It must be true that the world is saving the best for last. When we got home last night there was a box for me. "What is that?", said my husband. And I just said, "Stitching Bloggers' Birthday Club!" I know that most of you would be ripping into all the goodies as soon as possible, but I just opened the box and savored all the colorful packages first. It was sent by Margie, who included a beautiful card from Mary Englebreit. Now I am not a much of a lover of country motifs, but there is something about the bright colors and cheerful sayings of Mary Englebreit that I have always loved. The entire package just kept getting better and better. These are all things that I didn't even know I wanted until Margie sent them to me. She MUST have read my mind (not to mention my blog).
First up are some beautiful green tea light candles called "Island Palms". Wow! They even smell great. There was a package of Altoids (boy, do I go through these, especially when flying). Some Petite Tapestry John James needles, some gorgeous 32 count Castle View Silkweaver fabric, and some amazing shell scalloped buttons. But wait! There's more! She sent me Long Dog Samplers Beautie Spotte, which I have been lusting over, even if I don't have an actual wish list. When I opened the Vickie Clayton silks, I simply gasped. How could there be any more beautiful threads in the entire world? Did you see that variegated lavendar at the top called "Acts of Violets". I have been going through the Vickie Clayton colors, but so far have been concentrating on the oranges to one day restitch Trio of Small Pumpkins. I never knew there could be blues so beautiful as the ones she sent me. And as the piece de resistance, she stitched and finished a WONDERFUL pin cushion. You simply have to imagine the outstanding variegated threads this is sewn with. This is entire package is so beautiful and so . . . ME, that I hardly think that Thank You covers how perfect this gift is. I only hope I can be half as good when I send my SBBC package in September. I have a lot to live up to!