Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year, so when I encounter these scrooges it just makes me sad. Last week was particularly filled with curmudgeons. But just when I needed it something awesome happened.
Last month I signed up for a little holiday swap at PTI. I don't really know any of these women (or Ted!) personally since it is an online forum and I am fairly new to the community. So when my package arrived and I opened it I was speechless. I had mentioned to Amy that I did not have any of the new colors, and I was lacking in the patterned paper department. I knew I would love anything I got, but I was really moved by the generosity of Amy. Here are a few (poor quality b/c I took them at night) pictures:
|All kinds of twine!|
|Samples of button and ribbon in all the newer colors!|
|A stamp set, coordinating die, and doilies!|
|Pens that I can alter!|
|Some of her own handmade tags!|
|So many types of cardstock - even shimmer!|
|A ton of patterned papers!|
My in-laws were over when I received the package, so it was torture waiting for them to leave so I could open it. A few hours later when they did I was just blown away. Hubs found me sniffling over my craft table and asked me if I was okay. He too was impressed with my gift. I just was so happy, not necessarily because of the quantity (although I have so many wonderful new supplies now!), but because of how thoughtful and generous the gift was. It made me realize that there are still just generally kind and good people out there.
I immediately put some of the supplies to use, like the pretty pastel paper from my Sew Lovely card.
This weekend was so busy I hardly had time to craft, but tonight I am going to finish up a little thank you gift for Amy.
I can't wait to be able to use my new supplies to pay it forward.