"I cannot count the number of times I have been
strengthened by another woman's heartfelt hug,
appreciative note, surprise gift or caring questions....
my friends are on oasis to me, encouraging me to go on.
They are essential to my well being."
I cannot tell you how the blogging world has been such a friend to me. Your comments mean so much to me. Thank you.
When my SIL was sick and we were traveling back and forth to Pasadena I always took my stitching with me. It gave me comfort and keep me busy. During this time I emailed Pam many times and she was always there to listen to me. It was in laws I was dealing with and sometimes I just needed a place to vent. The piece I was stitching always reminded me of my friendship with Pam. I had in mind what I wanted to do with the piece but didn't have a pattern so I had to make one up.
Pam is still working but wants to stay home and stitch all day (don't we all). I wanted to make this piece into a bag she could take to work with her stitching in to work on at lunch time. The LHN pattern had two cats on it and I knew she was a dog person so I changed one. Pam loves acorns so with the saying and the acorn tree I knew this would be a perfect piece to stitch for her. The hard part was not telling her what I was stitching. She would asked and I would say not much stitching now but secretly I was.
This is the front to the stitching pouch.
Inside has a small pocket, wool piece for needles, a zippered pouch for her stitching and the back a place for patterns.
I surprised her by mailing it to her with my "Thanks" for always being there.
Then I was surprised when I received this gift from Cathey from Pumpkin Patch & Co.
She saw that at Chrismas time Pam had sent me my first Christmas Ornament magazine. Cathey had two of these and passed this one on to me. What fun I have had just looking at all the ormaments I could stitch. I am sure a couple will be added to my long list of to do's. Thank you so much Cathey for the wonderful surprise.
Mouse was my pen pal in a exchange. She sent me a nice letter in the mail and we are going to continue on with mailing to each other. It is so nice to receive a letter in the mail. It is especially fun to get one from so far away. Thank you Mouse I will be sending out a letter to you real soon.
I learned today that I won a give away from Cathy at Tolentreasures. How exciting is that. Edgar at Blacksheep's bit of the web has finished with the traveling pattern I joined and he will now be passing it on to me. Looking forward to receiving both of these in the mail soon.
Plant the seeds of kindness and grow a garden of friendship. I can say my garden is overflowing.
Always keep love in your stitches,