The 60 minutes I spend in fight class each week make every minute I spend outside the classroom seem more enjoyable. After an hour of attempting to spar with dudes who are twice my height and body weight even the most meaningless of tasks become moments of pure bliss. "Well I know that I am just sitting here on the couch but man it feels good to not be getting punched in the stomach! Sure, I am just walking down the street BUT NO ONE IS TRYING TO KICK ME IN THE FACE! It's awesome!" This is the same "putting it all into perspective" feeling I got when I felt the thunk of a freshly delivered box against my front door as I opened it this morning. How could I let anything get me down when there was an entire package of swap happiness at my feet?
About a month ago the ever-generous Mary Ann came up with a challenge. Mary Ann would exchange a yard of fabric with a blogger, they would each make something fabulous with the fabric they received and then mail the project back. Now here's the crazy part, Mary Ann agreed to do this for 11 people! Aak! Well of course you would assume that Mary Ann would HAVE to do a terrible job. I mean, 11 projects? In a month? Well friends, I was SO wrong.
These totally awesome would-buy-them-in-a-store-and-pay-scads-of-money-for-them-any-day pillows are the prize sent to me for my measly yard of fabric. The stitching is straight and perfect. The design is flawless, and once again Mary Ann has left me with my jaw on the floor because she is so awesome. She also made an ADORABLE wee pouch lined with felt and a lovely frame that holds the final scrap of fabric.
NOW I understand the catch! At the bottom of this treasure trove was a yard of fabric. After seeing the greatness that flows from the hands of Mary Ann I am to make a project worthy of her? Hmmmmm... I will have to ponder my sewing options VERY carefully.