A few of my favourite things

It’s a good time of year for mail at the moment. Packages of Christmas presents purchased arriving, some special Christmas messages and cards and sometimes an unexpected package of pure delight. This was one such package. One of the readers of the blog emailed me a while back asking to send something all the way from her home in Belgium.

Today it arrived.

Harper was thrilled that it was for her.

It was nothing but a brown paper package, tied up with string.

With a note.

And inside? JUST THE MOST PRECIOUS THINGS I EVER DID SEE. Harper’s drawings! Bought to life with needle, thread and fabric.


She was delighted! I cried. How are people so kind? And thoughtful? To make something so precious that I will treasure forever. HOW?

Rhi, I don’t just like your little stitching’s I LOVE them. Truly. Thank you so much.

On this blog I share the things I do and the people that I love who are so precious and dear to me, and to have something just as special returned to me made my day. So thank you.

Rhi has a blog. And she has a business. And she has no idea that I am going to share them, nor would she expect me to, but I want to, because I can. So there.


  1. Aw, thanks Beth! They were great fun to make, I couldn’t resist. So so happy that you love them, and especially that Harper does too. SHE is the star 🙂

  2. What a thoughtful gesture.
    Sometimes people do things that completely restore my faith in human nature.

  3. The world is truly full of beautiful people (and beautiful things) xxx

  4. They are all fabulous and super special. Something to treasure for ever.

  5. This made me cry a little bit … something about this time of year and kind people .. what a treasure

  6. Gosh, that is so beautiful ;O)
    Tania xx

  7. People are wonderful. I love this so much. Are you going to frame them?

  8. When the internet and good kind heartened human beings collide it is a beautiful thing to see

    Gorgeous post, loved it!

  9. Amazeballs.

  10. Oooh… that gave me warm shivers..what a beautiful thing to do!
    And so cute xo


  11. so beautiful.
    i love humans.

  12. Aw, tears in my eyes. What a beautiful person… so glad I read this after hearing about that 5 year old boy dying on his way to school yesterday. So much sadness – good to know that there is still lots of good in this world. And that gift is just gorgeous – I’m off to explore her business.

  13. Oh my gosh. I have never seen.anything so cute and clever in my life.

  14. That is too cool for words! (and clearly I am not cool, as I just did write too cool for words!)

  15. AMAZING! I loved The Accountant Series and these are just too precious. What a lovely thing to do. x

  16. Rhi has just reminded me of how many good people exist in this world. What a gorgeous thing to do xx

  17. What a beautiful surprise! I’ve always wanted to try with my daughters drawings… Rhi is a very talented woman!

    Sophie xo

  18. oh. my. god. that is amazing! rhi is amazing! harps is amazing! love love love

  19. Lovely to meet you for the first time and this is just the most gorgeous heart-felt gift – even the packaging is divine!

  20. They would look so delightful framed with large matting around them so the frame doesn’t take away from their wonderfulness. What a superior person of the human race Rhi is.

  21. Outstanding! With kindness off the charts.

  22. Traci Sparkle Devlin says

    Oh I can’t wait to have babies so I can get this done! Loving SO MUCH! tx

  23. I particularly like Harps chipped naily polish…

  24. I keep looking at them and thinking OMG Bev, you’ll have to iron them!
    Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments. This was the least I could do after the hours of reading pleasure I’ve had from Beth over the years. Xxx

  25. These are the GREATEST! I utterly love them. So special.

  26. Wow! what a beautiful post and such a lovely gesture! Just wanted to say that I look forward to reading your posts everyday.

  27. Oh wow. Just beautiful.

  28. Yesterday, during a trip to the post office to dispatch Christmas pressies, I despaired at the state of humanity. Snark, snark, snark – from the staff, from fellow customers – everyone! Then I went to the library and overheard a woman at the counter who was tearily asking to use the phone as her car had just been stolen (I have a feeling that the two shady characters who PUSHED in front of VERY pregnant me in the line at the post office may have had a hand in that, but that’s a story for another day..)

    Anyway, this is a very long winded story of saying that your post is a lovely reminder that good things do happen to good people. Can’t wait to see these beauties framed. Claire

  29. beth, this is beautiful. tears in my eyes. what a kind heart and those stitches are the sweetest. xo

  30. Oh I almost feel proud, Rhi is part of the DTLL Family and daily these wonderful humans that run amazing creative businesses blow me away.

    I am so getting Kitty’s first drawing home from school next year done x

  31. This is why I always choose to believe people are good because generally they are! What a super lovely gift to receive xx

  32. That is just so amazing – don’t you just adore blogs connecting people. They will look so divine framed and for a stranger to bring Harper so much joy. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy

  33. What a beautiful thing to do. Just gorgeous.

  34. This is brilliant! One of the best things about Christmas is the unexpected packages and I too am a sucker for simple brown paper and lovely string. I had an unexpected gift from a blog reader today, too (a gorgeous ornament for my tree). ‘Tis the season for loveliness xo

  35. Stop making me cry – so beautiful, so thoughtful. so wonderful.

  36. Oh my goodness, they are heavenly!

  37. Wow! Very clever. G.x

  38. That is the most wonderful thing!
    So thoughtful!
    And Harper must have been so surprised!

    I love hearing things like this!
    Thank you for sharing!

  39. Sarah Owen-Green says

    Bloody fabulous. X

  40. Just beautiful! These are the kind of stories you want to hear at Christmas time….and every other time of the year. Thank you for sharing. Sue N

  41. MY. DIE.

  42. This is beautiful!!! What a clever little bird she is… although don’t think she’d have too much luck converting my 2 year old’s scribbles into fabric

  43. Rhi rocks. Respect. Skill.

    Loved the accountant series to bits. Skill Harper!


  44. How delightful and what a wonderful surprise for you and for Harper too. You are so fortunate to have such wonderful friends but then you yourself are also a wonderful friend. xx

  45. How gorgeous!
    Leisa Flanigan

  46. Naaaw, they’re PERFECTION. Great work Rhi!

  47. Found this blog via loulouloves and first, those drawings are cute, and second, that gift is so thoughtful and just as cute!!!!

  48. THAT is just gorgeous. absolutely!

  49. In a week that has felt so full of snark and blogging hate, this made me cry.

    What a truly thoughtful and wonderful gift.

  50. Yes her work is amazing….it got my attention

  51. Oh they are just so gorgeous. What a beautiful gift.

  52. Oh… what a beautiful gesture. Sending love and thoughtfulness all wrapped in brown paper and string.


  53. This is so beautiful! I love the way we connect with like-minded people through our blogs – people with the same passion, creativity and drive and extraordinary generosity. A beautiful gift and beautiful heart-felt post. x

  54. Wow! How gorgeous! There is still hope for mankind. xx

  55. Such a thoughtful gesture. I love thoughtful x

  56. I love these gifts for you and Harper, Rhi is very clever, and so is Harper.
    I also love how blogs make us connect 🙂 So lovely.

  57. This caught my eye. Really really adorable! 🙂 As my daughter would say – ‘absoloobly’ cute!

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