Monday, June 28, 2010

Some Birthday Warm



It’s a most very excellent lady’s birthday today and if there is one person on this planet with a heart that is warm and open and generous, who also appreciates the handmade, it is she. With the lovely Lisa, it is not a question of whether she will turn up her nose at non-store-bought imperfection, because she absolutely ‘gets’ that with the making comes thought, deliberation, care and a gesture of friendship.



Nope, the risk is always entirely the opposite. So much does this lady appreciate time and effort, that even if she absolutely aesthetically abhorred a handmade gift she would never let on and love it still for all it’s warm intent.





This also extends to the baking of cheesecake. Lisa, below is how your birthday treats started out. Not quite the pile of crumbledness that ended up on your doorstep after the extended, kid-accompanied, mini-disaster-laden, (WHAT WAS I THNKING?) bike ride to yours.



Happy birthday Chook.

PS. The scrappy scarf was completely inspired (and slightly varied using a single/treble/single/etc stitch) by Nicole’s excellent version here. I also used a treasured Liberty print for the fabric woven detail – it works well for scarf double-sidedness. How to tie a scarf? Pop over to Leonie’s. (I reckon funkily-tied scarves could be the wintry way to spot a crafty blogger). The cheesecake? Be warned. Resistance is an exercise in futility. Which is why we all rode our bikes to deliver the rest of ’em.

38 comments:

Melbourne Vintage said...

thanks for posting those links - the cheesecake looks amazing! so does the scarf!

Andi said...

Gorgeous scarf Tania.
(And you may bring cheesecake to Perle's anytime!)

Fruitful Fusion said...

The scarf and the cheesecake look great!!! Thanks for all the links!!!

One Flew Over said...

Loving all those different shades of green - a most beautiful birthday gift x

A Peppermint Penguin said...

GREEN! Lovely. It's so nice I didn't even notice it was crocheted at first, and I don't usually like crochet! That reads as a compliment, right?

I know what you mean about the slightly over appreciated gift. My mum will wear/use ANYTHING I make for her, regardless of how it turns out. This is less to do with the warm and fuzzy appreciation of the handmade and more to do with a)not wanting to end up in landfill and b)stunned relief that I finished SOMETHING.

The compromise is she's not allowed to tell anyone I made it.

Unless I'm happy with it (it happens!) then she has to tell every random stranger on the bus I made it.

You are making such lovely things these days - including the cherry cheesecakes. More!

Cheers,
AJ

sophie said...

Wow, it's gorgeous and I just adore green *swoon*!!

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

That is one gorgeous scarf, and beautifully worn indeed.

I have had a number of bike riding attempts involving cupcakes. It never ends well for the icing I have to say.

Sue said...

Lovely birthday gifts with lovely strips of Liberty and lovely yummy calories and lovely loving thoughts all the way thru'. I love the way you do things!

yardage girl said...

I just love that scarf - really, really nice work. I don't mind a bit of cheesecake either - nice gift giving to the lucky birthday girl! Nic

Nikki said...

Thanks for the cheesecake recipe. May I please direct debit a gym membersip from your bank account from here on?

Beautiful scarfy gift, you clever and thoughtful thing, you.

Allison said...

Nice prezzie!!

I'm too lazy even to process the biscuits for the bases - this is how we do it:

http://beasplace.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/mini-scrummy-baked-cheesecakes/

Liesl said...

The scarf is divine - what beautiful crochet and a gorgeous colour.

As for cheesecakes on a bike ... all I can say is brave. Very brave. (Mind you I personally tend to look like a pile of crumbledness when I attempt to cycle. I should never try transporation of any type.)

Mel said...

Awesome! We should all be so lucky to have a "Lisa" in our lives! And of course, goes without saying that she is very lucky to have you as a friend ;)

I'll just go back to scoffing on chocolate coated almonds while pondering your cheesecakes ...

(p.s guess what? I HATED cheesecake until I had my tonsils removed at age 21 and suddenly I LOVED it? Go figure)

Umatji said...

please apply the comment 'arg, drool' to food and scarf. Apply liberally infact!

m.e (Cathie) said...

you are such a wonderfully creative soul! your friend is one lucky gal to receive such wonderful birthday gifts.
enjoy your school holidays Mrs T!

Kaylovesvintage said...

looks wonderful

no mail yet??

quirkygranolagirl said...

what a beautiful gift! the strips of LoL just blew my mind a little this morning. i'm on a knitting vacation while sewing like a fiend and here you tuck a little fabric in the yarn. maybe i'll bake a cheesecake while looking all around the house for my brain cells.

june at noon said...

What a fantastic gift! I usually prefer the look of knit over crochet, but crochet is just perfect for this scarf. And, being a fan of green, I'm loving the colors and the way you added that fabric. Lucky friend of yours!

Sandrine said...

I Love your scarf, such pretty colours!A very lucky friend :)
Hummmmmmmm.....Thanks for sharing the recipe, I think the mini cheesecake look so delicious and even prettier than a big one for sure!!Very cycling worthy ;)xx

Kylie said...

What a fabulous scarf!! No way was Lisa just being polite on that one, hon. Love those cheesecakes too - would have been fun to see post-bikeride photo ;) Received a most wonderful tea towel and some cards today - big smiles in these parts too :)) Thank you! Kx

flowerpress said...

Individual cheesecake!
Dangerous, very dangerous. That goes on the wish list and I've already bookmarked the recipe for later... this week.
(p.s. I like to use ginger nuts for cheesecake base!)

ELK said...

I clapped ...swooned ...smiled ... laughed ...visited ...over this sweet birthday wish Tania..you are amazing you know that right!?

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Wonderful wonderful gift. Looks absolutely amazing!

perchesinthesoul said...

oh, mini cheesecakes topped with fresh fruit, what a fun and delicious idea. sorry to hear they didn't travel well! and such a lovely scarf, very nice work. :)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You certainly know how to spoil someone !

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

That is exactly how I am making my blanket at the moment but without the fabric strips however now that i have seen this idea I am quite into it... as for Leonies scarf weaving i have been the most popular girl in school as I teach everyone I know how to do it and they all marvel at it and wonder how they coped with a winter before they knew this... it is sweeping the world!

Gina said...

I love that scarf more than even the thought of the cheesecake. Which is saying something. Brilliantly brilliant. Might be my birthday soon... *cough cough*.

And POO to you and your fancy 'I can tell the difference between a granny square back and front' smuggery. I'm mortified. In a kind of 'shove-it-up-your-nostril' way, of course.

crzylady said...

What a beautiful scarf - the colors are gorgeous and just perfect for snuggling with those delicious treats!

Madeline said...

What a lovely way to spoil a friend! The scraps running through the scarf make it extra fabulous. And, the cheesecake!!! I'm glad that I just ran out of cream cheese otherwise I don't think I could resist. I can't pass up a cheesecake...especially the miniature variety.

Sarah said...

Stunning! How could anyone not but treasure it??

Leonie Guld said...

Oh.....I LOVE IT!!!! I bet she screamed with delight upon receiving such a beautiful creation!! Oh..thanks for the link. I am sure there are going to be a many more fumbling with there fingers and grunting in the mirror until they get it!!

Smallest Friend said...

What a sweet sweet post! and a beautiful scarf as well.

Tas said...

Oh, I absolutely ADORE that scarf...the style, the colours....swoooooon!

PottyMouthMama said...

My oh my!! that scarf is TRES MAGNIFIQUE! Me likey. And those cakes, no matter if they went crumbly the taste is still the same! Belle!

craftschmaft.com said...

oh the scarf is stunning! Loving the green.

Cindy said...

I LOVE this so much, especially the little fabric feature. Umm, did I mention .... friend ... my birthday is in Feb, just in case. Eco delivered cheese cakes sounds fab, even if a little crumby.
My plane crochet was not quite such a success!

bldine said...

I just arrived on this blog thanks to Holly from Beeper Bee and I really love what you do, your photos, etc ...
You are very inspiring, thanks a lot !
I'll be back with joy :) ...

craftapalooza said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your version of the scarf!! Stunning colours.