Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Tale of Two Birthdays

A little something made by Laurie (aka Magpie Ethel)

Disclaimer: I am another year older today. I disclose this information as it's the only plausible explanation available for what you're about to read.

Act One.

Late one night, Detective Magpie was prowling around the internet with one thing, and one thing only, on her mind.

She had some vintage crafting to do.

She came across this pincushion and realized what was ahead of her: A long night surrounded by spun heads and a hot glue gun. She made some coffee and got to work.

The next morning she emerged from her studio, satisfied. She had done it.

She had created a tiny yet perfectly formed vintage birthday gift, bearing an uncanny resemblance to its recipient (with the exception of the fabulous ensemble worn by this little figure who is clearly a much snappier dresser), right down to the giant needle in her hand.

{  Thank you Laurie, for making this incredible, one-of-a-kind birthday gift for me. I **love** this happy little gal! }



Act Two.

This year I was ahead of the game. The gift for her was made and wrapped. All I had left to do was wait for the birthday luncheon to roll around.

And then I saw her blog post about collecting vintage Oregon state souvenirs. Everything changed after that.

I headed to the Doily Factory.

I had never felt so alive.

I cut and chopped, avoided holes, skipped around stains and was left with just enough 'good parts.'
 
Then a little sewing and before you could say "All done," I dropped my camera. On concrete.

Because I don't do things halfheartedly.

The camera is no longer with us.

But you can see the finished birthday pillow over here

The End.

28 comments:

  1. such cute presents and such a happy post, until that camera's untimely demise. oh, the highs and lows...

    happiest of birthday wishes to you, amy.

    xo
    ~molly

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  2. That is a great cushion!!! Happy Birthday and how I love the little cotton reel lady. Some people just 'get' us don't they :)
    Happy Happy Birthday to you both!!!!

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  3. How cool! I enjoy both blogs SO much!! Happy Birthdays!

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  4. Love love the little pincushion!!! Cute post!
    Sherry

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  5. It's so funny because that's exactly how I had you pictured, right down to your fuzzy pipe-cleaner arms and that sassy pose. Happy birthday, Amy!

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  6. Happy Birthday, love that little person, so cute!

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  7. ♪♫ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!♪♫
    Sorry to hear about your poor camera!
    Hope you have a good day!!
    ♥'s
    Sherry

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  8. "I have never felt so alive"...made me absolutely chuckle! Glad you are my pal and my January birthday buddy...HAVE A WONDERFUL AND HAPPY DAY!

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  9. The pillow is gorgeous (as usual!) I feel for you about the camera. I would be lost without mine. Maybe a little birthday gift to yourself to replace it?

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  10. Amy,
    You needed a new camera anyhow, right???? LOL I have abirthday coming up too....and I will be a year younger this time, OK???? :):) Sandy

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  11. Amy,
    OOPS!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND ! Sandy

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  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    Your ""mini" you is so sweet! I hope you have a lovely birthday.
    deb

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  13. Happy Birthday! Very cool gifts...and blog. Zootsuitmama
    PS I'm camera challenged too!! I've gone through three in a year!

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  14. What is it about getting all excited and breaking the camera? I smashed mine while trying to climb into a dumpster. At least the pillow looks fab!

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  15. You are such a lucky gal! Happy Birthday. Hmm, there must be something to that January crafting Karma...Darling.

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  16. Happy Birthday! Love the pincushion, it's so adorable.

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  17. A very happy birthday to you from one January baby to another! Loved how your pillow came out - just beautiful! I have done similar damage to my camera. Isn't it aggravating?

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  18. Oh! You are SUCH a sweetie to make that pillow for Laurie. You two so are lucky to have found each other out in the big wide world because you are kindred spirts for sure.

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  19. Happy Birthday Amy!! I think you and Laurie both were treated to some birthday fun! Love your little girl and her pillow is beautiful!

    Have a great day!

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  20. The little gal is fabulous! Just like our girl Laurie! The pillow is swell, you are a keeper.

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  21. Happy Birthday, Amy!!!! The pillow is absolutely Pacific Wonderlanderful! And how cute is the little spun head "Amy"?? You are both so amazingly creative! Now run out and get a new camera!
    Annette

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  22. Happy Birthday, although it's probably Happy Belated Birthday by now, isn't it? Great pillow, and what more could you want - now that you've been Magpie Ethel-ized?

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  23. Happy Happy Birthday, fellow Januarian! Hope it was spectacular! Ciao, Maria with Magia Mia

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  24. Happy Belated Birthday! The little spun-headed Amy is so cute, and very sassy too. Although I've never seen a picture of you, I'm betting that Laurie has captured your essence perfectly, right down to the big black hat that I'm sure you wear to keep your little head warm out there in the doily factory!

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  25. How did I miss this post?? Happy happy birthday, Amy! I hope your birthday (minus the camera oops) was as fun as you are!
    Hugs,
    Jill

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  26. I'm with Jill. HOW did I miss this post?!! Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful time. Actually, it looks like you did! Your gifty from Laurie was adorable. You lucky, lucky girl. Sorry about the camera but it looks like you have a nice new one so do what any self-respecting craft person would do. Decoupage that old baby, glue some watch parts on it, add some rusted bits and SELL it on ETSY!! Happy birthday weekend to you.

    Hugs,
    Kathy

    David Cassidy (I Think I Love You) remember?
    How many times did YOU listen to that??? lol

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  27. Oh Amy what a FABULOUSLY sweet birthday present for you to have received & your cushion for Laurie was just DIVINE....Having been a LUCKY recipient of some of your handiwork I KNOW it will be well LOVED....!!!!!

    How WONDERFUL for you two to be able to share your creativity this way....GOTTA LOVE blogging & ALL that it brings us....!!

    Cheers,
    Tamarah :o)

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