Friday, December 31, 2010

Farewell to 2010- A Year Full of Change

As we leave 2010 behind, I am struck by how much life has changed for my husband and me this year.  We moved last January from St. Louis, MO to Severance, CO.  To do that we drove both vehicles across icy windy highway.  Once we settled here, I started work.  Hubby is retired.  Shortly after that I found I had breast cancer, and that knocked me for a loop.  I had surgery, and no chemo or radiation was needed.  I am so thankful to the Lord for that.

We spent time taking drives to new places here in Colorado and enjoyed the spectacular scenery.  This fall I did three craft shows from November 19 to December 1.  It was crazy working full time, plus hauling my things to these places.  Bill, my husband, was an incredible help with this, and we found that we have fun working a craft show together.

Neighbors we barely know came by and gave us a fabulous platter of goodies.  It was so pretty I took a picture of it before we ate any of it.

After the craft shows, I got sick with a cold and then bronchitis.  Somehow we got prepared for Christmas, and had a wonderful time with our family here. Our son came in from California to join in the festivities.

I had neglected to come up with a nice centerpiece for the dining table, but crafty as I am, I managed to piece together a really nice one about two hours before the meal.  I found an inexpensive wreath we have, some white trim, a long red candle, a square vase, and some marbles. The marbles went into the vase with the candle in the middle. The wreath was placed on the table, and the white trim was draped around it.  I was quite happy with it when I finished.

I learned  a lot this year, and am so happy to be close to my daughter, Mary and her family.  Our grand-baby turned one in September, and we were able to participate in the party.

When it was time to decorate the Christmas tree, I put up the ornament I got for Mary when she was a baby.  Today I took the Christmas tree down, and as I removed that ornament it crossed my mind that I had not cried when I put the ornament on the tree weeks ago.  Now, you need to understand, that for the past 8 -10 years I always had a good cry when I laid eyes on that ornament.  Mary, my daughter, was not at home and was living in other states.  I missed her.  How significant, that this year I did not feel the need to cry.   I see Mary all the time, and her husband, and her step-children, and our fabulous new granddaughter.  No tears needed!

Life is good, and we are blessed by the living God!  Let's all look forward to 2011 with anticipation and hope.  Happy New Year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday's Mentors - Good Ideas from

Necklace Lengths

There is much to know about jewelry, how it relates to your personality, clothing and feeling good about yourself.  Here are some articles about choosing the right necklace that appear on

How to Choose a Necklace Length  
Purple Matinee Length Necklace
Flower Princess Length Necklace

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Do You Like My Hat?

I found the most fabulous crocheted hats at a shop on ArtFire, GalleriaDeArta.  Monica is the artist and is creating 1920's inspired retro hats.  Here is a picture of the one I purchased from her.

I love the colors in this one.  I will wear it with my brown tweedy coat.  I tried it on when I received it.  You can play with the brim and turn it up or down.  I kind of like it with one side up and one down, a little jaunty.  My bangs peak out a little from one side.  Look out here comes grandma in her new hat!

Please visit Monica's shop.  She has some delightful children's hats as well.  In addition, Monica makes jewelry.  She gave me a sweet present of earrings with my purchase.  Visit her jewelry shop as well, 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Little of This and That ~ December Giveaway

Have you visited this wonderful blog?  It is called A Little of This and That.  It is full of wonderful recipes, ideas, and lots of yummy handcrafted items.

Julie is the blogger and she is doing a December Giveaway of a wonderful mix of beads.  Hop on over to her blog and maybe you can win!

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