One of the most unexpected benefits of blogging has been the friendships I've made here. When I began blogging, I assumed I'd be sitting here by myself writing to . . . I don't know, some unknown audience who would remain anonymous. If anybody would even be reading.
Now, a little less than two years later, I reflect on all the wonderful, interesting, kind, and encouraging women I've met here. And, as I look about my house, I see tangible reminders of many of them.
Whether I received a gift or a giveaway win, or whether I've bought something from a blogger's etsy store or participated in a teacup or magazine exchange, I've collected some wonderful mementos from my far-flung friends.
Just as I treasure my grandmother's handmade items, family heirlooms, and gifts from friends throughout my house, so I treasure the lovely things I have that remind me of my internet friends, very real to me even though I've only met two in real life (so far).
Here are just a few . . .
|The beautiful Limoges teacup in the foreground came from a Martha's Favorites giveaway. In the back row, center bottom, is a teacup from a teacup exchange from Kitty's Kozy Kitchen. I still can't believe these were just given to me, just because . . .|
|Also from Kitty, hand-crocheted. Love this.|
|And here's another pumpkin; I have three of these beauties from Celestina's (Southern Day Dreams) etsy shop. She has beautiful items in her shop, and is so talented.|
|These adorable sheep were made by Kathy (Spot on Cedar Pond); I got them from her etsy shop. I love that the wool comes from her own sheep. The bookmark was made by Marcia Pilar; I received several beautiful ones from her as a blog giveaway gift.|
|Someday I'm going to try this -- lovely ribbon embroidery by Rainey at Flower Lady's Musings etsy shop.|
|A trip to Colorado Springs to Bernideen's now-closed shop yielded this beautiful pillow and several other delights, including a teacup slipped into my package by Bernideen, unbeknownst to me.|
|From Stephanie's (The Enchanting Rose) etsy shop, Rose Petal Blessings. It's sitting atop my grandfather's caned (by him) rocker, and makes me smile whenever I see it.|
|A delightful find from Michele's eBay store (Finch Rest Emporium). She slipped in the little doily just because. Bloggers are so generous like that! In with my baubles are three bracelets won in a giveaway hosted by glamorous Tamera at Tamera Beardsley.|
|Wonderful handmade bee balm made by M.K. at Red Robin Farm. I also have a wind chime from her, made with shells collected from the North Carolina shore.|
|Shane from Roses, Lace, and Brocante sent me magazines from New Zealand as part of a magazine swap Lorrie hosted. She tucked in a lovely lace doily which is displayed on my night stand.|
|A beautiful pedestal dish, also from Michele's shop, filled with bookmarks from Celestina, Marcia, and Stephanie.|
|Wonderful soap from Cranberry Morning's etsy shop, Homemade Soap N Such. This is my last bar; have to order more.|
|And while these aren't displayed anywhere (eaten up long ago), this picture reminds me of Mariette's Back to Basics delicious cookies she brought for me when I met her and her husband in June. Also reminds me -- I need to get me some of that pretty ribbon with The Beautiful Matters on it. In pink?|
In addition to all these goodies, just a couple days ago, I received a delightful package as part of Stephanie's teacup exchange; but that will have to wait until the official "reveal" she's scheduled for October.
Aren't bloggers the most talented and generous people?
(My apologies if I've missed anybody . . . I'm sure I'll remember something else in the middle of the night.)