I've grown a lot since then and so has technology and how we communicate with people. We can now chat via Skype to folks in these countries so far away and phone calls are cheaper or even free. Over the last few years I've formed quite a few friendships with stitchers and crafters across the world.
It's always nice to chat via email and blogs etc and hear news, you think that you will never meet some of these people as they live to far away. What's even better though is when you can actually meet up in person.
Gillie, a British lady now living in Michigan in the USA and i have been doing a SAL earlier this year of Elizabeth Designs Nature's Alphabet. Mine is finished but Gillie still has a little to do on hers.
She is in the UK this week and was passing though my city so emailed to ask if we could possibly have a meet in person ...... yes please!!
We met a 5 minute drive from me at a local small garden centre before she was heading up north to meet more friendly stitchers. We had a lovely time and of course I had to take along my finish. She's promised to get on with hers now and get it finished so we can perhaps do something else together.
Here's the proof Gillie that mine is done and you have seen it ..... get stitching!
I took along my latest little finish to give to her as a reminder of our first meeting. A little biscornu that I had been doing at the Craftshare. Some of the other ladies have been making one too as they were surprised how 2 little squares of fabric could turn into such a funny shaped pincushion.
Not my best work as its on 14ct aida and the design is a quick made up little stitch......
I'd added my name and date to it as a reminder and Gillie liked it.
Thanks Gillie for taking time out of your trip to spend a couple of hours with me, it was very enjoyable and lovely to meet you. Have a wonderful time with your friends before you head off home again across the sea.
You know what folks, we might connect through the World Wide Web but that huge world that was once out there is a small world these days. Who would have thought that little girl looking at the map all those years ago thinking about how folks live in other countries would be sitting drinking coffee and eating cake all those years later in her own neighbourhood through the power of technology and friendship.
AND .... next month another visitor from the USA will be stopping by at the twice yearly meet up, she's coming over for her first trip abroad to the UK to meet us stitchers and spend time with a good friend of hers. Two visitors in two months from across the pond......exciting stuff!