The other day I shared some photos of gorgeous doilies I'd collected over the years, and how I had used them for little display vignettes around my home. You can read it HERE if you missed it.
Lline emailed me afterwards and asked about one of the doilies peeking out from under a pile of vintage classics...
She noticed the applique was puffy and asked if it had been stuffed from behind or during the stitching.
Here is the back of the doily, which shows that the stuffing was actually done during the applique...
Like Lline, I am in awe of such intricate craftsmanship in applique! You cannot even see the needleturn stitches...
Today is my 55th birthday. Mr E and Blossom are taking me out for breakfast to Jam Corner and then I have no idea what they have planned. I'll show you my gifts from them tomorrow, but today let me show you the sweet delights some beautiful friends sent me by post this week.
Allie and I have been friends-of-the-heart for many years now, and we both yearn for a heavenly hug one day as we are on opposite sides of the world here on earth. She knows my need for simplicity, and her gift went straight to my heart when I opened the envelope.
Look at these teeny tiny rose buttons! They are exquisite...
During my two years living in Esperance, Western Australia, I made friends with a lovely lady, Barb. She was the one who showed me how to bind a quilt, and encouraged me to pursue a career in design. She believed in me when I could not believe in myself.
It's been almost five years since we last sat across the table sharing a cuppa, but we stay in close contact, and always send gifts at Christmas and birthdays. I think you all know that I love birds because they feature in so many of my designs. Well, this birthday Barb added to my little bird collection...
Vickie lives up in the Northern Territory at Humpty Doo, which is in wetter tropics than the tropics I am in! We caught up 'for real' last year when she had a few hours between flights here in Townsville and we'll get to catch up again next month down in Melbourne at "Let's Get Stitched".
In an envelope with the cutest card was this beautiful tea-themed hanky...
And not a birthday gift, but a sharing between the best of friends, this leaf punched bookmark arrived recently from dear Ruth, whom has been a nearest and dearest for over 13 years!
We're both reading ( and re-reading) Rhonda Hetzel's "Down To Earth" book, and I've been using a cut off piece of cotton lace as my bookmark (a marvelous and simple idea if you're in need of a quick bookmark yourself) but I find I need about six bookmarks for such an interesting book as this so Ruth's sweet gift was perfect!
The thing I'm coming to appreciate more as I get older are the small, simple gifts that are made or chosen with the recipient in mind. I think in my younger days I tended to choose gifts that "I" liked, rather than making the effort to give something that was meaningful to the person of celebration.
And also as I get older I find myself wanting to give and receive 'smaller' things...after all, we can only own so much can't we?
And simple little gifts need not be restrained to birthdays, anniversaries or the like - they can be given as the mood strikes, and I just love doing the unexpected to surprise someone, don't you?
I'm feeling very loved this birthday, and I don't feel old.
I'm rejoicing that I've made it this far, and that God hasn't taken me Home yet because He still has a purpose for my life that has not yet been fulfilled. Isn't that an incredible thought!?
Of course I do want to go Home, because in reality I'm a spirit having a human experience and not the other way round, but whilst I am here I shall thank Him for being able to use me - for wanting to use me.
YOU are here today because you still have a purpose to fulfill.
Honestly, that is the most exciting revelation I've had in years and every day I wake up and thank God I'm not too old, and that I really do have a purpose to fulfill. \o/
You, dear lady (or man) are a miracle, and your very special self has a purpose in this earthly life.
To have a purpose is empowering.
Be empowered, and wake each day excited to discover how God will use you.
I pray the Lord bless YOU on this, my 55th birthday.
There is a Papillion Honey Bun WINNER!
Thank you to the 329 readers who entered my birthday giveaway. What a beautiful gathering of hearts you are, and I thank you for all the warm wishes you shared. xx
But there is only one honey-bun and the lucky winner drawn by Mr Random is ....
Congratulations to Sisababestitches!
I'll be emailing you today for your address details and then I can post this sweeter-than-sweet honey-bun your way.
The day is about to dawn, so I'd best get off here and pretty myself up for a very special birthday brekky with my beloveds.
Love and hugs to you all,