Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Daytime fun

Despite many happy hours spent looking at fabrics on the Internet, I somehow had previously completely failed to stumble upon Buttonberry. It was only when I was recently trying to find a UK stockist for a Melly & Me pattern, that I saw a link to it in Melly's sidebar. How very exciting, for Buttonberry is like a fabric-filled sweet shop - and I so love finding that wonderful fabrics are actually available in England when this so often feels not to be the case (normally after a browsing spell on New York's Purl Soho site). So, I ordered my much-wanted pattern and also this Moda Urban Chicks Swell charm pack, as it is always lovely to have a variety of little swatches around when doing projects like the applique doorstop that I was working on last week. What beautiful packaging my purchases arrived in too, which made the contents seem even more special - plain packaging gives me the same sensation as finding the perfect coat, but being aware that the lining is actually quite cheap and scratchy - such a missed opportunity to squeeze in extra loveliness that it just doesn't feel right.

This week it is my birthday (yes, I say week, because why limit ones self to one day?). I will be 31. That is a very short sentence and no amount of looking at it helps me think of something to tag on to the end of it to take away from its starkness....possibly because my feelings on being 31 are currently undecided. It's not the getting older that I mind so much, it's the passing of time and also the feeling that I might not have used all of it as well as I could have done...

Despite my ambivalence at being another year older, Ian has some time off work and we have lots of lovely things planned, not least, going to paint some pottery in a ceramics studio, alone, just me and Mr Teacakes*, which I am really looking forward to, because daytime time together seems like such a treat and it is one of my favourite places to go and spend time. I feel oddly guilty not taking at least one child along with us as it does seem like a completely self-indulgent activity without the presence of either of the small ones....but not so guilty that I shan't do it and enjoy every minute of it.

We will also be going to my sister's party in London because it is her birthday too...which will be followed by the picking out of some blue velvet the next day so that I might make her a window-seat cushion for her office at work...I am anticipating that we made need to take our sunglasses off to assess fabric colours properly - I am hoping it won't be too painful.

(* that was for you, Alice C! x)

29 comments:

  1. Many happy returns Florence. Hope you have a lovely week of celebrations.

    PS Is that a bit of Urban Chicks fabric I spy there? I just ordered some of that for my queen quilt!

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  2. Happy birthday! Hope you have a fab day :)

    Queen Bee www.craftsbygemma.typepad.co.uk
    xx

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  3. Happy Birthday from one Flossy to another. My thirties have been the most fun yet :-)

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  4. Happy Birthday! I too have a birthday week, it's more fun. Thanks for the link to buttonberry, I'm off to drool right now.

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  5. Wishing you a fabulous birthday with lots of joy and happiness for every day of the week!

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  6. Happy birthweek Flossie! I felt strange about turning 31 too, way back when. It's not about your age, though, just how you feel. Plus you certainly don't look 31 right?

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  7. Have a wonderful week Florence.
    A Happy sparkly Birthday to you!!!
    ginny
    xx

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  8. Hip hip hooray! happy birthday florence! don't despair I turn 37 next week, how I wish i was 31 again! my thirties have been fabulous! not so good that I'm nearing 40 though I better make the most of the next 3 years!

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  9. oh yes! packaging is v important to me too. bet you saved that lovely tissue + ribbon : )

    thanks for the link. great to see such great fabrics available here...i'll be off to order soon!

    + happy birthday to you! 31 is a great age : ) enjoy your special day! xxx

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  10. Happy birthday. 31 is a great age. The Buttonberry link has had me drooling all morning.!

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  11. I love that fabric - and now another shop to bookmark; I had a look earlier and they have some beautiful things. Hope you have a good birthday week and enjoy your child-free time out - what a luxury, you should definitely not feel guilty!

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  12. Happy birthday week Florence! I had a weird time with my 31st birthday too. But it passes!

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  13. Have a lovely birthday and glad you are having some indulgent time to celebrate it. Look forwrd to seeing the results of the pottery shop.

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  14. Hi, just stumbled across your lovely doorstop in flickr and had to stop by your blog. I make stuff too, I say stuff because it ranges from scrapbooking to sewing to knitting and painting. I (wrongly) assumed you would be American and am pleasantly surprised that you are British too. That little package from Buttonberry looks so beautiful, I'm off to check them out.
    If you like please take a look at my blog and link to flickr here; http://halfacupofcoffee.typepad.co.uk/

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  15. have a very lovely birthday week, the day out with Mr Teacakes sounds lovely, and thanks for the link to the fabric shop!!!!

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  16. Julie Nelson Rhodes6 March 2008 at 10:35

    And Happy Birthday from the mum of another London-based Florence! I love your blog ... and I love the UK-based Buttonberry ... what a great and (let's face it) expensive discovery they are going to be!

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  17. Happy birthday to you Florence. Definitely need a whole week for birthdays! Love the fabrics and off to look at the site now xx

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  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hope you and Mr Teacakes have a lovely time at the ceramics studio.

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  19. Happy Birthday!
    I turned 31 in January and i can honestly say it wasnt half as bad as turning 30!!Great find with the uk based fabric shop btw.
    Have a great birthday!!
    Sarah

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  20. Happy Birthday to you! Have a lovely week.

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  21. happy birthday flossie - the day out sounds just perfect...possibly allow yourself one second of guilt at not having kids along, but that's all (and that's an order!)

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  22. Happy Birthday Florence. Have a wonderful week. Have you ever looked at this site. Worth a visit for fabric http://www.thebramblepatch.co.uk/shop/index.asp
    Love Hazel
    xxx

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  23. Happy Birthday week!!
    I think your comment about being aware of the passage of time is spot on.

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  24. Happy Birthday Florence! Hope you have a wonderful time and indulge yourself lots and lots. 31 is a bit strange, but your thirties do just get better and better!

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  25. Happy Birthday! I've recently discovered Buttonberry too - will my credit card be safe? (v. doubtful!)

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  26. Ooo Urban Chicks Swell. Isn't it gorgeous..... Just finished my first ever quilt top using these fabrics and I'm loving them.
    Thanks for the Buttonberry link and have a lovely birthday. xx

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  27. Happy birthday week, personally I like Birthday Eve- something my Hub has learned to like too. Thanks for the Buttonberry link- Ive already placed an order and am awaiting a lovely parcel to arrive. Have a nice weekend Lisa x

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  28. Happy, happy day Florence. Don't think about the number - just enjoy the fun. I hope that the lovely Mr Teacakes (I bet he LOVES that!) spoils you all week.

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  29. Oh Happy, happy birthday Florence! Have fun!!!!!

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