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I’ve saved the best for last. I belong to the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club. This is the second year that I am a member of this group and I must say I really love it. I have enjoyed making special gifts for special ladies and I have really loved the gifts that I have received.

This year I received my gift from Stephanie in England. It arrived well before my birthday but I didn’t get to the post office to pick it up until after I came back home from my trip to London. I got quite excited on my way back home from the post office seeing the return address on the big box was Stephanie’s. I had sent her an crazy exchange once and the return exchange she sent back was so beautifully stitched and finished.

Once I opened my gift I was in for a special surprise. I couldn’t believe my own eyes, the box was filled with lots of small packets, everything wrapped individually. And whow, Stephanie well and truly spoiled me at my birthday, so many stitching treats.

Stephanie had stitched me not one but 5 items. She chose to stitch from Autumn Leaves by the Prairie Schooler. She made me a beautiful pinkeep, a needlebook, a scissor fob and two thread keepers. Everything is so beautifully stitched and finished, those items are just perfect. Here is a picture of the stitched items.
Stitched beauties from Stephanie

And the box was filled with extra goodies. I received 2 lovely fabric pieces, 2 pieces of cotton fabric for finishing and another piece of fleece fabric. Some monster magnets, 2 blocks of chocolate, lots of ribbons, a lovely orange thread, some thicker ribbons, some pins for finishing, metal rings, a beautiful floral box that I put my ribbons in. And lots of balloons, some birthday candles and confetti. Here is a picture.
Bd goodies from Stephanie

And this wasn’t all as Stephanie also sent me 3 patterns from my wish list. Alphabeth Pumpkin by JBW Designs, Christmas Biscornu by Just Nan and Where Stitchers Gather by The Victoria Sampler. And she also sent the threads and embellishments needed for Where Stitchers Gather.
Charts from Stephanie

Words can’t really describe the feeling I felt when I had opened all my gifts and saw all this stitching stash sitting in front of me. I was overwhelmed, thank you ever so much Stephanie. You have made my birthday very special this year and I wish I could give you a hug and thank you properly. I really love my birthday gift from you, I am truly being spoiled by you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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More birthday gifts

I received some more beautiful birthday gifts from the girls of BD Group that I belong to. I’ve been with some of the ladies in the group for 2 years.

From Felicity I received
From Felicity

From Jillann I received
From Jillann

From Judith I received
From Judith

From Kay I received
From Kay

From Lorrie I received
From Lorrie

From Maggie I received
From Maggie

From Taryn I received
From Taryn

As you can see from my previous posts I’ve had a birthday filled with wonderful stash. I’ll post one more post about my birthday stash so keep an eye on my blog. 🙂

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I was in a private birthday exchange with Ina from the Crazy Exchange group. Ina had already had her birthday in August so I had sent her a birthday gift. Ina sent me a beautiful birthday gift. Her stitching is so beautiful and the finishing is just perfect. Here is a picture of the stitched ball.
Stitched ball

And another picture of the whole exchange.
Birthday gift from Ina

Thank you ever so much for this beautiful gift Ina. I really love it.

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Can’t believe how quickly the weeks seem to pass. Since I’ve posted here the last time I’ve had my birthday and birthday celebrations.

On October 11th, I had a big birthday. I turned 40 years old this time. We decided to celebrate in London, England just the two of us. So, on October 8th, we left for London, my husband and I. We had an intienary full of exciting things and I got to plan the trip (mostly). 🙂  We spent 6 wonderful days in London.

The day we arrived (thursday) we just walked around, went for a walk in Bayswater and ended up in St. James’s Park which is my favourite park to visit in London. And of course we caught a glimpse of Trafalgar Square and Picadilly Circus. We woke up early on Friday morning, had a full English breakfast at the hotel before leaving to visit “The Knitting & Stitching Show” at Alexandra Palace. This was the first time that I go to a show like that. I really enjoyed myself. I did some stash buying as well, not a lot but some. I got 5 different pieces of fabric, 32ct linen in natural colours. I also bought some buttons and ribbons, WDW and GAST for a project that I am going to start soon. And when visiting the Michael Powell stall we bought one of his kits. It is called “Cottage Garden 1”. I also bought a magazine “The World of Cross Stitching”. Friday evening we met up with 2 stitching friends from Belgium and their husbands. It was lovely to meet Iris and Pascale from the Crazy Exchange Group, we found out that we were all in London at the same time so Iris’s husband booked a table at a lovely Chinese restaurant. We spent a lovely evening together.
Early Saturday morning we went to Greenwich. It is the second time that I’ve been there and I really love it there. We saw the Old Naval Royal College. The ceiling there is so beautifully painted. Later in the day we went to Covent Garden where we met another stitching friend Carol. We had a lovely time, Carol had found 2 beading shops in the area and we visited them both together. I came away with some beads. 🙂  After that we sat down and had coffe. It was so wonderful to meet Carol again.
Sunday was my 40th birthday. We had decided to spend the day outside London. So early in the morning we went to Paddington station and bought train tickets to Oxford. We arrived in Oxford in the rain, did a trip with the sightseeing bus which was lovely as it managed to stay dry during the 1 hour drive. It was a good way to start the day by this tour as we had a wonderful live guide who told us about the college buildings and other interesting information about Oxford. It was raining until midday. We walked around Oxford (after buying a couple of umbrellas). 🙂  Later we found a lovely little cafe where we had English Afternoon Tea. It was simply delicious with sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, coffe cake and of course some wonderful English Tea. Once we had finished the tea the rain had cleared and we saw some sunny skies again. We climbed the stair up to the tower of one of the colleges and saw the beautiful view from the top. We finished the day by walking down to the canal to enjoy the view of the narrowboats and dreaming of another narrowboat holiday similar to the one we had last year. 🙂  We caught a train back to London in the evening and came back very tired but satisfied with a great day.
Monday was spent shopping. We went to Oxford street and did the shopping we had planned to do. I bought some new clothes for the girls and something for myself as well. Tuesday morning we checked out of our room at the hotel, we could keep our luggage at the hotel as our flight back home wasn’t until the evening. We finished the shopping, went to a small knitting shop close to Carnaby Street called “All the fun of the fair“. I bought some buttons there and also some bubble yarns to make fun scarfs for the girls. In the afternoon we went back to the airport to pick up our luggage before going back to the airport with the train. It was a fantastic trip and we enjoyed a lot spending few days together just the two of us. My mother moved into our flat while we were away to take care of the girls.

Before we left Rúnar and the girls had given me my birthday gift. For the longest time I had been wanting to stitch something Icelandic and I had a special project in mind that I liked. This project is called “Riddarateppi” or translated (the knights wall hanging). Well, when I opened my gift that is what I received. The pattern of the “Riddarateppi” and all the material I need to complete it. Here is a picture of the wall hanging how it is supposed to look when it is finished.
Picture of the wall hanging
And this is a picture of the material needed.
Material for the wall hanging

The yarn that is used for it is icelandic wool. It is very big and will take long time to finish. It is stitched in old icelandic cross stitch (long armed cross stitch)

I’ll put in pictures of other gifts that I received in a few more posts. So, keep on visiting my page for updates. 🙂

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Well, this is the final part of my birthday stash posts. I joined the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club last year. I had a lot of fun putting together a gift for Carol S. who was my partner. I didn’t know who had me as partner as everything was secret about it. I received a notice last week from the post office that I had a parcel waiting for me that needed to be picked up. I couldn’t make it to the post office until friday. I was very excited to see that the parcel was from Heather and instantly knew it must be via the SBBC. I am still catching my breath after opening the parcel, Heather left me speachless with what she chose for me. Everything was packed so neatly away in a box. When I opened the box I found several packets wrapped in beautiful pink paper. Heather stitched a pattern by “By The Bay” and finished it as a pinkeep for me. It is so beautifully finished. And she hit my wish list big time. I received Summer Snapperland by Bent Creek including the patterns + embellishments for the border and the DMC threads needed to stitch those patterns. (I’ll be getting the fabric for this soon to make a start on this project). And I also received some fabric, 2 tins (I have never done a tin finish so I am looking forward to that), a candle, notepad with a magnet, buttons, small birthday box, needles, a snowman pattern by Prairie Schooler and a bookmark. You really must take a look to see what I am talking about. Heather, thank you ever so much for making my birthday truly special this year. Here are pictures of what was inside the box from Heather.

Gift from Heather too

Gift from Heather

I have joined the SBBC for 2009 and have already received the name of my partner and am really looking forward to putting together a birthday present for my partner.

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I have belonged to a birthday group in my Icelandic stitching group Allt í kross for the last 3 years and I have really enjoyed it. This year was no exception and thanks to Björg, Fanný, Bára Lind, Munda, Sessý and Sigga for the lovely birthday gifts they sent to me. I really loved everything you sent ladies and you´ve made my birthday very special this year. Here are pictures of what the girls sent to me.

Gift from Bára Lind
A gift from Bára Lind

Gift from Björg
A gift from Björg

Gift from Fanný
A gift from Fanný

Gift from Munda
A gift from Munda

Gift from Sessý
A gift from Sessý

Gift from Sigga
A gift from Sigga

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I belong to a rather large birthday group. There are some lovely ladies in this group coming from all over the world. Thanks to Denise, Judith, Maggie, Karen, April, Jillann, Kristi, Irene, Lynne, Taryn and Theresa. Here are pictures of what was inside the gifts from them. As you can see I am really in stash heaven those days. I really love my gifts, thank you ladies. I am really looking forward to starting on those projects I just need to find a few more stitching hours in the day. LOL 🙂

Gift from April
Gift from April

Gift from Denise
Gift from Denise

Gift from Irene
Gift from Irene

Gift from Jillann
Gift from Jillann

Gift from Judith
Gift from Judith

Gift from Karen
Gift from Karen

Gift from Kristi
Gift from Kristi

Gift from Lynne
Gift from Lynne

Gift from Maggie
Gift from Maggie

Gift from Taryn
Gift from Taryn

Gift from Theresa
Gift from Theresa

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