Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Celebrating Sixty: 1956 - 2016

I've put out some teasers in some of my posts over the past few days about a "stupendous idea" for celebrating my 60 years on this wonderful planet. Here goes:

Vintage Card compliments of The Graphics Fairy


This is my motto:
I truly believe that we each put a bit of ourselves in the pieces we make. Whether the items are stitched by hand or machine, baked or broiled, glued, stranded or beaded...some of ourselves reside in each and every work we do. 

With that in mind, here is how I plan to celebrate my 60th year - and celebrate my friends.

I will send 60 handmade RAKs to my friends throughout the year

 I ask two things:

 - Please comment on my blog if you'd like to help me reach my 60 RAK goal. 

AND

- Please spread the word to your followers and friends so they might join the fun. Feel free to grab the button at the top right of my blog to help spread the word.

Some of you may think I'm absolutely and utterly bonkers. I've given this a lot of thought - and what makes me happy is giving to others. I can't think of a better way to celebrate this momentous milestone.










68 comments:

  1. Happy 60th Year! Do something YOU always wanted to.

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  2. Many happy returns for your 60 dear! 60 RAKs is quite a challenge I would say but such a generous one!!!! What exactly can I do to help you celebrate? I'd love to join in so share the details!I will put the photo/button on my blog and link here later in the day!AriadnefromGreece!

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  3. Well you may not be bonkers, but I had to read that twice Kim!! Yes, could you count me in? You are a special lady and friend. God bless you!

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  4. Finally the reveal...what a wonderful surprise you are giving us. You will be 60 young! Some of us have already moved ahead....but I am always ready to celebrate.

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  5. Happy sixtyith year...if sixtyith is a word. It is now. Spellcheck doesn't like it though:)

    I remember mine quite well. I'm a December birthday and it was an awesome Christmas gift as well. I was told that I was to be a grandmother.

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  6. What an amazingly generous birthday gift! You share so much already, and now to have 60 RAK recipients... Wow. Happy almost birthday!

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  7. Although I've passed that milestone myself, I have to applaud your decision to deliver 60 RAKs! It will definitely keep you busy. I spent my 60th on a Nile Cruise - not quite the same eh?

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  8. This is an amazing idea for celebrating, and we all know that what goes around generally ends up coming around (that's a silly quote, when you think about it!). Happy 60th year to you!!!

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  9. Wow, take about celebrating in style honey xxx. Hope this 60th year brings you happiness, fun and your dreams come true. Maria xxx

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  10. Can I join the fun, Happy 6Oth birthday , let's party life is just starting .
    I will be celebrating next year but a bigger one .
    Have a wonderful day ,week, year hugs.

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  11. Happy 60th birthday Kim. That is a different way to celebrate. I'd love to join the party. What a pity we don't live closer as it would be lovely to join you in person. Hugs, Christine xxx

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  12. Wow! Gosh what a totally amazing thing to do!! This your sixtieth year is certainly going to be a wonderful year to remember!! I wish you all the luck as when I recently sent out 25 smiles all over the world it was a logistical nightmare! Oh but it was a lot of fun!! I totally understand why your doing it.. It's so heart warming to give to others, I love it!! I so so want to join in with all the fun your going to have :)
    Not forgetting your awesome birthday... Wow! 60 years young!!
    Sending you a big smile :) xxx

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  13. Hi Kim, not sure if I have already pressed publish! However, hoping I didn't ..... I would love to join in celebrating your big birthday! Looking forward to seeing what you have in mind, and when I can work out how I added buttons to my blog before, I will certainly pin your lovely button, and blog about your party! I think you are going to make this a fantastic year!!!!!
    Hugs, Barbara xx

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  14. Wow! Kim, you are going to outdo yourself, aren't you? You are such an awesome SSF and such a generous person, of course, I will help you celebrate - what can I do to help? I would love to come to the party. I will grab your button right now and link back here when I write my next post. Happy 60th, hugs, Kaye SSF xxxx

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  15. Of course count with me Young lady :D :D
    Just tell us how can we help you
    Muxus

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  16. Hi Kim Happy 60th birthday to you and many more to come! I would love to participate in your birthday celebration please count me in.
    Kim

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  17. What a sweet way to honour your special day! When is your actual birthday?

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  18. Happy Birthday. May your day and year be filled with good health and wonderful memories.

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  19. Happy Birthday. May your day and year be filled with good health and wonderful memories.

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  20. Happy Birthday. May your day and year be filled with good health and wonderful memories.

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  21. Happy 60th Birthday, wishing you happiness and all your dreams fulfilled.
    What a generous way to celebrate your birthday, hope you have fun and don't forget to stop and smell the flowers along the way.

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  22. Stitchers are the most generous people, absolutely!

    Kim, I just went to a birthday lunch for a 90th birthday for a stitching friend from EGA. She picked up the bill for over 30 ladies!

    Now this, wow! Please count me in one of your RAK's. I got the very first one you gave away when you started this blog and it is still hanging on my mini-tree on the piano.

    Yikes, now I have to come up with a blogoversary giveaway and this is such a hard act to follow!! :)

    Happy, happy birthday!

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  23. Happy 60th year of Kim and many more yet to come!
    Donna

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  24. What an awesome way to celebrate your birthday Kim. I would love to join in.

    Linda

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  25. What a fantastic idea! If anyone can do it you can! How can I help you celebrate? And when is your actual birthday?

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  26. Happy 60th Birthday year to you!! :) That's a sweet way to celebrate :) I have fulfilled the first condition and will update you again when I am done with second, I am a bit slow when it comes to updating blog sidebars. I have reduced participating in giveaways but this being a big milestone for you, I have decided to enjoy the celebration with you:)

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  27. What a fabulous idea! Happy 60th and may you have many many many more! :)

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  28. Oh my oh my oh my......what a special year it is Kim :) I would be honoured to be included....your work is exquisite! I'm posting this evening, but will grab your button in the meantime to pop on my blog :)

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  29. What a wonderful way to celebrate your 60th birthday, by showing such kindness. i do hope this birthday brings you much joy too, and maybe some stitchy goodness such as 60 new charts or threads. x

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  30. Hope you have a wonderful year. I'd love to help you celebrate.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  31. Happy big 60 birthday Kim!! :)
    You are bonkers giving away 60 RAKs... but I am sure you will make 60 happy persons :)
    I will pass on the offer as I have been at the receiving end of your generosity in the past.

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  32. OOOOOOooooooo how utterly wonderful I would be honoured to be part of this and what a treasure it would be to receive xxxx

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  33. Feliz cumpleaños Kim!! Te envío un fuerte abrazo desde España.
    Happy Birthday Kim !!!Sending hugs and kisses from Spain
    I would love to participate in your birthday celebration please count me in. (I shared it on my facebook)

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  34. Happy 60th birthday, Kim! What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday...I don't think you're bonkers just very generous....and even if it is a bit bonkers, what's life without being a bit bonkers sometimes?!!! :)

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  35. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! No RAK necessary, just HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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  36. Happy Birthday! I was connected to your blog through Meari's Musings. I feel exactly like you do about handmade gifts. It's as if every stitch is a kind thought for the person you gift it to. I'm going to enjoy reading your blog. Thanks so much for posting. Suzanne

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  37. Hi Kim, and a very Happy Birthday to you. Please count me in your celebrations, this sounds interesting.

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  38. Dear Kim
    Happy Birthday year - what a lovely idea! I am sure this will be a huge success and a fantastic way to celebrate your 60th year. You're in good company - my husband turned 60 last November!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  39. Happy 60th Birthday! What a fantastic way to celebrate.... but shouldn't you be receiving the birthday gifts?? Happy to help you with your celebrations... :o)
    Hugs xx

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  40. Happy Birthday, Kim! I'd love to join in, it sounds amazing (super ambitious, by the way!) Let me know what I need to do :D

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  41. What a fabulous, not to mention generous, way to celebrate and I'm sure that spreading the love in this way will mean you get it back tenfold, you certainly deserve to. I've just had a quick look through your blog and it looks wonderful. I've just embarked on a new hobby of cross stitch so I'm going to enjoy reading back through your previous posts.

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  42. Hi, I came across you from Dottie's Daughter. I also have a blog (or three). The main one is
    ilikeknittingandsewing.blogspot.com
    I am a little older at 67. I love reading other folk's blogs so will add you to my list of blogs I read if you don't mind. You're very brave to commit to all those items. I live in the US so will not ask to be included because of the postage costs but look forward to seeing what you make on your blog. Happy 60th Birthday Year.

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  43. Please include me. I love reading your blog!

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  44. Oh wow, what an amazing idea! Great way to celebrate your special year. I am sure you will have so much fun sending out all the RAKs.
    You must include a Blog List of them all so we can visit and admire their gifts!

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  45. Wow, Kim! How'd I miss this post? I love the joy and graciousness with which you're approaching your 60th birthday! I hope I'm able to feel the same when I reach that milestone (only a little more than 3years). Happy early birthday!

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  46. ohh my that's a fabulous idea and feat too ... I managed one year to stitch 60 things but that was before I went back to full time work ... your needles are going to be smoking ... looking forward to seeing them all and would love it if one wee rak came to the mouse house ... happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxxx

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  47. What a great idea! Happy 60th!

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  48. What a generous soul you are, Kim--here you are turning 60 and you're the one giving the gifts! I can't imagine doing sixty RAKs in one year, but I so look forward to seeing you spread little bits of your creativity around the world :) Please count me in on the fun!! And may your seventh decade be filled with much good health and happiness...

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  49. Hallo Kim,
    G R A T U L A T I O N S first to this special birthday.
    HEALTH.LUCK,FORTUNE should be with you to the next 10 years.
    My special day was last year and I rella enjoyed meeting naerla all members of my great family. The best present was that my dad 94 and my God parents 96 and 97 could be with us for some hours.
    I hope that you have also a nice special day and Party and I would like to be entered in your fun. I am so looking forward seeing each and one of your RAKS mailed over the whole world.
    Love and huggs
    Judith

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  50. Yep, you are bonkers! LOL! But this is an incredibly sweet sort of bonkers. I agree, with Mrs. Serendipitous, I hope there will be a blog list to see all the fun you spread around. I didn't enter your giveaways for February but I'd love to help you celebrate your 60th! I will add you into my next post, which will probably be on the 15th (GG) although you will probably be full up by then!

    And I agree with you, I think we do put ourselves into our crafts. You can feel the love in a handmade gift! And sometimes the frustration haha. I can assure you that whenever a beading needle is involved, all sorts of bits of me are present. ;)

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  51. Happy happy 60th!! I would be incredibly honored and delighted to receive a RAK from you, even though it doesn't seem fair that WE should get presents for YOUR birthday!! Hmm, I can send you a recording of me singing Happy Birthday to you in return! =D

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  52. Hi Kim! Happy Birthday! I found you through our friend Vickie at A Stitcher's Story. I would love to be a part of your celebration! What an incredible, giving thing you're doing!

    I am now your follower! I love your blog and can't believe I haven't found you before.

    Many blessings for your birthday!

    Julie

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  53. Wow! That is an amazing thing to do, you are very brave Kim. Congratulations on your 60th birthday, you deserve to have a wonderful day.

    Love to be included.

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  54. Oh wow Kim, this is indeed a massively Stupendous Idea!
    I'd love to put my name forward if it's not too late!

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  55. Kim you are such a kind and caring person! You've created a wonderful community with your blog. Happy 60th Birthday Year! Count me in on your party! Enjoy all the Blessings this year brings you! ❤️🍀Sarah

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  56. What a generous idea! Happy Birthday! I'd love to take part

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  57. Awesome idea! It will keep you very busy and you will not even notice when your birthday comes. To tell you the truth I was extremely depressed about 6 months before my big day and as soon it passed I was fine.
    Evalina, This and that...
    and Random Act of Stitching Kindness

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  58. Just found your blog and it is truly beautiful. Happy Birthday! You are such a kind and caring person. Count me in!
    Shared on my blog - http://christiescrossstitchcreations.blogspot.com/2016/03/help-celebrate-60.html

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  59. Kim, I hope you have (had?) an amazing birthday! You are so incredibly generous. I have a friend that takes the day off work each year on her birthday so she can spend the day running around performing RAKs. It always makes me smile. What a wonderful idea. Sending big hugs and loads of happiness your way!

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  60. Happy 60th! I hope you have a wonderful month and have a lot of fun giving RAKs. It's a very sweet idea.

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  61. Happy 60th Birthday to you. Do enjoy all your fun.big hugs.

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  62. Happy 60th Birthday! I will be turning 62 this year and I am retired. I feel great when I do a few RAKs. This will be such a wonderful year for you and all of the people you reach out to are lucky to have you as a friend. You inspire me to do more for others. Thank you for sharing so many nice patterns. I look forward to stitching them soon.

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  63. Happy 60th! I love this idea and will work to spread 40 RAKs this year :D

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  64. Here's to a great year of celebration my new cyber friend. Happy stitching!

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  65. Kim what a beautiful idea! I've just found your blog and will be going back through to enjoy your work. I don't get to post often on my blog or read as much as I used to, but my goal is to be a little more active this summer. Wishing you an awesome birthday! blessings, marlene

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  66. I think your idea is wonderful. I hope you get as much pleasure stitching as your recipients will have on receiving your beautiful work!

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  67. I would have loved to join in but I think I'm a little late. Have fun anyway. I'll be watching...

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