Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Birthday Fun!

I had a birthday yesterday! I had an absolutely wonderful and relaxing day with my wonderful boyfriend Daniel. We started out the day making a big breakfast of fried potatoes and eggs. Then we headed out to one of our favorite places, the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It is a really lovely place, and quite an oasis in the middle of our desert city.

Daniel tried his hand at the little Zen rock garden :)

Being Tucson of course there are quite a few cacti and succulents there, including some unusual-looking varieties. This one below is covered in wispy white hairs and is called the Mexican Old Man :)

They have also recently begun working on an area of Native American crops. The sign says that this area is used to regenerte rare varieties and to maintain their genetic purity by growing them in isolation. Seeds from the garden are used to help Native American communities maintain their agricultural traditions.

Below is a reproduction of a Tohono O'Odham round house. These are built of mesquite, creosote and saguaro ribs and are the focal point of traditional tribal ceremonies and meetings.

We took a break for a little bit of sillyness too :)

And we ran into the real deal! There were quite a few butterflies around, but it was a little windy so the poor things were struggling a bit to hold on!

This area below is one of my favorites: The Neighborhood Garden, which honors the distinctive gardens and yards found in Tucson's Mexican-American neighborhoods, and the pride with which they have been created.

And I couldn't resist taking a picture of this quirky bunny bench :)

There is also a little miniature town and railway!

It was so lovely being there, and the weather was perfect: A little overcast, just enough to keep the heat away. Later on Daniel took me out to a lovely dinner at one of our favorite restaurants and then we came home and had some chocolate ganache torte. Perfect!

I also got some wonderful presents. Daniel got me the Domino book of decorating, which I have been wanting for a long time.

It is full of lovely interiors (a girl can dream, right?):

My sister made me these gorgeous silver earrings, all by hand. As I have mentioned before, she is getting her masters in metalworking.

And what would a birthday be without some crafting supplies? My mom and stepdad got me all of these fun things to play with!

I also got this fun Halloweeny Alice in Wonderland scrapbook paper. Very unique!

I got lots more wonderful things, and with some of my birthday money I treated myself to the new BBC version of Emma :)

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you are all having a wonderful week! :)


  1. Whoa, my boyfriend's name is Daniel too! We have a lot in common. Happy happy birthday! It sounds awesome. I love the botanical gardens too, ooh and Tohono Chul, have you been there? I have that Domino book and it is so lovely, and I adore the new version of Emma, I definitely need to get it. Many Birthday wishes!

    ps. I am so sorry I haven't sent your package out yet, things have been crazy with school and whatnot, but I am planning to send it tomorrow I promise!

  2. Awww what a lovely day!!! Such a beautiful place!! Loved the photos!! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with all those new art supplies!

  3. Happy Birthday!! Looks and sounds like a perfect day!

  4. Oh, I am SO happy you had a wonderful birthday! Look at all those fabulous goodies. I adore that scrapbook paper - and that Glimmer Mist is FUN to work with. Wait and see! :) Thank you for posting all the photos from your garden visit. I see you had fun with the butterfly! Feel free to take inspiration from the butterflies I posted today - I can't wait to see what you create!
    Sweet dreams! Theresa

  5. Happy Birthday! Your pictures are great, looks like you had a wonderful time and received some great gifts.

  6. Well happy birthday, my lovely friend! So how does it feel to turn 16? Hehe, just kidding... I'm sure, like me, you will love being 60! (^___^)

    And I'm glad you had a marvelous day, it seems to me that you are surrounded by so many love... I wish you all the sunshine and starry nights for the next year to come. oxx

  7. Happy Birthday sweetie, looks like you had a great day!!

    Micki x

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! looks like you had fun!and fabulous gifts too! huggs!

  9. Happy Birthday!!! What a wonderful day! Hugs to you xxxxx! : )

  10. ~oh goodness...better late than never right!!! brightest birthday wishes to you dear one...may the road ahead be filled with l♥ve overflowing...creativity always filling your mind and moments and memories to savor the looks of have started out quite well...happy birthday dear sweet faerie girl...much l♥ve and light shining brightly upon you always~

  11. It sounds as though you had a wonderful birthday. I wish you a wonderful new year, a year full of days that overflow with experiences that feel wonderful to you! Happy Birthday!

  12. Happy Birthday girl! wow, you sure lucked out in the gift department, what fun goodies you got yourself!
    loved the pics of you and your boyfriend at the Botanical gardens, and the pic of both of you sticking your heads on the butterfly bodies is hilarious, lol!

  13. Lauren,
    Happy Birthday! It looks like you and Daniel had a great time. I wish you all of the best in your upcoming year!!! You deserve it!

  14. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope all your birthday wishes came true...of course, any day that ends with chocolate ganache torte comes close to Heaven in my book...heeheee!

    I'm glad you had a great one!