Wrapping Paper, Hand-Made, New Baby and Birthday Honours List

31 Dec

1   One of my birthday presents this morning was wrapped in this beautiful old paper that belonged to my much-loved Sister-in-law who found it in her Mother’s things. It must be at least 60 years old. The present was beautiful too!

Very special wrapping paper

Very special wrapping paper – isn’t it delightful?

2   My daughter’s lovely partner has made me a stick for stomping through the countryside. It’s made of holly and is so smooth and very beautiful.

Beautifully worked handle on my stomping stick

Beautifully worked handle on my stomping stick

Beautiful knot at the end

Beautiful knot at the end

3   We have just had the lovely news of the safe arrival of the newest Grandchild of our good friends J&M. It’s a lovely day for a Birthday. Much of the world is celebrating at Midnight and when I was little I thought the Cathedral Bells of Truro Cathedral were ringing out just for me!

4   In the UK the Queen always gives out Honours on her birthday in June. I have been lucky enough to be nominated for Blog of the Year by Renee so, on my birthday,  I’m going to emulate the Queen by giving out some honours just before the year ends!  The rules follow at the end.

First then, thank you so much to Renee for giving me a third star – much appreciated.

These then are the blogs that I want to nominate for Blog of the Year 2012. Some of you I nominated for an award recently but that was more general. This is for a Star!  I do understand that some of you don’t accept Awards but just want you to know how much I appreciate your company in this blogging world and of course, some of you have probably arrived at 6 stars already!

Alastair of

Marilyn of

Meme at

Noeleen at

Lesley at

Uru at

Renee at

Don at

Russell at

Bernice at

Lou Ann at

Patty at

Penny at

Nia at

Yvonne at

Tazein at

Elle at

Claire at

Kathleen at

Valerie at who has actually stopped blogging for the moment but whose writing I really appreciate

Heidi at

Veronica at

David at

Sam and her daughter, Holly at

and last, but by no means least, Pam at

And here are the rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

You can now also join the award’s Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience if you choose to

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!


You can find the thumbnails for these awards at the Blog of the Year Award, address above.



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22 responses to “Wrapping Paper, Hand-Made, New Baby and Birthday Honours List

  1. saymber

    January 2, 2013 at 4:03 am

    What a wonderful post – that wrapping paper is amazing! So many blessings for you with the new Grandbaby and a lovely birthday. Isn’t life just too wonderful for words during times like these? The gratitude so great it just flows out of your eyes? Happy tears?! Thank you for mentioning my blog as one worthy of mention in a list of so much talent. Your visiting my blog and my then finding you has been a great blessing – you bring snippets of beauty to light to help brighten sometimes dark days. Thank you!

  2. petit4chocolatier

    January 2, 2013 at 1:22 am


  3. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    January 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Happy Birthday! And thank you for the nomination. Now that the decorations are put away I will thank you properly. I love your walking stick, I am sure you will put it too good use! I am glad your birthday was as special as you are.

  4. Talk to me...I'm your Mother

    January 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, and Congratulations. Love your blog.

  5. Kathleen Richardson

    January 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Happy birthday, Sally, and happy new year to you and yours. Love the wrapping paper, and I want a walking stick!

  6. ferragudofan

    January 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Congratulations and happy birthday – thanks for sharing the award – The Thought Palette
    (that wrapping paper was gorgeous!)

  7. valeriedavies

    January 1, 2013 at 6:57 am

    A happy happy birthday Sally, and a happy New Year.
    Thank you for all the pleasure your beautiful things have given for the past year.The picture of your life which has built up as you’ve shared your beautiful things is a very beautiful thing in itself. .You seem to have the time to savour the goodness of life, and the awareness to do so..
    .I love hearing about your walks and your choir and the knitting, seeing the precious things that belonged to your mother and your family, entering into the beauty of Truro’s architecture and rambling down those lovely green country lanes.
    I never miss your daily blog.
    And congratulations on your well deserved awards. And thank you for your generous mention of me! What a faithful friend you are..
    I’m back to blogging now – read all about it in “return to the joy of blogging” – if you can be bothered!!!!!
    Love, Valerie

  8. A Pakistani Boy

    January 1, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Thank you so much!

    But most of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY 😀

  9. Bernice

    January 1, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Happy Birthday!! Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and stories that you share on your blog!

  10. Bernice

    January 1, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Happy Birthday!! Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and stories that you share on your blog!

  11. pennycoho

    December 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Happy happy Birthday to you! And a bazillion more. I hope today is the best ever for you and congratulations on the award, also thank you for honoring me! But today is your day may it be all you’d wish it to be on this very last day of the year dear friend! Much love to you, Penny 🙂 xx

    • pennycoho

      December 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      p.s. – I love your gifts! 🙂

  12. Teresa Cleveland Wendel

    December 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    A friend of mine has a box of old cards of her mother’s that she regales on her friends, and it’s always so fun to receive one.

  13. hjbryant

    December 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Happy Birthday and Happy New Year – have a good one!

  14. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    December 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I’m honoured! Thank you so much for thinking of me

    And congratulations to YOU of course!

    Happy new year! May you enjoy stomping all year long 🙂

  15. pamasaurus

    December 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Happy birthday!!! That wrapping paper is adorable, and the walking stick is amazing!

    Thanks for the nomination 😀

  16. Don

    December 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Happy birthday and thank you for the nomination of my blog.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      My pleasure 🙂

      Happy New Year to you 🙂

  17. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    December 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Loved the wrapping paper…and the walking stick is such a wonderful piece…Enjoy!

  18. mixedupmeme

    December 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I love that old wrapping paper.
    Happy Birthday and thank you for mentioning my blog for an award. I think you have before. lol
    I am always amazed at the content of your blogs and then the time you spend giving honor to others.

  19. tartanpants

    December 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday lovely lady 🙂 And a very big thank you for this nomination, it means a lot to me and I am proud to accept xx Isn’t that gift wrap just something else, I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like it – it is much nicer than a lot of the fancy stuff in the shops these days. I hope you have a lovely New Year’s Eve and look forward to your 2013 posts – Yvonne xxx

  20. Alastair

    December 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Congratulations, happy birthday and thank you 🙂


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