Monday, 13 August 2012

Birthdays and stitching

I survived my 60th birthday.
 My husband threw me a party. What a great party it was. My family and friends did their very best to make me feel special. They were successful.

My grandson Hunter thought he should be in the picture with Gramma and Poppa and so - he is LOL.

Here is a quick shot of some of my birthday gifts.

You can see - a cookbook stand (Bob and Julie) a nutcracker apron (Fran and Simon), gift certificates to my LNS (Barb and Joyce), gift certificate for framing (Beatrice, Lisa, Adriana and Angie), gift certificates to my favorite restaurant (Dani and Rebecca) (along with lots of offers to join me), a  new scissor frog (Bonnie), stitching scissors and fob (Christin), stitchy fabric (Bernie and Bonnie), walnut shells (Bonnie), nutcracker (Bob and Julie), a wishing crystal (Paul and Linda), a book on being 60 (Bob and Julie) and a White Willow sister statue (my sister Susan) and 2 rings. There is an angel coin(Paul and Linda) that is tucked away in my purse. The money (Mom and Dad) is already tucked away for a special something and there is a lovely birdhouse (Joyce and Randy) that is already hanging outside.

Here are a couple of the gifts closer. From my son Adam and his wife a Kameleon ring - the center stone pops out and can be replaced with many other wonderful colors and styles

From my mother - her family ring - she is getting on in years and wanted to pass it down to me. She chose this occasion to do so. She made me cry.

From my friend Christin - LEFT-Handed Dovos and the beautiful fob with a lighthouse on it.

Joanne sent me this lovely card she stitched. It arrived last week.

Today in the mail came this lovely gift - from the same sweet Joanne. 

I feel truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and I am so touched that they gifted me with things that are dear to my heart

 Lots of stitching pictures including the stitching I did on vacation.

I did the outside band that you can see on Desert Mandala

I finished LHN - Acorn Hill

I stitched Poppy on Johanna's Mirabilia RR.

I stitched on my Petit Samplings Etui - the lettering  is over 1 on 36 count - a challenge for me. The front of the box is almost done. I have a bit of the border to do and a BUNCH of Queen Stitches.

I made this little gift for my BFF Beatrice  Her birthday is 4 days before mine.

I made this travel bag for my friend Christin's Ott lite. Her birthday is 3 days before mine.

Ovver the past two days I stitched Holland on Kim's 2012 International Dancer RR.

I chose the Dutch dancers to honor my BFF Beatrice and her mother Adriana who are Dutch. Adriana will be 96 on the 15th of this month and still stitches on 32 count evenweave. She was my stitching teacher and is my mentor.

Here is a photo of Angie, Adriana and I

 Whew, I think I am caught up more or less.
I hope you are all having a wonderful stitchy summer even with the terrible heat.
Until next time - stitch frog free!!!


Linda said...

Happy Birthday Kathy. You sure got some awesome gifts.


Christina said...

Wow, what amazing birthday presents Kathy. Happy 60th birthday. I love the lighthouse fob - so cute. Ps if I look as well as you when I turn 60, I'll be a happy lady! :0)

Daffycat said...

What a wonderful post, Kathy! It looks like you had an awesome birthday celebration. I would have cried over the family ring too!

Lovely stitching! I think I have that international dancers chart - love it!

Silverlotus said...

Happy birthday! You have some very thoughtful friends and family. Those are all lovely gifts.

And I absolutely love the idea of a bag for a portable Ott Light. I don't take mine out much, but I still think I need one. ;)

Beatrice said...

What a wonderful blog post Kathy...we did have a great time at your party.
The gifts are awesome and so are you . Woohoo you made it!
I would love to borrow the chart of the dutch dancers so I can stitch it for mom.

Cathy B said...

Happy Belated Birthday Kathy! What a great party you had with so many wonderful, meaningful presents!

Catherine said...

Phew! Great post! Love the birthday picture and wow, great birthday goodies!! All of your stitches look wonderful too ~ hopefully my mojo will come back soon!

Vickie said...

What a happy, great post Kathy. Such wonderful friends, family and gifts. You made such thoughtful gifts for your friends too.

Needlearts Kelly said...

What joy! You have wonderful friends and family and are a very lucky lady (and talented too!) Happy Birthday!

Ma Teakettle said...

Happy Birthday Kathy :)
I am so glad that you had such a wonderful day and celebration of you!
What fabulous, sweet gifts you made for your friends, and of course your stitching is gorgeous as always.
We women are like fine wine, we just get better with age!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your hubby did a great job with the party and I'm so glad I could make it!!!!

What wonderful stitches you've done lately!!! That Mira RR is spectacular.

Karen said...

Beautiful gifts from such great friends and family! And so much stitching and sewing done by yourself! Everything looks wonderful and I'm happy to hear you had such a great birthday! :)

Hazel said...

Looks like you had a wonderful birthday and some amazing gifts too. xxxx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Glad you had a good Birthday, lots of lovely presents and some great stitching too!

Jennifer M. said...

Glad to hear that you had such a nice birthday. You received some nice gifts. Love all of the stitching. It looks like you were busy busy :)


Cheryl said...

Sorry i am late in wishing you a happy birthday Kathy! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Great pictures :)

sandra said...

Happy Birthday! 60 it's a great number!

Carol said...

What wonderful birthday gifts you received, Kathy--well deserved, I might add :) I can see why your mother's gift made you cry...

Love your Acorn Hill finish and that Ott lite bag is a great idea! Lovely work all around, as usual :)

Valentina said...

A belated Happy Birthday! Nice stitching and what a bunch of great gifts you've received!

Lynn said...

I'm so sorry that I wasn't able to make your birthday bash. It looks like it was a resounding success!
I love all of your pressies. Sending you belated wishes and a great BIG HUG for your 60th.

You've done an amazing amount of stitching lately! I really love that Mirabilia. Congrats on your finishes.

Zsuzsanna said...

Dear Kathy, I like the International Dancer RR.
Who is the designer?
And, happy Birthday!