Happy birthday to me!

My comp copy of the new Girls Drawin’ Girls Vol. 4 book, The Way Nature Made Her, just arrived!  What a nice birthday surprise.  It’s a beautiful book.  (you can order your own copy here.)

Next to it, you can also see the beautiful fern platter my parents gave me for my birthday.

Oh, and what’s this?  I bought a new sewing machine while I was visiting my family in NY.  It’s an Innovis 40.  Happens to be the Project Runway limited edition, which normally would have scared me off (I think of gimmicky products as being inferior quality), but Consumer Reports gave it an excellent review for an intermediate machine, and after I test drove it at Hartsdale Fabrics, I had to take it home.  It’s a lot more cooperative than my old machine, which had seen better days.  I can mock serge and make rolled hems!  I’ve just started sewing some every day napkins for our house so we can stop wasting paper with disposable napkins.

My friend/dance partner in crime Amy made the adorable cupcake pincushion.

I also brought this painting home with me and hung it in my studio.  My Uncle Don painted it for me when I was a little girl, to go with my unicorn bedroom.  I still really like unicorns.

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