Anyway, I had a wonderful birthday. My daughter made me a cake - chocolate with fudge icing. She didn't want me to post a picture because she assumed mom had decorating things in the house which I didn't (I usually do the decorating without buying decorating icing or anything - that stuff tastes so awful), so her cake, she felt was less than spectacular. But don't tell - I'll post a pic:
I think she did very well with the little sprinkles she found in the cupboard. Notice the peace symbol at the top - she is all about peace symbols lately - must be a 'tween thing.
Served with great ice cream - white chocolate raspberry swirl. The cake was delicious! The kids and DH also gave me a cell phone because they think that I'm the most technically challenged person on the face of the earth.
The kids are all about texting and mom (that would be moi), just cannot text on those phones where you have to punch three times to get the letter "c", and then three more times to get the letter "i". Drives me nuts. So they got me one a little more advanced. It's a self-serving gift I think. They text me all the time - me, I don't really text at all. But I do love it.
Monday, Terri and Julie (who has no blog and who must be arm twisted to get one), took me out to lunch! I should have taken pics with the phone! See, not technically advanced. Anyway, we had great sandwiches at Panera and then presents! And oh my gosh, were there presents. I was really just about speechless and blown away.
Terri gave me this adorable set that I think she painted and distressed (did you Terri?) Anyway, she used a lot of ingenuity with this one. She took the design from the Hornbook Angel pattern done by Lisa of The Primitive Needle and adapted it for needlepunch! Isn't it wonderful? I definitely need to post this where Lisa will see it. But that's not all with this set.
Terri lined the box (excellent job) with some BBD sampler fabric and included some antique buttons. But wait, there's more.
Then she made a pincushion and inserted it in to the one of the round boxes!
And to top it off:
A beautiful (just love them) pair of Gingher scissors (to add to my minuscule scissor collection) with a fob that she made herself. I think that it looks excellent on my recently acquired scissor frog.
Perfect, don't you think? And I should mention here that the fob and scissors next to it, were also a present from her a year or so ago! So they will reside in my frog together. I think they're sisters!
Then Julie gave me this. Not the greatest picture, but I didn't have a hook in any of my walls that I could hang this from. I will definitely take a better picture once it's mounted on the wall and floss rings attached. But it's a swivel wall mount with five arms.
And again I was just about speechless because I had wanted one to hang my thread rings in my new craft room (still under construction and updates in another post). She didn't know that I had wanted one, but she wanted to get me something for my new room. I think that she picked the most perfect thing!
She also made me a floss tag:
This was stitched from the Prairie Schooler's sampler, Johnny Appleseed! Very cool and I'm such a sap, I almost hate using it for fear something will happen to it. I may hang it from my Ott Lamp so I can just look at it! Like I said, I was totally blown away with these wonderful gifts! Thank you with a lot of hugs, Terri and Julie.
On Wednesday, I went out with my BFF Diane. Mexican food and margaritas! OLE! We had a great time and more presents:
The Promise by Shepherd's Bush stitched by Diane's own hands!!!! I need to get a better picture of this, but with glass on it, it's a little bit difficult. I just about fell off the seat (and no it wasn't the margarita! LOL) Now wouldn't this make you want to fall off your seat?? Seriously! And Diane always adds some little twist to everything that she does. She added an ark charm to bottom (I don't think you can clink on the picture to make it bigger - I'm going to have to work on that). And then:
Two magnets with Chessie & Me samplers (excuse the bad pic)! I love both of these gifts so much! The SB will have a prominent place on the SB wall in the guest room and I'll think of her each and every time I walk by it (which is will be lot because it's my refuge when DH snores like a freight train!). Many, many, many hugs to you Di! I absolutely love, love, love it.
I think that I'm very blessed with the best and greatest friends!
Okay, now I'll get off the birthday horse (although I'm still doing happy dances) and back to stitching.
Adam and Eve are not doing well as far as stitching goes. Something is rotten in Eden, me thinks. Yeah, the stitcher has been partying too much this week! LOL Seriously, I honestly thought that I would be done with this, but as you can see, I'm not (hmmm, wonder if the margarita had anything to do with it! LOL). I have made mistakes at every turn (this isn't rocket science I keep telling myself, and I wasn't drinking margaritas every day). You can't tell by the picture, but Mr. Sheepie doesn't meet the grass so he's getting his legs extended (I don't do frogs). I think the slowest part has been the grass. Since the fabric is 40 ct, I feel like I'm on the slow boat to China stitching this thing. I'm (fingers-crossed) hoping that I can get the rest of the grass in it tonight while the Red Wings (Go WINGS!!!) game is on. If not, this piece will come dangerously close to making it into the WIP basket for a while. Time is quickly approaching to get back to Shores because that Block 5 is pretty stitch intensive.
The craft room, for obvious reasons, has not been touched in the last week or so, although FIL called with the total amount for the craft table. My FIL, being from the old school, thought the price was a little high, but it ended up being about 1/3 the price I thought it would be for the materials, so I told him to "let the games begin" and get that puppy started. Obviously, I need to get back down there and do a little more work. I did manage to pick up a couple more items for the room, but I'll show them in another post. Don't want to overdo the pictures!
That's about it. I'd say that's quite a lot! Thanks to everyone for all your great comments (I'm still trying to catch up on everyone's blogs for all the partying I've done this week), and thank you Terri, Julie and Diane for making this the best birthday ever (oh yes, DH and kids too!).