Monday, August 15, 2011

A sweet surprise and thrift shop finds!

There are times when your breath gets taken away by someone’s thoughtfulness, and I had one of those times last week when I opened a surprise parcel from my sweet friend, Dawn!

Dawns parcel 1 pic

Beautifully wrapped in one of my favourite new fabric lines – Grace by 3 Sisters for Moda… and don’t you just love that jumbo ric-rac?!!

The textiles were a gift in themselves, and then I opened up the squishy parcel to reveal this:

Dawns parcel 2 pic

A pretty hand-blown-glass pendant (pictured centre), a pretty pink pen, a plaque with a word that is so important to both Dawn and I, “Family”.  Some rose-scented handcream and this amazing hand-made sewing purse…

Dawns gift 1 pic

With even more treasure inside!

Dawns gift 4 pic


I just sat and looked at all my pretties for ages.  I kept them in a little bundle on my dining room table and admired them, not wanting to put anything away because I just enjoyed visiting its beauty!  Do you do that too?  When I get a wee pile of birthday or Christmas pressies I always leave them a day or two to admire them, before finding new homes for the items!

THANK YOU so very much, Dawn!!  You made my week honey and I feel completely spoiled! x

If you would like the pattern for this sweet little sewing purse, I left a clue for you in the picture as to where you can find it!  Do you know someone “Gawjus” like I do?!  Yes – it’s the lovely Joy from Joypatch!  She is the talented designer of this little cutie that Dawn has made so beautifully.

Talking of treasures – I discovered a few during my visits to local thrift stores last week!

Thrift shop 1 pic

A blue woollen skirt ideal for some softies… appliqued and crocheted doilies, and an old copy of my favourite craft magazine, Australian Homespun.  It has one of my favourite doll patterns inside designed by Karlene Atkins of Katkins Designs!

Thrift shop 2 pic

The pattern is called Lizzie, and if you haven’t got this copy of Australian Homespun (No 10 Vol.3.2) then it is available for sale on Karlene’s website, here.  I’m looking forward to making my own Miss Lizzie!

But before I get around to making any more dolls, I’m a bit busy with another project!  I’m only two weeks away from both of my children’s birthdays!  They are eight years and three days apart in age!  The invites for Rosie’s party went out last week…

Rosie invite pic

Aaron is still in England at the moment and will celebrate his birthday the day before he travels back home… but we’ll have double celebrations once he returns, for sure!  But I’m guessing his will be a little less…


Till next time!  Hugs! Vikki xo


retdairyqueen said...

What a gorgeous gift Love the purse The colours are lovely

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

'Just Because' gifts are so special because they are a celebration of friendship and given without a reason. Dawn's gift is beautiful and I agree, it should be admired for a few days before being put away.

Looks like a busy time ahead in the SUDS house Vikki. Hope Rosie has fun at her party.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Maria said...

What gorgeous gifts from your buddy Dawn.
Love the way she wrapped it and then popped little goodies inside the cute purse.

quiltingmieke said...

Hi, what al lovely present and the handcraft etui is so nice

enjoy it.

hug Mieke

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
Ahh, how sweet friendship is and how gorgeous are the gifts you've recieved! You lucky gal!

Rosie's birthday party sounds just like a party for any little princess.

gosh, You must be missing Aaron.
Creative hugs,

Vickie said...

loverly gifts indeed, yes I am like you I love to have them sitting where I can admire them...Oh my I rember birthday times have fun,cheers Vickie

Unknown said...

How lovely of Dawn , what thoughtful gifts !

Linda said...

Great gifts! I know you'll enjoy them!
Give the kiddos a birthday hug from us all!

Quilt Kitty said...

What a beautiful & thoughtful assortment of gifts from Dawn. Enjoy the kids birthday celebration, a proncessparty sounds fun! Tracee xx

Jeanette said...

Beautiful gifts you received. How lovely of Dawn. Hugs,

Larissa said...

What a gorgeous well-thoughtout gift from Dawn! She always seems to put together the most precious little parcels! I am in Love with that little sewing purse and will definitely have to add that to my list of 'must buy pattern and sew's!

Also, big Happy Birthday to the two kids - that was an awesome invitation you have there! If it's any indication as to the cuteness of the party ... you have a winner on your hands!! I hope you can enjoy these festivities as much as the kids do!


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