Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A New Decade

Hello there, I am hoping you are well?

Today its my birthday, and its the birthday that sees me entering  a new decade. I have turned 40, not quite sure how this happened but it did.

And I expected to wake up and feel 40, truth is I  feel the same as I did 22 years ago maybe a little more lined around the eyes and a bit plump-er :)

One other thing that hasn’t changed at all is the love of my near and dear and my sweet friends :) I have been truly overwhelmed by the hundreds of messages, thoughtful gifts and beautiful cards. THANK YOU ALL so much, I really feel so blessed.

I didn’t want a big fuss instead I chose to spend the day with dear friends, a special dinner with the best husband I could have ever wished for and a get together with my precious family.

The last weeks have been manic with 2 Retreats, the end of Sale a Bration and a special weekend away just for me at the Go Go Getaway Retreat.

So I am sure you want to see some craft pretties and I want to share some of the bits I made for the Retreat attendees.

I baked some yummy bits for my welcome gifts. Simply decorated them in our fab chevron bags with pegged tags

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I chose a scheme of Raspberry Ripple, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and carried that through the rest of the accessories.

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Now you will have to forgive me but I totally forgot to take any photos of the room before we started trashing it, however I do have a picture of the goodie bag I had for each lady.

welcome gifts lunch bag
I found these cool lunch bags and I blew the budget getting them, luckily the Retreats fell into the SAB period and I was able to get some freebies for two of the classes to stretch them out a bit.

The bags were decorated with a cute tag and OMG between me and Carol we rolled hundreds and hundreds of the spiral flowers.

welcome gifts lunch bag tag
They turned out really cute in the end and they were well received.

Right I am off now needs to get my glad rags on for the second hoorah with my lovely.

Oh before I go I am sure you spotted my new look, please bear with me while I get everything organized. I have to thank the lovely Veronica from VK Design for working so hard to get me up and running :).

Thank you for your visit, as always xoxoxoxox
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  1. Happy birthday Mon. Enjoy the rest of your day! Love the new look blog too!

  2. Happy Birthday, Monica! I hope you've had a WONDERFUL day!!!

  3. Happy Birthday, Monica! I hope your day was great!

  4. Happy Birthday Monica! Life begins at forty!
    Sharon xx

  5. Happy Birthday! Mine is 3/30
    Aren't you glad Spring is here

  6. Happy Birthday! Mine is 3/30
    Aren't you glad Spring is here

  7. O! Monica Happy,Happy Birthday for yesterday, I hope you had a truly wonderful day!

  8. Hi Monica
    Happy Birthday Monica....
    Enjoy your day....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  9. Hello. Today I am grateful(inescapable) to leave you a message, it is the 1st since I am subscribed has your blog, because my English is not very good and thus I use the on-line translator to wish you a great happy birthday, because this day brings you full of happiness. Catherine French one exiled in Portugal.

  10. Happy Birthday to you... Happy birthday dear Monica! Hope you have been spoilt rotten!! Wow...40 years... Enjoy your new decade too!!

  11. Happy Birthday Monica. Hope you have a wonderful time.

  12. You kept the fact it was a big birthday very quiet, hope to see you again soon xxx

  13. I too had a birthday this weekend and am double your age (80) Feel no more than 60. Had a big surprise party given by my stamping group. What great friends stampers are.

    Happy Birthday to you, Monica. May you have enough years to reach my age and beyond.

  14. Happy birthday from Australia Monica, have a wonderful day.
    Rene xo

  15. Belated birthday greetings. Enjoy your celebrations... I'm an April bday too. .. and my son has the same birthdate as you!

  16. Belated birthday greetings. Enjoy your celebrations... I'm an April bday too. .. and my son has the same birthdate as you!

  17. Happiest of birthdays to one of my favorite and most creative bloggers that I follow! Sending you sunshine and rainbows on your special day from San Jose, California USA

  18. Happy Belated Birthday, Monica. Wishing you 40+ more years of crafty happiness!

  19. Hadn't twigged it was your birthday quite so soon - hope you are relaxing after your hectic few weeks. The retreat was fabulous, as expected - and all our goodies were VERY well received, thank you!!!

  20. Belated Happy Birthday. I hope you had a fabulous day and enjoy celebrating for a few more days!


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