Last week I went antiquing...all by my lonesome. Both girls were busy getting ready for market, and Granny isn't here now to go on all the usual outings with me.
I was on the lookout for a gift for a friend, and it turned out to be a fun excursion! There were so many aisles to look down, so much stuff to peruse...but not what I had in mind. Right when I was about to give up and go home thinking there was nothing that really worked, I finally spotted it.
"It" was an antique sewing machine drawer just sitting there waiting for me! What could I do with this drawer? Hmmm...would my friend enjoy this antique as much as I would? I decided to take a chance and left with this treasure in my hand and a smile on my face.
After Hannah and I brainstormed what items we could include, here's the drawer after we filled it with some goodies:
First, the drawer was lined with an antique doily, and the goodies selected were Cranberry Butter and mini-loaves of Carrot-Coconut Bread (Hannah substituted finely chopped cranberries for the coconut in case our recipient doesn't favor coconut as we do).
Next, a bundle of quilting lovelies of Moda Candy mini-charm packs, fat quarters of fabric, and a quilt pattern tied with a red bow and candy cane ornament. And don't forget the chocolate kisses sprinkled among everything!
Here's a photo of the front of the drawer. I love the patina on the drawer knob: Here's a different angle. I'd love to receive this gift myself!I think my quilting friend liked her sewing machine drawer goodies:Tom and I met our long-time friends, Fred and Chris, in Richmond last week for lunch, fellowship, and an early opening of gifts.
Whole Foods Grocery was a great place to meet our friends again (as we did a couple of years ago--I wrote about that get-together here): And here's a photo of Tom and me enjoying our time together:This Thanksgiving season I'm so very thankful for friendships that encourage and last through the years!
By the way...here's something helpful when thinking about gifts--check out Brenda's post over at Coffee, Tea, Books and Me about giving gifts from your pantry.
Now the search is on for a gift for another friend who will be coming to visit for a couple of days in early December. Should be fun!