Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom, Part 1

We celebrated my Mom’s 70th birthday for four wonderful days!  It started with an early birthday dinner last Thursday evening at her favorite restaurant.  Her first surprise was my sister flying in from Houston.  She came to the table at the restaurant, ready to take our order.  My mom was so surprise that it took her a second to figure out that it was my sister.  (In her defense, the place was a bit dark)

A couple of the gifts that I have been working on and couldn’t share were for her birthday.  First, I made her and my sister these ruffle scarves.  They are both HUGE University of Alabama football fans which will explain the scarf colors…

This one is my sister's...a little shorter to wear in a single layer

This one is my Mom's...a little longer because she likes to double hers

Then, I gave her a free standing lace church that I made using the embroidery attachment to my sewing machine.

 The bottom of the church has an opening to place a battery operated tea light.  The light shines through all of the lace...so pretty.
This church is one of several buildings in a village.  I made myself the Victorian House as a test.  I was told that this piece is the most difficult to assemble so if I could do that then the rest would be a breeze. 
House front
House side 1
Snow-capped roof
House side 2
House back
I adore this little village and plan to make the entire set for ME!
On Friday evening we had a pretty low key dinner where we revealed her second surprise.  I’ll share that tomorrow evening as it will be pretty photo heavy.
Until then, I’m super happy we made over the….well, you know J

Hump Day!!


Linda H said...

Wow- LOVE the lace church and Victorian house- SO beautiful! You did an awesome job! I hope you will show us the others when you do them.. Happy Birthday to your Mom!

Vicky Hunt said...

Wow Jeanna......I love the scarves and the lace church and house! Those are gorgeous! How do you get them so stiff to sit up like that? I can't wait to see your village...it will be so pretty! I am so happy to have made it over the hump this week! Looking forward to a nice weekend and visit with my daughter. She's coming home for my nephew's birthday party....:) Have a blessed evening.....Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Tammy said...

The scarves are beautiful and that church, oy vey that is beyond gorgeous. I bet your Mom loved it.

Terry said...

I love the house and church you made! They're amazing! :0)

Donna said...

Beautiful church and house! I know that took lots of time to make those. Gorgeous and what treasures!
Well we are huge Alabama fans too :) I've made my grandbaby several onesies with Alabama designs.
I know your mom had a wonderful birthday. Can't wait to hear more!

Kris said...

What a fun way to surprise your Mom!!! I bet they both loved the scarves! And that church is fabulous!!! Wow...what talent!!
xo Kris

Abby and Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday to you Mom! What a fun surprise with your sister showing up as the waitress! The lacework is amazing. I'd definitely say the rest of the buildings should be a breeze...you seem to have mastered the most difficult first time at bat.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

OMGosh!! The lace village pieces are FABULOUS!

What a unique way to surprise your mom at the restaurant. I love that kind of thing. It is the kind of thought that really creates memories. Very cool!

Happy Halloween.
xx, Carol

Dogwood Lane Rambles said...

Jeanna, You've outdone yourself! The house and church are extraordinary! Love, love! I've seen the designs and been afraid to tackle that project but you did a wonderful job, can't wait to see the whole village. Happy birthday to your mom from blogland.

andsewon said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! Lovely gifts! Sure those scarves will give the Bama team support needed for WINS!;-)
Pretty lace church! Lace village sounds so pretty set up for the holidays!!!!

Sinta Renee said...

Happy birthday to your mom! The scarf is a great gift. I love scarves and that lace church is b-ea-utiful! OMG, you are amazing!

Candace said...

What fantastic gifts, Jeanna! You are one talented sewer! The scarves are so pretty! I don't use my embroidery attachment much, but I'm sure tempted now! Can't wait for the second installment!

Anne said...

Oh my word, those lacy buildings are fabulous, Jeanna.

Happy birthday to your mum! :o)

Carrie P. said...

what a fun surprise for your mom to have your sister show up at the restaurant.
Those little thread buildings are so cool. I can only imagine how much thread they must use.

Carrie P. said...

what a fun surprise for your mom to have your sister show up at the restaurant.
Those little thread buildings are so cool. I can only imagine how much thread they must use.