Monday, July 21, 2014

birthday spectacular

Here is my Hornbook Bestiary -- two rows done!  I've gotten the next box stitched but that's about it.


And here's my fussy cut star for the week, using a Vicksburg by Judie Rothermel fabric.


I've found that knitting something using a fingering yarn is much better for summer knitting, so I started the Obstacles shawl, using Mad Tosh sock yarn in Worn Denim.  Love this color so much!


My friends who do lace knitting tell me it will look better once blocked.  At the moment, it doesn't look as much like the pattern as I'd like!

It was my birthday on Saturday -- I'm aging quickly.  lol!  My good friend Laurie spoiled me crazy with a wonderful birthday package.  I am still dreaming about how I'm going to be using all these goodies she sent!  Thank you so much, dear friend!




Paula of Kelmscott Designs sent me a new pair of scissors to add to my red scissors collection.  I love them so much!  Thank you, Paula!



Then Saturday was a day of more spoiling!  The father type and I went to NYC for some fun!  I will let the pictures do most of the talking.



Brunch at a sidewalk cafe.


Been wanting to go to Knitty City forever!


My new stash.  The small skeins are for a fair isle project, I hope!  And I had to grab a few skeins of the last of the Cephalopod yarn the store had.  Cephalopod is closing its doors forever -- so sad.


Then a walk across Central Park



to a place I've wanted to go to  forever -- just to experience that building!  (The Italian Futurist exhibit was good too!)




We met the girl child for dessert at Laduree Soho.  What a beautiful place!  And the desserts and macarons -- delicious!  It was a birthday treat from my sweet girl.  I still can't get used to the fact that my girl is a working woman who can pay to treat me to fancy sweets!




Had to take some macarons home too!


You see that other bag?  Yup!  The girl child likes Eileen Fisher too!  It was right across the street.  I'm so glad we went.  They were having a sample sale -- dirt cheap prices for EF!  Both the girl child and I came away with a good purchase or two.  What fun!

Oh.  And I forgot to mention one other thing.


Um.  Yeah.  The father type gave me an iPad Air for my birthday.  We went to the Grand Central Apple Store (huge!!!) and traded in my old iPad mini (no retina display) for my new iPad Air!  (You get a discount for the trade in, which is really nice!)  He knew I was having trouble seeing things on my iPad mini.  Minis are not for people with old eyes like mine.

So yeah.  I got spoiled rotten.  Big time.

It was a long (but fun!) day, so long that Mia was anxiously waiting for us when we got home in the dark.  And today I'm resting and enjoying playing with my iPad Air.  I can see everything so much better now!  lol!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!


49 comments:

llknbillburg said...

Happy Birthday! It looks like you celebrated in style!! Laura

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Happy Birthday! Wonderful treats from special people.

Love the fussy cut

Loraine said...

Happy birthday sweet Margaret!!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday. It certainly looks like a perfect day to me!
I love your projects and all of your news. Hugs to you!

Vickie said...

Oh wow! Good for you! Fantastic gifts my friend. Happy, Happy Birthday! :)

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday, Margaret! Looks like you had a fantastic day.

Vera said...

Happy Birthday Margaret! Fabulous day you had - what fun wandering around NYC...buying stash...getting gifts...and the weather was perfect this weekend too. Fun!!! Cute little Mia. Tyg has been sneezing up a storm - I think he has allergies like me - lol!!

Cari said...

oh my gosh Margaret…looks like your birthday was wonderful. i would have loved to tag along .. i would have even carried your bags !! LOL hugs and enjoy your week. snuggles to sweet MIA...

marly said...

A fabulous day spent with loved ones and fabulous gifts. I'm glad it was such a special day for you!

Annie said...

You lucky girl! What a fabulous birthday celebration. Gifts in the mail from friends and treats in the city with family... nothing better it seems to me. And how great to get the new iPad.

Stitching, sewing and knitting progress is going great as usual. I bet the new shawl will be gorgeous with that yarn when it's all done!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

All the blues today Margaret and they're all so pretty too. What a lovely day you must have had for your birthday - Many Happy Returns to you. No post is complete without the bonnie Mia, she knows how to pose:-)

woolwoman said...

Love the Keep Calm and Carry Yarn bag !!!!!! So much fun hearing all about your fantastic b-day celebration. WOW - what a super day you had. Yarn shopping, brunching with DH and dessert and shopping with DD. Gifts from DF's - couldn't be better. OK need to hear about the fair isle yarn purchase for Windswept no doubt??
I hope you continue lazing around having fun with your new IPad Air.
Cheers Mel

Melissa said...

Oh *sigh* I was pretending to be you and had a great birthday! lol. It looked like a birthday spectacular, for sure. I want to see what you bought from Eileen Fisher!

Happy Birthday!

ps My "quick" eye did spot that little stash of Liberty fabrics right away! ;-) Nice!

Busy Lizzie said...

Happy Birthday♥ Your sampler is gorgeous

Ali said...

Happy belated birthday Margaret, you certainly looked to have had a fabulous one what fun day. Love all your purchases.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

A lovely day for a lovely lady!

cucki said...

Happy birthday..looks like a fun day..
Sweet hugs xx

Carol said...

♫♪♫ Happy Birthday, dear Margaret ♫♪♫ I hope the rest of your "new" year is as wonderful as your birthday itself... Love, love, love those macarons! My son's girlfriend brought some to us from DC at Easter and I fell in love with the little delights :) What a great gift from your pretty daughter...

Your beast sampler is growing nicely--I so love seeing your progress each week.

Enjoy your birthday goodies--especially the new iPad Air!!

Ronin said...

Happy birthday to you and many happy returns of this day. Love you stories and pictures. And what a fast stitcher you are. Enjoy the Ipad Air. It's also on my wish list. :-)

Ronin said...

Happy birthday to you and many happy returns of this day. Love you stories and pictures. And what a fast stitcher you are. Enjoy the Ipad Air. It's also on my wish list. :-)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Samplers and stars and knitting and yarns and New York museums and Central Park and ipads and macarons with your beautiful girl! Could it get much better?Happy, happy birthday, dear Margaret!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Samplers and stars and knitting and yarns and New York museums and Central Park and ipads and macarons with your beautiful girl! Could it get much better?Happy, happy birthday, dear Margaret!

Karen said...

A belated happy birthday! Looks like you had a wonderful day :-)

Kaisievic said...

Happy Birthday, Margaret. What an awesome day, you are so lucky to live near NYC. Love all your new stash and your afternoon tea looked so lovely. Your daughter is gorgeous. I am so happy that you have been so spoilt. So well deserved.

Krista said...

Happy Birthday, Margaret! Looks like you had a fantastic time celebrating!

valerie said...

Happy Birthday Margaret! Looks like you had a fun birthday adventure in NYC! Great progress on your Hornbook and love your fussy cut star!!

krayolakris said...

Happy birthday and best wishes for many more!! We are living vicariously through your adventures in the city!! Love your new projects...you are clearly in a blue period!

Wanda said...

Happy Birthday Margaret! It looks like you had a fabulous day! What beautiful yarn (both your shawl and your new stash). Have a great week!

Faye said...

🎉Happy Burthdsy hugs to a sweetie!!! Celebrate all month!!🎈

Sherry :o) said...

Sounds like a marvelous birthday! You received many wonderful gifts. And the strawberry emery from the day before is beautiful too!

Hope it was happy, happy!!

Miss Pants said...

What a super looking birthday! It's so nice to be spoiled every now and then. Looks like you had a great day. :D Happy belated birthday.

Love the color of the scarf, can't wait to see it finished!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday Margaret. Looks like you had a wonderful day. I love the piece your stitching and the knitting is gorgeous.

Linda

Annette-California said...

Happy Birthday!!! Fabulous day you had and hope you get to celebrate all month:) How sweet that your daughter was with you.
Lovely gifts.
love Annette

Mary said...

Sounds like my kind of day! Glad to hear your birthday celebration was so perfect for you.

LOVE the knitting project!

Isadarena said...

Oh Margaret : what a beautiful birthday celebration !! how many wonderful photos :) your dear girl is absolutely pretty !!!
Have a lovely day ,

Linda said...

WOW! What a fun birthday time!
Love the color of your new "toy"... Wish I had one! In any color - LOL!
Happy Birthday!

I always wonder what goes through cat's minds when their people go off for the da

Linda in VA

Jeannine520 said...

Happy Birthday Margaret! Looks like you had a very nice day in NYC. Very envious of those macarons! :-)

Brigitte said...

Happy belated birthday, Margaret. And it was so much fun to read about your special day and look at all the pictures of the places you were. And oh, such a wonderful treat from your husband, the new IPad. Enjoy playing with it.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Happy Belated Birthday! What a fun day you had. I've always wanted to try a Laudree macaron. Love the fat quarters you received. I've not seen those before. Love the Berlin work one.

Anna van Schurman said...

Happy birthday! What a fun day. I love the color of your shawl yarn, and I'm sure it will be perfect once it is blocked.

Melanie said...

Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!
So much good happy birthday stuffs!!!!!!

mainelystitching said...

Oh what a lot of lovey-loving for your special day! Hooray! Best wishes for your new year!!

Beth said...

Happy Belated Birthday Margaret! I think you had as near to perfect day as it is possible to have! Family, hsopping, family time, good food, art, the park, big city fun, and then home again to Mia.

Melody said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Margaret! It looks like you had the best kind of birthday ever...a day filled with doing things you like! Also, great gifts!! :) I am sure you will love your new ipad air. I received one earlier this year, and use it lots. :)

Penny said...

Happy birthday, Margaret!! It sounds like and looks like you had a fabulous day. I'm a little jealous of that gorgeous yarn. :) I'm in love with the color of your new knitting project too!

Paisley said...

Happy Birthday! What a fun day! I stood in that exact same spot in Central Park just a few weeks ago when I was there on vacation!

Sally said...

Happy Belated Birthday. It looks like you had a fantastic time!

Marsha said...

Happy Birthday sweet Margaret! Looks like a woderful day! Can't wait to see Faire Isle something or other - no pressure.😊

Hazel said...

Happy belated birthday!! Wonderful treats. Looks like my way of celebrating. X

Betteketet said...

Happy birthday to you! It seems like you had a super nice day.