At Studio Friday today the topic is sparkle, shimmer and shine! I love all three words, the are beautiful and fits great together with my April month, birthday, cat and all. Today I’m showing you the home made birthday presents I got – things that have spread extra shimmer and shine to my life.
Once I was complaining that we give so much home made stuff away but friends and family hardly ever take the time to even send a card back… Well I take all of those complaints back today! I have so many crafty and nice people in my life!
I hope this post will inspire you to make and give more – of everything!
A beautifully wrapped gift from Maria (of blog Skapande) I got a home crafted wooden jar specially for me (!), in Swedish called krympburk (old Swedish technique according to Maria). You can tell it’s mine if you know what I like, and Maria sure does! (krympburkar in other beautiful Swedish styles here)
From my friend Li (of the blog h2o hexagons) I got a home crafted little wall hanging in a wooden frame.
It’s a button heart in my favourit colours. I love it, because it’s so cute. I don’t know if I’ll hang it on the wall or follow Li’s suggestion and use the heart for something else… A pillow or a bag perhaps.
My blog friend Susan (of Shoes and Ships) couldn’t come, but she sent me a home made CD with great music and a beautiful cover (or two covers!) and a pink garland in fabric that she made for me! The pennants was waving in the light breeze on my birthday outside my parents house. It was the best way to show how beautiful that day was for me!
And easter birthday gifts for a Easter April Fool of course. –>
The bunny bowl is made by my aunt, who recently picked up sewing (about two years ago) and is now as obsessed as my mother. When her family moved to a big house last summer she got a whole little room for her crafts, a Winnie the Pooh room. The bunny was filled with candy, as was the pink hen that my mothers mother (my granny) sewed for me. Mom got one two, but mine was the best! Crazy quilted in pink – wow! And it was me who told Granny about CQ too, that is fun. Click picture to view larger!
My mother is The Crafter. I don’t know how she has all this time? She is the one who made pink easter chickens out of toilet-paper rolls for table decoration, bought pink shirts for my dad and little bro (as my party was a Pink party), bought sparkly pink butterflies for the kitchen table and also bought two big pink cakes for me and my guests. Mmm!
She also gave me a pink table cloth that she quilted in a very romantic style, which I looove.
You can view the whole table cloth here.
Mom also asked around with her quilting friends for cat fabrics to make a very soft and beautiful cat quilt for Smilla! She managed to get some squares, so that all the fabrics in this quilt features cats! We both love it!
I got lots and lots more, specially stuff to craft with (yarn, paints, brushes, paper, pens, canvases, money, magazines), but I can not write about it all here.
As you can imagine my life is a bit more sparkly this April. I have good friends and relatives – and the best mom.
Thanks for reading all the way through this big post. Thank you every one of you who sent me good wishes, presents, came to visit or just smiled at my happiness when visiting the blog! THANK YOU!
Please comment if you have the time!
Happy Birthday Hanna! You sure do have a lot of creative people in your life! I agree with you. I LOVE so much to receive and give handmade gifts. I cherish the thought and time that went into making something JUST for that special person!
Smilla has also been a lucky kitty! She has a lovely quilt of her very one! Lucky Smilla!!!
Thanks for sharing your treasures with us! April is a sparkly month for you, indeed!!
You received wonderful presents from the ones that love you! I like the quilted chicken the best; it’s fantastic!!
What a wonderful bunch of presents!! And a pink party too?
Glad to hear you had a great 30th birthday Hanna!
What a lovely collection of goodies! Love all the pink, too! Happy birthday!
You sure got the creative gift in your gene. The pink hen your mormor has made for you is really great!
Happy birthday Hanna!
thank you for all the great, inspiring things you tell about in your blog! Everytime I read it, it makes me want to run right away and do something creative that I love!
happy birthday! what thoughtful friends & family you have!! i love all of it. especially the tablecloth your mother made.
wow! you racked up!! happy birthday!
It?s lovely that you?ve been soooo spoiled by everyone…a definate sign of how deserving you are! I like checking out your blog, there?s always something new and lovely to see!
happy belated birthday! it looks like you had a sparkly good time!
:) mary ann
Love the perspective of some of your photos. Happy Birthday!
FYI you gussed wrong about the fireworks on my site. Also the image has not been digitally manipulated. Guess again?
Hoppas du hittar massor med bra saker p? Panduro. Och f?rl?t f?r att du inte fick n?got hemmagjort av oss. Verkar som att den genen helt d?tt ut i min familj. Larsa fick v?l hela mormors pysselgen ;D
Thank you for sharing all the things that make your soul shine. Clearly, you are loved. :-)
I’m late for the birthday party! Glad to see it was a success! Pink looks good on little bro and Dad–they should wear it more often!
Many happy returns of the day as Pooh would say…
So much creativity here! I love your Mom’s cat quilt!
Wow! So many beautiful presents! You are surely blessed with many great people in your life!
[…] I got so much beautiful and wonderful gifts when I had my birthday in April that I don’t think I deserve to have anything more for at least a year. I’m spoiled enough, but a bunch of people don’t agree with that as is evident in this post. I must be liked, or blessed or something. […]
Hey, I came across your website while i was looking for something i could make for my friends birthday! I love all the presents youve got, amd hopefully ill give my friend something just as special! :)