Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Birthday treats and a colour crisis

Birthday celebrations here yesterday as I turned another year older (but not necessarily wiser!). Where does the time go?  I turned 50 four years' ago and it only seems like last year; so here I am, a fully-fledged 50-something with a waistline that's expanded slightly.  I had a lovely relaxing day and some equally lovely presents:


Green & Black's chocs should help the waistline along nicely!  The jug is by Gisela Graham and the sweet pea posy with hand made paperweight is from a piano student.


Virginia Woolf's Garden (from Hubby) I've wanted for a long time (the book, not the garden, although that would be nice!) and On Looking (from one of the Miss Ts), all about observation (as the title suggests) should make an interesting read.  Five seedlings from a friend - two purple Alstroemeria and three surprises.



An amazing scented leaf geranium and some 'citrus'-coloured chrysanths.  The tree is a Vitex, or Chaste Tree, so called because the potions made from the berries are supposed to have helped monks maintain their vows of chastity.  I've never seen or heard of it before, so googled it and when in flower it looks a bit like a budleia.  

Out for celebratory dinner last night, which was lovely.  Apparently, there are more treats to come: thoroughly spoiled girl.

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Some progress on the grey blanket has been made, though now I find myself in the middle of a colour crisis.  The original plan was for it to be all grey with a thin bright green border, but I've deviated.  I thought I'd try to break it up with two rows of double crochet two or three times and I like the idea, just not sure whether the bright green is the right colour to use - it is really (neon) bright.  


I might have to put it on the back burner for a couple of days and switch to another WIP, of which there are many:  my current WIP count is eight, but I'm sure there are plenty out there who can top that ;o)

Hope all is well out there ... 
Jane, 54, housewife, musician (well, I like to think so) and serial WIP starter  xx



21 comments:

  1. Oh HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jane albeit a day late. Lots of lovely pressies. The only trouble with being a 50+ something is that although we may look in the mirror and think who is that old person looking at me in our heads we are only somewhere around late 20's to early 30's. I constantly have to remind myself how old I am. Hope you enjoy all your lovely gifts. Not too sure about the green looks ok in the photo but might not in the flesh so to speak. May be put to one side whilst you make up your mind.

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    1. Thank you Mitzi. They say 50 is the new 30 so we seem to be feeling about the right age; unfortunately though, I have the sense of humour of a teenager. Still thinking about the green.
      Jxx

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  2. Happy birthday, what wonderful presents you received. I like your blanket with its shot of lime green. It has given me an idea for some balls of grey cotton yarn I bought for a cardigan! Ha, never ending WIP's, I refuse to use that term now, I referring to mine as projects as some are not progressing at all! Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Joanne. I think I will have to stop referring to them as WIPs too as I fear that some will never be finished! Have a good weekend.
      Jxx

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  3. Happy Birthday to you!!! Glad that you had such a great time with more to come by the sounds of it. I always think it is lovely to stretch a birthday out a bit! I love your new jug especially, a very pretty present. Your garden will be even more beautiful with your lovely new plants as well, they are such nice things to receive as presents as they keep on giving don't they. Hope that you can work out the WIP/blanket situation! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. The jug is lovely - I don't think my photo does the lovely muted blues/greens/greys justice. Yes, I love getting plants as presents, I have a lovely rose given to me on my 40th that puts on a good show every year. Have a good weekend.
      Jxx

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  4. Happy Birthday Jane. What a lovely time of the year to have a special day. I hope you enjoy the surprises you have to come! xx

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    1. Thank you Andrea. I feel blessed to have a birthday in the middle of the year, the weather usually behaves itself which is a bonus! Have a good weekend.
      Jxx

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  5. A happy belated birthday to you Jane :-) I'm glad you're feeling spoilt...and more to come...yay!
    Tracey xxx

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    1. Thank you Tracey. Best present to come - my elder daughter finishes uni this week so by the weekend I will have both of them home for the summer. Have a good weekend.
      Jxx

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  6. A very happy birthday to you, Jane - and remember, age is only a number and it all comes back to how we feel and our general attitude to life; you're only a youngster!
    What lovely gifts you received and flowers, whether they be cut or in pots, are always so acceptable aren't they. You have a couple of very interesting books there - 'On Looking' has popped up a few times for me now so I think there may be a message there and I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.
    Your grey blanket is coming along very nicely but I'm not sure about the green either and think, as you do, that it would be a good idea to not look at it for a couple of days and then decide. Personally, and this is just me, I would be tempted to put a lighter grey in for added 'pop', but that's just a suggestion and possibly not the look you're after.
    Now stretch out those birthday celebrations and see how long you can make it last! xoJoy

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments Joy. Yes, it's always such a joy to be given plants and flowers. I haven't started 'On Looking' yet, but will be sure to report back when I've read it. I had thought of abandoning the green and putting an ivory stripe every now and then through the blanket (mainly because I've got lots of ivory in the same yarn) but I like your lighter grey suggestion better. Birthday celebrations going on into the weekend at least :o) Have a good weekend.
      Jxx

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  7. Happy birthday Jane! Glad you had a good day and you received some really lovely gifts too.
    Marianne x

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  8. Mmm, those chocolates look good, I haven't seen them before. The blanket is lovely, such a striking colour combination. I'm wishing you a belated happy birthday, it sounds as if you had a very good day.

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  9. What lovely birthday gifts, many happy belated returns to you Jane! I especially love the look of the Virginia Woolf book. I for one love the neon edge to your blanket, I think it works perfectly with the grey. x

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  10. Happy Birthday! Flowers, chocs, books ... nothing better on a birthday. I've read On Looking, I think you'll enjoy it x

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  11. Glad you had a lovely Birthday Jane, some lovely treats there. The Caroline Zoob - Virginia Woolf's Garden is on my wish list. It's always nice to be given plants too!
    Loving the new crochet blanket! The pop of colour in one of your favourite greens looks really good against the grey I think, and I like your idea of adding a few more zingy rows. At the end of the day, if you're not quite happy with the results you can always frog it and re-do until it feels right.
    Look forward to seeing you soon Jane.
    Gill xx

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  12. Happy belated birthday Jane ..... what lovely treats!
    love Jooles x x x

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  13. Happy belated Birthday, Jane! You had some gorgeous gifts! I have recently read Caroline Zoob's book about Virginia Woolf's Garden and really enjoyed it. Love your grey blanket with the bright green edge, I think it works very well.
    Happy weekend!
    Helen xox

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  14. Jane I love that colour combo think of it in autumn perfect!!
    Re sewing your pj's just ask if you have any probs and i I will help if I can. i am sure you will be fine it is simple and you have made the skirt and that was far more complicated!!
    I love that book on Virginia's w. garden looks v interesting going on my wish list I think!!
    bestest wishes
    d xx
    ps happy belated too!!

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    1. Thank you Daisy, that's very kind. Jxx

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