22 February 2011

it's my birthday . . .

Greetings all,
Yippee, it's birthday time, not my blog, but ME!!  Having a blast, especially with my husband sending flowers on Valentine's Day & flying home for my birthday.  It's been a great week, month, year already!! 
So what did i get (read: buy myself) . . .
a new day handbag (my night handbags don't see much action, they sleep safely in their Oroton dust bags).  I wanted something fun to replace my small Fossil green leather satchel, due for retirement.  I went to the regular Fossil store, didn't really see anything that suited me, so went to the outlet & picked up this beauty plus 2 new purses, all on sale.  I love it, it's small with excellent internal pockets & it's sweet how my children plait the tassels while i drive (or they suffer through another school meeting or information night). 
 I've always wanted a simple angular hat stand in the hall, can't believe my husband let me get this, as his dream is a full on mud room in our homestead plans . . . but this is fabulous & does the trick.
 I'm very easy to please, my love for Sheridan coloured bath towels lives on - can you believe one still exists from the original half dozen we bought when we got married!!  So when David Jones had 30% off Sheridan this week, we picked up these for the children's bathroom, so soft & fast drying!!  We chose gorgeous grey ones for our ensuite, slowly replacing the towels in the house.  I like rainbows for the children, matchy matchy for us.
 When handsome soldier was visiting we did a big lap of the Canberra Centre & i picked up this cute lantern, i am a bit of a lantern addict.
 My parents sent me Country Road vouchers for my birthday which i cleverly timed with my "spend $300 get $100 off" coupon, picked up a new anorak, maxi skirt & knit top.  Then headed to Trenery with my complimentary "Happy Birthday $30 voucher" & got this cute scarf for the $10 balance.  My husband bought me the camel coloured cape, how cute is a wool cape in Winter??
Darling Sindy (not her real name) sent me a Country Style subscription, love it, will put my feet up tonight & start reading, after i sign about 25 notes which i've dug up out of school bags!!  Thanks Sindy, it will be inspirational for our farm planning style.
 How happy does this blue tin jug make you feel??
 I've always loved flowers, fresh from the garden.  As a child i'd follow my English grandfather around, pruning & nurturing our garden on his visits to Australia.  He was a professional gardener at a huge estate house in Yorkshire, a very proud man indeed, but so willing to answer all my questions cheerfully & flick worms at me.  He would constantly look at the sky & say "look how blue it is, all that blue".   
 Finally, this is me, aged 36 & feeling pretty grown up.  I've never worried much about my age as the baby of my family, i've always felt youngish.  Well . . . until i walked into Esprit yesterday morning, looking for Tshirts for my daughter's year 7 camp.  The sales assistant burst out from behind me with a loud & ambitious "hello, can i help you" & i said "i'm just looking at extra small Tshirts for my eldest daughter".  She said "your daughter, i'm guessing, she's 20??"  OH YOU GUESSED WRONG SALES ASSISTANT!!  Of course my husband was in his own private hell, in a clothing store, sitting on the 'boyfriend chair' outside the change rooms & didn't hear it.  I thought, oh, i was feeling pretty hip today in my maxi skirt & cute cardigan, no, i look old enough to have adult children.  I did find a XS T, it was reduced from $40 to $12.45 so i took it & ran.  I told handsome soldier on the way out of the store & he laughed so hard i thought his head was going to explode.  
So i thought i'd come home & show the world that i really don't care, this is me, no make up, aged 36 & so long as my husband still thinks i'm beautiful, that's all i need!!  Judging from the fact my high schooler lets me get out of the car, hug & kiss her each morning & afternoon, i'm feeling pretty hip too.  Love Posie  

52 comments:

Melinda @ Here We Go Loopy Lou said...

Happy Birthday!! Let me guess, this shop assistant was about 20 herself??! No idea! I don't think you look old enough to have the aged children you do!!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

Oh Jennie, what a lovely post! Happy Birthday to you! Such lovely gifts - I've just discovered fossil and have a gorgeous soft leather purse - very similar colour to your bag, i love it. I was just perusing through my Handmade Living book, and was reading your bio - I was thinking to myself, 'she's such a vibrant youthful lady - i can't believe she has four children!' - so take that back to that bitter sales assistant!! Your gorgeous! xx

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday lovely lady. I'm a year older than you and only have one small 2 year old, the shop assistant would probably think I was shopping for my grandchild....oh what a depressing thought.....have a happy day with all of your lovely booty! x

Felicity said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday sweet, beautiful Jen!

I hope that you feel loved, spoiled and generally pleased with how you day unfolded.

You are one special person and I hope that the year that follows is full of lots of wonderful moments and your birthday wishes come true.

Felicity x

Taylor Made said...

Happy Birthday to you...sounds like you got the total haul for your birthday...good for you and I love now that I can put a face to the lovely name and emails...you go girl ..never mind any young sales assistant.

Nic said...

Happy Birthday! It's my grandfather's birthday today too, although he just turned 97! I turned 36 too earlier this year, you are looking great :)

Simone said...

Happy Birthday Jennie! Love all your pressies. You are looking fabulous! xx

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday!! Looks as though you have been having a wonderful time shopping for some new accesories. Great taste I have to say!

Love Brenda

Naturally Carol said...

Happy Birthday Posie...just had to laugh at your handbag gift to yourself as my birthday was a couple of weeks ago and on Sunday I bought myself a lovely handbag as a gift from my husband. When I got home I rang him..he works in a different city..and told him he had just bought me a handbag for my birthday! He didn't mind..just laughed too.

melissa said...

Happy birthday Jennie! Glad to see you spoiled yourself. xx

I agree - you don't look old enough to have a highschooler, let alone an adult child!

plushka said...

Happy birthday lovely Jennie! Looks like you had a great day:) *Hugs* Katia

Sarah B said...

Yay!! Happy Birthday bloggy friend!! What a lovely lot of birthday goodies. I hope you have had a wonderful day x

Kerry said...

Happy birthday to you! It only gets better, believe me :) And you look super dooper. Enjoy those lovely pressies.

Jacinta @ modelmumma said...

Today is your birthday!?! It's my little girl's FIRST BIRTHDAY today too! yay!
It looks like you got an AWESOME STASH of goodies! Love Fossil. I have a handbag from them and got a wallet for Christmas from the parents in laws (love em!).
You look FAB for 36, well done! lotsa love xo

Megs said...

Happy Birthday Jennie! I think you are pretty hip too!! Hope you have had a truly lovely birthday, see you next month!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

happy birthday dear jennie...lovely stash of pressies jennie...i'm reading this to hubby and he says happy birthday to you as well...his is on thursday...what...you don't look like the mother of adult children...i'm so looking forward to coming back to the centre...hope you had a beautiful day...love dzintra

Kate said...

Happy Birthday!!

Jennie said...

Happy Birthday Jennie!!

You look alot younger than 36!!
XX

Maxabella said...

Happy birthday, gorgeous you! Gorgeous on the inside, gorgeous on the outside. Chatty, happy-go-lucky, organised, joyous, champion you! You've packed a lot into your 36 years... can't wait for the next 36!! x

littlebetty said...

Happy birthday!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Happy birthday lovely! Blah to the sales assistant's comment. Live and enjoy the age you are. You are a legend in your own right :)

clare's craftroom said...

Happy , happy birthday ! You look 20 to me .

Hot Fudge said...

We Aquarians are a special breed aren't we - happy birthday Miss Posie! Now, if a sales assistant had guessed that my daughter was 20, I would have kissed her!

Mama of 2 boys said...

Happy Birthday Posie! I thoroughly enjoyed your collection of birthday treats... I love a wool cape in winter also! What a ditz that sales assistant must have been, I mean sure, if you'd had your first child when you were 13 maybe. But seriously, you look smokin' in your no makeup-happy 36th-self taken snapshot. Here's cheers for the year ahead! :o)

Tammi said...

Oh Happy Birthday Jen, sounds like you have had a wonderful day :)
I think you are looking fantastic!! What would a young sales assistant know.
xx

Sindy said...

So glad the magazines are starting to find their way to your house! Nothing like inspiration. I wouldn't worry about those sales assistants. I remember back in the days of Grace Bros having to cater to customers when you really are not interested in your job, and it is awful (you won't remember, after skulking in the luxury of the gift list section). I once went into Just Jeans when I was about 24, and had the awful sales assistant (aged about 16) say "oh yes, you would be a short leg, and about a 14?" when at the time I was a regular length 10. Such little charmers...

Tania said...

Happy birthday :)

Mystica said...

Happy birthday!

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

Happy Birthday Jennie! What was the sales assistant doing guessing your child's age anyway?! She won't last long if she keeps doing that!!

Mon Alisa Design said...

Happy Birthday! You are awesome m'love! x

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Happy Birthday - my word what a score and stash you got.

Aww your highschool is such a special girl.

Glad you had a great day.

Lizzie said...

Well I'd guess she was around..ummm.. 18! Probably thinks her own mother is OLD. I love going into those *trendy* young shops and just watching their faces when you buy something or heaven forbid ask a question...
Happy, Happy birthday Jennie and smile when you think that one day she will be 36 too...Karma..!!
Lizzie
xxx

Heidi said...

Looking good Looking AMAZING....Happy happy birthday baby!! Love your treasures and enjoy your Beautiful day!

yardage girl said...

Happy birthday, Ms Posie! I really enjoyed reading your post - thanks for sharing it with us. Best wishes for an amazing 36th year! Nic

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Well Happy Birthday doll!! Enjoy all those blessings!

Jane said...

Ah, happy birthday, Jennie! Gee, shop assistants can make some huge faux pas. I love the photo of you. J x

Wendy said...

Happy, happy birthday, Jennie! May your year be stuffed with happy times, good friends, and lots of crafty goodness!

Kylie said...

Happy Birthday my dear - glad that Handsome Soldier of yours was there for the celebration - LOL at the sales assistant - what would she know:)

willow and moo said...

Happy Birthday Posie!

NessaKnits said...

Hopefully she sees the blog and a written apology will be forthcoming soon! LOL Hope you enjoyed your birthday! You bought yourself some lovely gifts!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Happy Birthday, Possie!

The Handmaden said...

Happy Birthday!! Love the photo:)

CHD said...

Happy Birthday. I am not too far behind you in age. You look fabulous! I'm having a bit of hand bag envy here- I visited that Fossil outlet on our trip last November and came away with some treasures too. Love the bag! Cx

by marie-nicole said...

Oh no! I missed this post yesterday sorry!!! Had a crazy day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...sounds like you had the fabulous day you deserved to have.
xx

Catherine said...

Happy Birthday Jennie. Glad to hear that you got spoilt by your loving family. You look like a fabulous.:) xo

Michelle @ The Crafty Little Fox said...

He he... silly shop assistant. Every now and then I look at my fashion designer sister who always does her hair, wears that latest things and never seems to have no make up and then look at myself in the mirror and then feel tired. But then I think "No Shelly don't feel like that. You are the best mum, wife and woman that this family could ever have!" I don't think you look that old either as a fellow mother of a Year 7 child.
Big raspberry to sales girl.

Stacey said...

Happy Birthday, my friend! It sounds as though you got a wonderful birthday haul!
You're looking very lovely at 36.

m.e (Cathie) said...

happy birthday Ms Posie!!!
hope the celebrations kept going all week long.

you are amazing, keep up the wonderfulness my dear ♥

Rosalind said...

ohhh bum I missed it! Happy Birthday lovely xx

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Oh I missed your birthday!! Happy belated Birthday!!! It sounds like you had a super day xox

Corrie said...

happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! did I already email you for your birthday? oh dear I hope I did!

corrie:)