Friday, September 18

aged 40 but only just...

so this is it...
next time we meet i will be a 41 year old handcrafting thrifting mama.


i'm thinking there may be tears
i'm thinking there may be laughter
and i'm thinking you will no doubt be by my side as i am so fortunate to have you as my friends.

and on that note, if any of you wish to take on this challenge for yourselves, you are most welcome to join in.
you don't have to start on sunday, you can pick any day you wish and you are also most welcome to list any 'exceptions to the rule'...
just click on my little button on the side for details and be sure to let me know so i can add you to the 'challengers of the utmost kind' list.
as you can see i already have two willing victims who feel the need to bring a handcrafted, secondhand lifestyle to their home and closet.
kari and debbie, have taken it upon themselves to join me and i am most happy to have them and any others for company along the way...

i am actually most excited to see how things progress... what horrors may rear their ugly heads. but best of all, how creative i can get with customizing my clothes and kitting out my home with handcrafted goodness and thrifty items.
and not resemble (as i fear will be the case), a 'mad deranged bag' lady but a 'bohemian eclectic crafty' woman of a 'uncertain' age...

she is wishing you the best of lie-ins on sunday morning and one for herself as well ~ Tif aged 40 for the last time

30 comments:

Sonja said...

I've been preparing a blog post that lists my exceptions, but am really serious about your challenge. Already told my family. So please add moi to your list. Keep in mind that 40 or 41- it is only a number. You are still THE lovely handcrafting, thrifty mama that is Dottie Angel.

dottie angel said...

hurrah!!!!!
welcome aboard, dearest sonja... it is lovely to have you join me :)

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Tif
Firstly Happy Birthday for Sunday! Hope you have many treats and much spoiling of the pampering kind.
Secondly, As someone who is almost halfway to 90 (!) my post 40 days have been the happiest of my adult life, so I hope you find the same!
Thirdly, please add me to your list for the challenge of the utmost kind... I am working on my exceptions still, but will be blogging loud and clear once I am certain of what they will be.
Happy birthday weekend!
Denise x

Qalballah said...

Age aint nothing but a number. How old is your soul? Timeless.

Oh who am I kidding - drown your sorrows kidder, go into denial overdrive, bury your head. That's the ticket...

Jeannette said...

Have a wonderful birthday, with lots of laughter)!
♥ Jeannette

Farmgirl Cyn said...

No worries, dearest Dottie....as far as I'm concerned, you are still a spring chicken, myself having reached the glorious "56" this year! And, haven't you heard??? 41 is the new 29!

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy birthday to you!

E (Avid Fan)

Anonymous said...

Wishing you best of luck on your inspiring challenge. I'm a newcomer to your fantastic blog. I just turned 42 (this week) and I find, as I'm getting older, I'm returning to my roots. I was raised by the thriftiest, made from scratch, homegrown, mom you can imagine. I taught myself to sew this summer and now I'm making things for my kids and I'm back to my thrift store roots. You're part of a great tradition of creativity & thrift.

dottie angel said...

denise, how fabby that you should join the fun... i happy to have you a long for the ride :)

thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes... it has made me feel extra super special :)

Inka said...

Happy Birthday! :)

Kristy said...

I know it would be fun and I really should try but if I'm honest I am really loving the whole 'shopping with my teens and sharing our clothes' stage of our relationship. I know for a fact that number 2 daughter would not join so sadly I will not be joining the gang.I will spectate and sometimes partake if that's okay?

Pat said...

My forties were the best and most productive ever. Be happy for coming into your prime. It is all in front of you.

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday dearest Tif...

41 is coming together as the best year ever for me...
I know it will be your best year ever too...
Looking forward to meeting the new 41 year old thriftying mama...

I would love to join your challenge...
If the pub is sold(we are getting contacts signed this week) I will be challenged to the limits as I have had a very long list of wants so it could be extremely interesting...
you can link me with my lovingthevintage blog...

Hugs for Sunday!!!

dottie angel said...

lovely to have you along for the challenge my dear michelle...
i shall enjoy watching your 41st year alongside of mine :)

Francesca said...

oh happy birthday lovely lovely tif. hopefully not too many tears. i would join you on your challenge but that would mean no topshop and i'm just not up to it.

lucky knitter said...

Happy Birthday! I hope this is a wonderful year for you. I really liked being 41!

Elicia said...

bohemian eclectic crafty lady you shall always fabulously be. inspiring, too. :) happy birthday!

moline said...

Wishing you a wonderful Birthday
Me, a 43 old woman who loves being over 40! i am rally much looking forward to your challenge. This will certainly teach me a lot and maybe in a year's time I will be able to take up my own challenge

Kaylovesvintage said...

I could do the second hand life style but I'm not got with fabric"s & co guess I could do the knitting

Kaylovesvintage said...

happy birthday

ArtsyMama said...

Thanks, Tif!! Hope you're having a wonderful day as well. Looking forward to the challenge beginning. Not sure what to expect, but nice to have someone else along for the ride!!
Kari

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Dear Tif! I hope you're enjoying your day!

~ Jennifer

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

P.S. Age is only a number. You're light years ahead of me in the technology dept. According to the young kids, that'll keep you 'hip' for years!

I just noticed you're on Twitter. I haven't had the nerve to try to figure that out yet. I'm still trying to get used to Facebook and I've been on there for quite a few months already.

susan said...

Very Happy Birthday. I thought 40 was a scary birthday but I'm enjoying the ones that have come after it very much.

Have read your lovely blog for a while and will now read your tweets too.

kat said...

happiest of birthdays!!!
don't fuss so, 41 is not an antique, it's barely vintage ;-)
try being 42 with a newborn - ack i'm tired!

Cary Walker said...

i hope it's a lovely birthday. i find your home photos so inspiring. i think it's lovely what you do with your vintage/thrifted finds... and i look forward to seeing the creativity that comes out of this challenge!

Violette Crumble said...

Happy upcoming birthday! I already make what we use, or generally buy second-hand. That said, I just bought a new Ikea dresser, so I suppose that taking your challenge might be more challenging than I imagine. Let me ponder the possibilities. In the mean time, I'm excited to see what you come up with since you are already the yard sale and thrift-store queen.

Leanda said...

Firstly, Happy Birthday! My 41st is fast looming too :) And I would like to say a BIG thank you for including me in your guest spot selection for Emma's 'Colour Your Monday' feature. It really made my day!! Thank you, thank you, thank you x

nellie loves vintage said...

You are always an ispiration...and this challenge is just that. Count me in, I'm ready for a challenge.

dottie angel said...

thank you all for your lovely birthday wishes... i am one lucky blogger to have you as my friends :)