Since we've entered the age of the internet, it seems the contents of those little metal boxes attached to poles lessen and lessen. Or when you do open that small rounded door all that is left is a pile of bills, and who wants that?? But every once and a while, you pull that door bravely open and find that the mail gods have smiled upon you and low and behold a little present awaits you.
I am quite a bit late in writing this post. It seems like things around wonderland have been crazy as of lately, but I wanted to take a second to share some happy mail that has made it's way to me over the past few months.
Several months ago, I was lucky enough to pattern test for Cheryl over a Meadow Mist Designs. I consider Cheryl to be one of my pattern writing mentors. She has helped my pattern writing to evolve so much, so I considered being asked to pattern test a huge honor. Plus I had been hoping to pattern test for her for some time. I believe pattern testing is a great way to work on your writing skills as well, because you look at the pattern in a more technical manner. But I digress. A few weeks later this charm pack of Atrium by Joel Dewberry and four mini charms of Moda's Gardenvale showed up in my mail box. She sent them as a thank you for pattern testing. This was completely unexpected and over the top generous. A huge thank you to Cheryl for the goodies!
Next up, I was the winner of a giveaway. What? What? These actually arrived in the mail yesterday and I almost completely forgot about them. Back in March I participated in the 2016 New Block Blog Hop sponsored by Paintbrush Studios. The challenge was to create a 12" block using FQ's of their Ocean Sunrise bundle. They were also hosting several give aways of a FQ Bundles in the Ocean Sunrise palette. I was one of the lucky random winners. I'm not 100% sure what I will do with these, but ideas are brewing.
Speaking of give aways, I also won a copy of Lara at Buzzin Bumble's book Crafted Applique from Jenn at A Quarter Inch From the Edge during Lara's month long blog hop for her book.
(Have you seen the book yet?? It's amazing. Quilt life changing.) I had actually already purchased a copy of the book. Lara offered to refund the money of any one who won that already had purchased the book. But when she contacted me I had another idea. I told her I felt her book was worth every penny I paid for it and would even buy it again should I ever need to. So I asked if she would hold on to that copy and I will do a give away for the book (maybe say July) after I make something using her method. And she said, of course! The reason I want to do this is because, I have had a love hate relationship with applique. I love the look of it. I HATE to do it. However, after reading Lara's book, I think I'm in love. I think trying this technique will be a good project for both me and Dave the quilt engineer (hubby's new name for himself). So make sure you check back in periodically to see how our adventure turns out and win a copy for yourself!
And my last item of happy mail probably makes me the most happy. Leanne at Devoted Quilter hosted a give away in honor of her blog reaching 100,000 page views. The give away was for a mini quilt of denim hexi flowers she created. Let me tell you it is breath taking. You can read her post about crating it here. Winning this little wall hanging was exactly what I needed at the time I won it, I was blown away and my spirits where lifted. I couldn't wait to take pictures of it to share with you.
The quilting is absolutely breath taking.
The denim hexi mini hangs on my wall next to my beautiful pillow cover made my Sandra at mmmquilts. (you can read about Sandra's beautiful heart here and here.) Hands down my favorite wall in the house.
I can see them when I'm sewing, doing the dishes or hanging out in our living room and that makes me very happy.
So just curious, have you ever received happy mail? If so what is some of your favorite things you have received?