Monday, 14 March 2016

Another Candle On My Cake...

In the midst of the back pain roller-coaster last week, was my Birthday. Not ideal!
(I mean the timing of the pain was not ideal, being that I can't do much about the birthday!)

Anyway I did have as a good a day as my pain would allow, & at least got the night off from cooking by way of my girls making nachos for dinner... that said, I had made a cake earlier in the day... no one in our house misses out on a cake, even if you have to make your own.
The day was tinged with a little sadness... no sweet singing down the phone from my MIL in the morning & her treasured voice sending love... I know it's often said that the 'first of things' is hard, & yes that aspect of the day was.
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One of my very first swap partners was Kaylee (Krafty Kaylee) & we've kept in touch since that time... for this year, we agreed to do a one-to-one Birthday Swap... so I had a lovely parcel of goodies to open on my special day. Thank you Kaylee for your gorgeous gifts... you already know I love it all!
A beautiful hussif, some Kate Spain fabrics & mini charm pack, calming tea, sweet-smelling soap & scented spray...

The hussif was inspired by Jenny of Elefanz... so handy with its various pockets, pincushion & needlekeeper. Now I have a few months to make Kaylee's gifts & send them off to her.

Maria also sent me wishes & a fabulous mini quilt... just love the words! It will be hung proudly on the wall of my new room. Maria knows I have already decided to name the room, but I'm not revealing that just yet. Check out the border fabrics - the green print is pins & I just love the various haby items on the blue fabric. It's the perfect wall hanging for a person who only a couple of years ago thought she'd never make a quilt!!


I also received mail from my gorgeous friend Leanne... one of her fab pouches (don't you love the fabric?!) and some yummy Kate Spain fabric pieces. Your parcel was a happy surprise Leanne & I really appreciate your thoughtfulness... thank you once again. xo


All these gifts certainly helped to cheer me from my back pain & I felt special indeed!
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Speaking of the new room... oh delays, how you frustrate me... things have ground to a standstill at the time when work needs to be done to finish inside MY ROOM, wouldn't you know it?! (The workshop is virtually finished, ggrrr...) Not to worry, I have plenty to keep me occupied & it will get done soon enough.

I leave you with a pic of my sweet little Site Manager (it's his birthday next♥)... he's loving that he can be around outside again... & I hope he likes the renovations we've done to HIS backyard!

15 comments:

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Anthea!!! Those are such sweet birthday gifts. I hope you have an awesome day!!!

kiwikid said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Anthea!!! You have received some lovely gifts there. The birthday cake making is the same here too!!! Your back yard look amazing...good to hear the site manager is happy with what has happened!! Very important to keep the site manager happy!! Hope your back is better soon.

Lin said...

Lovely gifts for your birthday Anthea. Sounds like it was a lovely time despite your pain and sorrow. I hope you have a great year and most especially that your new studio gets finished soon! xx

barb's creations said...

Sorry to hear you've been in pain Anthea, it must be going round as I've been having the same problem since last Wednesday and missed this post as I haven't been blog hopping as much recently. Hope your back is starting to feel heaps better and your studio gets back on track real soon ((((HUGS)))) :) Barb.

Kate said...

Beautiful gifts, Anthea. I hope your back pain soon passes and that your space is ready for you really soon. Happy Birthday, belatedly.

KERYN B said...

Anthea I hope your birthday was a wonderful day filled with love. Just thinking of your MIL keeps her alive in your heart and remember how much she loved you. Your new room is looking great and can't wait for the day you finally get to move in..the boss looks very happy out in his yard. xx

Jacquie Morris said...

Happy happy happy birthday, wonderful gifts :)
Smiles :)

Justine said...

Happy birthday! Sorry to hear you've been in pain, and hope it hasn't stopped you celebrating.
I love all your handmade gifts. You have three very talented friends!

Christine M said...

Happy birthday Anthea. You received some lovely gifts. xx

Deb R said...

Happy Happy Birthday Anthea, such lovely pressies xx

Susan said...

Happy birthday Anthea. I'm glad you got a bit spoiled, and hope you're feeling better. The backyard is looking great.

Sharmayne said...

Happy belated birthday!!! I got from Brisbane with Dad just in time for our eldest son's birthday (well to phone him at any rate). Looks like your addition is getting there ..... it won't be too long before you can show it off :) Site manager looks very happy to have his yard back too!

Hilachas said...

Happy Birthday, Anthea. What lovely gifts you received. I'm so sad that your back pain continues. I've experienced that and pray that you're rid of that pain soon.

Jeneta said...

The workshop and your room is looking great! I hope your back is feeling better (back's always take so long to mend...such an inconvenience when there is so much to do.). I love your goodies - particularly the pouch (the fabric is fabulous!).

KAYLEE said...

Hi Anthea, today I did my first BLOG post in 2 months, eek... That will definitely improve the more I get to spend time in my craft room. So I am now reading a few blogs which I haven't done in the last couple of months either... I hope you are keeping well.. Hugs Kaylee

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