Sunday, July 7, 2019

Birthdays, Books ............................... & Sheep !!

Greetings dear friends & readers & Welcome to July!
Gosh - half of the year gone already! 

Last Sunday - the very last day of June, I celebrated another birthday!
59 years around this clock of life 💗!

I had the most special day indeed.
My daughter in law Sarah invited me out there for lunch along with my other son & his family.
Sarah put on a beautiful finger food lunch.

I even had a chocolate birthday cake with 5 candles on it ... & I also got some help to blow those candles out 😉

Best of all - I got to laugh lots & spend time with my precious grandsons.

I received some beautiful gifts from my dear friends & family members & was rather spoilt indeed.

All to soon the day was over  ......  but I had another friend celebrating a special birthday last Friday 
so I wanted to make her a handmade gift.

This padded coathanger kind of came together quite by accident - I was just playing around with my vintage laces & the idea came to mind.
I spray painted a wire hanger cream & then padded it out really well underneath before slipping the lace cover over it

I added a small lavender bag tied to the top & then - at the last minute, I stitched some Mother of Pearl buttons on it. 
My friend Sandy was delighted with her gift.

When my dear friend Leeanne sent my birthday package, she managed to squeeze in these 3 books that she had offered me several months ago whilst decluttering her bookcase.
I was So thrilled - I have read Dewey the Library cat already & am just beginning A Cat called Norton.

So it seemed appropriate then to receive this email card from my dear friend Willie 😉

These hanging lambs are a pattern from the Tilda Book "Homemade & Happy"
My friend D asked if I would make the pair for her - they are plain teadyed calico, each with a small green polka dot heart in their hands.
D has yet to collect her Order & I am unsure whether she will want the feather wings, which I have just pinned in place - or leave the lambs plain, without wings.

Large Size Lamb                                                                       Small Size Lamb
The Lambs in the pattern book have glittery gold Tilda wings.

I have been having Sid extra days while his other Nanny is away in Europe (the lucky, lucky girl!!)
Miss Pippi has been most annoyed about this new arrangement & when Sid went home last Wednesday she lay on the couch & miaowed at anyone that went past, whilst doing her best to look neglected & uncared for ! 😹

The house smells wonderful today dear friends, I am burning a new waffle bar - Cinnamon & Spice fragrance 💕

I hope the week ahead is good to you all dear readers
Thanks SO Very Much for your visits today - be kind to yourselves & to each other,
With much love & friendship,
Julie & the (spoilt) furry ones x0x0x0


  1. The happiest of birthdays to you, lovely Julie♥ Your family celebration looks as if it was filled with fun and the gifts you received are lovely. LOVE the gorgeous lace coat hanger you fashioned for your friend. It looks so pretty and I can just imagine the lovely perfume the lavender produces. Have a beautiful week, my lovely friend♥

  2. Wishing you a very happy birthday Julie and I am glad you came in for some lovely spoiling. Oh my that coat hanger is gorgeous! Poor Miss Pippa....she looks totally neglected lol!

  3. Ah! Bless! More Birthday greetings Julie..
    Looks as though you had a lot of fun, and
    the food spread looks lovely..I expect the
    Grand~littles enjoyed it all to..and candles
    on a cake..great fun..! :).
    oooooO! And, the big 6~0 next year..But then,
    l've always said..'yer age is between yer ears',
    look at me, still running round like two year old,
    l change my own diapers now..! :). Good job l remembered
    to say over here we call them nappies..! HeHe!
    Think l got a bit confused there..!!!

    The padded coathanger is amazing..Yes! I really like that..
    does it come in pink..! :). Lovely that!
    And..l hope Blackie and Miss Pippi are enjoying those books,
    are you reading the books to them, problem is catching them
    awake..Hope you don't mind, the photo at the bottom there is
    going in my pussy~cat folder..! 😻 😼 get on..nearly 7:30 over here another hot fine day,
    though we had a little rain in the night, l've decided to have
    sardines on toast for breakfast, just for a my morning
    fry ups..and as it's Sunday, off up to Lidl. the supermarket, for my
    weekly bits and pieces..and, Partridge for lunch to~day...Yum! Yum! :0).
    🎈🎁🎉🎁🎈 🎈🎁🎉🎁🎈 🎈🎁🎉🎁🎈 🎈🎁🎉🎁🎈 🎈🎁🎉🎁🎈 🎈🎁🎉🎁🎈

  4. belated happy birthday! lovely to see a picture of you looking so happy (and pretty) and to know that you are much loved by your family and have been spoilt with pressies and cake.

  5. Happy, happy birthday! Take joy in your young grandsons, they too soon grow up. There is a reference to 'sheep' in today's posting--did I miss something?

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment & birthday wishes Rosalyn. The sheep I was referring to are actually the calico lambs I made for an Order - sorry I should have put lambs in my title, not sheep !

  6. Happy Birthday!
    What a gorgeous gift for your friend.

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment & the birthday wishes.
      Hoping you have a super week ahead. Julie xx

  7. Happy birthday, I am good that you had a special time. x

  8. What a lovely, happy post. All good things to celebrate your added year around the sun! I adore what you made for your friend...a treasure.

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    1. Thanks so much Kim - am feeling rather "old" today too as I have been shovelling mulch onto my gardens all day yesterday & today I have sore bits in all sorts of places !!

  10. Such a joy to read your post Julie. Brightened up my dreary Monday morning. Happy Birthday. Looks like a fabulous lunch & a wonderful lot of gifts. The coat hanger is gorgeous. Poor Miss Pippi, so neglected. :) Hugs,xx

  11. Happy birthday Julie. So good to see you had a wonderful funfilled day. The hanger you made is beautiful as are the lambs. Poor Miss Pippi, so neglected and hard done by!!!! I enjoyed Dewey the library cat, is a good book.

  12. I love LOVE the photos of you with your grandsons! What a wonderful day and so fantastic your family loves and appreciates you. You got some nice goodies......I'm pleased you are enjoying the cat books.

  13. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday! The lace hanger is just so beautiful! Nancy

  14. Hi Julie, I have been commenting using my phone and have just discovered that for some reason it doesn't work,I am still travelling for a bit yet,so will comment when I have Internet.
    Happy birthday my friend how lovely that you got so spoilt by your family and friends and it's always fun to have cuddles with the grandies.
    Love your beautiful work,well done xx

  15. Happy late birthday, it looks as though you had a good time. Such lovely presents, all the best. x

    1. Thanks so much for your very kind wishes & lovely comment xx

  16. Belated Birthday Greetings to you Julie. Glad you had such a lovely and loving day. xxx

  17. Happy Belated Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful, blessed and joy~filled year ahead!

    1. Thanks so much Kelley for your very kind comment & birthday wishes. xx

  18. Oh a belated Happy Birthday Julie, what a lovely family get together for you, those boys are growing so fast, your the same age as my dearest, he's in May, so your a 60s girl, I'm a 61 girl😊 Fabulous gifts, got my eye on that needle craft book, would make a great junk journal cover. Cool cat books to.
    Love all your makings. Have a great week Julie! Chris xoxoxo

  19. Happy and most wonderful belated birthday!! may your blessings increase double to your age, sweet Julie. xxxxxx

  20. Yay! Another wonderful birthday. So glad you had such a lovely time with yummy snacks to eat, and fun with friends and families and your wonderful grandsons! Love the lambies! Poor Miss Pippi - so neglected.....sigh......

  21. Happy birthday, Julie. Looks like you had a lovely day with your family. Lots of lovely goodies too! Hugs, Christine xx

  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIE. What a great birthday you had. Food looked yummy and I liked the presents. I too read a Norton book after seeing videos of him on my iPad.
    The coat hanger you made was so beautiful..
    Tell miss Poppy I adore her. Give her a cuddle from me. 😋

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  24. Oh Julie, I am so late seeing this post, but Happy Birthday!! You are such a talented lady! The lace covered coat hanger is beautiful! You make such special things, and you do such perfect stitching on the dolls and sweet animals.

  25. Happy belated birthday wishes Julie.So sorry to have missed/forgotten. Love your hanger you made, it looks beautiful.Have you noticed the days getting a little bit longer, that's got to be good for all your crafting and gardening you do although too wet to garden really. Take care and so lovely you had a great birthday.Hugs

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