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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Birthday Crafts

My birthday - an auspicious one - was last week and I celebrated with lunch with friends and dinner the next day with family. I had many messages and phone calls. It was very gratifying - and I plan to make this celebration last all year. 

The gifts I received were so creative, crafty and satisfying that I wanted to record and share them. It is also appropriate for what happens to be my 400th blog post!

My grand-daughter Niamh, still on a mission to save my sofa (and those who sit on it) from pins, made me a fat pincushion using chain stitch, stem stitch, buttonhole stitch and top-stitch - all learned at the Junior Embroiderers' Group of the Embroiderers' Guild. It is wonderfully soft and tactile.
Her brother, with a little recipe help from his father, made me a jar of Fionella - a chocolate and hazelnut spread in the style of Nutella. It is delicious and very nutty.
Brigid crafted, 'fired' and strung me a pendant reminiscent of the waves she spends time riding as part of her Surf Club patrol duty. I looks as if it were made for the top I was wearing!
Veronica created Bubbles to keep me company while I stitch. Bubbles has a rainbow tail and comes with her own handbag containing a coin - her bus fare in case she gets lost.
Their mother, my elder daughter, gave me six months of StitchyBox threads - I wonder where these will take me in 2017?

My younger daughter, whose wonderful knitting has been interrupted for several years by arthritis, has picked up her needles again to make me a necklace, which comes on a gold chain, but can be threaded on to a range of necklaces.

A friend also gave me a bundle of Madiera threads - among my favourites. A couple of books from my brother and a beautiful, bright green handbag from friends completed the gifts showered on me on the day. I feel very blessed - and secure in the knowledge that the skills and joy I learned from my grandmother and mother will go on giving joy beyond my lifespan.


margaret said...

happy birthday to you, I too have a BIG one this year!! Such a creative family you all are so many lovely gifts and when hand made with so much love mean so much to you I am sure. Good to read your daughter can knit again, I recently bought bamboo needles and did a scarf, the metal ones I too can no longer use to to joint problems.

Monica said...

Happy Birthday, Jillian! You had a good haul. It really is wonderful to see the whole family making their gifts like this. You are right, that may be the best gift of all!

Jillian said...

Bamboo needles are lovely, aren't they? Glad you too are able to knit again. I hope you enjoy our big year!

Jillian said...

Thanks Monica. It is indeed about the best gift imaginable.