Friday, April 30, 2010

Two gifts are better than one

I’m so glad it’s Friday. It’s not that it’s been a bad week but it brings me closer to the weekend and closer to being able to see my brother again in the hospital.

I bought these tulips for myself at the grocery store today and took photos of them in the dining room window after the sun had gone down tonight. I liked the light.

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I have them in my new vase. I went into a florist shop in town about 3 weeks ago to buy flowers for my co-worker, Bonnie. There was this beautiful little green vase with white flowers and birds on it in the florists window and I decided to buy it when I saw the price. And then I went back and bought the other 2 vases that were in the shop, keeping one for myself and giving the other as a gift.

And speaking of gifts . . .

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Back in the days when I began blogging and publishing my photos, I thought that maybe some day I could sell them.

But I was pretty sure they weren’t good enough. So instead, I began giving them away. About once a month, I’d give a print or two to one of my readers . . . if they seemed like they were having a bad day, or said something exceptionally kind, or well, just because.

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I still do this, but not as often as I used to. (I have giveaways now instead). But the other week, I asked a reader for her address after a comment she’d written touched my heart. She’s been a regular visitor to this blog for quite some time now.

You can read about it [here] on her blog.

When I asked for her address, she asked me for mine which sort of threw me for a loop. (I don’t give gifts to get gifts). And yesterday at school, a little box came for me, and in it was this little handmade heart from Donna at Brynwood Needleworks.

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To see much better photos of it, please visit [here].

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The little ribbons are the color of lilacs and the little tiny beads all over it are as well. What a sweet thing to do. Thank you so much, Donna.

And with that, I bid you farewell. Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

35 comments:

Kathy said...

That is absolutely beautiful and I know you will treasure that heart with the lovely violets and beads for many years to come. I zipped over to Donna's blog and I can see that I'll spend waaaaay too much time looking at her stuff!

Congratulations.

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

That heart is a display of such amazing talent! I only wish I could sew and stitch the tiniest bit. I'll stay behind my camera lens thank you.

And sometimes the uplift a person needs comes from giving a gift rather than getting. Feel good in that. :)

Caroline said...

Oh how wonderful! Such a darling pillow. And your tulip photos...gorgeous. You inspire me more and more everyday!

suzyQ said...

What a beautiful pillow! Your tulip pictures are gorgeous. Grocery store tulips are the best.

Julie Harward said...

I love tulip so much and the always look pretty in a photo..love these in the light!
How nice of her...it is the prettiest little pillow...gosh, people are full of works of art! Come say hi :D

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Kate:
I thought a heart was only appropriate because you had touched mine. I love coming to visit you and George...and your husband's view of the world is as breathtaking as yours. Thank you for making "The Web" such a wonderful place to be. I'm so glad we've met, even though it's not in person (yet).
Hugs, my friend.
Donna

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Sweetness, generosity and so much talent flying back and forth. Warms my heart.

Steph said...

I'm glad you bought tulips for yourself. They soothe your soul and you probably could use that about now. Sending your brother love....and hoping he gets home soon.

Mental P Mama said...

How sweet is that heart???

JO said...

how pretty - the tulips and the gift - love the colors. Flowers brighten up a dreary day and a dreary spot in life (note to self - pick up flowers)

Marla said...

Wonderful all around. :)

Marla @ www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

Shana said...

I have to say the tulip photos are gorgeous. I love tulips. The heart you received is gorgeous too. People amaze me with all the beautiful things they make. Getting something unexpected makes them even more beautiful.

Low Tide High Style said...

What a beautiful gift! I believe that what goes around comes around, so you are more than deserving!

Kat :)

Ann On and On... said...

That is what makes blogging so fun. The friendships. The kindness. And the occasional surprises. That is a very beautiful gift. :D

myletterstoemily said...

what a precious heart to encourage
yours the rest of your days.

TSannie said...

Lovely little pillow - such a treasure.

JackDaddy said...

I love the last picture. What a great vision you have!

Oliag said...

The connections one can make here on the internet can be so heartwarming:)...and your new heart gift...what a treasure...

Your photos of these tulips make them look like the most beautiful flowers ever...

Mary Lou said...

What a beautiful, wonderful thing.
This is why we blog. Sometimes, we find those special people...

Talia said...

Random Acts of Kindness are just priceless aren't they?! This is something I've practiced for years. Sometimes the only thing I can share is a smile and a hello, but it always leaves me with more than I've given.

You are so sweet and your talents with a camera are ones I envy!

Enjoy your weekend!

Deb said...

what a beautiful gift...your tulip photos are wonderful...you really captured their beauty...

Daryl said...

What a lovely surprise. I covet that heart .. and the tulips .. so pretty

Andi said...

I would buy your photos! :) That tulip would love lovely on a b&w canvas in my bedroom. You are very talented. The pillow is lovely. What a nice surprise.
Have a safe trip this weekend. Going to be hot in the city!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Great pictures and a beautiful gift.

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a beautiful little gift Kate.
I love tulips too. Their season is quite short so I make sure I always have at least one vase in the house.

Linda Higgins said...

Nothing means more than a gift from the heart!

Char said...

what a beautiful gift - so sweet and thoughtful

mrs mediocrity said...

What a sweet heart! :)

Gail said...

It is good when a heart is touched when needed the most.

A New England Life said...

It's karma my dear. Sometimes you get what you deserve, but in a good way : )

Ah, sweet, pink Tulips. Such a joyous spring flower.

TGIF! I hope your brother is doing okay.

Mary said...

Kate, your tulip photos are absolutely gorgeous! And what a sweet gift from Donna -- I think it is wonderful how generous blogging friends can be!

Snappy Di said...

We need more Donnas in this world... more Kates too!

Such lovely gifts you two exchanged!

Di

heartfeltcynic said...

How very sweet. This is one of the things I ADORE about technology--the ability to meet people and form friendships that wouldn't be possible without the internet. :)

Kerri said...

What a LOVELY gift! You are so loved!!

Anonymous said...

I love the tulip photos~ they are so beautiful! I have a special place for tulips. they remind me of happy childhood memories (i even have a pink tulip tattoo)

Manden