Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me :)

So today is my birthday.  I am now 32!!!  Yippee Skippee!!!  Thus far, it has been a splendid day.  My mother is visiting so she watched the kids this morning while I indulged in a lovely hot bath.  Which was followed by a lovely cool shower as I overheated in the bath.  One day I will remember that 8 months pregnant and steaming hot baths don't mix well together :)  I have spent the remainder of the morning reading and watching my mom make up dinner and birthday cakes.  What a treat!!!

I also got my birthday presents!!  What is it about presents that gets you so excited you are like a kid again.  So my first present has a bit of history with it.

 If you have ever read any of my tutorials you will recognize these two old guys.  I have had them since college.   The poor iron no longer holds water and doesn't heat even as it has been dropped one to many times.  The board looks so beat up, hardly has any padding left in it, and is major stained from tea dying.  I have had comments left on tutorials from things like "the smiley faces make them smile" all the way to anonymous comments saying "I should never take pictures on that ironing board as it is rather distracting and very unprofessional."   But they have been  good old friends.  But today I say goodbye to these old friends.


So as to make way for these new friends.  Oh my goodness, I am so excited.  I told my husband quite a while ago that I really wanted a new iron and board for my birthday.  I saw this one at the store and fell in love.  It is 18" wide, meaning I don't have to shift my blocks around when ironing them.  Think of the surface area I can cover without shifting fabric.  Yippee Skippee!!!  And I think that nice solid background will be a little less distracting in pictures.  (Although I am tempted to draw a smiley face on the corner just for old times :)


And my children got me another lovely addition for my sewing room.  A new phone.   I have missed so many calls since we moved.  I didn't have a phone in the basement (we have never had a place this big :) and I can not make it all the way up the stairs before the person calling gives up.  Now I won't even have to leave my chair.  Although people will probably get used to hearing the sewing machine in the background of our conversation.  (And don't you just love that beautiful fabric in the background!!  I couldn't help but add it in the picture :)


And as a final birthday gift, my husband brought me these beautiful roses at lunch.  I love red roses.  I know it is a total cliche but I never get tired of getting them.  They make my heart glad!!!


We'll I am off to go down and try out my new board and iron on some STAR blocks.  Seriously, I feel like a kid in Toys R Us.  I can't wait to play with my new toys :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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69 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your new toys! :)

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  2. Happy Birthday Melissa! and thanks for the note you left me on flickr about cutting the wonky blocks!

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  3. Happy Birthday - I'm delighted that I'm not the only one to be excited by such presents!

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  4. Happy Birthday !! Enjoy your day and your new toys. I'm going to be in the market for a new ironing board soon. What a nice size that one is. Thanks for sharing and again.. Happy Birthday !!

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  5. Happy Birthday Melissa!!!!!!!! I'm so jealous of your new ironing board!!!!! Enjoy playing with all of your new presents!!!

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  6. Happy Birthday to you!! Glad you are having a good day. Enjoy your goodies.

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  7. Happy Birthday! I recently became a follower and I am really thinking about joining the Stars-QAL but not before thursday since i have to master a very important oral exam at the university first (but I went ahead and picked 13 rainbowy FQs ;-) Enjoy the day!

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  8. Happy Birthday! I asked for and received and iron for my birthday last year, and people thought I was nuts! At the very least, they thought hubby would be in the doghouse for such a gift, but I loved it!! Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  9. YAY Happy Birthday to you!! I think it's much nicer to get something for your birthday that you really want and that is really useful....good for you. Hope you have a lovely day. I have made my first star block today woo hoo. Hugs Linda x

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  10. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.

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  11. Happy Birthday!! What a sweet family you have to get you practical but exciting gifts :)

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  12. Happy Birthday, Melissa. It is extra special when your gifts are something you really want and need. Enjoy! and have a wonderful day! Sandy. :)

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  13. Happy Birthday, Melissa!
    I like the idea of saving one of the smiling faces.
    Just for fun!!!

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  14. Happy birthday Melissa! I hope you have a lovely day.

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  15. Happy Birthday! I thoroughly enjoyed being 32, hope it's as good a year for you as it was for me.
    I kind of view ironing boards like I do desks: if it's pristine, you must not be doing much with it! A real workhorse always has scars, don't you agree? It's always fun to get good tools for your birthday!

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  16. Happy birthday! Great gifts too.
    And I love roses too....anytime for any reason or no reason at all.
    I think you might have to add those happy faces though....cheer it up a bit lol.

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  17. Happy happy birthday Melissa!!! What a wonderful bunch of gifts! LOVE the new ironing board!! :)

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  18. Happy Birthday! The phone and roses are great, but that ironing board is wonderful! I've been wanting a new one for years (mine is easily 30 years old). 18 inches wide would be a dream--lucky you!

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  19. Happy Birthday and have fun with your new toys !

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  20. Happy Birthday Melissa!! Today is my sweet hubby's birthday too :-)

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  21. Wow. You are one spoiled birthday girl! Yay for you. Happy Birthday. I remember being in the same position you are in right now ~ hoping to not be THAT pregnant ON your birthday but on the other hand, not having to be feeing a baby and changing them a million times on your birthday either. I never did decide which would have been better but my twins stuck around where they were all comfy for five days beyond my birthday and then made their apperances. LOL

    Yea, you need to remember you're not supposed to cook that baby in your belly silly. LOL

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  22. Happy Birthday! Enjoy and have a great day!

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  23. Happy birthday - SO FUnny that only a quilter would deight in receiving an iron and ironing board for her birthday - anyone else would probably throw them back at the giver! But I know where you are coming from!

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  24. Happy Birthday dear one - God did a good job when He created you! blessings, marlene

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  25. I pray you had a great birthday today!

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  26. Happy Birthday. You are easy to please with an iron and ironing board.

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  27. Happy Birthday Melissa. Only a quilter would be thrilled with an iron as a gift.

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  28. Happy birthday! 32 is a great age (it is my age, too). :)

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  29. Happy Birthday!!!!!, glad you're having a memorable day, and love your gifties!!!!

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  30. You know you're a grownup when you're excited to receive an iron and ironing board for your birthday! LOL!

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  31. Happy Birthday Melissa.
    Looks like it has started off as a wonderful day.
    Yes I think you need to draw a smiley face on your ironing board. LOL
    The phone is a great gift from the kids.
    And your rosses are just gorgoeus.

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  32. Hope you had a great birthday, Melissa! Wow, a bath and shower all by yourself. With kids, we know that this is priceless!

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  33. Happy Birthday to you and me TOO! I am glad you had a wonderful day, so did I. Too bad we didn't live closer, heck, I don't even know where you live. Otherwise we could get together next year, and go shop hopping or something even more exciting!!!

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  34. Happy birthday Melissa! Sounds like you had a great day. It's funny how an iron and board can make a quilter so happy.

    Ursula

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  35. Happy happy, Happy Happy
    Birthday to you!
    Glad to hear you enjoyed your day
    Wonderful roses, a favourite of mine too!
    Take care, Leslie

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  36. Happy birthday! What wonderful gifts! Have fun playing with your new toys!

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  37. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Love your new toys:-) I just turned 32 on the 4th and celebrated my 12th anniversary on Sunday. August is a good month for celebrations :-)

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  38. Glad to hear you had such a great birthday...Happy Birthday!!!! It sure looks like your hubby and kids listen to you. I'm going to kind of miss your old smiley face ironing board :( Maybe you can frame a piece of it or something...can't believe people would make rude comments about it..I loved how you were "keeping it real". Enjoy your new birthday year!!

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  39. Happy Birthday Melissa! Have a wonderful day with lot of presents and some time with your loved ones!

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  40. Happy birthday Melissa, it may come a bit late, but remember I live in Spain, so I'm totally confused with the time zones, haha! Hope you enjoyed your day and had fun!

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  41. Happy birthday! It looks like you got some awesome gifts.

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  42. Happy Belated Birthday. im also shopping for an iron. Do you mind sharing the brand/type iron you purchased?

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  43. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your new toys.

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  44. Happy Birthday Melissa! Sure glad you got to enjoy your day! :)

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  45. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you have a blessed life indeed!! Have a wonderful day!!

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  46. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you're having a wonderful day!

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  47. Happy Birthday! I'm glad your family was able to make it special for you. I must say, I am going to miss the smiley faces.

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  48. Happy Birthday Melissa! looks like you got some great loot! enjoy

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  49. Hope you've had a happy Birthday celebration. I have a large ironing board and I love it, I can iron a whole fq without moving it and the whole wof without repositioning. Now you have a board and iron, what you need now is a thermal carry bag for the iron (to take it to classes and not having to worry about it burning you or your car upholstry!!). I saw one on sale at Keepsake; I'm going to order me one of those! Happy pressing!!

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  50. Happy Birthday! I have that same ironing board and bought it for the same reason -- you can iron most whole blocks and even a fat quarter! Thanks for the Stars! I'm hoping to start them at my retreat this weekend! : )

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  51. happy birthday - great presents and love the roses - just wanted to say I really loved the smiley ironing board cover - I actually left a comment about it yesterday - and I CAN NOT believe that someone left a comment about it being distracting and unprofessional - no wonder they were anonymous - what's that old saying "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all" - have a great day :)

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  52. Yes! Happy belated Birthday to you!! That iron holder looks so neat... lots to enjoy!! Hope your day was fantastic!

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  53. Happy Birthday! Looks like you got everything to make you happy....great job hubs!

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  54. Happy belated Birthday Melissa!! I love your new ironing board. : )

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  55. Happy late birthday! and you even told your age-Only a quilter would get excited over an iron and ironing board LOL and know how important that 18" surface is. You go girl!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa