Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Kindness of Others...

A few weeks ago I received a call from a customer who had a some questions about products in the store. Not at all unusual. It happens all the time. But this was different.
Her name is Ann. She is a very sweet lady, and we connected immediately. We shared a lot of stories with one another, laughing and chatting away! In the process of our visit I learned that in addition to card making Ann also teaches bookmaking classes. I have ALWAYS wanted to learn about bookmaking!!! Years ago I bought Yes Glue, an Awl, linen thread, and I already have a bone folder...all the tools of the trade. But that's as far as I ever got. (Now don't tell me that never happened to you.) So my curiosity about bookmaking spurred on the conversation even further. Now I was the one who had the questions for her!



Ann was scheduled to have shoulder surgery soon, but before her surgery she said she wanted to send me something...her most favorite book! She told me that she is of the age where she has realized that we all have something to share that could bring joy to others. And she wanted to share it with me.

I feel truly honored and privileged to have met Ann. She enriched my life in so many ways, and reminded me that we all should unselfishly share just a little bit more with others. I will treasure this special book forever, and remember her kindness fondly. Ah yes...the kindness of others!

This is a picture of the spine. Isn't it the most beautiful thing? It has 6 signatures, beautifully sewn and bound into this gorgeous binding.

I just had to share! Thanks for indulging me. And thanks to my friend Ann. She is truly an extraordinary lady. I am indeed blessed by so many of you. You know who you are. Thank you for the special meaning you bring to my life!

16 comments:

Our Little Inspirations said...

I gasped when I saw this gorgeous book! It's absolutely magnificent with that gorgeous satin ribbon binding, and I've never seen anything quite like it! How sweet of Ann to pass it along to you!!!

Gabriela said...

Ann must be heaven sent to you. What an inspiring and treasured gift of hers and how lovely of you to share it with us here on your blog. I hope Ann'a shoulder surgery is a complete success and that she's feeling better by now.

mimiburroughs said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous!!! And by the way...I got my order yesterday! Thanks!!!!

Elaine A said...

Michelle -

What a gorgeous gift from a really special lady! I hope Ann has a quick recovery from her surgery.

Elaine Allen

Amy Sheffer said...

Wow! What a gift from a very special lady! Imagine if we could all adopt her philosophy about being so generous with others. I know you'll treasure this forever. I hope Ann's surgery goes well. Thanks for sharing this gift - so lovely in every way!

eva said...

Very beautiful
I too want to make an album

Cindy Lawrence said...

Oh, what a lovely story, Michelle! ...and a truly lovely gift as well! You've gone and made me all goose-bumpy! :)

Joan Ervin said...

Oh, Michelle...what a beautiful treasure and Ann sounds like a treasure, too!!! It's just amazing how friends come into our lives!!!

Silke Ledlow said...

GORGEOUS!!! Mrs Ann did a fabulous job on this book and I can understand why you feel so blessed!!! The ribbon binding is WOW!!! Enjoy!!! Hugs ~S~

Jerri Jimenez said...

Ann's books is absolutely gorgeous. What a Treasure to be sure! Thank you Michelle for sharing it with us.

lisa808 said...

Wow, is this ever gorgeous!!! Yes, Ann is a very sweet woman (and so talented).

Angi~Mistress of Mayhem said...

Stunning! I hope Ann's surgery went well. How thoughtful a gift! So glad you shared.

Diane said...

Such a lovely story! Isn't she a sweetie and so talented!
I think everyone meets for a reason! Such a beautiful book!

JD said...

Wow! That is absolutley beautiful, I can see why she said it is her most favorite book...so lovely. I hope her surgery went well...and thank you for sharing the picture of this special book. It is, indeed, a joy to see.

Elaine M said...

Oh what a lovely creation!! Maybe someday you could share with us how it's made - hint hint hint

Denise (peanutbee) said...

What an AWESOME gift to receive. Love how she tied the ribbon down the spine!