Recently an internet friend really surprised me with a wonderful housewarming and just-because present. I wanted to repay her kindness by letting everyone on the internet know just how cool she is and also how wonderful her products are! (So, disclaimer: I did not write this post in exchange for her products, I just did it because I love my gift and Andrea is awesome.)
Before I go any farther, let me clarify that I just happened to follow this person on Instagram because I liked her Etsy shop. Also the person behind the handle posted pretty photos, and not just of smoothies or her kids (who are cute, too). Logically, following Andrea on Twitter came next and basically we’re all sorts of connected, commenting on each other’s pictures and tweets and blog posts and all that interwebz schtuff. We’re InstaFriends, if you will.
Andrea came to know our condo-selling struggle and details I shared of the new home pursuit/fail/win. She always sent me the most uplifting messages of support! Meanwhile I lusted after her purdy handmade blocks in her shop, reposting her sales codes and liking everything — and not just because I’m a suck up. I really love her art. I swore once we sold the old place, found a new place and became financially stable then those blocks were as good as mine! What better place to display them than in our beautiful built-in shelving?
One day I got an DM from Andrea, asking me about my favorite block in her shop. Naive me assume she was conducting product feedback, or something like that. I answered with three of my favorites, each for various reasons: wording, coloring, or styling. I felt like I gave great feedback until I realized Andrea wanted to know because she was going to send me one! Then I felt greedy and rude, but dear Andrea only allowed me to feel that way for a millisecond because she’s all sorts of nice.
Fast forward to a typical mail day and a wonderful package!
Andrea custom made these wonderful blocks to match the color scheme of our home, with phrases I picked out from her shop.
Every time I walk down the stairs and catch sight of them, I smile and get a little inspired.
Sometimes all you need is a little random act of kindness to brighten your day.
And now I remember that in order to make things happen, the first step is to try!
Go check out Andrea’s Shop on Etsy: BubbleWrapp’d
and follow her on Instagram (sales codes are often posted there!)
I’m sure you’ll find many things, including Andrea, that you love there!
(Thank you, so very much, Andrea!)