Sunday, 14 June 2015

popping in

It's a beautiful sunny day in Melbourne this morning and I have had a rotten cold this past week which has seriously curbed my enthusiasm for most activities, including sewing.
It's been a lovely two weeks at home, besides the cold, and back to work tomorrow.
Yesterday was a day I was hanging out for, a great day spent at a sew-in with Sunbury quilt group.
Anne, Robyn, Elyte, Tania, Marg and Sue were there and we had a back up Marina as well (another Marina from Gisborne) another new friend too, Gabbi. Funnily Marina and I seem to sit together when we have been at sewing things. Can make for interesting conversations when someone calls our name or when we talk about each other as it sounds like we are talking about ourselves in the third person.
Sue was taking some incriminating pics , I was busy stitching (for some of the time) but I am a little worried about some of the photos that may turn up lol. There may have been some silliness.
It was lovely to have a laughing day with the girls thanks for the great day out!
I have some lovely pics of some gorgeous gifts that have made their way to my place and to the sew in yesterday. I wouldn't even mention the occasion but I do want to acknowledge the lovely gifts so I have to put it out there.  
 this parcel of lovelies arrived from Els in the Netherlands. Those fabrics are going to make some gorgeous Sweet William baskets... and the little dolly is an 'upside down doll' so cute.
 this loveliness arrived from Fiona (bubz rugz) Such beautiful stitches! I have always wanted to stitch this design. No need now I have a beautiful one of my own!
 A gorgeus pincushion from Robyn very regal don't you think (and so appropriate) and a very pretty charm pack from Elyte, my mind is already swirling with options for using this!
 Straight to the pincushion shelf for this treasure!
 thought I would share these as they have a sewing theme, from my wonderful SIL.
And the reason for all these gifties, you might have guessed...

 This morning our no 3 son insisted we come out and look at his car, this is his baby and he is slowly doing things to it to improve it (and sap money). It is a lovely old Panel van from the '70's. It can only be driven in fine weather as he doesn't want it to get wet and it has to be garaged so it isn't in the weather. What a princess!
Well we had to come out immediately to look at the tyre rims. Well aren't they amazing (yeah whatever)!
I told him I must take a photo and blog about it it's so amazing as I am sure my crafty friends would be dying to see it........(please insert sarcasm here)
Just had to share the excitement and joy with you girls.

It's so amazing it deserves a close up...

There you are motherly caring and sharing done for me now..
Now will share just one more pic... Had to have a play with Sweet William blocks just to get an idea of how it was looking. It will need to be a bit bigger but I just need to work out how much bigger. I might even make the blocks all facing the one way? Another option.  It's so exciting to see them together. Won't be long and I will get to making the extra baskets. In the meantime there is still some quilting to do...and a quilt to bind and wips that need attention, ufo's to work on etc etc etc... I know you all understand...

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday
cheers
Marina

22 comments:

sunny said...

Happy Birthday! You're just jealous because you only got stitchy things as gifts, instead of new tire rims. LOL!

Wendy said...

That is such a funny read about the car, I don't see the appeal of the either! Your gifts are lovely and you blocks look so beautiful all together ... Happy birthday!

Helen said...

Happy birthday hope you had a lovely day celebrating it. Love all your gifts, sweet William is looking fantastic !!

elliek said...

Happy happy birthday! Love Sweet William blocks and those tyre trims... oh my goodness, they had to get a mention.

kiwikid said...

It was wonderful catching up with you on Saturday along with the other girls....I know you enjoyed yourselves from the level of laughter coming for your end of the table!!! Wonderful presents, yay for the panel van....I understand your comments!! Lol! Happy birthday...the pincushions are looking great...Robyn does an amazing job with them!

kiwikid said...

Forgot to say Sweet William is looking good....incriminating photos to come tonight. Lol!,

Susan said...

Oh you are so funny. Mr Thimblestitch thinks the rims match the panel van perfectly, and was very interested! (Insert rolled eyes here). I hope you had a lovely birthday, some lovely goodies received. Sweet William is looking fabulous. Not sure about block direction.....if you wanted to display it they might be better all the same way.

Shirley said...

Happy Birthday Marina. Ha! Big boys, bigger toys.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Happy Birthday hugs lovely lady xxx So nice that you were spoilt with such lovely gifties...I love that stitchery from Fiona. Your Sweet Williams are just wonderful!

shez said...

Happy birthday Marina,you received some gorgeous gifts there my friend,and I am so glad you had a lovely day with the girls xx

Cheryl said...

Sounds like you have had a love birthday Marina - happy birthday from me. Lots of gorgeous gifts. I had a chuckle on the story of your son's panel van

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Happy birthday gorgeous girl xxx

Jo said...

I actually love the car. My husband and I had ours done up and went away in it for 5 weeks for our honeymoon. Was sad to sell it.
My son also had one and was so looking forward to many years of use. So love the rims....
Happy birthday too

Lib said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been well but sounds like your day out and birthday gifts have cheered you up. Happy birthday!

Els koetsier said...

It was a pleasure to send you those gifts. Youre Sweet Williams blocks are geourgius .

Lin said...

Happy Birthday Marina! Lovely gifts for a lovely person. I love the way Sweet William is looking. xx

Christine M said...

Happy birthday, Marina. You received some lovely gifts. Thank you so much for sharing your son's car photo with us. It certainly made for an interesting post! Your blocks are beautiful.

Fiona said...

haha... I love your Mrs Brown birthday picture.... I like to pretend birthdays don't happen too!!! sorry to hear you haven't been well... hope you are properly on the mend...

I am in awe of those tire rims..... just amazing.... perhaps they need some crochet edges to give a bit more feminine appeal???? hhaha

Hugz

Elyte said...

Aren't birthdays wonderful!
Sweet William is as handsome as ever.
The car? Well, it's just a car.

Teresa said...

Happy Birthday Marina!!!! Why do I not know the date of your birthday????? Hmmm????? I'm so glad you got to celebrate with lots of friends and lots of laughs and lots of gorgeous presents. Sounds perfect to me!!!! You got some really lovely gifts. Your sons panel van made me laugh. You won't see too many of those around Melbourne - my hubby would be very impressed. Love your Sweet William blocks. You have to keep going you know!!! Talk to me soon - Birthday girl!!!! xxxx

Lynda said...

Happy Birthday! Lovely gifts. I remember the days of panel vans ... I love your Sweet Williams blocks you have done so many now and they are beautiful.

Karen S said...

I am a bit late catching up on my blog reading but none the less, Happy Birthday! I do hope you had a wonderful day. And it looks like you weekend with friends was special too. Gorgeous gifts.
Your blocks are looking wonderful.