Monday, April 25, 2011

My birthday goodies

I thought I would share some of the wonderful gifts I received on my birthday. Although I took BOTH cameras with me, I took NO photos of anyone or anything on my birthday. So what you see is what I GOT!


Useful gifts are my forte, so this small travel holder may be the trick to keeping rein on the mess on my desk. I've tried to clean the circular holder in the past, but once I use something in it, it is messy again. So, will giving up the rotating aspect be enough for this new holder? Although I love how the old holder goes round and round, I think this new holder will be nearly as handy, and probably more efficient.


And here it is, all filled with everything in the rotating container, except for a couple of bamboo skewers that I worried might put my eye out (just joking). And there's room for more goodies, too. Next to it is my new battery powered OTT light which has 30 LEDs. Both of these gifts were given to me by my neighbor Sally. She is such a sweetie.

Dana gave both Kathy and me (because Kathy's and my birthdays are only 11 days apart) each a lovely wall hanging she made. I was more impressed with the background than the face, I think. I love the background techniques she used.


On Saturday morning, my friend Billie arrived with her dog and a bag of goodies for me. After she and Bitsy left, I began putting everything away.


Billie admitted that she was simply giving me things from her sewing room that she no longer wanted or would ever use. Fabric and a shower cover (the lacy piece) were on top.


Look at this lovely mess! Rick rack, lace, bias tape, zippers, and a music box were all revealed after the fabric (from above) was removed.


It took almost an hour to go through the bag and put everything away. But I finally got everything put in its place.


It occurred to me, as I headed to my neighbor Sally's house on Sunday to help her put a bed together, that I had not shown the completed porch.


And although I didn't expect it, on Saturday, a couple of painters showed up to scrape the house paint. They will be back this week, as will the people who will replace the gutters. Apparently there is some order to all this. And again, I don't pay them till the job is completed to my satisfaction.


But right now, I'm thrilled with what the painters have done. I hope your day is as wonderful as mine was this weekend. I forgot to mention that I ate cake and ice cream compliments of Kathy, who brought a cake and bought ice cream at the market. It was wonderful.

15 thoughtful remarks:

brigitte said...

happy belated birthday! How do you like your ott light? i have been wanting one myself.

Kirsty.a said...

Happy birthday to you

Marit said...

Happy belated birthday dear! LOVE all the stuff you got - and what a neat, clean desk you have now! Enjoy, enjoy!

Clare H said...

glad you had a good birthday and that things are looking up!

voodoo vixen said...

I had to leave my OTT lamp in Scotland because of the difference in voltage and I really miss it... they give such good light. You have done well, all those lovely pressies and sweet food too! ;) Oooh, zippers... they make the most fabby flowers with the teeth going around the outside edge... Your porch looks lovely now it is finished and your home will be super when it has been given its coat of new paint. When you go for it, you really go whole hog, don't you? ;)

Wabbit said...

The porch looks great! Isn't it nice to have someone do the paint scraping? I don't mind painting but the prep is what makes me crazy, anxious to get to the fun painting part! Marilyn

thekathrynwheel said...

Happy birthday :-) looks like you got some great gifts.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

One last time, Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a blast- and what sweet gifties! I know your house is going to be beautiful- have you decided what color you're using?

Kim B said...

Sounds like a wonderful birthday and lots of great presents!! I am sure you would love your freshly painted house (I hope so):)

Marlynn said...

Sounds like a great day and you got so many cool gifts! You are a lucky girlie girl with amazing friends! Happy Birthday and hugs!

Halle said...

I can't think of better way to spend a birthday...in the company of friends.
I bet you'll love your OTT light. I want one but haven't made that purchase yet. Everyone I know that has one LOVES IT.

Suz said...

I, too, love the prezzies. It sounds like your friends are tuned into what you love! The background of that painting is truly fabulous...love it!

sandra de said...

A very happy belated birthday and what wonderful gifts from your friends. I am loving your porch and can't wait to see the colours you choose for the paint job. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. Dana's pressie is gorgeous and the background is cool will have to zoom in and check it out.

Dianne said...

sounds like you had a lovely day. Happy Belated Birthday!! love the cards & gifties you shared. I think you deserve every bit of pampering!! hugs...

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Thanks for sharing your birthday treats. I'll bet you can't wait for your porch to be completed. I know it will look lovely. Theresa