Friday, August 21, 2009

~*Happy Birthday Mom*~

Hello Dear Friends! Please join me in wishing my Mom a Very Happy Birthday! Today is her day! This photo was taken of her last weekend at the family birthday celebration. Isn't she a pretty?

She has been filling her spare time embroidering lately. Well, what little spare time she has. She and my stepDad own and operate a dog grooming business together. (They hope to officially retire in a couple more years.) So on top of washing & beautifying a menagerie of dogs during the days and taking care of their beautiful home and gardens when they aren't at work... she doesn't have a lot of free time. She has, however, done many hand crafts over the years takes great pride in her craftsmanship. I have to thank her for planting that seed in me... among other great things she has done with me and for me over the years.

Because my Mom is so VERY proud of her gardens and extremely beautifully landscaped yard... I thought of her immediately when I saw this Stacy Nash pattern called Garden Gate Sewing Book & Pinkeep. I thought it fit my Mom perfectly... something to remind her of her gardens, a place to hold her embroidery needles, and something that looked old to mix with the antiques that fill her home.

I did simplify the pattern (because I was working on a deadline that was fast approaching) and change the colors to what I thought blended with my Mom's color scheme. But here is my version...

I stitched on a piece of Zweigart, 28 count Sand Quaker linen that I've hand dyed with my walnut mix. The floss used was all Weeks Dye Works hand dyed fibers ~ shades of Charcoal, Chestnut, Ivy, Brick, and Dolphin.

I made this open more like a pocket than a book. It simply lifts up... with a pocket for scissors and floss on the bottom, and a scrap piece of wool on the top for needles.

I'll be seeing her this afternoon so I can give it to her... along with a batch of Banana Nut Muffins I made last night. Hopefully she will be pleased with both gifts. :)

Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!

Wishing you all a day full of smiles...


  1. HI Betty. Please wish your sweet mama a happy birthday from S. California! I think it is wonderful you made her something. My mother loves it too when I make something or give her an album with family pic's in it. Have a lovely fun filled afternoon with her.

  2. Happy Birthday to your lovely Mom!! And oh my what a wonderful birthday gift you stitched up for her!! It's lovely! She'll love it Betty!

  3. Happy Birthday to your Mom....I just LOVE the sewing book you've made her!

    Your mom sounds like a dear sweet woman Betty :)Wishing her a wonderful day..and you too :)


  4. Happy Birthday to your Mom! I love your gift to her, you did a beautiful job on it, I'm sure she'll love it!

  5. Happy Birthday to your Mom - she is indeed a lovely lady. I am sure she will love the sewing book you made her, it is gorgeous!

  6. You're so lucky to have your Mom close by. And she's so lucky to have such a talented daughter! Wishing her a very happy birthday.

  7. Van harte gefeliciteerd met uw verjaardag ,en dat er nog vele jaren mogen bij komen
    groetjes yvonne uit belgie

  8. Happy Birthday to your mother from me! Your mother doesn't show her age and is still very beautiful. I also love the gift you've made for her. I know she'll love it.

  9. Wishing your Mom a VERY Happy Birthday. I'm sure she will just love the sewing book you made for her it turned out wonderful!

  10. Happy Birthday to your Mom.
    What a great gift you made for her!

  11. Betty, Wish your Mom a "Happy Birthday" from me. Your sewing book is wonderful. You are such a talented person. I know your Mom will love the gifts. Have a great day with her. Blessings..patijane

  12. Happy Birthday to your Mom Betty! She is a beautiful woman, and I can see how much you look like her!
    Your piece you made for her is wonderful, she will love it and treasure it. I hope she has a wonderful day!

  13. Happy birthday to your pretty mom! Love the pin keep you made for her, I know she is going to love it

  14. Gosh Betty, your mother is beautiful. The gifts you made for her are lovely and I know she will cherish them. I hope she had a great birtday.

  15. Betty, what a wonderful gift you made. It is adorable. i bet your mother loved it. Tell her Happy Birthday! Take care!

  16. Hi Betty,

    Please add my Happy Birthdya to your dear mom...we all know how special she is because of the great job she did with you...and you're doing with she just loves the sewing book...Happy B'day to Trinity too...

  17. Happy Birthday Betty's Mom! She looks so peaceful, happy and content! :-)


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