Of Birthdays And Nests

Gentle reader,

It was my birthday on Wednesday, and I really wasn’t going to make a thing of it, but I got so much unexpected love and such thoughtful and sweet gifts that I wanted to show ’em off a bit.

Birthday Swag From Some Awesome Peeps! ❀
  • Judith got me a whole bunch of Japanese books she happened across at a thrift store. Some of them are children’s books which are great for reading practice when your kanji comprehension is atrocious (yes, that would be me), and the rest seem like text books for lower grades in Japan rather than actual “Hey foreigner! Learn some Japanese!” books (well, except for one).
  • Marelle and Kendyl got me some funny stickers and a gift voucher for Minotaur (for non-Melburnians, Minotaur is a shop that is more or less the geek mother ship).
  • And Jules (of Woollenflower fame) got me two amazing old crochet books, which I’m sure you’ll see more of. “Crochet Sweaters” is a priceless mix of really tasteful and timeless gems (including a couple for gentlemen!) and utterly tragic disasters that makes me laugh so hard that I’m in danger of peeing myself. Not kidding.
"How do you do, Raynor? I'm your new home. Step inside, won't you?"

Meanwhile, my house is slowly, slowly getting sorted out, but I’ve been procrastinating yet again. At any rate, the more time I spend in the house, the more I love it. It has quite a bit of character and I really hope I can channel my interior designer and really make it the cozy home it deserves to be. (Let’s be real though, I kind of just want it to be the same as Katie and Reuben’s place, ala House of Humble. I can’t lie.)

Finally… tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to comment on my other post here to win yourself a squishable, scrummy ball of yarn. So, go do that! I want to share the love.

What’s been the best birthday gift you’ve ever gotten? (Or the most disastrous…?)

– R


15 thoughts on “Of Birthdays And Nests

    • Thank you!

      They’re a hoot, aren’t they!? I haven’t had a proper look through the Australian one yet; but it seems to be mostly doily work and filet crochet, so there’s not much laughable stuff it in, it’s all pretty stuff. I’ll probably write a post about each of the books when I can get time to try out some of the patterns. ^_^

  1. Ah Happy Birthday Raynor! I think you received a fabulous bounty of goodies and it’s obviously made your day a special one. I love the op shop/thrifty gift myself and would have been just as excited about the Japanese books (had I been trying to learn the language!). Which brings me to my best present – well it’s kind of similar – I was let loose in a fantastic 2nd hand/collectibles/op shop…”just pick up whatever you want and take all the time you like”….I had a ball and found some lovely things for myself…ahhhh bliss.

    • Thank you! I was super stoked about it; I’m pondering going to back to school for Japanese; I don’t know yet. It’s a big decision!

      That’s the perfect gift! It’s almost tooooo perfect! I’d have been completely psyched out by it and would have just stood in the shop turning in circles going “Umm! Umm! Oh… Umm?” ^_~

  2. I have so much to saaaaay to this! *hyperventilates*.

    I just “met” Katie this morning. I have already asked her to marry me.
    I was just sent two old knitting books and a crochet book. One was even christmas-themed! I also picked up an old crochet book at the markets that is insanely cool.
    I am going to Japan in two weeks, for my second trip, so you’re going to have to email me your postal address so I can send you the things I will totally be buying you from Tokyo.

  3. Nice birthday stash!! And those pics make your new home look pretty homey already.

    ps: let me know if you do decide to study Japanese, I’ve been thinking I should do something similar…

    • I think I cleaned up! Especially considering I wasn’t planning on doing anything. \^_^/

      I really want to go back to uni, but there’s a millon other things I want to do, so I’m not sure how it’ll pan out. I’ll keep you posted!

  4. θͺ•η”Ÿζ—₯γŠγ‚γ§γ¨γ†γ€‚ (Happy Birthday!) It looks like you got some cool stuff!

    I used to be almost fluent in Japanese but it’s been way too long and I’m losing it now… I would love to have someone to practice with!

    • γ‚γ‚ŠγŒγ¨γ†γ”γ–γ„γΎγ™οΌ

      It’s definitely a use-it-or-lose-it thing isn’t it? I can hardly bare to think how much vocab I’ve forgotten! Tony’s quite the Japan speaker too. Practice for the win!

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