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Good Luck Comes in Threes

Well, Hello! I’m back from my week’s travel, it’s a beautiful sunny Saturday, and I’ve got goodies to show you. I’ve been a very lucky girl in the last several weeks and I’ve received some adorable gifts that I’m so excited about that I can’t keep them to myself.

First up, that oh-so-sweet Mrs. Farmhouse sent me some awesome eggs made out of old quilts. I LOVE them! They came all wrapped up in a clear plastic bag and I could hardly bear to unwrap them. It was necessary though, in order to get a decent photo without plastic-glare. Aren’t they cool? I had never seen anything like them and I love them (oh sorry, I already said that — I think I’m saying love too much too, but oh well — I mean it!) I love the tag that came with them too. I’m thinking I’ll surely have to leave them out year round.

Quilted Eggs

And what the heck??? Look who jumped into that bowl with those eggs. An Easter-Annie! I’m sure I don’t even need to tell you where she came from — but I will anyway — it was non other than Ms. Sharon! She’s soooo cute — I’m crazy about her! Look at the little easter bunnies on her dress.  Both of these gifts were totally unexpected and I’m SO touched to have received them.

Quilted Eggs & Annie

(Naturally, TheEmptyNestChild thinks EasterAnnie is for him…you may remember he loves stuffies. Have no fear however, EasterAnnie will be safely placed out of his reach!)

Annie & Scruff

And last, but certainly not least, last summer I signed up for a PIF from the Fabulous Mrs. Locket and it arrived this week!!! She sent me a famous Locket Wallet, an adorable pincushion (with an embroidered depiction of her little Fred selling cakes) and some English tea. (The tea was an incredibly considerate alternative to candy — since we’re both watching the goodie intake.  And may I just say that Ms. Locket has been much more successful than me!)

Pocket Love

I Lurve my little wallet and pincushion. How cute is that cupcake fabric??? It’s the perfectly sized wallet for outings with my little felted purse — my normal wallet is too big.

Inside Wallet

And look how cool — I was worried about where to store coins with this little wallet, but it has a zipper on the back with a pocket that will be just perfect. I love the cupcakes, the pink, the polkies — just everything about this little wallet.

Outside Wallet

So, thank you, thank you to all of you….Karen, Sharon, and Lucy! You’re all wonderful real-imaginary friends and I HEART all of you! I would say your kindness has rendered me speechless, but clearly I’m still talking. It’s had that same effect though, on the heart, and I’m very grateful to all of you!

Now, I’ll leave you with a pic of sweet little EasterAnnie. I thought it was funny how that fickle EmptyNestChild left her (see his tail as he walks away?) She’s still happy though LOL!

Annie

Have a great weekend!

XOXO,
Anna

Oh, P.S. If you want to see some more cuteness, check out this little owl. Aaaccckkkk! And, if you’re in the US, don’t forget that this week is cupcake week on Martha. Here’s a link to a cupcake promo — I hope this means some of the recipes for the cupcakes shown will be on the show this week.  ;-)

The Bluebird Table

Well, that was a little unplanned blog break! A special thank you to all of you who took the time to send me an e-mail when you came here to leave a comment and found a bunch of gobbledygook. My webhost has been migrating to new servers for months now and I think it occasionally causes problems. Hopefully it’s over now, but I have my reservations — my site hasn’t been migrated to the new servers yet, so there may be rough patches ahead. Happily, I’m on travel this week, so that helped with the blog withdrawal LOL!

Anyhoo, when I made the aforementioned hot cross buns on Easter, I took the dough over to MeMums to rise and bake, as no one else in my family will eat them. While I was there, MeMum was setting the table for Easter dinner and she decided to use some new bluebird dishes that she got last year. Along with the tablecloth and napkins that I made her for Christmas. (I got the linen from Gray Line Linen in Manhattan — I love that place! It’s hard to find linen wide enough for a tablecloth, but they have several options.)

Bluebird Table

Oops! I never finished the binding on those napkins. (Oh, come on — tell me you’ve never given a partially finished present in the heat of battle!) So, while the hot cross bun dough was doing its thing, I worked on napkin bindings. I got them done just in the nick of time.

Bluebird Table

A few posts back I mentioned that if you only know one thing about MeMum, it’s that she’s a perfectionist. Well, another thing is that she LOVES dishes. Of all kinds. But especially if they’re blue. (Gurney! Avert your eyes! (Gurney doesn’t like birds — I think they creep her out — was it too many viewings of The Birds, Gurney?))

Bluebird Table

I thought I’d show you MeMum’s lovely table setting. Our dinner was divine and very traditional: Ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans almondine and salad. To be truly traditional for us, it should have been a jello salad, but MeMum opted for a tomato-vinagrette salad. I missed my spring jello, but the tomatoes were delicious. And fresh coconut (BigDaddy grates the coconut for MeMum) cake for dessert. Yum!

Have a good week!

XOXO,
Anna

Happy Easter!

Inspired by several UK bloggers, I decided to try some Hot Cross Buns. Wow, that was fun!

Hot Cross Buns

I used this recipe, which I think is more traditional (but I could be wrong?) I wanted to try the English version of Hot Cross Buns, rather than the American version, but I have to admit the American in me kind of wanted some icing (LUV icing!) on those buns(it looks like icing in the picture, but it’s just a lighter colored dough.) I substituted milk for the water and milk powder, and I used golden syrup for the glaze. They were yummy and I’d like to make them again. This batch didn’t rise quite as high as I would have liked — the dough stuck to the cloth that I had covering the buns while they were rising and when I removed the cloth, they fell back a little. They were still great, but next time I’ll be more careful.

I just love all of your blogs and all the inspiration I get from them. I hope you’re all having a wonderful Easter!

XOXO,
Anna

SweetiePie’s Bridal Shower

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We interrupt this post to say:

Happy Birthday SweetPea!!!!

SweetPea Turns One

My little angel is 21 today!!! I have no idea how it could be that I have a 21 year old. I might look old enough, but I certainly don’t feel that old! We miss you SweetPea! As I write this, he’s gearing up for the big birthday celebration with all of his friends. He hasn’t had any Mexican food since he’s been in AU and they’ve found a Mexican restaurant for dinner. How very exciting to celebrate your 21st birthday in Sydney! Be careful SweetPea and have a grand time!

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Now, on to SweetiePie’s shower. MyDadLovesMeBestSister absolutely outdid herself! It was a beautiful shower and I’m pretty sure everyone had a great time.

Shower Flowers

We decided that, rather than play games, we would tie a quilt for the new couple. After everyone arrived, we all went to the sunroom where we had the fabric all ready on a quilt frame.

QuiltTying

Many hands make light work! It only took us about 45 minutes to finish all the tying and take the quilt off of the frame. Everyone signed a block for the back of the quilt and I’ll bind it later. (Mama Bunny kept a watchful eye.)

QuiltTying

After the quilt tying, we all ate like pigs had some nice refreshments. And MDLMBS had the most beautiful flower arrangements for the shower. SweetiePie’s colors are black and white with bits of pink thrown in, so MDLMBS chose gorgeous pink flowers for the gift table. Because I’m a dope, I didn’t get a picture of the gift table until after the gifts were removed from it!

Shower Flowers

Anyway, the food was fabulous! In dopey move number 2, I didn’t get a nice picture of the buffet that MDLMBS had all set up. (What the heck — I was filling my plate!) You can catch a glimpse of it at the back of the gift table picture, under the congratulations banner. MDLMBS served ham and turkey mini-croissants, bruschetta, fruit kabobs, two kinds of yummy brie with crackers (one savory and one sweet) and lemon bar cookies cut into heart shapes. All with pink lemonade, among other drinks.

Congratulations Banner

After some good food, SweetiePie opened many wonderful gifts. Along with a few that caused lots of laughs and raised eyebrows.

Victoria's Secret

And to cap off our afternoon, MDLMBS ordered the MOST fantastic cake. It was a raspberry swirl cake with an awesome buttercream frosting. It’s apparently the dessert of choice among all of her friends. When one of my friends asked what kind of cake it was and MDLMBS told her, I thought my friend would faint on the spot — she said it’s her favorite cake. How I wish I could send you all a piece to sample!

Cake

It was the most perfect, happy day. Thank you forever MDLMBS! You’re the best ever!!! Now, I’ll leave the rest of you with a blurry picture of my favorite gift of the day, given to SweetiePie by MDLMBS. (Please excuse the red marks, the lemon bars and raspberries were on this platter.)

Platter

It says This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with and love. I love this platter. It makes me all misty-eyed!

I hope all you wonderful peeps are having a great day. Oh! And happy First Day of Spring!!!

XOXO,
Anna

An Easter Banner

Whew! We had a busy, busy weekend here in Thimbleannaland. I don’t think I turned on the computer for most of it, so now I’m really behind with all of your blogs! Thanks for all your Hester concern — I had a message on my answering machine today that she’s recovered and ready to come home. Can’t beat that service! I’m assuming it was a fried power supply but they didn’t really say. Unfortunately, I can’t pick her up until Saturday, so we’ll have to find other entertainment around here this week.

SweetiePie’s shower was awesome this weekend. I’m still going through pictures so it will be a few days before I can show it to you. In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a wedding break and show you the little crocheted Easter banner I made.

Easter Banner

The letters in this banner are from Martha Stewart. I crocheted around each letter and then joined them all together with a chain stitch.

Easter Banner

The pictures are from The Vintage Workshop and I crocheted around them in the same manner that I crocheted around the valentine cards that I made, except that I used an edging more like the one I did around the letters in this banner.

Easter Banner

In case you’d like to make a Happy Easter banner for yourself this year, I’ve written up some instructions here. Each letter took me about 20 minutes to crochet, so you still have plenty of time between now and next Sunday!

Easter Banner

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing wedding stuff here, but I’ll be back soon anyway, with bridal shower tales!

XOXO,
Anna