Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Big 5-0


I had a birthday last week, the Big 5-0. I'm very happy to make this milestone. As I've been telling my family, it beats the alternative. Michael and I spent a wonderful time together last weekend in San Francisco celebrating our birthdays, which fall two days (and a few years) apart. I tell him that he's my spirit twin. Actually, I tell him I'm his evil twin. He so nice, he doesn't belive me. For my birthday I bought myself new glasses, which you can see in the photo. It was that or a tatoo, and I decided (for now) on the specs.

I'll post more about the trip later, but I want to show this wonderful gift my kids got me. I'd admired these vintage sewing boxes on EBay, and my clever kids bought me one, much to my surprise.



I put the tissue box there for scale. It's really huge, like a small table, and it opens out about to about five feet. I've put my knitting things in for now, but it's going to be great for crazy quilting and embroidery.

Here's a photo of the fingerless gloves I've been knitting as Christmas gifts. I don't know why it came out so fuzzy.


The pattern is from Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts. I love it because the pattern calls for small amounts of different colored yarns. I knit another glove pattern in this magazine as well. I find gloves are great gifts, and can be made up even faster than scarves.

I'm in the midst of end-of-the-term grading, but I'll post more about my birthday trip soon. An important part of the trip was my visit to the Gees Bend quilt exhibit...

10 comments:

Jane Ann said...

Belated birthday congratulations to a fellow Sagitarian! Love the new specs--and you can change them next year, unlike a tatoo.

Your kids win my Best Present prize, hands down. I've coveted those sewing boxes on eBay myself for years! What nice children you raised.

Debra Spincic said...

All kinds of wonderful news from you! So I am only 2 years ahead of you--I thought I was more older than that!

I can't wait to hear your impressions of Gee's Bend. Love the basket! and the glasses!

Susan said...

Belated birthday wishes! I hope you enjoyed the quilt exhibit as much as my best friend and I did. We saw it the weekend they had the grand re-opening for the new remodeling, and got in free. We were so surprised, and thrilled. The quilts were really great to see up close, though they didn't have some of my favorites on display. Did you buy one of the coffee table books? I didn't, my friend did. The De Young is a fabulous museum. I look forward to reading your impressions about SF and the exhibit.

sophie said...

Welcome to the far side (of the 50-year mark). Sounds like your birthday was a very happy one. Love the sewing box--your kids did good!

The Carolina Quilter said...

Happy late birthday and here's to hoping I could ever be that beautiful at 50. I'm 43 and already look older. You're right--aging beats the alternative any day.

Allison said...

Barbara, welcome to the second half century of your life! All the hard work you spent learning lessons during the first one will pay you many, many dividends.
Plus, you still look quite adorable!

dee said...

A belated Happy Birthday-we should all look so good at any age...sounds like you're having fun. I' horrified to say that many years ago after my MIL passed-someone gave away her sewing box that was just like that. Still kicking myself for that one. I wasn't into the whole sewing thing then-who knew?

QuiltingFitzy said...

Happy belated Birthday!

I look forward to your Bay pictures. I live here and still can't seem to tire of the beauty around me!

Rian said...

Happy belated birthday wishes, Barbara C! You look mahvelous, dahling. Love the new glasses (although a tattoo sounds fun)! Many happy returns.

Granny Fran said...

The glasses are very attractive; and so is the birthday lady. That sewing basket is fantastic!