September 28, 2011

Gifts From Near and Far...

In August, I wrote a post about biscornus (see here). My friend, Marrianne in New Zealand said that she couldn't believe her eyes, but didn't tell me why. She sent me an email to let me know she'd be sending a package (without divulging the contents), so I told her we were traveling and would be back home in September.

Marrianne and I became long-distance friends on Ravelry, and we were partners in a swap through one of the groups. Our Ravelry swap was to include something from our area and information about where we live, so I sent her a postcard explaining shrimp boils and added a canister of Old Bay Seasoning with her other gifts. Turns out she and her husband love the Old Bay, so that's what I usually add to her packages.

She included a bag of special treats from Down Under along with her other surprises and ever since, she always adds those lovely Pineapple Lumps (dehydrated pineapple covered with chocolate!) in my packages. I'm so glad because I really love them!
Imagine my surprise when I opened her latest package to find a stunning acorn biscornu tucked in with the other items. I now know that this is what she had just finished as I wrote my post about them. Gosh, Marrianne! Yours is so gorgeous. I love how you stitched beads into the seam. I'm going to have to keep stitching these until my joins are as perfect as yours!

Of course, she added Pineapple Lumps, but also another chocolate delicacy called Feijoa, loose tea (one of her favorite blends), a piece of her favorite Kiwi fabric (fashioned after a plant in NZ  that sports stunning blooms in time for Christmas each year), and one more little treasure...
She included a tiny carved acorn with a removable lid, and when I opened the lid (Marrianne told me the acorn cap came off)...
I found ten knitting stitch markers inside! What a clever idea for stowing those timy markers, and there's enough room inside for me to add more, too!

Thank you, Marrianne. I so appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness. Having added a few pounds over the summer, I'm on a "no sweets" food plan right now, so I've hidden those chocolate treats away for a little while. I'll have to hurry and reach my goal so that I can pull those treats out and enjoy every delicious bite!

Now that I'm back home, I'm going to have fun putting together another package for you and Russel. I'll let you know when it's on its way!
I'm so blessed to have my blog friends. I was surprised by a second package today, too. My Missouri friend, Shirley of Shirley Stitches sent me a crocheted "loofa" scrubber. The girls at Panera's make these and I've kept my mouth shut about really wanting one of them. I was tickled to see one from Shirley!

There was also a blue tissue-wrapped package that I couldn't wait to open. See, I know that Shirley makes these vintage tea towels and I've always left a comment for her when she writes about them on her blog. (Of course, I never asked for one, though.)
She sent two of them to me! A little embroidered chick wearing a raincoat and little boots, and the lovely embroidered sewing birds. Each stitch placed by her loving hands. My very own vintage-looking tea towels!
Dear Shirley, I can't tell you how much your adorable gifts touched my heart. I'm going to think of you every time I use them. Thank you so much for thinking of me and gifting me with one three of my heart's desires.

If anyone would like to purchase some of Shirley's tea towels (or other stitched creations), you can visit her shop, Shirleystitches at Etsy. Visiting her shop reminds me of visiting my grandma. She always had kitchen towels with the days of the week on them. Shirley's handwork really takes me back to my childhood.

Thank you again, Shirley. Love, love, love your gifts! I'm so grateful that you thought of me. xoxo Now, don't expect any packages from me in the near future, OK? I mean, really. How can it be a surprise if you're expecting it? (giggle)

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Minimiss said...

So glad the package arrived safe and sound. I had been sitting on the pattern for the biscornu for about 12 months knowing full well who I was going to make it for. When I saw the acorn stitch-marker holder I just knew where that was destined too. I'm pleased that you are pleased with them.

Enjoy the chocolate goodies once you are off you "no sweeties" plan.

Very pretty tea-towels you've received too. I wouldn't want to use them in case I spoiled them. Lucky you.

Carol said...

Nice post showing all your love!! When I saw that acorn I thought Wow they sure grow em big there! Well that little acorn is about the neatest thing I've seen in a long time. All your gifts are great and were given a lot of thought before they were sent. Lovely towels.

Every time I see an acorn I think of you. Since I have oak trees, I've been thinking of you A LOT now. ~lol~

Have a terrific day!
xx, Carol

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, your gifts are so wonderful and a testiment to how much you are adored by those who have gotten to know you through your blog. You are a blessing to us all. Twyla

Sherri said...

What wonderful packages you received! Lovely friends!

Createology said...

This is truly the best part of blogging...finding friends all over the world who are generous and giving without being asked or told. Your treasures are beautiful. The biscornu you received is magnificent with its perfect little stitches and beaded seam. Love the vintage style tea towels. Terrific Thursday dear...

Just Me and My Shadow said...

Lovely gifts from your friends. I missed your original biscornu post but I have made several of those too which are in my photo album linked from my blog.


Faerie Moon Creations said...

What truly beautiful gifts, Donna! And ones that came directly from the heart. Enjoy - they are well-deserved. :)

Shirley said...

Hi Donna, I am so glad that you liked your tea towels. I have been embroidery some more earlier this evening to help me relax after a very stressful work day. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday. I will enjoy a beautiful fall weekend. I can't wait. I loved your gift from your far away friend. Have a great day. Your Missouri Friend.

Sharon said...

Wonderful gifts from dear friends. I love that precious acorn!


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