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Friday, December 23, 2011

Wisdom On Turning 50

Well, tomorrow is my 50th birthday.  It sounds worse when I write it than it actually feels.  My aunt always says that age is just a number.  And I always say it's not the years, it's the miles

Some people have a terrible time turning 50.  I like to think of it in terms of condition.  You know, like on Ebay.  There's new, used, vintage, antique and ancient.  LOL!!!  I've reached the point of vintage and I'm ok with that.

Vintage is endearing.  It's charming and usually has a lovely patina.  It's worn but soft and still quite useful. And in my opinion, extremely attractive!  LOL!

With age comes wisdom and heaven knows, I've reached that point! Like I said, it's not the years, it's the miles.

I prefer not to reflect on the first 50 years of my life but rather look at the (hopefully) next 50 years as being where the fun is.  Heaven knows, it's time for some of that.  Especially after the last 3 years.  Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time, know what I'm talking about.

For some people, life is a walk in the park, a picnic and a piece of cake.  For others, life comes with many challenges.  I hope I learned the lessons I had to learn by now.  I've always been one of those people who has to learn the hard way.

One nice thing about vintage, is that it's reached a point of being loved for what it is.  It doesn't have to "prove" itself anymore.  It is what it what is.  It's respected for it's age and withstood the test of time.  And so have I.
Well, now that I've amused you with my age and condition analogy, I'll move on to my stitching.  In between baking a couple batches of cookies yesterday and listening to some Christmas music on the radio (which I have not done in 3 years), I finished up on my Pink & Blue Valentine Cat Doll:

And here is a close up of the seam treatment on the right:

See more Crazy Quilt Seam Treatment Inspiration here.

I pulled some lace and trim for this little Pink cat doll before I went to bed last night:

They never look like much of anything until I get them sewn together. If you're new to my blog, you can see my Cat Doll Collection here.

Today, I'll head over to mom's to see if she needs help with anything.  For now, I'm going to sit here and stitch for awhile.


Mosaic Magpie said...

Happy Birthday, my friend! It has taken you 50 years to get this good, enjoy!

Annie said...

Have a wonderful birthday! You have the most endearing child-like quality of anyone I know and keeping that love of all things beautiful and whimsical will keep you young for a long, long time!

Gerry Krueger said...

You can add "It could be worse" to your adages... my next biggie will be 80. But I think the 50s were the very best years of all so enjoy them my dear......Happy Birthday and loads of stitching.... Hugs Gerry K.

Sandy said...

My 50's were a wonderful decade. I had more confidence, fewer responsibilities, and lots of fun.

Happy Birthday!

Mary Ann Tate said...

Happy Birthday to you tomorrow. Today is my birthday. It's been a while since I was 50:)

Julia K Walton - Fire Horse Textiles said...

Happy Birthday for tomorrow! I love your description of becoming 'vintage' - a nice, positive outlook :) Your latest valentine cat doll looks wonderful! Beautiful embroidery.

Unknown said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to you my friend. Hugs and blessings sent your way! Marilou xoxo

Shirley said...

Merry Christmas Pam to you and your family. Happy 50th birthday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Your Missouri Friend.

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday (belated), dear Pam!! It is so true that during our fifties we really "come into our own". It's a most enjoyable ride and I wish you the time of your life! And Merry Christmas to all of you, too! Hugs, Cathy

Terri Gordon said...

Happy Birthday Pam! I am so sorry that I missed it, I hope you had a wonderful Birthday and Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hugs, Terri

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