Sunday, 8 March 2009

the owls have landed...and other ramblings...

apologies for long absence, this being 40 lark is very tiring. There were parties (well, one) to arrange, new hairdos to dream up* , vintage frocks to dust off...you know the sort of thing. All that, added to very stressful work schedule and the exhaustion that comes with being a woman of such advanced years rendered me incapable of doing anything other than collapsing into bed with the kids on a nightly basis thus making impossible the night-time art of blogging (or indeed crafting - I am starting to have withdrawal symptoms if I am honest) However here I am, Sunday breakfast time, having already shrieked at the children that Mummy has been wanting to do this for over two weeks and she HAS TO DO IT NOW in such a way that they didn't argue, not even once...

So, to my lovely swap partners whose swap parcels I received weeks ago and never reported on, I say a meek sorry

but look, just look, at the lovelies I got in the post...

first up, from the wonderful vonnie# in Scotland...in MeridianAriel's Owl swap


such beautifully wrapped parcels - almost couldn't bring myself to open them they looked so special...but am glad I managed it because look what was inside...


owl stitch markers, can you believe that?!


an owl bag for my knitting, in the most scrumptious shade of orange


owl mitts (incredible eh?)



AND matching beanie hat

there were also some little nesting wooden shapes for me to decorate which one or other smallfry has managed to away with, for now...and some delicious Jaffa Cakes.

I felt thoroughly spoilt. It was lovely!

Vonnie had told me how much she loved the Owl and the Pussycat story

so I made her some soft toys/cushions to remember the tale by



I also sent some yarn, some chocolate and some lush stuff for her bath so I hope she felt she got a somewhat fair swap . The girls were loathe to let the owl and pussycat go, which is always a good sign I think.

In Imagingermonkey's FQ swap I was teamed up with the lovely Amy. I forgot to photograph what I sent her (things have been hectic, didn't I say?) but you can see them here. Amy, obviously telepathic as well as extremely generous, included some gorgeous owl fabric in her parcel.

Along with other great fabric choices, some rather smashing ribbons and a bar of delicious chocolate.



Hmm, did I mention feeling spoilt?

Thank you to my brilliant (and patient) swap partners.

The feeling of being well looked after continued with the plethora of truly wonderful, thoughtful birthday gifts I received during the week, including more yarn, a cath kidston sewing basket, vouchers for my local yarn store, tea related recipe books, a retro pinny, fabulous vintage lamp and vase, gorgeous jewellery etc etc etc. As if all of this wasn't enough, I was also gifted not one but TWO spa days where I get to go and be pampered and lay about in hot rooms a lot with my very best friends. I have one word to say and it is...Hallelujah!

I highly recommend this turning 40 business. Now if only I could get away with doing it again...

*at work they have accused me of being inspired by Star Trek in the hairdo department...it's very Romulan apparantly, I have no idea whether this is good or bad but the boys seem to have enjoyed themselves tittering... hmmph

# just visited vonnies blog and am GUTTED to discover she is running a time for tea swap and I have missed the closing date. So that's what I get for letting work and celebrations of the inexorable march of time take over my blogging time. Lesson learnt!

Editted to add - can't believe I neglected to say THANK YOU for all your lovely happy birthday comments on the last post. What wonderful blogger friends you are. And thanks also to those who have given my blog awards over the past months. I really appreciate them and will do a post about them soon...I promise...

10 comments:

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, happy belated birthday, Annie! I'll turn 40 myself this year and so far, I'm not feeling quite so gracious about it as you are. Must re-frame mandatory passage of time clause in life contract...

How do you find the time for so many swaps? You're amazing!

Gina said...

What lovely owl goodies and belated birthday wishes - because I don't think I wished you happy birthday but can't be sure... That's what happens when you pass 50!

Cait ni Clic et al said...

Delighted to see a new post...been checking lots! What lovely swops, how do you all do it? We need to see a photo of you and Mr G doing the 'to 40 and beyond' dance...... x c

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

lovely stuff there!

have you tried looking pleadingly at Vonnie? 'cause i thought she was looking for another swappee?

two hippos said...

What lovely post and fab presents too, the idea of lounging at a spa is blissful! Have a wonderful time.

Knit and Sew City Girl said...

I love all the owl present you have received. I need to arrange a spa day/evening for my friend who is getting married this June. Can you believe that I've never been to one before? So looking forward to it.

Katy said...

flipping heck - didn't you do well? Nice parcels, madam.
That Amy is a wonderous creature - I have more than a small crush on her, in fact.

GUTTED to have missed out on a tea swap. *sigh* I will go and sulk....but not before I have mentioned how beautiful you look in that dress, and to wish you a belated (sorry) happy birthday xxx

Eileen said...

I absolutely love the cushions you made for Vonnie, they're gorgeous!

urban craft said...

I love all your work. Really nice stuff. Cool blog, too!

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