Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Best present ever!

Best birthday present ever!
This is by far the best present I have ever received on my birthday (yes, today is my birthday!). My son Daniel (age 11), carved that Snoopy (my all time favorite character) out of balsa foam, painted it with acrylic paints & a sharpie marker and made him the perfect red house out of cardboard! He surprised me early this morning with it. He had been really sneaky and secretive about what he was making me for my birthday for the past two weeks :) Don't let anyone tell you otherwise...handmade presents are the absolute best.
Thank you Daniel! I love you so much. I LOVE my Snoopy!

95 Lovely Comments:

Blogger Dagmar said...

Handmade presents from your children are such a treasure!! Happy Birthday for yesterday, mine was on Sundy...Virgo's love to create!! Hope you had a wonderful day

9/15/2009 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie B. said...

Happy Birthday! Your son did a wonderful job on your present. I'd be proud to receive a gift like that!

9/15/2009 7:25 AM  
Blogger abigail said...

adorable! handmade gifts are by far the best.

9/15/2009 7:36 AM  
Blogger Beth Stone said...

I love it! You have some talented kids there... I've always loved Snoopy -- used to have a giant book with all of the cartoons and would read it for hours as a kid. :o) Have a Happy Birthday!

9/15/2009 7:37 AM  
Blogger patricia said...

So adorable! Happy Birthday!

9/15/2009 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Lola G. said...

A most wonderful birthday to you!

9/15/2009 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Esme said...

Soooo sweet. Your so right...nothing is better then handmade gifts, especially from a son! Happy Birthday to you!!!

9/15/2009 7:55 AM  
Blogger cmorgenstern said...

What a sweat boy you have. I am equally blessed with creative children and thus have all their pieces of art decorated in my kitchen. I love each and every one of them. Happy birthday to you and congratulations for your son. This is a beautiful present.

9/15/2009 7:59 AM  
Blogger K said...

Happy birthday and enjoy your best present!

9/15/2009 8:04 AM  
Blogger pien said...

what a boy! what a son! super!
and what a gift and what a 'gift'.

very happy day to you!

9/15/2009 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Eveline said...

Happy birthday! And many happy and creative years to come.
Love the snoopy, adorable present.

9/15/2009 8:08 AM  
Blogger Jane Farr said...

I think Daniel knows how to love his mother. :-) Your family chooses to be creative, and it's always inspiring. Happy Birthday Geninne!

9/15/2009 8:12 AM  
Blogger Lorrie said...

Happy Birthday - handmade, heartfelt gifts are always treasured. I hope your day is wonderful.


9/15/2009 8:28 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

Happy Birthday! This hand-carved Snoopy is the sweetest.

9/15/2009 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Geninne!
One day before my daughter's, for whom I bought a print along with the Love Wins for my hubby.
They are beautiful, as is all your work!
Thank you!
Have a blessed day, you already are...
Sally W.
Charlotte, NC

9/15/2009 8:32 AM  
Blogger Ulla V. said...

This really brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful son you have! :))
My children make presents too and I love how they put so much work, love and thought into presents. Just like your son has done on that fantastic Snoopy.

And a happy birthday to you - well, you already are happy. :))

9/15/2009 8:34 AM  
Blogger simply_hibiscus said...

that is amazing !!!

but happy birthday!!!!!!!!

9/15/2009 8:35 AM  
Blogger ANGELLUZ said...

!!! Feliz Cumpleaños Geninne !!! Hoy un gran canto de pajaros se unen al canto del universo para celebrar tu cumpleaños, Que Papito Dios te bendiga abundantemente.
! Pasala super !! y que !! Viva Mèxico !!!

9/15/2009 8:44 AM  
Blogger Moose said...

Happy Happy & Woof Woof Too...and many many more.
Tail Wags to All.

9/15/2009 8:50 AM  
Blogger Jamie Watson said...

What a wonderful gift. Nothing better than Snoopy and handmade love. Happy, happy birthday to you! I have a feeling you're going to have a magical day! (-:

9/15/2009 8:53 AM  
OpenID minivanlife said...

Oh my word! What an adorable gift! So much time and thought. So sweet! And Happy Birthday!!
On another note, I'm off to research balsa foam, never heard of it before. My almost 9 yr old like to try whittling sticks and soap, but it's still a little difficult.


9/15/2009 8:59 AM  
Blogger Snap said...

Happy Birthday to You!

What a wonderful gift from your son! Very special. Snoopy is awesome! :D

9/15/2009 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Nicole said...

Holy moly, that is one talented boy! Happy birthday to you :)

9/15/2009 9:24 AM  
Blogger Kathy De Wit said...

Happy Birthday! Where he found his talent no? I want to cangratulate you with your marvellous drawings. It's a place of inspiration for me and your images are just perfect! I'm a big fan and I wish you many years more with that boost of creativity.
♥ Kathy

9/15/2009 9:30 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Happy birthday to you!
What an incredibly sweet gift. And he must have inherited talent to be able to build such a neat and thoughtful gift. Hope you have a great day!

{ Lindsey }

9/15/2009 9:42 AM  
Blogger Mrs Soup said...

That is amazing!

Looks like he got his awesome artistic talent from his momma!

9/15/2009 9:46 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

awww, that's so darling!

9/15/2009 9:50 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

(oh - and HAPPY BIRTHDAY of course! :)

9/15/2009 9:50 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Very cute! Happy Birthday to You!

9/15/2009 9:57 AM  
Blogger Arianna (Erika) said...

Your son is very talented as well... Have a great day!!

9/15/2009 9:58 AM  
Blogger mc said...

Happy Birthday Geninne!!!

9/15/2009 10:10 AM  
Blogger Eva said...

happy Birthday, Geninne!
And your present is absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9/15/2009 10:16 AM  
Blogger Carlene said...

This is awesome! Home made presents are the best!

Happy Birthday, Geninne. Hope this is your best year yet!


9/15/2009 10:21 AM  
Blogger Sarah Anderson said...

Happy Birthday! What a talented son you have, he's done a great job with Snoopy :)

9/15/2009 10:39 AM  
Blogger ale balanzario said...

Happy Birthday!! your son made great present for you.

9/15/2009 10:42 AM  
Anonymous linda said...

Wow, happy birthday - I'm a virgo too! You son is amazing...talk about initiative and project planning to make it in secret for the past weeks. Very cool indeed. Not to mention I'm a big snoopy fan myself!

9/15/2009 10:47 AM  
Blogger Heather T. said...

Holy Flying Baron, what an amazing job he did!! Happy birthday indeed!

9/15/2009 10:53 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Happy Birthday! So cute - snoopy is my personal favorite as well!


9/15/2009 10:54 AM  
Blogger SarahDay said...

Happy Birthday Geninne - Snoopy happens to be my all time favorite as well - what's not to love about him??!!! I am so inspired by your work, thanks for sharing!

9/15/2009 11:03 AM  
Blogger quirkygranolagirl said...

Happy Birthday!
I love getting handmade gifts, but I think I like giving handmade presents even better.

9/15/2009 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Claudia Debler said...

Feliz Cumple Geninne.

9/15/2009 11:18 AM  
Blogger Maria said...


9/15/2009 11:19 AM  
Blogger nic said...

You have a talented family. Happy birthday!

9/15/2009 11:21 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Happy Birthday! What fun to see your children's creativity! I have loved your recent posts - thank you so much for sharing your lovely work. May you have a fine celebratory day!

9/15/2009 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Yvonne said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GENINNE!! Love the gift, you can see where he got his talent from.

9/15/2009 11:56 AM  
Blogger Vera said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Wowwww.... your gift and your son are amazing!
He is so talented...like you!

9/15/2009 12:18 PM  
Blogger pasiakowa said...

That's a truly wonderful present! It's relly adorable!

Happy B-Day to You! May it be the greatest day ever!

(finally I post a comment on your blog ;) - for a long time I've been secretly poping here just to see your amazing art :) )


9/15/2009 12:21 PM  
Blogger Rima said...

This is the coolest thing! My husband loves loves love Snoopy.

9/15/2009 12:40 PM  
Blogger Candied Fabrics said...

That is awesome! SOmething to show his prospective wife to be, someday in the far distant future! Happy Day

9/15/2009 12:46 PM  
Blogger BeccaGroves said...

This is amazing! Truly, for an 11 year old, this is really nicely done! (no offense to 11 year olds...) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

9/15/2009 12:57 PM  
Blogger arounna said...

Happy Birthday!!! What a wonderful gift. Enjoy your day xoxo

9/15/2009 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Shimba said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more to come!

I too would love to be surprised with a handmade Snoopy :-)

9/15/2009 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9/15/2009 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Geninne!

Tu regalo es precioso. Tu hijo tiene mucho talento.

Espero que tengas un buen día y que este año de tu vida te traiga muchas cosas buenas y maravillosos momentos con tus seres queridos.

en Santander, España.

9/15/2009 1:16 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

What a lovely gift.

Happy Birthday :-)

9/15/2009 1:28 PM  
Blogger se7en said...

Wow, that is impressive!!! Happy birthday to you, I am not surprised to discover a September birthday - I hope you have a fabulous fun year ahead of you!!!

9/15/2009 2:00 PM  
Blogger GEPETO said...

Wow he is has your talents for sure!!!

9/15/2009 2:03 PM  
Blogger GEPETO said...


9/15/2009 2:04 PM  
Blogger theroofcat said...

Gorgeous! I love Snoopy...Your son is very clever, he did a wonderful job... Happy Birthday to you.
Sandra Saldanha

9/15/2009 2:46 PM  
Blogger Dolores said...

First of all Happy Birthday. What an absolutely wonderful son you have. Yes, hand made gifts are the best and come from the heart.

9/15/2009 2:51 PM  
Blogger Graça Paz said...

E para a Geninne ão vai nada nada nada???TUDOOOO!!FRA ...A,FRE...E,FRI..I,FRO...O,FRU...U,FRA,FRE,FRI,FRO,FRU...xiribitatatata xiribitatata URA URRA chiiiiiiiii PUMMMMM!!!!PARABENS:-))))

O melhor cão de sembre ,sempre fui louca por Snoopies!!!!

9/15/2009 3:42 PM  
Blogger Lute said...

Well, happy, happy birthday! It is my birthday today, too, and it is the children"s author, Tomie dePaola's b-day as well! Great creative people born today! Have loved your creations since I discovered your blog. peace.

9/15/2009 4:42 PM  
Blogger lil songbird mama said...

happy birthday fellow virgoian!
how funny~
I also call my 4 yr old snoopy!

9/15/2009 4:56 PM  
Anonymous kat @ Taylor Made designs said...

your son is as talented as you!
I can't think of a better compliment.
Happy Happy Birthday!

9/15/2009 4:57 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

That Rocks!

Happy Birthday!

9/15/2009 5:43 PM  
Blogger julie said...

That is a beautiful gift!

Happy Birthday!

9/15/2009 5:45 PM  
Blogger JANICE MARIN said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you for having such a wonderful blog- I’m truly inspired

9/15/2009 6:08 PM  
Blogger DinDin said...

Happy Birthday! :) & the handmade gift is absolutely so adorable!

9/15/2009 7:17 PM  
Anonymous grace said...

Blessed Birthday to you Geninne. It's such a treasure to receive handmade present from you son. He has your gift of creativity.

9/15/2009 7:54 PM  
Blogger Carissa said...

that is the cutest, sweetest gift ever! what a wonderful boy you have to make that for you!

Happy Birthday!!

9/15/2009 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Geninne,
That is enough to bring tears to your eyes! How sweet.

9/15/2009 10:40 PM  
Blogger Pina said...

Happy birthday! Wonderful present!

9/15/2009 11:47 PM  
Blogger Caty said...

happy birthday!!!! and yes! great gift!

Feliz Cumpleaños Gennine!

9/16/2009 1:12 AM  
Blogger micha said...

Happy Birthday!!!

9/16/2009 1:38 AM  
Blogger barbara said...

happy birthday! Your son is just as creative as you are!

9/16/2009 2:16 AM  
Blogger The Sice Family said...

A Happy Birthday to you! Cute present, talented kid! Wendy xxx

9/16/2009 2:53 AM  
Blogger Veda Murthy said...

oh wow geninne! that must b really special! and a bday 2 remember! have a happy birthday....and many more to come by!!!!!!!!have a lovely day with ur loving family!


9/16/2009 3:29 AM  
Anonymous Wendy Make Believe said...

Hope you had the most wonderful Birthday!

9/16/2009 5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my..that's lovely.You're blessed with a happy family ^^ I appreciate handmade over ready made anytime.I didn't know there's such thing as Balsa foam if not for this entry.

Happy birthday !


9/16/2009 6:03 AM  
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9/16/2009 7:49 AM  
Blogger Annette Q said...

WOW! Your son is incredibly talented! Happy birthday:-)

9/16/2009 8:40 AM  
Blogger Zee said...

Happy Birthday!!

9/16/2009 9:25 AM  
Blogger suz said...

How wonderful - I still have the gifts my son made (and he's 28) and they are my favorite gifts.

9/16/2009 10:12 AM  
Blogger *gemmifer* said...

Wow! What an incredible present! Daniel continues to show what an artistic and creative young man he is. I remember the great pirate ship stamp he carved earlier this year... he definitely has his mother's talent!

9/16/2009 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love it too!

9/16/2009 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! This gift was Dantastic!!!

9/17/2009 1:30 AM  
Blogger GrayFlannel said...

Such talent and heart! I love this Snoopy and would enjoy having one for myself. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! ~ Lori

9/17/2009 8:29 AM  
Blogger Veroka said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Felìz cumpleaños!!!!!!! Te deseo lo mejor para este y todos loas dìas de tu creativa vida! Ese Snoopy es lo màs!!!! Ademas AMO a Snoopy!!!

9/17/2009 3:14 PM  
Blogger Shipra Panosian said...

happy birthday, Geninne!

9/19/2009 8:39 PM  
Blogger zees5 said...

My birthday is next month and I can't wait to see what my kids make me. Your Snoopy gift is awesome! By the way I have a little guy named Israel too. He is 5 and the boy of my dreams!
izazbz at yahoo dot com

9/20/2009 8:40 PM  
Blogger Rosalind said...

Happy Belated Birthday, very cute present! Talented kids!

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