Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Heidi squared

"No one has ever become poor by giving." (Anne Frank)

I know you've heard this before, but the generosity of craft bloggers is amazing. They are generous with their time, making gifts for family and friends and sharing recipes and patterns with the blog world; and with their stuff, joining swaps and other give-aways. And some just mail almost complete strangers gifts out of the blue. It's really pretty amazing when you think about it. And it really typifies what Christmas gift-giving is supposed to be all about: the gift of self to another, with no expectation of anything in return.

I once again have been the lucky recipient of another blogger's generosity. The title of one woman's blog caught my eye when I first started reading craft blogs: Vacuuming in High Heels and Pearls. Pretty clever, huh? And then it turned out her name was Heidi. I've always liked my name, but it sure isn't common (although someone once told me it's the fourth most common name for dogs), so I have been surprised to see a few crafty Heidis out there.

Well, Heidi offered a Christmas gift pack to the lucky person selected from one day's comments and I won! Isn't that serendipity? And yesterday I received her extremely generous package. Included were a mug and candle (not shown because they're already in use), eight fabric cocktail napkins, vintage jingle bells on a card, a cute "Jingle" ornament from Target, a beautiful handmade card, a napkin of vintage fabric (I think) rimmed in rickrack, a little bag of Christmasy buttons and ribbon, some snowflake gift bags, a package of apper 3-D trees, and four cute little Christmas books that I assume she made. Those are my second-favorite; my favorite was this little collection of vintage Christmas cards. Aren't they adorable?

I am so touched that Heidi took time the busy week before Christmas to lovingly put together this collection of Christmas goodies and mail them to a perfect stranger. Thank you so much, Heidi! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Update: It looks like Heidi is snowed in in Denver. I hope you can get out soon to go visit your families in Utah!


jungle dream pagoda said...

What yummy goodies,vintage jingle bells on a card are the sort of things that make me smile all day! I loved your Haiku,thanks for playing have a merry Christmas in Philly!!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous gift! I, too, have been lucky enough to receive a "just because" package from Heidi. And you hit the nail on the head about craft bloggers. It really is right with the spirit of holiday giving. Have a wonderful Christmas!