Back in 2008 I met a young lady online through our blogs, someone who over the years since has become like a little sister to me. In fact that's what we call each other - Big Sis and Little Sis.
The friendship between Vikki and I grew rapidly because to be honest, she's so gentle, kind and understanding that being her friend was, and is, easy. We didn't meet face to face until 2014 (what a hug that was!) and today only catch up with the occasional phone chat, but every time we talk it's like we've never been apart.
I think that's the measure of real friendship, picking up where you left off, not even skipping a beat.
It was Vikki who purchased the very first pattern of my very first design, and it was so funny because she wanted me to autograph it! (I didn't, and she told me off years later, LOL!)
Vikki is also a designer, her style very much like her personality - gentle, detailed and sweet.
(you can have a look here at her blog for an idea of what I mean)
But today I want to show you an example of her other talent, Vikki's first love in craft and a skill she excels at, doll making.
A few years back I gave her an elf doll kit which I'd had every intention of making 'one day' but never got around to.
Eventually realising the elf kit was not really something I could apply myself to it seemed far more sensible that I gift it to my dear doll maker friend instead.
I did just that and promptly forgot all about it.
Until the mail man arrived last week.
Vikki had made the elf for me.
I cried, tears of grateful joy and surprise.
And I felt her love. Love for her Big Sis.
Every stitch had been made with love, prayers, and a heart to bless me.
The details of Vikki's work on my elf doll are exquisite...
...and she made the doll so that I can position her any way I like.
Vikki, her children, me and my children, all share a love of the Artemis Fowl books (by Eoin Colfer) and this was another one of the things that drew us together in friendship.
In honour of that shared fictional reading I've named the elf 'Holly Short' after one of the main characters.
Guarding my fabric shelves, Holly Short sparks a lot of emotions when I think of who's hands crafted her and why.
This precious gift from a dear friend far away made me feel loved and nourished from the inside out.
To know the time she put in to this for me still causes a few tears to well in my eyes.
Thank you just doesn't seem to be words enough.
Wilma Moss sent me photos the other day of her completed Gentle Domesticity quilt.
The Gentle Domesticity BOM I shared last year was a set of 12 stitchery/applique blocks, all stand alone designs without any quilt setting, but clever Wilma drew up a quilt design to house her completed blocks and it's beautiful!
Inside the scalloped edge she has added yellow trim to blend with the yellow border around the blocks - what an inspiring idea...
I was so excited to see all the blocks in one setting, and the quilting - wow!
Thank you for showing us, Wilma.
If you've made any or all of the Gentle Domesticity blocks from last year can I encourage you to join our Gentle Domesticity Facebook group and share your photos with everyone.
The group has grown to almost 2,000 members now and we'd love to have you pull up a chair at our virtual kitchen table to chat, share what you're making or baking or sewing or knitting!
If you've not heard of the Gentle Domesticity BOM from 2016 but are inspired to create your own quilt with the blocks you'll find all 12 block patterns as a set here in my shop.
The blocks are also available as single patterns.
Well that's it for me today.
I pulled apart my sewing room this afternoon and am still in the process of putting it back together so once I finish making dinner for the man of my dreams I'll return to my task.
I love re-organising my sewing room, office, kitchen, laundry, book cases...do you?