Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy 101 Tag: Birthday Edition!

I was tagged AGES ago by three lovely ladies Shellbell, Nicky, and Teenysparkles with the Happy 101 blog award. Thanks girls! With this award comes the responsibility of listing 10 things that make me happy…

Birthday Silliness

… and what could be happier than one’s birthday! Mine was on Monday and while there were no raging parties, just a nice mellow day, it was a happy one, so without further ado, here are some random pics and sources of happiness from my birthday:

1. Going out to breakfast: Lucas and I walked down to a favorite breakfast café for a nice hot cup of coffee accompanied by yummy biscuits and gravy w/ eggs and hash browns.

2. Hanging out with my sweetie, just the two of us: He took the day off work and Clover spent the first half of the day at The Farm, so we got some rare alone time.

3. Sneaking into café bathrooms to take pictures of myself… just kidding... it’s the dress, the dress!

How could one not be happy in this dress?!

Mustard bed
4. Strolling through the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens: It may not be the prettiest time of year, but there were still delights to be found. Like this amazing mustard bed.

Check out those gorgeous leaves!

Luther Burbank's house, not mine

And the fact that nothing else was in bloom made this blossom-packed plum tree stand out all the more.

The story of how Martin Luther got his nickname, The Plant Wizard : )

5. Arriving home from our morning stroll to find a big birthday package from Milla-the-magnificent waiting at the doorstep, talk about perfect timing! I’ve mentioned before how happy the gift of thrift makes me and this package was especially awesome. I love a good theme, and just look at all that blue thrifty goodness: plaid, polka dots, floral, denim, stripes, gingham, yay!

It also contained this large magazine-sized photo print-out that will be going up on my wall for sure. Seriously, is there anything happier than a field full of smiling hippies? I say no way.

But wait there’s more in the thrift gift department, because over the weekend I received a package from the lovely Amber (we share a birthday!) and, along with a gorgeous sun-dress that has me itching for warm spring days, was this adorable dress for Clover and lil’ rainboots too, so cute!

70's thread holder

6. Thrifting (of course!): Lucas stayed home with Clover and I spent the afternoon blissfully thrifting away. Most of my finds ended up being for other people, including a bunch of fun little goodies for my giveaway package, but I did find this awesome 70’s thread rack for $2 which I’ve turned into a holder for my necklaces and I love it. It makes me very happy :D

7. Returning home to one of Lucas’ home cooked meals: He’s a great cook and he whipped up some roasted chicken with vegetables, mashed potatoes, salad, and fresh baked bread… yum! His new bread baking hobby has been making me VERY happy lately.

8. Chocolate cake… ‘nuff said. The candles are thrifted too! They have little flowers around the base :)

9. Hangin’ with family: We are lucky to live really close to most of both our immediate families and two of Lucas' sisters live right on our street. So, they came down with their families for an impromptu cake and ice cream gathering along with some present opening. My sister-in-law Isolde’s birthday was two days before so we blew out the candles and opened our gifts together.

My kinda princess
10. Clover’s dress-up stylings: Always a source of happiness… and why more princesses do not incorporate feathered headdresses into their royal attire is beyond me… I think she’s really on to something here!

I’m supposed to pass this on to 10 more bloggers, but I’m gonna be lazy and pull the ol’ whoever wants to do it, I pass it on to you, and let me know if you do cause I’d love to hear what makes you happy :)


Bertie said...

Happy Birthday!! That yellow dress is beautiful!! very cheerful x

Teenysparkles said...

Happy times! Wunnerful post. That chocolate cake, looks pretty scrumptious, i can't believe i left it out of my list!

Oranges And Apples said...

Great post! and Happy Birthday!

shellbell said...

happy birthday lovely! i love your happy things... and i love that Clover poses the same way you do! HEARTBREAKER!

Dolly Daydream said...

I love that little gingham top so cute as well as Clover in those little booties. Wow, I love the look of the food making me sooo hungry!

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Toosdai said...

sounds like a great day! that dress for clover is sososo adorable. a happiest of years to you, and here's to many more to come!

Milla said...

What a perfect birthday! I'm so happy you and Lucas got to spend some grown up time together and you got to go thrifting.

I'm glad you liked your package too and you got one from Amber.

Clover is adorable in that dress! (Well she's adorable in general) Amber has the best eye for goodies.

I'm drafting an email for you as we speak, about some crazy plans I have for our next birthdays ;)

anne said...

happy birthday missa!
what a wonderful day! great food, time with your hubby,thrifting...what more could a girl ask for??? that package from milla looks so awesome! i can't wait to see pics of you wearing all of it. the dress for clover is adorable as well :D
hope you have a great weekend!

leah said...

i love lists. and this list, i love.

The Cat and The Cow said...

Happy Birthday!

Your dress is amazing!!!!!! So is Clover's dress!

I love what you did with the thread rack!

Pretty Pirate said...

Well happy Birthday! It looks like you had a great one! I will be sending the package out soon, I finally had a etsy order which is what I was waiting for (so I could make one trip to the post office). It will be sort of a late birthday surprise! :)

Thrifted Treasure said...

Happy birthday!! Sounds like the perfect day!! Love your dress and the necklace display!

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday, Missa! It sounds like you had a lovely day. I couldn't think of anything for the tag right now sorry, but we are fellow Aquarians. It's my birthday in approximately 45 minutes!

Manja said...

Happy belated birthday, Missa! Your day sounds so wonderful, I hope my birthday will be this great, too, this year :)

Lisa said...

Happy belated birthday! You dress is gorgeous and so is Clover's.

Violet Folklore said...

I can't believe Milla was willing to part with the blue dress! It's gorgeous! Pictures soon please!

Missa your package was just darling and I actually squealed when I removed its contents. All 3 of the items are perfect for us, I hope to photograph my family in them soon and post them. The book is sweet as can be too, and it was all wrapped so nicely. Oh and the herb book- AMAZING. I can't believe I had never seen it before. THANK YOU!

meg said...

i didn't realize it was your birthday.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! i am so glad that I came across your blog and consider you a friend via the blog world. I hope your day was as lovely as you are :)
and the dress.... THE DRESS! i have no words... perfection!

Andrea said...

oh wow! First, Happy Birthday! You are so lovely and what a pretty birthday dress!!! Yay for your themed package from Milla, and walks under plum trees! It's funny because I just learned yesterday that prunes are from a particular kind of plum, not all plums! GOod to know! I'm still drooling over that great idea of using a thread rack for hanging jewels :)

Okay, I could go on & on about all the cuteness in this post, but I'll stop now for fear of being that uber long commenter.

Elise said...

Mmmmm, maybe I will do the list tonight....If I feel inspired after I get back home, I will comment again and let you know if I did it. I am a BIG list lova'!

angelina maria rodrigues wise said...

ahhh man. i didn't know it was your birthday!!!!!???

flaming hag folkwear said...

happy birthday to you! a lovely list.

after a little digging, i have three things for clover, so if you are interested please get in touch with your mailing addy so i can send them to you.

hope you had a great weekend.

Caroline said...

happy birthday, friend!

Jocelyne said...

I sent off your package today via UPS, it should be there really soon. Feel free to do what you will with the items (there is one in particular that might need to be reworked) but otherwise they should be good to go! I hope you enjoy the things!! xoxox Oh.... and YES the weather is amazing, we are so lucky!

Adela said...

wow i love your blog! you have such a quirky, romantic sense of style! i'll definately take the blog award along! =)

Marcine M. said...

Happy belated! Your day sounds so sweet and so delicious!

Peldyn said...

Happy Birthday! Mine is this month too! Just not this year :) I will celebrate it on the 28th with a homemade cake and a nice day with my granddaughters and the family.

Kat said...

" a field of smiling hippies" that was the best one. That image is forever burnt into my brain.

Violet Folklore said...

Oh lovey, that dress is unreal! Happy sunshine!

(This blog didn't load all the way the first time I saw it so now I am seeing all of it and needing to respond again).

On the Milla parting with the amazing dress note, I am still gasping over the Gunne she sent me (posting a blog in a minute).

And yay I am soooo happy to see that dress on Clover! It was always my favorite on Mycelia and I am thrilled to be able to pass it on. Today we found an old pair of pink jellies that didn't fit her anymore and I suggested giving them to her friend Juniper who is smaller and *adores* pink and she said "Nah, let's send 'em to Clover" :-)

(They are pretty old and junky though so I don't think we will be)