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The Gift

Hello my friends!
Thank you so.. much for your sweet Birthday Wishes yesterday!
It made my day even better than it was...which was pretty sweet !

As I shared with you yesterday, sweet hubby, the carpenter took the day off from his real job and spent the day with me!
He had been trying for days to get me to tell him what I wanted...I had no ideas.
All I really want...ever to finish the house project.
So after our morning coffee...
He sketched this!

A plate rack that I have been wanting for my new kitchen!
Custom made for my wall no less!

5 hours later...

He hung it on the wall!

I'm ecstatic!
It's exactly what I had been wanting!

Designed for my platters...

And perfect for the wall in my kitchen!

On a trip to town for trim...he picked up my favorite pie that he had ordered for my birthday!

It's coconut cream... he doesn't even like it...but knew it was my that's what he got for me!

It is heavenly!
In a few minutes, I'm going to prime my new plate rack and then paint it the same color as the cottage planking...
But right this minute...I'm eating pie!

I had such a wonderful Birthday...but the best gift of all...was his staying home and spending it with me!
Until next time...


  1. Happy belated birthday!! Sounds like your hubbie is a real sweetie! Your new plate rack is so beautiful! I have never tried coconut cream pie. It looks like I am missing out. Must.find.that.pie. :)

  2. Happy belated birthday! What a wonderful gift from your husband, so special! Coconut cream pie is one of my favorites, too!

  3. Happy {late} birthday my dear! What a lovely, thoughtful husband:)!
    It sounds like you had a perfect day!
    Blessings to you!

  4. Not that we need to tell you...... but he's a keeper. He designed, built and hung the rack all in one afternoon - beautiful.

  5. Happy Belated birthday!! Your hubby did a wonderful job on that plate rack!! And how sweet of him to really ponder & figure out what you would want....what a darling husband! :) That is really super sweet & the pie too!? ~ oh my! :)

  6. Lovely birthday gift from your hubby Donna!! I have plans for my hubby to help make a few things, but he is now working 50 hours a week and that doesn't leave much time for anything else. Poor guy comes home, eats dinner {or supper}, showers and sits in his recliner and falls asleep!! One of these days...when things slow down!!
    LOVE Coconut cream pie! It has always been a favorite of mine and Marie Callendar {not sure if that is spelled right} is to die the frozen section. I know, but it really is amazing!!

  7. What a keeper! Love the shelf and I love coconut creme pie. Looks like you had a fabulous birthday.;)

  8. How absolutely lovely! My hubby has done the before - sketched it out then gone and built it:) It makes you feel so special!
    And the pie - that was the sweetest thing to do for you - no pun intended!

  9. Wow, you hubby is fantastic. A plate rack and your favorite pie. I can't wait to see the painted rack. Have a good day after your Bday!

  10. Donna, I know I don't have to tell you this...but your husband is a prince. Happy birthday, so I missed the exact day. Enjoy your pie:):) Smiles to you, Susie

  11. Donna- What a perfect, perfect birthday present. Your hubby hit the nail on the head (or on the plate rack:>) with that one! Perfect! And who needs cake when you can have birthday PIE? xo Diana

  12. favorite too, love the plate rack, can't wait to see it dressed up in your wonderful platters!

  13. Your husband did a wonderful job on that plate rack and it looks fantastic on your new wall. I look forward to seeing it finished and filled with your platters. That pie sounds and looks delicious!

    Your birthday was really lovely spent with your dear husband.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  14. Donna, what a perfect birthday! Your hubby is the best!
    Love the plate/platter rack. The flowers are beautiful, and the pie...oh me. I may have to see if they could ship one via EXPRESS MAIL!
    Happy Birthday!

  15. All i can say is AWWWWWWWWWW, that's sooo sweet that he made that beautiful wonderful shelf for you, and got you your favorite yummy pie. He must love you very very much.... That is a good birthday!


  16. So glad you had a nice birthday and I'm loving your present. I've been asking for one for a while now too...guess I better get on him. My birthday has already paseed, but Mother's Day is coming up:-)

    Your house is coming along so nicely.


  17. Oh Donna! So sorry I missed your birthday! Happy belated Birthday!

  18. Oh happy birthday girl!~and give me a piece of that pie!! I love that pie!!! yummm and the plate rack is divine. Your hubby done good Donna! xxoo

  19. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift from your husband. I'd say you had the perfect day.

  20. Happy Birthday, Donna! Your husband does incredibly beautiful work!!!

  21. Donna!
    Your plate/platter rack is beautiful! Such detail right down to the grooves!
    I have to laugh at how connected you and I are sometimes. I have had coconut on the brain lately...I toasted some last night to have handy for yogurt, fruit and a weekend scoop of ice cream!
    I hope you had a slice of that perfect pie for breakfast this morning! Off to the office I go!
    Have a lovely, lovely, lovely day priming and painting your pretty new piece!

  22. HOORAY for fabulous, thoughtful husbands - and for PLATE RACKS! He is one special guy - he made that in just 5 hours? Incredible. If there was ever an ideal candidate for a new version of the television programme 'Husband Swap' he'd be it. I'd apply just to have him come over and sort out my kitchen rack - don't worry - my husband makes a mean spaghetti bolognese AND he likes coconut. I think that we'd cope for just about one day -lol. Happy belated birthday.
    Great blog - gorgeous images. x


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