Yep. I went AWOL again. It happens. I get busy, life happens, you've been there. Plus, most of what I was busy with is not interesting or a Christmas secret, and then there were real world incidents that break my heart so much that I can't bear to write about them. I've had to filter a great deal of what I've been watching and reading because as a teacher and someone with a precious tiny person in her life, my grief is too much. For everyone who has been affected by the horror of it, my prayers are with you...
It was overwhelming but now, I am choosing to concentrate on all the incredible blessings in my life and remember why I love this season so very much. Peace, hope and love. I am extremely grateful, extremely hopeful, wishful for positive change, and finally, finally, able and inspired to blog. Sigh. And here we go...
If you haven't come across Cindy's blog, Live a Colorful Life, you're missing out. Not only is she talented, and marvellous, wonderfully funny, she's about the nicest person I've never met in real life. :-) When she asked me if I wanted to do a private swap, I instantly and nervously said yes! We decided on pouches, though we were both a little skittish on zippers.
I knew the one I made would have to be full of colour so I went to the rainbow side of things.
Plus, I got to play with teeny tininess which always makes me happy. Then I added a little Saskatchewan and sent it off. Cindy blogged about it here.
A week ago, this marvellous package arrived.
It's beautiful!! And huge! It's now my new knitting project bag (and the zipper is perfect. Yes, perfect. The one I did? Well, Cindy was nice enough not to mention the amateurish installation...) Cindy does these amazing things with selvedges. And this hexy flower is no execption! Somehow, I've missed taking a decent photo of the inside (so hard to get good light these days!), but the fabric is perfect and there's two big pockets. And then there were the goodies she threw in!
California honey, chocolate covered jumbo raisins and almonds (completely gone, by the way - so good!), a wonderful bag of pretty buttons (I have a weakness for buttons) and a box stuffed full of 1 1/2" squares. Joy!
Plus, something I've longed for since she opened her etsy shop, a custom pin cushion, all of selvedges and so completely perfect.
I won't lie and say that I didn't get a little misty-eyed, because I did. I was terribly sick and had a bad migraine to boot so it's timing was amazing. My thank you email feels inadequate. I am so lucky to have such fantastic people like Cindy in my life...
And now, I have a month's worth of blog-reading to catch up on but as I am officially on holidays, officially done shopping, making and wrapping, and officially into the buttertarts, I will be able to do so before 2013.
Regardless of your faith, background, geography or politics, I am wishing you peace, love, and hope today and every day of the year.