Today I’m the Big 3-0. Happy birthday to me!

Today I’m taking the day off. It’s my thirtieth birthday! I’m 30. Thirty. The big three-oh. How do I feel? Older than I look, but overall pretty good about it! I’m rather aware that I don’t look like I’m thirty. I’m pretty sure that I’d still get asked for identification this year, and the legal age here is nineteen. I took my car in for service last year and the courtesy shuttle driver thought I was skipping high school. High school, I tell you. High school was fourteen years ago. It must be my youthful exuberance and energy!

(source – not my actual party)

In all seriousness, I’m feeling pretty good about this milestone birthday. I’ve done things I never thought I’d have the guts to do – start a business, learn to knit, own an apartment, cycle twelve kilometres daily. (Write a blog and share details about my life with the world.)

(source – also not my party)

So today, I’m going to relax, eat yummy food, and do a whole bunch of fun things I wouldn’t normally get to do in the middle of the week.

And to celebrate, I’m offering a 30% discount on all pattern orders today. Thirty percent off, because I’m thirty, see? Big birthday, big discount. Simply enter HAPPY30TH as a promo code when checking out. That should automatically give you the discount on your order! This special birthday code will last until midnight tonight. The more you buy, the more cake I get to eat. (Just kidding – kind of. I do like cake…) Click here to visit the pattern store!

If you’ve already passed your thirtieth birthday, tell me, did you have a big party? (Like in the photos above, practically as fancy as a wedding?) Did someone throw you a surprise party? (Personally I don’t like surprises, so that’s not my thing at all!) What did you do? And what did you wear? Did you make yourself a new outfit? (I really wanted to make a new dress, but ran out of time!) If you’re approaching your big 3-0, what do you have planned?

Happy birthday to me, and happy shopping to you!

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105 Responses to Today I’m the Big 3-0. Happy birthday to me!

  1. Corinne February 22, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    Oh my, I passed my 30th a long time ago, I don’t recall anything in specific, I am sure I was working though! For you, literally on the brink of your life, I wish a lovely, relaxing and very Happy Birthday. They key to youth is not just the way you look, it is the way you think, the way you love and the way you share. All of these attributes are already yours. I think your sale is a wonderful idea. Have a memorable day, you deserve it!

  2. Claire (aka Seemane) February 22, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia! And welcome you your fun ‘n’ flirty 30’s :)

  3. Sassy T February 22, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    I passed my 30th 15 years ago . I went out for a meal and then went clubbing lol. After 30 the years go so fast. I still feel 30 but my wrinkles tell me am not lol

  4. Corinna February 22, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Happy Birthday! You’re right, you don’t look like you’re 30,maybe when you turn 50 ;) Then you’ll be glad you look younger :D
    I’m 21 and I got asked for ID when I bought wine a few weeks ago. The legal age for buying wine here is 16 :D

  5. julie s February 22, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Happy Birthday, Tasia! I don’t remember what I did for my 30th birthday (I just celebrated my 30+12 birthday this past Saturday), but if I still lived in Vancouver I’d celebrate with dinner at Las Margaritas and I’d get the Enchilada de Senora with a Negra Modelo — along with bowls of their delicious chips and salsa!

  6. Jill February 22, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Happy birthday! I think I’ll mosey on over to the Sewaholic shop to browse the sale…

  7. Stephanie February 22, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Happy Birthday! I look very young for my age (22) too! I’m secretly hoping that the government will need me to go undercover in a high school and save the world (or something like that) because I could totally pull it off. It happens in the movies all the time. ;)

  8. Miriam February 22, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Happy Birthday, Tasia! I will turn 30 this year too, in June. And I don’t look like that age too.
    I don’t plan anythng special – for sure I celebrate with my family and luckily, this year my birthday is on a weekend. Did or do anyone else ask how you feel about getting 30? So many already asked me, but for me it’s not that super-special.

    Enjoy your birthday!

  9. Rachel February 22, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a great day.

  10. A.J.A. February 22, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Happy Big 30th! It’s a great milestone. And you won’t look your age unless you have kids. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was subbing at the local high school, and a new teacher asked me how my exams were going :) But, several months without sleep have left me sufficiently wrinkled! Enjoy your day!

  11. Alicia February 22, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    Happy birthday! I spent my 30th on the beach on Fire Island reading a book about zombies. :) Hope you enjoy yours!

  12. Tasha February 22, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    The very happiest of birthdays to you, Tasia!!

    I don’t think I did anything particularly fancy for my 30th… since I can’t remember. lol

  13. Gail February 22, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Happy, happy birthday, Tasia! I’ll be celebrating my (48th) birthday on Sunday, so I’m going to get myself my first Sewaholic pattern for a presie!

    Like you, I look much younger than I actually am. When I was in my 20s and 30s, it kind of bothered me, because I felt like people treated me less respectfully. But now that I’m pushing 50, I’ve got to admit I kind of dig it!

    I tend to celebrate my birthdays quietly, but Hubby did throw me a surprise party with my closest friends for my 30th. And this year, for the second year in a row, he’s taking me on a mini vacation to a warm, sunny location :-) Just right for those of us with February birthdays!

    Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing day that is everything you want it to be!

  14. Marie February 22, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia, you certainly don’t look 30, that’s for sure! Glad to hear you’re taking time out to have some much-deserved fun today! I’ve just celebrated my 29th Birthday and I’m not looking forward to next year, but hearing how positive you are makes me think I should just embrace it ;o)

  15. Wendy February 22, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia!
    I am a couple of years past 30 now, but I was about 7 months pregnant at the time, so I had a small dinner with family (and not much help with 30th birthday dress tips ;-).

  16. Emma February 22, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    Happy birthday!

  17. Becky February 22, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    I’m actually not surprised you got mistaken for a teenager playing hooky… I’m 4 days shy of 31, and back in December, I was working at my part-time retail job and one of the customers asked me if I attend a particular local high school!

    Enjoy your day! I was dreading 30 terribly myself, but this has turned out to be a pretty good decade for me so far, particularly over the last couple of months!

  18. kristinm100 February 22, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Happy 30! I had just had a kid on my 30th bday so I don’t even remember it. I know that it wasn’t even acknowledged and I didn’t much care. However, 40 was a big party.

  19. Caitlin February 22, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Happy birthday! I just turned thirty three weeks ago, I will need to buy the few patterns I don’t have already as a present to myself! For my celebration my darling husband invited our closest friends out for a very good meal and come cocktails. I don’t like surprises but I do like it when he does all the planning because usually that is my job. It was lovely and I did make myself a new outfit but had to wear it another day because it was too cold to walk around Boston in a skirt (14F). Being a winter baby really cuts down on the outfit options. Enjoy your day! So far my thirties have been stellar!

  20. Rach February 22, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Happy birthday! To celebrate mine, we threw a huge party, had at least 20 people from out of town who camped at the house for the weekend, probably about a hundred people total, and we all partied like we were 19 again. A shower curtain rod even gt ripped out of the wall and the neighbors called twice. Highly recommend.

  21. Carley February 22, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Happy birthday Tasia! This is the year I will celebrate my 30th anniversary of turning 30! I still have the little card on my magnet board in my sewing room from my, then to be, husband that came on the bouquet of roses. It says “Happy 30th from a secret admirer” he still never signs any cards! Fear of commitment I guess! I don’t remember what we did on my birthday!

    Have a wonderful day! The sun is shining so enjoy!

  22. Clare February 22, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Happy birthday Tasia. I admire you so much for following your dream, and look how far you’ve come in such a short time! I’m not yet 30, but I’m looking forward to reaching it in a little over a year. I doubt I’ll have a huge party but I hope I will spend it with friends. This year for my 29th I’ll be in Barcelona, with friends during the day and alone in the evening – I’m planning to take myself out for dinner, hopefully in a new me-made dress :D
    Enjoy your day!

  23. didyoumakethat February 22, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    You most definitely deserve a day off! Happy birthday,Tasia. I loved my 30s – all that angst starts to recede. Look at everything you’ve achieved! Imagine where you’ll be at the next significant birthday! I hope you get spoiled rotten.

  24. Amy February 22, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Happy birthday! I would have guessed you were 24!

  25. Sam in Texas February 22, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Happy Birthday, Tasia! Have a great day and may you have success in all your business & personal ventures. Maybe Mr. Sewaholic has planned a surprise party……….
    Does this mean that your 40th birthday brings a 40% discount on Sewaholic Patterns, and so forth? :))

    American Sewing Guild

  26. Jessica February 22, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Today is also my husbands 30th! You are birthday twins! I had my 30th two years back at a Wine Bar called Wine Steals. It was low-key and lots of fun! I hope you have a fabolous birthday – enjoy.


  27. Clare S February 22, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Hooray! Happy birthday to you!!!! I’ve been a reader for quite a while now, but never really comment, so I just want to say: hope you have a fabulous day!! And here’s to not looking our ages!! :D

  28. Lise February 22, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia, enjoy your day off !

  29. Lauren February 22, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Happy, happy birthday, Tasia! :)

  30. Samina February 22, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Happy Birthday, Tasia! You’ve accomplished so much in a short time & I expect to only see more great things from you. I hope you have a fantastic day!.

  31. Leah February 22, 2012 at 8:49 am #

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

  32. Latrice February 22, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia.
    For my 30th birthday, I dragged my various groups of friends to Chuck E Cheese and then we went to the Olive Garden. It was a fun time. We were loud and silly, just the way I liked it.
    For my 31st birthday, I decided I didn’t want to plan anything but I wanted someone to do the planning for me. I always organize special occasions for myself. Well my good friend/co-worker gather some of our friends for dinner the night before and the day of my birthday my friend/classmate brought in cake.

    I do have one simple rule for my birthday, no work.

  33. Ella February 22, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia! I haven’t had my 30th yet, but I went to a really fun one this year at the Tiki Bar at the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver. It was a great place, and they really went all out with the theme- Beach Boys music, drinks in coconuts, the whole nine yards! A fun way to celebrate a big milestone.

  34. Susan February 22, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia! I had my 30th last month and it was great. My boyfriend and my best friend planned a surprise party. They even went so far as to plan a fake party for the next day and pretended to be really apathetic about it, and told some people to rsvp no so I wouldn’t be too excited about it. I wore the Darling Ranges dress I made a few months ago. I had planned to make a new dress for the party, but ran out of time (my birthday is right after new years). The best part about the surprise party was that I didn’t have to worry about having the other party, and just got to relax instead (I don’t really like planning things…). I hope your day is wonderful and relaxing and the food is delicious! You deserve a day off :)

  35. Gem February 22, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Happy birthday and thank you for the discount! Hope you have a fun and relaxing day as well as a lovely and successful year ahead of you!

  36. Susan - Knitters Delight February 22, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia! How gracious of you to give US the present of 30% off. Very cool.

  37. Vicki Kate February 22, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Happy, Happy Birthday! I’m only 3 months ahead of you and I just had my very best friends over for dinner! And did the biggest giveaway I’d ever had on my blog which you very generously helped with :) what ever you do I hope you have a wonderful day and get spoilt rotten!
    As for having a 3 at the beginning of my age? I don’t feel old enough! I’m still bemused that I have a proper job, a mortgage and that I’m a Mum! Isn’t that what proper grown-ups do?! I guess I am one, and have to say that life is good!

  38. Debi February 22, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia! The day after my thirtieth birthday David and I flew to the Virgin Islands! That was bliss! Hope you have a fabulous birthday!!

  39. Christine February 22, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Happy birthday Tasia! I’m glad you’re giving yourself the day off! I didn’t do much for my big 3-0 but I did go all out for my big 4-0. Seemed too big not to acknowledge in some serious way! Hope you’re having a great day!

  40. PDX Gretchen February 22, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I don’t remember what I did for my 30th, but I do plan to make an outfit for my 4-0 this year. I wish you much happiness on your birthday and hope that this is just the beginning of a wonderful decade in your life. Happy birthday!

  41. Annabelle February 22, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia! You’ve accomplished a lot in thirty years, and I can only imagine that there are more good things in strore for you :) I’m not thirty quite yet, but also don’t look my age. A few years ago when I was at the mall, the security guard stopped me and told me that children under the age of sixteen needed to be accompanied by an adult – he called me a child! I simply pulled out my id and politely explained that more than qualified that to be out without a chaperone.

  42. Ms.Cleaver February 22, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Happy Birthday! What an exciting milestone!

  43. Laura February 22, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Happy birthday!!!

  44. Janina February 22, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Yeah! Happy thirtieth…!!! I will have my 34th next week!
    Thank you very much for the present and have a WONDERFUL day! ;)

  45. Evie February 22, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Happy Birthday! Hope you’re having a lovely day.

    My 40th was spent with my very best friend and my new boyfriend (who is now my husband) drinking dirty maritinis in a chichi bar!

    I’m now 45 and on my 43rd birthday was asked for ID for the bottle of brandy I was buying. Absolutely the best gift on that day! I did point out they could perhaps benefit from a visit to the local opticians. ;-)


  46. Lizzy February 22, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Happy Bday Tasia!!! Feliz cumplea√±os!!! you’re right, you look younger! I hope you are having a great time! My 30’s bday was several years ago, I didn’t do any party, BUT I got the best present I have ever had, my daughter was born a month before my 30’s bday, so that was the best I could have to celebrate it!!

  47. Lucy February 22, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Happy birthday! I’m 27, and I know I’m going to sulk on my 30th…but there’s still three years to get a better attitude to it and dammit, I’m going to try.

    And speaking of weddings…?

  48. Katy February 22, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Happy birthday Tasia! One of the perks of working for yourself – you can take a day off when you like!

  49. Anna | Mormor hade stil February 22, 2012 at 11:17 am #


    I spent my 30th birthday quietly, since I had just had my baby at the time, so it was just me and my husband and our baby daughter. But I felt very blessed.

  50. arlene February 22, 2012 at 11:33 am #



    30th…so long ago I can’t remember!

  51. mala_14 February 22, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Happy Birthday! I just turned 26 last weekend. I still get ID’d ALL the time. People tell me to take it as a compliment. I guess it will come in handy one of these days! :) Hope you have a great day!

  52. Joen February 22, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Happy Birthday! may you always be young at heart!

  53. Roisin February 22, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Happy birthday, Tasia! I will be turning 30 later this year and my boyfriend and I are having a long weekend in Barcelona to celebrate, and maybe a wee party with friends.

  54. Caroline February 22, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    LOL, when I turned thirty, we were living in north Texas I was teaching 8th grade math and coaching high school cross country. I remember my boys’ team singing happy birthday after warmups while they were stretching at a dirt road intersection in the country preparatory to doing a long run! I definitely would have been wearing running clothes. I was so happy to be done with the angst of my 20’s and felt like I knew who I was and where I wanted to be – within a year I left that job and found a much better one teaching at the community college, chased some personal dreams, and really enjoyed life for the first time in a long time. Hope this next season is the same for you!

  55. Nukka February 22, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Happy Birthday, Tasia!!

  56. Joyce February 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    I will be giving my DDIL, Laurie her 30th BDay party on Friday @ a pottery studio. We will be doing Raku. Because of Raku having to do with “playing in the fire”, we have to have closed toed shoes & wear natural fibers. I’ll wear my gray & fuschia NB shoes, charcoal jeans & a fuschia cotton ribbed t that I made. It has 2 piece raglan sleeves & is a TNT pattern of mine. Happy Birthday to Tasia!

  57. Mariló February 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Happy Birthday Tasia!

  58. CGCouture February 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I’m not 30 yet, so I can’t tell you what I’m planning to do for that birthday, but I suppose I would insist on being taken out on a date. Doesn’t have to be fancy, just a date. If the weather’s as nice where you are as it is here today, grab some wine/champagne, sit by the river/ocean/nearby body of water tonight and watch the lights reflect on the water as the sun sets. I think that would be a nice relaxing way to celebrate. :-) Maybe lay on the grass and look at the stars until you can’t feel your nose anymore. :-)

    Whatever you do, I hope you have a happy birthday! Congrats on achieving so much before this milestone. :-)

  59. Seraphinalina February 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Happy birthday! A day off is a wonderful way to celebrate.

    My birthday is September 2nd and generally falls near if not on the Labour Day long weekend. It’s become a bit of a tradition that we host a party that weekend although I try not to stress the birthday aspect of it.

    I have generally enjoyed my 30’s so far. As didyoumakethat said, it’s a good decade for accepting yourself and moving on. I think most of my friends have felt more comfortable in their own skin this decade and thus look more beautiful than when I look back at pictures from our 20’s.

  60. Carla February 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Happy 30th birthday to you Tasia!
    I don’t recall my 30th as it was 18 years ago; it is close to Christmas & I have always been treated to dinner with the family & yummy cake~I make my own so I get whatever flavor I’m craving that year… I did love my 30’s~many wonderful memories & milestones~
    Have a fantabulous day~indulge yourself~ it’s the perfect day to have your cake & eat it too!

  61. Louisa February 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Tasia! If it makes you feel any better, you’re still less than half my age. Looking young for your age is definitely a good thing. Especially 20 or 30 years from now. ;)

    Well, it was so long ago that I have no idea what I did for my 30th. My kids don’t remember what they did for theirs either! But it doesn’t really matter as long as you have fun, right? I also hate surprise parties.

  62. Gabriella February 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope your day is perfect and just how you want it!
    My 30th birthday was just last october and I can really relate to not looking my age. I get carded all the time and the legal limit here is 18. Tiresome when with friends that are younger who doesn’t get carded…
    Anyway, I spent my birthday in Berlin. I took the nightbus there (8 hrs), spent the day walking, eating, watching, enjoying and then took the nightbus home again. I was gone for about 24 hrs. Best birthday ever! I’m gonna do a new city every year from now -but maybe not just for the day…

  63. Dana February 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TASIA! I hope that you have a truly wonderful day.
    I am half vway through my thirties this year and liking this decade much more than the last 2. For my thirtieth I got dressed up and went out to dinner at a fancy restaurant.

    Hope you enjoy your thirties as much as I have so far. Xxx

  64. Cascadia' February 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Happy Birthday, and may God bless you to see many
    more:-)…. My mom threw me a 30th surprise
    Birthday party and it was great!!!!

    Whatever you do enjoy!!! Being 30 is a great age
    And guess what?! You are still on the calendar, ((your age, 30)
    when you hit 31 watch out, you’ll have no more
    Bdays on the calendar, and then the 40’s will be running after u!!


  65. Ginger February 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Happy birthday, girl! I hope you have a wonderful night (and a wonderful year)! I turn 30 this year, too– eek! I’m hoping to accomplish a few goals before then. You should be proud of where you are at 30! You seem very happy and healthy– congrats!

  66. Tilly February 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Happy birthday to yoooooooooooooooooou!!! I love how you’ve juxtaposed the challenges “start a business” and “learn to knit”! xx

  67. Novita February 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Happy birthday Tasia!
    You are indeed so full of life and energy! Wishing you all the good things in years to come!

  68. LM February 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Happy B-Day! have fun :)

  69. jules February 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Happy Birthday! My twin sister and I went out for dinner at a restaurant with some friends, and that was about it, nothing fancy or elaborate, and I wore one of my sister’s dresses, so no new clothes either. I love looking at fancy parties with decorations on pinterest, maybe someday I’ll throw one for myself!

  70. Susan S February 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    My 30th happened in the middle of the week, a week where a coworker from another state was in town. I wanted to be sure I had a party, so I booked a table at the local Spanish tapas place and some 20-odd people showed up, including my out-of-town coworker. It was a grand time! My boss had given me permission to come in late the next day. The party followed me and my roommate to our apartment, and I fuzzily remember being poured into bed at 5am. I had a meeting at 10 =), and I made it.

    Happy, happy birthday! The 30s are great, and you have accomplished so much already!

  71. Gabrielle February 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Happy BIrthday! I turned 30 many years ago but I have great memories of the party. I hired out an upstairs floor of a trendy bar and invited my family and friends from all areas of my life. I brought my own favourite music for the DJ to play, so there was dancing, and I pre-ordered yummy platters of food from the restaurant downstairs. I still flip through my album from the party – all the walls of the place were a different colour, so we have really interesting “colour blocked” photos of everyone!

  72. Jan February 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Happy 30 to you!!! You have accomplished so much already. Relax and enjoy your day off!

  73. aleah February 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you’re having a great one. I turned 30 in October, and I have to say that although I sort of felt like it *should* have been a big deal, it totally wasn’t, and it felt pretty much like a regular birthday (by which I mean awesome :)). I did wear a dress I made, but I had actually made it the previous month with the intention of wearing it for someone else’s birthday, but I didn’t get it done in time. So although I very much wanted to finish my Lonsdale for my birthday, I was happy that I got to wear something I made and loved!
    Best wishes, and I’m sure 30 will be a good year for you!

  74. Sarah February 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Happy birthday to you, lovely Tasia!!

  75. Micky February 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Happy Birthday! My 30th was many years ago, but my 50th was just late last year – so my birthday gift to myself was re-visiting Ireland (Dublin) for a week. Something I couldn’t afford to do when I was 30 :)

    best wishes


  76. nothy lane February 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    I was hiking in the San Bernadino Mountains in southern California for my 30th. We were lost but met up with kind strangers who were smart enough to have a compass and a guide map. Happy 30th Tasia!!

  77. Leith February 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’m also 30 this year. We are having a party with close family and friends. All I wanted was to go out without the kids and feel alive again!! I’ve had a huge 20’s with degrees, babies, career. Now it is time to enjoy the simple things!

  78. Gail February 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    I didn’t have a party until I turned 50, then it was a surprise party that was sweet of my husband. But he invited some people who I don’t like at all and left some of my close friends off the list. Men!! I’ve never really gotten over my 19th birthday party. I left the premises at 10.10pm because nobody was there. Apparently at 10.30pm it turned into the party of the year, but I was at home by myself crying thinking that nobody loved me!

  79. sarahscustard February 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Happy birthday Tasia! I’m turning 30 myself next month… and to celebrate, I’m headed to Cambodia, and going to spend my birthday exploring Angkor Wat! Got to make big birthdays like this one memorable (or maybe I’m just using my birthday as an excuse to go travelling… either way ;))!

  80. Inna February 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Dear Tasia! Happy happy birthday! In your 30 you’ve achieved much more than most people of your age did! I wish you continue with the same pace and achieve much more in the future!

    In exactly two weeks I am turning 32 (OMG). 30th party I celebrated with my close friends. I went to a toy shop and bough lots of children’s handcraft kits (ceramics, plasticine, knitting) and also books for coloring. People did not expect it at all but everybody had so much fun coloring, decorating ceramic items, knitting etc. It reminded us when we were little kiddies. Several days after that party I was permanently moving to Tokyo, so I was dressed up like a crazy Japanese girl: wearing neon turquoise dress and pink wig. That was probably my best birthday party so far. I would be bored spending it in a restaurant behaving as a “grown up” ;)

  81. Anne February 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you enjoyed you day!!

  82. Ledys February 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Tasia!! I hope it was the most awesome day :-)

  83. Stephanie February 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Happy happy birthday, Tasia! I turned 30 two months ago, and didn’t do anything fancy – museums in LA, and dinner with friends in the evening. I don’t look 30 either, and getting carded is always infinitely amusing. I hope today is a wonderful and relaxing day for you =)

  84. Amanda D. February 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Happy birthday! I turned 30 not too long ago and went out with my sister and cousins in my yet-unworn Catherine Malandrino dress. I’m not normally into designer clothing but got suckered into it during a sample event and hadn’t worn it yet so it was kind of just as good as wearing something I made myself! Anyway, how great that we’re the same age, I can rely on your designs to keep me hip :)

    P.S. I can’t believe Christine Haynes is in her 40s, no way! Totally would’ve guessed early 30s, go Christine!

  85. Seraina February 22, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Happy Birthday Tasia!
    I will celebrate my 30th in November this year… Birthdays are always a bit special as i have a twin sister… No plans yet but maybe we take the chance and make something a bit bigger than the ususal family dinner…
    By the way, i got asked for ID last year on holiday in New Zealand, where my husband is from and the legal age is 18, and also some time last year here in Switzerland, where we live, and where the legal age for wine and beer is 16!
    Also, i took the chance to finally order some of your patterns… i was just holding off because i have other things to finish first (two quilts…) … Thank you for the big discount!
    Greetings from Switzerland

  86. Uta February 23, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Happy birthday! I had a big party for my 30th with my BFF and my husband (then boyfriend). We were all born in the same year, DH in February and my BFF and I four days apart in September. When we turned 40 my DH had his own party in February, but BFF and repeated the tradition. While I’m not a big party person I think holidays, anniversaries, big birthdays are landmarks in life that deserve to be celebrated and remembered. I hope you had a memorable day!

  87. Angela February 23, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia! I hope you are having a fun day. There’s something about turning 30 that makes you look at what you’ve accomplished and what you plan to accomplish. I did anyway. I had a BBQ type of party for my 30th, lots of champers. Enjoy

  88. Rachel February 23, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    Hope you had a great day! I had my 30th two years ago, we had a joint party, my friend was born on the same day! We had the party at my parents, we cleared out their large conservatory and had a live band and 120 cupcakes, I made them all, including gluten free ones for my birthday friend and vegen ones for another friend! I made a black jersey full length convertable / infinity dress ( pics on burda style) we had lots of fun with all our friends and family. Hope you did too.

  89. Katie February 23, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Happy birthday! I turned 30 this past December and just spent the day to myself, for the most part. I am finishing up a second college degree so I did have a final on the morning of my birthday, so after that it was an open day as I took the night off work. I had thought about a big party, but that really isn’t me so a quiet lunch with my best friend and the remainder spent with my boyfriend was perfect.

    Hope your day was spent doing what you wanted. :)

  90. Katja February 23, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    Hi Tasia

    Happyhappy birthday to you! All the best wishes! You are amazing, thank you so much for your very inspiring blog.
    I had a little party for my 30th birthday (2,5 years ago). I thought 29 was was horrible, but 30 actually quite nice.
    As I always said as a little girl that I never wanted to grow up entirely, I had a theme party: fairytale forest. But to make fun of myself I dressed up as an old witch, grey hair, huge plastic nose and everything. Hihi, I so enjoyed the look on the faces of the people arriving: everybody thought I would dress up as a princess and there was the wicked old witch welcoming them. It was great fun.
    Ah, and I don’t look 30 either, just like you. Just before that 30th birthday, I actually had to show my ID to buy a bottle of Vodka (for the wild berry punch) … In Switzerland you’re allowed to buy that stuff legally when you’re 18. I thought that was pretty funny, I mean I do look young, but younger than 18?? No way :)
    Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  91. Lisette February 23, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Happy birthday! I wasn’t on my computer at all yesterday, so I missed out on the sale – I have fabric for a Pendrell all picked out too! But c’est la vie. I’m still only 23, but I never do big parties of any sort. Hope it was lots of fun!

  92. GorgeousThings February 23, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!

  93. Catholic Bibliophagist February 23, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I doubt if I even noticed my 30th birthday since I was very pregnant with my second child. (He was born 11 days later.) But I don’t recall thinking that it was a very significant number.

    This year I will be 60, and that number is really hitting me in the face.

    Wishing you a very happy 30th birthday, and many happy decades afterwards.


  94. Erika February 23, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Belated happy birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day =)
    I’m turning 30 in 3 months, and the only part about it making me nervous/dreading it, is the celebration part. Being 30 sounds great, but parties?! I hate planning those, but I do want to celebrate it a little bit. I’m leaning towards dinner with the closest friends, and the traditional afternoon tea and coffee with the relatives (no getting out that one…).
    But overall, I’m looking forward to leaving my 20s behind =)

  95. Lenora Jane February 23, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Happy birfday! I too never would have guessed you were a lot closer to my age than your true age (I’m early twenties, would have thought you were mid-), and in a funny way it makes me feel better to know you’re not…I have a couple more years to become as much of a whiz kid (or, er, not kid? Whatever) as you are.

    Hope your day is great, greater, greatest!

  96. Claire February 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm #


    And thank you for the generous discount. I am definitely going to take advantage of it, because I’ve been wanting to buy one of your lovely patterns for a long time. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  97. Sophia February 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Happy (belated) Birthday, Tasia! I turned 30 at the end of January, so we’re very close :)

    For years I wanted to go to NYC to shop the garment district, but at the last minute remembered that I hate shopping and probably wouldn’t actually have that much fun. Soooo, my husband and I got a cabin in the woods in Vermont and enjoyed a secluded weekend together :) It was really nice.

    I was freaking a bit turning 30. I think mostly because there are things that I wanted to do before 30 but life turned out differently and I was feeling disappointed; however, lately I’ve been making sure to remember that I have accomplished a lot and that 30 is still plenty young!

    Oh, and I was visiting my mom this weekend and some of her friends kept saying that I looked like a high schooler. I hugged them and told them thank you. lol. That made me feel especially good considering I just found my first gray hair!

    Hope your 30th is great! And may you have many more!

  98. velosewer February 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    All the best for your birthday Tasia.

  99. Part Time Homemaker February 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Happy birthday Tasia, have a great one!!! Ordered 3 patterns, I’m so excited to follow the sew-alongs. :)

  100. florine foulon February 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Happy Bday!!

  101. Melissa February 25, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    Happy Birthday Tasia!!!

  102. Alessa February 25, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Happy belated Birthday! :)

  103. youseef February 27, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    happy birthday …wish you nice year

  104. Part Time Homemaker March 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Hi Tasia!!! I just got my patterns, I’m thrilled. Thank you!


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