We had one of those tomatoes with our chowder last night. What a treat!
Kathy finally received her second swap box (it had to go to New Brunswick, Canada) so now I can share what I received in the swap I did with her and Karen, from My Yellow Farmhouse that I mentioned here. I feel like I made out like a bandit being on the receiving end of a swap with these two kind, talented and very generous gals.
This is my stash from Kathy. The pumpkin on the black wool pillow is not as bright as it shows. It's a wonderful dark pumpkin color. It has a new home in my living room and it fits perfectly in there. Kathy hand knit the dish cloth and I love the soft cotton feel to the yarn. I am becoming a fan of dish clothes! The little bittersweet pillow was the perfect little touch on my bathroom shelf. I had been wishing I had made one of my pillows smaller and then this arrived. It is like she read my mind! I had included the exact same candle in Kathy and Karen's boxes but didn't buy one for myself so I was thrilled to get one as well. And look at the cute handmade card she included!
And this is my stash from Karen. She knows Kathy and I have a hard time finding wool and she gave us the most wonderful pieces! I can't wait to use them. She even included a cute pattern for sunflower table mat. I love sunflowers so I can't wait to make it for next summer. And I am so excited to own one her wonderful little quilts with an appliqued wool pumpkin. Karen does such a great job of mixing quilts with wool doesn't she? It looks great in our bedroom! And I have always admired the braided mats she uses in her home and now I have one. It fits perfectly on the black bench I use in front of my day bed here in my office. It's like they designed it with the colors of my home in mind.
Thank you Kathy and Karen! This was really a lot of fun and I am so blessed to have some of your talented handmade creations in my home!
I am feeling really blessed to live where I live this week after seeing the devastation Ike left in it's path. My heart goes out to everyone affected. I cannot imagine loosing my home like that, not to mention the total disruption of all aspects of their lives. I still have our friend Mary from Gettysburg Homestead on my mind. I try to imagine what she is seeing and doing and facing each day, I can't even fathom a guess. I pray she and all the other first responders are OK.
I know I keep saying this, but I have met the nicest people online and blogging. I am blown away by the number of auctions, fundraisers and other ways my Internet friends are helping others in need. It is truly heartwarming and humbling. I have always felt people are intrinsically good and I see it over and over again on the Internet. Even with the tight economy, and our increasingly hectic lives, there is always some way we can reach out to others in need. It can be as simple as writing some uplifting words in a comment on a blog or in card or a simple hand written note, or maybe providing a meal or helping with errands or child care, to something as big as organizing a fundraising auction through EBay. Sometimes you might think you are just one person and you can't make much of a difference, but you really can. Reach out and touch someone in need this week! You'll be glad you did - I promise!