scenes from a birthday weekend

:: Saturday dawned early – there were last minute birthday gifts to paint (which then had their finishing touches embroidered on at 2am the following morning/night!) – good thing teenagers sleep late.

:: doors were re-hung by she who is the most adept at wielding the screwdriver, glass was polished and polished and polished and polished until we gave up and bought Windex (oh my, this sure does work!) and Lotte was given a moving time bath and carefully stacked in her new home.

:: a very late birthday present (only found on Friday afternoon, side up on the nature strip of Dandenong Road – 4 lanes of traffic either way) was discovered, claimed by the daughter as the perfect addition for under the window in her new room, stripped, and DRIED after it was inadvertently left in a freak shower of rain (whilst I drove the daughter and friends to the movies – oh how I cursed every rain drop and every car on the way home to my drenched chair).

:: the loveliest of birthday breakfasts – cloth wrapped, home made presents, hydrangeas from the garden, the birthday wreath reminding me that fifteen years have passed since that first love filled birthday morning, poffertjes with melted butter and icing sugar … and Julian, straight off the plane and into the candlelit kitchen just in time.

:: whilst the papa-daughter team raced Mario Karts, the birthday dinner was prepared to the accompaniment of button making, button pulling and general upholstery – what everyone’s kitchen looks like on a birthday afternoon.

:: and now, the day after the birthday, the daughter is at school, the husband is at work, the dog is at my feet, and I am left to bang the last pieces into place (don’t you love my high-tech upholstery gadgets – a wee antique silver salt spoon used to locate the screw holes for the arms) before getting stuck into teachers’ gifts (patchwork for the most-loved and peppermint bark for the little-bit-loved) and party decorations.

Sooooo looking forward to Christmas preparations – they will be so relaxing after all of this :-)

6 thoughts on “scenes from a birthday weekend

  1. The fabric you’re putting on that chair is awesome! Is your daughter’s hair white? I’ve always wanted white hair.

    Isn’t that weird? Most people don’t want to go gray.

  2. I know I keep saying it Lily but you really are amazing. Please, please let us view the completed chair. And a very BIG Happy Birthday to Abby. How did Julian take to the changes around Bootville?

    Blessings Gail

  3. Happy Birthday Abbey. Hope you have a wonderful party and the weather is kind.
    The chair will be awesome when it is finished, can’t wait to see the end result, you are doing a great job Lily
    I found a site called “Vera Bradley” it is an American hand bag maker, you might find some inspiration for useful styles.

  4. My heavens, is there anything you can’t make?

    You should open a little shop to sell your recycled treasures and things like your cushions and quilts. You are an artist and lots of people make a living at what you do for your home! I want to see the chair too when you finish–I’m re-covering an old estate sale desk chair myself–so far I like yours better!

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