Monday, 4 July 2011

4 7 11

It is of course American Independence Day -  it is of course my birthday, a major one!
But 4 7 11 (pronounced "four-seven-eleven")  is also the name of a very famous Eau de Cologne.  I  have known of this perfume ever since I was a child and have always associated it with old Aunts, gosh I'm one myself now! It is more of a nostalgic kind of perfume, not one that I would go out and buy for myself.  However,  I found this little bottle unloved at the end of a Summer Fete a few weeks ago, so purchased it for 50p!

I was at the cathredral yesterday attending an ordination service and whilst robing in a side chapel with many others I noticed a priest who had, what looked like some tatting on his stole.  I kept looking at him, or rather his stole, and in the end had to ask him if that was a piece tatting on it.  He said he did not know as he acquired the stole many years ago off someone else.  Anyway I was allowed a closer inspection and it was a tatted cross in gold thread, quite large, I then showed him the tatting around my surplice but I have to say he was not really impressed!

My latest button necklace made with Yarnplayers HDT Garden Afternoon, and the colours are just right for this time of year.  I wore it with a flowery top at a church Flower Festival and was asked by a few people, did I make it? How was it made? Did I take orders?   Next weekend there is another Flower Festival or rather a Flower and Fabrics Exhibition, in another church which will have some of my tatting on show, so hopefully I will be able to show you some pictures next time of both the flowers and textiles.


  1. Happy birtday.
    Good health and everything you want.

  2. you might need the new Christopher Robin book.....
    Happy Birthday and congratulations on reaching a significant milestone.

  3. Happy birthday, Sally! I've never heard of that perfume, but I think you certainly deserve to have some, even if you're not an Old Aunt! I'm not sure the pastor of my mother's church was especially impressed by the tatted crosses on the stole she wove and made for him, but we both had a lot of fun. Maybe someone will ask about the tatting on the stole in years to come. Love the necklace!

  4. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your new perfume and all! That necklace looks so lovely in all it splendiforous colors! You know I do love the beautiful similar colors that Lizbeth has come out with...and they are lovely! But nothing beats the radiance of Yarnplayer's HDT's! I truly do love them! :)
    ~TattingChic ♥

  5. Another interesting post - thanks.

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Wishing you all the best and hope you have a super fantastic day!!!!!!

  7. Happy birthday and best wishes!

    That necklace is a stunner and the thread is gorgeous too. What's the pattern? I'd love to give it a try.

  8. Happy, Happy Birthday, Sally! And many, many more! ♡

    That necklace - WOW! It is sensational. Love the thread as well - one of my faves.

    Had a giggle imagining a sour look on his face, as he raised an eyebrow at your tatting... Bet I am not far off the mark!
    Fox : )

  9. Happy Birthday and may you enjoy many many more!!!

  10. Happy happy!
    Which birthday is it now? 'Sweet Sixteen', 'Legal 21' or 'Plenty-nine'?
    Whichever it is, may you have many more in good health and happiness.
    PS 4711 is absolutely one of my faves, hard to find here in the US now unless it is online.

  11. HaPpY BiRtHdAy!

    Your tatted necklace is lovely.

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SALLY! May your wishes come true this day.

    Oh I've seen this 4711 perfume when i was way very young. LOL [Hope this doesn't make me very old now. :)]

    You are getting very good at making the button necklaces. Gorgeous colour this one.

    Garden Afternoon is one of my fav's and you've "done it proud." Karen in OR

  14. Happy Birthday Sally, thought of you today. May God bless you with health and patience this coming year...
    xx bev

  15. Happy Belated Birthday Greetings Sally hope you had a great birthday and sorry I missed it. I remember 4711 as a child haven't come across it since.

  16. Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was wonderful. I love your fantastic necklace!

  17. Thank you all so much for the birthday greetings, much appreciated.
    Michelle the pattern for the necklace is on the top of my list of patterns "button necklace"

  18. I have been going though some of the post I missed, I see it was your birthday on the 4th well snap it was mine too, this is very very late, but Happy Birthday, I had forgot the perfume that my mother had when I was a child, you have reminded me of something I should not have forgotten.


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