It's that time of year again, the time where I turn another year older and everyone I know is extra special nice to me and I just can't get enough of it! :) This year it really snuck up on me as I was so busy preparing to go to market a few days after... yup- that's right! I will be at market helping out a lovely friend of mine- but more on that to come..... anywho- I haven't had much time to think about anything else and yet here I find myself with a birthday tomorrow... and the good news is that I am wrapping up the last details of all my market prep today- so I think I may actually get to enjoy it. As I do every year, I made myself a birthday gift. I started this tradition 3 years ago and I have to say- it's a keeper. As a quilter I find myself in possession of very few quilts.... because I give away 80% of what I make. I am not alone here- I think we are all guilty of this- and so by making myself 1 very nice gift a year I get the chance to spoil myself on something that I will actually get to keep and use. I look forward to it every year- and the things I make get lots and lots of use, because who knows better what I need or would use a lot then me? :) So this year with my upcoming trip approaching I thought a nice new purse and wallet would be in order. So I designed and made these all for me... trimmed in leather- recycled from some leather pants and complete with leather tassles that I made too. It was so fun to go crazy- and the quilting- feels so soft- I love matchstick quilting and even though it is a bit of a pain and mine isn't perfect- when combined with my favorite design- feathers- is just so me. I love them both and they will suit my needs perfectly. Happy Birthday to me. So... next time you find your birthday quickly approaching I hope I have inspired you to think about making yourself something nice- you deserve it!