Wednesday, March 21, 2007

In awe of generosity

Nothing lifts the spirits quite like pressies. And gloriously wonderful pressies? All the better.

I got to work on Monday, and a lovely little box from Australia was waiting for me. When I opened it, I saw this:

Gorgeous cardstock and ribbon and art -- all just the wrapping for a handmade gift from Nora.

It's worth restating that I only know Nora from this here webberblog. And that a gift from her on the occasion of "Just Because" is truly something spectacular.

So, I stared at this stunning wrapping, and I was torn. Should I open it and then try to re-assemble it to take pictures for the blog? Or should I wait until I could take photos to open it? If I waited, it could be days before the conditions were right to take a picture. If I didn't, I would surely spoil the beauty of the presentation for posting here.

I tried to peek inside to see if I could spy the inner goods and make a decision that way. No luck. I couldn't see a thing. Hmm.

And I realized another way the blog impacts my life: There are situations like this where I can't open the presents from the lovely people I know because of the blog, because of the blog! Crap.

I put the whole thing away, despite my burning curiosity. And, wouldn't you know, yesterday was totally grey and not suitable for taking photos.

So, I tell you what. When the sun came out this morning, this gift was the first thing I thought of.

Behold the amazing handmade stitch markers:

Aren't they beautiful?

And there are so many of them!

I can't believe Nora sat there patiently bending wire and stringing beads and making these beautiful creations, and now they're mine! It really made my day. And I can't wait to use them! (Believe me, they'll be out on display as lovely things to look at in the meantime.)

Thank you so much, Nora! Your kindness and thoughtfulness are a beautiful part of the world wide web. People like you and Kristy are inspirations.

Being kind and generous out of the blue is so cool. It's totally the new black.


Ashley said...

They are pretty and sparkly.

But does this mean that being kind of a bitch is the old black? I don't want to be out of style or anything.

Dr. B. said...

Strong point, Ashley. I'd say being kind of a bitch never really goes out of style. Being a full-on bitch? Not so much. I think it's the "kind of" that makes the difference between stylish and oh-no-no-no. Who's with me?

kim said...

I'm going to have to gush. Those stitch markers are gorgeous. And the cards... Oh so pretty! Of course, I would expect nothing less from Nora. Seriously, the talent and creativity is amazing.

tiennie said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful gift! Enjoy!

Nora said...


Kristy said...

The stitch markers are beautiful! And the cards?! Stunning. Nora rocks. Everytime I visit her blog, I am impressed all over again with her coolness.

I am with you and Ashley on the "kind of a bitch" debate. I have it on good authority that kindess and thoughtfulness can and do dwell in harmony with "kind of a bitch".