Wow...I have had such a nice birthday and feel very lucky and most definately spoilt. Firstly thank-you all for the kind birthday wishes...I had a wonderful day full of surprises with all my close family turning up from all over the country when they had all arrived we all went out for a lovely meal that they had booked(another surprise). I even had a cake with a candle that played Happy Birthday then everybody came back to my house for a good old chat! It was so good to see Su and Mark fresh back from their holiday and they brought me the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers as an extra surprise I unfortunately do not have a pic of them with everything that went on that day and leaving for my holidays the next morning..but trust me they were lovely and went away with me :-))
I had some truly lovely gifts amongst them of course were the stitchy type!! The top picture is of a set that my Mum made me. It consists of a box that my Dad painted then Mum lined it with a pretty green floral fabric, in the box lid is a cross stitched design which she used silk threads then inside were more treasures...Mum had made me her first tape measure and her first tiny plant pot pin cushion only 1" (2.5cm) high...it is really so sweet. I have a needlecase which inside houses a small silver thimble and of course some needles, to finish the stitchers set I have got a tiny pair of gold scissors with their own very tiny fob and weeny buttons to finish it. As they were so small and pointy my Mum made them a special little case with the same fabric lining the box and weeny buttons to match the fob.
Another total surprise was when I got back from my holiday I had a little padded envelope waiting for me that had arrived whilst I was away. On opening it I found the most lovely hanging ornie that was from Annemarie for my birthday. This is such a lovely surprise gift and my 1st stitchy gift from somebody other than a family member. Annemarie has stitched it so neatly and her edging stitch is fantastic I don't even know how she has done it but it sure looks good. On this 1st picture it shows the wreath and heart with both our initials and the year the heart has little backstitches running across each xstitched row if you can make it out.
This other picture of Annemaries gift to me shows the other side of the ornie which again has so much detail to it including some great french knots and the little face is very neat 1/1 crosses and she even has her blusher on...girl after my own heart...lol!! The cording is superb and all handmade and finished with a small button on each side positioned so it does not matter which way the ornie is facing...very clever!! By the way Annemarie I had those same stripey tights she is wearing when I was a punk (just a couple of years ago ;-) Seriously I am so delighted with this gift and want to thank-you so much again for being so kind...made my day you did :-))
I also got some nice new stash for my birthday but that will have to wait for next time for me to show you along with my cake picture and my holiday :-))
Back soon have a good week everybody!!