The "Friendship Block Swap" group I belong to organized a secret May swap. Rather than filling a basket, each of us filled a small flat rate postal box with a handmade item as well as other goodies. I sent a box to Debbie last week and thoroughly enjoyed filling it. Today's mail brought my "basket" and it was from... Debbie! Since the assignments were made randomly, it was a great surprise to us both.
My package included a sweet wallhanging with appliqued and embroidered pansies, six coasters in my favorite color (purple), some chocolates in an organdy bag, and a little book of tips for quilters. I think I'm going to hang the pansies on our front door because the wallhanging that's there now is very faded from the sun at our old house. It is nice to start the season with a "fresh" door hanging! I'm going to put the coasters in the living room away and put Debbie's out in the purple basket I have from a past secret pal.
Today I shopped for fabric for some of my ongoing projects - more pink, some Civil War prints, and more blues for my Little Amsterdam table runners. My sister, Jenny, was here last week and took one of the table runners home with her to give to Mom for Mother's Day. I was glad she could squeeze it into her suitcase, although I need to mail Jenny a package anyway. I have a pair of sturdy shoes for walking in the woods that fit her better than they do me. We had a nice visit with her last week although it was much too short.