There is an Angel out there …

… and her name is Tobie!! I hope Tobie doesn’t mind, but I have to share something that happened to me today … Work today has been exceptionally difficult, in that I started at 4am – that means the alarm went off at 3am … and I’ve really really struggled to get through my day until 2pm this afternoon. They were needing people for overtime from 4am-7am to help with handling ex-London calls … deciding I really need the money for my birthday dinner, I put my hand up … never, ever again will I do that! My rostered 5am starts are bad enough, 4am is just WRONG! LOL.

So, today I left work like a rat up a drainpipe as soon as the clock hit 2pm … I felt like death warmed up, and probably looked it too! Anyway, my PO Box is a short 5 minute walk from work (I figured that was a more stable address than my home living situation when I first moved here, so that made more sense having one near work … but I digress …) – I made my daily pilgrimage to post my mail, and pick up the day’s bills … only to get the surprise of my life – sitting in that little PO Box was a parcel … thinking it was my Silkweaver FOTM finally arriving, I thought ‘that’s nice’ and wandered out the PO again. Then I started looking at the envelope thinking it was quite large for SW – then I looked more closely … it was NOT from SW – it was from an angel in the name of Tobie. Now I have to admit I knew a gift was coming from Tobie … which you can see from the following piccies:

Before (my current snippet ‘bag’)

After (my new, beautiful snippet bag!)
However, that envelope seemed awfully large for a little snippet bag (and if you haven’t seen these on Tobie’s blog beforehand, you’re really missing out!) … Sure enough, Tobie didn’t stop there – inside that envelope/parcel was a little stitcher’s treasure trove, and my jaw hasn’t been removed from the floor ever since I opened it! Inside was the snippet bag (in a beautiful blue, of course!), along with a kit of the Thistle Bag from M Designs (which was on my wishlist) – not only that, but also the fabric that is suggested on the chart (a lovely Lakeside linen) … but she didn’t even stop there – tucked inside the snippet bag was the most adorable hand-dyed threads by an Oklahoma designer called Windy Hill Designs … WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know what I did to deserve all that spoiling, but I feel very very blessed. Thanks again, Tobie, from the bottom of my heart! You’re a real sweetheart!! {{hugs}}

I did manage to pick my jaw up for 1 1/2 hours tonight, though, to take me 1/4 of the way through my 10 hour rotation slot for a new piece – Le Jardin Silk Sampler from some 1998 JCS magazines … just to prove it, here’s the progress piccie – not too much to show for it though – I think I was so boggle-eyed with tiredness tonight, I was stitching at about half speed haha. And I’m an hour late getting to bed, so I’ll be moaning again tomorrow when the alarm goes off at 4am … {groan}

17 thoughts on “There is an Angel out there …

  1. Sounds like you haven’t had a moment to yourself, but as I haven’t heard from you, I was just wondering if you received my email last week, with my phone number? Hope I didn’t accidentally send it to the wrong email addy….

  2. Oh Anne, what a wonderful surprise! And it came just at the right time too. (not that there are bad times to receive such treats, though! ;D)

    Good luck with that tough week… ((((hugs))))

  3. Thats a really nice package to get, a lovely end to a very early day I would say. Hope that you got a good nights sleep and weren’t overtired.


  4. Aw Anne – those gifts are fantastic! Congratulations! Lovely start on the Le Jardin Sampler! I have wanted to do that for ages too – I think I am still looking for something for it… little gold discs or something like that? Can’t wait to see your progress!!

  5. oh Anne, what a super surprise there. those snippet bags are so cool, I have one myself, you just have to remember to empty them occasionally, hee hee. Look forward to seeing more on your new start too. take care

  6. I can’t think of anybody more deserving Anne! πŸ™‚ It sounds like they showed up at just the right time too. I don’t envy you those early mornings, I once had a job that required the alarm being set for 3a.m. That is indeed just wrong. LOL Your new sampler start is already looking lovely!!

  7. I agree w/ everyone else that Tobie is a treasure! It’s so great when people do such kind things! And perfect timing to boot. πŸ˜‰ I don’t envy you those early mornings, I am NOT a morning person. πŸ˜‰

    Great start on the Silk Sampler. πŸ˜€ So when is this birthday dinner you sacrificed your sleep for? πŸ˜€

  8. Hey there Anne! I have been reading blogs once a week now, because they take up less time, so I split up my 30+ blogs i read into the 7 days of the week, and read about 5-6 a day, so you’re on my “to read Thursday list”, and I just wan tot say as i was reading about your mom and the ducks lined up and Fraze’s soccer guy you dressed all up I was cracking up! You sound like a barrel of fun! My mom and I are like that, and it sorta made me miss her a bit. well, I hop eyou are able to get some more sleep soon!

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