Friday, December 28, 2012

A Birthday Surprise

 

"There are three hundred and sixty-four days
when you might get un-birthday presents,
and only one for birthday presents, you know."
-- Lewis Carroll


 
Despite any jitters I had about turning 40 yesterday, I enjoyed the loveliest of celebrations. Joe made the day magical with afternoon tea with the family, a romantic dinner for two, fluffy pink birthday cake and sparkling surprises throughout the day.

I think 40th birthdays go better with jewelry, don't you? To celebrate this milestone, I would like to give you a little gift. This line of vintage-inspired gemstone jewelry is precious to me because when our family mourned my mother's passing, I bought rings with her August birth stone for my sister, sister-in-law and me so we could remember the gift of her life. In celebration of birthdays, the white topaz silver necklace pictured is a gift for a follower of A Little Loveliness. Please leave a comment below to enter this giveaway, and I will announce the winner soon (unfortunately, U.S. readers only due to shipping).



Congratulations to mother and high school teacher Cindy, who won last week's Kohl's Cares cookbook giveaway. Cindy, please e-mail me your contact information.


83 comments:

lori carolina said...

GORGEOUS and such beautiful sentiment. Happy 40th!!!

Anonymous said...

Melissa, I know your Mom is so proud of you! Ruth Saunders

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

I'm so pleased you had such a wonderful time. I look forward to seeing the photos. It sounds like you have been thoroughly spoilt ( in a good way ) Happy birthday, Sally xx

Deborah said...

Happy 40th. The rings is such a great idea and thank you for the necklace opportunity.

Sophia said...

Happy birthday! Thanks for your genorosity!

Anonymous said...

How special a gift to give to Jennifer and Shana. I know you all cherish your mother's memories as do we. Karen Crumbley

Jane B said...

Happy Birthday! My mother, who passed away this past summer, also had an August birthday. What a great idea for a tribute to your mother.

Penny Cox said...

what a beautiful gift you got from your husband. I hope you had a wonderful day! 40 should be celebrated brilliantly!

Ruth said...

What a beautiful tribute for your birthday to have a giveaway for your followers. I would be honored to receive this beauty. Happy 40th!!!

lizabeth said...

Happy 40th birthday! I remember mine, my husband had a huge surprise party for me! Now I am approaching my 65th! I would love to wear this beautiful necklace to remind me of that and his love for me.

Sherry Painter said...

This is beautiful!!! Love it!!! Happy 40th Melissa

Sharon said...

Happy 40 th Birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderufl day.

Brenda said...

Happy 40th birthday. What a gorgeous necklace/ Love it. I love the idea of the rings with your mother's birthstone in it. What a great keepsake and a wonderful way to remember her every time you look at your finger.

Wendy S said...

Seems like you had a wonderful birthday. This is such s pretty line of jewelry. You always introduce us to the loveliest things.

lt said...

Beautiful

Darla said...

Happy 40th!! I just celebrated my 50th birthday! What a lovely piece of jewelry!

Gisele Chapman said...

Wht a stunning piece of jewelry! You must have had a wonderful mother. Now your precious children are blessed to be raised in a Christian home with a Godly mother!

Kathy H. said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday & such a nice idea about the rings! The necklace is just beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity!

Dianne said...

Happy Birthday! and remember 40 is just a number. A lovely necklace and a beautiful way to remember your Mom with the birthstone rings.

Saralee said...

I just love coming to your blog. It always makes my day more special. What a beautiful give away!

Miranda King said...

Happy birthday! What a lovely idea, birthstone rings to remember a loved one. What a lovely necklace as well, thank you for the opportunity!

Miranda King said...

Happy birthday! What a lovely idea, birthstone rings to remember a loved one. What a lovely necklace as well, thank you for the opportunity!

Aunt Honey said...

Happy 40th! I just celebrated my 60th, and I think jewelery would go well with it too! Thank you for the opportunity!

Kristen Katz said...

Happy 40th! I celebrated my big 4-0 on December 7th. I still feel like the same girl I was when I was 13. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

craftmom said...

Happy birthday Melissa! I hope the year ahead is filled with good health and happiness for you and your family!

Marie Arden said...

Happy 40th life begins at 40 it really does.
The jewelry is lovely I am also and Aug birthstone. It is a nice remembrance of your mom to have it for you and your sisters.

RebeccaM said...

Happy Birthday! What a lovely giveaway.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I'm so happy you had a beautiful birthday. I'm very impressed and touched that when you bought the ring for your sister, you also included your sister - in - law. I know your mother was special if all of you love each other so very much.

Happy Birthday. 40 is just the beginning.

classicms said...

Melissa, I am so happy that your Birthday turned out to be a lovely day. Sometimes the anticipation is the hardest and the milestone day turns out to be just fine. Everyday is a beautiful gift and each year provides each one of us with 365 more gifts. So, as the years increase so do our blessings! The necklace that you are "gifting" is beautiful. Marie

Lauralee said...

Happiest of birthdays to you! I love your blog; it inspires me to celebrate LIFE and all of those I LOVE!

Families Are Like Fudge said...

It sounds like your family knows how to celebrate special events just like you. Congrats on your happy day!
Jchlangley@gmail.com

Dianne Taylor said...

Happy 40th and I love vintage-inspired!

Suzanne said...

How nice to share your birthday with us! I love the beautiful necklace--thanks for such a nice giveaway.

chris mckinley said...

What a great giveaway! So kind of you...Happy Birthday!

chris

Karen Stone said...

How lovely! I have enjoyed your blog for several years! I celebrated my 40th last week, and will celebrate 41 next week. So thankful for the Lord's blessings!
Karen Stone

faithful love said...

Happy Birthday! What a nice thing to do on your birthday...give a gift to someone...your site is filled with so many wonderful ideas, and details. You bring such a nice feminine touch to all you do, and your girls (and your boys) are so blessed to have such a Godly influence in their lives. I find myself longing for the days when manners mattered...thank you for the reminder.
May God continue to richly bless you in the coming year as you seek to serve Him each day.
Blessings!
Faith

Alicia said...

Sounds like you had a most wonderful birthday! My best wishes to you!

Thank you for a chance to win the beautiful necklace!

Nancy Carr said...

Forty was a milestone birthday for me, also. Happy Birthday to you. I would wear the necklace as a momento to my mother who passed almost 3 years ago. I appreciate your telling how you bought the jewelry as a momento to your mother. Our mothers are missed so much. Happy New Year, also. I enjoy your blog.

Lori said...

We share the same birthday month. Happy Birthday to us and I hope you draw on the 31st. This would be a great treat!

Sandra said...

Would love the beautiful necklace!

I love the idea of the rings with the August birthstone as a way to honor and remember your mother. August is my birth month also.

kr said...

Happy 40th!!! What a good husband you have. He gave you the kind of birthday you love and the kind you give to others.

KellyinPA said...

What a beautiful piece of jewelry! Happy Birthday to you! It sounds like you were celebrated and blessed by your family;)

Elizabeth said...

It's beautiful, what line is this from? I'm looking for some birthstone rings to represent my children and I LOVE vintage inspired or actual vintage jewelry, (my engagement ring is a 1940s original--love it!)

Tricia said...

Happy Birthday!! Everyone should have a little loveliness everyday but especially on their birthday! Thank you for sharing a little loveliness with your readers and for sharing this giveaway.

it"s me said...

I love your idea for remembering your
mothers life. Thanks for a great give away and a blog that I enjoy so much.

Becky W said...

WOW! You are so generous! I know your mother smiles daily upon you! Thought of you so much this week with Christmas and your birthday!

ashley said...

Happy birthday to you!

Lori Anne said...

It is a very special person indeed who gives away a beautiful gift for her own birthday! I am glad you had a wonderful day.

The Parker Family said...

Happy Birthday!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

The 5 Bickies said...

Happy Happy Birthday!
You will love your 40's!

Sue Erickson said...

Happy 40th Birthday! I remember my birthday party very well. The necklace is stunning. That is very generous of you to offer it to a grateful reader of your blog. I have so enjoyed seeing your blogs. The photography is outstanding and how I would like to be a guest at one of your parties! I have gotten so many wonderful ideas from you. Thank you for sharing and what a gift God has given you! Happy New Year!

Jenny said...

Just have recently started reading your blog and am enjoying it! Happy 40th!

Anna H said...

Love your idea of the rings! So perfect! Beautiful necklace! Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

The necklace is beautiful, but honestly your blog is stunning. I come here and just ooh and ahh and wish that you were my next door neighbor, my friend, my sister! Everything you do is breathtaking! Thank you for sharing!!

Alaina Bennett, Idaho

Stephanie said...

I accidentally posted on yesterday's date. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. Thank you!

Angie said...

Beautiful. Happy B-Day!

Claire K from san diego said...

I love the idea of buying the rings for your sister and sister-in-law. I am fortunate enough that I have never been in that situation, but I am going to tuck that idea away for when the time has to come.

Rach said...

Sounds like your husband and family made your birthday very fun and special!

BEAUTIFUL necklace!!

Michelle Hudak said...

Happy Birthday....40 wasn't so bad for me, I'm not looking forward to 50 though LOL.

Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

Happy 40th birthday!! Your blog has been an inspiration to me for a long time. Love the recipes and party ideas. Your family is beautiful! I would love to win this exceptionally lovely piece of jewelry, please enter me in your giveaway...thanks!

mgster said...

Ah, to be 40 again! LOL Happy Birthday...sounds like it was!

Cindy said...

Would love to gift this to my daughter who makes me proud every day as a wonderful wife and mother!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely way to celebrate your Mother's life and to honor the ties she wove through you and your sister's lives!
-Sherri
scmagoo@sbcglobal.net

Robin said...


I believe this sparkles just as you do to all your family and friends!

40 and Fabulous! You are such an inspiration to family and creating special. endearing and warm memories! Love your blog! :)

Debra D said...

Happy 40th Birthday Melissa, it sounds like you had a blessed day!!! The necklace is beautiful. I'm looking forward to your blog in 2013, Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous 40th! Happy Birthday!
Dana
5.wingards@gmail.com

Amy said...

Lovely as usual...Happy belated Birthday!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'm glad that you had a wonderful birthday! I agree that jewelry goes well for any birthday! Wishing you a very blessed year ahead.

Ruthie Miller said...

Dear Melissa,
As always, everything looks so pretty, charming, warm and welcoming. You have such a touch. Can't wait to see your dining room with it's new fixture.
I think your idea of giving your sisters those rings was brilliant. I know your mother is smiling down.
Your generous give away is beyond kind.
I am happy you had a happy celebration for your 40th. Your husband made it "just your cup of tea".
Happy Birthday and Happy New Year.
Enjoy those gorgeous children.
All the best, Ruthie from http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

Debbie B said...

Happy 40th! That was a good year for me, too. I would love to win the necklace! Hope you have a new year filled with blessings. I enjoy checking in to see what you have been up to!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday, Melissa! Birthdays seem to take on new significance when we've lost ones we love too soon -- yes? Thank you for your beautiful blog and for the opportunity to win this lovely, necklace!

Mari said...

Happy Birthday to You! Love your beautiful pictures! I have most of them pinned on my space! You and I are like sisters! We must be related some how! I look forward to your email letters! Thank you and happy New Year and many blessings to all!

Pat said...

Happy belated birthday. What a beautiful gift to give someone.
Happy new year

Pat said...

Happy belated birthday. What a beautiful gift to give someone.
Happy new year

Sharon Ward said...

Melissa, I commented to your next blog by mistake. Please enter me in the drawing for the necklace. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful gift to win, thank you for the chance. I love the ring idea also, a lovley way to honor your mother. Thankyou. Sharonterrill@hotmail.com

Angela said...

What a wonderful way to remember your mother! Happy Birthday!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Happy 40th birthday! May it be the best decade yet!

Jessica said...

Happy belated birthday! Beautiful necklace!

Cynthia said...

A belated Happy Birthday! May you be blessed with many more.

T. Brodie said...

Am I too late? If not, pick me! I hope you had a wonderful birthday, and can only hope I have that same positive attitude in a few years!

Danielle Nardi said...

Is this closed? I'd love to win if it isn't. You have a lovely blog :)

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