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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday's Treasure with Melody

Good morning all. Terrific Tuesday is here again which means I get to link up with the wonderful MELODY (who recently celebrated a Birthday by the way) for Tuesday's Treasures.
My 'treasure' this week is a couple of little things that I love and inspire me. On a road trip with some friends many, many, moons ago just after I started making quilts we visited a little quilt shop can't tell you where and I was taken by these gorgeous gift cards and just had to buy three (they were very expensive). They featured the art work of "Diane Phalen" who grow up in the Amish district of Lancaster in Pennsylvania. All three cards have gorgeous quilts featured and I just loved them. I very selfishly could not give them away and so popped them in little frames and I have them in my sewing room where looking at them constantly delights me.......but wait there is more! You knew there would be!

A few years later whilst visiting the quilt and craft show here in Brisbane I spied a tin with one of her designs upon it. I picked it up only to have it ripped from my hands by a very aggressive woman who told me "she saw it first" I was so shocked it rendered me speechless, something that doesn't happen very often to me. Next thing my friend whom I had gone to the show with along with numerous other customers at the stall expressed there disappointment at this woman's behaviour. She flung the tin at me and stormed off. I was so embarrassed and felt I  just couldn't buy the tin after all that. I was so disappointed because I had really admired it but it was only a tin for goodness sake. I walked off to peruse another stall and try to forget about it and enjoy the rest of our day. I am a great believer in if it's meant to be or I am meant to have something it will happen. and I certainly was not going to get into fisty cuffs over a "Thing".
My friends and I sat down to have a coffee and our lunch and then my best friend pulled the controversial tin from her bag and placed it in front of me saying "I knew you really liked it". She had popped back when I wasn't looking and bought it for me because she knew I wouldn't. So that little tin has for many years held my quilting cotton, thimble and quilting needles. It also reminds me of a friends kindness.
I do treasure this little tin with it's lovely artwork as I certainly didn't think it was coming home with me that day. What's your treasure today?
"Things are just that things and they come and go but special people and memories stay in our hearts forever"
Enjoy your day.
Blessings Michelle x

19 comments:

  1. Isn't it sad when people behave so badly? Glad your friend bought you the tin and it has given you so many happy hours. Yes things are just things but friends( and family) are what make the world go around. Have a happy day

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  2. what an unusual story with this tin Michelle i am amazed,but i am so glad your friend went back and got it for you.xx

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  3. I am so glad your friend bought the tin for you , that lady was rather nasty and behaved like a spoiled child. I have one of those cards framed as well, just love it,It was a birthday card from my sister. hugs Sheila

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  4. Some people are amazing aren't they! How rude. I'm glad your lovely friend got it for you. You can forget about the bad memory of the tin and just have the lovely memory of your friend's thoughtfulness.

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  5. Lovely postcards Michelle, I am glad you ended up with the tin, what a lovely friend you have.

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  6. Why is that craft show & i'm sure other things similar bring out the nastiness in people? So terrible for it to have happened to you but very lovely of your friend to have bought the tin for you. The cards & the tin are very beautiful. Hugs,

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  7. There certainly are some "different" people out there. I wonder if her bad manners come back to her sometimes??
    The cards & tins are gorgeous - I wonder if she is still around??

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  8. Gorgeous cards and tin. They were meant to be together for sure. What strange behaviour - hope she was having a bad day, and is not like that always.

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  9. I couldn't agree more Michelle - The best thing about 'things' is that they hold memories rather well :) agree more

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  10. Your cards and tin are gorgeous, I love the paintings. I'm so glad your friend got the tin for you, it makes a lovely ending to your story.

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  11. What a lovely story, other than the wicked woman's bad behaviour. So sweet that your dear friend bought it for you. I don't know this artists work but I'm going to google it now.

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  12. The details in these pictures is wonderful.
    Love your story!

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  13. they are lovely pictures and I'm so glad the tin got to come and live with you.... people do behave in the strangest way.... and I have heard several similar stories about those kind of stitchers.... maybe they are called bitchers???? Things have a way of going round and round though
    Hugz

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  14. I have a very similar pic from my late MIL... and it's a treasure to me too. LoVe the tin !!! :)

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  15. Diane's artwork is so lovely - that story of the tin is incredible, can you believe grown-ups act like that???? I'm glad the tin ended up coming home with you, hon!

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  16. That what friends are for. To make us happy. What a lovely story and a great treasure. thanks for sharing.

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  17. That's a lovely story of friendship Michelle. Makes owning the tin very special after someone was so rude and horrible about it.

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  18. Love your tiny treasures, Some people can be so strange, The good outweigh the bad of that i am sure of.

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  19. Awwww I love stories like this, especially ones with happy endings. How rude was that other lady!!! I don't understand how people can be like that.. it just amazes me!!! I'm very, very glad your friend got the tin for you.. she is a very special friend and now you have one very SPECIAL tin to treasure! xx Thanks so much for sharing xx

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