29 November 2012

Happy Birthday to Me 2012 and a GIVEAWAY

Yesterday I had the good fortune of my birthday falling on my day off. I am now 57 though I don't know how I got to be that old - think I must be about 30-something - but then again I've had a bit of a scatty phase, so mentally I could be older!  Age is a funny thing.

Anyway this year I've taken part in a postcard birthday swap as you will have noticed I've made quite a few cards through the year and mine is the last but one birthday in this group, one more to be made for December, just after Christmas.  At this point the moderator of the group is wanting to pass on the baton to someone else or the group might fold, so not sure what next year will bring.

For me my choice of postcard was on the theme of "Something Purple" as it is a favourite colour and I received a lovely selection of cards.  The difficulty not to peek at any and put them facing the wall on the mantlepiece before yesterday was great, so I never saw them in detail until yesterday. I kept getting a whiff of lavender and today just realised that one of the cards, from Rosemary had a tea bag sized sachet of lavender under the lavender coloured patch.
 From the top left, clockwise - from Janet, Irene, Plum, Barbara and Rosemary 
These were from Lois, Chris Jacquie and Lesley
 And from Claire, Jan, Carole and Inge.

David and don't normally do birthday presents as our birthdays are just 2 weeks apart and our wedding anniversary in 12 days time, then of course there's Christmas.  But he could not resist getting me this
it'll match my phone cover!

We did go out to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth for some shopping and also treated ourselves to a lovely lunch at Jamie's Italian restaurant. 

The last weekend we went to stay at my brother-in-law Peter's as him and David went to the NEC to the Warley Model Railway Show and Diane and I visited her church's Christmas Fair followed by a trip to Reading.  There I met with my sister Wen and my nephew Tyler and it was lovely to spend time with them all. Back home on Sunday David and I stopped in Basingstoke to the Quilts R Us exhibition held by the North Hampshire Quilters.  I did take a few pics and will post those tomorrow.

This weekend I'll be going with friends to the first West Country Quilt show at the Royal Bath and West Showground which started today and goes on until Saturday. See what that's like.

As it was my birthday, and I must admit I don't do this often but I have decided to


I have a past series of the Quilt Show gift certificate to give away as I receive this as part of my subscription renewal.  Just leave me a comment, as simple as that. You don't need to be a follower, though that would be nice or do anything else.  I'll keep this going for a week and draw the winner next Thursday evening.


  1. Happy birthday! Sounds like a lovely few days. Is the Jamieresturant at Gun Wharf? I haven't seen it there. Lovethe cushion, great choice!

  2. Happy Birthday. The post cards you received all look lovely, but I can't smell the lavender, no matter how close I get to the computer screen!

  3. What a wonderful collection of purple postcards, such a talented lot of people in BQL. Happy birthday - and yes, about 30 is right, I think we failed to learn the difference between 3 and 5, easily done!!

  4. How sweet! Purple is a favorite so I really enjoyed peeking at your cards.


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