Raise money for charity – wish me a Happy 40th!


Miceal's birthday card Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know that I will be celebrating my 40th birthday next Thursday, 23rd June.

With this in mind, and not wishing to sound too soppy, I thought that it might be a good opportunity to raise some money for charity and make my 40 healthy and happy years so far about being thankful for all the good things in my life.

So, if you want to get involved all you have to do is send me a birthday wish here on my blog by next Thursday (D-Day, or should that be B-Day?) and I will make a donation to charity for every good wish received. Just to be clear, you won't have to part with a penny. I will be the one making the donation on your behalf, but only if you wish me a happy birthday by commenting here.

In case you were wondering – yes this is a slightly desperate attempt on my part to make it look like I am popular/liked, but hey it’s all in a good cause!

Crafty Birthday Card Making

For all you crafters out there, I just wanted to let you know that I went to our Craft Prep Room and had a fun half hour with Caroline, who manages our craft prep, making this card (photo top left). I am determined to try to pop in and see her every week and increase my crafting skills.

For this one I used the Scissix Eclips to cut out the number 40 and the 'Happy Birthday' message. I layered up some gold card with the orange on top, used some peel-off stars, did swirly designs on the '40' with the Quickie glue pen and then add some glitter on top, and just to add a final embellishment I did some highlighting with a dark green Promarker and added a couple of little birdies as well.

It was a first attempt, as you all know I am still learning, so try not to look too closely! Any feedback or comments on my fledgling attempts would be really welcome.

Thank you in advance to anyone who decides to get involved with the Birthday Wishes!



  1. Christine Turner June 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal
    Happy 40th Birthday for Thursday!
    I was wondering when you turned 40 as I wanted to wish you many happy returns as I too have a 40th birthday celebration happening in my family a week after your birthday as my elder Sister Louise celebrates the big 4-0 on June 30th so it will be celebrations galore.
    Luckily I’ve got another 7 years and 4 months until I reach the big 4-0.
    Hope you have a really lovely birthday on your special day..
    Christine. X X X X

  2. Ann Woollerton June 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Happy 40th Birthday Miceal – have a great day and remember life begins now!!

  3. Janet Gilliard June 17, 2011 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday. 40s not so bad. Have a lovely day.

  4. Dreen Olma June 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Dreen Olma

  5. carole King June 18, 2011 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Happy 40TH, what a lovely idea, have a super day,

  6. janet groves June 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Happy 40th Birthday Miceal a Million time over!!
    Congratulations, I hope you have a lovely day next Thursday.
    Birthday Wishes
    Janet x

  7. una June 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Hahaha, i like your style!!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. Hope you have a lovely day.

  8. ELIZABETH STRACHAN June 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    Miceal have a VERY HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY and all good wishes to you!

  9. jacqui stephenson June 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    happy birthday miceal
    hope that you have a great day!.
    best wishes

  10. Shirley June 19, 2011 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Happy 40th Birthday – how I wish my birthday was in June instead of December – strawberries and cream teas! Yum. Which charity are you supporting? Best wishes – Shirley

  11. Sirona June 19, 2011 at 8:18 am -  Reply

    Happy 40th Birthday Miceal!!
    Best wishes from someone who also turned 40 this year πŸ™‚

  12. Helen Rostron June 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Happy 40th Birthday Miceal for Thursday – OMG you don’t look anything like 40 – you could pass for 30 easily! Hope you enjoy your big day and I love your presenting style! Best Wishes. Helen, Manchester

  13. kay salisbury June 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Happy 40th Miceal, and many moreBirthdays to come.Welcome to QVC-you are very at home in the QVC family. God bless.K.XXX

  14. sylvia June 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal
    I would love to wish You a Very Happy 40th Birthday.I do hope you have a Great Day and Lots of Love to You.x
    Ps You are doing a grand job on QVC.

  15. Maureen Murdoch, Scotland June 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Many happy returns!! Life begins at 40

  16. Claire M June 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Happy 40th Birthday – good for you in using the milestone to do some good for Charity – hope you get lots of messages and have a great birthday to boot!

  17. diane burgess June 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    hope you have a fantastic big 40th birthday, was shocked when i read your blog as you look so much younger on screen. Anyway what ever you have planned for the big day enjoy every minutexx

  18. Lucy June 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY MICEAL. What a wonderful (and generous!) person you are making donations to charity for all the birthday wishes received – I like that idea lots!!! I’m going to be turning 4O in September this year too and like you, have a lot to be happy and thankful for in my life. Hope you have a wonderful day. Lucy xxx

  19. Gee June 20, 2011 at 2:03 am -  Reply

    A very Happy Birthday for next week Miceal! Great way to raise a bit of cash for a worthy cause! Have a lovely day!

  20. KAREN June 20, 2011 at 10:57 am -  Reply


  21. edna June 20, 2011 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    a very happy birthday to come Miceal, what a beautiful idea. with all good wishes

  22. lou June 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi miceal happy 4oth birthday not just saying this but you don’t look it πŸ™‚ hope you have a wonderful day whatever your doing what a brilliant and thoughtful idea to donate to charity love lou xx

  23. michelle June 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Miceal hope you have a lovely day filled with laughter love and of course cake.
    And i have too agree with the other comments you really do not look 40, more like 30..!!
    But hey life does truly begin at 40
    keep up the good work on QVC i,ve watched you since your first appearance as a guest and i think you are a great presenter a real natural
    Michelle surrey

  24. Kathleen Low June 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Happy 40th birthday – you are but a lad yet!
    Have a great day.

  25. Christine June 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Breithla sona duit Miceal

  26. sue June 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Have a Happy Birthday From Sue

  27. Maureen Coulter June 22, 2011 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Have a great day on Thursday, Birthday Boy x

  28. LYNN JONES June 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    HAPPY 40TH

  29. Bernadette Brooks June 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Happy 40t Miceal, hope its a good one.

  30. Miceal June 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Thank you all for your good wishes and kind comments. Well the big day is here. I started it with a driving lesson (as some of you know i have just started to learn), and it felt good to be doing something pro-active to bring in my next decade. I have a little bit of work to do on the computer as well as loads of household chores (not very glamorous I know), but I am off to Paris tomorrow with some friends, for the weekend, and that is when the serious celebrations will happen.
    Mostly we will be eating a lot and sightseeing a little! The weather is supposed to be good there this weekend as well so am keeping my fingers crossed.
    Thank you all once again. I will leave it until the end of the day to do a final count of Birthday Wishes in terms of calculating my donation to charity. So if you know anyone who would like to get involved get them to send me their best wishes asap.
    Talk to you all when I get back from Paris.

  31. Claire June 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Miceal. Enjoy your day…

  32. Risa Walker July 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Miceal but are you sure you are 40??? Look like 21 to me πŸ™‚ Have a fab day!

  33. Maureen Meredith July 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Love your style. Wish i was 40 years young again. Belated birthday wishes. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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