Monday, November 10, 2008

Wonderful Blessings Come in Small Packages!

Friday I arrived at the post office just before closing--and just in time to receive a package. I knew my Stitcher's Angel package would be arriving soon, and so I had been checking the mail every day! A lovely parcel arrived from Maya in The Netherlands. Little did I know what was tucked inside!
There were Clover pins and needle threaders along with a cute cross-stitch kit and lovely pins from Maya's quilt guild!
Maya stitched the May Britt bag with the loveliest of stitcheries! She also included a matching pin cushion, thread catcher, and needle case. I love the colors and the threads she chose; she used a beautiful variegated thread to quilt the bag...I just love it!
Tucked inside the bag were so many treasures...there was an absolutely stunning piece of hand-painted Dutch costume fabric. Maya explained that very few people still wear this kind of costume, and she sent a postcard of the beautiful clothing made from this fabric. Tucked inside the needle case was a seam ripper (I definitely needed that) and the most precious porcelain Dutch shoes. I couldn't get a good photo, but they are absolutely beautiful!
Maya also included some wonderful post cards of beautiful quilts and three postcards from the Anne Frank house. Two of the Anne Frank house postcards show the bookcase and how it opens up to the room where Anne lived; another postcard shows the outside of the house. It was amazing how looking at these postcards took me back immediately to my childhood when I read Anne's diary!
I am truly blessed by these wonderful gifts. Maya could never have known that I cherish family history and that many of my ancestors came from The Netherlands; many of them came over and settled in New Amsterdam (New York) in the very early days of our country. One of my most famous ancestors, William Bradford, also lived in The Netherlands! I had no idea that the Stitcher's Angel swap would be such an amazing experience! Thank you Helen and Maya!

13 comments:

Linda said...

What a wonderful parcel of love you received. Amazing how the two of you have such a connection, God does work in so many wonderful ways for us.

Tina said...

Wow! What a package! Hey, we're related to William Bradford also. There are probably lots of us!

Dawn said...

What a wonderful package. Love the little shoes!

Stina said...

There is always a reason for everything..and this seems to be one f them... Now you can feel even more related to the Netherlands.. and wow...what a gift...wonderful tings sewed with a lot of thought!! :o)

ivoryspring said...

WOW! Sherri - what a gift-filled package! I love the drawstring bag.

Thanks for your kind words on the Portugal quilt. I hadn't thought it was possible to quilt it on the home machine and with such a thick thread (per editorial requirement). So far, it has worked out much better than I had expected...

Stephanie said...

Wonderful package of goodies. Love the little dutch shoes.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What a sweet swap. How nice to get that from the Netherlands. I know you'll enjoy it.

Sandra :) said...

What a great treasure package - Maya did a fantastic job! I particularly love that little scalloped edge threadcatcher - I want to run down to my studio and try one out!

Mel said...

FUN package!! Starts your week of right!

Sandi said...

Sherri,
I just got "the chills" reading your post about your Stitcher's Angel gifts. How lovely they are and how generous Maya was! The icing on the cake was the Dutch Connection. My angel, Bec, in Australia has received her package and really liked it and I await my package which is enroute from Anna in Spain. I, too, have really enjoyed this swap!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

WOW what nice prezzies you received from Maya. I love them all.

maya said...

I'm very glad you like my gifts! It was fun making them. The pins are from the Dutch quilters guild and from the oeqc, a quiltshow my quiltteacher organizes (http://www.oeqc.eu/)

Rhonda said...

Wow!! What wonderful gifts from your Stitching Angel! Congrats!