I've been blessed with some super-generous gifts in the last week or two and really want to mention them here to say a big thank you.
A little while ago I mentioned to Ruth at Kitty Thimble how much I admired her Swiss Chalet vintage apron. And (I still can't believe it): She sent it to me, simply but intriguingly wrapped:
Which didn't prepare me for the retro loveliness of the surprise inside:
And as if that wasn't enough of a blessing to last me for the year, I also received a huge bundle of fabrics from my friend Julia (who, incidentally, is so passionate about her rediscovered joy of knitting, she takes her latest project everywhere with her and has even been known to whip her knitting out while in stationary traffic!).
Luckily for me she's yet to appreciate the joy of sewing. Thankfully though, she recognises a good fabric stash when she sees it and rescued these from her ex-mother-in-law's rubbish pile, with me in mind.
Her e-m-i-l is a retired textiles tutor, hence the magnificent stash.
She also saved me some linen, velvet, a great selection of wool fabrics and copious amounts of lace, rick rack and other trimmings, which will all be making some kind of appearance in the thank you project being planned.
Occasionally, just like everyone else, I have grim days or even weeks, but this kind of unbridled generosity and kindness puts everything into a warm rosy perspective. So thank you, thank you, ladies.
And did you see this touching, act of kindness on Hilary's blog last week. Are crafters the most generous, thoughtful people in the world? On the above evidence and the overwhelmingly lovely comments which you've posted on this blog lately, I like to think so!!!