Victoire Gardner

This week we received, not one, but TWO packages in the mail from my friend Victoire. It was a red letter week!

Victoire never forgets my daughter’s birthday, and her package arrived right on the big day: the box was adorned in a bow made from hot pink surveyor’s tape (I think), with color bits added here and there in a way that only Victoire knows how. She takes the truly ordinary (surveyor’s tape!!!) and makes something extraordinary.

Well. She. Is. French.

The second package was for me, and arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Inside were bright green cards (be still my heart) with letterpress hen designs and scalloped edges on the envelopes. She thought of me when she saw them, and—voila!—she sent them my way.

This was another reminder to send real mail to friends. Since last fall I’ve been trying to do this, and need to try harder. I’ve been the lucky recipient of handwritten letters from old friends lately—thanks Erin and Alicia!—and it is my turn to reciprocate.

A half hour after I opened my package, Victoire posted an entry to her blog SquatorClamor. The photographs of a scarf she made a few years ago best illustrate her style and her creative genius. I have a green version of this scarf that she made for me—not quite as large (since I’m a wee thing)—but just as attention-getting and unique. I went right to the cedar chest last night and pulled out my green wooly confection and I’ll wear it today.

Another red letter day.

In addition to wool, Victoire takes ordinary things like socks, tee shirts, scraps of clothes…and turns them into necklaces, bracelets, hair bands, cuffs, scarves, clothing, and I’m sure there is something I’ve forgotten.

And, last, Victoire shares my chicken obsession and is a member of Henhouse Fibers.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. squatorclamor
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 20:31:08

    Oh Dearest Sue! You are SO nice! YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION! Without you I would not be doing ANY of this! You keep me going always! What a gift our friendship is! Thank you!


  2. Erin
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 09:21:36

    Dear Sue –
    Siting down to write a nice long letter to you was such a treat. Thank you for suggesting the “real mail challenge.” I highly recommend it to anyone who needs to carve out some time for themselves. I think I may have mailed you a journal entry!



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