My birthday is only days away, and I wanted to share with you the lovely gifts that have arrived this week from some of my dearest Gum Tree friends, and some of my lovely blogging friends as well.
Jo made me this gorgeous bag! I have seen a couple of these bags that she has made and loved each one, so I emailed and asked her where I could source the pattern - but she made me one! I *love* this bag, Jo - thank you!
Katrin and I are doing a Birthday Swap this year, and her parcel arrived from Germany yesterday. She made me two lovely red ruffled cushions with *J* in the middle, a very pretty handmade card, and she sent me Belgian chocolates and coffee too! I was really spoilt by her!!
I also recieved the prettiest birthday card you have ever seen from Janey in the UK!
Next, my favourite tracing pen arrived with a beautiful appliqued block from Cheryl, a fellow Gum Tree Designer - we Gum Tree girls send each other a block for our birthdays which gets stitched into something of our choice once the birthday has passed - and Judith sent me some lush fabric that is going to be used in whatever I decide to make with the blocks, as well as pretty blue trims and a tatted bookmark.
Fiona sent me presents too, and I think she has been working with the Mission Impossible team because look what is on the packages...
...I decided to wait and not risk injury! ;-)
Monica sent me a gift too - not a birthday gift, but a gift that has made a difference to my tendonitis prone hands and wrist. Bless you Monica! This creme is *wonderful* and worked overnight on my hands! \o/
I am also part of a Birthday Fat 1/4 swap this year - there are 6 of us in our group and we all send each other a couple of fat 1/4's on our birthday. One of my parcels has arrived, but I'll wait until they all arrive before I show the fabrics to you and tell you who the other girls are.
I'll be back later to show you what a clever crafter has been making with her scrap binding scraps, plus you can see what I made with a charm square pack...