Saturday, January 30, 2010

a birthday week

The last week has been a rollercoaster and i won't go into all the details, needless to say birthdays are hard when you are in your 30's and alone.  Fortunately I am blessed with some very special friends who made my week a special time regardless.

Last weekend Thom and I headed to Adelaide to catch Avenue Q.  It was such a fun night, seriously funny, before, during and after the show when we ran into friends from the Riverland over gelati.

Then I made the most of a couple of extra days off to tick off some annoying paperwork hanging over my head - tax is done and nearly off!!

Birthday morning I opened a little present from Sarah while having a cup of tea in bed.  She had found these gorgeous broaches at Salamanca market.

I still think Salamanca is one of the best markets in the world.  I love these broaches and they are inspiring me to make some of my own.

A strawberry smoothie and I was off to work for a pretty ordinary day.  Mum and Graeme sent me a special folder  for all my house building stuff and a copy of the plan Graeme has drawn up from my ideas.  we still have some things to look at, but once it's finished I will share  :-)

That night Alice, Orio, Bron, Josh and Bec joined me for dinner at the Renmark Golf Club.  I hadn't eaten there before but it was lovely, great menu, atmos and company.  And Alice made a Coffee New York Cheesecake from the Junior's Cheesecake book I gave her and it was AMAZING.  

The generosity of my family and friends continued to include some money and vouches for books (I can knock some items off my amazon wish list), some lovely pampering products, a bag of unshelled fresh almonds & a Frankie subscription. I am very lucky girl!

Finally the weekend and after tiding up sorting out years of material collecting...


& filling the fridge with lots of veges and fruit I have been getting crafty again which is making me heaps happy.  My friend Bree invited my to join an art exchange which is cool.  I have made some little felt flower magnets and rediscovered blanket stitch  - which i am loving.  I will send them off on monday.  I have invited 6 friends to join the exchange and hopefully down the track a few little fun things will turn up in the PO Box.  

I smiled making them, hopefully they bring a smile to their new owner.

I am also working on the next few projects for friends - but they might be reading so shh for now.  I have a whole Sunday to play.  I plan to get back on to my new toy - my b'day present to myself - the last extravagance before the mortgage officially kicks in...

isn't it pretty!
I actually had someone ask if they can buy a pair of the shoes.  Maybe if I start selling a few things in the next few months I can claim it on tax!

Have to go and cook something healthy with those vegetables - actually think i might be hungry?


Josie said...

Hi Jules,
Happy Birthday my dear friend! I'm looking forward to being able to help you celebrate your next birthday in person. How about a trip to Peppermint Bay for dinner?
Those fridge magnets are lovely, you are such a talented thing!
Will be checking in to see more crafty updates soon,
the three of us

Jac said...

Gosh Jules, I forgot how good your sewing skills were!!

Happy belated birthday.

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