Thursday, January 17, 2008

Chelsey worked last night, so I stayed up and quilted. I’m up to 48 blocks completed on my red/green project. I’ve been kind of calling it the Blessings quilt, because it started out with the Yuletide Blessings fabrics. I’m shooting for 72 blocks to make it queen size. So maybe I can work on it again tonight.

It’s snowing; we’re expecting 5 to 8 inches by evening. It’s beautiful, I’m just nervous about driving in it. But with life in the U.P. you have to just get out in it--- because the snow isn’t going anywhere for a while.

Today’s photo is a late Christmas gift from a friend.
An Internet friend—three year’s ago I would have been mortified at the thought… and my father probably would still be mortified if I discussed it with him. But these gifts came from someone I’ve never met…and I think she knows me pretty well.

She made the purse herself—she knows I love old keys—Look at the fabric, and the inside is the reverse. The talent some people have impresses me so much.

She recognizes life would not be the same without Sharpie markers. And when life is at it's worst music from when I was a teenager seems to fix it.... Whenever she sends a surprise, she always throws something in for my kids Sunday school class—she sent rubber stamps this time. I told her that life is better with dark chocolate and she found a candy bar I’d never seen before (notice all I have left is the wrapper). The scarf even has an old key on it.

We can’t get DMC floss at our Wal-Mart anymore and I whined about it to her and she became my personal shopper and sent the floss complete with a bow.

I had Christmas all over again when I opened the box.

I better bundle up for work.

1. Thursday – the day before Friday
2. Our Pellet stove warming the basement
3. People in Hodgenville Ky


Linda said...

What a lovely surprise, how sweet is that bag? Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Pam said...

LOL Back in January of 2000 I flew from the safety of our little teeny tiny rural home on the Oregon coast to Miami to visit with an internet parents worried themselves sick the whole time I was gone!! LOL it was hilarious!

They were so nervous about the whole thing they took me to the airport, hugged me and asked me one more time if I was really sure I should be doing this! I think they forgot I was married with grown kids!

I've traveled to meet several internet pals and have had a few travel to my home as is always fun to finally meet face to face.


Clare said...

Agreed about parent's concerns about meeting/staying in contact with friends from cyberspace, but quilting internet friends are different, as we all know.

You are lucky to have met such a great friend who knows your tastes and style.

DMC in thousands over colours over here. Are you looking for any specific number?

Juliann in WA said...

Life is very different now with our instant access to people. But in the end, don't you think it might make us more compassionate as we can so easily connect with people from all around the world? I hope so.

Joanne said...

What a nice surprise -- and great fabric! Enjoy.

Muddling Through said...

What a wonderful gift! And doesn't the kindness of others always brighten the darkest day?

Gypsy Quilter said...

What wonderful treasures!

Toni said...

What a fun nice...Yes the quilt shop moved to Ishpeming right on the highway so it will hard for you to pass without stopping..It right across from Snyders...If you know Bud and Mary it will still be warm and inviting...Hope you didnt get to much is coming down here but I think you are getting more this time...The weather is going to be so cold this weekend it will be a good to quilt...Have fun..Toni

Dawn said...

What a great surprise and gift! Hasn't the internet made the world smaller and a different place!

atet said...

Isn't it amazing how the internet makes friends over miles (and sometimes continents?). I know there are people out there who don't get it -- but, I'm always amazed by it. Lovely gifts, and even lovlier is the friendship.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

What wonderful goodies!!!

Sounds like your making really good progress on your quilt too!

Love the snow pictures, we don't see snow like that here! Its so pretty in your photos.

Kristie said...

I love your new bag! That is so beautiful and lots of nice goodies.

Libby said...

Internet friends are great . . . your surprise is perfect.

What? No FLOSS? How can that be?

Madcap said...

The bag is wonderful - you have a talented friend!

Thanks for stopping in my site, and sorry about the delay in replying. I'm F/T student and F/T homeschooling mum, and my head's coming apart!

Darlene said...


A lovely surprise, indeed. Our new Wal-Mart is not carrying floss either. Very strange!

I've never met any of my Internet friends but it makes me feel good to call them 'friends'. It's a whole new world. :-)

Judy said...

Oh how fun to get a fabulous present box after all the makes a special excitement all it's own! *s*

Idaho Quilter said...

What a thoughtful internet friend. I have only been on a short time and I am making friends already.
Have aHappy quilting Saturday.

Sweet P said...

Your purse is adorable. I love the keys fabric.

Christine said...

Lovely gifts - your friend is very generous. I know what you mean about making friends online - I was a bit nervous to start with too but it's a great way to connect with like minded people all over the world.

Marilyn R said...

What a great surprise! The bag is wonderful! Can someone ever have too many friends? I don't think so!

Patty said...

Our walmart stopped carrying the thread too. I was not happy about that.
Love the key fabric. My daughter loves old keys and has a nice collection of them.
Stay warm and be careful out there in the snow