Some Very Special Birthday Presents

I just celebrated a special birthday – one with a zero in it. I had a lovely day, though our celebrations were a perhaps little more low key than they might have been if it hadn’t coincided with the pandemic. We plan to take a trip somewhere interesting when travel is safer and less prone to restrictions. I did get some lovely presents, including some totally unique ones that K commissioned especially from some very talented people we know.

This charm bracelet was made specially for me by Alison Rushbrooke of the Button Bothy. Alison is based in Poolewe, in scenic Wester Ross in North West Scotland. We’ve been spending holidays in that part of the world since the children were small and we love it there. Sadly we had to cancel this years trip but will return in 2021. Over the years we’ve seen Alison’s business grow, selling her unique button jewellery in local craft galleries and markets, then getting her own studio/shop in the village. We always call in in at the Button Bothy to stock up on buttons for projects (I’ve never seen such an amazing selection of buttons in one place) or to buy greetings cards or gifts. Her work is also available online at Highland Hiddle and Numonday

The bracelet includes beads and buttons in tartan colours to represent Scotland and the charms are all examples of the amazing wildlife we’ve seen while on holiday there, including otter, golden eagle, whales, dolphins and red deer. I love it .

I also got this abstract original art work by Laura Ella Kirk. We know Laura from Poolewe too. She sell her art, greetings cards from her original designs and items in resin, fused glass and wood at the local market in Poolewe and online on Etsy. I love the organic swirly design and the colours were picked to go with our lounge. It is perfect!

K really enjoyed the collaborative process. There were a lot of messages and photos going back and forward in the run up to my birthday to pick colours and check that he was happy with what they’d come up with. The painting even arrived with a birthday card from Laura. It is so special to have two totally unique pieces made just for me, to celebrate my milestone birthday.

This card from K is pretty special too. It’s from Elizabeth Chrisp Art – we’ve known this talented young artist and her family for many years and she’s recently started her own line of greetings cards using her wildlife designs…..and what’s not to love about this delightful puffin!

I love my presents!

Have you ever commissioned something to be specially made for yourself or as a gift?


I live in Northumberland, within sight of the sea and spend my time knitting, crocheting, sewing and trying my hand at different crafts. There's usually a story to share about the things I make.

9 thoughts on “Some Very Special Birthday Presents

  1. Hey happy birthday Jackie it was lovely to read your blog and see your pressies I’ve already taken a look at the links!
    Many years ago my then fiance commissioned an engagement ring for me as we are both Charles Rennie Mackintosh fans. It didn’t come out anything like a Macintosh design!!! But it is unique and I like to think that we learnt a lesson in process!

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  2. Happy Birthday! What lovely surprise gifts. I commissioned a cake for my husband’s 40th (several years ago) – it was a busy lady jumping out of a cake – I asked for a dark haired lady so she looked slightly randomly like me – he he!

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  3. Lovely artists! We have been talking to our son a lot, about his printing art that he creates. I wish he would DO something with it. He has a few pieces for sale in Mexico where he lives. Your blog is lovely. I did not know about the elderberries. I am very interested in keeping our woods healthy. So I will not let my husband cut them away. If the deer and critters love them, they can come and eat them

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