Entering The Next Decade and Handmade Birthday Gifts

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may know that I recently celebrated my 30th birthday. 30 years of being alive! I’ve spent almost 11 of those with G, who by the way, wins at birthday celebrations.

I spread the celebrations over 3 weekends, to avoid bringing on migraine attacks. One of my goals was to have a glass or two of champagne, but I haven’t really drunk alcohol in years.

Firstly, I had a lovely meal with my extended family and my Mum and Sister made me this crafty birthday cake (it was a Victoria Sponge inside).

Sewing-Themed-Birthday-Cake

My Mum made me this button frame – all the buttons were my late Grandmother’s.

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G and I went on a luxury spa break for the weekend of my birthday and it was…..

…AH-MAY-ZING.

Here’s the view from our suite. The sun came out on the morning of my birthday!

Forest-View

Our suite was so decadent and had a huge bath which took 30 minutes to fill. I felt very spoiled when I watched a movie from here and drank champagne.

Luxury-Spa-Suite-Bath

We had a birthday breakfast of eggs benny (and maybe toast and maybe apple danish and oops more champagne).

Eggs-Benedict

JUST TURNED 30 and so relaxed from the spa.

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G has the best taste in wrapping paper – unicorns!! This gift was a tablet computer from G, as he thought it would help with blogging. He thought well – I haven’t stopped playing with it yet.

Unicorn-Wrapping-Paper

There was a mint coloured theme to my gifts…..from my family, a new limited edition Cambridge Satchel from the Chelsea Range (the colour is Sweet Pea) and mint Converse from G. I bet you are wondering what the teeny things are?

Mint-Cambridge-Satchel-and-Converse

Minature macaron earrings! G had a snoop around Etsy for these and found the cutest store.

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Image – Shay Aaron Minatures

I also received some birthday money and treated myself to a necklace from Stuffed Nonsense after seeing them at Renegade.

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I am so lucky to have the most talented friends who took time to send me some beautiful handmade gifts.

Daisy is working on her Etsy store at the moment and if this wash bag is an indication of her products, we are all in for a treat. It is SO me!

Bicycle-Fabric-Wash-Bag

My dear blogging and Cambridge friend Suki, sent me a sweet vintage card in the mail, along with these handmade pins. The map puzzle pin has London and Cambridge on which are the last two places I have lived.

Map-Puzzle-Piece-Brooch-Pin

My #PostCircle and now real life friend Jo sent me a fab crafty gift which includes invitations to a craft party and some great projects. She knows me well!

My penpal friend in Canada sent some gorgeous earrings and some English pounds for a treat. G and I used them for a lemon merringue pie afternoon tea stop at the spa.

Turquoise-Beaded-Earrings

And of course I received some awesome bicycle themed gifts including this passport holder and bicycle nail stickers!

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Thank you to everyone who sent me birthday wishes and for the wonderful gifts I received. I had the best time turning 30.

I also spent a day at Drink Shop Do in London with all my girlfriends and included some photos in my Instagram round up for November.

Toodles!

Claire

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19 thoughts on “Entering The Next Decade and Handmade Birthday Gifts

  1. I loved reading this post, what a wonderful way to enter your 30s! G is lovely, it’s so great to spend birthdays with someone who really gets you. The best bit was seeing all the presents – that frame is so beautiful and touching, what a precious thing to own and connection with both your mother and grandmother. That washbag, the earrings, the satchel… Is it weird that I love pouring over other people’s gifts?! And I’m so happy you liked my little offering. That puzzle piece was just meant for you! Hugs and welcome to the 30s – best decade yet in my experience! X

    1. I did cry when I opened the frame. Buttons are so nostalgic for me and to have something which captured my Nan’s collection was so nice. I also love seeing other people’s gifts! The puzzle piece is perfect, thank you again x

  2. Hi, I know it was a while back now but do you know where the unicorn wrapping paper came from, I have seen it in pictures a few times recently and would really like to try and find out if it is still available, thanks 🙂

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