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Heather Ross Box - PRICELESS
by April Henry
Kitties, people, one yard of Heather Ross Kitties! I want to scoop up these little kitties and love all over them! Her illustrations truly capture their sweetness, don't you think? (non cat lovers need not comment)
... and Christmas! Two fat quarter-ish size pieces of Christmas Flannel. I don't know the design name exactly, but oh how I love them. I used to go ice skating with my mom when I was a little girl and this piece brought back memories for me.
Notice the sweetly pinked edge (click picture above to see it)? Well, when I was in Vermont I took Heather a little Singer token. I wanted to give her something that might actually be beneficial to her artistry, so I brought her a Singer Pinker! And, look, she used it to trim my fabric pieces - this tiny detail tickled me pink.
Did you know Heather had stationery? I didn't. And, this is CHRISTMAS Heather Ross Stationery!!! So, if you receive a HR Christmas card from me this year, you'll know where it came from.
Every Christmas I receive the Vermont Country Store catalog. It's an old-fashioned catalog with mostly black and white newspaper print sketches and illustrations for each item for sale. Candy, nick nack toys, clothing, and good old-fashioned goodies inspire me every Christmas season with new ideas for vintage Christmas decorating. I have always admired these little old Christmas candles... the kind you decorate with but never burn. I remember my mom having a choir boy and a couple of Christmas trees. (You had to have known, Heather, how I would enjoy these Vermont Country Store reproduction candles. I will remember you every Christmas I set them on display.)
I even received a little sampling of Farmer's Market and Ice Cream Trucks. I've seen these prints online but never in person. Such cheerful prints - I can't wait to sew with them.
Last, but not least, Heather included a personal note saying that she had granted one last request I had... Heather Ross "Christmas Tree Lot" Munki Munki pyjamas in my size had been ordered and will be in the mail soon. So, no matter what the retail value, after-market value or give-my-right-arm value of the fabrics above, if this were a Mastercard commercial, that last sweet gesture is PRICELESS!
Thank you, Heather, for your generosity and personal kindness. You have done a sweet thing - I will cherish my new treasures.