Thursday, August 23, 2007

Party Time!

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!


Linda said...

What a great start to the day, and weren't you spoilt? I know what you mean about bright, first thing in the morning.....

Vicky said...

WOW! The mother lode of birthday packages!! Everything is wonderful - the bag and topper especially! What a special friend to make those wonderful things for you.

Oh, and happy belated birthday! Gotta love those Leo gals!!

Darlene said...

Leo gals definitely rule. LOL

That's a wonderful birthday package - everything is terrific. That's a great on-line group of friends you have. Enjoy.

Eileen said...

WOW those baloons really blow you away. Lind realy went all out wrapping. You really lucked out. Don't we have some wonderful online friends.?

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you like all your gifts. I added a little extra because of all the nice things you do for the QH gals. Happy anniversary/birthday.

Linda Z

Kairle said...

I can't decide which I like best...the table topper or the tote. But I guess it really doesn't matter since those are your gifts and I got my own. lol! Linda did a really nice job.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Wow! That's a really impressive gift swap.
Could you email me with any publisher details on those cards, they look fabulous!!!Pretty please with sugar on top!!!
lol Tracey

Sharon said...

WOW!!! You cashed in big time. Love all the gifts you received. That table topper is great and love the tote of course. You must be a "special" person. Oh of course you are special. I know that!!!!
Thanks for sharing.
Ps. That paper was bright for the morning though. Were you wearing sunglasses when you opened the stuff?

Bren said...

I love the tote! You sure had a great morning..I have never known anyone who can drag a birthday out like you can!!! I need to learn that one!