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All this from the gorgeous Kate

A little while ago I had the privilege of meeting up with two blogging friends, EllaDee and Kate. We spent a delightful hour or two at the Botanic Gardens. It was like old friends meeting up, because, although we had never met, we are old friends through our blogs.

Imagine my further delight when I came home one afternoon to a parcel from Kate. In it were little treasures that I have to share.


If you follow Kate’s blog (and if you don’t, maybe you should!) you will know that she is an amazing quilter. The mat she sent to me is too nice to use! But I will, and I will think of her when I do.

The quilted mat

She hand stitched me a book mark, with my initials and even a feather. Knowing that I am obsessed with feathers is not difficult, but how did she know that I collected bookmarks? This one will have pride of place. And I am looking forward to drawing that feather she sent.

A special book mark and a wonderful feather

There were more treasures to come.

A little while ago I had a flurry of making sketchbooks, which I sent off to bloggers who wanted one. Kate’s has come back to me. I was blown away when I saw what she had added to it. I will let the photos speak.

The original sketchbook





…..and lastly some extra, beautiful feathers. I am very humbled, Kate, thank you.



18 replies on “All this from the gorgeous Kate”

You’re very welcome! I think of you whenever I see a beautiful feather, and I have your feather illustration to look at while I write, propped up on the bookcase in front of me. I love the idea that you ‘started’ the sketchbook, and I added something; perhaps we should send it on to someone else to put something in it too!


It always thrills me to know that my drawings bring pleasure. OXOX Sending the sketchbook on to others is a great idea. I may do a post about it. Is there anyone else who would like to add to it?


Wow, Kate really did a beautiful job adding to your sketchbook. Of course I know she’s an awesome quilter and stitcher. ;- ) I’m almost embarrassed at how my little sketchbook from your studio has been used. It’s been sprinkled with the dust of organic chocolate bars and the pages used to make scribbled notations for quick reference to patch sizes needed for the quilt blocks I make most often. I’d love to be part of a Society of the Traveling Sketchbook but I’m not sure what I would contribute to it. However I know soft watercolor paper is delightful to hand stitch…!

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Sue ,I gave away the sketchbooks knowing that they would be used in many different ways. Yours sounds well used and treasured, and I would love to see it. As for being part of the Society of the Travelling Sketchbook, you are in! i can just see some beautiful hand stitching…..! i am going to send off another blog post about it now.

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What beautiful gifts to treasure. Poetry and art, feathers, real and sketched and that amazing bookmark. I’m so glad you were able to meet up and share stories in person. Meeting other bloggers is an extraordinary experience.


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