Is it my birthday? No? Yes? I can't decide! But if it IS my birthday, it's the second one in just a month! In fact, my REAL birthday was just a month ago today. But look what I got!
My online group is celebrating its fifth anniversary and we had a birthday/anniversary gift swap. It was a bit like a secret Santa exchange. You may remember a few weeks back, I showed you photos of a purse/tote I had made? That was for this swap, and I got the nicest e-mail from the gal who received it--she seems to like it! So, it's not exactly my birthday--more like the birthday of the internet group, but we're all celebrating!
Unbeknownst to me, Linda Z. was given my name. Linda reads my blog and you may see an occasional comment from her. We actually got to meet in person once, a couple years ago at a Thimbleberries retreat in Minnesota.
Now you all KNOW I'm not a morning person, so all that pretty, bright paper just about blinded me this morning, but once I'd ripped all the paper off the gifts, it made such a nice, festive mess all over the table! Linda also sent me a birthday card that kept opening out and opening out . . . . It ended up being about the size of a forgotten zucchini in an August garden!
First of all, here are the smaller, individually wrapped gifts Linda sent: a pack of quilty note cards, a wrist pin cushion, and a thread cutter that hangs around the neck with a pair of small scissors that are just perfect for trimming bits and pieces, odds and ends.
Then, Linda made me this great tote, using charm squares from the Thimbleberries Garden Graphics line. Don't you just love the prairie points all around the top? I do!
Finally, she made this wonderful table square that will look just great on my kitchen table! My kitchen is mostly blue and green, so the table topper matches perfectly! (Sorry about my photo skills--I have light issues. Believe me, it's much prettier and lighter in person! The borders that look nearly black in the photo are actually green and blue!)
Thank you again Linda! What a great way to begin the day!