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.
Chloe gave me a beautiful 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!
Some gorgeous kokeshi girls from my gorgeous girlfriends Christina and Daphne. You can pose their little heads - aren't they adorable!
A completely brilliant teapot and mug in my favourite red spots from my sister Michelle.
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.
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.
A totally stunning Royal Crown Devon Art Deco vase and another little matching one.
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.