Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Celebrating

Thanks for the nice birthday wishes on my give away post. There is still time to enter to win the crochet cupcake. I won't pick the winner until late tonight.

I had a nice, low-key birthday yesterday. It's a little shocking turning 41, more so than turning 40. Last year I had mentally prepared myself for 40 (or perhaps I was just in denial), but turning 41? Oy. Now I really am IN my 40s! Turning 40 was stepping out of my 30s. Turning 41 was stepping more firmly into that next decade.

My kids had a karate class last evening, so my husband and I took that time to go for a walk around town. Then we all went out to dinner at one of the nicer restaurants. We are quite frugal when it comes to eating out, but we had a very generous gift certificate to this place, and my husband and I both ordered the most expensive dish on the menu. I never order the most expensive thing on the menu, especially when it costs as much as a bag of groceries, but it was my birthday and we had a gift certificate, so we lived it up. The food was delicious, and I felt quite decadent.

My son has his father's sense of humor. He made this for me:

I am now a member of the Old Person Club. He put a graduation date 40 years into the future on the certificate. Let's hope I live longer than just 40 more years. My maternal grandmother lived to be 104!

I'm all about the cutesy decorations for birthdays. I embroidered a cupcake (another Sublime Stitching pattern) and made a small quilt with it using gumdrop fabric.

I also managed to finish the Outer Space quilt this week. Here is a rather blurry photo of it:
I followed my friend's technique for mitered bindings, and succesfully made my first-ever mitered binding!
See, you can teach an old dog new tricks! Thanks for the tutorial, Eggmoney!