Friday, 3 October 2014

Celebrating my Birthday Month

Birthdays in the Blogoverse always last longer than the day itself.  There are people who send their cards and presents in early so you have to be patient; there are people who get reminded by FB and wish you Many Happy Returns on the day; there are people who see you mention your birthday on your blog and wish you Belated Greetings; then there are people who spend weeks making you something thoughtful and beautiful but don't quite manage to finish it in time (that pesky Real Life stuff getting in the way) and then there are the people who promise to send you a chart way back in the year and send a whole bunch of stuff to make up for it being late so it becomes a Birthday present!

Here are a selection of photos representing many of those people:

Card and Strawberry Pincushion from Nicola

The pincushion with the one sent by Lee earlier in the year

DIY present from Shebafudge
That fabric is called Chocolate Orange!
Lots of lovely fabric pieces for ornies, some ric-rac. some threads (including some silk) and a beautiful one from Nancy's shop

Pass the Parcel present from Karen (it was inside two outer bags too!)
The fabric is some 40 count called Rock-a-Bye

Julie went shares with Karen on the lovely stitching bags (which are made by Karen's own fair hands) and she included these two dragon needle-minders.  They will make a nice collection with the one Mouse sent me last Christmas.

And here is the pillow Karen made!!  Wyldstyle from the Lego Movie!
♪ ♫Everything is awesome!♪ ♫
And look, at the bottom it says "you're the Special" which is true.

There are no prizes for guessing who sent the next gift!
Yes, it's from Mouse, the clue is in the card.
I was only saying this morning that I wasn't sure which Just Nan to start next and now I have the perfect chart.  I wonder what it would look like on that Chocolate Orange fabric?

And this is the bundle of delights Kaye sent me!!  I won the Nora Corbett "E" from her and she generously included one or two more charts in the parcel!  I had admired the A Mon Ami Pierre one on her blog, I think it will look great on the same fabric as Noel Blanc.

I think that's everything!!  If I have forgotten anyone then I am mortally ashamed and will go hide.

Of course, the presents did not go one way.  Karen's Birthday is at the end of September and as agreed I made her a little something:

This is a little freebie chart called Automne 2009 designed by Tara.
Unfortunately the link to the blog no longer works,

This gives a better idea of the size and colour of the fabric

And here it is finished as a scissor fob.

And with the card I knew was perfect for Karen as soon as I saw it!
Plus some squirrelly fabric.

This week I have been making little tombstones for my Hallowe'en tree:

Day Three

Finally, I have made some more progress on the Frosted Pumpkin Hallowe'en Town.  Which started off as a mystery but I did not keep up!!

Stitched on 28 count Moondust evenweave from Crafty Kitten.


Krista said...

Lots of wonderful goodies! Happy Birthday Jo!

Kaisievic said...

Hi Jo, You are more than welcome - I hope that you enjoy stitching all of the patterns. And, of course, a happy belated birthday.
hugs, Kaye

Kevin said...

Happy Birthday! Those are great gifts - enjoy!

diamondc said...

Love your Halloween Town it is coming along so well.
Love that door.
Lovely gifts.
Happy Birthday..

Beth said...

Lots of thoughtful gifts!

CalamityJr said...

What a fun variety of gifts! I'm voting for the pumpkin tree design on the new fabric. Happy birthday!

RuthB said...

Well a happy bday and much happy mail unto you! May your next year be frog-free :)

gracie said...

If I am on time...Happy Happy Birthday
If I am late...well, sorry and a belated Happy Birthday.
Looks like everyone has it covered for you.

Annette-California said...

Happy Birthday!!! Lovely gifts. Love the Automne ornie you made for Karen.
Hope you enjoy the WHOLE month for your Birthday:) love Annette

Christine said...

Great gifts Jo. I have to say I do like the idea of a birthmonth.

Kay said...

So many lovely presents, stitching friends really are the best. Happy birthday. x

Emma/Itzy said...

Have a Happy Birthmonth!

Lots of lovely gifts, enjoy :)

KimM said...

Oh my goodness - lovely, lovely, thoughtful, beautiful…..CELEBRATE!! Happy stitching -

Anne said...

What a fun birthday month Jo! So many lovely gifts from all around the world!! Love them all! When is your bday by the way?!!! Hugs!

Thoeria said...

What a great bunch of birthday pressies Jo! I'm pretty sure that you had fun opening those parcels :)

Mouse said...

now that is a pretty good birthday month :) lovely gifties you got and I think my chart will look fab on that fabric too .... love mouse xxxxx

rosey175 said...

Glad you had a spectacular birthmonth! :D

Looks like you got a ton of great things and Wyldstyle is aweeesome ermahgersh.

jocondine said...

Sincere wishes, Joyeux anniversaire JO, so many pretty stitching presents... promise of future great posts. Love xxx

Julie said...

Birthmonth sounds good to me, you had some wonderful goodies arrive.

Stitching Noni said...

Happy Birthday!
I love your post.... all those lovely gifts and cards! It does so lift your day and heart to open the mailbox and see such lovely thoughts from friends spill out and spread their happiness around! Enjoy! :o)
Hugs xx

Astrids dragon said...

What wonderful goodies for you birthday. You'll get to spread it out all year! Happy Birthday Hugs!

Jacquie Morris said...

I am so so sorry... Thought I commented on this..

Happy Birthday to You :)

Sending you lots of hugs and smiles :)


Brigitte said...

I can't remember if I have already said it, so
Happy Birthday, Jo!
and enjoy all these sweet gifts.

Your Haloween tree is looking absolutely gorgeous. A neat idea to make tombstones out of all the squares you stitched.

The Crafty Princess said...

I love how generous the crafty family are to each other. I can see you had a very happy birthday, good to see stunner you deserve to be spoilt.
xo Alicia

geeky Heather said...

I'm one of those belated people. =) Looks like you got a lot of great goodies!!