This morning, I spent a couple of hours bell ringing for the Salvation Army. I am the one in the blue coat. Chris B., on the left, is our new guild president. I had a really good time. It was great fun greeting people and sharing Christmas greetings. I was pleasantly surprised at the generosity of the people who came by us. In these hard times, and in this depressed area, it was really heartwarming to see just how much people are willing to share. It was a good morning, and I plan on doing this again next year.
When I got home, after a side trip to Puyallup to the quilt store, I found a box on my porch addressed to me. It was from Friends4Kenya. I didn't know what it was, or who they were. I brought the box in and immediately opened it. Look at this beautiful basket that was inside! I was stunned and couldn't figure out where it came from or why I would deserve such a thing of beauty. So, I went online. Friends4Kenya is a small group of women, mostly quilters, who work with women in an area outside Nairobi. They have taught these women to make these beautiful cloth baskets. Be sure and visit the site and read about these wonderful women. Once I found out who these women are, and that I am related to two of them my marriage, I began to figure out how this beautiful basket came to me. Willa, I assume this is from you. I love it. Thank you.
And just why would someone send me this beautiful basket? It is almost my birthday. That's right. I will be turning 65 next Saturday, the 10th. I have thought of many ways to celebrate this event here. I decided on a giveaway. Then, I had to decide on something I could afford for the prize. When I went to Puyallup, I found this Ruby charm pack and this very cute Schnibbles pattern that is charm pack friendly. I love the Ruby line for Moda and hope you do, too.
If you want to enter to win these two things, please leave me a comment telling me about the best present you remember ever getting. Why was it so special?
I will leave this open until next Saturday, December 10.
Good luck, everyone. I look forward to reading all your stories.