Monday, August 23, 2010

So much birthday love ♥

I swear, my friends know me so well. People have always told me that I'm "easy to buy gifts for" (not that their love & friendship isn't more than enough) . . . and these pictures of some of the wonderful things I got in the mail for my birthday last week prove it!

(Please forgive the iPhone-quality pics. With a broken camera, it's all I got).

From darling Faiza, who most would agree is one of the most delightful people around. She sent a lovely golden scarf, a "party in a box" (so cute!), a babysitting notebook (how thoughtful!), some candy, and a card with an adorable monster on it. I feel so lucky to have gotten to know Faiza--she inspires me to be patient and gracious, and I'm so thankful for that.

Pretty sure that any of you can guess who this is from . . . my sweet girl, Micaela. I don't think I've ever known a better gift-giver; Micaela sent a custom-ordered embroidery of Leo, the constellation of my birth sign, a wire hanging of our favorite word ("adore"), a vintage floral tin (which I love btw) with a pretty doily inside (crocheted by Mama Lechuga), a beautiful black & gold ring with a Leo the lion symbol, a Gypsy candle, and a collection of poems (all along with some school supplies for the first day of school). I am so full of gratitude for this precious gift and this precious girl! What's most amazing about all these sweet presents is that they show how incredibly well she knows me. Micaela and I are so much alike. I love you pretty girl!

close up of Leo ring!

One of a few funny gifts from my little mama. She sent me a weighted hula hoop, hoping that it would help with my terrible back. She included a note reminding me of my championship hula hooping skills as a kid, proven by my victory at a hula hooping contest at the ever-classy Panama City Beach, Florida circa 1988. AWESOME.

My dear friend Heather, whom I've known for years and miss terribly (she lives in Chile now), sent this gorgeous Chilean scarf, some bright red earrings, a beautiful hand-made card, and some candy which isn't pictured because I devoured it immediately upon receipt. I love the bright colors in this scarf and can't wait to wear it! Lucky for me, San Francisco is scarf-weather about 10 months out of the year. :)

Flowers at work on my birthday from my daddy and stepmama! They also sent an gift card which I think I'm gonna put toward a Brazilian blowout . . . yessssss. These flowers made me so happy, since my actual birthday was the dang first day of school.

From another champion gift-giver, my bff Tiffany. Tiff has good reason to know me well, as we've been friends since we were 14. See those earrings? Those are pictures of Anais Nin, one of my very favorite writers, and with whom I am generally captivated. I couldn't love these earrings any more! She also sent supplies for my card-making and a funny little hanging pillow that says Please remove your Jimmy Choos . . . though why on earth would anyone want to remove Jimmy Choos?? Thank you Tiff for these amazing and so very "Claire" gifts!

One of my other best friends, Amy, sent two canisters of cupcake mix from the most delicious cupcake store in southern California. I can't wait to make the red velvet cuppies . . . YUM! I wish I could share them with Amy, cause I miss her so much. :(

My Lane--my other half--sent me this necklace with a note that says "to wear to remember true love." Sometimes Lane and I feel like the only remaining single women on the planet, so we have to remind each other that we're not gonna end up sharing a double room in a nursing home as spinsters 4 life--ha!

Oh, Tim Riggins. How I love you so. Cari and JJ (and Milo and Jude) gave me some fantastic gifts this year, the best of which was this Tim Riggins jersey. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am now the proud owner (wearing it now!) of an authentic RIGGINS #33 jersey, which I might never take off. It makes me feel just a little bit closer to him. And perhaps make me just a little bit more of an obsessive stalker freak. Good thing I don't have his address.

Thank you so much for all the love, gifts, cards, calls, texts, comments, and everything else that made me feel so loved this year on my birthday. Here goes the last year of my 20s . . . hoping for something remarkable!


Diana Mieczan said... are one lucky girl!!!!
So many cute gift! Have fun hula hooping...That one is my favourite:)

Hugs and kisses and have a lovely Monday,sweetie

shopgirl said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you have some amazing family and friends! And I agree with Diana...that hula hoop sounds really cool. I have back problems too, so I'd love to hear how it helps your back.


Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

You are one very loved lady!

Everton Terrace said...

You know Claire, to have such wonderful friends, you surely must BE a wonderful friend. Great presents. I am especially fond of that awesome ring and I think I remember I can throw a mean hula hoop!

Kara said...

Duuuuude. Your Leo ring is AMAZING, I'm so jealous! You got a ton of great stuff and it sounds like you had a wonderful birthday, which you totally deserved :)

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

darlin! your gifts are spectacular! best presents ever.

La Boheme said...

I'm sure you deserve every single gift you got - you definitely have some great friends around you! Btw - I didn't make it to the Food Fest this weekend, did you go?

georgia~gigi said...

Happy Birthday! Wow, you are loved! Great gifts and such thoughtful friends! Love the Leo ring!

April said...

Happy belated birthday!! You got some really great things, and they seem to be just for you! Your friends did a wonderful job picking for you.

julianne. said...

awe doll these are some adorable things.<3

love jenny xoxo said...

sounds like you have amazing friends! Happy belated birthday!!!


bananas. said...

whoa lady! i felt like i was scrolling and reading, and scrolling and reading some more for a good 15 minutes! you are one loved human being, but of course you already knew that ;)

i hope you get the BB done on your hair and when you me your review.

happy belated birthday!!!

Tangerine Fairy said...

Happy Belated Birthday Claire! looks like a great time..nice gifts..

Annie Cristina said...

I'm so happy you got spoiled! That's some pretty good loot. :D

P.S.) Enter my giveaway! Who knows? You might score some more prezzies. ;)

Micaela said...

I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH EVERTON... it just shows how wonderful a friend you are and how much you share your life and love with us :) the ring looks beautiful on with your OIP Poppy polish!

i ADORE birthdays ;) esp. those of the ones i love. You ARE my favourite LEO!!!

i love you! xo

ps. The Jimmy Choos sign is PERFECTION! and can i borrow both scarves for when i visit? ;) x

FourJedis said...

Happy late birthday - looks amazing. What a great set of friends and family you have... I hope they all made you feel like the wonderful gal you are!

Marcie said...

Cool ring! Aren't b-day cards the best?! It is the only time of year I actually look forward to getting mail. Love the Sprinkles mixes too! They are surprisingly easy.

xo M

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Belated happy happy birthday sweetie! What wonderful surprises. I'm glad that these surprises made you smile because you really deserve all the happy little surprises out there. =)

Gracie said...

Wow! That is really awesome. We can all see that you are definitely well loved and received really thoughtful gifts.

Absolutely lovely!

Becca said...

Happy happy birthday!
You are very loved.
What a neat little "Party in a box"!
And the Sprinkles mix is way too cute, as well.

Melissa said...

Wow, what very sweet birthday gifts, you're a lucky lady!

Krystal said...

wow i missed so much! happy belated bday!!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Yay! I have so much catching up to do! Love all the beautiful gifts you received! So fun to get this peak into your life! Love you lots! And miss you!!!!!!! xoxoxo

Leesh said...

Belated Happy Birthday! I received the Red Velvet Cupcake mix and also the Lemon mix for my birthday one year. You are going to love it. They taste so yummy. I wonder how it compares to the actual real cupcake.

I hope you enjoyed your birthday. Looks like you have lots of great friend who give you wonderful presents.