For quite a while, my opinion of going to the mail box was rather low. I mean, people don't really write actual letters to friends anymore. And unless it is your birthday or a major holiday, cards are few and far between. So that just leaves bills and junk mail. UNTIL, I started swapping and participating in bees. The experience has changed my whole outlook on the trip to the mailbox. I might not be exaggerating when I say it has put a spring in my step!
And why not, when there may be a package waiting for me with such goodies as these:
I received ALL this from my fabulous partner Katie in the Doll Quilt Swap 14! She blogs over at Karma Willow Designs, show her some love by checking out her wonderful blog. Go on, I'll wait.
In addition to the gorgeous doll quilt you see above, she also included a few goodies for my girls (or were those my little ponies for me??), some wonderful heart and seahorse fabric (which I adore!), washi tape (always handy), chocolate (some of it disappeared before my eyes before I was even done photographing), and an adorable owl bucket full of some much needed charm squares (darn fabric diet)! She also sent the most genuine note, I just loved it and will treasure it.
I mentioned in a thread in the swap that I was working on a project that required some red w/white squares and some white w/black squares, and just look how many she sent me - there are at least 70! And not one of them is a repeat of something that I already have! I am over the moon, Katie.
Just what do I need these for? Well, they are turning into these......
My new hand project involves hexies and lots of them! I will actually be using several colors but the red and the white ones are the ones I am starting with. I must say, Katie's charm squares are such a blessing. I almost have enough red ones (now, with Katie's additions), but I am seriously lacking in the white w/black category. This fabric diet is already testing me! Luckily, this new project involves enough hexies, that I will probably still be working on it in 6 months when the diet is over.
By the way, day 16 of the diet and I haven't bought a single scrap of fabric or a Craftsy class. I have walked out of Joann's with $200 worth of "stuff" but no fabric, and bought several new crafting books and patterns. What can I say? Spending habits die hard.
Thanks for reading today (and an extra big THANK YOU to Katie!),