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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Birthday gifts galore!

First I want to thank you all who gave me suggestions in my last post regarding what I might do with my Grandmothers coat.  What I have decided is to write a note telling the story about my Grandmother and the coat that hung in my closet for so many years and how it ended up being donated to a thrift store.  I will put it into the pocket of the coat.  My hope is that it will be better appreciated that way.  There is a local thrift store that benefits a woman shelter, I intend to take it there.

The photos above show a gift that I received in the mail last month.  My friend Maggi from the UK sent this to me, all hand dyed by herself.  Check out her web site if you want some similar items.  She remembered that it was my birthday and gifted me these things! 

There is a piece she worked on her embellisher machine, some gorgeous dyed silk chiffon, some beautiful matching threads and scrim, and two packages of beads.  It is like a whole kit to make a dooleybobber!!  So beautiful!  Thanks, Maggi!  I hope to do justice to these fine supplies one day soon.

Robin also remembered my birthday and sent me this stunning mandala card that she made.  It just amazes me that she can create these and each one is so different and so beautiful!

Here is a close up, isn't it gorgeous!?!!!  I love these colors and shall have to frame it.  She gifted me a large framed one last year when she came to visit me.

Another visitor who was here last year was Uta from Australia.  She returned this year and we decided to do a trade.  Above you can see the painting she gave me.  I love it!  She does fantastic work and has won awards for her paintings.  Check out her web site and expect to see more of her in the world of fine art.
In trade for the painting I gave her this quilt you can see her wrapped in above.  She loves it and has it on her bed in warm Adelaide Australia now.

Another trade I made with a friend who has no web presence  resulted in my receiving this fabulous sweater that my friend knit herself.  I'm certain it will become a favorite garment for many years to come.  So far it has been too warm to need to wear it but I of course put it on the minute I opened the package and found it to be the coziest thing even in the summer!  Just beautiful!  Thank you, Thalia, I treasure it.
In return I created this wall hanging for her, with her guidance as to its theme.  I blogged about it here.  It is titled Within the Stream.

Other gifts I received last month include this beach glass necklace from Uta and  newly published author Glenn when they came to visit me last month.  Beautiful, I love beach glass!

Elena sent me this book because she knows how much I am enjoying making books these days.  Some great ideas in here!  Thanks E!

I also received this book from another friend who has no web presence.  I love books, as anyone who follows my blog already knows.  Thanks Lyla!  

I have such lovely friends!

Well that's about it for now.  One of these days I'll see if I can't post something about the art I have been creating.  It has mostly been art journaling and bed/lap quilts.  Time to start getting ready for winter art work, I wonder what my focus will be?  Maybe I ought to start with a new dooleybobber using some of that gorgeous fabric Maggi sent me!  Until then, 

Be well.
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Maggi said...

What a wonderful array of birthday gifts. If you were here you would be able to wear that lovely sweater.

Corrine at said...

Belated Happy Birthday. What wonderful gifts and trades, love the idea of trading. xox

sonja said...

happy belated birthday Jan!
what a haul!!
be well all year, Sonja

nacherluver said...

Oh crap. I suck at birthdays. Missed it. Sorry! Happy Belated! How about I send you a big ol' cyber HUG!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Happy Belated Birthday. You sure got a lot of good loot and make super swaps too.
xx, Carol

Cynthia Myers said...

Sorry, I'm late too.
But it does look like you received some Fabulous gifts!
Love the idea for your Grandma's coat.
xoxo - Cindi

Pamela Smallcomb said...

Happy birthday (late!) Jan! Those are all your colors. Beautiful things. :)) xo

Ro Bruhn said...

Happy belated birthday Jan. What a beautiful array of gifts. I love Maggie's dyed pieces. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog too.

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

What a gorgeous batch of gifts, and lovely exchanges - handmade from the heart. The hand-dyed threads and fabrics and the mandala card are absolutely gorgeous, as is the quilt you made for your friend in Oz.

I hope you had a happy birthday.
Would love to see some of your handmade books.

Emma said...

What generosity! Can't remember if i caught you on fb for your birthday - glad you ad such a good time. All the quilts & flowers in your last posts are wonderful x

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Jan!!

It was so nice to hear from you on my blog today. I have thought about you as well, and so I am having fun reading your past blogs!!
Also, belated Happy Birthday to you as well. You received such lovely and thoughtful gifts.
Your quilts are so beautiful, that you made for your nephew and his bride. Also, the one for your friend is so lovely!!
It's amazing to me to come back to blogland and visit some of my old friends, and to see how much they have changed. You my dear remind me of a beautiful flower...showing such amazing talents and just blossoming so happily in so many directions!!

Many hugs and smiles to you,

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