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Saturday, March 24, 2018

50th Birthday Bash

My niece Lisa was turning 50 and decided that she needed a party to celebrate.  And why not?  The birthday bash invitation was waiting for us when we returned home from our South Island trip - we checked the calendar, and yes, we were free.  In fact, the travel plans worked out well, we will go to Hastings for the weekend, then move on to Hamilton to get some urgent work done on the caravan.


So a gift was needed, and quickly - I decided to make a lace cushion for her bed, knowing I had some lace pieces tucked away somewhere.  But where?  Searching high and low, through one basket and another I wondered if maybe it had been packed away in one of the plastic crates.  And wouldn't you know it, I found what I was looking for in the very last plastic crate I looked through.  Plus even more long forgotten projects, but that’s another story.

I knew it was in here somewhere

I added  the lace pieces crazy patch style to cover the front of the cushion until I was happy with it, deciding against a lace ruffle as I didn’t think Lisa would like it that frilly.  With a simple envelope back it was all done.


The lace cushion

Happy Birthday, Lisa

Lisa’s Birthday Bash had a 50’s theme, with the guests dressed in their rock’n’roll inspired clothes, ready for a night of music and fun.  Older ones, like us, had lived through these years, and reminisced about  our dancing days when full skirts and stiff petticoats were all the rage as we rocked the night away.  The candles were lit, the birthday cake was cut, and the gifts were opened.


Lisa and her daughter Kate had fun putting the photo board together, and I found several photos with my own children too.


Three sisters – Jenny, Karla, and Kathleen (Lisa’s Mum)

It was a lovely night, catching up with far flung family members, listening to the  music of my youth club days, and joining the youngsters on the dance floor.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

always so nice to get together with family isn't it - we are all far apart and do not get together often anymore and always nice when we do -- lovely cushion that you made

Tired Teacher said...

What a lovely gift!

I'd bet that everyone - young and older - had a great time. Nice photo of you and your sisters.

Chris said...

Oh, the pillow is gorgeous with the white on white. Happy birthday to your niece!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Such a lovely post Jenny. I love your gift. Beautiful work. Beautiful photo of you and your sisters too xx

Karen S said...

That is a gorgeous gift. Well done.
How great to catch up with your family, too.

Janice said...

I’m sure Lisa’s would have loved her gift. You can’t half tell that you three are sisters.

Sylvia@Treadlestitches said...

What a beautiful pillow, and such a good idea for scraps of lace. Looks like a wonderful time was had by all.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Wow to Helen for that embroidery piece and of course all the lovely quilted things too. Clever little cushion you made there Jenny and how nice to see a photo of you and your sisters. The family resemblance is strong.

Julierose said...

Such a lovely gift...beautiful work on that pillow...so wonderful to get together with family.
We are lucky to have my son and DIL and their two lovely girls drop over on Easter Sunday...
looking for some little lamb stuffed toys for the girls...I got them each sticker books and some small chocolate bunnies...such fun hugs, Julierose

NickiJ said...

What an inventive way to add a touch of lace to a cushion. What a awesome day you must have had.

Heather B said...

What a lovely weekend you had with family and catch up with your sisters
Wow . Lovely cushion Jenny.

Raewyn said...

It sounds like a fun weekend - always nice to catch up with family - I do see a 'slight' likeness (hehe) between the 3 of you in the last photo! The cushion is a great idea and turned out beautifully.

Maria said...

What a beautiful gift you made for your niece...
Lovely family catch up...