Friends, I don't think I ever had packages come from so different places in a single day. There was one from Carol in poor flooded New Hampshire; one from Zalita in Malaysia; and my order from Country Stitch in New Zealand!
Carol sent me a cute beanie May bear - adorable! - along with a pretty Shepherd's Bush kit, Sweet Pea, and her chart and remaining fibers & beads for Drawn Thread's Winter into Spring! Wow! All those goodies are laid onto the gorgeous 28-count evenweave that she sent me as well: "Mermaid Garden" by Hidden Treasures. I didn't even know that company, but this fabric is stunning... And would be just great for Celtic Summer!
The funny thing is, I also received the Eden fabric which I'd ordered for Celtic Summer. It came in very quickly from New Zealand! Linda at Country Stitch is simply wonderful. She sent me a friendly email straight after my order to tell me she'd be dyeing the fabric over the next few days; I had also ordered a couple of hand-dyed threads, and it turned out she didn't have them - so I asked her to simply send deep reds or blues, and she sent me 2 complimentary threads on top of the 2 I'd paid for! She made a lovely choice too :) I'm not showing them as they are to be gifts ;)
The fabric she dyed is truly vibrant (you can see what the fabric looks like here), and it would be really lovely for Celtic Summer... Just as Carol's. Tough choice! I'll need Seb's advice on this.
Now here is what sweet Zalita sent for my Birthday...
She included two sewing fabrics - poppies, my fav flower, and a natural-colored one (on which the rest is laid). Zalita knows I love the cute little buttons they sell in Malaysia, and she included a whole bunch of them. There's also a pretty little frame - which would be perfect for Carol's Shepherd's Bush kit! And a cute Shepherd's Bush chart, The Herb Garden. Lovely...
Now I think I have to stop sleeping - this way I'll manage to stitch all those wonderful charts my friends send me!!
~*~I am bowled over by the kindness and generosity you friends have all been showing on my birthday... Notes, comments, emails, incredibly thoughtful and personal gifts... Please, please friends, don't send anything anymore... I'm starting to feel quite bad as it is. Incredibly elated and grateful, but also, truly embarrassed - there is no way I deserve all this.
Thinking of everyone's kindness truly brings tears to my eyes and makes my head spin. Thank you so much everyone!