Monday, March 30, 2009

A Happy 40th Birthday Weekend

OH my, what a wonderful weekend!

I had a three-day art and craft show in Chantilly, VA this weekend, the Craftsmen's Classic. Sunday was my 40th (eek, when did THAT happen?) birthday, so I was determined to make it a good one.

Well, it was better than I could ever have expected. My customers are just the best, and they treated me to birthday cards, hugs, and some wonderful surprises. On Friday, one of my customers brought me a fairy wand pen:

and a plate of cupcakes:


(The photo is a stand-in, as they were delicious and gone before I ever thought of pulling out the camera).

In an earlier post, I showed you the back of the Birthday Queen crown that Allegra made me. I decided to wear it ALL weekend, not just on Sunday, and it got lots of comments and more than a few sales offers.


Isn't it lovely? She used amazing things -- vintage Miriam Haskell pearls, German glitter, and there are two huge Swarovskis in the center of two of the hydrangeas. I just love hydrangeas, and use silk ones all throughout my show booth.

Just putting this crown on put me in a festive mood, and I swear, it was contagious. There was such energy and fun in my booth the entire weekend, and I beat my all-time sales record -- a marvelous birthday gift!

I dearly hate having my picture taken, but 40 is a time for change, right?

The entire weekend was, in a word, awesome. I got a chance to hang out with my friend Ayenne, having great dinners and indulging in drinks and desserts that I normally skip. I got huge hugs from my guys when they came to help me pack out, and when I got in my van to drive home, there were cards and candy on the seat waiting for me.

I was dreading 40. But it's off to a fantastic start!
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21 comments:

  1. Sounds like a blast...last year when I turned 50, my friends told me "50 is the new 30" so that means 40 is the new 20! Enjoy!

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  2. That's what so many people said this weekend!

    And seriously, I feel like I'm stuck at 30 -- that's the age I choose to be!

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  3. Happy Birthday! The crown looks great on you!

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  4. Lori, sounds like you had a great birthday and sales weekend..I really love the crown and the wand...customers are GREAT!!

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  5. Anonymous10:35 PM

    Lori -
    How great - - Love the crown and the picture was great also.
    Happy 40 th Birthday -
    Deb

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  6. Happy Birthday Lori! you deserve the best. You look younger than 40 and you look beautiful and happy!!! stay healthy and enjoy life. Life is beautiful.

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  7. Yay I am so glad you had a good day! You look fabulous in your crown. ((hugs))

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  8. Oh you look so beautiful in your crown...Happy Birthday!!!

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  9. Happy Happy Birthday! Looks like you came out in style! Luv that tiara!!!!!!!!!!! What a great friend you have!!!! :)

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  10. You look beautiful in your crown. Perhaps you should wear it all the time?!? Hope your birthday was a happy one and that your 40th year is the best EVER!!!

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  11. Happy Birthday and looks like you had a blast of a weekend!
    So, 40 is the new 20? So, I'm 25. . .ok

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  12. I love the crown and you wear it so well. Happy Birthday!!

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  13. ~*YAY!!!*~ Happy Birthday!!!!

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  14. My wife just turned 40. On her birthday, my 6-year old, 3-year old and I drew 40 pictures, each telling her why we love her.

    My favorite is one of my 3-year old's drawing: a bug.

    "Why?" I asked.

    "I love Mommy because she kills bugs," he said.

    Mike
    http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com

    Twitter: AboutParenting

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  15. I hate having my photo taken too , but you look really cute in this one Lori - that's a great crown! So glad you enjoyed your b-day :)

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  16. Happy Birthday! also you have a beautiful necklace.

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  17. Happy 40th!!!! Sounded like a great weekend of celebrating! Your picture of you is gorgeous! I love that crown!

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  18. Happy birthday! you look like a queen, lovely and beautiful"

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  19. Happy birthday! Sounds like so much fun!! And you look fabulous!!

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