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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Surprise trip to Sweden!

Hi everyone,
No card tonight to show you, but......... I just had to tell you that a couple of weeks ago my darling husband surprised me by telling me what he had planned for my fortieth birthday - a long weekend in Sweden, Boras to be exact, and specifically to Magnolia's shop on their open day! Let's just say I was so happy I cried lol! I kept saying I'd love to go there but never thought it would be possible, so when Neil told me we were going it was like a dream come true :)
He had started planning all this last year - I can't believe he'd kept it a secret all that time - and he'd stuck emails and flight details into a scrapbook for me to add to as a momento! I have lots of people to thank for helping hubby in his mission - he contacted Kim Piggott, Debbie Dolphin and Christine Dark to find out how to contact Magnolia and how to get there, he emailed lots of people in Boras to arrange somewhere wonderful to stay and eat out, and Asa at Magnolia was so helpful ensuring I felt like a VIP at their open day!

Words can not describe how great it felt to actually find myself at Magnolias door last weekend. Debbie was right when she said I looked overwhelmed - I was! Everyone was so lovely and it was a pleasure to meet such wonderful ladies :)

There were so many gorgeous things to look at in the shop, no wonder I was overwhelmed! But I was also in my element, and spoilt for choice with the rows and rows of stamps -such a dream come true!

What did Neil do while I was busy at Magnolia all day I hear you ask? Well, he walked his legs off around Boras taking photos of the gorgeous scenery and beautiful sculptures that were dotted around close to our hotel. 
The next morning I was lucky enough to spend breakfast talking to Debbie and Lillemor who had stayed in the same hotel as hubby and I the night before. It was fantastic to actually be able to sit down and talk to crafters whose blogs I've followed for ages, to finally meet them was fab - they were truly lovely ladies!
Now that I'm home again, it feels like I dreamt it all and I have to remind myself that it did really happen lol! I really am very lucky and have Neil to thank for making my fortieth birthday so special and not something I'm going to forget in a hurry :)
I will be back tomorrow to show you what I made on Debbie and Lillemor's workshops.


Brigitte said...

O-M-G Nicola!!!!! What a FABULOUS birthday present!!!!!! You are so lucky to have a husband to think about this!!!! Happy belated birthday and you deserve such an amazing trip. Hugs, Brigitte

Sammy said...

Oh wow, that's so fantastic! Your hubby is a keeper! (also, could you get him to sit down with my hubby and give him a pointer or two? lol)
Sounds like you had a phenomenal time. x

Fleur said...

It looks awesome Nicola, what a fantastic surprise for you. I can't wait to see what you made
BIG HUGZ Fleur xXx

May said...

How wonderful...Your husband must be a very special man to help your crafty dream come true... you look so happy in your pics....Hugs May x x x

Debbie Dolphin said...

Oh Nicola it was so lovely to meet you both too. Neil is a star arranging all this for lovely. .. Did you get a photo of the giant Pinnocio? I managed as Lillemor and me headed out of town..
Have a fantastic birthday xx ♥
Debbie xx♥

Suzi said...

Wow!! what an amazing gift from your sweet Hubby. I know it's a lot of maggie lovers dream to visit this enchanting grotto and you've done it sweetie. Congrats on your very special Birthday, not one you'll forget in a hurry.
Suzi x

Desire Fourie said...

Nicola you have one amazing caring husband to be treasured forever. Oh yes congrats with reaching the naughty forties, I nearly forgot amongst all the excitement.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

coops said...

oh wow lucky girl ,what a fabulous birthday pressie and you have an amazing hubby too :D

xx coops xx

Pona said...

I visited Magnolia event in Boras too. I subscrided to Debbie workshop. I realy enjoyed. I was in Boras, last year.I got a trip as a gift for fortieth birthday too.

Camilla said...

Hi Nicola!
It is so great to read your post and look at all the wonderful photos!!! What an amazing husband you have! How will he top this on your fiftieth birthday?! :) He will have to start planning soon ;)
I wish you a fantastic birthday!
Hugs, Camilla

Chris said...

Hi Nicola! I'm so glad you had such a great time in Sweden for your fortieth birthday thanks to your darling hubby's secret surprise. Looks amazing and lots of treasured memories for you I'm sure. Loved seeing the photo's of you with my favourite girls :-) and also of the shop and around Boras, fond memories for me too of when I was there in 2012.

Intended to send you a card in time but it will get to you as soon as I can.

Big hugs,
Chris xx

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