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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Blog Friends.....

 I had a wonderful surprise the other day, a long term reader of this blog is giving up crafting for health reasons. She cleared out her craft room, and a parcel arrived from the USA FILLED with dies and stamps that she gifted to me. It was like my birthday and Christmas rolled into one. She has asked me not to publish her name, which I will respect, but I wish there was a way I could say thank you - apart from a thank you card which is already on it's way. I was so touched that she should think of me, and make such a generous gift.

Here are some cards made with one of the dies, MFT Diagonal Quilt Square Cover Up Die (which you can get HERE if you are interested). I cut a whole bunch out in various cardstock and papers, then had fun piecing them altogether. These four cards took only half an hour to assemble







Then sadly, almost at the same time that this surprise parcel arrived, I had the sad news that one of my blog friends had passed away. Right from the start, Joan was a regular here. She lived in Florida, some 100 miles away from where we lived, but one day she and Tom made the trip over to Hudson to see us for the day. What a day we had. We quickly learnt that we not only had crafting in common, but a lot of shared interests, love of family and pride in our grandchildren. She found out that Max, who was then about five was obsessed with fire engines, fire stations etc. She sent me some genuine USA fireman 
 badges, which I put into a frame for him - he still has it in his room today. The correspondence carried on over the years, I guess it was the modern equivalent of a pen pal. Now she has gone, and I felt a real sense of loss, and sadness for her much adored family. 


These two, unconnected events, a surprise parcel and memories of a friendship, made me realise that these connections that we make through blogging, and emails aren't always just fleeting connections, but genuine friendships and that we can make a difference to each others lives, I just wanted to say that I appreciate each and every one of you when you pop over to encourage me, and read my wafflings. Thank you

Enough! I'll be back tomorrow xx 

11 comments:

  1. Your post Enfyn is so lovely to read and the friendship that does come from blogging friends is so awarding you have the most amazing talent and how lovely that you used the die for the cards that was sent on to you from your blogging friend that has now given up crafting and so nice that you have shared your rewards the cards are amazing and that die is stunning l love the various ways you created the cards using it and the papers are stunning too!.....so sorry to hear of your other friend passing and so nice that you got to spend some time and knowing what a lot you both had in common take care sending lots of love xx

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  2. Touching words, it's all about the connections and memories we make - that's how people live on x

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  3. A very touching blog post Enfys. Sorry for the loss of your friend but happy for your package from another friend. Sending hugs. Shabneez x

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  4. What a lovely blog post - a wonderful surprise but tempered by the sad loss of another friend.

    I do like the cards you've shown today and I am not, not, not going to take a look at them in the shop.....I'm not!

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  5. Your post is filled with such kindness and compassion. Thank you for reminding us all why we try to stay connected to those we meet through blogs and crafty sites. So sorry for the loss of your friend, but I'm glad you had the chance to actually meet her in person. You have that lovely memory to carry with you.

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  6. Beautiful cards! I just got 2 big orders from MFT & overlooked that die. May have to order again!

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. It's so fun to meet all the people in person that we've "met" thru crafting :)

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  7. Such a sweet gesture by a dear follower! She sent her goodies to the perfect person, can't wait to see what else you create, I'm sure it will bring a smile to your face!
    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, she sounds like such a sweet lady and how sweet to surprise Max with the gift of firemen badges! The perfect gift for a young man!
    Enfys, you are truly blessed!

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  8. This is such a wonderful post Enfys. It touched my heart in many ways. What a sweet friend you have to pass on some of her beloved crafting treasures to you. I am sure she knew you would create something incredibly fabulous with them. I am sorry to hear that she is giving up crafting due to health reasons and am sending up positive thoughts and prayers that her health improves.

    I was sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend. Our online friends become a very real and beautiful part of our lives. Whether we have had the fortunate opportunity to actually meet them in person, or not, really doesn't matter because they are all special to us, and their loss touches us deeply. I've walked in those shoes, and I completely understand. It sounds like she has left you with some lovely memories of good times shared together. (((HUGZ)))

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  9. What a sweet and generous gift from your blog friend! I'm very sorry to hear about your Florida friend who passed away. I can't tell you how much reading your blog has meant to me over the years. Your sense of humor has always brighten my days. You inspire me with your creativity. I love hearing about your family as well. I truly wish I could meet you in person and give you a proper Hug! :)

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  10. Beautiful cards, now I feel like I need that die.

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  11. What a lovely gift from your friend! The cards you made are gorgeous. It's so sad to to hear that your Florida friend has passed away. It's wonderful you did get to meet and you have happy memories of your friendship. I am blown away by the friends I have made since I started blogging and I too have been lucky enough to meet several of them. I appreciate every visit and every comment too and am so pleased I entered this wonderful crafting/blogging community! So thank you! xxx

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Enfys x