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.



6 comments:

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...

Enjoy!

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".