Tuesday, 3 July 2007

It's My Birthday...

.....and I'm having a lovely day. My very dear friends from Sydney woke me with a tuneful rendition of 'Happy Birthday to you' then we chatted for most of the morning, aren't phone cards fab. Amanda is a fellow Etsy seller and had just been to her first Etsy meeting in a favourite little cafe of mine in Glebe, Sydney, I was very jealous, a: because she got to meet lots of like minded people and b: because they do the best cakes and peppermint tea!
Then just after we finished chatting these arrived from her & her gorgeous hubby

they smell divine and look so pretty on the beautiful table cloth my mum & dad bought me from Italy.

Then another friend phoned from Spain and it got me to thinking.....Russ and I have only been back in the UK for a few months after traveling & working abroad for a couple of years. I celebrated my birthday this time last year in the incredibly cool city of Melbourne

and the year before in Phuket.

Excuse the cheesy photo, it's to illustrate the point that I was sat on a deserted beach, with white sand and turquoise sea.........
North London doesn't seem quite so glamorous compared, but tonight I get to go to my local pub with a few of my closest friends & I think that's what its all about really.


  1. Have the happiest of birthdays! Mine is in a few days and I hope to receive a few of your prints from my Mother. I hope you are as happy as your art makes me!


  2. happy birthday mandy!
    where were you in melbourne? i lived there for 5 years
    polly x

  3. sending you birthday wishes from across the atlantic...
    wishing you a year full of love, luck and laughter!

  4. I just came here to tell you how great your drawings are, I love them! So sweet.

    And now I see, it's your birthday today! So I wish you a happy birthday, enjoy this day and let the sun shine for you!

    Best wishes from Germany,

  5. hi mandy and a very happy birthday to you! i can't see your pics for some reason, i will try to re-load later (i'm very nosy, like to see what people look like!)
    that etsy meeting is such a lovely idea, but you're the only other etsy londoner i know!

    have a great night.

  6. Happy Birthday!
    May all your wishes come true so that You`ll notice it!

    Happy, happy, happy Birthday!

    PS, I´m first time here and at very first post :)

  7. Happy birthday! I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day, even though you're not in some exotic far-off land.... (though London is exotic and far-off to me!) :D


  8. Hi, I love your creations, they're really lovely.
    Happy Birthday. We got some sun up here in Yorkshire this afternoon so hope you got some too.
    Thanks for sharing your work.

  9. Happy Birthday, Mandy!!

    And p.s. North London still sounds totally amazing :)


  10. Happy Birthday to you!!! We are so lucky to have found you and your artwork and wish you many happy birthdays to come!

    Beckie, Chris and daughters Emma Tilley & Sadie Rose

  11. Happy Happy Happy DAY!!!!! How wonderful. I loved the cheesy photo. So appropriate for the beach scene... May you share many many more with those who make you giggle inside... And those who make you smile for no real reason.... That is what counts too... xoxoxo

  12. Thank you everyone for all your Birthday wishes, I feel very, very spoilt.

  13. Happy Birthday!
    I see you are well underway with dear friends calling you, lovely presents and a night at the pub ahead (nothing better than a classic English pub when the rain is puring outside..). Enjoy!

  14. Hello! Happy Birthday!

    I have found your blog from Sheye and saw that you are doing some drawings for her. I was wondering if you maydo some for me as I am looking for some artwork to put on my Daughter's bedroom wall. Ashleigh is very blonde and we like the drawing of the blonde girl with the striped top on (one of the last ones)in youy etsy shop. I can be contacted on sshope@optusnet.com.au

    Shayne xxx

  15. Hey toots
    SO glad the flowers arrived and that is so nice to give me a shout out - muchos love....
    Glad u had a lovely day - catch ya laters axx

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  17. only! me sorry i posted it twice DOH!

  18. happy birthday! I hope you have a lovely day :) Hana x

  19. I'm late, but Happy Belated Birthday! Glad you had fun! :)

  20. ooh your photos have magically appeared...now i am dreaming of sydney AND thailand!

  21. Mandy.. Happy Birthday to You! I am so pleased to be staring contentedly at your blog each time you post! Thanks for the loveliness! Pip

  22. Happy Birthday Mandy from Brazil! our little Mia was born last weds, 4th July, and loves her beautiful room with your prints! I don't know if I told you, but i'm Australian (my husband is Brazilian) and i'm from Melbourne. its a very cool city indeed and I miss it so much! Parabens do Brasil e beijos x!!

  23. being a little bit of an aglophile I crave London so much after five years without it..

  24. Oh and belated happy birthday!