Birthday Treasures


Just look at all these beauties! I was definitely spoiled this birthday. It was wonderful to be in Texas among family and friends, and to come back home to all kinds of treats awaiting me in the mail.

First of all, Carol sent me the prettiest package for the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club. She stitched the Bianca Scissor Pocket by Cat's Whiskers Designs on 32 ct. White Belfast with Caron Waterlilies in Hyacinth and Moss. It is so delicate and delightful -- I love it! She also sent along some DMC scissors, a big piece of hand dyed lugana, a fat quarter, some pins and pretty purple ribbon, and a La-D-Da freebie. Thank you so much, Carol!




And what would birthdays be without a little stash? I took advantage of Mary Kathryn's sale before we left and ordered several items from Blackbird Designs ... it seems like they have a huge quantity of new items out now, doesn't it? I also ordered the pretty spring colors for "In the Garden with Jane Austen" by The Sampler Girl. I can't wait to start this one. Speaking of Jane Austen, some dear friends gifted me with the most extraordinary book, called "Life in the Country with Quotations by Jane Austen and sillhouettes by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh." It contains beautiful reproductions of Regency era sillhouettes that Jane Austen's nephew cut free-hand from black paper, accompanied by texts from her novels. The patterns are exquisitely detailed.



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Also pictured above are a wonderful stitching journal from my wishlist that my sis-in-law and brother picked out, some gorgeous beads from another friend and poetry by Robert Burns from my father-in-law, and a little bird figurine and eggs painting that I picked up at a boutique in Dallas.

An abundance of blessings! Each reminding me of those I hold dear.
More stitchery picturs to come, I promise...

26 comments:

Nancy said...

Such wonderful gifts for a wonderful lady! Belated Happy Birthday Rachel, and I'm glad your day was so special.

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Those are incredible!! I love them all!! They are amazing.

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

FYI, the previous comment was Rachel's hubby.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Wow so many wonderful things, sounds like a great Birthday. I especially love the bird figurine. CJ ok;-)

Brigitte said...

Wonderful gifts! Enjoy them all!

Susan said...

Happy belated birthday, Rachel. It looks like you were totally spoiled!

Deb said...

Wow - you got some wonderful gifts for your birthday. Belated Happy Birthday!!

Marie-P said...

Happy beleated birthday Rachel! You received some beautiful gifts. I am wondering what part of Texas you were visiting?
So, your husband attends/attended Villanova? Great school :D

mainely stitching said...

Oh, everything's so beatiful! Thosee sillhouttes are ... stunning!

Julie said...

Beautiful gifts, belated Birthday wishes

Lee said...

Happy Birthday! Even though this is late! You received such wonderful gifts - you are surely loved.

Kim B said...

People who handcut silhouettes are amazing! What a wonderful collection of goodies for your birthday!

Cindy F. said...

Happy Belated Birthday! What wonderful birthday treats:)

lena-lou said...

Happy Belated Birthday Rachel, you have some lovely gifts here the JA book looks pretty special.

Hazel said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!! xx

Michele B. said...

I'm glad you had such a happy birthday, filled with goodies and good wishes. Those silhouettes are amazing. Loved seeing the comment from your husband!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

What lovely gifts! I do so hope you enjoy them.

Siobhan said...

Happy belated birthday, Rachel! It looks like you were thoroughly spoiled--and you deserve it. :) I'm glad it was a good day & celebration.

Dianne said...

What lovely things you received. I would send you a card if I had your address. ; )
Your mom and mother-in-law are lovely ladies!

The Southern Cross Stitcher said...

Rachel - I missed reading your blog while you were gone! Not that I have been any better, I have only ever posted 2 entries on mine that I started in April. Sigh - I am better at browsing other peoples' than keeping up on my own! Welcome back :)

Julie's Keepsakes said...

You are so lucky (and spoiled!) to have received such wonderful gifts on your day. Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Linen Stitcher said...

Happy belated birthday to you, Rachel! What wonderful treasures your gifts are!! And sucy lovely photography, too, to share them with us. Enjoy them all.

Kajsa said...

Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a great day and that many remembered you.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

You really racked up some gorgeous things for your birthday! I'm especially interested in your Jane Austen book. So happy for you...and a happy belated greeting, too. Hope this is your best stitchy year ever!! Hugs, Deb

Michelle said...

Wonderful gifts! Happy belated birthday!!! I've been to the Chocolate Angel and it is wonderful. I wish I'd known you were here, I would have love to have met up with you!! Let me know next time. : )

Maren said...

Wow, those are some really great gifts! I love the silhouettes!