Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Birthday treats!

Thank you so much to those of you who sent the thoughtful birthday wishes yesterday! Although my b'day was yesterday, I've been officially celebrating since Friday, when I got to work and two sweet friends had presents waiting for me at the office. Among the goodies: A great book about vintage jewelry (how did she know I'm into that?), some rhinestone earrings in a rose porcelain box, a lovely lace picture frame, and the rosy pink tea mug above. This is actually going to be my new "office mug," but I brought it home to use over the birthday weekend. My dad made the coconut cake, and it was delicious as always! (I also got some chocolate and chocolate-themed gifts I'll save to share another day.)

My parents gave me money for my birthday (a gift that's always welcome), so yesterday I took the day off work and headed to the Auburn/Opelika area to hit the antique malls. Everything I bought was between $1 and $3.50, including several rhinestone brooches, so I had a great and thrifty day of shopping with funds left over for eBay. I thought you might enjoy seeing the single panel curtain I got ...

... and what I guess is maybe an appliance cover, perhaps for something vertical like an electric can opener. It's not quilted, so it's not a cozy, but after I soak the stains out with linen wash, I think it'll be right cute, whatever it is!

And this 1932 book I bought simply for the fabric cover, which is quite loose and I believe wants to be repurposed into something else.

My favorite tea-themed gift, this silver teapot charm holder, was one of my birthday gifts from my sweet husband. It came with the heart charm, so I added a couple of others from my jewelry box and I was good to go. Gifts, sweet treats, a day of antiquing, new tea jewelry ... not a bad way to celebrate turning 45!


  1. Ooooh. I'm drooling with envy! Too many pretties!!!
    So glad you had such a great birthday. Only 5 more years til the big 50!!! LOL- But you know what, it isn't that bad at all- actually it's been pretty good.
    Have a wonderful week.

  2. Angela, a belated and heartfelt Happy Birthday! I'm so glad you had a wonderful day. All your "birthday treats" are adorable, and to receive home baked coconut cake from your Dad.......yum, yum, what a lucky lady you are!

  3. Oh, happy belated! I'm sorry I missed this yesterday. Yay for you!!!!

  4. Happy Belated BirthdaY! Your gifts are precious! I love the charms and charm holder necklace your husband got you! Very nice! ;) ~CC Catherine (If you've not stopped over to my place yet to enter my Blog Giveaway...don't forget to do so before May 10th, Midnight. Winners to be announced on Monday, May 11)

  5. Happy belated birthday to you. My all your tea dreams come true! (especially the one about opening up a tearoom! :D

  6. I love all your birthday gifts, especially the charm holder. That is so neat that your Dad made your birthday cake. You certainly found some treasures at the antique malls - what a fun day.

  7. I love that your dad made you a cake! It seems then, that your own knack for baking cakes/scones/tea treats is a genetic gift? Whatever, lucky you! And that tea charm from your DH is perfect. (It seems you have surrounded yourself with very wonderful menfolk...)
    Glad your day was so delicious!

  8. Happy Tea-lated birthday Angela!
    I guess I should say belated, but since your birthday was so steeped (get it steeped? Hehe...)in tea I thought I'd be a little cheeky
    Have a happy day!

  9. Tea-lated ... I love it! You ladies are tooooo clever! (And so kind.) Thank you so much!

  10. Best wishes for a tea-lightful birthday!!

  11. Alex is truly a Ninja... he chose such a wonderful gift! Love the goodies you found too!

  12. Angela,

    Happy Belated Birthday. Sounds like it was wonderful.

    Sorry I missed sending birthday wishes on the actual day, I've been out of town and am catching up on blog reading


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