Thursday, March 26, 2009


To me!! Yesterday was my 64th birthday ~ I hate to admit the number, but it's hard to hide!! It was a great day! More than a dozen cards came in the mail (and a really nice one from Sonny was waiting for me when I came downstairs in the morning!) ~ the phone rang all day with birthday wishes from our kids and friends ~ happy birthday song sung many times by grandkids and friends (some lovely tunes, might I add)~ text messages from kids who were traveling and friends of our kids!! And this beautiful bouquet from my Seattle son and family (his wife and I share the same birthday)!! I couldn't have asked for more!! I received a beautiful pottery pitcher, hand delivered by my friend, Gwen and her daughter, Wendy, from Indiana! They came Monday and were here till last evening! Gwen and I have been friends since we were 13 years old ~ that's a long time, Girlfriend!!

Gwen ~ pictured here ~ and Wendy announced they would like to hook ~ we didn't start till Tuesday at dinner time ~ had I realized how serious they were, we would have definitely started earlier in their visit!! Monday we spent the afternoon lunching, catching up and drinking wine until it was time to eat dinner, catch up some more and drink some more wine! Tuesday afternoon, we went to Holmes County Pottery, where they had a great time looking over Cary's handmade wares and then a nice lunch on the way home!

When we arrived home, we headed for the hooking studio ~ I drew a couple of patterns for them, helped them pick out wool and try out hooks and away they went!!!! Wendy really got into it quickly ~ Gwen says she's a slow learner but that's not true ~ Gwen is very artistic and will do just great!! Wendy wanted a chair pad with some funky swirls ~ most of the patterns I have or draw are more primitive so I had to come up with something that appealed to them.

Here they are ~ my two students and their very first rug hooking projects!! Gwen has a little bench she wanted a mat for (she called home and hubby measured it for her!) and Wendy with her chair pad!! I think they will both be very nice pieces and I hope they will be proud of their first efforts!! Before they left, they bought frames, hooks and wool for two more patterns that I drew for them! Wish they were closer so they could come for the finishing class here on Monday!! I may have to travel to help them with that!! When they send finished pictures, I'll be sure to post them ~ we really had a wonderful time and I value their friendship so much ~ they made it a great birthday for me!

Not only was this a busy week, but last Friday and Saturday, I attended wholesale markets in Columbus. I just love going to those things and gathering merchandise to sell at shows in the fall. It was very encouraging because shop owners were really buying a lot ~ they seem to be anticipating a good selling season ~ the wholesalers had to be pretty happy!! I don't really buy a lot of Spring items but I always find an interesting item or two to add to my stock! And I found some nice heavy wool that will be great for purses and a square of paisley for hooking ~ oh, happy day!!

Last evening after our friends left, Sonny asked if I wanted to go out for dinner but I just couldn't face getting dressed to go out ~ so he picked up Chinese take-out and we opened a bottle of the wine that Gwen and Wendy left with us, and had a quiet dinner in front of the television ~ "TV dinners" maybe?!! Birthdays are not about presents for me ~ but all the phone calls, emails, cards, flowers and spending this time with my friends meant the world to me!!! Thanks everybody for making my day!!!!

I hope somebody makes your day today ~ Alice


Jacque. said...

Ohmygosh...happy birthday, Alice!!! It sounds like you had a great day that was chockful of love and family and friends and all. Good for you! Here's to a wonderful year!

jane augenstein said...

Hey Alice, Happy Birthday to You!!! Wow, what a wonderful day you had, got good stuff, had good friends visit, got to hook......sounds like a delightful day for you!
And the dinner at home, well, I love doing that instead of going out. I can get in my jammies watch TV and relax...TV dinners for sure!
hugs to you!

passot0 said...

OMG...I can't believe that I did not know that your birthday was yesterday. Sorry for this belated birthday wish. Hey, ole friend, I am older than you!!!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Thanks Jacque and Jane for the birthday wishes ~ never too late!! And to passot0 ~ I don't know who you are!! Identify yourself ~ please!!!!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday Alice!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Alice ~
Happy birthday to you! Sounds like you had a great day. There's nothing better than family and friends to make it extra special. My birthday was last week and to my surprise, I got 2 bouquets of flowers at work ~ roses from my Sweetie and the most beautiful bouquet from my son in Las Vegas.
I'm looking forward to your finishing class on Monday. Lucky me that I am close enough to attend.
See you soon!!!!!!!!!!!

Terry said...

I just stumbled onto your blog, and what is so weird is that yesterday was my birthday too!
Happy Belated Birthday. It sounds like you had a good one too.

JoJo said...

Happy Birthday wishes to you, Alice, even if they're late. I'm sorry, I didn't know, and on top of that, I managed to catch someone's cold which is making me miserable. So I've been in bed and not on the computer.

It sure sounds like your friends and family....and of course, Sonny, make your birthday one to remember.

Linda said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALICE!!! Looks like yu had a wonderful day with your friends hooking. Linda

Kim said...

Happy belated birthday Miss Alice!!!! Sounds like you've had some fabulous and fun times with family and friends!!! That's always the best--isn't it! :o))