Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Kindness Time



Thank you, Catherine. Thank you so much for the beautiful shawl you sent to me. Seeing as how its almost 100 degrees outside, my bed and a living room chair are currently fighting over who gets to wear this beautiful creation of yours. However, the chill blowing through the vents some evenings is just enough to warrant a little snuggle with your gift as I read. Thank you so much.



I have no idea what I did to deserve this, but sweet Catherine of Canada reads my blog and thought I would enjoy it. Not only that but she made it just for me, and even asked for my color choices before she started. I only accepted because its obvious she takes so much pleasure in knitting and in giving. How precious is that? A virtual stranger and so much kindness. When I look at it I think of this person in my mind sitting and knitting it for me. She gave me all that time. I wanna be kind. I made a pillow the other day for my neighbor that I've been wanting to make for a year. A year! Her daughter came to the rescue with their own pillow to rest Juliana's broken arm on while they waited for me to rush home last spring. The pillow got left at the ER and we were unable to retrieve it later. So I was really just replacing something more than I was being kind.

Anyway. I have some kindness to catch up on. To a friend who has a newborn I've yet to visit, to friends I haven't talked to in a while, to my children who need to be read to a bit more, and lots of other deserving souls. I'm taking a little blog break friends. Not too long, maybe a week or two. I'm so happy to have this place where some really sweet relationships can happen. Thank you for that.

Relax and be kind to yourself and others and I'll meet you back here soon, xo,AM

36 comments:

  1. Anna Maria, this post brought unexpected tears to my eyes. We do all need to slow down and be kind to one another. Thank you for the gentle reminder.
    Happy kindness break!
    ~Bari

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  2. It is truly amazing and so heartwarming isn't it Anna, the true generous spirit of our readers and fellow bloggers? This sweet blogging world is such a blessing - what a beautiful gift of love to you from Catherine.
    xo,
    Kim

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  3. That is beautiful!!! Absolutely beautiful! From one knitter to another, great work Catherine!

    Gosh, so thoughtful. I want to pay it forward too and do some nice things for others today as well!

    Thanks, Anna Maria :)

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  4. And a well-deserved break at that. I'll try my best to pick up and carry the blog torch in your absence.

    Enjoy your family and your summer. We'll all be here when you get back, but can't say we won't miss ya. Now log off, wrap yourself in that new shawl and go read Goodnight Moon to Isabela and Eleni.

    xoxo cheryl

    ps. Anyone who needs an AM fix in the meantime can read the great feature on her in Cloth Paper Scissors- July/August issue. Not surprisingly, her adorableness translates perfectly in print.

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  5. have a nice blogging break - be kind... and even more important: accept kindness from others.
    it's amazing how hard that seems to be for us all sometimes!

    your break is well deserved, and we'll wait patiently until you'll be back, being kind & bringing some color into our lives.
    &hearts k.

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  6. Does Catherine of Canada have blog so fellow knitters can read more about her wonderful shawl?

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  7. What a gorgeous shawl! Have a great break and see you soon...

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  8. love that clever towel project and what a wonderful gift of the shawl! enjoy your time away...xoC

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  9. Oh, that's a well-deserved break! Enjoy your family and friends and spend a little time with yourself as well. See you soon!

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  10. Wow! You are sure fortunate! We are all fortunate! We appreciate how YOU appreciate all of your friends, Anna Maria! It's refreshing! You deserve a big break, and after all, it's summer time and your kids are home and you all need eachother! Recharge you creative juices!!!! Go take a vacation!!!! See you soon~ Love, Laurie~

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  11. Oh, my gosh, that's beautiful! What a sweet thing for Catherine to do. Those colors are breathtaking.
    See you when you get back. And I'll always remember: "Kindness Counts!"

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  12. Gorgeous colours, like a country garden at evening... I've got the same question as Tara: does Kind Catherine by any chance have a blog??

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  13. Haven't commented before, although I've been lurking for awhile. What a beautiful shawl! The colors are so vibrant!

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  14. wow. that shawl is absolutely gorgeous. i would love to be able to knit something like that one day. how kind and thoughtful. what a lovely gesture. if all canadians are as kind as catherine, i'm heading north.

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  15. robyn7:17 PM

    I love your posts, they're very charming.

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  16. It's amazing the kindness of others. It's also nice when receipents are gracious receivers. Enjoy your break.

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  17. What an amazing shawl -- and knowing that it is appreciated is usually all the thanks needed. Enjoy your break, read a ton of books, come back refreshed and inspired!

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  18. Have a lovely time doing kind things ... :)

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  19. sheree9:59 AM

    The shawl is lovely and such a sweet gesture. Giving thanks and being grateful are so important.

    I hope you enjoy your blog break. I will miss reading your posts and will look forward to your return.

    sheree

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  20. I will be missing you!!! Enjoy your break and your children..:)))

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  21. Oh, what a lovely gesture! I love blogland... :)

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  22. What a lovely blog! I am trying to get mine started up. :)

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  23. You meet the most sincere and lovely people in blogland. What a great warm post!

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  24. That is the kindness that is awe inspiring - something our world needs MORE of. You are deserving - as you inspire so many people. She deserves kuddos!!! :) It is absolutely beautiful too.

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  25. I just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog! Ypu are truly gifted! I had made an outfit with your Bohemian fabric line. I will surely be using your new line as well...DIVINE!!!

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  26. Well, I just discovered you, and I wish I would not have because I will think of nothing else. I have a severe attraction to cup cakes and cakes and icecream cone art etc. Then I looked at the rest of your work and blog. I am so blown away I don't know what to say. Please , please tell me you sell paintings or any of the stuff I saw you make!!! Also I pray you sell the cupcake fabric's? Please look out for my e-mail, i am so so excited. Your whole blog is pure charm and your fabrics are out of this world !!!!! You have a big fan in me.

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  27. Stephanie A5:58 AM

    What a beautiful shawl. I could do with it over here in Yorkshire, England, where we are expecting another 5 to 50mm of rain TODAY!

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  28. Mary Ann/Ca9:04 AM

    Have a lovely summer break with the kids. What could be better, lazy afternoons watching the silly kidlet antics at the pool and in the yard. Warm evenings reading on the oh so luscious porch/sun room. And maybe even a few hours in the studio just painting. Moms need to recharge too!

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  29. Such a touching post that was inspired by a strangers giving. Enjoy your summer break!!

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  30. everything looks delicious!

    best,
    H2

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  31. What a wonderful reminder. Thank you. I hope you enjoy your break.

    Will be pining away until your return. :)

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  32. How wonderful! This post has left me with that warm, fuzzy feeling inside!
    Missy

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  33. Hooray for Catherine! It gives me goosebumps. I am sure that the giver gets even more of a thrill by giving. Just wonderful!

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  34. That is a truly beautiful shawl. Have a good time on your blog break!

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  35. that is lovely what catherine did.
    But your sincerity really spoke to me. Thanks for being so honest! Work and family is always a hard balancing act. Being passionate about what you do is awesome!!

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