Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy Birthday to me!!

Hi, hello! Welcome to my birthday party! I am so glad that you could come over for a visit.

May I get you some iced tea?

I have always loved my birthday because it falls in the early summer when the flowers are out and gardens are looking so, so beautiful. Will you come see?

My birthday is less than a week away from the Summer Solstice. This turning of the Wheel of the Seasons is all about our connections to water, the rivers, lakes, and oceans, and to the gods and goddesses who rule them. Blue and turquoise are the colors for this season. Please come in and see how the garden and the Great Wheel conspired in beauty for me this week:

Oh! And look! There is someone behind the flowers...

Why, it is two of my studio friends! They have been hanging out with me lately as I have been designing their clothes. I call it a Single line Doodle.

Here is a close-up (albeit a fuzzy one). I started at his heart and then moved out to the squiggle, on to some swirls, and leaves, and more squiggles. The trick is to never lift one's pen from beginning to end and fill the whole area with designs and writing - anything you like!

Both of these puppets are made of two triangles about 9" tall. I cut separate heads, hair and hands. I used doublestick tape to affix them to their sticks and planted them in an empty flower pot.

Well, let's have some cake, all right?
My birthday table has rose petals from another part of our garden, and that lucious cake was made by Boynton-McKay Restaurant on Main Street in Camden, Maine. I ordered it especially and one of the owners and her daughter invited me in back to help decorate it with these georgous flowers. Don't worry, it was after hours and I wasn't in the way at all. Boynton-McKay is one of Camden's hot spots, keeping locals and visitors well fed and happy.

Aren't the flowers great?

And look at this rose petal - it is a heart!
Will you have a slice? Look at all of these layers!! I love this cake! Perfect, perfect for a party. Thank you, Susan!

Later today, as a treat, some friends and I are going to go to Pizza Hut to support their very generous partnership with A Family For ME - the adoption program in the state of Maine to match children and families. If you are in Maine from 4 - 8 PM on June 16th, I hope that you will join us!!

Now I would love to give you a party favor. If you leave me a comment or write to me at then I will send you one of the little packages I have... there are a couple of ATCs, a tiny book or two, a couple of postcards and some other treats from my studio. I have 21 little packages to mail out, because ... well ... I am over 21!

Thank you so much for spending some of my day with me. Send me a note and I will send you your little birthday gift!


Carla said...

Have a lovely, lovely birthday! I love your studio friends, the flowers and the cake-yum!
may you have the best of days, and may all your wishes come true.

Urban Amulets said...

Happy birthday! What a neat idea for a birthday blog party! I had a blast!

Gina said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday! I love the drawings at the beginning of this post.

KathrynAntyr said...

Happy Delicious Birthday. The cake is divine and what a lucky girl to get in the kitchen to help out. I love Camden and look forward to my next visit there. It has been ages since I've been by here. Will you be attending Miss Vanessa's Mad Tea Party in a couple of weeks? Visit my blog at to pick up your invitation and the details. It is a party not to miss.

Have a sweet birthday and thank you for inviting me!

{soul hugs}
Kathryn, Collage Diva

La Viscountess said...

ooooooooooh i just discover your blog.... so i'll take a cup of tea, i love tea... and your flower are wonderfuls... the rose heart or heart rose (?) is lovely...
so again!!!!
may this day full of love, hapiness and friendship!!!

Ina Ftacek said...

It was alot of fun celebrating on your blog your birthday!!!have an awesome one and artistic one!!!The cake looked yummy! Have a blastand may your wishes and dreams come true. hugs happy wishes!!!Ina

An Evolving Artist @ said...

I am so glad to meet another artist who wants to give presents for her birthday, as opposed to receiving presents! Good Job!

femminismo said...

Happy (belated) Birthday. I love the heart-shaped rose petal. You have some lovely friends dropping by your studio. Love the design drawn in the background. - Jeanne in Oregon

Megan Warren said...

Happy Birthday!
What a wonderful idea to have a birthday blog party! I haven't been to your blog before - so I'm off to have a look around. xxxx

peggy gatto said...

Best birthday party I ever attended, really, such fun!!!!!
Enjoy your day and you must celebrate until sunday! I will have an iced mocha with whipped cream, just for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was all you hoped it to be! I am sure you had fun because your cake was beautiful, the flowers grand and the two dolls so cute. :)

Hugs and may you celebrate many more!

Margaret Field said...

Happy birthday, Robin! Fantastic flowers (the BEST party decoration!), and a scrumptious and beautiful cake, too. If I had visited in person, I would have brought flowers - a tradition in my country. And the birthday celebrant buys the cake and pastries, to give to all who visit on the special day. Another tradition I cherish.
Margaret Field (who will celebrate on June 27)

Iris E. said...

Oh YUMMY, that cake looks fab. And I love the single-line drawing characters!

Have SUCH a happy day today!
Hooray, the sun is shining for you!


Iris E. said...

Oh YUMMY, that cake looks fab. And I love the single-line drawing characters!

Have SUCH a happy day today!
Hooray, the sun is shining for you!


MrsL said...

What a fun party! I'm sorry I didn't come earlier, but you kow how lifeis sometimes. My favorite thing was that special cake---and calorie free!!!

Happy Birthday ( a little belatedly)

craftirn said...

What a fun idea. I loved the idea of your party and you did it wonderfully. I had a smile on my face. Thank you for brightening a loooong work day.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Happy bird day to you, happy bird day to you, happy bird day, dear Robinsunne, happy bird day to you.

Anne Marie - Toronto (from the CPS list)

Caryn Lynn said...

What a sweet celebration. Hope your day was the best!

CreativSpirit said...

Happy Birthday Robin, thanks so much for inviting me to your party and the lovely iced tea. Great Party.


Linda said...

Happy happy Birthday. The cake looked divine and the flowers were georgeous. I hope your birthday was fabulous!!

CindyB said...

Happy Birthday to you. The flowers are beautiful and the iced tea yummy