Friday, 4 September 2009

F is for........



Prettiness on my Birthday!

Yes, I edged a little closer to the 'Big 4 0' yesterday with my Birthday and what a lovely day I had.



A day spent with my Sis and the 'little ones', followed by Birthday tea with my other nephew with whom I share a Birthday, and taken out for dinner by my gorgeous hubbie in the evening.



I was very spoilt too. Much needed pennies(well £s actually) from my Mum and Dad, the most gigantic bottle of my favourite 'Femme' perfum from Simon, CathK handcream and a renewed subscription to Country Living from Simon's Sis and hubbie and two gorgeous items pictured in this post. The little cupboard below is from my in-laws. As they knew they would be away this week, my Mother-in-law asked me to let her know what I wanted for my Birthday well in advance. At the beginning of the hols we went to Belgium with them for a couple of days to our favourite little town, and while we were there we popped in my favourite little shop which actually isn't little at all, but a whole town house of beautiful home accessories and furniture. She said, why don't you choose something here and we'll buy you it. Well I needed no encouragement and after much looking I settled on this little cupboard. The moment I saw it I had in mind to do something like Jane's sweet cupboard and finally have somewhere pretty to store my beads. I think I may paint it cream although I do kind of like this soft grey.



As for the framed 'F', this is my most beautiful present and it is entirely handmade by my very talented Sister! Isn't it just gorgeous?



I'm not sure that my pictures are really doing it justice. The light is not fantastic today and I'm getting light reflecting off the glass of the frame. It really is stunning. So pretty and with such intricate detail. I've told her she should open up a little etsy shop and have a go at selling them. What do you all think? The thing is that at the moment she produces similar, although more complicated creations which she sells as textile designs through an agent to the likes of M and S and Monsoon and various companies in the US to be used on all sorts of things from greetings cards to wrapping paper to embellishments on children's clothing. She gets really quite a lot of money for these designs as they will be used in so many different ways by the companies who buy them. Making smaller pieces would make less money per piece, but each piece would be quicker to make and I'm convinced they would sell like hot cakes. She'd love to know what you all think. She's a blog reader but not writer and knows how important the opinions of the blogging ladies is!

So another year older and so much has happened in this last year. My first Birthday as a Mrs for a start which is without doubt the loveliest of things. I'm squeezing my Birthday out a bit longer with dinner at Mum and Dad's over the weekend which will be lovely. Possibly our last family meal in The Old Coachhouse as fingers crossed their move will be taking place in a couple of weeks. Wishing you all a lovely weekend wherever you are and whatever you're doing and just before I go, thank you all so much for the lovely response to my magazine feature. Your kind and supportive words mean so much to me. x

13 comments:

Sarah said...

Well happy birthday to you! I love your presents. I agree, that F is so beautiful. It must have taken her a long time to stitch it. She is very talented indeed.

sue15cat said...

Have a lovely birthday and a lovely weekend.

Sue xx

Isobel said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday, and that cabinet is just adorable!
Enjoy the weekend!! xxx

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Happy happy Birthday, sounds gorgeous, just as it should be!

Sarah x

bellaboo said...

Sounds like you had a great birthday! Hand made presents are the best...and so special.

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Happy Birthday - what gorgeous gifts. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend with your parents. Fingers crossed that their move goes smoothly.

Sue xx

Wild Rose said...

Belated birthday greetings Fiona ~ I love your sister's work.

Marie x

Itch2stitch.com said...

Hello, my first time here, just found you lovely blog! And so glad I did too. I think your sister is very talented and she should definitely open an etsy shop! I sew myself and know how much time and work goes into it all. I am sure they would sell well! Pop and visit me sometime, I would love to see you here! Suzie. x :)

carolyn said...

happy birthday Fiona, hope this year is a good one for you. Gorgeous pressies by the way.

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday belated, Fiona! Glad you've been having a long, wonderful celebration. That embroidered initial by your sister is deliciously beautiful--stunning! What a lovely gift/keepsake. Wishing you the loveliest year and many happy returns! :o)

GenerallyGemma said...

Well firstly Happy Birthday! And secondly yes Fiona's sister YES!!!

Margie said...

Happy belated Birthday, and you really did have some serious celebrating to do. Congratulations on getting your work in Period Living, I am glad your excellent work was picked up on. Your sister did a wonderful job too, my sisters are creative also, I love having talented sisters we can share that and understand each other too. The cupboard is a real gem. Mr. Margie is Belgian, we don't always get to visit his homeland. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs, Margie.

kendall*micayla said...

happy very late birthday!!! im sorry im so late in reading this-your birthday sounded positively lovely though!
xo
kendall

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