Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Down the Rabbit hole of My 45th Year

My 45th year. Yep, today is my birthday. My dear friend, Lydia, said, "Shell it's really the first day of your 46th year." What? That is like a whole lot of thinking math stuff. I'm so not good at math. I'm glad I remember I'm 45! hee,hee,hee.


Of course, Lydia is also the queen of making birthday's so special. Can you believe she made this cake for me? I mean how perfect is this! Down the rabbit hole we go! I tell ya I didn't want to eat it at all. I made David wait two whole days before he, Captain and I binged on chocolate goodness and bunny feet! :) Love you bunches Lyd. Thank you so very much! I love this cake!


Several years ago I was told by someone "It's not ladylike to tell people your age." Well, since I've always been a tomboy, live in bluejeans, and I hate dresses and don't wear them unless I am forced to and since I'm truly grateful for every day I get to live, I don't mind telling people how old I am. I'm just so darn happy I've made it another year! Woo hoo! Plus, we all get old and get wrinkles. Look at them, be happy you are alive to see them, and get on with it already.

Over the years I have come to learn a great deal about myself. It really is true that with age comes wisdom. I find I really am a person that loves change. I don't like to do the same things day in day out year after year. Booooooooooring!


However, the change I'm experiencing now, which involves waking up in the middle of the night dripping wet, and crying like an absolute idiot at TV commercials like that darn Budweiser horse one is not exactly what I had in mind for a change. Hello hormones. I hear you are taking over for a few years. Nice. Real nice.

What I really have learned about myself is I am a pretty simple person. It doesn't take much to make me happy. Friends have asked me "So what are you doing for your birthday?" Well, I'm doing the same thing I do every single day.


I'm stitching a new design and looking at the wonders of nature outside my window.


I'm adding new "Folk Art Fusion" pieces to my design wall.


I'm sewing on my machine.


I'm having company meetings with Harrington and Hannah and discussing new designs. (My employee's are the best ever!)


Of course, the only thing I really don't enjoy about my job is the paperwork. Ick, gag, puke. Booooring! Make it go away!

I love what I do. I'm excited that next year I might get to meet you in person and share "Folk Art Fusion" with you. I love being my own boss as I am fabulous to work for! hee,hee,hee.

I am also grateful for the people I choose to spend my life with. David, my family, my local friends and you, my dear blog friend. You bring me joy, smiles, hugs and tons of happiness.

Thank you Susanne, Rune, Sofie Amalie, and Marie Louise, my darling adopted family in Denmark!

Thank you Jules, my talented and kindred sister in the UK.


Thank you Kristin and Link, friends from my home building days.


Thank you Deece and Tag, my talented friends in sunny Florida.


Thank you Rachel and Speedy bunny from the UK. (Rachel got this for me when she was on vacation in Egypt! It's hand painted on papyrus. Cool huh?)


Thank you dear Jenny in Australia, my fellow designer and sister at heart.


Thank you Mom and Oliver! I looooooooove these! Yes, I am a Starbucks fanatic and I collect Starbucks mugs.



Thank you Mom and Oliver! I've seen this in magazines and have always wanted this! Woo hoo! It's a doorstop y'all. Cool!

 
Thank you Captain and Mommy Syl. I love this artist and this pillow looks so wonderful in my living room.

Thank you Captain for the wonderful dinner and this fabulous piece of art for Bunnyville. I love it.


So down the rabbit hole I go on this my 45th year. Join me won't you? We are sure to have lots of fun and we can grow old and get laughing wrinkles together. I'll be the one in the bunny hat. :)


Love, hugs and friends always,
Michelle

77 comments:

Draffin Bears said...

Happy birthday dearest Shell and what gorgeous photos of you... such fun!
You look like you are 25, not 45.
Wishing you a wonderful year ahead dear friend.

Sending hugs
Carolyn

Kris said...

Oh, I agree with Carolyn - you no more look like 45 than I do!! LOL!! Happy, happy birthday, sweet Shell!! You know you are loved by many all over the world, including me!! My very favorite picture is you and the buns having a company meeting!! Love you lots!!

Jeanette said...

Happy Birthday Shell. Lot's of lovelies on your blog today. Hugs,xx.

April said...

Happy Birthday Shell!! I hope you had a great day!!!
Bunny hugs!!!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Happy Birthday, Shelby Marie!
You deserve the most wonderful day, week, year, life every, and I'm button-busting proud to be your friend. I love all your beautiful photographs today. Each and every one made me smile.
Smooches to you on your celebration day.
Love always,
Deece and Tag
xoxo

Julia said...

Happy birthday! You look so cute in that hat and I think your employees are really lucky :-)
My bunny sends you many soft fluffy hugs and asked to tell that we love to read your posts and see your bunnyful art works :-)
Elly and Julia

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Happiest of Birthday Wishes! Love all the faces of Shell!!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Parabéns!!!!Muitas bençãos!!!!Torcendo e seguindo do Brasil.
BeijoGRANNNNDE.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Have a Terrific 45th...grin....not 46th. Love the cake!

Jennifer said...

I went down the rabbit hole last year ... I know all about the sweating and crying on that very same commercial, it gets me every time! :o) Have A Very Happy Birthday! Hugs Jennifer

Christine M said...

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday dear Shell!
Happy birthday to you!

Wishing you a very happy birthday Shell. Have a wonderful day. I love all the lovely bunnies you have received. What about that cake! WOW!
Hugs, Christine xx

♥GiuGiu♥ said...

Happy Birthday Shell!
beautiful cake ^^
Giusy

Donna Nowicki French said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Shell!

Briar Rose said...

Happy Birthday Shell,
you have nothing to worry about, you're looking great.
Your gifts and cake are wonderful, enjoy every minute.
Cheers R.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Happy and most blessed birthday my gorgeous friend. You are loved and appreciated more than you know! xxxxx

shez said...

happy birthday Shell and i so love your positive and fun attitude,and love that hat on you.xx

Sunnybec said...

Happy Birthday Shell, you look stunning! Age is just a number anyway... who cares. As I get older I start to realise I don't really care what others think of me, if I want to do something and I look silly .... so what, I now do what makes me happy, life is too short, enjoy it and have fun! Love your cake your friend is very talented. Hugs xxxx

Shirley said...

Happy birthday, by the look of it you are having a great start to your 46th year, on that basis it means my birthday will be the first day of my 50th year, oh boy....

Juicybear said...

Happy Birthdat and I wish you a very happy and wonderfull day.
Greetz Anneke

Teresa F. said...

Happy birthday Michelle! Have a wonderful day. i wish you all the best.
Hugs from Portugal,
Teresa

Jindi's Cottage said...

Hoppy Birthday to you...OMG in the first picture of you stitching, you look 25!...good to see the staff taking the company meeting seriously (love that picture, they are so cute)...the cake is fabulous...enjoy all your birthday goodies...

Lesley said...

Happy Birthday to a sweetie! Loved reading and viewing today...you made me smile and giggle about those heat waves! What wonderful friends you have...always on the look out for that perfect gift! And that cake is adorable...and sure looks yummy! Enjoy the day!

Melody said...

Happy Birthday dear Shell. Hope it's your happiest ever.

brandi said...

Happy B-Day, Bunnyville Mama! Beautiful gifts. You have a great life and God grant you many many many mannnnyyyy more years to celebrate it!

Jules said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Shell,
Happy Birthday to you!

What a treasure trove of lovely things. Have a really wonderful day!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I AM SO LATE! I was keeping my eye on Blogland yesterday and it was eery in that NO NEW POSTS were happening; I think there is something majorly wrong with my blog roll. I have GOT to come via email....Anita

patricia gooden said...

Happy Birthday! Not that it matters, but you look fabulous. I love this post which is a celebration of all things you...very wonderful! Wishes for a happy, healthy and fuzzy year.

KaHolly said...

Happy Birthday to a real cutie!

Barbara said...

Happy Birthday! Love reading your blog, and how fun to see all the photos of (very young looking) you! You have a fabulous and positive outlook on life and aging. By the way, your newest folk art fusion design is gorgeous!!!

Laura Davies said...

Happy Birthday! Love the cake and the jeans and the wrinkles:) Wear them proudly!

Cindy Sharp said...

Happy birthday! Your pictures are wonderful.

I had no idea your bunnies are so big.

Starr White said...

Clearly, you are a lovely person inside and out. Bless you and Happy Birthday. May this be your best year ever!
And BTW, I'm coveting that bunny plate from Jenny - it's gorgeous!!

paulette said...

Have the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!! And many more!!
P

Annette F Tait said...

happy birthday Shell - Wes and I love your employee meeting pic :)
and beautiful gifts you received!

Rosa said...

Wishing you an awesome B-day and a great year.Love your pics!!

Donna~~ said...

Happy Birthday! Love the cake!

Mr. Mick and Jade said...

Happy, Hoppy Birthday! Your birthday giftie from me and your loving nephew is on its way, although it may take a few days before it gets to you. Have an awesome day! :D

Createology said...

Happy Birthday! You are beautiful and I love your attitude about age. My daughter is 45 and when her birthday comes (20 days before mine) she starts whining about how old she will be and I just say, "If you feel old, how the hell old do you think I am!" We are both grateful for our age and abilities and I have earned my wrinkles!!! Enjoy and celebrate how special you are dear...

kristie said...

Happy Birthday...what wonderful friends and presents you have received. Cool cake...what talent. Kristie

Jill Cooper said...

Hope you have a happy happy day! And you're just a baby yet girlfriend - I'm creeping up on my 64th this year - eeeeekkkkk!

Loris said...

Happiest of Birthdays, Shell! Thank you for sharing it with us. Prayers that your new year will be grand and blessed!

Lilac Haven said...

Happy Birthday. You are only as old as you feel. I still feel like I'm 25. I love all your presents and your cake and the photos of you especially with the rabbits listening to a story.

Raewyn said...

Happy Birthday!! Gorgeous post. lovely to see your honesty. Have a fabulous Easter, too!

speedyrabbit said...

Auntie Shell,
you didn't tell us you had a bitrhday comming up,you are naughty!*Speedy and Rachel warbling together* Happy Hoppy Birthday to you!...Happy Hoppy Birthday to you!...Happry Hoppy Birthday to Auntie Shell!...Happy Hoppy Birthday to YOU!
I would have made a special card for you....you know what I'm still going to it will be just a bit late arriving that's All!xxx Speedy and Rachel

sunny said...

Happy Birthday! Sorry the Hormone monster is invading your life. NOT fun, but you'll tame it in time. Hugs!!

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Happy Birthday!

That cake is downright adorable!! I also love your attitude and it sounds you are going to have a fabulous 46th year ;)

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Happy, happy birthday Shell! May your 46th (!) year bring you all your heart could desire, Deb xoxoxoxo

Mary Goode said...

Happy Birthday to you! A day to celebrate life!!!

Mosaic Magpie said...

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!
Deb

Judy1522 said...

Happy Birthday! You share the same day as my sister. I totally agree with you about age. I can never figure out why people don't like saying how old they are. There is something so wrong about how age is thought about in this country. The cake is adorable and I loved all the lovely gifts and the picture of you with the bunnies was wonderful.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful birthday post! Happy, happy birthday my friend. May God bless you with a hundred more. :) blessings, marlene

Fiona said...

Oh Happy Birthday sweet Michelle.... you certainly don't look 45 - much less that.... great you are keeping so well and happy... as for those hormones.... pfffft... hmmmm
Hugz

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Friend! So glad we've met! LOVE your new design! Can't wait to see more!! Looks AWESOME!

Kathy in GA said...

Happy Birthday Michelle! I'm embracing a big year too, 60 on Valentine's Day...so far, so good! Many thanks to you and your "assistants" for your wonderful designs.

Shirley--Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Happy Birthday - Rock On!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Rather than stick my foot in my mouth, I'll just leave it at Happy Birthday and may the next year be as good as the others! You have a great staff there.

Clothesline Club said...

Sending you a very "Hoppy Birthday" wish. I hope the next year is even better than the last.

sandi s said...

Happy Birthday!!! I have always told my age, I figure I earned every year! LOL I am 62 and love it. I just love your bunnies.

Clairellen said...

Happy Birthday, Michelle, and happy year too. Your birthday is so close to Easter....no wonder you love those darling bunnies so much! My childhood nickname was Thumper, so I have an affinity for them also.

Debora said...

Happy, happy birthday to you, dear Shell! I love that you're 45 like me (I'm a February baby). You look fabulous, especially in that great bunny hat! Blessings aplenty to you all the year through. ~Deb and the Crew

Lisa Mikel said...

Hope you had a great birthday!!! I love your designs.

Carrie P. said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Yes, we all get old so I think there is not problem telling our age. You look maaavelous for 45!
What really nice gifts you received! You are loved. That cake is darling! Those little bunny feet are so cute.
I just love the photo of you with H &H. So sweet!
Blessings to you in the 45th year of your life! Hugs!

Wendy said...

happy Birthday Shell! Wishing you a wonderful year full off all the good stuff and buns x

krislovesfabric said...

Happy Birthday to youuuuuu :) Hope your years keep getting sweeter, just like you!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Happy Birthday!

Rebecka said...

Happy Birthday Shell! Cute photos! Your cake looks so yummy!!

nimble thimble stitchery-do said...

Happy Birthday Michelle! You look awsome for 45!

Agatha said...

Happy happy happy Birthday to you, Michelle, from Italy and 1000000000000000000 hugs for you and your bunnies Harrington and Hannah!!!!!
Ehitu and Agatha :**

Natascha said...

Happy Bithday Shell !!! Mine is a week away and I too will be 45! Love the pic of you board meeting! Lol! Glad u had a wonderful birthday!

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VickiT said...

Happy Birthday. That cake is awesome. I bet it was wonderful. I'm afraid I was waiting at the bottom of that rabbit hole waiting for you. I've been there a few years waiting. LOL If I find a magical mirror to take me back to your age, can I look like you? I wish I looked as good as you do at that age.

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Allie said...

Oh my precious, gorgeous friend, I'm horrified I missed your birthday - Happy Birthday belated, my dear - what a celebration you've had! That cake just couldn't be more perfect for you~! Your pic of the company meeting with the Buns cracked me up, too cute!

Jillayne said...

And I missed the boat!

I'm so sorry I am late in my good wishes.... but you're still old, right?!??? 45 is not even remotely old (having just entered my Terrible Fifty-Twos, I can speak expertly about that!) and I think many, many good things are ahead of you.
I loved all the pictures of this post Shell, but may favourite is of you and the bunnies - it's the first picture I ever remember seeing of you with them. you really should do that more often....
I wish you every good things this year can bring, and hope it's wildly successful in every way. Cheers!

Lavender Rabbit said...

Wishing you an awesome next year, however old that makes us... Happy Belated Birthday from all of us!

Sheila said...

Happy Belated Birthday Shell, I enjoyed reading your post and your cake is just darling .May this year bring you lots of fun and health . hugs Sheila

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Joyeux anniversaire, vous êtes très belle !
bisous de FRANCE

bunnits said...

Happy Awesome 45!