My mailbox has been brimming with the sweetest treasures from afar. This package arrived all the way from the UK. A wonderful surprise from Simmy who's blog, Echos of a Dream I've come to know and love. She's been experimenting with natural dyes and wool recently with pretty good success; the results of which (along with some tutorial) you can read about here. The colors that she's been able to achieve from things like dahlias, carrot tops, logwood and comfrey just to name a few, are really wonderful. Soft, natural, muted colors that are so pleasing to the eye. I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of some of the spoils and can't wait to work with these. Right now I'm still just staring at them in awe and feeling so happy, not to mention getting ideas about my own wool blanket project again. Plus there was other fun stuff too that had the girls jumping for joy, like the sweet vintage book, pretty origami papers, foreign postage stamps, craft scrap, and even feathers from her Golden Laced Wyandotte hens, that I'm sure will inspire lots of crafting around here. Grace and Simmy's daughter are about the same age and have been sending hand-written letters back and forth, kind of a casual cultural exchange of ideas and friendship across the pond. The impact of which cannot be discounted. After forty+ years I still correspond with my 4th grade penpal who lives in Canada. She's my longest enduring friend even though we've only actually met in person twice. I have a feeling that many of the bloggers I've "met" during this past year are going to become similar long-distance friends too. Can't even begin to tell you how nice it is to read all the comments from those who keep popping in here. I wish I could respond to each one, but time is pretty short these days and I'm often running to keep up. Like um, now. But before I bounce outta my chair, I have to show a couple more lovely things that arrived recently. This wonderful package was from Lauren, who makes the most incredible collage pieces. We did a swap for this garden apron. She also included some fun candy, paper and stickers for the girls. They still can't believe that people they don't even know would send them such cool stuff. And would you look at this collage. How sweet is that? The colors are perfect too. She also included a huge box of sewing things from an estate sale that I'm still going through. So much neat stuff I can't tell you. Look at that teensy embroidery hoop! This was great because I haven't been out thrifting in ages. Not much around here sometimes, but mainly I haven't had any time for it, so this was especially fun. Thanks again everyone!