Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Birthday Gifts

Yesterday was my Mother's birthday and as we usually do, we all went over after school for supper and to give presents.

I don't know whether anyone else has parents like mine, but they are very difficult to buy for. They have everything they need, and if they needed anything they would go out and buy it for themselves. Which makes it not so good for buying gifts for them.

My Mother had admired my doorstop - which was made to stop the 1960s fully glazed doors from smashing into the wall everytime Arthur crashes through them. And I was lucky enough to buy a bundle off upholstery and curtain fabric a few weeks ago. A quick rifle through the bundle and I found the perfect fabric.

It is a very heavy weight chenille and I did wonder whether my sewing machine would be able to cope with four layers of it - but it did. Filled with several kilograms of sand - very heavy.

I was brave enough to go to the boot sale this weekend and whilst pickings were very slim, I did manage to find this pedestal (?) which I thought would be perfect for display. It is not finished yet, as I undercoated and then just about managed to scrape enough paint from the bottom of the Farrow & Ball tin to paint it. A little distressing is on the cards and then I think it will be finished.

The other present was made during my pottery and ceramics class - which I just love. It was made using a mould and terracotta clay. My mother loves her garden and I thought this would look charming propped up against a wall or peeping out from some flowers.

Thankfully she loved them all!


Bobo Bun said...

You have a really lovely blog. I have just given you a friendly blog award. If you want to collect it you'll find it on mine.

Lisa x

. said...

That's nice.


Anonymous said...

... and why wouldn't your mother love them? You put time and thought into and created something really pretty. The terracotta is fabulous. Very impressed.

mo said...

there is nothing better than a handmade gift that is also beautiful and useful. Well done!

Tracy x said...

lovely gifts - your mama is very lucky x
i am just catching up after my trip and i am sending you huge hugs - losing Bertie must have been twice as hard as it was in the same place as Maudie .....
you are doing the right thing in not having anymore cats that go outside - mine are all indoor cats and lead a very contented life.
why not think of having a canine friend for Arthur?
much love to you and i will email you soon
t x

Janette said...

hi, just catching up on you. I absoloutely love the presents you made your mum, the terracotta tile is gorgous. So sorry to hear about Bertie.

Thinking of you all