Monday, August 26, 2013

A Birthday Celebration

Over the weekend we celebrated our daughter Heather's

Plans were made to gather at her backyard patio to celebrate this special day. 

I knew exactly what I wanted to give her and spent the week sewing and crafting. 

Burlap was the theme. 

 Lavender sachets made from purchased burlap bags with hand made felt flowers. 

A table runner with vintage crocheted medallions and buttons.

And four ruffled pillows. 

I found working with burlap surprisingly easy. 

Raw edges must be zig-zagged. I used the largest setting. 

 Sturdy, matching thread was used to gather.

My basic Kenmore sewing machine sewed just fine. 

It pressed very well with a hot steam iron and a little spray of water. 

I used sturdy thread to hand sew closed. 

She loves Sunflowers. 

And four linen napkins tied with woven ribbon. 

All packed and ready to go with battery powered LED light chandelier.

Fleur de lis door stop

The sweet birthday girl with her new gifts. 

Ready for the festivities. 

A beautiful late summer evening.

For a special celebration.

Happy Birthday, Dear Daughter

You light up our lives.



  1. Happy birthday to your lovely daughter Heather. The crafts that you have used look so perfect and cleverly put together. I have to say the battery powered LED chandelier is very effective. I have a candle holder that I have draped lots and lots of solar powered small white lights on but it doesn't look half as good as yours. Have a wonderful week. Chel x

  2. Dearest Karen,
    Amazing what you all created for your daughter Heather! Lovely gifts that are always far more a labor of LOVE.
    The LED light chandelier is also special.
    Such get together celebrations for a special birthday make the sweetest of memories!
    Mariette from our 2nd sunny day. We pray that it will last so we can dry out!

  3. You made her birthday really special with all those wonderful gifts made with love!!

  4. you are really creative. how sweet for her. :)

  5. Such neat gifts! Your work is beautiful. Happy birthday to your daughter!

  6. I love those pillows . . . absolutely wonderful :)

  7. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  8. Happy birthday to your lovely daughter. You made some wonderful gifts for her. You are so creative. I love the table runner with the vintage crocheted medallions and buttons.

  9. love the gifts you made for her. That's really special. I like the chandelier, what a concept! Hope you all had a great time celebrating your daughter's birthday!

  10. Such thoughtful handmade gifts, Karen! So pretty, she's lucky to have you as her mom :)

  11. Oh your gifts are so beautiful and well thought out. The table runner is darling. I love it all... and how chic is the led chandelier?

  12. Oh your gifts are so beautiful and well thought out. The table runner is darling. I love it all... and how chic is the led chandelier?

  13. Hello Karen. Congratulations on your daughter's birthday. Celebrate it seems.
    On Saturday, I can celebrate that I will be a year older. Wishing you and your a good Tuesday :) Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

  14. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!

    Congratulations from Spain!


  15. Fantastic!!!!!!! Happy birthday to your lovely daughter! ¸.•°✿✿⊱彡 Hugs from Greece!¸.•°✿✿⊱彡

  16. Happy birthday to Heather! Your gifts are so lovely and very special - made from you heart. You're very creative!

  17. Hi Karen, what a creative mum you are. I wish I could sew like that. It's one of the things I would like to learn. Heather must be so wrapped to receive those presents. And yeah happy birthday to Heather, wishing her more blessings from above. Thank you for your sweet comment in my blog. Enjoy the rest of summer.



  18. Everything is so pretty - I love the chandelier and the pillows - what a lucky birthday girl.

  19. My dear Karen, everything is simply beautiful! I absolutely love the pillows :) Happy Birthday to Heather - the party looked wonderful! Hugs to you!

  20. Happy birthday to Heather!! You are very very creative. Wow. Handmade gifts really mean everything.

  21. Dear karen,

    Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! The presents you made her look absolutely beautiful! She must have been delighted!!!

    Madelief x

  22. You are so creative! I love burlap and everything you made is so beautiful and thoughtful. I bet she was thrilled to receive her birthday gifts! Happy birthday, Heather!

  23. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter... your handmade gifts are gorgeous... I bet she adored them all...Hugs May x x x

  24. Happy Birthday to your daughter! :)

    You are such a glorious mother, crafting those beautiful treasure to your daughter. She must be proud of you, and blessed to have you.
    I've been learning so much things from you here Karen.
    I LOVE the table setting!

    Thanks for sharing and blessing to you,

  25. Wow I love these ideas. What a special gifts these make.. thanks for sharing! I'll send a email later on to you on another idea you might enjoy making..

  26. What a lucky girl she is to have a mom like you, Karen. <3

  27. I agree with all of your friends, I am so lucky to have a mom like you! I simply adore all of the gifts you made me. They add the final touches to my patio. You always give the perfect gifts. I love you... XXOO


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