Sunday, 8 March 2009

Birthday goodness

This bowl is similar to one that I have long been coveting whenever I visit my sister's house - I can't quite describe what it is that I love about it, but it seems to me to possess essence of bowly perfection. It is one of my lovely birthday presents from my mother. The gorgeous pink boxes inside are face creams. For as well as eyeballing my sister's possessions, I sometimes find that when I'm in conversation with my mother I end up staring at the side of her face, rather than concentrating on what she's saying (which must make me scintillating company, not to mention appear more than a little odd, but luckily she has to love me whatever), for it is so unbelievably smooth and soft-looking. So when she asked me what I would like for my birthday, I asked for some of her staple Rosa Fina cream in the hope that I might end up with some of her peachy loveliness. I don't normally keep things in their boxes...but these are too nice to discard.

You may or may not recognise what Mr Teacakes' cake is this year...so for those of you that don't, it's a cake-incarnation of one of my teabag holders (actually very much like this one that I first made around the time of my birthday last year), fortunately with butter cream and sponge in the place of dried herbs. He also chose some beautiful fabrics and had them sent over from Holland for me - I can never believe quite how well he knows what prints are likely to appeal to me.

And what a lovely surprise to find, in with his order, this gorgeous handmade tag from Noor. Her shop is one of my absolute favourites that I spend far too long browsing in (and Ian, with his now extensive knowledge of Internet fabric shops from years of birthday and Christmas shopping, declared it to have the nicest selection of fabrics he'd ever seen).

My sister, as well as other bits of loveliness (wonderful Halva brought all the way home from a recent trip to Israel - one of my favourite things to eat, but the Sunita varieties available in this country don't compare to the real thing that we ate as children), sent me this card, which I fell in love with the minute I opened the envelope. I'm hoping to buy a frame for it this week.

This evening though, I finally got around to looking up the website on the back of the card in the hope that some bigger prints might be available...but when I read the 'about' section on the website I may have temporarily stopped breathing such was the awe that struck me. For I wouldn't have guessed that the amazing range of prints, including mine, was created using fabrics and a sewing machine. At first I thought that it must be refering to a different range of cards that I hadn't yet seen, but when I looked closely (Dinosaur-boy's bug-catching magnifying glass was involved) I could see that, indeed, the ribs of her tights, the creases in her dress and the shape of her shoes was actually created using tiny rows of stitching on a background of delicious fabrics, mixed with a little bit of paint here and there. It takes applique and textile pictures (or art in this case) to a level that I hadn't even begun to imagine and leaves me feeling quite dizzy. And yes, as well as being able to applique like that (but is it applique? I'm still mystified), I would also very much love to own the dress, tights and shoes of the girl in the picture. For more jaw-dropping stitchery cleverness do go and look at the Gwendolen website.

17 comments:

  1. Yom Huledet Same'ach
    Andi :-)

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  2. Happy Birthday! What great presents you received. Wished my Hubby knew how to buy fabrics.

    Jo xx

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  3. Birthday wishes to you Florence! Lucky you to have been beautifully spoiled.

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  4. Happy Birthday Florence!
    and can i just say, what an amazing husband you have.
    with love
    Ginny x

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  5. Happy Birthday Florence!! (Gosh .. i remember reading your birthday post last year! it seems like seconds ago). Your presents always look so lovely. xx

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  6. Happy Birthday Flossie

    April xx

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  7. Happy, happy birthday Florence. Lovely fabrics and oh, that card! I love the outfit too. It was Lucy's 11th birthday yesterday so we are all rather caked out here, but yours does look rather orgeous. xx

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  8. Happy birthday Florence. What an amazing cake, Mr Teacakes is very clever with baking AND buying presents. You are a very lucky girl.

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  9. Happy birthday Florence!

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  10. happy birthday Florence (and hats off to Ian, what a star!)

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  11. Happy birthday! Quite a lot of loveliness for you!

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  12. Happy birthday!

    LOVE your sister's card. I'm off to investigate that cream.... :)

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  13. Oh happy birthday, Florence! I missed this in my internet deprived phase. What a lot of birthday loveliness, you lucky thing. And Mr Teacakes' cake-making skills amaze me! Hope you had a lovely time. xxx

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  14. Happy Belated Birthday! Just wanted to say...you have the sweetest little blog. So pretty and full of luscious fabrics and ribbons and a sweet little kitty..all the things that make life delightful! Now..I plan on going and looking around a little more so have a lovely day!

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  15. Hi

    Happy belated birthday!
    Your presents look wonderful. I have an award for you on my blog.I love your blog and think it is so peaceful and full of gorgeous crafting inspiration.

    I know some people dont like receiving them. If this is the case really sorry dont want to cause any offence.

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  16. Many Happy Returns of the Day! I am coveting the tights, shoes and dress as well. They are FABULOUS.

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  17. Goodness I missed your Birthday!! It looks like it was lovely - they are all exactly the kind of presents I would love too. Your husband really is a wonder to come up with such delicious cakes. xxx

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