The best gifts are unexpected!
It’s amazing how people touch your life. When I had the store, I hosted about 8 retreats a year, with about 20 people attending each retreat. That’s a lot of fun and a lot of friends. Last fall there were a few ladies from Central Oregon at one of the retreats. They were lots of fun, but, hey!, they were quilters. What do you expect!?! Among them was a sweetie named Peggy from Wamic, Oregon. Now I like to think that I know my Northwest geography, but I wasn’t familiar with Wamic. I was told, however, that it’s near Maupin. So, that cleared things up. I was also told that it makes Long Beach look like a big city!
Last week, I received a small, plain-brown-wrapper package in the mail. It was from Wamic. It was from Peggy! Well, I tore right into it, and, lo and behold, out fell two beautiful, handmade gifts. One is a pincushion and the other a tiny wallet. I LOVE them both! And, they’re made with my Daisy-A-Day fabric line!
Now, I don’t think Peggy had any way of knowing that I’ve been coveting this shape pincushion for a long time. I’ve bought a couple of magazines with patterns for this style pincushion in them, and even an $8.99 pattern for a pincushion like this. Surely, I thought, I could make one. But it looks HARD! I’m not real good at stuffing things. So, I haven’t tried. But here, courtesy of Peggy and the US mail, I now have one! Oh, I shall treasure it!
And the tine wallet is a real charmer. It’s got lots of room for credit cards and cash. It, too, is made with Daisy-A-Day fabric. It’s going right into my purse, and I know I’m going to love using it. And every time I pull it out, I’m going to think of Peggy–and Wamic–and how the best gifts are a total, unexpected surprise. Thank you, Peggy.
Footnote: I knew I liked Peggy when I first met her at retreat, but I like her even more now. No, not just because of the special gifts, but because of this note that was included with them. “Sorry–I thought I mailed this in November. Found it in my studio. Does that tell you anything?” Yup. It tells me that Peggy and I have a lot in common!