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Saturday, May 23, 2009

What Does it Feel like to turn the Big 5-0?

No different than any other day................................LOL! Honestly, it didn't hurt at all hitting that milestone. I woke up on that special day to this sign stuck on my front porch for everyone to see, since I live right on the Main St. of town. My hubby had a gifted artistic co-worker of his make this sign in honor of my special birthday(Thanks Troy!). Thank goodness that it was hard to read by the car passerbys....lol But when I left for work, I looked back towards the house and the little 3-5 year old preschoolers were out on their walk with their teachers and I saw one of the teachers pointing up towards my porch! Hahaha! See, I had tied an inflatable Sponge Bob up along the side of the sign so that hubby would know that yes indeed, I had spied the infamous BD sign..........lol I wonder how many of the little ones noticed the "Girl Gone Wild at 50" sign beside Sponge Bob and if they had any questions about what those things were hanging out of those holes??????????????? One thing about 50........Depends can be your friend!!! *giggle*

Now, I have to show you the most special of gifts that I received form me dear friend Joyce Stahl of Enchanted Productions. Joycee knows how crazy I am about pumpkins and even more crazy about the white (Lumina) ones. I knew that she was working on a doll that was going to be wearing the special "dream dress". One that had came to her in her dreams.

So when she came down to the shoppe with a special birthday lunch for me, I knew she was bringing the doll wearing the special dream dress which I thought I would be listing on eBay this weekend. I was so excited to see what this doll with the special dress was going to look like! One of my favorite parts of listing Joyce's dolls on eBay for her is taking their pictures and when I saw her, I was already thinking how amazing she was going to look standing in front of my vintage ceiling tin tile that I had just given a makeover!

After Oohing and Aahing and drooling all over her...................Joyce said, "Read her name tag!" I turned over the tag and this is what it said, "Happy Birthday Nana...Because you're so special!" Love, JoycEE. "Elizabeth Ann 2009" Elizabeth is my middle name and Ann is JoycEE's. All I could do, as soon as I started reading that tag, was sob like a baby. I had no idea that this special doll was going to be mine...........=o)

Then JoycEE started to tell me what every little piece and scrap of material, trim and buttons meant and where they came from. Each and every one had a special meaning. Some of the materials were the same materials that were used on dolls that had special meaning and or marked special occasions. Some of the vintage buttons I had given to her, some came from vintage jewelry that was purchased during trips that we had taken together on the hunt for treasures to be used on her magical dollies. The vintage seam binding came from Antiques by the Bay which was one of our amazing day trips during our trip to California for PFATT Fest 2008. So many memories................and all stitched by hand with love to create this amazing dream dress and doll. =o)

I can't even begin to tell you how touched I was to be the recipient of such a heart felt gift. There were many tears shed and a whole lot of hugging going on! =o)

Elizabeth Ann holds in her hand the sweetest little heart shaped pumpkin which signifies the love for Halloween that both JoycEE and I share and also our membership in the EHAG eBay group.

JoycEE even whittled her little pumpkin head stem! I know how many hours she has put into creating this precious little gift and I will always think of her and all those special times that we have shared together when I look at ELizabeth Ann!

Thank you JoycEE!!! You helped make my "half way to a century" birthday the most special one ever and one that I will never ever forget!

Hugs,

33 comments:

Enchanted Productions by Joyce Stahl said...

Awwwwww Nana!

I'm so glad you love Elizabeth Ann! I knew I wanted to make something really special for you for this special birthday! We've had so many adventures together and share so many memories....I wanted Elizabeth Ann to hold all those memories too!

Happy 50th Nana!

Enchanted Blessings and Big Birthday Hugs!
Joycee

Judy C said...

Congrats on 50. People started to take me seriously about then. Now I'm 63 and happier than ever. You seem to have a great life, husband, and great friends. You are lucky.

vintagepaletteart said...

Thank you Judy......you are so right. I am very lucky........=o)

Michele said...

Elizabeth Ann is so kewl! You've truly made a difference in this world when someone puts so much time, love and memories all wrapped up into a gift just for YOU! I got goosebumps from reading everything behind the making of your special doll. Joyce is one gifted gal!
~.~

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

OH I love her dolls and you got the cream of the crop!!! happy birthday Sista..:)

CCs Whimsies said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! I'm about to cry myself!!! What a special friend our Joyce is, and you are so deserving of this doll and Joyce. You are so loved by me and all the Pfatties. I wish I could have celebrated this most special birthday with you. I love you Nana! Crusty

Carolee said...

OK, first, congrats on your 50th! (I'm right behind you, hehe)....

Second, OMG!!! Joycee's creations are always incredible, but she's really outdone herself with Elizabeth Ann! And how special to know the origins and meaning behind the fabrics and trims...My eyes were tearing up just reading your post. Truly a magical gift!

~ Carolee

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Ahhh Lori, she's so beautiful! I'm sure every time you look at her you'll be noticing new and enchanting things.

Happy Birthday again, glad to hear that it was as special as you :)

Lori

Debby said...

Happy Birthday, didn't feel any different at my house the day I turned 50 either...LOL...What a special gift, she is just beautiful. Eat lots of cake.
debby

Jennifer Hepler said...

She is wonderFUL! I have to admit my mouth just dropped open. Elizabeth Ann Is a very special gift! Only friends can give gifts like that!

MaygreenFairies said...

Ohhh Lori "Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You" What a wonderful birthday gift, she is so gorgeous!! You lucky lady. Hugs, Mandy x

Melissa the Holiday Queen said...

Wow, wow, WOW!!!!! First of all, I don't believe that you are 50...you little hot mama! Sounds like your loved ones have a great sense of humor. Too funny!

That Joycee is the best kind of friend and one wickedly talented artist. What a sweet connection you two share.

Little Dollings by Brenda O. said...

Aww, what a sweet reminder of a very special friendship, Lori! You are one lucky girl!! (and so is Joycee!!) I'll look forward to seeing little Elizabeth Ann sometime. (Maybe you'll even let me hold her!) I'm sure she's just oozing love and positive energy!

Brenda
xxoo

vintagepaletteart said...

Thank you all girls for the sweet comments! And yes, JoycEE is such a dear sweet friend who would do anything for you. And even more special is she's one of those friends that "gets it" and me. It must be the artist in us both. =o)

vintagepaletteart said...

OH....and I meant to add that I wish you ALL could have been here to share my special BD with me! That would have been THE BEST! =o)

Leah's Art Magic said...

I have to tell you I have a tear rolling down my face reading your wonderful story about receiving your beautiful Elizabeth Ann. You and Joycee have such a special friendship. Happy birthday Lori and many more!

Hugs,
Leah

Sweet B Folk Art said...

Happy Belated Birthday!


- Sweet B

AwtemNymf said...

Wow- what a doll.... what a surprise and what a birthday gift! You're really lukcy! I'm a lover of pumpkins too and that doll is beyond gorgeous! (be still my heart) :O)

vintagepaletteart said...

AwtemNymf......She's even prettier in person. And thank you, yes I am very lucky indeed.

vintagepaletteart said...

Thank you Sweet B!! =o)

I'm still eating those smarties! Going to have to refill my pumpkin treat jar!

vintagepaletteart said...

Leah............thank you so much! =D

pywackit said...

I hope you had a wonderful Birthday Lori. You deserve it. My 50 is coming up pretty soon here too.

Blessings
Cindy

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

simply exquisite

she's the pumpkin version of Miss Havisham!

Joyce is so generous - and, needless to say, talented!

Happy, Happy, belated.

I wish I were only turning 50! That was a nice decade.

lovetheprimlook said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful 50th bithday . You will have the most stunning bday present to remember it too. Happy belated bithday to you !!!

Angie

vintagepaletteart said...

Yeah Cindy! Come join the rest of girls in the big 5-0 club! =o)

Johanna Parker said...

Hey You!...... Saw your silly post and wanted to thank you for spreading the word about my GiveAway!!! :) I appreciate it of course!.....

Lucky you to have such a dream dolly gift from the talented Msssss.Joyce!.... What a wonderful treasure!
And Happy 5-0 again!

xoxo,
Johanna

Creager Studios said...

Happy Belated Birthday... see, turning 50 didn't hurt to badly did it!! Everything from this point on...a pieces of cake!! OoOOOoo Cake...hope it was yummy! and speaking of yummy...what a WONDERFUL Gift you received....a treasure.

Hugs...
Jodi

vintagepaletteart said...

Hi Johanna! *giggle* I couldn't help myself! =o) Thanks for the BD wishes!

vintagepaletteart said...

Hi Jodi!! Thank you! uh oh..........you said the C word.......=o)

Fantasy Whispers - Vania Cruz-Perez said...

What a beautiful birthday present! The story was so touching that it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing it with us Lori :)
Gorgeous doll!!

Hugs...

Diana said...

WOW..you lucky lucky gal!!! That truly is a GORGEOUS doll...though all of hers are!!! Enjoy your beauty, and Happy Birthday!! Diana

vintagepaletteart said...

Thank you Vania! I think I should have left a box of tissues here for all of us........=o)

vintagepaletteart said...

Awwwwwwww...thank you Diana! =o)