Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A sweet gift from a sweet friend + random happiness

A few weeks ago, a sweet online friend sent me a message on Instagram letting me know she had some stitching supplies she'd like to send my way. She had seen that I was spending some time in the evenings stitching on various projects and used to do quite a bit of stitching herself. I don't know Kathryn irl, but she went out of her way to connect with me and offer up the gift of some of her old supplies. We chatted a bit on IG and then by text message, and she was incredibly sweet and considerate the whole time.

I came home from work a couple of weeks ago to a surprise package from her on my front porch! When I opened it, I was surprised by the number of things she sent me - lots of cross stitch fabric in various sizes and colors + several pattern books. Now, I don't really need any more stitching supplies, but I'm incredibly grateful that she thought to send those my way. (And she paid a fortune for shipping, too!) I feel a bit of pressure to stitch up one of those patterns soon, but I think that's a good kind of pressure. Many thanks to the super sweet Kathryn; you seem to be the most lovely person! I am terribly lucky that my involvement in the ScrapGals podcast and our Facebook community has introduced me to the most wonderful people.

Here are a few other random bits of happiness in my life that I thought I'd share with you today:

I spent some time crafting at my desk yesterday during my planning period. I needed that time to be able to make it through my Monday. I think a little down time during my free period early in the day makes me a nicer person for the rest of the day. I had snagged some clearance jewelry making supplies at Hobby Lobby and felt the need to put together some goodies for my peeps.

I'm still trying to finish my 2016 December Daily. Now, I'm about halfway done totally and have the rest of the days filled with photos but not with embellishments or journaling. Just one more 2-3 hour session should be enough to complete it. I feel good about what I've made so far, but I'm beating myself up a little bit for not finishing by my arbitrary January 31st deadline. At least I haven't abandoned the project, right?

I'm also making progress on my Pretty Little Italy stitching project from SatsumaStreet on Etsy. (If you like travel and cross stitch, you should totally check out their shop.) This project seems to be pretty slow-going, maybe because my life has been super busy lately or maybe because I'm getting slower. I don't know what the issue is, but I'm still enjoying the process. I especially like stitching in the evening after dinner with my feet up and Netflix playing in the background.

The fella and I recently went to a script reading of the play, Dog Meets God which is based on the characters from Charlie Brown when they are teenagers. It was provocative in almost every way, but I enjoyed it immensely. The stage and costuming and set were very bare-bones since it was a scripted reading rather than a true performance, but I have to tell you that it was incredibly powerful.  If you are not easily offended by language or culturally explicit references, this is a play you should read or see. I found it especially powerful since I work with teenagers every day. This is a new venture by a local children's theater group geared toward more socially relevant productions, and I can't wait to see what else they produce. If you're local, check out the Gaslight Theater Productions from BG Onstage.

Just a little taste of some of the happy things in my life lately - I hope something wonderful happens to you this week, especially in light of Valentine's Day. May you spend your time with the people and things that bring you the most joy. Hugs!!  :)


  1. I love the idea of Charlie Brown and friends as teenagers. I'll have to watch for the play. And good for you for not abandoning your DD.

  2. :::high five::: for being halfway finished with your DD! Woo hoo! You'll be so happy when it's done . . . and perhaps you'll enjoy it that much more because you worked on it when you wanted to, when it was fun and not a duty. :-)

  3. Why, Tiffany?! Why, oh why, did you have to post about that dang Etsy site?! I want nearly every city in the shop!

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