A Perfect Gift for the Torn Sweater

One last run to the post office before leaving town for the Maine chapter of the Slow Love Book Tour: there was an unexpected package from my friend Caroline. I ripped open the padded envelope only to find a small box wrapped in charming hummingbird paper (and readers of Slow Love will know that my heart beats faster when those tiny creatures zoom into view.) Caroline is adept at finding perfect paper and note cards. I tore open the paper (knowing how Caroline would not exactly appreciate that, because she likes to open packages neatly, and save the paper). But I'm still childlike about opening presents quickly. And I like the sound of tearing paper. Inside was an even prettier box. I am no longer the kind of person who doesn't have a sewing kit. When I get home, I can repair the tear in a sweater, refasten the strap that snapped off a dress, and replace the button I lost off my favorite shirt--many months ago. What a thoughtful gift--and a lovely surprise.


pve design said...

What a sweet package.

Cristina said...

nice thought, beautiful box, gorgeous wrapping paper.

CK said...

That is I think a Matthew Rice box. How lovely--not easy to find his things but he is married to Emma Bridgewater who makes amazing pottery in the UK (and we get some of her pieces here).

tdm said...

A marvelous way to package a sewing kit! Whimscal, yet very practical!.
A brief note on my own sewing kit - a clear purse-like bag that houses threads, needles, a stitch ripper etc... I tend to hide it in my closet as my spouse knows it contains a good pair of scissors! We have multiple pairs of scissors through the house..which I find in the oddest locations inside an outside in the garden. So when all the scissors have been 'relocated', he goes looking for the pair in the sewing kit- to cut paper, wire, flowers...need I say more?
But back to a sewing kit, it brings up memories of my grandmother who showed me how to use a thimble, sew on a button, to knit, crochet and tat. My mother was not amused. Grandma however, replied that' he at least is interested, and able to learn, while his sisters are totally uninterested'. Sadly, her hands lost their dexterity within the next couple years, and I value the humble skills that she passed on.
I found myself teaching my spouse's nieces (who are in their late twenties) how to knit one Christmas Day. and how my grandmother had taught me when I was in my early teens.

Dominique said...

Well done, CK! I looked underneath the box, and there was his signature, Matthew Rice. I'm interested to hear he is married to Emma Bridgewater, whose work I also find delightful. Some of her cups have been reproduced in plastic (great for the bathroom) and I'll find a picture I recently took! many thanks!

tdm: love the post on your grandmother's sewing kit...that brought back memories for me as well. d