Yep! Just like in my last post, I am cheating. I know, I’m a scoundrel and a disgrace, and I have a nerve describing myself as a crafter, especially as I didn’t make anything that I’m including in this post… But I think you might forgive me when you see what’s coming in this post. Well, I hope you will!
This morning I was upstairs when I saw the post person delivered two non-descript envelopes through our letterbox. Two or three minutes later there was a knock on our door. When I opened the door the post person was standing in front of me, holding three parcels, one of which was from Australia. One of the parcels was for a neighbour but the other two were for me! Including the one from Australia!!!
I wondered if the parcel might be from my sister but I was wrong: it was from an online friend who lives in Sydney. Larisa and I ‘met’ when we both took part in one of the Very Berry Handmade ATC swap and we have been friends ever since. In fact, when I was planning a trip to Australia earlier this year, we were hoping to meet in person. Unfortunately those plans went awry, but now Larisa had sent me a parcel. Ooh, what could it be?
When I opened the envelope this package was inside.
I peeled off the pretty pink flowered washi tape that was sealing the bag and removed the fabric parcel which was tied up with string, with a pretty handmade tag and fabric strawberry attached.
When I turned the parcel over there were two extra surprises to behold: one was a pretty flowered envelope, the other this lovely, delicate handmade bookmark. It was such a coincidence as it had only been a couple of hours since I read Larisa’s tutorial for making the bookmark! I didn’t dream that I would be the lucky recipient of one of the bookmarks!
I untied the string including removing the tag and strawberry, then turned the parcel over and began to unwrap the parcel.
Look what I found inside the fabric wrapping…
It is a beautiful, handmade sewing folder. You can read more about it here on Larisa’s blog.
When I opened the folder it was full of goodies! There was a fabric marker pen, a seam ripper (Peter remarked that the seam ripper would have plenty of use! 🙂 ), a piece of lovely purple patterned fabric, a card of printed cotton tape, some buttons and this lovely little needle case:
I am absolutely thrilled with this thoughtful gift. I am a huge fan of Larisa’s work: her fabric choices, the way she puts her ideas together and the little details she adds all make her projects enchanting… And this particular project is mine!