Wednesday, October 23, 2013


**Warning:  This post is very wordy and has a lot of photos!

When I started my blog on May 30, 2007, I did so with the idea that it would be a great way to keep my family and friends informed of what was going on in my life.  You know...they could come to my blog to read about what was going on.  I was in the process of moving from the city to the country...into a house on a huge property, so there was a lot that I wanted them to see.  Plus, I could show what I was working on (rug hooking was my passion back then).  You know.  It seemed like it would be a much better...and certainly more fun...way of keeping everyone up to date.

Little did I know where this blog would take me...the impact it would have...the doors it would open...the changes in my life that I would keep everyone up to date with...what it would lead me to...who I would meet...what I would receive in return.  

I have a much better idea of all of that, now.  This blog has become a creative share what I have learned, to show what I have done, and to talk about subjects that mean something to me (though I have been lacking in that area of late).  I have made many blogging friends...women I will probably never meet in person, but who I care about...women who cheer me on, who get me involved in swaps and projects that I otherwise might not have done...women who have become important to me in many ways.  Women who have become my supporters, my cheerleaders...who have offered sympathy when sadness has entered my life, who offer joy when happiness reigns...who inspire and motivate me.  

One of these women...a new friend...sent me a thank you gift.  Actually, gifts.  Yes, gifts in the mail today!  You all know how much I love those, right?  I thought about inserting links to some of the posts I've written about gifts in the mail, but let's just say I did that and you get the point.  That point being that I LOVE getting gifts in the mail.  ~grin~   ANYWAY.  Remember the strawberry pincushion swap?  I wrote all about what I sent to my swap partner, Donna, here.   Well, she was absolutely thrilled (read what she wrote on her blog here). 
It really was fun to have Donna for 'my person to send to' seems that we have some things in common: 

  We both like Crabapple Hill Studio designs.  She made the
'Over The River' quilt, and I'm working on 'Snow Days'.
  She and I have both had Herding group dogs.  She with Corgis
and me with ColliesWe've both had Labrador Retrievers.
  Her dog's name is Taggart (akaTag) and my
  dog's name is Tag (aka TagEButt).
I live in Madison, Wisconsin.  She lives in Florida, but 
grew up in Wisconsin,  At one point, she commuted to work in Madison.
A great basis for a friendship, don't you think?  

Anyway.  It's always good to know that you hit the nail on the head when you try to get to know the person you were assigned to send that what you send is appropriate, appreciated and approved of!  So.  Did you read what she wrote on her blog?  The part she wrote about how she was really overwhelmed by my generosity and how she thought I read her well...and then she went on to say how she wanted to create a few things with me in mind. 

I tried to convince her that nothing was needed...that she should not send me anything.   But, she ignored all of that.  

So.  The package arrived in today's mail.  

Here come the photos...

See the card?  That's her first Corgi, Fezzik.  She wrote a beautiful note inside.

This is so sparkly and fun...see the jewel?  So pretty!!
When you open the flap, you find a tablet.
How fun is that!
A local treat...honey from Sarasota, FL
A fat quarter of the prettiest strawberry fabric I've ever seen!
And, the pièce de résistance!  A wool applique pincushion!  It is simply wonderful!
A closeup of some of the stitching!
Everything together.
A wool pincushion.  Besides cotton, wool is my fabric of choice!  Donna tells me that the pincushion is filled with crushed  walnut shells, which are great for keeping pins and needles sharp!  

I know to truly appreciate a gift, one should use it.  I am loath to do so...just because it's so beautiful.  BUT, I will.  Because I am appreciative.  I will place it on my side table and use it for my handstitching needles and pins.  That way, I will look upon it every day and be reminded of and thankful for the blessings I have received.  (And, too, this way it won't get covered with stray threads and all that my pincushion by my sewing machine is covered with.)  

I am completely overwhelmed by Donna's 'thank-you' gift(s).  Talk about generosity!  I have no words to express what I am feeling.  I'm going to have to find some, write a thank you note without words would be...well, just wrong!  ~grin~ Thank you so very much, Donna.  

This blog has brought me many blessings...thank you, Jesus! 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11


Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Jacque:
Blogging has brought many dear friends my way. I know I'll be getting to know you better, and we may, indeed, meet some day (sooner than you might think). Handsome and I manage to get back to Wisconsin every summer for an extended stay. It gives me the time to spend with family and friends each time. I think we should try next year!

I'm so glad that you love your surprises! (The wool pincushion is actually filled with my newest and favorite filling...crushed walnut shells.) It doesn't leak out like sand and it also sharpens pins and needles when you use it. It is more reasonably prices as "lizard litter" in pet shops. I've had (and used) my first purchased bag-full for over a year!

Thank you for your heartwarming and complimentary post. Enjoy all your gifts from me and please, do use your pincushion. I can always make you another if this one lets you down. :-D

Hugs from (finally cooling) Florida!
Donna (and Tag)

Kim said...

Such a lovely post. Your description of the blessings of friendships through blogging was beautiful and true. And I think many of us can relate to making a special connection with some.
Your gifts are lovely and that pin cushion is gorgeous!

annie said...

that's a wonderful gift of blessing!
I love the card and pin keep! very beautiful, indeed!

WoolenSails said...

What a wonderful surprise and gifts. I have found the best friends through groups and blogging, you included.


moosecraft said...

Amen! Blogging helps bring people (who are miles apart) closer together! :-) Beautiful strawberry pincushion!

kks said...

love the true!