Birthday gifts = a GG post and there's still time to get it in before we turn the calendar to bring us into August and it's far too long to wait till next months so for July a second GG posting (that's scored me some brownie points with Jo)
My daughter knows my love of Cath Kidston pretty things. We're going to make some nice buttons to add to my crafting and a girls got to have a manicure when working with her hands.
DS always knows he can't go wrong with something for me to make. A scarf kit from our local wool shop. The colours of this are called 'coastal' - I'm going to enjoy knitting this one up for the coming cooler seasons - perhaps i'll get to wear it later this year at the coast.
Postal gifts from online friends. Clare is not only an online friend, we often meet up for tea/coffee/cake. She always has such good ideas for gifts. This year she has chosen to send books to her friends with the author or title relating to their name. I've not heard of Julie Klassen before, but this sounds just like my perfect read, its the first in a series. Thank you Clare.
Peter Rabbit, a favourite of mine - a selection of teas are inside this pretty tin from Barb. Many thanks Barb, the earl grey packet has been opened and sampled already.
Christine made the beautiful QAYG pouch, it is so pretty and was much admired by my visitors yesterday. She showed a blue one on her blog in May for GG but I have to say my pink one is better!
A lovely handmade card from Gill. The circular threadwork did remind me of the nail/thread pictures my dad used to make many years ago. None of them survived the test of time, but I'm sure you all remember them from the 1970's.
Bunches of flowers and plants making the house smell beautiful
With recent events I was having a quiet birthday this year, DH took me out in the morning to the local garden centre and we chose a couple of nice plants for the garden. Little did I know that there were shenanigans afoot at home and when I returned a small family party with balloons, banners and the table laid with a buffet for my close family had been organised by DD. My granddaughter was very proud of herself as she had managed to keep it a secret from nanny..... good going for a 6 year old!
She had glued some shells that we collected at the beach together last year onto a frame and chosen a favourite picture of hers with us and her dog Alfie paddling in the sea, that was her special handmade gift for me - teary eyes! It now sits on my shelf with other shells, beach sand and sea glass that I have collected.
DD baked a great homemade cake, she called it the 'Basket of Buttons' and thought it went well with her button gift, it tasted delicious. The little sweetie buttons were a real hit with the children.
One friend dropped by with a card that made me smile....... she doesn't have a book club but thought the ladies in this picture looked like they meant business and would give me a run for my money.
Many thanks for you kinds emails and words of comfort and support recently, they do mean a lot. I'm a lot calmer and happier about things and just today I have kitted up a little stitching design that was also a gift, this one from Justine at the meet-up in the Spring.... gifts come along all the time into my life in many different ways and I have lots to be thankful for each and every day.
Love and blessings to you all