Thursday, January 29, 2009

Birthday goodies....

I thought some of you may be interested in what I received for my birthday.
So here is a little collection of some of the goodies.

Flowers from Mum and Dad's garden. They have a beautiful garden but are finding it very hard to keep up the water. They have tanks but are on water restrictions - but they are allowed to water from a bucket with water from the outside tap - unlike us, we are not allowed to use our outside taps at all for watering only "grey -used- water" from inside our home like shower water, washing machine water etc...
At our new home we will have plenty of tanks to use.

Now, as much as I'd like to say that my husband thought of the Cath Kidston goodies for me, I have to say it was me! Her big January sale was just too tempting and what a perfect time to have it - around my birthday!!! So, I suggested that this might be a good idea!!The bag was originally £75 reduced to £34.49 (about $80). What a bargain eh? So I picked a few other little items to make up the amount to make the most of the (crazy) postage charge. The little badges have not arrived yet.....

Now, this is very special. Granky (the name we use for my Grandmother - yes, funny I know!) gave this to me on the weekend. She did this embroidery when she was very young and she only used a single strand of thread for all of it! My Great Grandmother did the crochet around the edges.



These birds are called "Galah's". I love the pink and grey colours together. The photo on the right is the BACK of the embroidery. Granky said she was most proud of the back because it is so neat! I would have to agree! Amazing isn't it?


Granky also gave me this. It is a duchess set crocheted by my Great Grandmother. Granky thought it would be a perfect accessory to my glass dressing table sets. She was right.
I will treasure this.

Mum and Dad gave me these. They bought them whilst in Dubrovnik last year. Apparently all the girls wear them there - it's a bit of a tradition. Mum has a pair as well. They are so pretty and dainty.
I feel as though I have been thoroughly spoilt this year not just with gifts but with cards and well wishes from all over the world. Thank you Bloggers!

Bye for now, Kathryn. XX

19 comments:

Michelle said...

oh these gift are so precious...
love the dollies and the work on them is magnificent...

i cant sew said...

wow, very thoughful gifts from your granky. i cant believe the back of her stitching (you should see mine, but i have never claimed to be good at it so it doesnt matter)how neat and clever to be doing it at such a young age. and what a small world it is, my father is from zagreb in croatia and he owned a unit off the coast of dubrovnik a few years ago. it is my dream to visit his homeland one day and take him as tour guide!!
big smooches mmwwwwaaaahhh rosey

Little Mysteries said...

Happy Birthday. Love the CK bag. The doily is beautiful, an amazing treasure. Love the earings too. You have been spoilt.

Sarah said...

Goodmorning Kathryn,
I just love your new bag! The colours are just beautiful. We need a fashion parade of you in your new earrings & one with your new bag...oh & on being spoilt, you deserve it!
Sarah xxx

Kerryanne English said...

All your birthday pressies are lovely Kathryn but I would have been thrilled with the linen passed down from Granky. That gift is precious!!
Hugs,
Kerryanne

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Such lovely goodies but the handstitched passed down items for me would be the Corker....I love anything sentimental!

Alison Gibbs said...

Kathryn what wonderful birthday goodies you scored. Shows how well your family knows you
Alison

Kate said...

Lovely presents!

marie said...

Such lovely gifts Kathryn! The flowers look so beautiful displayed with your pretty pink glass.

I love your new bag and the treasures from "Granky" are just that ~ "treasures"!

I'm sure those earrings will look great on you!

So glad to hear that you had a happy day!

Annie said...

Loved looking at all your goodies Kathryn. I have a parcel for you in my sewing room!!

clare said...

Lovely lovely gifts all of them and how special are the ones from your grandmothers . I love hearing stories like that .
Clares Craftroom

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

How funny is this, your Grandma was called Granky & my Ex Father in law was called Grandpa Grumpy! A match I kinda think! LOVE your birthday pressies how lucky are you, would die for some CK but have never found out where to buy from.
Hope it is not too hot down your way, its hot enough up here but at least we no longer have water restrictions, just huge water bills.

Lyn xxx

trashalou said...

Those galahs are fantastic! I am in awe of your Granky's ability with a needle!!

Happy Birthday to you - all the best people have a January birthday ;-)

MelMel said...

Lovely bag and makeup bag...wonderful!
I'm so glad you have got some CK, I know how much you like it!
Happy Birthdayxxxx

Thecraftytrundler said...

Hi,
As Trashalou said, 'All the best people have a January Birthday!' As you may have gathered, mine is in January too!!! ; ).
Have a great Birthday!! The pressies are gorgeous.
You certainly have/had some talented grandparents. Those doilies are fantastic!!

Have lots of fun,

Sharon xx

SG said...

Lovely presents! The grandmother treasures are precious!

Holee said...

What a wonderful birthday! The gifts from Granky are treasures!

But my favorite is the flowers. When I think of your blog, I think of roses, pink to be exact!

Jan said...

Lovely blog, gorgeous pressies and the lovely old bits and pieces are such treasures with such precious memories. Thank you for sharing them, Kathryn. Belated birthday wishes to you.

Patchwork Harmony said...

happy belated birthday! you got some lovely things! really special...
If you haven't been to Dubrovnik (or Croatia in general) you HAVE to go... i went last year and it was the best holiday ever. x