Today when I walked into my office I was surprised to find a lovely surprise waiting for me from my friend Lena. Lena has worked as our cleaning lady for more than 10 years now. Originally from Lithuania, Lena came here and lived with her cousin Marina, a local talented seamstress, which is where I met Lena for the first time those many years ago. I have recommended her to many of my friends - our favorite contractor Brian even hired her after watching her work every week while he was here working on our new addition!
Lena is always surprising FHFB and me with little gifts, usually things she's found or something that someone has given away. There have been many other wonderful little surprises from Lena over the years. Recently, Lena has given us a tapestry picture which is hanging in our upstairs bedroom suite, some interesting painted wooden moulding that FHFB will use in the chicken coop, a large bottle of vodka that she gave us because she saw (from our recycling bag) that we like to drink vodka (yikes!), and a bottle of Lithuanian liqueur brought back from her last visit home. She is really a hoot.
Last Thursday she told me that she had something for me, and with her very strong Lituanian accent it's always hard to understand what she's trying to communicate in English. So, here's what I found in my office today.
It's a lovely old sewing box.
Here's what it looks like inside. The little tray comes out and there's space underneath. Someone even left some sweet old spools of threads and vintage packages of straight pins and sewing needles.
So, what should I do with this adorable little sewing chest? I kind of like the color, it's a washed out green, but I'd love your feedback on how I could use it. Lena would love to see me find the perfect place for it at Frog Hollow Farm.