I am feeling a bit chuffed this evening. Chuffed you say? (And all my American friends are wondering what the hell chuffed is. Chuffed is a British way of saying that you pleased or proud. And it just so happens that I really like this word. =)) Yes - chuffed - and really not for myself, but for someone else that I hold dear to my heart.
Let me tell you a bit about my day. I traveled today to Cincinnati - a 2 hour drive - to visit with my dear friends Julie and Rosa. Julie lives in Cincy - but Rosa is here visiting from North Carolina. Now, one of the things that has made Rosa and Julie both special is the fact that I originally met them both online and have had the pleasure of meeting them in real life. I am often times amazed at how the internet has made the world a much smaller place. I have met people I would have never met otherwise because of the internet. In that respect, the internet has been a real blessing for me. I am lucky that Julie and Rosa consider me a friend and I am so happy that they are a part of my life. We spent the day talking, stitching, eating, laughing. For me - this is a great day and not something that I get to do often. It was a happy day.
And while we were at Julie's, another wonderful friend of ours popped onto messenger to let us know that 6 of her needlework designs are being carried by Nordic Needle here in the US. And this is why I am chuffed:
My friend Vicki is an absolute gem. She lives in the UK - and I would have never had the chance to know her if it was not for the internet. She is an uber-talented needlework designer and has struggled to get her name out there as a designer. (This is an incredibly hard thing - trust me, I know.) Nordic Needle is THE site to go too for specialty needlework. I am SO utterly pleased that she is finally getting some of the recognition she so richly deserves. Please check out India Grace Designs on Nordic Needle or to see her complete collection go here. Well done Vicki I am so proud of you (and chuffed too)! ;-)