I made these cards as part of a birthday floss exchange for an online needlework group I’m in. Now that they’re safely in the hands of the recipients, I can post the picture.
This exchange stressed me out. The first two birthdays fell soon after it was set up and because we don’t have any specialty needlework stores nearby anymore—only BigName Craft Store, where the selection is very limited—I ordered some nice thread online. The store warned me that some of it was backordered, so I expected it to take a little while, but the order didn’t come and didn’t come. It turned out that they had lost it altogether, and as a result, I ended up sending the birthday packages very late. (The store, by the way, did send the order quickly once they figured out the problem and didn’t charge me the usual shipping fee.)
The recipients weren’t bothered by this at all, but I was. If the tables were turned, I wouldn’t have minded a bit. I love late birthday presents! But because I was the one who was late, I felt guilty (and I’ve participated in enough online groups to know how people who don’t follow through are viewed. I wanted to shout, “I’m not a flake! Really!”).
The next birthday in the group is mine. It’s not for months and I don’t have to worry about ordering something for myself (although I guess I could, couldn’t I?). Still, I’m going to get everything ready for the rest of the recipients before then so I don’t have to worry about it. And so nobody thinks I’m a flake.