Monday, 25 February 2013

Shiny Pretty Things


Today, while the house was too quiet and the were children in school and nursery, I played with my birthday presents. The sky was grey and the list of chores did not tempt me, so I unpacked all my treasures and had fun pottering, arranging and photographing them.



I know that love does not show itself through things, but isn't wonderful when someone who knows you well gives you something utterly perfect, so very you? Something that makes you grin when you unwrap it and hug the giver. John bought me a new cookery book that I'd dropped heavy hints about and then gave me an envelope containing a voucher for a belated birthday present of my choice in Copenhagen. Lovely boy. And do you see that little bird brooch above? I admired that in the Leeds City Art Gallery shop in May of last year while my friend Sam and I were choosing a leaving present for another friend, Debora. Sam remembered that I liked it and later went back to buy one for me but they had sold out. Never one to be defeated, Sam found out the name of the small, independent seller, rang her, found another stockist nearby, rang them, made them hold one for her, then went to buy it. All for a brooch, for me. 

So many nice things, such good family and friends; it's enough to make a girl feel quite blessed, and makes up for the fact that it's Monday, the holidays are over, spring still has not sprung and I still have not vacuumed the stairs or done the washing up.


44 comments:

  1. What wonderful and thoughtful gifts. I love leaving my birthday gifts in a little pile for a while just so that I can keep looking at them and touching them.

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  2. Such a lovely friend you have there who made such and effort to buy the brooch and wowser it's a fab one too. Polka dot wings, love it!
    Lisa x

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  3. Gorgeous gifts Gillian.

    Love the teaspoons! I'm a sucker for a bit of Orla myself. I collect her mugs, and Marc always buys me one for Mother's Day.

    xxx

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  4. This are the things that makes life really worthwhile... A great thoughtful husband, great friends and family and little wonderful moments that makes our heart smile :) so happy you enjoyed your Birthday :)

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  5. The gifts are so well chosen. They are wonderful. I like to receive even the smallest gift, but meant for me, not just an ordinary souvenir.

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  6. Lovely stuff, that blue tit is pretty special, how lovely of your friend to track it down for you!
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. I'm lovely the Orla Kiely! And I have yellow wellies on my wish list for winter xo

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  8. Such sweet and thoughtful gifts! Great photos of them too. I love the birdie brooch! Glad to hear that you had a good birthday...I hope that your 35th year is the best one yet. :o) Lauren xo

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  9. Your gifts are all gorgeous! Those socks look like they'll keep your toes very nice and toasty :-) x

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  10. Those photos must have taken you ages! The things you have time for when both kids are out of the house! :)
    What a lovely selection of gifts. We all know you well it seems. xxx

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  11. What lovely birthday gifts - I bought some of the lovely tea spoons from John Lewis a few weeks ago, I love them x

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  12. HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!! WHOOOP WHOOOP!!!
    What beautiful and perefct gifts and what a wonderful friend, you must be very special to her x
    wishing you a happy week
    love jooles xxx

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  13. Loving the ampersand, hope we can see it in situ. Enjoy your pressies xo

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  14. I'm glad you had such a lovely birthday - and just don't worry about the housework!

    Pomona x

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  15. Ooh, such lovely presents. As for the housework, that can wait!

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  16. Hello Gillian,
    Lovely gifts and all of them so good!! The housework must always wait with such things to look at! Great photos also.
    Ivan

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  17. Gosh you've done very well! Lovely gifts, sorry totally forgot to wish you Happy Birthday this morning! x

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  18. What a good haul! The brooch is lovely - and what a kind friend you have! Loving the Leon theme with the two books too! And pfffft to vacuuming the stairs. Arranging pretties and pottering is much more fun x

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  19. Housework will always be there tomorrow. Bask in the pleasure of your gifts a while longer. The bird brooch is my favourite though I love the orange Orla Kiely pot too. x

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  20. All your lovely gifts are a reminder of great family and friends so its totally right to play, arrange and admire them :-D Enjoy! Mel x

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  21. Lovely, lovely gifts. You are right to leave the housework and look at your lovely new things!
    M xxx

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  22. You have wonderful family and friends....great gifts, glad you had a very special day! :) x

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  23. Lovely presents Gillian and Happy Belated Birthday!

    Love Claire xxx

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  24. Such beautiful, thoughtful gifts. You are very much loved!

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  25. Love a bit of Orla.....now we have matching plant pots! Have you seen the other 2 in the set? Too tempting! :) xx

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  26. Beautiful gifts Gillian ... you are one lucky duck :) ... Bee xx

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  27. Beautiful gifts Gillian.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  28. Happy Birthday belatedly Gillian! Your pressies look wonderful - enjoy every single one! E x

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  29. What a lovely bundle of treasures Gillian, I have some beautiful gifts from my crafty friends too. Enjoy avoiding the house work as long as possible, I myself am a big fan of the birthday week celebration, or even a birthday month at a stretch! mel x

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  30. Such lovelies … from lovelies you care for you. What a gift. And … happy (belated) birthday. Enjoy!

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  31. ooh belated happy birthday! what wonderful gifts, so many pretty things. and yes it is lovely when someone makes such an effort to find something you love x

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  32. What a tasty assortment of gifties! A pair on Converse are on my Spring purchases list. I love comfy shoes.

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  33. I am so glad you just had a totally happy time full of warm loving thoughts. Perfect I should say
    Indestructible regards linda

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  34. I love that top photo :) Glad you had such a lovely birthday. I love the leaf bowl and the spoons! M x

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  35. A very classy array of gifts! It's lovely to be spoilt a little every tear isn't it?! And sod the housework. X

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  36. Ooh you lucky thing Gillian, all those shiny pretty things! Also noting I have a few of those things myself-what good taste we share!! ;)
    On another note that blue double gauze fabric is gorgeous. However, that's all I can say, I have no idea about patterns, although in my dreams it would be a very simple trapeze dress with 2 patch pockets on the front. X

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  37. Lucky you, what lovely presents x

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  38. Looks like a very blessed birthday! Love your stash of presents!

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  39. Happy Birthday! It's always lovely to get gifts, especially ones chosen with love.

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  40. What a beautiful array of birthday pressies! Lovely that your family and friends know you so well and treat you with just what you love. And a very Happy (ever-so-slightly-belated) Birthday!!! x

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  41. You did well this year, good haul :)

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  42. What a brilliant idea to get everything together and take photos, love it. It will be fun to look back and remember what you got too. A very belated Happy Birthday, katie x

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