Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Lucky, lucky girl !

It's my birthday today and I've been so spoilt. Nick, Michael and Philippa bought me a Wii and my Wii Fit is on order. Philippa also gave me the Mamma Mia cd, which I've been listening to at work.

My two Norwegien friends surprised me - Moll sent over a beautiful stitched bag to match the needlecase she made me earlier in the year. It's absolutely gorgeous.

and Hege really surprised me by sending Just Nan's Christmas Biscornu chart all kitted up. She sent it from Sew and So which was really funny as last night I placed an order for some threads. It was gone 10pm when I ordered so when the parcel arrived today I thought "surely they can't send it that quick". I was amazed when I opened the parcel - thanks Hege.

My mum gave me a beautiful book on drawn thread, and I've had quite a bit of money which I'm putting towards the Wii. We're just off out for a family meal so I have been really spoilt today.

I have been doing well with my rotation and have started the large project for my mum and step dad's 25th, there isn't enough to show yet but there should be soon if I stitck to the rotation.

I had some absolutely fabulous news at work today. You may or may not know but I gave up teaching at a further education college earlier this year and took on a non-teaching role as a learning mentor specialising in literacy in a local secondary school. My new job is paid term time only so a little bit of a hit on the wage front but a much nicer job and I am so much happier. Today the Headteacher called me and my two colleagues into his office and announced that because of our hard work (they do science and numeracy) he was increasing our contracts to all year which gives me a 17% (yes really) pay rise. I still get all the school holidays but I can now do some work at home and know I'm being paid for it whereas before I wasn't.

Oh and before I forget I sent Moll a lavender scented ornament to wish her good luck in her new college course. Now it has arrives I can share the photo.

Thanks for reading my blog and all the lovely messages.


  1. Happy birthday, Clare. Many happy returns!

    You sure were spoiled~what wonderful gifts!

  2. Happy Birthday, i hope you had a wonderful day and a nice meal.

    Congrats on the pay rise!

  3. Happy Belated Birthday Clare! You received some fantastic presents.

    Congratulations on the pay rise!

  4. Belated birthday greetings Clare. Whate lovely gifts from Moll and Hege. Will you be at the CN meet up in October? Just wondering as I am hoping to be there.

  5. Glad you had such a lovely Happy Birthday - lovely gifts!
    Congratulations on the job front. :0)
    Very pretty sachet - lucky recipient. :0)

  6. Happy Birthday. Hope you had a great day. Moll made you a wonderful gift. Hope you enjoy the JN Biscornu, I've made that and it's wonderful to stitch.


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