I've had a couple of weeks of celebration! Having family around for my birthday recently was my dream present. At my age I have everything I need (and want!) so my stock answer when I'm asked, "What would you like for your birthday?" is always "to have family with me". Having said that, I did receive some lovely presents as well!

Last week, it was our 49th wedding anniversary. We celebrated by attending a Symphony Orchestra concert and a meal out with some friends.

I am so blessed to have spent so many years with my wonderful husband and love of my life.

And I'm celebrating finishing a quilt. It was one of my 'slow' projects, commissioned more than a year ahead, so I had plenty of time to tackle it little by little.  Just a sneak peak or two for now:

I am really thrilled at how it has turned out.

Another celebration that is happening soon is the wedding of a friend's daughter. I've been asked to make a coat hanger for the bride's dress. I will be in my element with guipure lace, beads, and ribbon for this next project.

When I showed you the pincushion below a couple of months ago, there was a lot of interest in it and I promised I would make it available in my Craftsy Store.

That's happened now and the pattern is available for just $5. Check it out here.

I'm having a break from stitching this week - tell you about it next time!



  1. Val it was our 37th wedding anniversary last week so we haven't been married as long as you and your hubby have. Congratulations! I know what you mean about just having your family around. When you get older you don't need any more 'stuff' do you? :-)

  2. Val, congratulations on 49 years together!!! We recently celebrated our 50th - hard to believe!!

  3. Happy Birthday! And Happy Anniversary. What a beautiful wedding photo - you look so happy.

  4. Congratulations on your 49th anniversary, Val. It will be our 20th next month. You look beautiful in your wedding dress.

  5. Sounds like the perfect birthday celebration, Val. Love your wedding photo and congratulations on your anniversary. Xx

  6. Happy Anniversary!!! And Happy Birthday too...

  7. Happy Anniversary! You both are blessed indeed. What a great family time you've been having.

  8. Querida Val!
    Desejo muitas felicidades ao casal pela belíssima união que completa muitos anos! O Senhor os abençoe muito mais ainda! bjs
    Regina Vicentini

  9. Congratulations on your 49th Anniversary! May you enjoy many more loving years together.


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