Sunday, November 11, 2007

Birthday Present Anyone?

My birthday is on Friday and I am celebrating by giving you a present! Come to my virtual party this week and leave a comment. On Friday, I will draw a name from the group and the winner will be gifted with this lovely Fragment. That's my grandmother in the photo, Lulu Vivian. The quote reads: If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you; I came to live out loud. ~ Emile Zola

Bibbie, (she would never let us use the G word and I could not say Vivian and boy, she hated Lulu), certainly lived out loud. A flapper in the 20s, she had red hair and oh! she loved to dance. She was one of 13 kids but only ended up having one daughter, my mom, who gave birth to me on November 16, 1952. I think the only thing we had in common is that I, too, love to dance. As Grandmas go, she wasn't the cuddly, loving type, full of stories, sweets and smooches.

But enough about her. It's all about me, the birthday girl, this week! It's the official kick-off of my year of discoveries in the studio, grandma goodtimes, health & exercise, resting & reading, setting new goals and making plans for my next 10 years. When I was approaching 40 I once told a friend how forward I was looking to becoming 40. I saw it as a time of coming into my own, knowing who I was and want I wanted out of life (finally). To me 40 wasn't old, it was a time of finally having arrived. Her response was, "Wait until you turn 50. It only gets better." I felt that she had just revealed a part of the secret knowledge that only "mature" women are privy too. Well let me tell you, ladies. She was right. It does keep getting better. And I'm livin it all OUT LOUD.

55 comments:

Becky New said...

Good Morning Lesley! Just wanted to say Happy Birthday and how much I love reading your blog! :D Didn't know I lurked here did you? LoL.... Hope to see you again soon. Best, Becky New

Lisa Gallup said...

Cool story about your grandmother! My grandmother was a flapper, too. :) She cropped her hair and just about gave her parents heart failure before she finally settled down and married! lol Birthday wishes to you!

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

Happy birthday to you, Leslie; and what wonderful words of wisdom on birthdays! Thank you for all the inspiration you bring to us.

chris p

Mamarox said...

Happy Birthday! My bday was on Nov. 6th and turned 40. I love that you are taking this year for yourself, i can only imagine the living out loud you will accomplish. Thanks for being an inspiration and role model.

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

Enjoy. My 50th year was one of my best.

Natalya said...

Happy Birthday! And thank you for inspiring me to live out loud!

Paula Bogdan said...

Happy birthday, Leslie! I hope that this coming year is swonderful; it's a beautiful gift to yourself.

Sandy said...

Happy Birthday and have a great year exploring creativity. I'll miss you in Portland next-yours was a special class. Sandy

Catherine said...

Happy Birthday Lesley, I love your blog because I love your work and your sharing of insights gained. I too was born in 1952, and you are right, it is glorious getting older, well, mostly. : )
~Catherine

Ailsa said...

Happy birthday Lesley! What fun to share your party! November 16 is a significant date in my family too! My father's, one male cousin my age, two grandsons birthdays and the anniversary of the day my Scottish grandfather came to New Zealand from Scotand (102 years ago)! Birthdays do get better and better! Have a great day.

Lotus said...

Love birthdays!!! It's the one day out of the year that a person seems to feel a certain kind of magic just meant for them!! Lesley... I have you under 'my favorites' because I love to read your blogs! And yesterday I was thinking that you should write a book because you have a wonderful way of relating your life and experiences! Happiest of Birthdays to you! Lotus

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Lotus said...

P.S. I love the name "Lulu" (remember the "Little Lulu" comic books?) and it just so happens that "Lulu" is my pup's name!

Megan said...

Happy Birthday Lesley

Love the story about your grandma - we should all go through life having an older person who has lived life with a twinkle in their eye. My grandma was the same - good fun and magic.

Happy birthday - and thanks for the encouraging words about 50. 42 was feeling like a bit of a drag!

Cheers

Megan

Gilli said...

Happy Birthday!!! My grandma wasn't a flapper, but she did play piano for the silent movies. What an interesting time. But I think we are living in some of the best of times. It is getting better and better....

Dale Anne said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lesley!
Hope YOUR day is the BESTEST ever!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Dear Lesley!!!
You GO Girl -- here's to a grand year ahead, filled with blessings and goodness, and living out loud everyday!

Love,
Char

malegra said...

Living out loud is a wonderful legacy. Thanks for sharing yourself, AND your Bibbie!

Connie said...

Well happy Birthday! I was born on November 6th, 1952, so my birthday week is over - but hey, i say celebrate all month!
connie

Maggie said...

Have a spectacular birthday week. What a wonderful gift to give yourself-a full year to refill the well.

Anonymous said...

I am celebrating your birthday tonight with a virtual martini.
Cheers,
Jeri

Babsarella said...

This is STUNNING...but then again, so is every wonderful thing you create!!! Hope you have a most excellent birthday!!!

Adrienne Berry said...

happy bday lesley! My mother in law turned 50 this year and hasn't gotten quite bold, every time she says something to me, I say it must be the "50" talking!

Jan said...

Lesley, I found your birthday message here to be such encouraging words for one about to turn 50 on the 21st. You have been an inspiration to me and attending one of your classes at Asilomar was a highlight in my art endeavors. Thank you for your generous sharing of art and life experiences. I wish you a joyous birthday and many more magical years of living out loud.

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

LESLEY... HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS to YOU!!!!

I turned 40 this year... and I am feeling JUST what you describe in your post.

I hope your special day and your whole year of special days are WONDERFUL and MAGICAL!

xoxo! See you at Quilt 2008 FOR SURE!

Liz Kettle said...

Hi Leslie, Thanks for reminding all of us that to take care of ourselves is to also take care of our loved ones. Happy happy Birthday and enjoy the next year loudly.
Liz Kettle

The Carolina Quilter said...

Happy Birthday and I'm so grateful to have found your blog. I have your book, Quilted Memories and I have nearly dog-eared it studying the beautiful works of art in it! Thank you for sharing your techniques and inspiration.

claudine hellmuth said...

hey sweetie! happy early birthday!
xxxox

Blue is my colour said...

Happy Birthday Lesley. Have a fantastic year. Best wishes.

diane bouchard said...

Happy Birthday - you are the same age as my husband who we feted on saturday. All the best!

Diane

sara jane said...

Delurking to say:
Congratulations and Happy Birthday!
And thanks for the secret. I just hit 44 and am loving it. So glad that 50 is better!

Patricia J. Mosca said...

Happy Birthday early Lesley...
May this new year bring you ALL that your heart desires...and may you continue to live your life out loud!!
Birthday Blessings from one muse to another!
Pattie

Jeannie said...

Congratulations on your birthday and for Living out Loud! It is amazing isn't it how growing older is actually growing into yourself! I love the stories you tell here and with your art. Thank you and have a wonderful week. Cheers to you!

JBH said...

Happy Birthday Week! Love the idea of having your own virtual party. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Margi Borck said...

Happy Birthday Lesley! I got to your blog via a post at Pat Sloan's blog as we're both into doing more with fabric than just quilting. I love your work and your quote for your Grandmother is awesome, at 42 I haven't found an age I want to go back to yet,,,each year keeps getting better and better and I'm definitely living them OUTLOUD! WOO HOO! margi

Denise said...

I just finished a photo scrapbook/quilted book to celebrate my mom's 90th b-day this November month. I scanned the photos and my son helped with getting them ready to print on fabric. It was such fun looking at the old pics with her holding me as a baby. Can't wait to get your book and thanks to Pat Sloan for mentioning it on her blog.

Sequana said...

Just wait til you hit 60...still better yet!

Happy Birthday!

bascats said...

Hi Lesley, Happy Birthday. Mine was on November 11th but I too celebrate all month. Being fifty (plus) is helping me let go of so many things that held me back, I will remember to live out loud every day from now on! Thanks to Pat Sloan's blog I found yours and I'm sure I'll be even more inspired to create wonderful things. Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us. Jeanne P.

Jan said...

Leslie, best wishes for a happy birthday and a year filled with renewal, rejuvenation, and FUN! I'll miss you in California next summer, but know you are taking good care of yourself.

Mary of CNY said...

Happy Birthday Leslie! I turned 50 this year also. Woo Hoo to the next 50!! Have a wonderful day Friday - hopefully you will be doing some fun things to celebrate.

Roni said...

Happy Birthday, Lesley! Found you through Pat Sloan! And, you are right - life is the best after turning 50!! I love it...and I so appreciate all the little things in life. Your Bibbi sounds like my Grandma - a tough bird who loved life as well! I'm happy that I found your site and plan on stalking it daily! Life is Good!! And again-Happy Birthday!

Jo Anne said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing the interview with your veteran dad! Am looking forward to reading about your version of Market.
JoAnne

Sandy said...

have a very special birthday, Lesley. you are a very special lady.

thank you for creating such a calm sharing class on Tuesday at the Festival. I really appreciated how you helped people when they needed help, but let them get on with it when they wanted to get on. i had such a busy week there, it was wonderful to be able to quietly create throughout the day, even though I had such a bad head that day. I am glad you got to create for yourself when you got home.

oh, and thank you too or appreciating our joy when my sis from Alaska came in at the end and we had our reunion there in your class!

thanks for all the encouragement you consistantly offer people.

Sandy in the UK

Myra said...

What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. Oh, and a big happy birthday to you!

Angie in AZ said...

Happy Birthday Lesley! Friday is my birthday also! I hope you plan some fun time just for you!

Jamie V said...

Have a wonderful birthday! Grandmas are the best!

Susan said...

Happy Birthday to you...happy birthday to you......Hope you have a great day!!

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

My grandmothers weren't the sweet type either, but I learned a lot from them both, including embroidery and crochet -- they started me down the fiber path! Happy, Happy Birthday!

Maj said...

Happy Birthday to you from me too and thanks for being an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lesley
Happy Birthday from New Zealand. Glad you are having a fabulous week. Best wishes Rebecca

Ann K. said...

Happy Birthday, Lesley---it's funny how many wonderful people I know who were born in November. I hope you continue to find the many happinesses, small and large,that you post about in your blog--
Best, Ann K.

andra said...

Happy Birthday Leslie! I am a Nov. 18th baby. My best friend all thru grade school to high school was born on the 16th. I still call her on her birthday from time to time even though we haven't seen each other in years. Have a great year! Smiles,Andra

MA said...

Dear LaLa,

Happiest of birthdays to you! I am 52 and livin outloud. My new motto is, "I told you so." (Now that I can get away with it).

All the Best!
Mary Ann in Boise

Lisa Crofts said...

Hi Lesley and Happy Birthday. I wasnt going to leave a comment but the chance to win one of your fragments is worth it. It is so funny I was just saying to a group of friends the other day that 40 is like the new coming of age forget 21 and 30. I hope your life keeps getting better and better.

Cindy S-E said...

Happy Birthday, Lesley! My birthday was on Saturday, and yes, I too believe that the best is yet to come!