It’s My Birthday

and I feel no urge to cry whatsoever – LOL.  Fifty seems like a great number to me, and I would be delighted to add another few decades to that total!  After having stared at the alternative 5 years ago when I spent my 45 birthday recovering from a lumpectomy, and facing the prospect of months of chemo and more surgery, I have appreciated each birthday as it has rolled around.  Bring ’em on!!

We spent Easter break at my mom’s house, enjoying the change in scenery and doing things with family.  My mom commented that my hands are never still – I am always doing, doing, doing something.  And you know, she is right.  I am never truly comfortable sitting and doing nothing.  So without further chatter, here are some of the things that I have been working on in the last little bit.

I sent this Halloween sewing set to Lody for her birthday exchange present:
117_1760 117_17611  117_1766_r1  This is Giulia Punti Antichi’s Halloween sewing set stitched on 25 ct light cognac evenweave.  The cat scissors fob is a Blackbird Design stitched over one, and the spider on the back of the purse is a Tanya Meehan freebie.  I had fun sewing on the black bead balls along the top of the purse and the bottom of the scissors case, and I used one bead ball as a button closure for the needlecase!  Lody’s birthday was actually in January, and who ever heard of sending Halloween for a new years baby??  LOL –  Lody has much better pics here:

I love how Lavon’s Ackworth Quaker Friendship book turned out:

117_1756  117_1757  117_1759  The soy luster floss in teal is so vibrant!  I have now totally finished 3 of these books, and find that the pages are always slightly different in size.  This may well be due to the different tension at which we stitch.  Lavon mentioned that she thought that the size variation added to the charm of the piece, and I must say I agree with her!

I also had the chance to put together a tote for one of the Yahoo groups I belong to.  Several ladies stitched hearts – and for each heart they received an entry into a draw for the bag.  Congrats to Lisa – I hope she uses and enjoys her Heart of SNS2 tote for a long time!  117_1732_r1  117_1734 As you can see, this tote will handle a BAP on qsnaps easily, and I added pockets inside for charts, highlighters, scissors and needles.

Finally, here is the ornament I stitched for March.  I am on a Crossed Wing Collection kick – this is Red Bird from the 1997 JCS ornament issue, stitched on Ruby Red Belfast linen.    117_1753_r1 

As my brother said when he called this morning, ‘it’s all good!’


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy A
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 15:11:51

    Happy Birthday Girl!!! 50 was a great year for me too!!
    I have enjoyed my latter years with much joy and much less stress.
    I’ll bet after your cancer scare that each year is precious!!!
    Wishing you a day filled with sunshine, love and laughter
    P.S. The stitching is wonderful. Your brother is right.


  2. Jeanne
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 17:31:45

    Happy Birthday!


  3. Paula
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 00:29:15

    Happy birthday. Your stitching looks great.


  4. Dan
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 07:08:28

    Great attitude about birthdays!!! Here’s to many more for you. The stitching is brilliant.


  5. Rachel
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 15:04:47

    Hope you had a wonderful B-day Kathy!! You’re finished look great – I love the set you stitched for Lody!!


  6. Brigitte
    Apr 22, 2009 @ 10:01:05

    Happy Birthday, Kathy! And you are so right – let the years come. I have no problem with birthdays either, and I’m a couple of years older than you are. I hope you had a wonderful day!


  7. Giulia
    Apr 23, 2009 @ 12:05:49

    Happy Birthday dearest Kathy and thanks for stitching and finishing my design in a such lovely way. I wish you all the best for your health and never forget that I do carry a lot of luck!!!
    Please send me your snail mail address…….I want to send you something from Italy.
    Fondly, Giulia


  8. Amanda
    Apr 23, 2009 @ 18:59:05

    Happy Belated birthday Kathy!! May you have many more happy & healthy years to come!

    Love your finishes, perfect as always!! The halloween set is gorgeous!



  9. Meari
    Apr 24, 2009 @ 07:55:08

    Great stitching! Happy Birthday. 🙂


  10. kajsa
    Apr 26, 2009 @ 09:56:49

    Happy Birthday! You are so right, getting older is way better then the alternative.

    All your finishes are beautiful as always. I LOVE the Halloween set.


  11. p
    Apr 27, 2009 @ 22:28:11

    happy belated b’day!! your finishing is absolutely awesome!!good thin your hands are always going!!its great the feeling that your work will be around for generations and generations.. proper heirlooms .. hugs.Pxxx


  12. Sherry
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 10:27:59

    Love your Halloween set. Do you still have the pattern for the witch at the cauldron. I love that…or can you tell me where you got the pattern for it…LOVE IT LOTS….


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