Thursday, May 1, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me!!

Yes, today is my 44th Birthday and it has been a completely lovely day. The lead up to it, not so good as we have all been sick with a horrible virus and I'm still no where near back to my normal self.

But today was about being spoilt, having lots of visits from gorgeous family and friends and loving every minute of it.

And to share my joy I thought I would show you all my wonderful presents.

My husband is giving me a new sewing machine but I need to investigate the best options first. So as a little surprise for the day he gave me some fabulous books. The apron one is a copy of an old apron pattern book and is amazing.

books

Chloe gave me a beautiful locket.

Locket

Lucinda gave me a wonderful new CD and some of my all time favourite chocolates from little Daphne who really wanted to keep them for herself!

chocolate and cd

Some gorgeous kokeshi girls from my gorgeous girlfriends Christina and Daphne. You can pose their little heads - aren't they adorable!

The girls

A completely brilliant teapot and mug in my favourite red spots from my sister Michelle.

Red Spot Tea pot and mug

An amazing orchid called Dancing Lady (oh yes that is sooo me) and vintage treasures from one of my oldest and dearest friends Michelle, who also brought over some yummy lunch and the biggest lemon meringue pie I have ever seen.

Dancing Lady orchid

Vintage buttons and belt button

And as if that wasn't enough, she is also making me a little quilted sewing bag which I promise to show off when she finishes it.

I told you I was spoilt didn't I.

Then my lovely Mum and Dad turned up and they had been trawling the local antique stores in the rain and came up with these.

Royal Devon Art Deco Vase

Royal Crown Devon Art Deco vase

A totally stunning Royal Crown Devon Art Deco vase and another little matching one.

art deco vase

I'm in love..... aren't they fabulous. My Mum and I found another Royal Crown Devon vase at a market once and we have been interested in them ever since. So the collection is well on its way now!

What a truly lovely day. Thanks everyone for all the visits and the cards and the phone calls. I feel very loved and not too, too old!

Now crafting.... hmmmm have been living in a sinus pain blur with sick children to entertain. Sooooo, over the next couple of days I should have two finished quilts to show off to you. One for the Four Seasons swap and the other for the Doll Quilt III swap.

In the meantime here's another little teaser of the Spring Four Seasons Quilt Swap quilt.

Spring quilt

34 comments:

dontlooknow said...

Hey Louise! Nice to 'see' you are back and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Oh what a lovely husband you have. The copy of the apron pattern book is amazing and totally thoughtful! I am looking forward to seeing the quilts! I plan to come down to the shop on Tuesday ... I hope! See you then!

LOUISE @ HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

Happy Birthday Louise, you have beaten me, I am 44 in October! What a fantastic birthday you have had, a lot of thought has gone into choosing the perfect presents for you. x

Kristin said...

It sounds like a truly amazing birthday!! :) Your goodies are absolutely fabulous. Loving the sneak peek of the quilt too! :)

Kristin
http://homegrownrose.typepad.com/reclaimingthehome

Thimbleanna said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ms. Lulu ;-)!!! Judging by that pile of lovely loot, you're a very well loved birthday girl! Can't wait to see the rest of that sneak peek -- it looks Yummy!!!

julia said...

Wow, treats galore. Happy birthday to you, don't really need to ask if it was a good one!
Hope you're all better now, looking forward to more peeks at the quilt.
Julia x

amandajean said...

happy birthday, louise! spoiled, yes, but you deserve every bit of it! :)

Tara said...

They say it's your birthday!
It's my birthday too, yeah!
We're gonna have a good time!

No really, it is my birthday too (I'm 31 today). Happy birthday!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Happy Birthday Louise!Looks like you had an amazing day and your friends/family all chose such thoughtful gifts. Love the sneak peak of your quilt.

twolimeleaves said...

Happy Birthday! What a fabulous haul! I think I am most jealous of those pretty red buttons:)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Louise. What a wonderful day full of love you have had....fantastic
luv Abby

Rosezilla said...

Just popping in to check out your blog! Happy Birthday, all your gifts are lovely. But I gotta say, my very favorite thing was your beautiful wood floor - gorgeous!

Jodie said...

happy Birthday for yesterday Louise.
What great friends and family you have , to give such perfect gifts.
Hope your feeling 100% again soon

dizzyjadey said...

Happy birthday, Louise! So nice to see you back and such well thought-out presents, too. What more can a gal ask for?? Get better soon and hurry up, finish the quilt. I'm very excited to see the entire thing.

Christie said...

Happy birthday Louise, glad to haer that you got so spoilt!

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday my lovely friend. Glad you had such a lovely day - Get Well Soon. I am impressed with your presents, especially the Apron one! I am very interested in the other one too!

a friend to knit with said...

ahhhh!!!
happy birthday louise!!!
it looks like a lovely day. for such a lovely person.

h&b said...

Happy Birthday !

Taureans are the best kind of people, I have to agree ! :)

And gifts ? I think you've done really well - you're obviously very loved.

xx

peppermintpatcher said...

What a haul!

Happy birthday.

Florence said...

What beautiful presents - your friends and family are obviously wonderfully thoughtful gift-choosers. I hope you had a wonderful day and a very happy year to follow. x

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday! What great treats - the apron book looks very interesting - I'll look forward to seeing some of your creations from it! Hope you are feeling much better now and raring to go.
Cathy X

Sarah Jayne said...

Happy Birthday - sounds and looks like you had a great day. Lovely pressies.

CurlyPops said...

Happy Happy Happy Birthday. Wowee you were spoiled rotten! I love all of your gorgeous gifts...

Claudia said...

Happy birthday and enjoy all the lovely gifts.

stormygirl said...

Happy Birthday, Lou! Looks like you had a great day. I hope you all feel better soon, and we'll catch up in the not too distant future.
xo

periwinkle said...

Happy belated birthday.. wow you were spoilt, I especially like the Orchid, hope you have a great weekend
Lisa x

Chookyblue...... said...

Happy Birthday......sorry i am late....

suzie wuzie said...

happy birthday! you received some really nice pressies!

A glance at my world said...

Happy belated birthday!

Bronwyn said...

Wow! Hang on to those friends and family of yours - you scored!! I think my favourite present giver must be the lemon pie baker! and the buttons are too cute! Happy B-day!

I AM said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Have you received your quilt yet from the DQS3? I'm just checking in on everyone. If you could let me know, that'd be great. Thanks!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/dollquiltswap/

susan said...

sounds like you had a completely lovely birthday
happy day to you

Corrie said...

happy birthday to you! did you get enough pressies....wow I never get that lucky with any of my birthdays! well done!

and hope you had a nice day

Corrie:)

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful year ahead.

sue said...

Happy Birthday to you. You received lots of beautiful presents. Lucky you, and lemon meringue pie too, oh goodness.