This past Sunday, Halloween, was my birthday. It was a great day, despite a few folks feeling under the weather. I received many thoughtful gifts and wonderful donations of cash to help keep me sewing! I thought one gift, in particular, would make a great blog entry.
My husband knows me very well. Sometimes, I think he knows me better than I do! He definitely listens to me. He must make mental notes about every little muttering on things I’d like to do or learn, because this birthday he bought me the perfect gift.
He was searching online for just the right gift. He found a card seller he knew I would love, Cartolina. Actually, he got me two cards, because he couldn’t decide which one I’d like more. He also gave me a third card since we sometimes like to buy cards to have handy for giving away. One had little birds on it, and the other is an 18th century lady holding a “Happy Happy Birthday” banner. The extra card has gossiping Victorian ladies on it. He also bought me The Exile by Diana Gabaldon (a graphic novel based off her Outlander series).
He was torn about what else to get me. He wanted something really special. Something I hadn’t mentioned so it would be a surprise, but covered a subject I was currently involved with or wanting to do soon. He came across 18th Century Embroidery Techniques by Gail Marsh. He crossed his fingers and bought it. Little did he know!
I was so shocked when I unwrapped the gift, I’m sure my jaw hit the floor. I remembered seeing it mentioned somewhere online before, but I had not even thought to add it to any of my lists of books to purchase or look into. Although I have a lot of garments to make, and will probably have to leave special things like embroidery for later, it’s definitely something I want to try when I have a chance. I know I’ve mentioned a few times in passing that I would love to attempt a few spots of embroidery to learn enough to do larger embroidery, or commented how lovely certain embroidery decorations are on garments when I have shown him photos.
I must admit, the thought that went into the gift, the care it showed in choosing it, and how much he obviously pays attention to what I’m babbling about or mentioning… I actually cried a bit. It meant so much to me, and I look forward to someday giving embroidery a try when I have the time. I know I now have an amazing book for inspiration and help when the time comes.
Thank you so much, Christopher. I’m so very lucky to have you in my life! Thank you for listening to my sewing babbling, and being so supportive.