Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Bountiful Harvest

Or maybe Christmas came early??!! Either way, I got an unbelievable surprise yesterday with this box full of goodies from Sioux Roslawskii of Sioux’s Page. I’m afraid my photography skills just don’t do it justice, but they are (clockwise from back):

-A gorgeous coffee table collection of bylines called Writers, photographs by Nancy Campton. How interesting to see the faces of people whose work I’ve read! And I was thrilled to see that John Updike’s office looks only slightly cleaner than mine (including stuff on the floor and everything!)…but with fewer Post-Its.

-A drop-dead-gorgeous, apparently hand-knit scarf (in rich colors that will look wonderful with my winter coat!) with some beautiful beading detail on the fringe. As someone who learned to knit in Girl Scouts and never progressed from there (am not even entirely sure if I earned the badge), I am positively fascinated by how perfect the workmanship is.

-A pretty journal in warm, autumn tones.

-The most beautiful fall quilt wall hanging that has inspired me to get out my autumn decorations. On the back, it says, “This quilt was started at a guild retreat several years ago, and was finally finished in July, 1999. Sioux Roslawski, Spanish Lake, Missouri.” It is a piece to be cherished.  Ditto about the workmanship.  I know I never earned that quilting badge.

-A bright yellow “Writer” button, and

-Luscious, dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Yum!!!  Perfect for when I am having either caffeine withdrawals or chocolate withdrawals, or (typical for me) both.  How did she know??!

Wow. All I can say is that Sioux is one talented and generous lady. AND I will be entering more contests from now on!!! Thank you so much, Sioux!!!

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What? You, too? Thought I was the only one.’ ~ C.S. Lewis


  1. Congratulations! Those are some very nice prizes, you lucky girl!


  2. Wonderful and so thoughtful...art in every form! Congratulations Tammy!

  3. Congrats on the goodie bag! I love both buttons and coffee beans. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. Wow! Awesome gifts for sure! Did Sioux also make the scarf and cover for the journal? What a multi-talented woman! (I can't do any of "that kind" of stuff, either!)Sheesh, she probably hand-dipped those coffee beans, too!
    Love that quote!! It's one of my favorites!!

  5. Becky--If I hand-dipped the coffee beans, I would end up pushing my face into the vat of chocolate to lap some up. followed by cupping both hands to get larger drinks, followed by falling in, content to "drown."

    Tammy--I have never read C.S. Lewis, despite having several acquaintances who devoured his books. For some reason I have never taken the plunge and started one of his books. I like the quote, too. If he is one of your favorites, which book would you recommend to begin with?

  6. Dang it! I'm so envious! You're a lucky duck, for sure. And Sioux sure knows how to run a contest! Congratulations on your big win. You earned it!

  7. Y'all are very sweet, thanks!

    And Sioux...um...the quote came from a calendar! But I did have a teacher who read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to my class, and I do remember loving it! <:}


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