I knew what was inside the box. I knew the time, love and effort she put into this. The friends and care people in this online community have for one another is moving. I have felt a connection to Amy since the first photo of hers I commented on. She is generous, funny, talented, energetic, inspirational and just one of those people I wish I had in my life each day. This swap touched me. Amy stitched this amazing piece when she was fighting the H1N1 and also nursing her children back to health. She sketched the piece and created the whole thing. It is so beautiful I could look all day. It is so wonderful to be in the company of people whose creativity inspires me. To receive a gift where someone takes the time to learn what you like and then creates something just for you. Anyone who has made something by hand for another and then perhaps gets a quick thanks, knows how awful it feels to pour your heart into something and then have it not be appreciated. I think this is one of the reasons I love some of the swap groups and friends I have made online - we all appreciate a hand-crafted gift and the process of making something for a like minded soul.
Amy, I can't thank-you enough. It is lovely. Amazing. Breath-taking. You get me and I LOVE her.