a sneak peek just because...

my 40th birthday came and went with good fanfare and wonderful surprises. I'm not ready to show you the magical craft room just yet, but since I've been sharing renovation photos, here are some shots to tantalize you, taken in the magical craft room, of two wonderful things from two wonderful women....



My dear friend MJ, who I have known since First Grade, drove to Saskatoon with her dh Ron for my surprise party (oh, that is a good story for another day) and she brought with her this utterly fabulous apron that she made just for me! And to think, we barely made it out of Ninth Grade Home Ec! She's come a long way. A trusted and loyal friend, (I like to say she's my "oldest" friend but she carefully corrects my grammar every time I say this - she is not "the oldest" friend I have had, she is "the friend I have had the longest"... ah, yes! spoken like a lawyer) she has become very crafty in her not-as-old-age-as-me and you would not believe the quality of this apron if I showed it to you. It is to die for. She simply must sell them.

Right now, Clara is modeling it for me. I think I may just use it for crafting only. By the way, I'm planning on painting that little alcove where Clara resides with black chalkboard paint and using it for a little idea bubble for Clara and I both.



And oh, I know I have told you about my sweet cousin Kelly, who's not really my cousin at all if you want to get all technical about it. Her husband is my husband's cousin. That makes us cousins, right? Of course it does. More like super-sister-friends. She's a doll, that Kelly. She loaded my party down with treats that she FedEx'd in because she couldn't be there herself. I had a Saucy-tini just for her, of course! Have a look at the ribbon board she sent:



I know it's too small to read, but it's filled with little words of love and inspiration, the type of thing that makes a girl sit down and weep, she's so happy inside. I ran straight home and hung it in the craft room, so I can look at it every single day. I'll keep adding things of inspiration to it all the time, but I will never, ever take sweet Kelly's words off that little board. It was, a very Juicy party indeed!

3 comments:

MJ said...

Just for clarity, it was you that objected to the reference of "oldest" friend at my reception! (I am sure I have evidence on videotape!) LOL!

I am delighted that you enjoyed your birthday, party et al! It will make for lovely memories...

Q said...

Wonderful gifts from dear "longtime" friends and dear cousins!
Sounds as if you had a great welcome to your 40's party.
Sherry

Mrs. Staggs said...

Happy Belated Birthday Dear Sasha! It sounds as if you have wonderful friends to celebrate with. May your new year bring you all the happiness your heart can hold.... and that must be a lot, for I know what a big heart you have!
I like the fireplace hearth and I'm sure that your dad is going to do a wonderful job on the fireplace for you. I still stop and think of the marvelous dollhouse he helped you create.
I love the beginnings of your craft room and the idea of the chalkboard wall. I've been seeing that idea around a bit lately, and have been wanting one too. I'm thinking, maybe in my backdoor entryway.