happy birthday to meeee…

Last week I celebrated my birthday and, now that I’ve recovered from the celebratory hangover, I’m fully appreciating how very lucky I am to have such thoughtful and talented friends and family.

On my birthday morning I could be found dancing around like an over excited child – my lovely folks and McGoverne clubbed together and bought me this PERFECT little cabinet they found in an antique shop in Cockermouth. The little drawers even have little drawer dividers in them for storing all my little pretty things! And little presents were hidden in the little drawers, including this lovely little beadwoven owl brooch, handmade by my very own Mama Maison.

The Rubine Red ladies continued our handmade birthday theme with beautiful gifts too. A set of stacking rings from Pam, which I’ve been dropping hints about for, ooh, 5 years now… moonstone, garnet, amethyst and labradorite stones set into sterling silver rings, all handmade by my talented silversmith teacher! Claire, aka petite_poule, made me the most beautiful jewellery roll in her favourite Liberty print – I can’t quite believe it’s the first time she’s made one! And if that wasn’t enough, I’m now the proud owner of one her gorgeous little cashmere purses too… I think it’s the same one pictured in her last post, so apologies for depleting the petite_poule stock!

Our good friend Alex joined in the fun and gave me this beautiful photo he took in the Botanics of Japanese anaenomes. He’s entered a set of his photos into their latest competition, so good luck Alex!

Oh and Pam also turned her hand to these cocktails, adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe, yummy. (Just watch the vodka quantities – it can hurt. Ouch.)

Sparkling Lemon Drops
(adapted from Martha)

  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 1 recipe lemon simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chilled vodka
  • 1 bottle of prosecco, chilled
  • ice
  • slices of thin lemons

In a large juice jar or punch bowl, combine the lemon juice, lemon simple syrup and vodka together. Pour in the prosecco and stir lightly. Pour into cocktail glasses and serve with ice and thin slices of lemon. Makes 6-8 drinks.

Thank you everyone! X


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