Tuesday, 24 June 2014

70 !!!

Last week my 70th Birthday came and went and, whilst I had tried to keep it low key, I was treated to such lovely cards and gifts from those crafty friends who already knew and from some sleuths who found out.
Heartfelt thanks for all these beautiful handmade items and for making me feel so special.
This wonderful album was made by Neet (Hickydorums) and inspired by the recent Finnabair course she attended.
I'll show more detail later in this post.
Special cards from Dolores (Cardarian) and Sandra Grimes OSA

from Helen (Above) Vicky Stampers and Janet, Katy's Corner

Enid,Vicky Stampers and Neet 

from Mo, Vicky Stampers

My family gave me some lovely gifts, including an amazing vintage patchwork quilt from DD1 and Kaffe Fassett fabric from DD2 so I can enjoy making myself a special quilt.
My grandees also created special cards for me, leaving no doubt to how old I am!
Don't you agree that these are so special?
I love that they all have navels!
More views of Neet's fabulous album and if you pop over to Hickydorums she has lots more pics and a previous post will show all she made on the Finnabair course.
Lots of texture
There were photos of my family on pages with super backgrounds

I met up with Neet on Saturday at Boundary Mill in Lancashire and her lovely fella Chas very generously treated us to the most fabulous quality fish & chips in the famous Banny's Restaurant. Not just a chippy! Take a look and pay a visit if you can for 5 star fish and chips.
Here I am with my super album
 but there was also a purple gift bag of goodies all wrapped in purple tissue
and amongst all this birthday stash that Neet hatched up for me was this crazy fun gift.....
Thanks so much to Neet and Chas for a wonderful unexpected birthday treat.

Later we went on to visit a fabric shop in Nelson as I was looking for the perfect material to make my grandees fancy dresses from the Disney film "Frozen".
We ended up in the Asian Bazaar in Nelson which was a fascinating market full of saris and Indian outfits, trimmings and jewellery. Chas spotted a shop nearby selling fabric and I was thrilled to get exactly what I need there for only £1.50 and £2.00 per (very generous) yard.
Neet bought an embroidered Indian dress for herself and when she arrived home there were trousers and a stole in the packet with it. 
I bought these fabulous buttons which I can forsee being used as fasteners for bags and notebooks.
It was such a good day and I think we'll pay another visit there one day.


Helen said...

Wow, Jo what a fabulous gift from Neet - I saw her post about it - and some truly lovely cards from your other friends... When Neet hinted at it being a special birthday, I would never have guessed at it being 7-zero - if pushed I'd have said 6-zero, lol!! You look great. So glad you had a wonderful day. Belated happy birthday xx

Annie said...

Oh Jo!!! I didn't know. Happy belated birthday from us. So glad you have been well spoiled :-)
Annie x

Anne said...

I didn't know it was your birthday - and a special one. You look much younger I have to say. Many belated happy returns. Anne x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Belated Happy Birthday Jo! I must agree - you are very young 70! Hugs, Chrisx

Paul Browning said...

Blimey I hadn't realised it was a biggie birthday :) You definitely did keep it low key - mind you, I do the same lol. And I would never have pegged you for that number of years either. You have a very young soul for sure. Glad you had plenty of lovely surprises and celebrated with the best fish & chips around :D I haven't been to the Boundary Mill in Nelson for many a year. Sending a huge hug - Pxxxxx

Ohhh Snap said...

Happy belated birthday! You really got some awesome gifts : ). Kids are great about age, my child ran around announcing to all and sundry, "I am two and Mommy is 40" lol.

Redanne said...

Belated Happy Birthday greetings! We are just back from our hols, so sorry to have missed it. I love all your cards and Neet's album is stunning - love the little holder too! Hugs, Anne xx

tilly said...

Wishing you a very happy belated birthday.... wish I had known!
sounds like you have had a lovely time and some super gifts, hope the new loo is coming along lol....
Hugs Tilly xx

cockney blonde said...

Fabulous pressies and wonderful purchases. Glad you had a lovely day and were treated like royalty, x

Hetty said...

Happy belated birthday, Joand what wonderfulgifts,cards and drawings you received. Nice to hear you had a awesome birthday. I wish you many happy and creative years tocome! xx

ElizabethR said...

Happy belated Birthday, have already checked out Neet's shopping stash. Love the album that she made for you and your buttons they are gorgeous. feeling a bit homesick now you mention Boundry Mill, said to Neet I need a trip over to top up my accent lol. Elizabeth xxx

Twiglet said...

Oh Happy happy 70th Jo - here's hoping we meet up again soon and then we can treat you to a birthday drink! A lovely post Jo. x Jo

lisa said...

A belated very Happy Birthday to you Jo. You had some gorgeous cards and gifts there. I love all the homemamde ones from your littlies, very special indeed.
Your day out with Neet sounds lovely and fish and chips, what could be better. Love those Indian buttons, they are gorgeous.
Hugs Lisax #38

Carol Q said...

would never have guessed Jo - you look way too young! I saw Neet's book on her blog - it's fabulous. Lucky you and all the other goodies too.

Lynn Holland said...

Late birthday greeting to you lovely lady, I'm glad you had such a special time with such fabulous presents and cards.
I can recommend Bannys myself, we've been a few times.
Did you go to Parchwork chicks in Barrowford, Nelson ? That's a great shop. We always go for lunch at the Pendle Heritage Centre, the food is wonderful.
Lynn x x x

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What a fun post. Happy 70th Birthday too. Never would have guessed. Funny how they just creep up on us. Just love the fabric buttons. It's always fun to visit quaint little shops. Just couldn't sleep so catching up on a few fun blogs. Have a lovely weekend Jo

ursula Uphof said...

Happy birthday Jo. I have stumbled on your blog via pinterest and have just spent the last 30 or so minutes reading several posts. Just love what you have to share. I have become a follower as I want to keep reading about your lovely creations. Hugs, Ursula