Wednesday, 6 July 2011

All my birthdays have come at once...

At least that is what it feels like this morning.


Not only is it my birthday today, which makes me feel very excited even at my age, but I've also had some extra special, super exciting news. But first... it wouldn't be a birthday without cake.


A malted milk and chocolate cake. (I made it up... just bunged a load of Horlicks powder into the cake mixture and chocolate icing... topped with Maltesers, of course) Tastes pretty good!


I confess we started it yesterday to celebrate my good news... along with a rather nice glass of pink bubbly (a birthday present from my two lovely step children)


And my news... I heard yesterday that I have been accepted to start an MA in Contemporary Textiles at the University of Hertfordshire this September. Although I won't be finishing off my BA, I will still end up graduating in 2013 as before, but hopefully with  a better qualification. Plus I now get to go to University where I have access to studio space, print studios, recording studios etc... I can't tell you how excited (and slightly terrified) I feel.

Today I already feel I've been spoilt rotten... a morning off from dog walking and sorting out the chickens... Stewart took over while I stayed in bed and read my book. I've had some lovely presents including an ipod... which of course I've now got to learn how to use (also terrifying!) I have to say though, one of my favourite presents was this key ring from Sam...

Just perfect after the success of my installation on Monday. So as you might imagine, excitement levels are running high around here. This afternoon we're off to Cambridge to hire a punt, and Sam is going to give us our very own private tour of made up "facts" about the colleges... and even the gathering black clouds can't dampen my enthusiasm.

62 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! That key ring is perfect, how sensitive of Sam! Great news about the new course, you'll enjoy it.

    Don't fall in!

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  2. Many happy returns! And congrats on finding a great way forward for your degree - I'll look forward to following this exciting journey.

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  3. Should have concentrated better !! Have a wonderful day and again, brilliant news.

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  4. Happy birthday and congratulations on getting on that course. Pink bubbly and chocolate cake what more could you ask for!

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  5. Happy birthday Gina and many congratulations on going to University! You must feel fantastic to have that news and your lovely birthday gifts.

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  6. Happy Birthday and wonderful news about your course!

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  7. Hope you have a wonderful day. Many congratulations on the new course. Looking forward to reading/sharing the journey with you. they do say "when a door closes, a window opens".

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  8. Oh Happy Day! Opening that red door opened the way to an MA, and you can carry your true token of good fortune with you, on your keyring.

    Everything comes to she who textiles while she waits.

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  9. What a happy outcome with your degree I'm so pleased for you.Have a brilliant birthday Gina - eat lots of cake.

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  10. happy birthday and congratulations!

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  11. Such great news, Gina. Have a very Happy Birthday!

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  12. Happy birthday and as the saying goes as one door closes another opens.

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  13. Brilliant news and a happy birthday!

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  14. Happy Birthday I hope you have an amazing afternoon. Your work is fabulous and when my laptop is back up and running I will have a good look. Take care....Many Happy Returns of the day x

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  15. Your wonderful news couldn't have come at a better time, congratulations and Happy Birthday to you x

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  16. Happy Birthday and hope you have a wonderful day. Such great news about your course. :)

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  17. All such brilliant news, and a birthday too - does it get any better?!

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  18. You must be on cloud nine! Have a wonderful birthday and RELAX. :O))))

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  20. That was me that deleted the one above, the b****y thing published twice!

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  21. Happy birthday! That cake looks divine!

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  22. Happy Birthday Gina - the keyring is perfect, the cake looks gorgeous (I can almost taste it!) and your news is thrilling. I had such a strong feeling that things would work out for you, and I couldn't be more pleased. Have a lovely day and stay dry if possible!

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  23. Happy Birthday Gina!
    What great news on your birthday too, congratulations!
    So glad you're having a great day and how appropriate is that keyring.
    Now can I have a slice of that cake please! ;)
    Vivienne x

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  24. Gina, what grand news and gifts to celebrate your Happy Birthday! That cake surely looks scruptious...bet it disappears quickly.

    Best wishes for many happy returns. xo

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  25. Well done! I'm sure the course will be more fun than the distance learning.

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  26. That's wonderful news, am really, really pleased for you!!! Happy Birthday - enjoy the cake and everything else! x

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  27. Happy Birthday! And that is the most exciting news--definitely the best birthday present ever!

    K x

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  28. Happy Birthday Gina!

    Looks as if things are falling into place - the new course sounds full of amazing possibilities!

    Enjoy that cake!
    Celia
    x

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  29. happy, happy, happy, happy birthday to you Gina. What great news about the course too - great proof that silver linings are no myth!

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  30. Very many Happy returns of the day Gina,I hope you have a wonderful day (cake looks good!)
    So pleased about the MA,I look forward to seeing and hearing all about it.

    X

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  31. Happy Birthday. I hope that the river Cam was calm enough to punt on. The new course sounds great, It sounds perfect.

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  32. Happy Birthday Gina! Congratulations on everything -- you have enough excitement here for five full posts LOL!

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  33. I am so pleased for you
    happy birthday

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  34. Happy happy Birthday and HUGE congratulations about your new degree course! I'm so pleased for you Gina and really cannot wait to see what you get up to at University :o)

    xxx

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  35. It's lovely to hear your good news after the set backs. Enjoy your birthday and that incredible looking cake!

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  36. super news Gina about MA and birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  37. Hooray! Such good news and fabulous timing. Hope you got lashings of made-up facts. My favourite was "Magdelene College was founded by Mary Magdelene"

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  38. Absolutely brilliant news about the MA - and on your birthday too! How fortuitous! BTW - did you get given the bumps?

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  39. Happy Birthday AND congrats!
    xxx

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  40. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And huge congratulations on the new course - very exciting stuff!

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  41. They will be very lucky to have you! Well done and a very Happy Birthday.
    Cake looks delicious, but as you know, I don't eat cake. x

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  42. Happy Birthday Gina and what fantastic news about your MA - I'm really pleased for you :o)

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  43. Never in doubt!!

    I am thrilled for you - particularly that the high standard of your work has been recognised and your portfolio has worked its magic.

    Happy Birthday, Gina - I think that it is going to be a very special and exciting year for you.

    Alicex

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  44. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy that wonderful cake.

    I'm SO pleased for you about your MA news, you really deserve it and you will end up with an even better qualification!

    Phone box is cute (you've obviously now got to make teeny-tiny version of the lace people!).

    xx

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  45. Happy Birthday and Congratulations Gina!!!
    Well done. But, I cannot believe you made your own cake!

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  46. what wonderful news. i am so happy for you. and happy, happy birthday gina.

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  47. Happy Birthday! And what wonderful news! Sounds like wonderful reasons to celebrate. That cake looks delish.

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  48. Happy happy birthday for yesterday Gina! I've slipped out of blogland these last weeks, so just catching up with the rollercoaster you've been on. So pleased for you re the MA - all your fabulous work is being recognised. Well done!

    Yummy looking cake, too....

    Have a truly wonderful year!

    Diana x

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  49. Happy Birthday. That's brilliant news about the MA.

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  50. Oh Gina Happy Birthday for yesterday - hope you had a fabulous day in Cambridge. Good news about the MA - good luck for the future. ps. love the cake!

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  51. Happy Birthday Gina! And that's brilliant news about your course.

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  52. a very Happy Birthday Gina, and what fantastic news!!

    xxx

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  53. what a fantastic looking cake, happy birthday Gina hope you have a great day in Cambridge. I am so pleased to hear your news about the new course

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  54. Great news and Happy Birthday, Vera

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  55. Wonderful news about your MA - I had a feeling things would work out well in the end! And congratulations on your birthday - same day as mine (though mine was a BIG one!!)

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  56. Great news about the new course,bet you can't wait to start.Belated happy birthday too x

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  57. What a delicious looking cake! Exciting news about the course, and Happy Birthday for yesterday!!! Erika

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  58. What a cake! Well done on being accepted on the MA course, enjoy the new studio area, I will look forward to the final exhibition.

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  59. Yey , there is your silver lining! So glad for you :-) x

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  60. Happy Birthday Gina! And huge congratulations on the MA - it will be fascinating to see what clever things you come up with on this course! Lucy xx

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  61. GOodness I'm so out of touch. Happy happy belated Birthday to you and wow -that telephone box looks amazing. HUGE congratulations on being accepted for the new course. How amazing! Even more congrtulations for your amazing media mentions too! You're famous!!!

    It's fabulous that you've had such good things happen soon after the bad. So pleased for you xxxx

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  62. Happy belated birthday. The cake looks scrumptious ... I just bought some Horlicks last week, so might have to have a play with cake making and try your recipe, it sounds delicious and fattening!!
    Brilliant news about the uni - the always say "one door closes, and another door opens". So much to look forward to ... enjoy the challenge.

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