Don't you love giving ... and receiving ... gifts from your friends? It's like they know exactly what will stir your heart! I've been blessed to have great friends who have given me wonderful gifts ... so many of them made by their own hands. And the ones they didn't make have had so much thought put into them ... like they can see right into my heart and can see what will make me happy. Sometimes they arrive in pretty packages for a special event ... others come secured with packing tape and an address from a place not close by. I love them all! And when I look at them I see the face of my friend.
My friend Jeri has given me so many thoughtful handmade gifts over the years. With this trio it all started with the painted box ... back in the day when we were all about big brushes and less about quilting stitches. It was from a book by a favorite decorative painter we all loved ... and then a year later she made me the pillow to match ... and then later the needle punch piece ... by that time we had gotten a lot of skills under our belt! I love them and they make me smile to have them surround me. This is just a tiny portion of the things I've received from her ... we've been friends for over 15 years! I'm a lucky girl.