Saturday, September 17, 2016

It's That Time - Jo's Big Birthday Blog Hop!

Today Jo (Serendipitous Stitching) is celebrating her Golden Birthday and is hosting a Birthday Blog Hop to celebrate her special day. Bloggers from around the world were given different dates and years to share - learn a bit more about Jo and also learn about what was going on in their lives that particular year.

Here's what happened to Jo in 2007:

2007 - Jo was 41.  07/07/07 is a date that reads the same in the USA as it does in the rest of the world.  It was also the day Jo got married and became Mrs P.  The wedding was traditional with many friends and family providing the services; the vicar, the limousine chauffeur and the photographer were all good friends.  The evening reception took place in their music venue which the bar staff had decorated for the event.  A wonderful day and a date not easily forgotten!

So, what about my life in 2007? I really had to dig to remember what was going on.  For one thing - I'm OLD - some would say "older than dirt".....so my memory is like that Old Grey Mare  - it  "...ain't what it used to be".....what I DID remember was the year before (2006) I turned 50 and my sweet mother sent me to England on a trip of a life time....a tour featuring needlework. It was GRAND!



In 2008 - yes, I know.....it's the year AFTER 2007(I may be older than dirt, but simple math is still amazingly easy for me <G>).....I retired from IBM after 30 years.....again - it was GRAND!


Soooooo......what about 2007? Well, the only memory I could conjure up.....I was really, really getting into painting miniature portraits and attended a seminar by Jane Marcks in Phoenix, AZ. I learned SO much - here's what we painted:



Miniature Portrait on Porcelain - 4x3.25 inches - Painting area for Portrait 3.25x2.5 inches
Embellished with 24Kt Gold, Raised Paste and Enamel

Since Jo likes Halloween themed things, here's something I stitched I just love - and hope she does, too.


Hope your special day is truly GRAND, Jo!!


22 comments:

  1. What a fun post to read this morning, Kim! The miniature you painted in 2007 is lovely. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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  2. I really enjoyed learning more of Jo AND you Kim! :D

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  3. What a great post! Love the miniature that you painted, it's fantastic....you are so very talented!

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  4. I love the way your mind works - if there's nothing to tell about 2007, then tell us about 2006 and 2008. Two for the price of one! Your portrait is lovely; hard to believe you were new to the art. And I know Jo is pleased with your choice of the Halloween kitty. What a fun stitch.

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  5. Great post! I had a little trouble coming up with something (good) in 2006. We should have swapped!!

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  6. In 2007 all of us we were "older tan dirt..." lol
    Very nice post. I go to know Jo' blog right now :D
    Muxus

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  7. Fantastic post Kim! Nice to learn more about both you and Jo. Wow! Your painting is amazing! The Halloween cat and your greetings card are absolutely adorable!
    Barbara xxx (My year was 2011)

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  8. Thanks for taking part in the Birthday Blog Hop. Sorry it wasn't the most memorable year for you but it seems to have been overshadowed by two very thrilling years!
    I love the porcelain painting you did that year, you clearly had a talent for this art.
    I love the Hallowe'en Kitty and have stitched him myself!

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  9. I can't believe I'm just finding your blog, so I'm glad you joined the blog hop. That miniature is beautiful! Love the Halloween cat - I'm just slightly nuts about anything feline.

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  10. That's nice to know you were also in the IT industry! Your porcelain paintings are always a delight to watch, exquisite work:)

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  11. Hi Kim lovely post ,it was great learning more about you and Jo,beautiful work you have done xx

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  12. Your little painting is so pretty! Love the Halloween stitching.

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  13. That's an adorable little Halloween kitty! And of course your painting is sublime too! 2006 can be remembered as the year before FREEDOM weeeeee (or so how I imagine retirement to be lol).

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  14. Great post, Kim! Thanks for sharing :D

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  15. I got married on 07/07 too, but seventeen years earlier than Jo. I love the Halloween stitching, that's so cute.

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  16. Great post! Love that kitty... :o)
    Hugs xx

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  17. How great this blog hop is! And you had a great year in Jo's life!AriadnefromGreece!

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  18. Happy Belated Birthday to Jo! And happy Monday to you ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  19. So much fun to read about what happened in both your lives back in 2007 - or before or after, lol. And that little cat with the pumpkin is so perfect for Jo. A great birthday post.

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  20. I'm hopping by on the blog hop. What a great post. Thanks for sharing. I just love your painting. Wow. The Halloween pillow is perfect. Great job!

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  21. Beautiful painting! And great post. :)

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

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