Thursday, 30 August 2007

"Dorothy's" Birthday - sorry loads of photos!

On the day before we came home from Italy our wonderful eldest daughter had her 10th birthday. I can't believe that cute little scrap of baby is now such a lovely, clever "grown-up" 10 year old.

We had a lovely day on her birthday although the Italian weather let us down a bit - torrential rain and storms with only one patch of sunshine all day - so unfortunately no swimming!
I always put up fabric bunting at home the night before a birthday and an applique birthday banner but as we were on holiday I had to improvise! I bought some wrapping paper and made bunting out of that and we all (even Granny and Grandpa) painted a birthday banner - although obviously Dorothy had to be in another room - she spent the whole time giggling as she could hear everything we were saying!

This is the lovely card that Fred made for her.

This is the present that I made for her - a messenger bag like her cousin's but made up of strips of my favourite fabric collection sewn together randomly (I had to order myself some more of this fabric while I was making it as I love it so much!) I was in such a rush to finish it before we went away - which was difficult as the children were always around - that I sewed the pockets on sideways in the lining! Fortunately they still work as one was a pencil holder and the other has a button to close it. I had already made her a little matching case to protect the camera given to her as an early birthday present by Granny and Grandpa Biscuit, Aunty Mo and Uncle David (she obviously didn't know it matched anything until her birthday but it made me happy every time she said she liked the camera case as I knew what was coming! )

When we got home she opened her cards that had arrived in the post and had a second birthday with the majority of her presents from us (as I didn't fancy carrying 13 books on holiday!) This wonderful card was made by my lovely friend Susan who I have known since I was pregnant with Dorothy - she has made these cards for all three children this year and they love them. Thank you for taking such time and care Susan x


est said...

lovely girl! belated birthday to you ms.dorothy!! :)

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Birthday "Dorothy" -- and what a little cutie you are! The pictures are so sweet -- I especially like the 4th and 5th ones together -- you can still see the baby in that adorable 10-yr. old face. I love your bunting and new bag -- what a lucky girl you are to have such a fabulous Mum! XOXO

Anonymous said...

I love it! You are the BEST!!!!!!!!!!
I was sooo cute when I was little! I love you!


Monkee Maker said...

Oi! You've taken some of those pictures off haven't you?? I was going to comment on how similar we looked in some of them ..... glasses and reasonably big hair, and now they've disappeared.

Or have I just had too much wine?

Anyway, lovely gifts and how fab, having a birthday on holiday and then more pressies when you get home!

Monkee Maker said...

Sorry! Didn't mean to put you on the spot. I feel the same about pics of my kids too.

Anything goes with photos of RGH (even knitted pants) as he's big enough and gorgeous enough to look after himself but I like the RBD's to remain incognito.

I'm quite relieved that I've not gone completely bonkers (yet) and your earlier post wasn't a figment of my imagination.

More wine anyone??
(And it's

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Dorothy!!!! It sounds like it was such a fabulous time! I just LOVE that messenger bag you made Lucy!! And how cute is that messenger birdie that you recieved down in another post - they are just so cute!

Michaela said...

That bag is fantastic. Who needs a Monkey Back Pack when you can have something so beautiful? No I'm not bitter. Nia must have done some hardened cheating (like sending Monkee Maker more wine!) to steal him from under our noses like that. Life is just not fair. Bah.

Yummers! said...

She was a cute little one and has bloomed into a lovely 10 year old.
Happy Birthday to Dorothy!

weirdbunny said...

Don't aplolgise for lots of photo's !

Doesn't time fly with children. The messenger bag is fantastic ... ~ Julia x

norththreads said...

The baby & the bag are gorgeous!!!

leanne beasley said...

Loved all the photos - nice to have you back. Belated happy b'day to Dorothy. How wonderful to always be able to say, "I had my tenth birthday in Italy."

Suzie Sews said...

I love the messenger bag, its fab, as for the cut pics...adorable
Suzie Sews