Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yes, tis my birthday today.  The grand old age of 43.  I was actually disappointed because I thought I would be 44 which means I would have lived a year longer than I had.  Trust me, it works in my head rofl.

Yesterday my wonderful hubby took me on a mystery drive which led to the Crafter's Basket in Cliffoney, Sligo.
I found some fabric to finish off my quilt (you remember: the one with the mystery colour I couldn't remember?  So I couldn't finish it?). The colours aren't exact but they are good enough for a first ever double quilt.

My hubby also bought me some filling, some batting and some other bits and peices.   A wonderful suprise.

They also donated some material towards my owls!  How amazingly kind!

Lovely and summery: which is about as much summer as I feel we are going to get.  It is the coldest May I have ever known.  Cold and wet.

We didn't let that stop us because after letting me have free rein in the Crafter's Basket, hubby took me to my next most favourite place.  The beach!  The sea isn't as nice as my Norfolk sea: there aren't proper white horses here..but it is still the sea and I am happy to be near the sea.  It is the most perfect birthday surprise.

It might not be the Norfolk coast but that isnt always a bad thing.  We don't get the Norfolk tourists here: no crowds, no over priced parking bays.

A beautiful, sandy and practially empty beach: there were cows on it at one end and the birds the other: I decide the birds looked safer!

And just around the corner!

And a little further along

I hate the politics here but the country is so pretty: so healing and so restful.  I love it: I love the wildness and I love the fact we can really lose ourselves in the countryside.

I got some amazing pressies off my children:

Beautiful flowers and my favourite bottle of Rioja from my beautiful daughter

And because I want to try new things with my Needlework Masters book, my boys got me these kits: Embroidery, Crewel and Stumpwork

Hubby cooked lunch (roast chicken) and I have had a lovely day on my sewing machine.  I have made some more pincushions for the charity: this time chickens!
Inspired by my new babies (and some more due this week)

Yes: the darker chick wondering off probably is a cockeral: they are always the naughtiest: momma clucks to keep her babies close and he deliberately walks off in the opposite direction.

Thankfully these little chicken and chick pin cushions are very well behaved!

They are so cute xx  Next, owls!!! Pirate owls and strawberry owls.

Well, that is me done.

Have a lovely week everyone and chat soon!


  1. Happy Birthday to you . glad you had a lovely day. I love the beach too, would love to live near one .x

  2. Happy Birthday :) You got some lovely gifts and I adore your pincushion chicks too! Very cute :)

  3. Happy Birthday to you, happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dearest Gaynor, Happy Birthday to you....what a wonderful way to celebrate.

    My granddaughter celebrated her 2nd birthday today!

    Much love xxx

  4. Happy birthday my dear!I love your chickens, all of them!

  5. Happy, happy birthday!!! Snuck that one by us, didn't you?!

    Lovely chickens both real and stuffed!

  6. Happy Birthday! I love all the little chick pincushions! :0)

  7. A very happy birthday to you! Love the pictures of your day out ~ beautiful!! Cute chicks!!

  8. What a busy girl you have been, I saw your pin cushions on facebook and they all look lovely. Glad you all enjoyed your day out, an empty beach is bliss

  9. Happy birthday to you..
    Glad you had a fun day
    Hugs x

  10. ohhh happy birthday to you ... looks like you had a wonderful day and I love the sea too ... brought up at blackpool ...
    we have orphingtons too .... and your wee stitched chickens are sooo cute ... do you have a price for them ??
    love mouse xxxxx

  11. Happy Birthday to You!!!! It looks like you had a smashingly wonderful day with your family. Gorgeous photos and I love your cute little chicks!!

    Hahah...word verification is: Polytheism!!

  12. Happy Belated Birthday to you!

    Looks like you had a lovely day and got some great presents.


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