Tuesday, June 21, 2005

You say it's your birthday

Well, yes, it is! Also the first day of summer, which I've always loved. Somehow my birthday being on the day of the year with the most daylight hours seems uplifting and happy to me. A great day for a celebration.

The fun started this weekend with a visit from my parents. They wanted me to open my gifts while they were here...so, after some minor arm-twisting (NOT), I obliged them. I got lots of great stuff, including a vintage turquoise tablecloth, a great chef's knife, an antique glass frog (as in the flower arranging variety) and the book I've been wanting.

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The interesting thing about this particular gift is that my dad was the one who purchased it. He'd never heard of it and really knew nothing about it--he just spied it on the shelf at Barnes & Noble and thought I'd enjoy it. Ironic, huh? The unfortunate coincidence (for my son) is that he also bought me the bookbookbook. So, he returned his copy and bought this for me instead. Looks to be a great read!

Now, take a look at my favorite gift from my parents.

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It's the fantastic purse my mom made for me, using an Amy Butler pattern and fabrics I chose. I *love* it. It's all I'd hoped for and totally fun. Very roomy, but the shape keeps it from being too hard to find everything. The only additional feature I'd wish for is pockets for the inside. Things would be a little more organized with pockets. However, there was some fabric left over and mom is going to try to fashion someting like the Purseket that will help me out.

But wait, there's more. Today when I woke up, this lawn decor greeted me.

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This flamingo yard art tradition started with a few friends last year, and the flock is growing. Look what I also found on my doorstep.

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Nothing says "fun" like a pink flamingo!

And finally, in addition to some wonderful gifts from my husband (jewelry, a handmade pottery bowl, and cologne), my daughter presented me with this.

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Yes, dear readers, my 12-year-old made this for me! I was very touched. She spent last week with my mom, and they cooked up this surprise. Now I have two new bags to sport. *Sigh.* Birthdays are the best!


Carole said...

Happy Birthday, Leslie! And many, many more! Love those new purses!

Kara said...

Happy Birthday from another solstice baby! What very cool bags you got.

Monica said...

Happy Birthday! Lovely presents from your Mom and daughter!

Jan said...

Happy Birthday, Leslie! Looks like you hit the jackpot! ;-)

Michele said...

you are a lucky girl/mom/daughter/wife...how can I go about being adopted by your mom :) Happy Birthday!

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday!! The tablecloth is fabulous, but of course the real stars are the purses. Your daughter did an amazing job! Enjoy :)

Anonymous said...

happy birthday!
earth mother

Brenda said...

Happy Happy Day! I LOVE all your presents-fun things for a fun person!

Jessica said...

Happy birthday! Your new bag is fab.

Kyra said...

Happy Birthday you! Will we ever get to see you again?

amanda said...

Happy Birthday Leslie! Wow, your family really loves you. And the bags are wonderful. Enjoy!!!

Donna Boucher said...

Wow! What a great day! I agree with you...fabulous to have your birthday on the longest day of the year :o)

How neat that your mother sews...and so well!

And she taught your daughter!

Couldn't get better than that!

Wishing you many more :o)

Maggie Ann said...

What a lovely blog you have. I think the purses are gorgeous! My daughter made me two purses for Mother's Day that I am really enjoying. I like the fact that fabric purses are so lightweight too. I've enjoyed visiting here = )...belated Happy Birthday to you!

Cathi said...

Happy birthday! What fabulous bags!

PlazaJen said...

Happy Birthday! I love all your presents! And am reminded of the Amy Butler fabric & patterns, pining away for me in the craft room.... sigh. Too many crafts, too little time! But it looks like you hit the jackpot - what a great way to celebrate!

goodkarma said...

Happy Birthday! You have such loving family and friends, with great taste in gifties for you. Enjoy!!

amy said...

ohh i am a day late! happy belated birthday! your amy butler bag is great! i got one for my birthday too, how funny! mine was the same bag but my friend really reduced the pattern.

and your daughter did an excellent job on the other!

Nickie said...

Looooove the purses! Please share what pattern your wonderful daughter used on the lovely bag she gave you!

Happy Birthday from Nickie in California!

jen said...

oooh you share a birthday with my sister.
i like the lawn flamingos alot.