Sunday, 4 September 2011

Birthday girl...



Hello again, so how've you been? Hope you're having a lovely weekend and avoiding the wet weather that seems to be around. We now have blue skies here after a miserable start so will be making the most of it by spray painting my chair outside later on!

Anyway, just wanted to pop by and say thank you for all my birthday wishes last week... we had a lovely day out in Bath. It's our nearest big city, and even though it's about an hour away, I tend to go up about once a month for a bit of shopping and a change of scenery. It was really nice to just potter about and be able to have a mooch in all my favourite shops (of which I have quite a few in Bath). I did plan to take some pictures of our day but it was super crowded being a Saturday and I actually never took my camera out of my bag once!

So here are some pictures of some of my birthday gifts instead...


I am well known for my love of polka dots, red and white ones in particular, so these dishes were just calling out to me! They are by Spode and a really nice quality, but were marked up as seconds... (for some reason unbeknown to me - I have been nicknamed by friends and colleagues in the past as 'quality controller' because I am such a fusspot when it comes to imperfections, but I couldn't find anything wrong with my spotty plates at all! Bargain seeing as they were marked up at 50% off... I definitely wasn't complaining.)


As well as the spotty dishes, Karl also got me this sweet little wooden stool.  It is shabbily pretty with a little rustic heart cut out the top... It is perfect for the little bare space at the top of the stairs and I love it!



As part of my present, my sister Harriet gave me this cute decorative pear... now looking pretty hanging on the dresser... she also gave me this lovely spotty mug to add to my collection (she knows me so well!)


(Note the Mollie Makes in the picture... my new favourite read!)


Speaking of which, I had some birthday money too so I've been able to treat myself to a subscription! Am very much looking forward to receiving the next issue on the doormat - it has been ever so tricky to find a copy here in Somerset - there must be lots of very crafty folk around here as I have not managed to lay eyes on one anywhere locally. In fact the only two issues I've been able to buy, one I got from Birmingham New Street station when I was travelling up to see my parents and the other at Manchester airport! So I thought a subscription was really the only option ;)

I also got some other lovely bits too which I've not been able to photograph - a long beige cardigan and a red jumper dress from mum and dad - both of which I've worn practically non stop over the last week... (oh I do love wearing new clothes!) and a gorgeous writing set from one of my good friends. So all in all, a wonderful haul... I am very lucky indeed.
 
Anyway just before I go start my chair makeover, I thought I would share one last picture today. You see, I was thinking about my blog this week... that it is kind of odd that here I am sharing bits of my work and life with all you lovely readers who take time out of your busy days to pop by and see what I have to say... but yet I am still quite anonymous as you don't even know what I look like. 

Although this blog is still (supposedly) primarily a place for me to talk about and share my work, the way it has naturally evolved over the last year means it has become more than that and it is now a more personal space than I originally intended. I always like it when I know who I am reading about - it's nice to put a face to a blog, especially if you have loyal readers who come back time and time again. So on that note, here is me...


Right, enough waffle for one day, I best get a move on with the spray painting whilst the sun is still shining! Will be back soon though as I have lots of new Pingg designs and some magazine projects to share. Happy Sunday xxx

17 comments:

millefeuilles said...

Happy, happy birthday Jenny :-)

You are indeed a fair girl and it is so lovely to put a face to your beautiful blog.

Your presents look so yummy too!

Jenny, I am hosting a giveaway so IF the gifts appeal you may want to try your luck seeing as it is your birthday!!

All the best for a fantastic crafty year ahead.

Stephanie

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Hi Jenny, so lovely to put a face to the name!! It's strange but I always imagine what my bloggy friend do look like and I always thought of you as dark, don't know why but now I know you're a blond!! You're the second blogger that I visit k to put a photo up this week, I have thought about but we'll have to see about that!! :)
What gorgeous birthday gifts, all of them, I especially love the little pear!
I too love Mollie Makes, I have a subscription and I love when it drops through my letter box!
Enjoy your painting, we had a lovely start to the day but now it's raining! :(
Vivienne x

Helen Philipps said...

Hello Jenny, how lovely to see you, what a nice picture of you today...and do you know you actually look very similar to how I imagined you would! Which is interesting as usually people look very different from how you imagine them don't they, when you get to know them by phone or blog or letter or whatever and then actually see/meet them! I loved all your birthday presents, I would like them all, especially the dotty china and the pear and the cute little stool...
Hope the chair painting goes well, enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Helen x

A mermaids purse said...

lovely post, happy belated birthday wishes! love the birthday pressies- lovely giftys! you look really sweet in your piccy its lovely to see the face behind all the wonderful creations ;0)x

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

Very happy belated birthday, you had some fab pressies, love the wooden heart chair and the pear the best, really beautiful! Lovely to see what other blog friends look like! Have a lovely rest of the weekend xx

Sabah Designs said...

Happy belated birthday Jenny, loved the wooden chair. I've heard a lot about Bath would love to go there some time too.
Sabah

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Happy birthday! Glad it was memorable and full of sweet treasures!

Andrea said...

Hi Jeny,
I am so glad you had a lovely birthday and some great birthday treats too! It is so nice to be able to put a face to your name as well now! I wonder, would I be so brave!
I love the little stool that Karl got you, and I know what you mean about Mollie Makes, I literally make sure I am in my local WHSmiths on the day it is due out or thats it they are all gone!!!
Have a happy week,
Andrea x

Biba said...

Happy belated birthday! You've got some lovely presents there... And it's really nice to 'see' you!

LissyLou said...

Happy birthday!! love your pressies - i have a decorative pear like that, and i've just subscribed to Mollie Makes - i love it!! xx

Bonnie Blackbird said...

A belated Happy Birthday Jenny! Hope you had a fantastic day, it sounds like you were certainly a lucky gal! Might have to go and grab a copy of Mollie Makes and have a read myself! xx

Pipany said...

Oh happy birthday lovely lady! Late as ever here, but good to catch up again xx

paintdropskeepfalling said...

Nice to 'meet' you! :)

crafts@home said...

What wonderful birthday treats, and the picture of you is beautiful :) I have trouble finding Molly makes and I live in a large town, I think it's a ploy to get everyone to subscribe!!!

Kathy said...

Happy birthday and gorgeous pressies, looks like a fabbo time was had... and thankyou for sharing a pic, I love seeing other bloggy folk in 'real life'!

Thanks so much for leaving a little love over at my blog, you made my day:)
Enjoy your week,
Kathy

Gem said...

Hope you had a lovely birthday. Gorgeous presents, I especially like the stool, it is so pretty. Good to see the face behind the blog xxxx

LittleGem said...

Hi Jenny!
Just spotted the home sweet home sign, it looks lovely in your photos too!
Your birthday pressies were lovely, its so nice when you receive presents from people who 'get' you isn't it?
Hope you are enjoying the weekend!
x Gem

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