A True Little Story

I just want to share a little true story today. It is NOT a shameless plug for my Etsy shop, but a heartwarming note about love.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, here in the United States. That means that kids and families will be celebrating the love of moms. Well, this week, too late to ship at a reasonable rate to New York from Oregon, there was an order for a “just a thought” pillow placed in my shop….

mom love This is it…a tiny little love note, if you will.

The man who ordered it had requested delivery in time for Mother’s Day, but it was going to cost $18 to ship it. The pillow sells for $8.

I began a “convo” with the man about the cost to ship vs. the value of the pillow. I am copying his reply below…

“Yes the shipping does seem very silly. $18 shipping for an eight dollar item.  But this is the gift my daughter wants to give my wife for Mother’s Day so it is what it is. Thank you.”

I was touched by several things here. One, the time it took this daughter to search the millions of listings on Etsy to find this one little $8 item that she wanted for her mother. Two, the patience the father exhibited to place the order and communicate with me several times, when he could have taken the girl to a neighborhood store so easily. Three, the willingness to pay this “very silly” price to make his daughter and his wife happy. My reply to him when I posted the bill for the freight difference…

“Happy Mother’s Day to one loved mom!”

It really isn’t about the gift or the cost…it is all about the love!

It is not too late – SPECIAL OFFERS

If you live in the US or Canada…and not sure where else, it is not too late to order a handmade gift for your mother, as May 10th is Mother’s Day.

My Etsy shop offers small tokens or love that say mom, or don’t. I especially like the little “Just a Thought” pillows that are a message she can see all the time and add a sweet little reminder and touch anywhere she might want to place them.

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If you are interested, just until May 3 (through the upcoming weekend) I am offering two discount codes you may use at checkout:

3GETSFREESHIP – free shipping for US orders on purchase of three items

FANDFAM – 40% off your purchase…you are all my friends and family!!!!

There are plenty of other items to choose too…bags, bowls, home décor, jewelry, purses…

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feel free to take a look!

Reminders Come In Surprising Ways!

I am blogging about something that I am really excited about today! Let me see if I can make any sense out of it for you.

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The past week I discovered a new project. (Side note: I did say I would blog about why I make bags, but that is going to have to wait!) I started making bowls as a break from making bags. These bowls have been called coiled bowls, stitched baskets or other names. I think I should call mine Life Bowls, Lesson Bowls, Prayer Bowls, Meditation Bowls…or something that combines all these things.

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I started out making cotton bowls, using regular old clothesline. They are pretty and clean. I was hooked on the first little trial. The cotton bowls are simple and modern looking. After making a few of the cotton bowls, I decided to graduate to sisal.

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Now, I am really enjoying the look of the sisal, but let me tell you, it is much more challenging! It came to me that working with the sisal to make these bowls is a lot like life. Life is full of rough spots, bumps, breaks, bruises, frustrations, failures, heartaches and more, but when we persevere, keep changing our path, our thoughts, learn from our experiences, be open to what is possible, we end up with a beautiful life.

So with every empty bobbin, broken thread, missed stitch, bent needle, patch job and so on, I ended up with bowls that I think are beautiful! No one is the same as another, though made from the same source products. They are perfect with their scrapes, holes, mends, crooked handles and all. They are loved by their creator! Pictures posted below and the descriptions tell of some of the messages (both from sisal and cotton):

sisal large 2Little flaws that show up in these vessels remind me that it sometimes takes more than one error to see and correct our flaws. On this bowl, the thread broke about every four inches. I have been sewing for a long time and know what to look for…like a crying baby that has no visible reason to cry, all was right with the machine…I was just working with some stubborn material! Sound like anyone you might know?

IMG_3864  This bowl was so much fun, as I painted bright colors on the cord first, and I like the brightness. However, look at the seam of the plain and the colorful cords…not so smooth!

IMG_3929This reminds me of the judgement that pervades society…sometimes like mixing oil and water, but it can finally connect! Two examples of this, actually…”red and yellow, black and white…” you get it, right?

 

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In life, we stop and start, take “two steps forward and three steps back”. This is pointed out when the threads break and I have to back up, double stitch and move on.

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Some of these bowls stand perfectly tall and erect on their own and some are more wobbly. Each of them, however, can support contents…some heavier than others. All of us take shape in the best way we can and carry our loads, with or without the support of others.

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The last thing I will mention is the ending, what I will call the “flourish”. I sometimes wonder why it is that we don’t figure out how good life can be until we get close to the end. I hope that isn’t really the case and that I have a lot of time left, now that I have it all figured out…SURE!!!!  Anyway, deciding how to finish off these vessels is another thing that makes them each unique. Some will have a knot; some will have more of a bow. Some will have an embellishment and  some will just end.sisal med 1

So, take this as you will…it was very meaningful for me! I try to think of who will use whatever I make and impart goodness and blessings into every item. These bowls, or baskets, are no different. I will be putting them up on my Etsy site and I think I will enclose a note similar to this post with each shipment. Like a “message in a bottle,” I hope there will be a message in each one of these bowls for the new owner and that they will create a happy spot on some shelf of life…whether they are empty or full!

Oh, and yes, for those of you who might be wondering…I will, indeed, clip the frays and strays on these special vessels before I ship them off. People will have to take them as they are or maybe they just won’t like the “real deal”!

Cheers!

Quick Follow-Up to Craft Day

IMG_0684-0It was so much fun, as always, spending time with my muse friend and painting fabrics!

Here is just a sneak peek at phase one of some of the items. Next step will be lettering…or not…and then sewing up some cute market bags! More to come, in case you are watching.