Sunday, 12 December 2010

A Birthday and Some Finishes!

Today is my birthday and I have had a simply wonderful day with my lovely DH and 2 gorgeous daughters. Jess arrived home yesterday so she could be here for my birthday so I was surrounded by my lovely family :) I have been spoilt rotten by them and my lovely friends with gorgeous cards and gifts. I got DH to take some photos for me earlier so here are some piccies of some of the lovely cards and gifts I received.

First up from my surrogate sis Lisa and from my dear friend Lesleyanne. Lisa stitched this gorgeous design from the JCS ornament mag. I had been eying up this design and, of course, Lisa knows I LOVE angels and I absolutely love the saying on this. It is so beautifully stitched and finished.Thank you so much Lisa xxx I will treasure this. Lesleyanne sent me the Little House Needleworks Joy to the World ornament chart along with the star button for it. I can't wait to stitch this up and hang it on my tree. Thank you so much Lesleynne xxx

In the next piccie is a gift from my dear friend Elisa. As you can see it has sheep on it and I LOVE sheep!!!! I love this so much and Elisa's stitching and finishing is just gorgeous. Thank you so much Elisa xxxx I will treasure your gift.

Next up is cards and gifts from my dear friends Michelle and Julie. From Michelle I received two gorgeous Polstitches Designs hand dyed threads. They are so pretty and I can't wait to stitch something up with them. Thank you so much Michelle xxx I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened up my present from Julie as inside was a black velvet pouch and inside that was the beautiful covered tape measure you see in the photo. Thank you so much Julie; I absolutely love it xxx

Last but by no means least is a card and gift from another dear friend Karan. Karan gifted me with ( wait for it) Little House Needleworks Joy to the World ornament chart :) Karan knows I love angels and this was on my wish list :) Thank you so much Karan xxxx

More about my birthday and what I have been doing later! First of all I want to show you a couple of finishes. The last photo I showed you of The Sampler Girl Jane Austen Sampler Stocking wasn't quite a finish but now it is! Not finished as in made up to hang but finished stitching! I have absolutely loved stitching this gorgeous design. Thank you Barb for our wonderful Jane days and I look forward to joining you for our SB days and maybe later on more Jane days :)

No piccie of Shores yet as I didn't stitch on it last night so going to stitch on it tonight instead. I have done a little more on my December SAL piece, Little House Needleworks Poinsettia House, so here's a piccie of that. Loving this piece!

Final stitchy pic is of the ornament I stitched for Chris. For the past few years we've done a private ornament exchange which I , for one, look forward to each year. I always seems to take ages to decide what to stitch and this year was no exception as I changed my mind several times. I finally decided on this one and Chris loves it.

The Victoria Sampler- Designs by Cathy Jean

Christmas Robin

28 count bay leaf evenweave

For Chris

This afternoon we went to the Victorian Christmas market in Beverley. We go every year as it's such a good event but you can't get near the stalls as it's so packed so we didn't buy anything lol! We did watch the battle re-enactment of civil war which is so much fun to watch! We then noticed that there was some birds of prey so off we went to have a look. I asked if I could stroke a barn owl so DH asked if I could hold it so here I am holding this beautiful barn owl. This was truly and honour to be holding such a beautiful bird.

Finally ( I bet you;'re breathing a sigh of relief!) here's my birthday cake which Abi made for me; as you can see it's an owl!

Poor Abi didn't manage to get on her trip to London so she was really upset, bless her. She was just too ill to go though but, thankfully, she's getting better now:)
That's all from me. I'm going to get some stitching done then I'll be back to get caught up on reading blogs tomorrow. It's been a busy weekend!!!

Take care everyone!




Lesleyanne said...

Happy Birhday Sally. Congratulations on your Jane finish. it is stunning. lovely birthday gifts received. Glad you had a good day.

jane said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day Sally, you have some lovely gifts and cards and the cake is extra special.
Holding the barn owl will cetainly be something to remember this birthday by.
Lovely finishes on your stocking and your ornament for Chris and Poinsettia House is looking great.

Catherine said...

Sounds like you have had a delightful birthday! How awesome that you got to hold that owl and see it up close! Love all your stitchy goodies and I am in love with that bird ornament that you made!!!!!

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday Sally! You received some lovely gifts. Love your ornament.

Hazel said...

Happy Birthday Sally!! Gorgeous gifts you got. Have a wonderful evening. xx

Melissa said...

Looks like you had a great day. Happy Birthday!!!

Michelle said...

Hi Sally

Happy Birthday to you. Glad you had a lovely day and were truly spoilt - you deserve it. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. xx

Jane said...

Birthday wishes to you Sally, I'm so glad to hear you had a good day and the family were all together ~ hopefully now you will all be fit and well for a good Christmas!
Beautiful stitching, gifts, prezzies and cards and lovely cake too xxx

Lisa V said...

What lovely surprises for your birthday.
Happy Birthday.

Colleen said...

Happy Birthday, Sally!! A happy dance & drum roll for your Jane finish. Such a super birthday for you. So glad you had a Super day for the celebrating.

vEr0n!c@ said...

Happy Birthday, Sally! Lovely gifts you got there. That barn owl is beautiful. I'm sure it's an unforgettable experience to hold it.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Happy Birthday Sally, what a great picture of you and the owl :)

Lovely gifts and as always your stitching is fab x x x

Christine said...

Sounds like you had a great birthday, some wonderful presents there and the cake is a "hoot".
Well done on the JA finish, it looks beautiful

Farm Girl said...

Have a wonderful day Sally, Happy birthday to you! Your Jane Austen stocking is absolutely beautiful, congrats on your finish.

Barb said...

Hi Sally, hope today won't be too flat for you after yesterdays excitement. Oh you lucky thing holding a barn owl,they are just so lovely.
Well done on the stocking finish it is lovely isnt it.You are most welcome to come and join in on a Wednesday night with Jane, Tina (no blog)and I whenever you like.
Love that Robin and asked Chris who the designer was -yes I have the magazine so guess who may be stitching that tonight.
Abi did a great job on the cake. I love that card Julie sent .well I would wouldn't
Take care and happy stitching on Shores. Seems like you will be busy stitching with your gifties lucky girl.

KarenV said...

Lovely gifts Sally, glad you had a good birthday.

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

I am glad to hear you had a lovely birthday Sally! The birthday owl cake is so cute, very creative.
You are so lucky to receive such lovely gifts for your birthday.

Angela P said...

Happy Belated Birthday Sally :) It sounds like you had a great day and you were spoilt with lots of great stitching gifts too. I love the SG finish, hopefully I will get around to stitching that one for next Xmas too.

Vonna said...

Happy, happy birthday to you!!!
I love the cake your daughter made for you!
The robin ornament for Chris is DIVINELY done! Way to go you!
And those gifties...surely will be appearing all stitched up in no time on your blog :)
LOVE the Jane Austen stitch too!
Have a GREAT day!

Carol said...

What a delightful birthday you had, Sally, and what a wonderful variety of gifts...That owl is one beautiful bird--it must have been a real treat to hold it.

Beautiful stocking and ornament--that dear little bird is one of my favorites from the 2010 JCS issue.

Happy Belated Birthday, Sally :)

Julie said...

A lovely array of gifts that you received for your birthday, i'm so pleased you liked the covered tape measure.

The stocking is great, i just saw Barbs on ber blog, its been fun wathcing you both SAL with this one

Lovely cake made by Abi, and a great pic of you with the barn owl, i think i recognise that knitted scarf you are wearing LOL

Michele B. said...

From one owl lover to another - happy birthday! That cake is fabulous. I'm glad you had such a nice day.

valerie said...

Happy belated birthday! Love the gifties and stitching. That's a wonderful photo of you holding the barn owl. It's beautiful!

mbroider said...

Belated birthday wishes, dear Sally!

I love the Cathy Jean birdie design. Looks so good.

Lovely birthday gifts too! Enjoy...

WendyCarole said...

Sounds like you had a great birthday

geeky Heather said...

Happy birthday (late)! The owl cake is adorable!!

Ellen said...

Happy Birthday! The cake sure looks yummy!Lovely gifts and cards!

Congrats on finishing your JA, it's beautiful!


Lisa said...

Glad you had such a wonderful Birthday, you received some gorgeous gifts, I'm so happy you liked what I made for you.
Well done on your stocking finish, can't wait to see it made up.
The ornie you stitched for Chris is lovely.
PH is looking great as well, can't wait to get back to WW tonight lol.

Mylene said...

Glad to hear you had a wonderful birthday Sally.
Congrats on a beautiful finish and wow! love gifts received.
Love the cake...yummmy!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

What wonerfully creative and generous friends you have!

Susan said...

Happy belated birthday, Sally!

Although owls usually freak me out, that one you are holding looks lovely; I love the birthday cake that your daughter baked!