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Friday, January 18, 2013

Popping In

Just popping in to say Hi!  I can't believe less than two weeks left in January, where is the time going?  I feel that I am having such a hard time catching up with everyone.  I think that after all that merriment I just needed a break!
My Christmas stuff has been down for a couple of weeks now and I have yet to put up any other decor.  My shelves and walls are still empty.  In a way it's nice, seems so clean and open..lol!
The kids were off from school today and have Monday off as well, just as they (and I) were getting back into the swing of things.  Of course, they love it, me on the other hand.....it's all good, just trying to keep them busy:)
Speaking of busy, I joined in on Amy of Bumblebee Lane's Humble Heart Swap.  My partner is Michelle from Simple Pleasures.  Working on her items and will be getting them out to her in a couple of weeks:)
I also joined in on Vicki's (vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com) Grow Your Blog Party.  It's a way to meet, greet and follow fellow bloggers.  One of the suggestions for those who are visiting your blog was to introduce yourself and explain why you started blogging.  Not too long ago I wrote a post explaining just this.  If you would like to read please feel free to click on this link: 
Well, off to bed for me.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend:)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


My previous post showed this beautiful Believe Bag Keep Doll and Stocking that I won in a giveaway.  I won this from Cyndy at Crafty Stitchers
My apologies to Cyndy,
you see I also won a giveaway from Cyn at Cynzplace but unfortunately the package never arrived.
So sorry Cyndy, my brain has not been functioning at full capacity lately:(
Thanks again for the win...the whole family loves her so she is staying up all year long!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Past Due: Thank You's & Ornie Swap

 Thank You!

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I completely forgot to thank a couple of wonderful gals!  
These were a couple of giveaways that I won before Christmas.

This beautiful Believe Bag Keep Doll and Stocking
from Cyn at cynzplace- Love them!!

And from Wendy at ravenwoodwhimzies,
a wonderful painted wall plaque and two beautiful stuffed ornies - gorgeous!

Thank you so much ladies, I really appreciate these gifts and your generosity:)

Ornie Swap

Better late than never I suppose, but wanted to share a couple of ornaments that I sent to my nieces and sister-in-law for a last minute ornie swap.  These were pretty easy, quick and I thought really cute!

Clothespin Snowmen

 and Paintstick Ornies

(found this idea online but apologize my Explorer 
wasn't working tonight so I am on Chrome and do not have 
my favorites list available to give credit where credit is due)

Well, that's all for tonight!
Have a great Friday:)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Blogiversary & Many Thank You's

It was one year ago around this time at night that I started this blog.  It was part of my new years resolution - to join a community of people who share my same interests, hobbies & lifestyle, to not be afraid to share my creations, thoughts & accomplishments, to record my family's journey in a new environment and especially to just make new friends. 
I am so proud of myself that I actually committed to this project and so happy that I made the step because I have met so many wonderful people along the way.  You have all inspired me more than you can even imagine.  I lost myself many years ago when I left my career and decided to stay home to raise my four children.  I don't know if any of you have experienced losing yourself but it is not and has not been a pleasant experience.  I feel after this past year I am beginning to find myself again and want to thank each and everyone of you who have commented, shared, acknowledged & motivated me.
We gave up an old life when we relocated and took a big step to start a new one.  You have all helped me out tremendously on this new journey and for that I am grateful.
Here's to a new year and continuous new discoveries -
thank you and god bless:)