Thursday, December 29, 2011

Spoiled brat...that's me!

I've already showed you the highlights of our family Christmas weekend celebrations, but now I would like to show you my lovely gifts.
Remember when I posted this post about the beautiful ribbons on real wood spools in the Sundance catalog? Well, someone reads my blog and took the hint. Evan's lovely girlfriend, Lauren, gave me these beautiful ribbons.
I was so touched that a simple blog post could inspire such a lovely gift. 
Sometimes just the box is a beautiful gift. I've saved these for a re-gift for sure. But, I think I'll re-use them and keep them in the family. 

It seems my boys know me pretty well. Evan, the chef, knows I love collecting beautiful cookbook and this one is no different. Fresh from the Market should give me lots of inspiration when the summer garden is over-flowing again. A bottle of delicious olive oil will make those veges taste even better.
Michael and Jenny are also quite aware of what I like...I am a sucker for a kitchen gadget and this measuring cup is so cool. One side is for liquid measurements


and then you turn it upside down and it measures dry/solid ingredients. It's a really cool double lined sliding gizmo that should be fun to use. And the tiny little spatula is perfect for serving brownies and bar cookies.
Kyle followed through with a request for new slippers. These cozy, lined slippers should keep my feet warm all winter.

It seems Mr. Romance was listening too. Ok, I was circling things in catalogs and leaving them on his desk, but he did well choosing for me. He always does. He is a great gift giver.
A new robe with just enough cashmere to make it soft, warm and cozy, but enough cotton so it does not itch. Perfect!
 These pajamas are so soft and such a pretty color.

 I'm still going through withdrawal since Regis Philbin is no longer the host of my favorite morning show, so his new book will help wean me off my Regis obsession. Can't wait to read this, sitting in my cozy new pajamas, robe and slippers.
 Here's my Santa, who had one more surprise up his sleeve. He said he really fretted if he should buy me this non-returnable item.  But in the end he did it!

 Yes, that's me opening a brand new sewing machine. A Bernina 440. Trying not to act ungrateful, but really secretly wishing it was a long arm sewing machine, I was so happy that he was able to pull off his surprise and I had no idea!
But, my inner, greedy self was saying, darn, it's not the 820.
So we had a good conversation about how my 7 year old Bernina 153 is a perfectly capable sewing machine. It runs great, I keep it well maintained and it does exactly what I want it to do, except it does not have the longer throat for stuffing in large quilts to be quilted.
So the day after Christmas, Mr. Romance, Mr. Wonderful. my Santa...said let's go trade in your machine for the one you want. We had to trade in a car, cash out our 401K and sell a few kids (just kidding, of course)....but I got the sewing machine I have been dreaming about now for about a year. I am not as ungrateful as it sounds, but more practical. Why have two machines that do the same thing?...
So here she is. What shall I name her?






I warned you with the title, I am a spoiled brat. Now to tackle the manual, take a few hands on classes and see what this baby can do.

Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

22 comments:

Cindy said...

As a fellow mother of three boys....no I don't think you are spoiled. Your fellas know how good they have it and want to make sure Mom knows she is appreciated. Good for them.

Merry Christmas!

Ellie said...

Oh you lucky thing!! That looks like a great sewing machine. I've got a really old one I got back in the 1980's. I don't do much sewing but that is one of the things I want to start next year.
I don't think you are spoiled 'cause you obviously deserve your new presents. :)

Toni said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!! Congratulations on all your fun gifts. I have that measuring cup and it really is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I use the solid side to measure stuff like peanut butter, mayo, sour cream, and honey, then just smoosh it out of there like a plunger! All you have to do is scrape off the bottom, not scrape and scrape like you have to in a regular measuring cup. Genius!

Danny said...

What a nice husband you have!! That's great gift and it's wonderful that he was willing to trade it in for the one you really wanted. Can't wait to see what you make with it!

Jackie said...

ahhh...that's my dream machine too. I'll be looking forward to hearing of your experiences with it.

Flying Blind... said...

Well you pulled that off very nicely!! What a wonderful family you have - and you deserve that whopping great big mother of a machine! xxx

Geri Centonze said...

Looks like you had a great "haul" on Christmas. I love that Lauren read your blog and bought you the ribbons - how thouhtful...and all the gifts were just perfect for you.

jackiescrafts said...

Wow some fantastic presents and as for that sewing machine...... you lucky thing. I look forward to hearing how you get on with it and no I don't think you are spoilt at all

Jackie x

Patchwork and Play said...

Spoiled indeed! Love the wooden spools with the pretty ribbons! And don't you love new PJs!! I got a lovely summer pair from one of my sons!!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, what a fab collection of gifts all round! Have fun with your new toys, especially the beast! I'm hoping to get to take my lessons that came with Big Brother now that the Christmas madness is out of the way...

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

Oh! Wow! All of your gifts are so super sweet. Love the ribbons, too!
Congrats to Mr. Romance for being so amazing. Hug him from all your readers!!

Hope you are putting together a bundle!

susan said...

I have a 440 and was happy with it - until now! ;-)

Linda Coleman said...

Wow Diane, you really hit the jackpot with your Christmas gifts. I know that you will be conjuring up some wonderful quilts and bags and everything else on your fantastic new machine (you lucky devil)

Leanne said...

Lovely gifts, and such a nice guy, best you keep him.

Mrs A said...

welcome to 820 club, when you work it all out let me in on it! Its great for quilting and dont you just love the barbie house that comes with it!

Sara said...

You are very blessed my friend---that machine looks like a real beaut!!

Amy said...

Congratulations! I new 820. So nice that Santa wanted you to have the machine of your choice. He is a hero!

Tanya said...

Lucky you...I have been telling my husband I need a new machine for ages. No hint taken

Helen in Switzerland said...

You won't regret getting the 820 Di - but the tension takes a lot of getting used to - she'll be temperamental but worth it!

Amorette said...

wow, diane, so amazing! i love that bernina, they have one at my local shop that you can use when you rent time for open sew- i loved it! you will be able to do more wonderful things on it! in fact, i used it to quilt my Little Apples quilt, from the fabric roll I won on your blog!

Lorraine said...

Oh ... so lucky you !!!
Love to know how you find it

Cindy said...

You aren't spoiled Di! Can't wait to hear how you like your new toy.