Saturday 17 September 2016

Days of Jo's Life - Big Birthday Blog Hop

It's here!!  I have timed this post to appear at the same time I was born, so please think of my poor Mum when you see it.  I do have a Happy Dance to share with you all later, I'm sure you can guess what it is.
aged 9 weeks with my Nana and Grandad

The blog hop starts with me.  It is August in the year 1966, England have won the World Cup and a young couple are expecting their first child.  The husband is in the army and away from his wife who is staying with her parents.  Each weekend he comes home expecting to see his newborn baby.  Each weekend he goes back to the barracks, childless.  Finally, we reach September the 16th and the baby is on its way!  Hurry home Dad!  Dad hitch-hikes over 200 miles home, bursts through the door "Where is the baby?"   "Oh, baby will be a while yet, we believe there is a good book in there too".  Eventually I appear at 2,15am on the morning of Saturday 17th September.  "Saturday's Child works hard for a living" - they got that right LOL.

aged 9 months - look at me with my duckies all in a row

To read more of my thrilling life story follow each link in turn.  Remember some links will appear later than others as people live in different time zones.  There are a couple of blank years where nothing much happened!  If you did anything exciting in one of those years, please feel free to blog about it and join in belatedly.  Leave a comment and a link.

1967 - Vickie
1968 - Ariadne
1969 - Lesley
1970 - Beth
1971 - Gillie
1972 - Carolyn
1973 - Cheryl
1974 - Christine
1975 - Deborah
1976 - Katie
1977 - Astrid
1978 - Cathy
1979 - Melinda
1980 - Geeky Heather
1981 - Gracie
1982 - Heather
1983 - Jocondine
1984 - Justine
1985 - Kerry
1986 - no link
1987 - Leonore
1988 - Elfie
1989 - no link
1991 - Tiffany
1992 - Kaye
1993 - Mini
1994 - Mouse
1995 - Stephanie
1996 - Diya
1997 - no link
1998 - Preeti
1999 - no link
2000 - Barb
2001 - no link
2002 - Riona
2003 - Sarah
2004 - no link
2005 - Sharon
2006 - Pat
2007 - Kim
2008 - Noni
2009 - Susan
2010 - Rachel
2011 - Barbara
2012 - Jackie
2013 - no post
2016 - Bea

Welcome Back to the Present!  Here in the present we have the promised Happy Dance for Ghostly Mandala by Ink Circles.  Earlier this year Rachel sent me some gorgeous dark fabric she just couldn't get on with and thought I would like.  I decided it would be good for the Ink Circles series of Mandalas.  I have three of them from Just Cross Stitch and only need to buy the fourth.  Because the Ghosts were charted for coloured thread on white fabric I had to switch them and used B5200 for the outline.  There is a stitcher on FB who has done the reverse, she has stitched the actual ghosts in white rather than the charted outlines.  They do look good that way if anyone is considering it.

stitched on 32 count Autumnal Woodland by Crafty Kitten using B5200

Finally, I will keep this brief because there's a lot of reading in those links!  I hope you all enjoy the Blog Hop, BYOC (Bring your own cake) and loved the stitching shown.  I have several stitchy parcels already which have been arriving throughout the week so I'll be back later with some more Gifted Gorgeousness photos to show you all.


Melinda Forbes said...

Have a wonderful day.. Celebrate the wonderful woman you are, make it special, it's all about you today

Ariadne said...

Dear Jo, many happy returns! Enjoy the day and have fun! Thanks for including me in the blog hop!And thank you for inspiring me to stitch more!AriadnefromGreece!

Elfie said...

I am so happy to be part of this blog hop. I enjoyed reading about your arrival and early life. Your projects are lovely, I always admire them. Happy Birthday. I will be back later to check on the years that don't have a post yet.

jocondine said...

Hi! Glad to be here with all your friends and celebrate your... 17 years old. Joyeux Anniversaire ! Bisous

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

Lovely finish Jo.I have ear marked the design in my digital copy of JCS .
I just saw 1986 was un-linked.That was the year younger son was born.Guess which day he should have arrived ?yep today 30 years ago,instead he came on the 12th of September,catching me quite unawares:)
Wishing you a very Happy Special Birthday

A Patchwork of Crafts said...

Happy birthday I hope you have a great day

Preeti said...

Wish you a very Happy Big Birthday, Jo!!:) Hope you are having loads of fun with your family.

Annie said...

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!!!

gracie said...

Happy Birthday dear friend and thank you for letting me join in...1981

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Love your Ghostly Mandala, Jo. Congrats on a superb finish! I'm a Saturday's child, too--I think we all must work hard for a living. Thanks for hosting this fun Blog Hop. Happy, happy birthday!!

Mouse said...

Happpyyy birthday :) hope you have a fab day ... my blog post is up ... i remembered on time hahahah .... enjoy your special day and I will go and peep at the links through out the weekend :) love mouse xxxxx

Stitching Noni said...

Happy Birthday Jo
I am going to do some blog hopping and read your life story shortly :)
Hugs xx

Leonore Winterer said...

Happy birthday, Jo! I just got my post for the hop online. Your 'uneventful' 1989 is my birthyear!
Congrats on that lovely finish as well. I hope you're having an awesome day together with all your loved ones :)

Desiree Ehleiter said...

Wishing you a wonderful birthday and many more. From one 1966 baby to another - 50 is the new 30! Have a great one!

geeky Heather said...

Happy happy birthday!! Too true about Saturday's child...I am one as well! I was born just before a blizzard so my dad had to ride a snow mobile back to the hospital to see me (fortunately he got my mom there in the car before the snow started!)

Robin in Virginia said...

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Jo! Enjoy your day!

OhSewCrafty said...

Happy Birthday Jo! Thanks for organizing the blog hop, it was lovely. I hope you have some great stitchy time today and order that Chateleine!

Rhona said...

Happy Birthday, Jo. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Happy Birthday, Jo! I just posted my year, sorry it's a bit late. Congrats on the finish! It looks great :D

Purple Pixie Dust said...


Mini said...

Happy birthday Jo. Hope you are enjoying your day with family n friends n lots of gifts. Will be hopping around to read more about your life.

Astrids dragon said...

What an adorable baby you were! Have a fantastic birthday, try not to get into too much trouble today!

FlashinScissors said...

Wishing you a very Happy Big Birthday Jo! I hope you've had a really special day, it was great to play some little part in it!
I posted my year earlier today - 2011 - but didn't have a chance to comment!
Barbara xx

KimM said...

Happy, happy birthday, Jo! I'm really enjoying your celebration blog hop.

Lili said...

Have a wonderful b-day!! Happy birthday!!
Your Ghostly Mandala is gorgeous!!

Kaisievic said...

Wishing you the most wonderful of birthdays and this is such a clever idea - I so look forward to following this super blog hop. Great finish on Ghostly Mandala, suitably spooky. lots of love, Kaye

Sara said...

Hope you have an extremely wonderful day, full of birthday celebrations (as you made it for us with your blog hop, I'm loving getting to know a but more about you and the other bloggers throught all the hopping ;)).
Big Congrats on finishing the Ghost Mandala :) It's gorgeous!

Bea said...

This was a lot of fun Jo, thanks for letting me be a part of it.
Yay for the happy dance and another terrific spooky finish.
Again, Happy Birthday and I hope it is a very special day.

Gillie said...

Well, not sure how to link, don't roll your eyes, Jo, but I did get the post in for 1971! Happy Birthday, dear Jo!

Beth in IL said...

Love being part of the Birthday Hop! Happy Birthday!

Tiffstitch said...

A very Happy belated Birthday!

Cross Stitch Claire said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Haven't read all the years yet but I will get to them all. What a brilliant idea for a blog hop.

Ele said...

What a lovely idea for a birthday celebration. You seem to be exactly one year and one month younger than me. Funny!
Happy belated birthday

Christine said...

Sorry! Forgot the stitched picture part! I had it all picked out and everything, then in the rush to write the post and schedule it so it would publish on Saturday, I forgot to include it. And I thought I was being so organised!
Anyway, I've been back and edited the post to add it in

CalamityJr said...

Happy birthday, Jo. I know I'm late, but I was so busy enjoying all the days of your life (so far) that I kept not taking the time to acknowledge why I was even reading so many blogs! Anyway, hope your day was as special as you are. Thanks for sharing yourself with the rest of us. Have a wonderful 50 more!

Justine said...

Happy birthday! Hope you are having a wonderful celebration weekend stitching on your Chatelaine!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday wishes to you Jo. The ghosties looks super.

D1-D2 said...

Happy Birthday Jo!

diamondc said...

Happy Birthday Jo: I hope you have loads of fun and gifts, I love reading in the links from other blogs.
Love the Mandala so pretty.

Happy Birthday

Katie said...

Jo this was so much fun. What a great idea for a blog hop. Thanks for letting me participate. I had so much fun hopping along.

gominam said...

Belated Happy Birthday. I'm catching up reading this fun hop. You started it with a bang, enjoyed your post and of course, the pictures! said...

Happy Birthday! Love reading this fun birthday hop. Happy Stitching! ~ C's Cross Stitch Creations ~

The Crafty Princess said...

Happy birthday beautiful girl. You were a gorgeous baby and now that you're 50 years young you're still gorgeous with a lovely smile. Not to mention oodles and oodles of talent. I hope you have a successful birthday blog hop. xoxo Alicia

Anna van Schurman said...

Happy belated birthday! I hope this year is a stellar one!

Anna van Schurman said...

What a fun way to learn more about you, Jo!

Heather said...

Happy birthday again I'm glad you found so many people!

Heather said...

And I love the finish!