Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Cheering up after a dull birthday.

This won't be of any interest to most of you I guess, but I know a few of my close friends read my blog to keep track of what's going on with me and the family. My post here about my quiet birthday was pretty dismal, so I decided to post some photos of my birthday gifts to make up for it.

This is the Sandwich Maker Ken gave me. I've used it a few times, and today I made French Toast in it - perfect!!!

Some of you know my dear friend LeeAnn, who runs an opshop in country Victoria. She finds the most wonderful things in there, and sometimes I benefit from her generosity. I don't know if these came from there, but I love everything she sent me, as usual! This is an exquisite little box with a peacock on top.

She used this little fabric fish as part of the wrapping - lovely!

My thoughtful friend included this beautifully embroidered half apron as well:
The note pad is from my S.I.L., who also paid a year's membership in a card club for me, as part of her gift. The cake of soap is from my hairdresser L. Such a sweetie!

This charming porcelain shoe is meant to hold rings - see the ridges of sponge inside it? I don't have many rings apart from what I wear every day, so I may not use it for that purpose, but it will certainly be on display where it can be admired - thank you Helen!

Finally, my MIL gave me cash, as did another friend, so I combined them to pay for some new underwear which I desperately needed. And no, I am not putting photos of my new knickers here.


Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Gina, Hope all going well with you and Ken and your both over your heavy colds.
Love all your pressies.. Im sure you will get a lot of use out of your breville, I use mine a lot in winterwhen I make a toasted sanwich with a bowl of homemade soup..the Peacock box ,apron from Leeann and the shoe are gorgeous.

HEHEHE I dont think i would display my undies either...
Have fun keep well. Jen

Monday, 20 April, 2009  
Blogger woof nanny said...

lol about the knickers. Happy belated Gina!

Monday, 27 April, 2009  

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