Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy

In 2011 when Amanda Jean invited me to a quilting retreat in Minnesota with 11 other women, I had some conflicting emotions: thrilled to be invited, coupled with anxiety at spending all that money to fly to Minnesota to spend a weekend with women I had never met before--so out of the box for an introvert like me.


It was the best investment in time and money I could have made. These are amazing and talented women.
 2011: back row--Doris, Michelle, Rene', Terri, Amanda Jean, Mary, me, Stephanie
front row--Toni, Shelly (who couldn't attend this year--hope they are back in 2013)
2012

Michelle and Rene'  grew up with their mother giving little gifts called "happies," just a little something given for no real reason other than to make someone else happy.

Terri suggested that we do a little secret "happy" swap. We exchanged names and started planning.

All the happiness has been completed--projects sent and projects received--and this week we are sharing the joy.

I was so excited to get Michelle's name. After all, she is one of the "happy" originators! I chose a project from Amanda Jean's book, and made her a little selvage bucket. I hadn't worked with selvages for awhile, and this just served to rekindle my happiness in working with these little scraps.
In fact, I was having so much fun, that I also made her a pincushion.
Doris had my name and I received the most amazing sewing kit. Little pockets for all my supplies.
And a most awesome pincushion, just the perfect size.
She included a handmade card, which will be happy living in my sewing room, a daily reminder of our friendship.
Doris even went out on a limb and used some selvages. Thanks, Doris--it was the perfect touch.

If it were not for quilting blogs, I would not have met these women. They touch my life and make me simply happy.

19 comments:

  1. I like the camaraderie I've found on blogs, too. And you're one of them! Fun to get treasures in the mail. Fabulous, just oh-so fabulous.

    Elizabeth
    opquilt.com

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  2. Your welcome, Cindy... as you know, this group idea was totally out of the box for me too, and that first retreat was one time I am eternally grateful for not politely declining to avoid the discomfort or anxiety!!!

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  3. Wonderful HAPPY for Michelle and yours from Doris is so special. We are all so lucky - bi-annual retreat - in CA or FL in Jan.???

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  4. Fun! I would love to go on a retreat, but I snore......( according to my husband

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  5. What a wonderful addition to your sewing experience! Love the sweet little 'happies'!!!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing! I have made some dear friends in the quilting blog world so I understand!

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  7. I had the same thing happen to me, invited to a retreat with women I never met.....it's been so fun and I made some great new friends.
    Sometimes you just have to take that first step to open up
    new friendships.

    Happy Sewing, thanks for sharing the lovely little exchange happies.

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  8. I love the idea of "happies"! Glad you made such wonderful connections with these ladies!

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  9. Love what you made for Michelle! She was nice enough to text me pictures right away;-). Those Michelle selvages are brilliant. How nice for Doris to include selvages on your gift as well. Love the entire sewing kit with pincushion idea. I'm with Mary.....Florida in January?

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  10. Beautiful gifts, made by you and your partner. That sewing kit is going to come is so handy. Lucky gals!

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  11. I've been adding a lot of these women to my blogroll and reader over the years (three now?) and I definitely admire the entire group. I kinda think it's awesome the way our crafty-blogging community looks after each other and forms true friendships… I love it.

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  12. Lovely gifts, Cindy! I love that you put Michelle's name in the pincushion -- so fun!

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  13. I am so happy for you that you found a group of women with joy in their hearts and plenty to share. I love the selvage bucket you made your partner. I'm sure Michelle loved it. There is nothing better than receiving a gift that you know was made especially for you. It's pure joy that someone cared.

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  14. It's so darned cool how you all met and now are continuing your friendships. That Doris is SO darned talented. You are fortunate that she had your name; her work is fabulous. It's so neat to hear about wonderful swaps such as yours. We should all be so lucky.

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  15. I love that you gave that selvage bucket to Michelle! And the pincushion! To die for! I know she must have loved it.

    And I love what Doris did for you! Her use of selvages shows how well she knows you!

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