Monday, December 16, 2013

A Birthday Beginning : :

Haila turns seven!!

Over the weekend we celebrated Haila's seventh Birthday with a bit of a "sewing theme" -- her request! It was beautiful!! My best friend Cynthia of Taylormade Baked Goods, made another confectionery masterpiece with button and stitchy details that was just as yummy as it was pretty! We topped it off with seven candles fastened into very old wooden spools from my collection, it was the sweetest cake!

Haila's Sewing Themed Birthday Cake!

Candles & Vintage Spools

Button Details

Over the Summer Haila started sewing on my Janome, with my hovering and guidance, and began asking for a sewing machine of her very own. We decided on this Hello Kitty Janome and can't wait to break it in over Christmas vacation! Of course I'll be sure to share all of Haila's sewing projects right here!

Her reaction was priceless!!

Her excitement was so awesome!!

Haila & her Janome!

Yup, she's  in love!!

Sewing Machine Hugs!

You can imagine how excited and proud I am to see her so enthusiastic about sewing! I'm a self-taught sewist myself. Come late March it will be four years since I started & fell completely in love with sewing, and look what's it's become for me! I've heard so many wonderful stories over the years from people who've been lucky enough to sew with their mothers and grandmothers. Many who learned so very young, sewing on the laps of their loved ones, observing their skills, absorbing the beautiful tradition. Yesterday was the beginning of that for my family, a birthday that I will always treasure, and I can't wait to see the magic that's going to happen!

Haila turns seven!!
 
  Maureen 

63 comments:

  1. What a lucky girl!! xx Deb

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  2. Fabulous - beautiful pics and gift. One will never ever regret knowing how to sew.

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  3. Oh that nice. Love the cake.....Happy Birthday.

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  4. Happy Birthday! Love the cake and the party hat!

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  5. Just precious! Happy Sewing and Happy Birthday to your little girl!

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  6. Congratulations on your first sewing machine Haila! Enjoy all your sewing and crafting projects to come.

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  7. Beautiful cake and I love to see new generations getting the sewing bug. I learned from my grandmother and my aunt and have loved it from the beginning.

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  8. beautiful!!! Happy birthday to your little girl!

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  9. That is just SO wonderful. What a beautiful thing, and what a beautiful family. You can see the joy in her face, and you and she will always have that sewing connection. Merry Christmas to you all, and Happy Birthday to your sweet girl.

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  10. Aww what lovely birthday pictures. Your family is beautiful. And I love her sewing machine...

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  11. The cake is awesome. How great that she loves sewing. It will be something that both of you share that will bring a lot of happy memories. Happy Birthday to her!!

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  12. She will treasure this and all the memories she will start making. I started teaching my 8 and 9 year old grandchildren to sew on my sewing machine this summer when my husband was well. We will resume their lessons again this summer again. I have a small Janome that I was teaching them on and they both did well. My grand daughter was making a 4 patch. Have fun with this.

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  13. What an adorable cake! And what an adorable child. :) How fun to see her so excited.

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  14. What a beautiful birthday!! You're going to love the Hello Kitty Janome! We have one for our three girls, and they have so much fun with it. (And it comes in handy when my big Janome's in the shop for yearly maintenance too!!)

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  15. What a great post, Maureen. I can't stop smiling! Haila looks absolutely gorgeous. Isn't it wonderful to know that our girls are going to start out with sewing being such a joyous, creative part of their lives? :)

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  16. What a lovely cake and such a lucky girl! Can't wait to see her projects come together.

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  17. Oh man this is so exciting!!! Maybe we'll have a "Haila's Corner" here on the blog before too long. How fun to have a little sewing buddy!! She's so cute, too.

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  18. Love the cake, and the fact that she wants to sew!!!!!

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  19. What fun! She's gorgeous and so is her machine....grin.

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  20. It truly is magic to learn to sew with a loved one. You and Haila will have many wonderful hours that you will both remember for a long time. Your daughter is as lovely as you are. Have fun, both of you.

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  21. She looks truly happy and I'm sure her parents are too.

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  22. Beautiful images. Beautiful child. Beautiful undertaking. Just BEAUTIFUL!!

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  23. Love her reaction--so special. Hope she enjoys many, many more happy years of sewing!

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  24. What an adorable cake!! (The birthday girl is pretty adorable, too :-)!)
    What a wonderful gift!!!
    Wishing you many happy times sewing together.
    Merry Christmas!

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  25. I have a grown up girl, my "almost daughter in law" who wants to learn how to sew and I haven't the foggiest notion of how to teach her! Any tips from you all who have taught others?

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  26. Looks like someone had a great birthday. Her cake looks fantastic.

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  27. What a pretty young lady and a wonderful post!

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  28. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! Love the cake and a sewing machine! So much fun!

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  29. You are a great MOM! Thank you for a beautiful post and Merry Christmas to you and your family Maureen :)

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  30. Great pictures!! The cake is beautifully decorated! Fantastic, this excitement of your lovely daughter opening her present and the expression on her face hugging her machine!!

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  31. What a great birthday present. I love her reaction. I'm so excited for you that you get to teach your daughter how to sew. My daughter was never interested, but I can't complain because it took me 37 years to be interested. There wasn't a day growing up that there wasn't some sort of craft project in my mother's hands. Needless to say, she is ecstatic now that I've taken up quilting. I enjoy your posts and love that you include your family. I think we have about 5 of those beanies your husband is wearing. It's staple piece of clothing where we live. Oh and you are teaching me as well. I'm almost done with my first quilt as you go quilt. Thank you for the inspiration and for keeping me interested when I get bored.

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  32. Happy birthday Haila! Your new sewing machine is beautiful just like you. Waiting to see all your beautiful projects. Your quilty friend, Jackie

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  33. What a great Birthday...My 8 year old granddaughter has asked Santa for a sewing machine so her mother got her one and I put together a sewing basket full of goodies and added a couple of different precuts for her. I am trying to find beginner things for her to sew. Do you recommend any books or patterns for her to start with?

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  34. This whole post is so beautiful and sweet. The part where you started sewing four years ago, though - nearly caused me to pass out. I cannot believe your skill, talent, inspiration, productivity, daring, innovation.... Wow.

    And so much thanks for sharing ti all, too!

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  35. What a beautiful birthday girl! Wonderful cake and I'm in love with that sewing machine too!

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  36. I've just very recently found your blog through a friend and have been enjoying browsing through your lovely quilts. I hadn't realised you'd only started sewing so recently - amazing! I'm not normally a great 'commenter' (although I'm getting better since I started blogging myself and realised how lovely it is to get comments!), but I have to comment today because I also have a little girl who's a very similar age and has also just started to become interested in sewing. Her 7th birthday was literally just a couple of weeks ago and I gave her some fabric and a sewing kit. I'd got her an old hand sewing machine a month or so ago, if she sees your little girl's machine she will have serious sewing machine envy! Anyway, if your daughter would ever like an online sewing penpal then give a shout, I'm sure mine would love that. And we'll be following any projects your little one tackles with lots of interest. I've blogged about my little one's 2nd make just today if you fancy having a look - http://wonkypatchwork.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/christmas-tree-mini-quilt.html
    And great cake too by the way!

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  37. What a lucky girl! My eldest is 7 and I've only just reached the stage where I am about to introduce her and my other children (4 and 5 yrs old) to the sewing machine. We are about to begin our Summer school holidays here and I have told them that they can make something on the sewing machine after Christmas. They are all very excited. I have a feeling that, if they be good boys and girls, in a couple of years Santa might bring them a sewing machine.

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  38. Such beautiful pictures Maureen!! I'm very honored to be apart of her special day. I can't wait to see what awesome sewing projects she makes. Very exciting! Xxx

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  39. Great birthday gift. I started sewing when I was in Girl Scouts in the '60's but never taught my daughter to sew. On her 24th birthday I gave here a Brother sewing machine and she loved it. Let me tell you how hard it is to tell someone how to thread a needle or follow a pattern over the phone! Now she is working on her own quilts. Your daughter is so lucky and the cake was beautiful.

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  40. First let me say that cake is AWESOME! Second, I love the pictures and the joy on your daughter's face. What a lucky girl to have such a thoughtful mom & dad.

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  41. What a magnificent birthday!! Fabulous cake and the perfect present!!! The joy and excitement on her face is amazing!!!

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  42. What an exciting time for you both! It's going to be fun seeing what she makes and how she progresses.

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  43. Happy Birthday Haila!! Looking forward to seeing your first project on YOUR machine.

    And the cake is adorable!!!

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  44. Haila's birthday cake is just adorable! You have a very talented friend. Haila sure was excited when she opened her present and discovered a sewing machine of her own! I can just imagine how excited you were. My mother taught me to sew as well. I'm sure you have many beautiful memories in front of you. Please pass on birthday wishes to Haila for me.

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  45. Beautiful cake, beautiful daughter and beautiful present. Happy birthday to Haila and may you both make many happy sewing memories together.

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  46. Happy Birthday Haila! I know you will love sewing with your mom and I look forward to seeing all your creations!

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  47. I love this blog post so much, Maureen. Thank you for sharing. Your daughter is just beautiful, and she is also very blessed to have a mama who loves her so very much. Enjoy your break together!

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  48. I love this blog post so much, Maureen. Thank you for sharing. Your daughter is just beautiful, and she is also very blessed to have a mama who loves her so very much. Enjoy your break together!

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  49. I love this blog post so much, Maureen. Thank you for posting. Your daughter is beautiful, and she is also very blessed to have a mama who loves her so very much. Enjoy your break together!

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