Happiness is to dance with friends until dawn at a birthday party

Birthday parties are wonderful, not only for one’s own birthday but also those of friends and family. Such a party means good food, meeting with old and new friends, good talks, perhaps even some dancing. Presents are of course also an issue! And for me giving gifts is as precious as receiving them myself.

This weekend I had the pleasure of giving presents to three friends celebrating their birthdays. The first present was decorated with the piano zipper bag by Urban Threads with a zipper charm by RockQueen. Though this desgin is without a lining I managed to enhance it with a lining thanks to my experience with the zipper bags by Individual Pieces and RockQueen as well as the „Go To“ button of my machine. Originally I had intended that design for myself but have done it now thrice for other people. Last year for a friend’s voucher for concert and for my son’s classmate as a christmas present. Now I a wondering if I ever will have time to do it for myself.

The second jubilant whished for some funds to a journey. But a simple voucher card seemed not adequat. Therefore I sewed a sheath for 2 passports, credit cards, funds and tickets to put the money into. This is not only pretty but also helpful for a journey. I used cork fabric and snapppap which I decorated with two little embroidery designs by RockQueen.

The third present was adorned with a personal sign for a carnival lover (design by RockQueen).

All celebrants were very happy with the presents and I with them.

How to say good bye to a retiring collegue?

When a dear colleague with whom I have shared a bureau for quite a long time is retiring I cannot just say goodbye but also want to gift a little something (hand-made of course). During the times of us sharing a bureau we also gave us little gifts, i.e. something from our holidays or even something hand-made. Once he gave me a self-drawn picture of cats which now hangs in my kitchen. Every morning this is the first thing I see and it still makes me smile.

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Mama, I need a cool birthday gift for tomorrow

To be able to give self-made presents is a blessing. I am always happy when my children ask me to embroider or sew something either for them or as a present for their friends. But when they come in the evening and say „Mama, tomorrow I am invited to a birhtday party and need a self-made something“ than I sometimes wonder if it is not rather a curse.

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A quick, little present

A colleque of mine is building her home these one and a half years and coming to a close. So I made her this keyfob in her favorite colours and her monogram as a small birthday present. The design is by Orange Elephant Embroidery (via PictureStitch) and the monogram with a built-in font of my machine.

It is only a trifle, but personal and made with love.

Festive table decorations

My friend has asked us, her friends, if we would decorate the tables for her big 50th birthday party. So the three of us thought and planned. We complement one another so well, having different ideas and ressources. One friend chose the theme and colors, the second brought from her incredible fundus vases and shells, while I as the third did the embroidering of free standing lace decorations.

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It is the season – for presents

Since my embroidery machine moved into the house we all love to give embroidered gifts. But with selfmade presents you never know how the recipient will receive it. I have learned that some people do not see any value in selfmade things. I guess it is those people who do not have a making hobby and do not know how much time and work is needed for such presents. Lost labour of love.

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