Monday, December 5, 2011

Kindness of strangers

 Today I received two gifts in the mail. One was this book from a blogger that did not identify themselves. The note just thanked me for my blog and for being inspiring to others and wonderful things like that and it was signed "a friend, one of many". What a puzzle and what a fun thing to do, an anonymous gift. I love this!!!  Heck my family couldn't even drive 15 minutes down the road to come see my show this weekend!
I commented on this basket weaver a while back on Hatchville Pottery blog. I haven't had time to search for this book and now I don't have to! It is even more fabulous than I could have imagined. I'm saving it for next week when I settle in for time with my family, hot chocolate days, movies, and book reading. No clay, no sales, no shows. Just time for me!
I received another package today, but I'll wait and tell you about that one on my next post.
This is the thing that interests me about these two packages. They are both incredibly meaningful gifts. They were thoughtful gifts and I was thrilled and amazed to get them. They were from strangers, people I have no relationship with at all, except through my art. I'm not going to slam the family here, but I'm just sayin'.......
Anyway, you mysterious gift giver! THANK YOU sooooo much. I was really tired and confused and sort of freaked out from the weekend with the newspaper article about me and the crowd that showed up at my studio. I was doing a quick raku firing when the mail came, and this just made everything ok.
What a special thing to do!!!!
I'll tell you what else came today later. Check back!


Linda Starr said...
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Erin said...

Oh my. What a mysterious and fun thing! The person must be a really big fan of you and your art work! Happy you. PS : The book looks very interesting.

Hollis Engley said...

Well, Tracey ... the anonymous gift-giver must be the same one who sent me the basketmaker book. Hmmmm ... I at first thought it was a New Zealand friend, but now I think not. Anyway, lovely book, isn't it?

Tracey Broome said...

Linda, I am a sucker for a handmade basket and the cat stays outside!
Erin, yes, it is a very interesting book, I'l try to post more about it as I read it.
Hollis, I remember the post on your blog about this book, I went back and read it again. I too got the blog post print out from the note I left on your blog! mystery blogger is sitting back getting a good chuckle right now. Good for you, whoever you are! and thanks again, it made my day :)

Michèle Hastings said...

how mysterious!

smartcat said...

What a wonderful surprise, especially coming after a successful weekend. Enjoy

Tracey Broome said...

I KNOW, right?! fun though!

Kevin Carter said...

What a nice finishing touch to a great week for you!
Now you're onto one of my favorite subjects, Japanese baskets, a nearly forgotten art form, especially in Japan.
There are quite a few good books on the subject, but for a good introduction, try the Textile Arts site :

It might be a good idea to put a pillow on your desk, because your jaw will be hitting it several times as you look at some of these examples of supreme craftsmanship!

cookingwithgas said...

how sweet and wonderful.
I love a good mystery.

Tracey Broome said...

Kevin, thanks for this link, I'll check it out this evening during my non TV, web surfing time :)
Hey M. 'tis a mystery, that's for sure! and sweet and wonderful!


Keep doing what you do! WISH I COULD SEE IT IN PERSON!

Dan Finnegan said...

Hey, I'll take all the credit!!!!
(no, I didn't actually send 'em...)
It is true that England has orange flavored Kit Kats, and caramel and mint and dark chocolate!!! It is no doubt a right wing conspiracy that keeps them from our shores. I've checked, believe me. This was my reward for helping Hannah in Philly!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Judi, it's very nice!
Dan! I will come help Hannah for orange flavored kit kats haha!! Lucky you. I loved her blog about you helping, what a great community this blogger/potter world is!