Many years ago on a quilters bulletin board, I met Kathy from Australia. If I remember correctly, she was looking for a certain piece of fabric. I had it and mailed it to her. We have been pen pals ever since. We exchange Christmas gifts and cards along with emails..
Let me tell you, she sends the neatest things to me. She always includes something for the grand kids too. I usually get fabric, calendars, figurines, etc., that represent her country.
This year, I was a slacker. Yes, a slacker. I got a wonderful gift from her and I had nothing to send back.
But I know her birthday is sometime in July. So today I sent her a package and titled it Christmas in July.
I had been assembling things for a couple of months. One item was a pattern for a traveling sewing kit. I had purchased the pattern at the quilt show in Stover.
I realized a couple of weeks ago it required 5 zippers. I went in search of reasonably priced zippers and found some on Etsy.com. The cost for 5 zippers was $3.50.
Can you read the return address where they came from? It was FINLAND. Yes, many miles away. So can you believe how many miles these zippers will travel before arriving in Australia?
Here is her birthday present. Two fabrics for the travel bag, including the orange braid for the handle, 5 zippers and the clear plastic, a pair of button earrings, and the green package is bobbin holders from Sewing with Nancy. (I'd like one of these myself)