Yes, it was my birthday yesterday...SuperBowl Sunday. And our beloved Seahawks lost by one play. Sad, but we still love them. :-) I was one blessed woman yesterday though. The entire church sang Happy Birthday to me during the morning service. We had lunch with friends. Mandy face-timed from Maryland with Piper. Alex face-timed Saturday night from Japan, where it was already my birthday, and Jamie texted me from Montana. Life is good. Dennis bought me a yummy chocolate cake. Mmmmm. It was just big enough for us each to have 2 pieces, so there is some leftover for tomorrow after dinner. And I got lots of goodies too.
My best friend in the world, (after Dennis of course,) Jenny, made me this finger-knitted cowl. Now you have to understand that Jenny doesn't knit or crochet so this was a true labor of love. Isn't it beautiful? I think she did an amazing job.
Nita and Larry bought me this beautiful bowl and angel in Cozamel, Mexico while on their cruise. The bowl is for the camper and the peanut M & M's that are always available. Pretty, pretty.
This is a card from Miss Piper that she picked out herself. I also recieved an Amazon gift card from her Mommy and Daddy. Now, what shall I buy? Hmmmm. Decisions, decisions.
Today's mail bought even more goodies. From Teresa this cute, cute card with button centers on the flowers.
And inside is one of her beautiful Scandanavian hearts in deep purple, although it looks black here for some reason. She knows purple is my favorite color. Also a beautiful stitch marker. You can never have too many of those. And I'm sure she made it too. Thank you Teresa.
From Becky in Portland I received this beautiful card, flower seeds and a yummy candy bar. Inside the card she said she was giving me chocolates and flowers for my birthday. How sweet. Thank you Becky!
And a big Tah-dah! Here is my handsome husband...the most handsome guy in the world in my eyes. Nope ladies, he's all mine, you can't have him. :-) He's modeling the sweater I made him last week. I used Hobby Lobby's I love this Yarn to test the pattern before I bought more expensive yarn. He loves it. The sweater cost me less than $15.00 to make!!!!! I'm not sure I like the drop shoulders, but he really likes it and says it's very comfortable and warmer than the store bought sweaters he has. He had a birthday a couple of weeks ago too. Next year is the big 60 for him and he is NOT happy about it. By the way, I turned 55 and don't mind saying so. Can't change it so I may as well accept it, right?
Finally, I tested Teresa's baby hat pattern and her directions were spot on. This is on a doll that I have that wears newborn size clothes. I use the doll to test the sizes on all the baby clothes I make for charity to make sure my gauge is okay. It only took about 45 minutes to make the hat and flower.
Teresa and I both thought it needed something more though so I added another row of purple and like it much better. The pattern is on Teresa's blog for free. You'll find her on my sidebar.
I'm going to finish my poncho tonight. I just have the trim left to do. I've set it aside so many times to do other projects this week that it's taken me longer than I thought. However, since its still way too cold here to wear it I figured it could wait. I just have one more row of edging to put on it and it will be done. Then I can make some hats for Taci to take to Brazil this summer.
I am so blessed to have you all in my life. I can't believe how this little blog has brought so many GOOD friends to me. Thank you all, just for being you. You all encourage me in so many ways. I hope you're all staying warm and dry if you're experiencing the winter season, and for those of you "down under", I am SO jealous. :-)
"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." Psalm 34:8