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It’s my birthday and I’ll be happy if I want to

I got up from the chair in front of my computer this morning (very slowly and a bit painfully) and I thought: “I’m going to blog about me today”.

It’s that time of year when I run out of fingers and toes when counting my new age, again. I’m a year older than Andre Aggassi, Kelly Holmes, Macy Gray and  Uma Thurman,  and a year younger than singers Kylie Minogue  and Anastasia.

The day I was born: The Beatles “Get Back” was number 1 in the UK music charts, Patrick Troughton was Doctor Who.  Seven  weeks later, man set foot on the moon for the first time: a few months later the Woodstock Festival happened.  Sesame Street and Scooby-Doo  were aired for the first time.   Harold Wilson was in Number 10, Nixon was in the White House, US troops were still in Vietnam. A few months before, Elvis has just recorded “Suspicious Minds”. The Beatles had already played their last live performance,  on the roof of  Apple Studios. Concorde had just had its first test flight.

Yes. I’m that old.

I’m definitely starting to enjoy my birthdays rather than being disappointed by them (ages 15 to 37), or dreading them (ages 28 to 31, and 36 to 39). Has the occasion changed or have I?

Me, definitely me.

I’ve learnt to ask for what I want, to say no to what I don’t want, and I’ve found (and hung on to) people who are happy to hug me on “National Claire Day”. As you may have spotted in my posts, I’ve had a child and work-stress free year (almost a year) now that my children are both away at university (proud Mom moment, sorry), so I’ve had a lot of time to think, and work things out in my head.

I’m a lot more together today than I have been for years, and more content too.  I’ve accepted myself (cliché moment, I know) and I’m working with what I’ve got (or with what I am) instead of trying to be the same as everyone else. I’m never going to be great at remembering things (apart from completely random and useless stuff) so I’ve stopped trying to remember and trained myself to record the important stuff instead.

I now take (lots of) pleasure in (lots of) little things and have let go of a lot of the “stuff” that was making me unhappy. OMG, I’ve finally grown-up!  🙂

One of my friends sent me this:

If you want to see other things that make me happy, just click on the links to my facebook page or my etsy favourites and you’ll see lots of things that put a smile on my face.

I’m being taken out to dinner tonight by my fiancé, Mr CB, so I’m off to get myself dressed up.

Happy (43-year-old) ClaireBear

Aging Sucks (catatonicinmyhead.wordpress.com) my heart goes out to her, I used to be incredibly disappointed too
Happy Birthday to me (oldmdgirl.blogspot.com)
Birthdays are good for you (captainofthissurvivorship.wordpress.com)
Happy Birthday Astrid! (kipsoton.wordpress.com)

My birthday last year

Happy Birthday to me (living in interesting times)

New Quiltalong – Craftsy Block of the Month

As I’ve almost completed my WIPs (apart from a huge bespoke quilt that I’ll tell you about in a few months’ time when I’ve got somewhere with it), so I’ve been looking around for a way of extending my quilting skills. I signed up for this Block of the Month course on Craftsy, mostly because it’s free. You get a video tutorial and a pdf with written instructions for 2 blocks every month.

I’ve decided to use fabric I already have in my stash to do it, so the whole year’s worth of blocks should be pretty cheap inexpensive to make into a quilt.

I’ve been wanting to use this Mono mini-bundle of fat quarters,

Mono fat quarter mini-bundle in Claire Bear Shop on Etsy, 100% cotton, £5 plus shipping.

click to see other items in my shop

that I stock in my  Claire Bear Shop  on Etsy, for ages. I have quite a bit of the pattern fabric and more grey and black in my stash, obviously.

Being me I couldn’t use grey on its own, so I decided to add some of the plain cotton in my stash. After two days of looking at a pile on my coffee table, I have settled on the fabrics below to add a restrained,  fruity splash of colour to my monochrome quilt.

I see pear, lime, lemon, apricot, pale peach and nectarine. I can't stop looking at this combination of colours, it's so pretty!

The proportions of colour in this quilt are going to be; mostly monochrome (white/grey/black) with a just flash of colour in most of the blocks but not all of them (aren’t I being restrained?) I’ll keep you posted throughout the year, so you can see how I get on (or not).

This will not end up being mostly colour with a bit of monochrome. Definitely not.

I can do this!! And yes, I will iron everything first. Promise.

Happy Claire Bear

Reminder – help Claire Bear raise money by buying from her Etsy shops in October

FYI, this includes my Halloween brooches





As many of you will know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I have decided to donate 50p from every item purchased from and paid for either of my Etsy shops (Handmade by Claire Bear and Claire Bear Shop) for the whole month.

I have updated my shops with a lot of new stock today, and although it is the 3rd of October already, I will be backdating the 50p per item donation to cover all items already purchased this month.

You wont notice any increase in prices, because there aren’t any. My prices are staying the same, throughout October: I’m the one making the donation.

Having said that, if you want to make a donation, here is the link to donate  online


Happy buying

Claire Bear

me (in hat) with some friends at the start of one of the Cancer Research UK's "Race for Life" in 2010

a very tired me after walking the 2010 Cancer Research UK's "Walk for Life"

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