Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spoilt to Bits



Some time ago, my Mum huffed and she puffed for an indecent while and there was much cheering from the sidelines for the same day delivery as my grandfather’s birthday but I have always been a Contrary Mary and I dug in my heels for an extra five hours and eight minutes. I have apologised.

Despite the usual birthday issues (yawn) and because the Mr is ever better at dealing with them, (Stay in bed! Drink your tea! Stop whining! I have cake to bake!), I had a mighty fine day. Not only that, I discovered great advantage in being easily ‘sussed’. I have been spoilt to bits with spot-on presents of yarn and scarves and a bag and those knitty bracelets above and a long coveted butterfly-upcycled-from-a-tea-saucer...



...and a necklace made from a tape measure that just makes me beam...



...and a good dose of kid art...



...including a shark...



...which multi-tasks as a (skinny legged) penguin...



...and then there is this:



‘This’ is a perfect condition, 1949 edition of the Complete Home Reference Book of Sewing and Needlework by Mary Brooks Picken and Elizabeth L Mathieson. It was gifted, along with countless other treats, by a friend who so knows how to make a birthday girl feel special. You haven’t seen the last of this book by any measure – I’ll be dragging us all kicking and screaming through the patterns for crafting armrest doilies, rag rugs, Rose of Sharon quilts, the art of Swedish darning, tatting, 29 essential and other embroidery stitches, argyle socks and formal afternoon dresses.



It’s looking like a busy 39th year...



It’s not all about me. I have a ‘something’ for a few of you. Except I can’t find ’em. I’ll check back once I’ve searched in the likeliest places (inside the dog kennel, between the sofa cushions, at the bottom of the sock drawer, at the back of the freezer...you get the gist).

39 comments:

Lola Nova said...

Happy Birthday!
What lovely gifts, sounds like you had a lovely day :)

Karin (the Mrs.) said...

Wow, those are some wonderful gifts indeed. And I am sure you absolutely deserved every last one of them.

Happy Birthday, dear Tania!

Jill said...

What fabulous and thoughtful gifts you received for your birthday.
I love the thought of owning an Afternoon Dress. How sophisticated does that sound?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY. x

Madeline said...

Happy Birthday, Tania! Sounds like a lovely one.

Amanda said...

What a beautiful day! Happy Birthday.

Those gifts are perfection.

Andi said...

What an amazing haul!!!
Happy birthday friend.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

HB2U, HB2U, HBDT, HB2U!!

Glad you made it through in one piece.

I think I have a version of that book. Not as nice as yours, ex library copy and without the needlework, just sewing. There's some hilarious stuff about preparing yourself to sew in there. Must dig that out. That looks like a really good copy, mint!

Any cake left?

Cheers,
AJ

elly bee said...

You will definitly learn how to celebrate your b'day. So I think we are going to have 'a ball' on your 70th! 31 to go....

Happy b'day dropje
eb

Angus in Northcote said...

That is a ridiculously awesome dragon.

One Flew Over said...

Hope you had a great day!

My cousin bought me one of those bangles for my birthday too...they are fab.

teddybearswednesday said...

Happy Birthday Tania!!! Glad you were spoilt to bits.
Love the children's art you received and the book is amazing. the multi tasking shark/penguin is the total biz.
hope you had a great day xo

Christina said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds wonderful. Oh to have a sleep in! Love the pressies and the shark. Here's to a wonderful year. :)

CurlyPops said...

Oh my goodness, I'm seriously coveting all your pressies!
Happy Happy Happy Birthday Tania. I hope all your wishes come true for the next fabulous year.... and I look forward to many more posts regarding arm rest doilies.

Michelle said...

Happy, happy birthday! Love all the kiddy art, the necklace is superb and the book a real treasure! I am sure this year will be a great one.

Vic said...

Oh Wow - spoilt indeed my dear, but most deservedly so... happy birthday & if you don't want any of it... ;)

Nikki said...

Happiest of happy ones, lovey.

Umm... where would someone get a spanking new 1949 edition of the "Complete Home Reference Book of Sewing and Needlework" by Mary Brooks Picken and Elizabeth L Mathieson.....? Just asking....

(Yes, I'm a rather vile shade of green).

Kirsty said...

Happy, happy birthday you gorgeous thing.

Such a lot of goodies there you lucky thing.

The Date turns 40 today & his present needs to be returned...sob. x

Liesl said...

Many happy returns lovely lady - it looks like you were deservedly looked-after in the present department. I do hope we will see some tatting soon!

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

Happy Birthday T!

Lovin' the penguin shark :)

Happydacks said...

Love the multi-tasking shark that doubles as penguin!
All Seriously fantastic presents Tania, Happy Birthday, you lucky duck!
I loved the last post about your Granparents too.

Sue said...

Happy birthday Tania. I'm so envious of all the wonderful gifts. Espesh the "Dragon in a Bridle" and transforming shark!

Cherry said...

Happy Birthday! How nice to share a birthday weekend with you. Mine was yesterday :)

MissCherryChocolate said...

Absolutely beautiful (and so thoughtful) presents...the book the tape measure necklace, the knitting bangles, oh my!

It's almost too much crafting inspiration and joy..well almost:)

But isn't that the point of a birthday?, an overflowing bouquet of love, warmth and thoughtful presents and small delights... have a wonderful day...N xxx

sue said...

Happy Happy Birthday! What wonderful pressies you received for your special day. The book sounds very interesting, cant wait to see what's inside.

Stomper Girl said...

Happy Birthday Tania. Glad to hear that your pre-birthday gloom has been squelched by a happy reality.

Fer said...

That's some really cool birthday booty you've got there! I have those knitty bracelets too (in red), I love them but the points can stick into my wrists at times.

Serious book envy here too!

Gina said...

No amount of gifting will spoil you, T- dog. ( that's my birthday gift to you... a 90s throwback nickname. Do I win Best Gift Giver Ever or WHAT?!!)

x The G Meister

zofia said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like you were well spoiled ;)
Enjoy!

crzylady said...

damn straight you should be spoilt! :) and what lovelies you have. I am especially fond of the shark who can so easily disguise himself as a penguin. Very good for hunting

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

Myrtle & Eunice takes on Mary and Elizabeth. Just like Julia and Julie for the sewers. Go on, I bloody dare you. Sew every one of the projects in that book.

Happy Birthday T. It looks like you were spoilt just right my friend.

june at noon said...

Oh, wow, what a wonderful spoiling! I hope you enjoy all your goodies. Happy birthday to you!

Sally said...

Many birthday wishes to you. Sounds like the day was more than tolerable... good for you!

sophie said...

Sorry I am a bit slow off the mark (story of my life so far) I hope you had a stellar birthday and good for you get totally spoiled!!

Sandrine said...

Love your pressies!!Sound like a great day!Happy belated Birthday lovely lady XX

m.e (Cathie) said...

happy birthday Mrs T!
sounds like a fab day.
love that butterfly!!

Gigi said...

happy birthday (a wee...oooh a lot) late!!

you definitely were spoilt! lucky mama

Di said...

Happy (apologetically late) Birthday! SCORE!!!

heather said...

happy birthday tania. i love coming here so much!! every time.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Belated birthday wishes to you! Such fabulous pressies, I just adore that rain cloud... ahhh... swoon... :)