March 27, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday...

to me!! LOL, I meant to post about my lovely day on Tuesday, but time got away from me, and my kids busy social life! We've had lots of kids over playing this week during our Easter holidays. Tomorrow we are going out to someone else for a change of scenery. But to still be in my pajamas today now at 10:30 11:30 is pretty nice!

We had a nice easter weekend as well. Went to Sherry's for a party and egg hunt, here are a few photos of the hunt and Sherry's place, check out the great views!! I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet Anne Marie up there and that I'll miss the expat quilters Saturday this weekend, just can't do a 6 hour (3hr each way to her place) road trip this time when I'm leaving on Wednesday! I totally want to go though, have a great time guys!
Easter Egg Hunt at Sherry's

The girls also had a visit from the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt at Nana's house. Here is a picture of that egg hunt!
Easter Bunny Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday

I'm nearing the 40 mark these days, but still a few years short (38 this year) so anytime anyone remembers my birthday it makes my day. Got a lovely early call from Barbara, my friend Sandra back in Waterford, a great afternoon visit and gifties from my friend Kathleen here...was just nice! Look at the package of taupes Barbara sent me, she decided she doesn't like them anymore and asked if I wanted them, uh......YEAH!!! I will be getting a few bits for here in America in trade for them!
Yummy Taupes from Barbara

Look at the wonderful package Kathleen brought over. She knows me so well, a great book, a DVD based on a book we read in book club that I liked, candle for bathtimes and some cream...and she brought me a Banoffi Pie, my favorite dessert at the moment. The funny thing is I had just bought myself the same exact thing an hour earlier as my birthday treat for myself. Luckily she stayed here to help me eat some! Dave brought home some yummy Thai for dinner, nice!!
Birthday Pressies from Kathleen

On Friday night I designed a layout and traced a pillow for mom using Lynette Anderson's stitcheries from her Angel's Wish book. I stitched away on it Saturday and on Easter Sunday in between parties, egg hunts and trips to play areas with cousins up in Dublin, and got it finished on Monday. I hope she likes it!
Lynette Anderson Stitchery Pillow for Mom

I had a knitting miracle occur yesterday as well, lol! I had gone into Limerick to buy some 4.5mm double pointed needles to make mom's last hat out of my Noro Silk Garden, the knitting shop was closed for Good Friday. I figured I would have to make another special trip to buy them or get them in the States if I wanted to get it finished before the end of my trip. Well, while cleaning out a drawer in my sewing room, I found the exact DPNs I needed, which I bought two Christmases ago at the start of my sock knitting career....woo hoo! Now I can start and no extra errands to run!

So...now that the Dear Jane quilting is done, I've got 3 projects going: mom's hat is started as of last night, I took down my Dear Jane wallhanging to put on the quilting hoop (I was missing hand quilting!), and I have a redwork cross stitch sampler I am working on that I got last year in Birmingham... Gotta keep doing something, lol. The Dear Jane is taking a little rest now till I get back from the States.
Catherine Archer's Bristol Sampler

Mom is getting nervous about the chemo starting on Monday, and I hope she will be okay. Thanks everyone for all the support since this happened. I am looking forward to helping out whatever way they need me to, and giving lots of hugs!

20 comments:

Barbara said...

Happy birthday!! I didn't realize your birthday was coming - I'm SO foggy-headed these days! Love your gifts, and that Love pillow!!

I just finished the angel for your mom and would love to mail it today if you could email with the postal address. :D

Mamaspark said...

Happy Birthday!! Where in the US are you? I have been meaning to ask you where we should visit if we come go Ireland this year. It will be our 25th anniversary and it is one of the places we are thinking about going. any suggestions?

I love the angel pillow you made too, so sweet!

ruthsplace said...

Happy Birthday - love your gifts.

The pillow for your Mum is lovely and the girls look so cute hunting for their eggs.

If I don't talk to you before then I hope you have a safe trip over, I'm wishing your Mum all the best too.

Holly said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to You! Wait another ten years and you'll have to stop and think how old you are :) Beautiful location for the egg hunt. Keeping your mom in my thoughts and prayers.

Bubblesknits said...

Happy Birthday!!! I wish I had of known it was so close. I would have sent a little birthday something for you in the package! :-) I hope it gets there before you leave...keeping my fingers crossed.

Give your Mom lots of hugs for me. Keeping her in my prayers.

Patti said...

A very happy belated birthday! Looks like it was a special day with lots of surprises for you. Have a very safe trip to Bend; I'll be thinking about you. Also sending prayers for success in healing for your mother.

May Kristin said...

Happy birthday! You really got some nice things there. Your pillow is so cute, of course your mom will love it!
Fingers crossed for your mom!
Take care!

laeroport said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Cathi! The pillow is lovely! Have a safe journey and know that my thoughts and best wishes go with you to your mom.

Karol-Ann said...

Hey! Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you have many many more. Lovely pillow and egg pics.

Safe trip and best wishes for your Mom.

Anne Marie said...

Hey Cathi, have a great trip home!!! Sorry we didn't meet at Sherry's, as I'm sure she told you we were in the midst of a major medical drama over here. We will have another craft weekend and will let you know!!! Happy Birthday from someone on the other side of 40 LOL!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Belated Birthday indeed! What a full post. I hope you have a good trip home and that everything goes well!

lisakingsley said...

Sorry I didn't know it was almost your birthday. Glad you had a good one. Hope you have a good trip over. I'm continuing to hope for the best for your mom. One of these days when things are less crazy and you come over we should meet in person.

Kate said...

Happy Belated Birthday and safe travels.
Keeping your mom in thoughts and prayers.

susan shepard said...

A very happy belated birthday to you, Cathi. I usually take a tip from my mother-in-law, who prefers to celebrate her birthday for a full week or so (lunches out, dinner with friends, etc.)

Looks like you've kept amazingly busy with the holiday and all your beautiful stitchy work. Your pillow is darling.

Hope you can keep in touch while you're in the States. You should have a little package awaiting your arrival there.

Angela said...

Fun crafty projects, a lovely Easter, a happy birthday, a trip to the States to see your Mom AND you finished the quilting on your Dear Jane?!? Um -- yeah, I think you've hung out with Kate too much -- you've done plenty!!!

Dawn said...

It should say ' sorry it's belated'

Dawn said...

Love the pillow, I'm sure your mum will love it. Banoffi pie is my favorite desert too, I make it on special occasions as a treat as well. HAPPY BIRTHDAY too, so its belated. Enjoy your trip.

anne bebbington said...

Cathi - your pillow for your mom is gorgeous!

Juliann said...

I love those fabrics! How great that you could take them off your friend's hands :)
I read Ian McEwan's book last year and have Brick Lane on my list of books to read. Fun to come across your blog this morning. Enjoy.

Julie said...

Happy Birthday!! I recognize that beautiful little heartie quilt! Looks like you got great mail lately...