What a delightful thing I got to do today! I presented my dear friend, Lennie, with a (belated) birthday gift.
‘Giving gifts’ is easy, ‘receiving gifts’ takes grace and thoughtfulness and more too, I’m convinced.
Lennie is a lot of fun to give something to. First of all she gets me! From the moment we met, some years ago now, we’ve clicked and never skipped a beat. There is never a shortage of what to chat about, we share so many interests! She is so appreciative of details and what goes into something. We never miss the chance to share the ‘back stories’….and there always seem to be several to tell!
For instance, the snippets of fabric I used on the front and inside of the tin…..I bought a rusty tin full of old old dress patterns; a couple were tied with a strip of fabric. I knew when I saw this particular piece that I would use it for Lennie’s Cowgirl tin, along with some snips of the aged pattern tissue.
Before I knew that, I’ve always enjoyed hearing Lennie say how she would have Loved to have lived back in the ole west (maybe she did, who knows for certain).
“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” —Tim McGraw
Here is a quote from a pioneer woman who worked to find her way to independence:
“I concluded to make some pies and see if I could sell them to the miners for their lunches, as there were about one hundred men on the creek, doing their own cooking – there were plenty of dried apples and dried pealed peaches from Chili, pressed in the shape of a cheese, to be had, so I bought fat salt pork and made lard, and my venture was a success.
I sold fruit pies for one dollar and a quarter a piece, and mince pies for one dollar and fifty cents. I sometimes made and sold, a hundred in a day, and not even a stove to bake them in, but had two small dutch ovens.” ~Mary Jane Caples, Pie Maker during the Gold Rush 1848