"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Monday, December 28, 2009

18 wonderful years!

Today is our 18th wedding anniversary.
Mr Elefantz never quite remembers the date, but assures me every year that it's the Saturday after Christmas! Why? Because we got married on the Saturday after Christmas in 1991. I don't care how he remembers it, I'm just so blessed that he chose me to be his wife and has stood by me through good and bad, struggles and triumphs, all these years. He's my true beloved.
Today he surprised me with a voucher for TWO one hour massages! He ch0se a lady close to home who specialises in people who suffer migraine, so I'm going to book in for my first session next week. Mr Elefantz thinks through what gifts to give, and always surprises me with something I'd never get myself but something I love.
As you know I have only been sewing for just over 4 years. The first quilt I made was just three months after I picked up a needle and thread - it was a wedding quilt for our 14th anniversary in 2005....

No-one was around to teach me, so I didn't know I should start with something smaller, or easier. I saw this pattern in Country Threads and loved it, so in one week I made it! The colours aren't what I like to decorate with anymore, but the sentimental attachment is so great that it spends every summer on our bed.
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As promised here is Blossom's quilt!

She is finding it hard to get out of bed in the mornings now. She loves to be wrapped in her quilt and visiting far off lands in her dreams....she even has an afternoon siesta under it.
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Today I took a break from recycling of towels, and finished my new BOM! Well, it's almost finished - just a bit more quilting and then the binding. I will give you another little sneak peek....

She is adorned with beads and lace, and her name is "Bouquet".
January 7th and you'll get to download block 1!

Just a short blog post tonight, I'm off to have some celebration Chocolate Ripple Cake that Blossom made for us!

Hugs
Jenny
xxx

55 comments:

  1. Congratulations to you both on your 18yrs together. Blossoms' quilt is wonderful & it was great to read that you got it finished in time for her xmas. Looking forward to your new BOM:)
    Jan(NZ)

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  2. Congratulations on your anniversary. That man of yours is very special. Blossom's quilt looks great. I can understand why she likes to snuggle under it.

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  3. congratulations for your aniversary

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  4. Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Jenny of Elefantz!

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  5. Congratulations Jenny on your Anniversary. Blossoms quilt looks wonderful. Can't wait for your next BOM... how exciting. I can't wait

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  6. Happy Anniversary! I love your first quilt. How did you teach yourself to do all that? I am just a beginner but am trying to learn everything I can.

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  7. happy anniversary to you both..what a thinker that man of your sis...hope some ree-lief is found..oh my gawd very very big first project..says me whose first quilt was a dble wedding ring -queensize(I had no idea how to quilt)and by the time I finished it I hated it but it is still being used today by my daughter...holy bejabbers blossom's quilt looks beautiful well done mum, Enjoy your evening,cheers Vickie

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  8. Congratulations to you both Jenny, may God continue to bless your marriage and also your dear children, Love Anne

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  9. Happy Anniversary. I'm glad you taught yourself to quilt otherwise we wouldn't get to enjoy quilting "Jenny Style".

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  10. Happy Anniversary, Jenny. What a thoughtful husband you have there! I'm sure you take good care of each other. Blossom's quilt came out beautifully. It's difficult to believe you've only been quilting for 4 years. Guess you are just a natural. Looking forward to your next BOM with great anticipation. And wishing you the happiest of New Years!! -karen

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  11. Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year!
    Your quilts are lovely.

    Catherine

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  12. Many congratulations to you both. Your massage treatments sound wonderful. Blossom's quilt is gorgeous, so well done to you for managing to get it finished.

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  13. Happy anniversary! Be together always as happy as now!

    Your first quilt is better, than I'll be able to do sometime in the future.

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  14. Happy Anniversary! What a great gift you got. Hope that it helps with the headaches. Your first quilt is so great for you first one and Blossom's quilt is just lovely.
    Can't wait to see the new BOM.

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  15. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Today is my youngest daughter's birthday..she is 28, married with 4 kids. It might be a good thing no one taught you to quilt or you might not know you could sew as well as you do. Your first quilt is great, and your ?daughter's quilt is so pretty...ice cream sherbert colors. Yum!

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  16. Happy Anniversary! here's to at least 18 more!!

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  17. Happy anniversary. What a thoughtful present. Nice!

    I love your first quilt. You're much braver than me. I've sewn since I was little but never yet made a quilt. I'm collecting fabric though. It's slow because the fabrics are so expensive here. I look for them in the sales to build up my collection.

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  18. I just noticed you had 18 comments for your 18th anniversary. That's one for each year! Which means I have the honor of adding a comment for the years to come!

    Happy anniversary, Jen! May you have many happy years ahead!

    Peace and Laughter,
    Cristina

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  19. Hi Jenny.. Happy Anniversary.. Blossom's quilt looks perfect and so colorful. I am sure that she loves and will cherish it. Have a wonderful new year and looking forward to your new BOM
    Hugs,
    Maggey

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  20. Wow, 18 years! Happy Anniversary!
    I'm hitting 10 years on Apr 28! If I had stayed married to my first husband it would be 16 years, so I guess I was sorta close LOL. Congrats to you!

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  21. Congratilations on your wedding anniversary. You have a wunderful husband. I love Blossom's quilt.

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  22. Happy anniversary! It's nice to see how your quilting and skills have progressed in just a few short years. And now you're designing embroideries! Wow.

    Blossom's quilt is gorgeous. No wonder she has beautiful dreams while wrapped in it. It's lovely.

    Blessings for 18 more beautiful years together.

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  23. Happy wedding anniversary !
    I see we married in the same year, only we did in August.

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  24. Congrats on the wedding anniversary! You sewing skills are outstanding for only sewing for 4 years! I have only been quilting for 2 1/2 years now, but I continue to try to challenge myself. Blossoms' quilt turned out so adorable! I love how the corners just touch the floor so evenly, and the fabric is just yummy! Can't wait until Jan 7th! Enjoy you massages!

    Hugs!
    Pam

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  25. Congrats!!! Love Blossum's quilt! It really is beautiful, and she must be in seventh heaven!

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  26. Happy Anniversary!!!!
    Enjoy the massages! My husband will massage my back every day if I ask him. He does a good job, too, most of the time. His willingness endears him to me!!

    Many years!!

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  27. Happy Anniversary Jenny! I love how Blossom's quilt came out! Looking forward to your new BOM too! :0)

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  28. Happy Anniversary! It's so sweet that your Hubby thinks about your gift and gets you something you can use.

    Love your first quilt...and your latest :)

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  29. Congratulations on 18 wonderful years! Your first quilt is stunning, and I'd be with Blossom, not wanting to crawl out from under that beauty - a sweet dream maker for sure! Can't wait for your BOM to start - liking the looks of the sneek peek!

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  30. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary, quite an achievement in today's world.
    Totally amazing quilts there, I can understand why Blossom loves to be wrapped up and snuggle in hers.
    You enjoy that massage...

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  31. Hi Jenny,
    Happy Anniversary to you and Dear hubby! Enjoy your massages, I hope they help to relieve the migraines.

    I love your first quilt, how clever you were right from the start.

    Blossom's quilt looks fantastic, I can understand her not wanting to get out of bed!

    Hey, good on you saving all that money and buying an air conditioner.
    I couldn't imagine living without one with the extreme heat you get.
    ooh, that sneak peak looks exciting.
    All the best wishes for 2010
    Hugs,
    Anna

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  32. Congratulations to you both.
    May you have many happy years ahead.
    I like your designs. Now I´m looking forward to your new BOM.
    Happy New Year

    Andrea

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  33. Congrats. Hubby and I have been
    married for 38 years!!!
    So you are just getting started.

    Pamela
    Ohio

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  34. Happy Anniversary Jenny.WOW 18 years is a terrific milestone,I'm just about to reach no.9 this January with my Hubby.May you be blessed with many.many more anniversaries in the years to come!!
    I can't wait for the 7th...bring it on I say!! I'm sure your new BOM will be just every bit as gorgeous as your Shabby Roses BOM is.
    Love,love,love Blossom's quilt!! What a marathon effort to get it finished and under the Christams tree in time.It's always nice when you can see the recipiant truely loves what you've made .
    All the best for the new year ahead :) Barb.

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  36. Happy Anniversary to you both!

    What a lucky girl Miss Blossom is to have that beautiful quilt to snuggle under. I love the fabric combinations ~ terrific!
    Keep stitching and smiling.
    Happy New Year

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  37. Happy Anniversary! What a special guy yuo've got there!

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  38. Happy anniversary! I'm so happy for you and Mr Elefantz.
    Hugs :)
    Elisa

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  39. Wow, Happy Anniversary Jenny, if you don't stop giving hints ...on the new BOm...I'm going to start hyperventilating!!!LOL

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  40. Happy Anniversary!
    Love Blossom's quilt.

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  41. Happy Anniversary to you and hubby!!!
    and i just love your first quilt--what a great treasure you have there and memories!!
    And Blossom's quilt is the "bee's knee's"--just love it!!!
    Hugs, Di

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  42. Happy Anniversary! Love your first quilt - so glad you didn't know the 'rules' - sometimes they hold you back!

    Love the freshness of Blossom's quilt - and it will easily go on a larger bed when that time of her life arrives... what a glorious new family heirloom for her! I can just picture her telling her grandchildren one day of how her mum made it special for her one very hot summer...

    I'd be interested to know if the massage therapy helps as my daughter suffers from migraine as well...

    Thanks for sharing with us Jenny. May your New Year be Bright with many Blessings in 2010...

    (I may have already told you that, but if I repeat myself it just means it's really important!)

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  43. Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  44. Congratulations, Jenny! What a sweet post. I could hear the love shining thru.
    My goodness! You did start your quilting career with a bang. And you are making beautiful posts yet, as witness Blossom's quilt.
    Many blessings in the New Year!
    Love your posts.

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  45. Ooops! I meant to say..." and you are making beautiful 'quilts' yet...

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  46. Jenny (and Mr. Jenny LOL) congratulations on your 18th anniversary. DH and I celebrated our 36th on Dec. 19. Lovely quilts, and your first one just goes to show that if no-one is around to tell us otherwise, we can do most anything! I can see why Blossom loves her quilt - it's so girly! Thank you for sharing, and I am eagerly awaiting Jan. 7 (little brother's birthday! :) )


    Gerda in Alberta, Canada

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  47. Happy Anniversary!
    Blossom's quilt is so cute on her bed!

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  48. Congrats on your anniversary.I love your quilts.
    Hugs Mary.

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  49. Jenny congrats on 18 years I wish you many more happy years to come hugs Beth

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  50. Oh boy, you have been busy again. I love your recicled towels, and Blossoms quilt looks very, very, very nice. Well done!
    KATRIN W.

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  51. Congratulations to your wedding anniversary.
    I am lookind forward for the new bom. Ilove pearls and laces...
    On my blog I will also start a bom called "German Christmas Carols" on January the 1st, 2010.

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  52. Congratulations on your anniversary. You made me laugh because my DD Jenifer's Birthday is May 10th. One year it fell on Mother's day. Her ex-fiance always thought that her birthday was on Mother's Day after that. Must be a guy thing.

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  53. I know i am late... here's wishing you happiness and peace and all that you want...

    Both your quilts are great. In fact the first quilt you made does not look like the first!!

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  54. A belated happy anniversary to you and your DH Jenny! 8-)
    Love your anniversary quilt! I am in awe that it was your first quilt project...and done so quickly! Wow! 8-)
    Blossom's quilt is wonderful! Love the fabrics! 8-)

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