A birthday card for you!

It’s my birthday today. This year it falls on the Monday holiday of our Victoria Day long weekend in Canada. That doesn’t happen very often.

It feels special.

I had my first birthday party when I was 5 years old. The direction of my life was already established.

  • The pearls were my very favorite present.
    Pink, plastic, snap-together, probably 19 cents from Woolworth’s.
  • My mother had already taught me how to sew on her Singer.
    She definitely made the dress for my older sister, a hand-me-down for me. It had a full skirt.
  • My father took photos and developed them in his darkroom in the cellar.
    Photography was in my genes.

To this day, I love pretty things, I love to sew, I love photography, and I love celebrating with friends.

Birthday Traditions

We know how to celebrate a birthday.

The best birthday cakes are homemade.

My choice was Angel Food with chocolate icing.

Other than little children, everyone gets 3 candles on the birthday cake.

One for yesterday, one for today, one for tomorrow.


The best birthday cards are homemade.

I usually drew a lady wearing a crown on the front—until I was old enough to use my own photos.


The best gifts are homemade.

My younger sister made this little quilt for me on the Singer while I was spending happy days in kindergarten. (We always played together, so she missed me.)

Mum taught us all how to sew before we were old enough to go to kindergarten. I have thanked her a million times for teaching me to love making things.

With all that in mind, it seems right to make a Birthday Card for you! It’s a checklist—something else that I have used all my life. LOL


Your birthday card PDF includes a Print Checklist, a Newbie Checklist (only one candle for newbies), and a What to Make Checklist. Click on the card to download.

There are other Print Checklists for Inklingo on the blog too. (There is lots of great stuff in the archives, so have a look around.) Are you subscribed to get email updates? (Right sidebar) There is some good stuff coming, and you wouldn’t want to miss a checklist, would you?

I hope you have memories of happy birthdays too.

I’m having cake and ice cream.

Linda & Monkey

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44 thoughts on “A birthday card for you!”

  1. I know, I’m a bit late, but I still wanted to send you some birthday wishes all the way over from Germany. Such a great thing that you share things with us – even on your birthday.
    I wish you all the best for your next year in our quilting universe (and for all those other years to come as well)

  2. Hope you had a wonderful birthday and all the things you enjoy.
    Thank you for your presents to us. I am talking about Inklingo and Quilted Diamonds of course.

  3. Oh, I hope you had a VERY happy birthday! How nice that you can thank your mother for your early start in sewing. Today is also our 35th wedding anniversary and we’re celebrating in Hawaii! (Monkey would love the banana trees).

  4. Happy Birthday from Down Under Linda. I hope all your wishes come true.It’s my baby boy’s 40th in a few days too.Oh to be 40 again lol.It’s lovely to share your birthday with you. Here’s cheers to many more.Hugs Jeannette.

  5. Happy Birthday, Linda!
    Thanks for sharing memories of your first birthday and sewing!
    How nice1

  6. Linda:
    Happy Birthday to you. Thanks to your mother and sister, your talents have bloomed and brought joy and happiness to many on line friends. I hope you spent your special day doing what you enjoy and not working! This day was special for me as well, I started a new job (after being laid off for 2 months), it was a blessing, just as you are a blessing to many of us. Thanks and have a great day.

  7. Happy Birthday Linda! What a great post. Sounds like you had a lovely childhood. I love that 3 candle rule – will introduce that in to my family. Good to see Monkey celebrates with you.

  8. very best birthday wishes to a wonderful, talented and generous person. May the rest of your birthday year be truly delightful

  9. Happy Birthday, Linda! How nice it falls on a long weekend for you this year!
    Love the Banana ‘Cake’ for Monkey… I’ll bet he loved it.
    Hope you have a wonderful day. Let Russ and Monkey spoil you rotten today… you deserve it!
    Mucho hugs,
    Cyn; -)

  10. Happy Birthday Linda. Hope you are having a wonderful time. It is also my daughters birthday. We took the train down to Birmingham (UK) for the day and have just got back. My daughter certainly knows how to “shop until you drop”. We had a great time.

  11. How nice! My birthday is coming up this week (Saturday) so I thought you were wishing me a Happy Birthday. I’ve received several in the past few days, from my insurance agent, Starbucks (with a coupon for a free beverage) and several restaurants with free desserts, etc. Yours was very nice and I’ll be downloading it in a minute; just wanted to thank you before I forgot.

    I remember Pop Beads being all over the house when my little sister unpopped every single one!

  12. Linda, Happy Birthday! I love how you knew at 5 years of age what is truly important in life. I’m still waiting for my string of pearls because when you wear pearls, you can say anything 😉

    Karen from Nova Scotia

  13. Bouôn annivèrsaithe! J’vouos souhaite jouaie! (One of the few phrases I know by heart from my manman! (grannie) That is a lovely b/day photo–you look full of the wonder and magic of a special day. 🙂 I wish you many more!

    Ice cream all round!

  14. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday – Dear Linda, Happy Birthday to you!

    I, too, like the idea of three candles. Wow, if you put all the candles on my cake – for my years, you would need to call the fire dept. LOL

    Hugs and Happy Days,
    Sue Hodge

  15. Happy Birthday Linda!
    I hope your
    Yesterday was Wonderful,
    Today will bring you Happiness
    and Tomorrow will be filled with Surprises.
    Love, Verona

  16. Feliz Cumpleaños from Panama. Hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. I know you love ice cream – throw caution (and calories) to the wind and eat your fill!

  17. Happy birthday, Linda! I love birthdays! Thanks for such a lovely blog post and for the birthday checklist…. another great idea. Wishing you a happy and healthy year.
    Hugs, Susan K in ON

  18. Another Happy Birthday wish to you!
    I love your photo…reminds me of myself except you had much better hair than I did at 5! LOL
    Hope your day is wonderful and you get to eat ice cream and indulge in a special meal too.

  19. Love, love, love the photo. Makes me want to be 5 again, at your party, then playing with you with new toys you received. Hey, let’s build a playhouse in your closet! OK?

  20. Happy Birthday Linda!
    What a cutie! It’s just like You to be giving to Us on Your birthday! So here’s a checklist for you so you can stay forever young:
    – Wear your pearls
    – Play with your sister
    – Sew on the porch
    – Hug Russ and Monkey
    – Blow out your candles
    – Eat your cake and ice cream
    – Listen for the Happy Birthday song wafting to you from all of us
    – Smile
    – Feel the love!!!!
    We love you, thank you, and wish you the bestest birthday ever!!!

  21. Hope your day is special and more memories are created. Finally have the right printer so can get started on Inklingo. All the best. Cher

  22. Happy birthday! What a wonderful blog post today….love the photos and your family history. And I especially like the idea of 3 candles. I think I need to start that as a family tradition!


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