There are few things I love more than a giving a gift you know the recipient will love.
You know, the sort where you can hardly contain yourself as you give it to them and want to help them rip it open...
The other thing I love is the 'random' gift.
The one that is not for any occasion, just because you saw it and it spoke to you of someone else.
I've been lucky enough to receive two such gifts in the past six or so months.
Things that friends have seen and that have made them think of me, and they were both kind enough to buy them for me and give them to me, for no reason.
This little book is not only a book that has a Heather Bailey fabric pattern as the cover (as if that's not enough!!), it is also a book of words, 'Words to make you sound intelligent' no less!
If there are two things I love, it is words and fabric!
I'm known by some of my friends as "The Grammar Queen"... need I say more!
Tan saw this and the combination of fabulous fabric designer and quirky words made her think of me.
And that alone makes it special.
Another non-sewing or blogging girlfriend saw this for me earlier in the year and after first having to enquire what it was (!!) when she realised it was a tape measure and that it was covered with little drawings of fashion through the decades, she knew it would be something I would love.
And I do.
So much that I don't actually use it - it just stays in my sewing room to be admired and to look pretty!
Perhaps the best thing about both of these gifts is that whenever they catch my eye, they make me think of the girls who gave them to me, and how lucky I am to receive the gift of their friendship in an ongoing manner.
And for that I am truly grateful.