I celebrated my 50th birthday on Friday, and this weekend. And the birthday present to myself was I finished Angel of Grace! Woo Hoo! Yep, finished her just before midnight on Friday for a great birthday finish. Here she is:
She is Angel of Grace by Lorrie Birmingham Designs. She is stitched on 28 ct Salmon and Gold Linen Banding, which was not fun to stitch on. She is pretty much stitched as the pattern is charted, but rather than outline all the little squares that were left open on the dress, I decided to add gold beads.
A basket charm, Austrian Crystals and 14kt butterfly charms were included in the pattern. She really turned out beautiful, but there were many obstacles along the way on this one. I truly wondered if I would ever finish her. She will eventually be turned into a bell pull and given to my Mom for her birthday this summer. I am just so happy to have her finished, and on my birthday 😉
So speaking of my birthday, here is how I celebrated all weekend: I had a Stamping workshop at my house on Thursday night and the hostess brought me this:
Beautiful, pink, fragrant hyacinths. My personal Spring! Every time I look at them, and smell them, I know I am edging towards that much awaited day when the weather breaks and green starts poking though. It’s a good thing I am in the basement right now as I don’t want to look out the window at this moment. And a cute little frog key chain that lights up and croaks.
I spent most of my actual birthday on Friday, stitching. My hubby and youngest took me out to Chinese for birthday dinner and then it was back to stitching until I finished the Angel-almost midnight, but I did finish her on my birthday. Hubby bought me this:
My own little personal printer and it’s wireless! I had the earlier model, but the printer cartridge got stuck inside and it would have cost almost as much as a new one to fix it. So now I have a new one and it’s wireless! I love having my own personal printing for my scrapbooking. And now I can print from the computer, too. Awesome!
I also received a Gift certificate for 1-2-3-Stitch from a my sweet stitching friend, Annie. I am waiting to see if they get the new Ophelia’s Pearl mermaid in so I can get that and her bead pack and threads. That will be a super project to have in my stash.
On Saturday, my Friend, Carol, came over and we spent the day scrapbooking. We did take a break for presents!
She gave me pink tiger ribbon (great for all of those zoo pictures I still have to scrapbook), Lindor Limited Edition chocolates (My favorite and in a pink bag :), 2 boxes of adhesive, (we scrapbookers go through a lot of that) and a set of Vampire Academy books. I had not heard of them, but Carol knows I love vampires. Can’t wait to read them. And all my gifts were in a very nice re-usable shopping bag. I love taking them to the grocery store instead of getting tons of plastic bags. We also went out to Chinese for lunch and then back home to scrapbook. While scrapbooking and having fun, this is what came in the mail:
The items from my Birthday shopping Spree at Stitches N Things. The thread is my missing thread for Biancabella. The Snowmen Trio by Country Cottage Needleworks was too cute not to add to my stash. And the newest Mermaid Letters from Nora Corbett. The “G” is for Ginny of course, and the “I” is beautiful. It almost doesn’t look like a letter.
And this was in the other package I received in the mail:
My Best Stitchy Friend, Johanna, sent me this adorable pin cushion. It’s not small either. It’s about 6″ tall and 7″ wide. The most adorable thing I have ever seen! I love collecting decorative pins, so now I have a beautiful pin cushion to put them in. I have to get a better picture of the froggy pin in the back:
So I had a wonderful birthday weekend and it wasn’t so bad turning 50. And I finished the Angel!!! Do you have a project that has been hanging over your head for a long time?