that is the title of this little stitch which I have completed for my friend. It is also how I see the gifts of hand that I give and those I am lucky enough to receive.
We started writing to each other many years ago when we still lived close enough that we saw each other every Sunday. So why write? Because getting letters is great, because with lots of people around and wanting attention there was not always really time to have a proper chat and share stuff.
Later she moved to the other end of the country and the letters have continued over the years, through our ups and our downs, the happy, sad and every shade in
Now my pen friend, my post pal is also a cross stitcher and delightfully sends me some of the fruit of her needle.
This first one as you can see panders to my favorite subject, and I love the colours and the sparkle. However, I have not as yet found just the frame to set it off. I take it out admire it and keep looking. One day I will find a frame worthy of it and together they will sing.
The second made me smile as this time it came framed, I tend to frame under glass and flat. This is without glass and padded, I rather like it.
This last one, well I will admit to being rather naughty with it, there was something about the placement of one eye that just did not settle with me. It is in the correct place to the pattern (yes I checked, I know I am bad) and on every image of the design that is the place the eye goes. Don't care, it was driving me mad and as it was unframed...yes I did I went all biblical (Mark 9 : 47) and unpicked it and put the eye where I thought it should be! I did tell my friend, and she knows me well enough to be understanding of my foibles.
If you are thinking that the exchange is a little unbalanced in my favour, well there have been a few items from me to her before the mice (which whilst nice, are small) including a quilt to two. So we are good there.
I have waited to post this till I am sure my friend has received her hugging mice so as not to spoil the surprise.
Oh and in case you are wondering, we only use more modern methods of communication if something urgent comes up, otherwise we stick with snail mail and delight in pretty paper and envelopes and finding the right card, or stamp or seal.
Oh and this is my first link up with Serendipitous Stitchings