Tuesday, December 17, 2013

YES, SIR; YES, SIR; 2 BAGS FULL...

I have had the chance, over the past few years, to get acquainted with one of the kindest, most humbling souls I have ever met. Vicki Boster, from 2 BAGS FULL  (this post is LINK heavy - PLEASE click on at least some of the HIGHLIGHTED links to be transported - I promise you won't be sorry), is that soul.  In addition to being one hell of a human being, her fingertips are veritably dripping with talent.

She loves to travel - she loves to write about travel - she takes on special causes - she takes on "just for fun" causes - she, seemingly, loves everybody, and everybody loves Vicki!  She and her "Gardener" dropped through Vegas at the beginning of this year, and my friend Jackie and I enjoyed the pleasure of lunch, fun conversation, and real life hugs.  Yep, Vicki is "all that, and a bag of chips"!
Over the past year, Vicki took on the special cause of The Pink Scarf Project.  She put out a call, through the wonders of social media, and was able to collect over 200+ pink scarves for Breast Cancer Survivors.  Not only did she spend an entire year orchestrating this wonderful cause, as the scarves poured in she took them on field trips and made sure she photographed each and every one in some pretty fabulous locations (COVERED BRIDGE FINALE) (did I mention she's a neonatal nurse, in her spare time?!)
At the culmination of this gathering of scarves, Vicki gifted one lucky participant by drawing for a GORGEOUS pink wrap, done by her OWN busy, talented hands.  Lucky winner - you're looking at what arrived at MY house! Stunned, speechless and grateful for my good fortune - a gift to be cherished!
The mohair bear is something I made years ago - the beautiful stars with the German Glitter Glass were made by another dear friend, Joleen, of The Primitive Bucket.
In addition to knitting, I mentioned that Vicki travels (2 BAGS FULL TRAVELS) , and writes about it (she's also a feature writer for "Living Better at 50+" online magazine).  Her blog is as incredible as any I've ever seen - a snap behind the shutter, she is.

She's a shop owner at ETSY - you also need to take a peek at her delightfully whimsical knitted birds nests (2 BAGS FULL NESTING) - many of which are also charity driven), as well as her "to die for" knitted accessories (I was lucky enough to add a beautiful blue winter hat to my wardrobe, just a few days ago).  I would love to be her when I "grow up".  Realistically knowing it probably won't happen, I can just live vicariously through my friend...
(Vicki by her friend, My Maria, at the end of the Pink Scarf Covered Bridge shoot - borrowed from 2 BAGS FULL PINK SCARF PROJECT)
and what a friend she is!  Thank you, Vicki...XOXO

13 comments:

Maywyn Studio said...

A worthy project! Thank you for posting about it. I'm off to link land.

oldgreymare said...

i visited her when you first introduced me to her and I see she is still making magic happen. Thanks for spreading the word about good people like Vicki..and hey my friend you are no slouch either. <3

ps I cannot get the dang fried bologna sandwich out of my head...!

Jackie said...

I was so happy to send some scarves, wish I could have done more! Vicki is the nicest on the planet for sure!! Oh and we need to talk making bears, really when were you going to tell me you knew how to make mohair bears!!! What can't you do??? That is my question?? Love it, love it, love it!!!!

Createology said...

Congratulations for being the recipient of Vicki's pink wrap. I have followed Vicki for some time and she is everything you have described. Lucky you for meeting her in person. You will be well wrapped in love and kindness dear.
Joyful Bliss...

Vicki Boster said...

Tanya-- oh. My. Gosh!!! I certainly do not deserve all this!! I am totally blown away by your beautiful post. This project was so much more than my efforts-- it was fueled by hundreds of people-- just like you.

Thank you for sharing the project with your readers-- sometimes I still can't believe it's really finished--

You are a dear to go to all this trouble to create such a beautiful post-- thank you for all the support you've given to me-- in all that I do.

Love
Vicki

Dorthe said...

A beautiful post about a beautiful friend and woman, dear Tanya.
Yes she is a wonderful friend, and a beautiful soul, inside and out!!
The knitted wrap you won, is amazingly beautiful ,and I love Vicki`s nests, of which I`m lucky to own two.
She is a special woman,- and so are you too, dear friend.
Hugs from Dorthe

My Garden Diaries said...

Such a beautiful scarf friend...one to be cherished indeed!!!! And yes she is a women with a huge heart to put good out into the world!!! What a joy that you were both able to meet up with her!! I love this post because it is people like her at this time of year that we should be reflecting on...people who do good for others! All the best this week friend...Nicole xoxo

Hannapat said...

Wow she sounds like an amazing woman!! How lovely that she gifted you this beautiful scarf and how wonderful that you got to spend some time together. This blogging world is so wonderful for bring people together and giving people the power to achieve things that they never would have achieved. Well done to her for raising so many scarves for breast cancer. A beautiful post in tribute to a wonderful friend. Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year. xoxo

Mary said...

What a beautiful post - and what a lucky girl you are! I'm back in the blog-o-sphere and am having a great time with yours, as usual. Now if I can just get to posting on my own... Merry Christmas!!

Jillayne said...

Beautiful Tanya! That scarf is just gorgeous, and looks picture perfect with your bear and that star - all so very pretty together.

Beth P said...

It turned out beautifully! It will make someone feel loved and cared for...
Hugs,
Beth P
P.S. I've moved blog homes and hope you will follow me over at my new blogging space http://elisabetpollockstudio.wordpress.com/

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

You take some really pretty photosQ

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Truly, Vicki is a wonderful person and this is lovely post that honors the kind, generous person she is. I am in awe of all that she is able to accomplish. How fabulous that you won that gorgeous wrap! Congrats! Best wishes, Tammy