Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Lots of Thank Yous

Welcome to April everyone. I had a fab birthday yesterday, thank you all for your birthday wishes you left me. I was very spoilt  My love of pigs is known by my family and friends and my beloved piggies features in my gorgeous presents. This is just a small selection of my goodies ;0) what a very lucky girl I am, thank you to my dear family and friends.

We had a delicious meal at the same hotel we have celebrated the last 2 of my birthdays at.

This was the choice of starters....we had 3 glorious courses of food in a private room off the main restaurant and even the coffee and teas came with goodies.

I would also like to take this opportunity  to thank 2 ladies whom I was very lucky to be one of their lucky winners in their recent giveaways. My parcels arrived just before Easter. My dear Finish Friend Mia of Handmade by Mia sent me this gorgeous package.
Inside this amazing egg was

My dear little Heffalump pin which she made especially for me. Thank you dear Mia, I just love him (as I do all your work).

Here he is in close up, don't you just love that heart tail?
Do visit Mia's wonderful blog and Etsy shop here. She has such talent and constantly comes up with new designs.
My next wonderful package arrived from Anne of A bit of this and that from Plum Creek
I have known Anne for some years via Mia and she has visited my blog for some time. She eventually bit the blogging bullet and started her own lovely blog very recently. Anne also makes beautiful hair pins with antique cabochons. Do have a look at her Etsy shop too which you will find here. She even has a nearly spring sale on. Just look what Anne sent me.

These are a really lovely size and I use them to clip my hair back when I am out in my garden or when eventually summer arrives and I need to keep cool ( I wonder if that will ever happen again, this weather has just been soooo cold it is hard to remember a really hot sunny day). Thank you dear Anne, you are so kind and thoughtful.

 I think that today's card needs be a card to celebrate. I have used Martini Nikki by Ladybug crafts ink as I really like to think this is me (in my dreams) with my gin and tonic in hand yesterday celebrating my birthday.

I used my Spellbinders Floral oval frame using the lovely sunny yellow card. The image is coloured with my trusty Promarkers and highlighted with my Prismacolor pencils. The tag sentiments are LOTV. This card is for sale in my Etsy Shop here I am sorry to say to my overseas buyers that Royal Mail have decided to hike their postage charges up again. For UK buyers, for the moment, the postage remains the same. It's such a shame that they seem to want to celebrate bigger profits.

To help ease this increase I have decided to add a 20% off coupon code for you to use for the next 2 weeks in my  Etsy Shop. Just enter the code BIRTHDAY2013 at the checkout. This does not apply to the postage which I charge at cost, I do not charge for my packaging or envelopes. It is my thank you to all of you.

I would like to enter my card into the following card challenges;

Ladybug Crafts Ink anything goes
Forever Friends Fortnight challenge Girlie
Sweet Stampin Oh so girlie
Lexi's card challenge  #87 use punches or dies
Papertake Weekly anything goes
Make it Monday linky party #134

*****Don't forget that I have a fab free jewellery giveaway running on my blog...take a look here. You can get up to 3 entries and 1 is by simply by leaving a comment there. Do join the fun, everyone is welcome and I will post world wide. It closes on 14 April ****

So I just want to add one last thank you to this post and that is to all of you out there who take the time to visit me here and leave such kind comments.

The sun is finally shining here and it may be warming up next week, fingers crossed.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hi Jane, YOU did have a lovely birthday, And you don't look a day older, I can just tell!! Love all your presents! Dinner looked fabulous, I love having favorite spots and traditions.
    Warm weather and sun how nice, still waiting here : (
    Excited for your giveaway.
    Take care my friend, xoRobin

  2. Ooo Piggies!! I love piggies!! What lovely presents, glad you had a lovely birthday, the sunshine will be here soon, then you can wear those fabby pins. Lx

  3. So glad you had a wonderful birthday Jane!
    A lovely meal and lots of pressies, just what you deserve! :)
    Gorgeous giveaway gifts from Mia and Anne too.
    I think I would be happy to live the life of Martini Nikki. ;)
    I'm so cross with Royal Mail putting up their prices again, it's not even that their service is that amazing at times!! Sorry rant over!!!
    Enjoy the new week and roll on some warm weather,
    V xxxxxxxxx

  4. How nice to received this gift Jane.

    And what a lovely card, she is very much my kinda girl by the looks of her.

    B x

  5. Hello dear Jane,

    Your loved ones near and far ;) know your taste ever so well, I must say (the minute I saw Pricilla at Vivienne's I KNEW whose she'll be!)! And I am so happy little heffalump was liked too - make s me smile wide here! And oh how wonderful lunch you had... just perfect for a special day!

    Wishing you a wonderful first week of April!


  6. Happy birthday!! Enjoy your lovely things. Thanks for the links. I'm off to visit your friends' sites...

  7. So glad you had such a happy birthday and what fab pressies too! Spending time with loved ones is always one of the best presents we could ask for, so your meal out looked great! We got to spend a lovely family weekend in Yorkshire and despite the cold, the sun shone brightly, so we're half way there?! Here's to the hope of a long, warm Summer, sipping cocktails, like Martini Nikki! Lisa x

  8. These are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Make it Monday this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck and I hope to see you back next week!
    Rene ;D

  9. It looks like you had a super duper birthday! And what nice gifts you've won! I am crossing my fingers on your draw.. I haven't won anything in a long time. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. A belated Happy Birthday Jane, looks like you had a lovely celebration.

    Your little gifts are so pretty!

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  11. hi Jane, I loved hearing more about your day. Bon appetit!! Lots of thoughtful presents.Thank you for the kind mention of my shop and blog.
    You cheered up a cold, windy day.
    Hoping Spring comes soon......

    Anne x
    PlumCreek22 Studio

  12. Happy Birthday,love the glimpse of your birthday haul! Fabulous card, great image and love the die cut you used to frame it! Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations!

  13. Dear Jane, I'm so happy to hear you had a wonderful Birthday! Congratulations again! What a sweet collection of pigs - I do love them, too and those on paper inspirate me to stitch some.
    Congratulations also for winning the most beautiful things from our friends!
    x Teje

  14. This is lovely and thanks for joining us over at Sweet Stampin this week
    x catherine

  15. So happy to get a peek into your celebrations! Glad to see that you were abundantly blessed- All that good energy you share deserves to have its day, too! Raising a virtual glass in honor of your special day! (Love the card- Pure fantasy from this perspective!) Girls also deserve to dream! ;o)

  16. awh.. .happy belated Birthday dear Jane.

  17. great day by the looks of it and a great card with the most perfect image too
    Hugs Kate xx

  18. What a lovely birthday and such thoughtful gifts:)

  19. So glad you had a lovely birthday and lots of wonderful thoughtful gifts, Jane! Love the little pig theme! Great card, very elegant :) Have a happy weekend ahead....I have heard the weather is supposed to be warming up for us!?
    Helen x

  20. Looks like a very fun birthday! Your card is fabulous - that yellow really draws the eye!

  21. Good morning Jane...So happy to hear that you had such a wonderful birthday..You are such a lovely lady and it's certainly well deserved! Love all your lovely pressies and your gorgeous Giveaway prizes too (you are loved indeed!)
    I'm just thinking wouldn't it be great to be Martini Nikki? We should all live like her on our birthdays at least!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend (fingers crossed for sunshine!)
    Susan x

  22. Gorgeous card, love the image and fab bright colours. Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin' :o) Hugs, Lisa x

  23. Oh wow!! You are very lucky to received present like this!!! )))
    Your card just beautiful!! I can imaging you on this card ))) Well Done!!
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “Oh so Girly” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.

  24. Wow! Beautiful work! Thanks so much for joining us at Forever Friends Fortnight Challenge. We hope you'll join us again!


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