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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Jo!



Jo at Serendipitous Stitching is hosting the blog hop of all blog hops to celebrate this very special day in her life. She has assigned each of the participants a year in her life and asked us to write something about our life in that year and post a picture of a piece of our stitching we think she would like.

I've been given this year and this is what Jo has to say about herself.

2016 - Jo is 50!  Welcome to the present day.  This year Jo has decided to attempt her largest Blog Hop yet with a blogger for almost every year of her life (we skipped the boring years!).  Jo's stitching targets have focused on her GG projects with great success this year.  She also set herself a new challenge - The Longest Day WIPathon, the chance to work on as many projects as possible in one day.  Her final achievement for this year will be to tick off a goal which has featured in her sidebar since she started this blog - to stitch a Chatelaine!  

I turned 66 this year, so Jo is still a young'un as far as I'm concerned! This year I joined the local Seniors' Centre and have greatly enlarged my circle of friends as well as being introduced - or reintroduced - to the world of cards (crib, whist, canasta, bridge and a few more), crafts, darts, floor curling, carpet bowling, jigsaw puzzles and, of course, bingo! Plus amazing opportunities to volunteer for some excellent causes.

So, keep coming Jo - life is not going to get boring and you may (still?) be asking yourself how you're going to fit everything into a day.

Choosing a picture has been difficult - Jo's stitching likes cover a WIDE variety of themes and styles - but I finally settled on two, for personal reasons.

This one because it was my first on anything except white Aida (and it's cute)


and this one because it's been my biggest project to date and I love the colours and the designs in each square.


Be sure to check out Jo's blog and see what happened in all the other years that make up her 50.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO!

19 comments:

Vickie said...

Yay! Love the post you did Bea. You chose nice pieces to showcase also.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Birthday Blog Hop. I used to enjoy playing cards so I'm looking forward to that aspect of retirement!
The blue fabric on the teddy is lovely and I really like the colours in the second piece, very stained glass-like.

Lesley said...

Lovely interesting post and the stitching you chose to share is gorgeous.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

I love your blog post. Isn't retirement wonderful? Everyone that I know who has retired is so busy, they don't know how they ever had the time for a full-time job! Love the pieces that you chose!

Preeti said...

Nice to know about you as well!! Love both your stitching projects:) We, crafters, want to always fit in lots in a single day:D

FlashinScissors said...

Wow, Bea! Lots of new pastimes to enjoy.
Nice to read more about you!
Love your teddy, such a pretty fabric, and your coloured squared design is just gorgeous!
Hope you will still have time for stitching! Hee, hee!
Barbara xx

KimM said...

Hi, Bea! Great post - I look forward to following you and your stitching adventures.
xxx

rosey175 said...

Of course we need to cram everything into a day that we can; it's amazing how it doesn't all fit! The colors in your second piece are so very happy!

Julie said...

A super post Bea to help Jo celebrate her big birthday, I did enjoy reading it and seeing your lovely stitching. The little bear is adorable and such lovely big project you stitched.

Ariadne said...

Nice post for Jo! Love your big work!Wow!So much patience! Thanks for visiting my blog!AriadnefromGreece!

Stitching Noni said...

Great post! I am so looking forward to a time when I can retire!
I love your 2 stitching pieces :o)
Hugs xx

Brigitte said...

Great, your birthday post for Jo. The two projects you chose for her, are gorgeous. That big one must have taken a while to get finished.

Melinda Forbes said...

Love your stitching and this was a great post! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time and truly enjoying each day!

diamondc said...

Bea: I love your post so sweet. Love your stitching.

Blessings
Catherine

Katie said...

I'm hopping by on the blog hop. What a great post. Thanks for sharing. Love your stitched pieces.

Tiffstitch said...

Great post and love the 2 finishes, especially the colourful boxes!

Elfie said...

I am slowly hopping through the birthday blog posts. I enjoyed reading your lovely post. This is such a nice thing to be involved in.

Mini said...

Nice to know that you have found so many new things to do after retirement. I love the two stitched pieces you have shown here.
Can i know the name of the second pattern please?

Sheryl S. said...

I enjoyed reading this post and seeing the two beautiful pieces of work. Maybe I should pay our local Seniors Centre a visit, yours sounds fantastic.