachother more often.
Hugs,
Lisette

The Farmer's Attic said...

Isn't it wonderful to meet someone for the first time and instantly connect??? So glad you had fun and weren't the least bit disappointed!!!

We are headed to Williamsburg the end of the month. I think I'll have to check out that Quilt Shop :)

Carol said...

This is a wonderful post, but kinda sad too. Sad when you meet someone and immediately connect so well, but live far enough away that you can't enjoy each other's company more often.

My best friends have left this earth and I dearly miss that connection.

Very nice post, o, I said that.
xx, Carol

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

It's wonderful you two got to meet!
I love shell's bunny stories and her designs are just fabulous. I thought at one time we would get to meet but it didn't work out. I'm always a day late etc. I'm planning a trip to Virginia next month.

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Meri Wiley said...

Hi lovely lady,

How sweet that you got to meet a fellow crafter/blogger that you've admired.....I love when that happens. OMG I can't believe the treasures she brought you.....I think I did die a little.

By the way, the picture of you two is beautiful. Your other pictures just haven't done you justice, this is definately one to be framed.

Love ya'
Meri

Brenda Kula said...

Wow, what a generous soul that perky little gal is! I want to see all your goodies so I can ooh and aah with ya!
Brenda

Claudia said...

Oh, how wonderful! You two hit it off right at the start. And what a generous gift she brought to you. I know that feeling, I had it when I met Elyse. We both ran to each other and hugged. And I know I will have it when I meet you someday.

xo
Claudia

MosaicMagpie said...

And a good time was had by all! What a great thing you were able to meet and share some time together. All the lovely treasures she brought you as well.
Debbie

Taylor Kay said...

Hey there!
I tried to contact you but whenever I click the contact you button it just sends me to an untitled blank page and nothing shows up. :/

Taylor Kay

Createology said...

I do find it amazing when I read stories like this one. So glad you and Shell had a wonderful day and truly enjoyed one another's company. By your photos she certainly was super generous with all those beautiful doilies and trims and ... Happy concerto...

The French Bear said...

What a great day for you both, I am sure you both talked non stop!!! I love the goodies she brought you, the embroidered birds are beautiful!!!! I am so happy that you could take time to meet, it must have been a wonderful time!
Hugs,
Mags

Sharon said...

What fun you both had and all the wonderful treasures she brought you. The biggest being her friendship.

Michelle May said...

Well hellooooooo there!
I made it back to NC around 9. Traffic was a little crazy through the tunnels. The bunny mobile became the bug mobile with all the bug guts. Ick! hee,hee,hee.

All I can say is that I had the most wonderful time and it went by way to fast! Donna you are everything I knew you would be and more. You are so much fun to be with and I truly enjoyed our time together. I'm looking forward to our next visit!

Love ya bunches girlfriend.
Your friend always,
shell
ps, the photos are so great!

Shirley said...

I am so glad that you two had such a wonderful day. I would like to have a central location and meet some of you that I have met online. We would have a blast with all of the visiting that would be done. Shell brought you some beautiful things. I loved the embroidery work and the lace. Have fun on your trip. Your Missouri Friend.

SheilaC said...

How wonderful that you got to meet!!

You were both very lucky :)

SheilaC

(and her car is adorable!)

Beedeebabee said...

Donna, What a beautiful post! I'm so glad you got to meet Shell and spend such a lovely day together. I love the picture of you both...and the goodies she brought you are amazing!!! xo Paulette

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