Thursday, July 1, 2010

Christmas in July

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 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)
I whipped up this apron yesterday to include with her gift.

I feel pretty sure she doesn't read my blog. So I think I am safe in showing this.
And here is the last bee tease for you. . . .

. . . the bees have left the hive. If you find them will you please let me know ? ? ?


Becky said...

love it! what a neat thing to do with someone! Hope that things are great with you. Will so miss running into you in JC. May just have to make sure we are there for the blogger lunch!

GardenofDaisies said...

I'm sure she will LOVE the gift! Your apron turned out so cute!

Sara said...

I love the colors of that travel bag! Gonna be cool.
The apron is too cute.

And you are an ornery woman, I think. :) In the best possible way, of course. XO

Deanna said...

What a lucky Australian friend you have. She is going to love it. I saw some really cute aprons the other day at the Zimmerman's Amish Store in Centertown. Yours is just as cute as those were!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Adorable apron! And she will love the other gifts as well -- I am certain. What a wonderful long-distance friendship! Happy 4th to you and BT! -Tammy

Zoey said...

What a nice gift--I bet she will love it! As I was reading your post, I kept thinking that she, too, would be reading and know what was coming--then I you said she does not read your blog. LOL.

What a cute apron you made for her!

Sara said...

The bees have arrived at MY house!! :) You are Sweeter Than Honey, Patti! XOXOXOXOXO!!!!