Twelve different colors of neutrals. How cool is that? They are also individually wrapped. I confess I rearranged them in the case. I had to handle and admire them all.
Then yesterday I had a surprise visit at work from the lady who used to work in the cubicle next to the one I was in. She also taught the paper piecing class that I took that got me started quilting. (and the only class on quilting I have taken!)
She came in with a little paper bag and said "I brought you something." I started looking at the bag and reading it. (yes I am a bit strange -ha ha) She immediately started apologizing for the bag. "Oh, don't pay any attention to the bag, I just grabbed something. "
Not likely! You see the bag had "Little Boy Blue" on it. You know, that good old nursery rhyme. I had to explain why I looked at it so intently. "I love the bag. The very first book I remember owning was "Little Boy Blue and other Nursery Rhymes. So the bag itself is a sweet reminder." But then I had to look inside the bag. I pulled out the something and looked at it askance.
Finally the light bulb went on. "Oh, it is a pin cushion!" The "pins" in it are PC Sitters. (Pin cushion sitters) You don't use them; they just sit there and make your pin cushion look pretty.
the picture doesn't really show it, but the fabric is a brocade satin. The bottom is a candle votive. It was heavy which is why I didn't "get it" right away. I was just thrilled to get this sweet handmade gift. I will probably use it instead of just letting it sit and look pretty.
I have this theory that you should use your "good stuff" - the good china, the crystal glasses etc. You see, one time I bought this expensive outfit that looked great on me. It was a perfect fit right off the rack. I think I wore it twice because I was saving it for something special. I know you won't be surprised to find out that something special came along and it didn't fit anymore. I had gained weight. So now, I use the good stuff. After all, I am worth it, and so are you, my dear friend -and don't forget it.
PS, that means use the stuff in your stash you are "saving" - you are worthy of using it NOW. There will be more amazing fabric. I promise!