Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Happy Birthday to ......................................


Yep, it was my birthday the other week and I was very excited! As I had been allowed to order most of my presents before the day I knew how much I was going to like them!!! I was very good though and didn't peek even when they arrived weeks early.

This little tale will show you where my money-spending priorities lie:
A friend and I had been clothes shopping just before the school holidays and I had seen a nice dress but decided I couldn't afford it. My friend suggested I got it from my parents for my birthday
"But I can't do that" I said "then I would have less birthday money to spend on craft books!"
So this is what I got myself:

You should see the pattern for the pull-along elephant in here - it's gorgeous!Angry Chicken's book is great - some useful tips in here.

These Japanese books may be incomprehensible to me but the designs are universal and absolutely amazing
I can't wait to get sewing!

I haven't had a chance to read this yet but I am looking forward to discovering what makes other crafty people "tick"

I also treated myself to some wonderful patterns from Melly and Me
I have wanted the pattern for Pocket and Floss for ages and was intrigued by the wallet design - and even more exciting - I managed to buy a wallet made by Melly herself! It is wonderful to have something actually made by a designer I admire so much. I really treasure it. I have been able to make two wallets from the pattern - they are fab - more about them in a later post.

Then, having discovered Japanese Import fabric, I bought myself some from Nuno on ebay - it came really quickly and is absolutely gorgeous! I keep going back to their shop to see if they have more goodies - I can't wait for them to restock!

I also got a copy of Sarah Raven's new book - full of ideas on how to cook my glut of courgettes and all the other veg from the allotment! The fridge is full of home grown goodies but I don't seem to have the time to prepare them all :0(

Finally, if those goodies weren't enough, my very good friends (the sewing girls) took me out shopping to our local patchwork shop The Fat Quarters, and each gave me spending money for my birthday so I could choose my own treats (how well they know me!) Kim had the new Tilda book in so I had to get that! and then some of the lovely fabrics, ric-rac, buttons and felt that go with it (although I have spared you photos of them). Tilda has produced three amazing books that have been translated into English but I think this one has to be the best of all - even just the room sets are amazing - I love her style.

So, all in all, a very, very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Sorry it has taken me a while to write this post but as you can see there were rather a lot of photos to take and upload and I have been working semi-full-time for the last week (9.15-3pm) so I have not had much "me-time". It has been quite a shock to the system as the last time I worked full-time was over 10 years ago!


Nadine said...

Lucky Lucy was spoiled, but she deserves it ! You're going to make so many cute things out of these... ENJOY ....

Hugs & smiles,

Melly said...

oooooh, I am really jealous!!!! All those yummy, lovely craft books to read, and read, and read and drool and drool and drool over! Well deserved Lucy and cant wait to see your wallys!!!

Yummers! said...

WOW!!! That's a lot of presents... and you, sweet girl, deserve them!!! I have to go back and look at all the photos again as everything looked so interesting. I love The Fat Quarter store online. Is it a chain of stores??? I just ordered a bunch of stuff... so tempting.
Birthday hugs,

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Belated Birthday Sweet Little Lucy! It looks as though you've had a grand time. Working full time is a pain, especially when you're blog addicted as we all are. I hope you're adjustment goes well -- please take lots of me time special for you -- you deserve it!

est said...

oh my!!!what a blasting birthday you had!!!! lol! happy sweet belated birthday to you! i love all yr birthday goodies! especially those japanese craft books!:)

Fiona said...

Ooh, I'm drooling over all those craft books. Belated Birthday Wishes!

Monkee Maker said...

Oh no! Now you'll have your head in all those fantastic books and won't have time to post - or comment - FOR AGES!!!!

Glad you had such great birthday treats though!

piecemaker said...

Belated Happy Birthday Lucy!!,many,many happy returns.Nice lot of goodies there,you'll have fun with the Tilda book,I've made 5 things so far.
Have you been watching the new Jamie Oliver cooking prog.Tues 8pm C4? its all about veg and using seasonal produce.I have been "experimenting" on the kids every Wednesday,trying out a new recipe and they have all been delicious.

the vicious chicken said...

Happy Birthday Lucy! Hope you had a nice day - enjoy all your fab gifts.
VC x

Clare said...

Belated Happy birthday. Sarah Raven! I love her colours. I've got an old catalogue of hers somewhere and the colours are so inspiring.

Suzie Sews said...

What a fab birthday, no need to ask how it went you must still be smiling. Yummy books.
Suzie Sews

Jenny said...

Happy birthday! Will you pick out what I want for my birthday when the time comes around:0)

Knot Garden said...

You got lots of lovely goodies! Happy birthday:)

Annelies said...

Happy belated birthday from The Netherlands.
I love your presents !!

My Paper World said...

Wow! how lucky you are! Cant wait to see the things that you are going to make from these!

de vliegende koe said...

A Very Happy Birthday to you. I love girls with long birthday wish-lists. The books look so great and about the patterns from MellyandMe, they are so fun to make! Enjoy the making of all kind of new things!

pink-petal-designs said...

wow they are just the best birthday presants, lucky you and happy belated birthday !!
Sarah x