Thursday, July 28, 2011

Best Present EVER!



Ever since January, I’d been counting down the days to the Small’s birthday. Don’t you love it when you know, with every fibre of your being, that you have a perfect present to give? I’d even been counting sleeps, I tell you!

Way back, during all the Flood Relief Raffle-ing, I was the beside-herself-with-excitement winner, over at Michelle’s. I won a famous Poppy, Bean and Bloss, crafted-to-order, Waldorf doll WITH a wardrobe (heart flutter).



Eight days since birthday day and Lily is fully integrated into the family. There’s another seatbelt to check, another place at the table, two more pigtails to tie. Speaking of pigtails, words cannot express how impressed my kid is by Lily’s long and flowing locks. I’m just impressed how Lily handles all the upside down and sideways...



and jiggling all about-ness.



The shoes and all of the clothes and especially the undies are a great hit,



and so is the snuggly, flannel-backed doll quilt.



Lily’s grandma, (cripes, I’m a grandma), was also utterly chuffed with the gorgeousness of Liberty buttons, smuggled into the package...



Michelle, you out-outdid yourself. You absolutely made the kid’s day and you made mine too.

Um, did you notice? The kid was convinced to wear warmth today. Her top is the second Like Sleeves For Kids I have knit (love this pattern), this time with $1 a ball, on sale, pure wool. There’s not a lot of ‘soft’ in $1 wool. But it meets all kid colour requirements (oh for the pink phase to end) and I have managed to delude the child into thinking that underneath skivvies – to ward off neck itch – are COOL.

Finally and just for the record, the Middle birthday kid scored his embroidered bug. It has been, ahem, some time since I promised him the Christmas Beetle Knee Patch. Instead I artfully sewed it on to a birthday top. Not right in front, cos it’s supposed to be all plain clothes at school but more secret-like shhhhh! off to the side. Right where he usually, delightfully, wipes his hands clean. Here’s the bug in question on top of the dirty washing pile:



Chocolate birthday cake smears, I do believe.

.........................

PS. Hey, my Mr! Yes YOU, fellow lover of mischief, of the big idea, finder of joy in the smallest of things. You who can’t eat enough tomato kasundi (the stuff that blows the socks off the rest of us), you who can laterally think the biggest problem into a solution, you with eyes that smile bright, you with the infectious chuckle, the faultless Scottish (though dodgy Irish) accent, you who have my heart...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

PPS. I made the full English Breakfast. It did near send me over the edge.

47 comments:

One Flew Over said...

Happy Birthday's all round xx

Becky said...

I have doll envy! I am now off to add that knitting pattern to my queue too :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Yay, i love Michelle's work, lucky enough to live in the town, yahoo, i can stalk her & stroke her beautiful works of art at markets. They are finished beautifully & the bag of clothes which comes with them, such a bonus!! Love Posie

Tammi said...

Good on your for going ahead and making that brekky...I bet it scored big points :)
The doll is just adorable, a work of art.
xx

ingrid said...

I love that dolly! What a lucky little birthday girl.

mel @ loved said...

Oh well done you, on everything!! I bet your birthday man was VERY happy with the full english breaky, how good are you!! That bug is brilliant, and now I realise I wish for girls only to dress their dollies..x

Naturally Carol said...

Birthdays, buttons and bugs..loved reading all about it..good news!

Maxabella said...

I love that feeling... it's almost as much fun to give the perfect gift as to receive one. Maybe even more (as demonstrated by your wonderful sense of anticipation!) Happy birthday to your Small. x

Tanya said...

LOVE knowing you've got just the right pressie. LOVE THAT. AND (lot of shouting going on!)- full breaky...you are a hero x

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

ahh yes, i do remember that your Mr and your smallest almost share a birthday with me. Almost.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

AND I cannot beleive the doll has undies. honestly Busy would be beside herself!!

Kirsty said...

Happy, happy birthdays! Much as I enjoyed the post about the smallest & her new mate & the grandmothering etc - the very best bit came after the ............

Lucky you T & very lucky Mr. x

Tas said...

I still reckon he would have been happy with a soggy muffin ;)

That doll is just divine. I love the undies too. And who couldn't adore a doll with pink and white hair?

Andi said...

It is indeed the bestest present ever!!!
Happy birthday all.
xx

Shannon said...

Your words and pictures delighted me so much I very nearly got up to do a little happy dance with you! Congratulations on a most successful tsunami of birthdays.

Jodie said...

You are a legend. nuff said.

Linda said...

how gorgeous!!! I reallly really really want one of those gorgeous dolls with clothes too, I must have the clothes

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

Happy birthday to you all! Sounds like you got through with flying colours Tania - hope you get a chance to rest and recover now!

Michelle said...

I do love that you got the small to dress warmly, but the doll is shirtless.

I made my first Like Sleeves last week and love the pattern. I can see many more of them in my future.

Fer said...

You've really outdone yourself. Hat's off to you! (and your cohorts) ♥

Angus in Northcote said...

I know this isn't Facebook, but...

"like"

:)

p.s. you need to come see our pirate ship

Kylie said...

What a wonderful doll! and I just LOVE your beetle patch - way too cool for school, Mrs.... But birthday message takes the cake :) He's a lucky man - that's all I'll say. Kx

p.s. had to insert dot-dot-dots so you didn't think I was calling you Mrs But ;)

Needled Mom said...

Happy birthday to both. I can see that the gift really was the perfect one and loved so much.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Happy Birthday to the Mahvellous Mister M&E

Well done for the heroic breakfast.

Your big Small is fabulous and her new friend is too. Glad to see at least one member of the family has clean undies :D

You deserve a medal or something. Better, you have that fab family, you all deserve each other in the best possible way!

27, 26, 25, 24 ... - how far down has the deadline count gotten?

Cheers,
AJ

Cinnamon said...

Three birthdays and an English breakfast. It's official, you're my hero. I have the same situation over here, except the birthdays are (all 4 of us) crammed between Sept 12th (mine) and Nov 5th (the girl's) with 2 in October, closely followed by our Thanksgiving (I host 3 of my brothers and an uncle) and then Christmas. Usually by January I'm done!

Lily is wonderful, btw. That is the exact gift I've been keeping an eye out for for my girl. Must go check out Poppy, Bean, and Bloss now. Oh, and I always thought underneath skivvies were cool...

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

In my next existence , I'm coming back as a Waldorf doll . Lily's having much more fun than me .... and her underwear's nicer .

Tam said...

Michelle makes the mose amazing dolls doesnt she. I've coveted one for myself *cough* sorry my daughter since the day she was born and recently Pippa arrived for a 3rd birthday present!

june at noon said...

Ok, I read the whole post, but I'm stuck on that doll. I am so jealous! Michelle's dolls are absolutely amazing--I keep admiring them and thinking one of these days I'm going to get serious about saving my pennies!

famfa said...

Happy birthday tp your mr. Glad you managed the breakfast. Love the doll, she' a cutie

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

Geezzz your a good Mrs and Mum. Many happy returns to you all!! x

teddybearswednesday said...

I think Leonie has said it all, you are such a wonderful mrs to the mr, and mum to your kids.
And it's taking a lot of restraint on my part to write an email to the Mr via you, requesting he now make you a pancake breakfast ( i hope you like pancakes as pancakes always makes me feel spesh) Failing that I would say he at LEAST had to make you Brinner, the worlds best meal, breakfast for dinner, hopefully with pancakes- made into shapes like my mum used to do)
xoxo
PS I know what with me and the manic comments at the moment?
PPS I think it might have something to do with just drinking 600ml bottle of coke in one go

flowerpress said...

I agree with Maxabella, there is nothing more delicious than giving that perfect present, the one that makes the eyes widen and sparkle.
And yes, the full English breakfast is that present ;-)

Happy birthdays all round Myrtles!!

Stomper Girl said...

Gosh it's Birthday Central round your way. Best wishes to everyone. (and good on you for cooking up a storm!) My sons think their shirts are for wiping their hands on too.

Suse said...

Well done on the Full English Breakfast effort on a School Day, Grandma.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Great doll but I am in love with your beetle!
You are very skilled with the old pointy metal thingy!

Vic said...

Wow, birthday season!

Lily is stunning, Michelle really knows how to make 'em, that for sure.

Happy Birthday to all, and congratulations to you for your immense strength of willpower - if I had found the perfect present month's before Punk's birthday I would have to move her birthday forward to suit.

crzylady said...

so many goodies! Looks like everyone is getting all sorts of fabulousness!

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Now that IS a rockin' doll. Undies and all!
I have to say though, I'm loving the beetle. I wonder if I could have a discreet one embroided somewhere...

Faeryfay said...

Happy Birthdays and I adore those Liberty buttons!:-)

Duyvken said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Madeline said...

Definitely the best present ever!

Megan.K. said...

Happy birthdays to all three.
Cute doll... and the sneaky beetle patch.
xo

p.s Just read your pom pom post. Fun!

Eleanor said...

I'm having a full-on tantrum because I want a doll like Lily and an embroidered bug for myself.

What fun you're having!

E x

Sandrine said...

Oh lots of loveliness Chez vous Mrs T!Happy birthday to all little and big people in your home:)
PS: I have joined Ravelry too now so I can finally see what you are talking about when you do the linky :) But not tooooo sure how to use it still?!
xx

Gina said...

Wow. More accessories than Barbie, that Lily. AND more realistically proportioned :)

Could your family puhLEESE not all have birthdays at the same time next year?

Gina said...

Wow. More accessories than Barbie, that Lily. AND more realistically proportioned :)

Could your family puhLEESE not all have birthdays at the same time next year?

Corrie said...

omg how cute are those little undies! adorable!

what a lucky girl! gorgeous present and hope she had a happy birthday!

Corrie:)