Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me :)

I don't know about you, but I like to do 'me stuff' on my birthday.  This year I took it to a new level (it's a big birthday!) so I took the week off to knit, sew and spend time in the mountains.  Want to see some pics?

I started off my birthday week with brunch at the Banff Springs Hotel with family and friends:




If you are ever passing and have the option of lunching here - do.  The food is fabulous, the views are amazing and the atmosphere is just perfect.  The hotel is known as the 'Castle in the Mountains' and the architecture is based on Scottish castles.  Lovely!

Next up, a couple of days later, was a trip to Canmore - I actually prefer Canmore to Banff as it is less commercialised, and spent my 'birthday Eve' with my Dad:






Thanks Dad!  We had a lovely lunch and then I hit the Sugar Pine, a fabulous quilt shop:





These are all fat quarters . . . . you see I have a new obsession . . . . more details to follow!

I have to say that I often forget how lucky I am to live within driving distance of the Canadian Rockies -I can actually see the mountains when I drive into Calgary to work/shop etc., and yet it has been a year or so since I visited Canmore or Banff - I like to think that I made up for it (a little) with two trips this week!

I also finished off another pair of socks:



I love mismatched socks :)

And then I played around with McCalls 6361, a trousers pattern with a fly front.


Here is a quick sneak peak - this post is getting rather long and I think that trousers need their own post!


They are actually made out of bright red corduroy, but it didn't photograph very well, so here they are in 'dynamic monochrome'!  Check out those flies!!  I plan on wearing them tomorrow, so will get some proper photos and give you the full lowdown!

How about you - how do you like to spend your birthday?  Do you celebrate or do you prefer to let the day pass you by?

12 comments :

  1. My birthday is this month too and I usually like to go out for lunch with my husband. I have reached an age where every birthday is a bonus, so I guess it's time to start celebrating.

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    1. Happy Birthday to a fellow Octoberan - I hope you have a lovely day! Or week :)

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  2. Happy birthday to you! I love the look of the area you live in/near. I am a country lover so it's very appealing to me. My birthday is the day my children look after me. I always have breakfast in bed. This year my daughter baked me a cake for the first time ever (and it was gorgeous!) and my son took us out to eat. They are growing up!

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    1. Thank-you! Sounds like you get treated well on your birthday too! My husband baked me a birthday cake - my favourite . . . a pineapple upside-down cake :) Our supermarket has just started selling clotted cream so it was perfect!

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  3. Many happy returns! sounds like you had a lovely time.

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    1. Thank-you, it was lovely to get away to the mountains, they really are spectacular!

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  4. Happy birthday. Looks like you had a great day.

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    1. It was fabulous - thank-you. Especially as I managed to stretch it out to a full week :)

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  5. Happy Birthday.. What a beautiful places you were at.. SO happy that you got to take off work, and enjoy your day..
    I just had a birthday [eeeeh---60].. It was a low key day.. Grown kids came the day after ,and we had a small get together.

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    1. I do enjoy taking my birthday off - it makes me feel so special! Glad to hear that you had a great special birthday as well!

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  6. Happy birthday! I look forward to hearing more about the pants.

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    1. Thank-you! I made a few 'wearable muslins' but I think that I am getting somewhere!

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