Thursdays are supposed to be my night for stitching Paradigm Lost with the Snowbird SAL group - but as my Christmas party is tomorrow, and I didn't have a dress as of 6pm tonight, H and I headed into Reading to do a bit of emergency dress shopping. Oh, and suit shopping for him, and shoe shopping for us both. His Christmas do is tomorrow too (in Dublin though, far distant from mine!) and all his suits are, well, well worn in let's say :)
Essentially, this means that I was going to quickly put a few stitches in PL tonight and hopefully finish the huge medallion I'm working on, but instead, I'm blogging because all plans went out the window when I got home!
This is what I love about the Crazy Exchange - you're having a bit of a manic day, everything's going a bit crazy and the Christmas anxiety is starting to set in (although, yes, I did get a dress in the end!). And then you come home, and guess what, there is a mysterious and wonderful little box sitting on the step! Saskia stitched me this wonderful wonderful box, and I am so in awe of her amazing finishing and gorgeous stitching! Oh, and look - she's stitched her initials in the bottom right hand side of the design, and guess what, they are my initials too - how perfect! (Well, ok technically speaking my initials are actually SMc, but my maiden name also started with M, and not Mc, so I'm inclined to swap between the two as the mood suits me!)
And guess what, it's filled with - tea! I love tea!
She also sent a lovely little card and some Christmas decorations, below being modelled by my tree.
So thank you to Saskia, for making my day bright, and making me forget (however temporarily LOL) that there are only a handful shopping days left until Christmas, and the posting dates are looming (having all your family living out the country can make for some interesting and especially anxious days!). Now I'm going to put on my thinking cap and dream up something worthy to send back to her!