Each year, April 17th is National Blah, Blah, Blah Day. Did you know that? I first learned of it as I listened to NPR while on my walk three mornings ago. The intent of this wacky holiday is actually to do the things everyone's been nagging you about (e.g., quitting a habit, completing home projects). I took the opposite approach. I set my day's tasks aside and sat at my computer to order some little, joyful things. All three orders arrived in today's mail.
FIRST, I opened my parcel from The Little Ragamuffin. Etsy shop owner, Jenny, packages her hand-harvested heirloom seeds with her special touch that makes unwrapping a delight despite already knowing what's inside. Look and see...
She created handmade seed packets from a map... one contains Hutterite Soup Bean Seeds and the other Plains Coreopsis Seeds. If that wasn't sufficient, folded around the packets and tied with a ribbon was a page torn from The Lunch Box Cookbook Copyright 1955, 1954. I know because I have the cookbook... for the drawings. Can Jenny possibly have known how much I love that little cookbook? And look. A recipe for "Lunch Box Chicken" and on the flipside drawings of a barnyard and chickens. How would she know I love chickens? I will display the page in my new walk-in pantry.
Now here's where life's twists and turns eventually begin to make sense... and then life becomes just plain fun. It began in 2011 with a seed order I placed through The Little Ragamuffin Etsy Shop. Fast forward two years almost to the day when I received an email from my daughter, Heather. In one hour's time, three seemingly unconnected people... connected.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 11:55 am Heather: "Have you purchased seeds from her or something before? https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLittleRagamuffin I just linked to her in a post and now I feel like I recognize the shop name from a post you did once. Wouldn't that be something. I found her by searching for natural soap or something on Etsy. So, it would be a big coincidence if we both separately posted about her. Let me know. I am so curious."
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 12:32 pm Me: "Yes, I did write two posts about her Etsy shop. Isn't that funny that you ended up on her site, too, and posted about her soap?!! I had first discovered her shop when I planted a page from my seed embedded calendar into my garden and one of the wildflowers that grew was plains coreopsis. I wanted to grow more plains coreopsis the following year and ended up on her Etsy shop to buy the seeds. Here's where it gets really fun. She said she had ended up on my blog when she had done a search for "plains coreopsis" prior to my placing my initial order with her in 2011. (I have a photo on my home page of plains coreopsis lining my garden path at the bed and breakfast.) Now, here's where the story goes on even more. Just yesterday, I ordered another packet of plains coreopsis seeds from her... before you told me that you had posted about her soap. She (Jen) packages the seeds so artfully... with such care. It's such a fun parcel to open and I like that they are hand-harvested by her. It makes them that much more special when I take the little seeds and place them in my soil half way across the country. (She lives in NY.) I also ordered some heirloom Hutterite Soup Beans from her to plant in this spring's garden."
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 12:49 pm Heather: "Oh, such a small small world with weird wonderful things that sometimes happen. What I just e-mailed to her (Jenny,The Little Ragamuffin Etsy Shop): "Whoah!!!!!! I just e-mailed my mother (who also has a blog) to ask if she had ever bought anything from you. I just started feeling like I recognized your shop name maybe through her. Now I want you to realize that I was not looking at shop names when I was searching for items for the treasury. I had not noticed your shop name at all until you had commented on my blog post. What a small, small world full of quirky coincidences."
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 1:00 pm Jenny, owner of The Little Ragamuffin Etsy Shop: "Heather!
I am absolutely floored! This is just incredible...I am speechless, and while reading your message couldn't stop speaking outloud in disbelief and awe! In the midst of receiving your message, traveling to your blog, and writing messages back and forth to you, I was simultaneously making seed packets and filling your Mom's order. This is really amazing. Smiling ear to ear at life's little gifts. Jenny
And now... my two other parcels that arrived today. I was flipping through some pages torn from magazines. A page from Country Home April 2006 inspired my second purchase... an oversized cookie cutter. The little bird beside the cookie cutter is a photo from the magazine depicting how the sugar cookie can be iced. So pretty. I love the design of the label securing the invoice's fold. Cookie and icing recipes tucked inside the shipping box were a nice touch, too.
And the THIRD parcel... more seeds.
I first grew Organic Sweetie Cherry Tomatoes indoors from seed in 2009 then transplanted them into my garden. Each year since then, they have been a mainstay in my garden. Look how the cherry tomatoes hang so neatly on the vine as they ripen in my garden. They live up to their name... so very sweet. From High Mowing Seeds, I also ordered crunchy, lime green Pirat Butterhead Lettuce with edges tinged in purple, Ruby Rhubarb Red Chard Microgreens, broccoli seed for sprouting in a jar, Beta Salad Mix of beet and chard baby leaves, and bok choy. Note: Shortly after ordering broccoli seed from High Mowing Seeds (1/4 lb $10.00), I discovered that Azure Standard stocks it and for way less $ (1 lb $11.05). I regularly purchase products from this company through our local group buying club. Products can be shipped to individuals via UPS, too.