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

Thomas Moore

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

After the birthday...

Hello lovely friends! Thank you for the heartfelt birthday wishes - you are such a delight and a blessing to me!
I have been continuing to wrestle with a migraine, and that has meant the need to stay away from the computer as much as possible. Today I feel much better - but I must take things slower over the next few days because more storms are brewing in the skies around us once more and these are what have triggered all the migraines during February.
My birthday was very quiet as I needed to sleep a lot, but my family understand that. My darling husband bought me a foot spa and all the associated creams and potions...
...and dear son Slicer bought me two pairs of leather sandals. Now my feet will look especially lovely after the pedicures and spas!
Blossom's gift came wrapped in brown paper - like a parcel...
....isn't that special!!
She knew that I loved my little milk jug and sugar bowl, both of which I bought separately last year at *that* shop, so can you guess what was inside the package?
 Now I have an exquisite set! Anyone for tea?
I also bought a special gift for myself. Ever since we moved here last July I have looked at this each time we walk through *that* shop...
...but I never bought it because it seemed a luxury. Last week however, the shop had a big sale, clearing all their floor stock for new arrivals later this month. I decided that if I was still oohing and aaahing over it 8 months after first setting eyes on it then now would be the time to make it mine. So I did, and it is.
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I received more lovely fat 1/4s from my Birthday swap partners (thank you!!), as well as lovely stitched blocks from my darling Gum Tree Designers. I'll show some photos later this week when I am a bit more organised with the camera. Thank you also to those who sent e-cards, and those who posted cards...you have no idea how much that expression of care means to me. I know I do not talk often of sorrows, but birthdays carry sorrow for me as well as joy and your extended hands of friendship and care mean a great deal to me. {{{{thank you}}}}
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Now - what have you been making? Let's take a look!
Here is a Binding Challenge entry for February from Illene ...
...and some baskets that Sheila made!
Gladys taught her step-daughter and friend to handstitch when they came to visit recently, and look how beautifully they have finished their first projects! They made Bible covers featuring my free TRUE LOVE design...
...and Jytte made a gorgeous wallhanging featuring three of the blocks from my Shabby Roses Quilt. Doesn't it look beautiful hanging in the snow...

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I have to finish a secret Gum Tree Designer's project today...
As soon as it's finished I will do those tutorials I promised.
Blessings to you all,
Jenny
xxx

35 comments:

  1. Happy Belated Birthday, sounds like you were very spoit, so sorry to read you have not been, but good to know you are on the mend.....take care Peg xx

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  2. I to missed your birthday ,Happy Birthday .I also get migraines there no fun at all ,feel better soon .

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  3. I'm glad you were spoilt and had a good birthday Jen. Not so good about the migraine though!

    I LOVE the little box you got from *that* shop ... and the foot spa sounds divine.

    Love and hugs,
    Fee x

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  4. Happy Belated Birthday Jenny.
    I hope your migraines subside (my hubby suffers too).

    Carolyn

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  5. I absolutely love that teapot...and the wrapping is so sweet.Hope you feel better soon, I don't have migraines any more... after a lifetime of suffering with them, but I do know that terrible "Migraine Hangover". Love all the things people are making this month!!!

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  6. What wonderful birthday treasure's you received. I hope you are starting to feel much more yourself. I know the feeling of birthday's bring sorrow, mine & DS always have sorrows attached to them. Hugs

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  7. I hope your headache goes away soon, it is so hard to to be creative with a pounding head. Your birthday gift were great. I love your birthday present to yourself.
    Elaine

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  8. Un poco tarde, pero feliz cumpleaƱos, deseo que te recuperes pronto, y felicitaciones por tan hermosos regalos recibidos y que sean muy bien aprovechados.
    besos
    Celia

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  9. Hi Jenny, happy wishes for the year ahead. Your birthday certainly was celebrated with so much love it's just unfortunate that you were a touch below par. Oooo what goodies you received, presents to last a long long time.
    hugs - Miche'le

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  10. Hope you had a wonderful birthday Jenny. Looks like you received some truly lovely, thoughtful presents. Hope you managed to keep your migraine away xx

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  11. Happy, happy birthday, dear! Hubby was so nice to give you the foot spa. Enjoy it! Have you tried rubbing Arnica gel or cream on your forehead/temples/back of neck/etc when you have a migraine?

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  12. The gifts your family gave you are gorgeous, and the treat you bought is so "you", I know you just had to have it.
    Take care
    KATRIN W.

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  13. Oh girl I'm glad you're starting to feel better - but do take it easy! Wow, foot spa and sandals, that was VERY thoughtful!!! And the gorgeous tea pot! I'm sure you and Blossom will have some lovely teas together. Jenny girl I love that box....it just screams your name, I don't know how you resisted it for so long.

    Those are some fabulous projects you're showing, I really love the bible covers especially, your design is perfect for them. This is giving me ideas!!

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  14. Oh Jenny...am I late to wish you a happy birthday? I'm sorrry to hear you had migraine and hope you're feeling better now.
    The gifts you received from your special family are fantastic (I have a foot spa too...your feet will thank you).
    Have a nice day.
    Elisa

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  15. Better late than never - so Happy Birthday! Lovely gifts:) Hope your head clears soon.

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  16. What gorgeous, thoughtful gifts! They both will be nice to use while you are taking things easy. What better than to sit with a lovely cup of tea while being pampered.
    It must be such a thrill to see what people have made with your patterns. They all look lovely.

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  17. loverrrrrrrrrrly well done, now go take care of you...cheers Vickie

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  18. Happy Belated Birthday, my friend.
    Hope you are feeling a bit better.
    The foot spa sounds wonderfully divine. And I just love you little tea set. hugs xxx

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  19. Though belated I wish you much continued happiness. The tea set is indeed exquisite!!! Cathy

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  20. Happy Belated Birthday. Enjoy your wonderful gifts! Hope you feel better soon.

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  21. Happy Belated Birtday. I wouldn't have been able to resist that cute organizer with the bird either. Sweet gifts from your family too.

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  22. Oh Jenny...your daughter is so sweet! That package that she wrote on was just so precious.
    I have a soon to be 15 year old that acts like she can't stand me most days. Too get something that sweet would send me into tears, lol
    I hope your migraines go away soon!!

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  23. So glad your feeling better but wise to take it easy!
    Your bd. gifts are wonderful and the teapot is beautiful!
    Love what the ladies have been making :)
    Hugs to you!

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  24. Happy Birthday Jenny! I sent your little present today, I hope you and Blossom will like them! (I sent one for her as well!) I wonder if you can guess what they are?
    That little bird on your new gorgeous stationery organizer is a red-backed fairy-wren. In case you didn't know. We have them all around our house, and I've taken some fabulous photos! I can e-mail you my favourite shot if you'd like!
    We didn't have a cloud in the sky today - very hot too! Send me the rain! I'll have it, and then you won't have to worry about more migranes...
    hugs!

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  25. Hi, Jenny, honey. I'm sorry I missed your birthday. I've been "out of sorts", so to speak, after my long journey back to Cape Breton. I see it's your turn to have a migraine. I'm sorry. Glad you had a good birthday, despite! I'll be thinking of you! ~karen

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  26. Hi Jenny,
    Hope you feel better and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

    hugz
    Pam

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  27. Hi Jenny,
    Hope you feel better and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

    hugz
    Pam

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  28. I missed your birthday, I wish you a great new year with all the ones you love.

    What a nice Bible Cover have you placed on your weblog! It is a great one you make for the bibles of my son and daughter, and mine too. Great idea!

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  29. happy (a little bit late) birthday
    to a dear lady-i have not read your blog for a few days and boy do you miss stuff if you don't! just a happy thought and a big thank you for your always wonderful words and your lovely pictures. hope you feel better soon-roccagal
    srocca2004@hotmail.com

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  30. Happy Belated Birthday Jenny ,I absolutely love the tea pot , that is just gorgeous , hope you have many enjoyable cups of tea ! I also hope your migraines stay far far away .
    hugs,
    Sheila

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  31. Hi Jenny,
    Wishing you belated birthday wishes.
    Sorry i'm late, been very busy and not much blog hopping going on.
    Nice to see you were spoilt and sure I'll be over for afternoon tea sometime.
    Hugs,
    Anna

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  32. Jenny, Happy Birthday (late)~ I am a regular follower of your blog and I notice the frequency of your headaches. The only reason I mention this is because I am a sufferer of migraines too. My doctor put me on a blood pressure medicine and I hardly ever have a headache now. I don't have high blood pressure but the medication opens constricted blood vessels, a major symptom of headaches. I don't know if this will help you but I thought I'd offer it just in case. Love your blog and all your patterns!

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  33. Happy belated birthday Jenny! Ilove your blog and love all your works. Thank you so much for sharing your special talents with us and your beautiful family.

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  34. Sorry I am late with my birthday wishes. It looks like you had a great day. I hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy your goodies even more. Jealous of the foot spa--yummy! L, A-

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  35. Happy birthday Jenny, sorry I didn't know earlier and I hope you feel better soon!

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hugs
Jenny
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