Birthday Presents

It felt like Spring at the weekend but we are back to Winter today. Sorry for the delay in this post- family stuff.
Curtains for the rainbow/tropical themed dining room are washed now- slowly this house will get a Spring Clean.
Outside the flowering currant is in bloom
and hyacinths. Love the heady smell! Zoflora do a cleaner concentrate in it. If I can’t have Spring outside I will have to make it one inside. 🙂
Inside I’m working on the appliques for Lynette Anderson’s Crow Quilt from her book Gathering of Crows. You can see how different her version is from mine which I shared last time.
The mantle is full of good wishes from all over the world.
I was so excited when I finally opened the mysterious parcels on the morning of my birthday.
Tracy from Pink Purl send me a set of 3 hand knitted wash cloths with a grapefruit soap and 2 candles. Aren’t they gorgeous! Thank you Tracy.
Anne Marie from Anne Maries Quilt sent me
a fantastic organiser in my fav shade of purple with fabrics
and just lookie at the Gran Canaria thimble and the totally fabulous buttons! A certain Daughter already has eyes for the strawberry one. 🙂
Here’s the back with wonderfully quilted stars. Thank you Anne Marie.
Stephanie from Loft Creations sent a wonderful tea towel in bright colours, gromets (I already have a project in mind for these just lacking time at the mo), beautiful floral tissue paper and napkins, a note pad with my initial, scrummy jellybean fabric, hand stamped lavender bags, and a hand knitted wash cloth. So beautiful. Thank you Stephanie.
Suzie from Little Busy Bee sent decorated pressies in chocs and butterflies, a sheep soap, raspberry and yoghurt chocs, needles and an embroidery hoop and
a wonderful weighted bag for threads and all those bits that seem to spend time on my cardigan. 🙂
and an embroidered organiser with see through bits. So hard to sew those! Thank you Suzie.
Ulla from Kotkarankki sent gingerbread hearts (utterly scrummy) blueberry pie chocs, and rye crackers for my cheese obsession, and Dot a Unicef doll. Ulla donated the money for the doll to Unicef but you can buy and adopt these dolls all over the world with the money going to the charity. Each doll means that a child can be immunised against childhood diseases. Read here for how it works.
Here is Dot sitting at the window with her note book. She likes writing novels and bird watching. Ulla modelled the skirt on my 1st attempt at a Summer school skirt. I didn’t know how much fabric I needed so just to be safe I got 3 or 4 metres!!! as I liked the rock and roll style. LOL Oh yes just imagine the enthusiasm of youth putting that lot of Summer cotton into a narrow waistband. 🙂 Dot came with the bag for her notebook and pencil a lace trimmed lace top and matching knitted cardi and hat. So much detail went in to her. I even looked at her knickers. She has a sister called Martha who is now living with Suzie. Thank you Ulla.

Deb from The Angel and the Pukeko sent sweets, ribbons, a wonderful shower gel for the sewing retreat this year, vanilla coffee bags, gluten free cookies also for the retreat as we have one member who can’t do gluten and a fabulous coffee themed wallhanging. It will be perfect with my red toaster and kettle in the kitchen. Thank you Deb.

Simone from Simone de klerk sent a brilliant magnetic note pad for the fridge. I’ve been needing one for so long.
A beautifully framed bunny embroidery.
and a pincushion from the offcuts of the Winter table runner we completed each last year. Vintage button.
She matched the buttons perfectly to the fabric.
Lastly this is a little something which went to Suzie whose birthday is the day after mine.
Pincushion lid trimmed with a button from Australia.
Little project basket.
With Kaffe “Paperweight” pockets and base. I hope you had a wonderful birthday too Suzie.

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