Have you ever had to scramble to buy a last-minute gift? It's my own fault - I knew a celebration lunch was coming up for a good friend's 60th birthday, but I thought it was a week away instead of a day. I was at a quilt meeting at our local library when the bombshell was dropped, but fortunately the library is situated in a shopping centre. The bad news was that I didn't have a clue what to buy.
I slipped out early from the meeting and arrived wild-eyed at my favourite gift shop in the centre. I should have known that all would be well. There waiting patiently for me was the perfect gift.
|Thea & Sami|
This beautiful hand-printed linen tea towel by Brisbane designer Thea Samios of Thea & Sami simply jumped into my hands. The hardest part was gift wrapping it because I really wanted to keep it for myself.
Thea and I had both participated in this exhibition organised by Melanie Gray Augustin back in April, so I knew first-hand what a wonderful designer she is and I knew my creative friend would really appreciate this gift.
Of course, in my haste I forgot all about wrapping paper and card, so that evening I hastily designed some paper and a card.
|Not too subtle, do you think?|
The lunch the next day was delightful and my friend loved her newly acquired tea towel, although I doubt it will ever dry a dish - too good for such a mundane chore.
I guess the moral is support our artisans - buy local and buy often!