Saturday, December 5, 2009

2nd Annual Happy Birthday to Me Contest

Layer Cake, 2009, Oil on Panel, 6x4

So I decided to have a birthday gift contest again this year and when I went to get the link to last year's post I reread it and well, it was an excellent post and I am not sure I can top it this year. Heh.

There are a few differences this year however; I am turning 45 (bleh) and my crabbiness is not because of that (well, not ONLY because of that) but because I have been so busy the last few days and am now pretty much totally freaking out about how little time I have left to finish work for my upcoming show, there are a zillion events written on the calendar for the coming weeks so I am going to have many interruptions to my studio time. Arghhh!! Plus I had to do a lot of driving today in our first real snow this year, without any warm up for it, like flurries or even sleet; just a full out snow with slippery roads and everything.

But anyway.

This year has been a bit tumultuous but things are really good now despite looming deadlines, and I am pretty sure that I will be having a very nice birthday on Sunday. The snow makes it seem as if we live in a winter wonderland, I am pretty sure I will be getting some cool gifts from the kids and even though I have to work for a few hours tomorrow, I actually consider that a gift as well.

So same terms apply as last year: leave me a message between now and midnight tomorrow (December 6th is the magic day:)) and say Happy Birthday to me. We'll put all the names in a hat or whatever, and announce the winner on Monday. The lucky duck may choose a painting, any painting, from my sales blog and I will ship it right away. Um, in the US only, sorry (still crabby).

Oh and to all my lovely Facebook friends: ya gotta leave your comment here, not on my FB page. I made that rule up just now!

56 comments:

Takeyce Walter said...

Happy Birthday, Tracy. My wish for you is that all your birthday wishes come true!
Hugs.
Takeyce

Anonymous said...

Does this count as leaving a message?!? Happy birthday, from your favorite anonymous person.

(sotto voce: iyama ROCKSTAR)

Julie said...

hey tracy, hoping you have the happiest of birthdays! enjoy the snowy surroundings and sit by the fire - can't imagine anything better.
xxo
julie

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams said...

What a great idea! "Giving" on your birthday. Hope you have a very happy day! - Jane

erika allison said...

Happy birthday, Tracy! It's past midnight in YOUR time zone. Have a great day!

Erika

Deborah Paris said...

Happy Birthday Tracy! Have a great day- loved the "pet update" post BTW.

madcitygirl said...

Happy Birthday, Tracy! I hope you find some time to sit back and relax.

Nicole

Barbara J Carter said...

Happy birthday Tracy! Mid-forties isn't so bad, is it? I'm around there too and I don't mind too much. Keep up the good work!

Hylla Evans said...

Happy birthday, Tracy and glad you posted the hen update. It's a surprise to see a sex link taking over as chick in charge, so your little girl there must be quite special.
Do you know Terry Golson (Farmstead Egg Cookbook and kids' Tillie Lays an Egg)? She has a good hencam with a couple goats, too. Someone said that goats are the new chickens. I'm not ready for that.
Hope you get lots of extra eggs today!

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with your family and friends.

Diane said...

Happy Birthday, Tracy, from the Willamette Valley in Oregon where it is unusually cold right now, 26 degrees. We rarely get snow, but I hope yours is pretty. Hope you have a special day! I would love to win one of your paintings! That would be fun!

Robyn said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday, Tracy. Delighted to see you winding up the year on a high.

Yes, I know I'm out of range to receive a painting :)

Ghislaine BRUNO said...

A very happy birthday to you, Tracy. I'm just a bit behind you and really, how old you are is less important than how many things you're excited about and how much fun you have... This wish is most sincere, I don't have a US address. ;-)

Lorna said...

Happy Birthday from England.

If I win I'll give you the address of my american cousin

Denise R said...

I wish you a very happy birthday! I found your blog this year and your work (and blog ramblings!) have been such an inspiration to me and I thank you for that. Enjoy your day!

Kim Hambric said...

Happy Birthday Tracy!!!!

You are being so generous on your birthday. I never win anything so this is not why I'm commenting.

I hope you have a fantastic birthday. Enjoy your birthday snow. 45 is not so bad. Wishing you a fantastic year!!!

My Camera World said...

A Great Happy Birthday Tracey and thanks for the offer for a free painting.
Once again I wish you the very best.

Niels Henriksen

Marilyn Fenn said...

What a cool idea! Happy birthday, Tracy. I hope you have the best birthday ever. It's been a real joy for me to see your work and read your blog for this past not quite one year. Sharing your talent and your thoughts with us continues to be a gift to us all. :)

jamieson5 said...

wishing you birthday wished filled with peace and prosperity!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Happy Birthday to you, Tracy! Wishing you a peaceful and blessed year!

be*mused jan said...

Happy Birthday, Tracy! 45's not so bad...it actually sounds pretty good to me (she says, wistfully.)
Wishing you a wonderful day!

Maryanne said...

Happy Birthday to you! Snow days are great when the studio is a few short steps away!

Sydney Brown said...

Happy birthday, Tracy. I am way ahead of you - 60 - and it just gets easier and easier, so be grateful for every birthday.

Sydney Brown
Bisbee, AZ

Douglas Miller said...

Tracy
Happy 45th Birthday.
Love You!
Doug

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Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Tracy! Enjoy your day and this whole next year of life! I believe you will find your 45th year is going to be awesome. I turned 40 this year, and so far I am thinking the 40s rock!

Robin (in equally snowy Minnesota)

Anonymous said...

It's a delight to wish you a happy delightful birthday Tracy. Many many more years to you!

Nikole

Tina said...

Well happiest of birthday wishes to you! I just discovered you via Bridgette Guerzon Mills blog and I'm excited to have a look around!

fieldsketching said...

Happy Birthday, Tracy! I'm a couple of years ahead of you, and don't feel any different than 10 years ago (actually, I still feel like 12 on the inside...). Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Well, you can push up the daisies, or pick the daisies. I vote for picking them. Here's to many more years of daisy pickin' to you.

I'd sign Anonymous, but that other person stole that name....

janetsplanet

Kristina Dimitrijevic said...

Happy Birthday !

Natalya said...

Happy Birthday Tracy! wishing you peace and unstoppable creativity!!

Rose Welty said...

Happy Birthday to you! I can't remember when I started reading your blog, at least a year ago. But, I must confess that when I see you have a new post, I always click immediately. Your blog is a great encouragement to "plow on" regardless of the current storm.

This always sounds a little weird coming from a lurker, but honestly I'm just busy and limited to lurking, I'm not that weird :D...your blog is a great inspiration, along with your art. So many happy returns on the birthday! Thanks for sharing your art and life with us.

Ellen said...

A giveaway on your special day? How generous! Count me in, of course, i was going to wish you the happiest of birthdays. Hope you are spoiled and pampered and eat lots of carrot cake and have a tremendously happy year. 45 is plenty young, especially when you're a hip 21 inside.

Lisa McShane said...

Happy Birthday Tracy. I love this idea and totally plan to steal it in July. Enjoy the snow!

Ann K. said...

Happy Birthday, Tracy! I hope the day brings a big cake! Birthdays are no time for dieting...I also send my best wishes for a fulfilling year. I'm looking forward to your posts from Vermont.

Karen and Martha said...

Tracy, I'm going to with you a happy birthday everywhere today! xxx, Karen

Rebecca said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day,
Rebecca

Melody said...

Back in time from the city to wish you a Happy Happy B'day....didn't think I'd make it but here I sit. Hey, if you pick my name and I live in Canada...what if I pay for the shipping...can I still play???

Jason and Kristin said...

Wow, you have a lot of blogging buddies! So happy it's your birthday! Have a great day and tell the kids "hi" from us!

SamArtDog said...

Have a great birthday today, Tracy! In solidarity, it's snowing and 15 degrees here in Colorado. Good luck to you handling your upcoming insane schedule, and throw my name in the hat and good luck to me!

Almira Hill Grammer said...

Happy Birthday Tracy. You are still a young woman. Almira

Gary's third pottery blog said...

45! We're almost twins, you and me!
You will probably give me extra entries if I say you are still quite a FOX?

Tracy said...

ABSOLUTELY you get way more entries now, Gary!!!!!!! In fact, I think I love you now and I also can't believe no one has mentioned how awesome I still look:))

GiselleG said...

Happy Birthday Dear Tracy! I remember you doing this last year, and I had JUST missed the deadline. It was almost midnight, West Coast time, but for you, your birthday had passed.
Glad that your family gave you lots of love and hugs today. Hey, someone told me that the 40's are your "Power Years." Any thoughts to that subject? :-)

Robin Roberts said...

what a lovely idea for your birthday - and may you have many more with smooth sailing - just keep entertaining us with those fabulous paintings!

Kim Morin Weineck said...

What fun, Tracy! Happy Birthday!

loriann said...

Happy birthday Tracy! What a wonderful idea. Best wishes for another fruitful year.

Elizabeth Chapman said...

Happy Birthday!!

Sydney Harper said...

Happy Birthday, Tracy! I hope it's a wonderful day for you and that the coming year is less tumultuous. You're one of my favorite blogs.

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday, Tracy!

pattynubs said...

Happy Birthday Tracy. I missed the deadline - I don't have access to the internet on the weekends but happy birthday anyway!!! I have been eyeing Black #81. I have to look at my budget today!

Haley Nagy said...

Probably too late for the contest, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY anyways!

Deborah Ross said...

Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tracy! If I'm a little late... sorry. Hey, 45 is not old. Actually, it's only a number and has nothing to do with your spirit.
I remember how beautiful it is up there in the snow. Yucky to drive in, but gorgeous to look at out the window as you sit by the fireplace, all cozy in your house.

Shanster said...

I missed the deadline but I do hope you have a fabulous birfday...

Jala Pfaff said...

Happy B-day, belated. I will also be turning 45, this spring. Yikes. It SOUNDS so old.