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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ringing in 2009...

Wishing you all a very wonderful, safe and happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

It's Here! It's Here!

I have been patiently waiting for this magazine to come out since the summer...and now it is finally here! I am so thrilled to have two featured articles in it...the first is about little ol' Romantic Thoughts in their "Blogs with a View" section...I wrote about an experience that I shared with Sheila R. of Blessed and Distressed and a special connection that we made right here in blogland! You can read the original post about "the doll" here and Sheila's post about receiving it here.
I was also stunned when Jenny Doh, the editor of this fabulous magazine, asked me to send in my paper cones and write an article about them as well!
Two of these are currently available on my site in my Collage Art Collection. Unfortunately, the aqua and pink one received a little damage in the mail, so that one will just have to have a special home here in our studio ;).
And imagine my delight when I traveled to the back of the magazine and found one of my photos featured in the Miscellany category! (This photo is currently available for sale on my site).
Well, I hope you will forgive my gloating...I just can't help myself...hehe! This is by far one of the best publications out there for living an inspired life, and I am so honored to be featured! I do hope when it comes out (January 1st) that you will get a copy and see all of the wonderful art and inspiration it contains!
Till next time...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Thoughts...

Wishing you all a joyous and blessed Christmas Day!
May your travels be safe, your time with loved ones memorable, and your heart be filled with love!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

St Joshua...

Many of you who follow my blog, may have caught wind from previous posts that my husband, Joshua, has started his own line(s) of jewelry a couple of months back. He creates both steampunk pieces (made from old pocket watches and watch parts...intricately placed gears, filigree and the like) as well as hand painted pendants with his signature tree and crow silhouettes. Now, he has his own blog too! We actually set it up some time ago, just never used it...and...since he isn't really much of a "blogger", now I will be doing most of the posting...that's what wives are for right...lol?
I wanted to show off some of his latest pieces here, as I think they are quite stunning...




He is currently offering FREE SHIPPING now through December 31st...so be sure to head his way for unique finds and a great deal!
And to all of you who stopped by for my birthday to wish me a wonderful day...thank you so much! I felt like a queen! You all made my heart sing ;)
Till next time...

Monday, December 15, 2008

My Cup Runneth Over...


Today, is Heather's Pretty Little Christmas party, that I had planned to participate in...however...the house is quite messy, and I haven't had even one spare moment to start cleaning it up for nice photographs of our holiday decor. So, I apologize to any of you heading this way hoping to find that here. I do promise that I will be posting photos here very soon!

Instead, I wanted to take time today...on my 27th birthday (yay!)...to reflect on how blessed I am and have been by so many friends and loved ones. It's truly remarkable to me, that even in these very hard economic times, that people would bestow upon me such beautiful gifts. I cannot say thank you enough to all of you, for how your love has filled my heart with joy!

Now, I hope you will enjoy my "Pretty Little Birthday" party while you are here with me!

First...I want to say thank you to Sandi of Wayside Treasures, for sending me a very wonderful package the other day! I was actually the first place winner in her giveaway! Like I told her, the last thing I remember winning was a coloring contest in 3rd grade...so this was a real treat!

How perfect is this gold fleur-de-lys? Love it!

And Sandi makes the most beautiful vintage-inspired tags that I have ever seen...

The little girl on this Christmas tag is too cute!
I also won a lovely set of notecards and pretty scallop tags...
As well as a brand new journal...
And because Sandi is just the sweetest ever...she also included some special birthday gifts for me...Let's just say...yummmm!
This one I waited till last to open...I just knew it would be really special...
My heart literally leapt for joy when I pulled out this adorable vintage Putz house!
Sandi had posted a blog about her collection of these, and I was admiring them so much. We were emailing about them, and I told her that I had yet to find any...now I have my first one! Maybe one day I will have a collection as lovely as hers!

Another package also arrived the same day with a sweet birthday/Christmas card from Lesley of Flatwoods Folk Art.

And these adorable "Noel" elves!
How cute are these guys? Thank you Lesley!
Prior to these packages, Polly of Counting Your Blessings, sent me a little "thank you" gift for helping her with a new project. Polly manages to bless me in so many ways with encouraging emails and packages out of the blue.

Polly, how can I ever repay you? ;)

Included in my gifts was the latest Victoria, which I was so thankful for since my subscription ended with the last issue, and I have neglected to renew yet. And how could I miss the "Winter White Magic" issue? Stunning!

There was a delicious candle...
And sweet packages...
Inside was a beautiful devotional...there a different images of sparkly brooches with each one...
And these earrings! I have already worn them out and about!
And be sure to check out this special gift from my very dear friend Tracie of My Petite Maison! How sweet is she? She sent me some other things, that I have yet to photograph...but they will be shown off soon!
And to all my blogging friends thank you! I am so blessed to have found you in this vast online community...you have all touched my life in so many ways!

My family has also been overflowing me with wonderful gifts lately...

My mother always manages to make me feel like a princess for my birthday, and I always love the surprises I receive from her, as they are usually vintage/antique items that are truly one of a kind. Like this gorgeous platter. She has had it for awhile and I alway mention how much I love it...now it's in my dining room ;)
And these beautiful old hat pins just show how even the smallest of treasures can bring joy to your heart...

A beautiful vintage cameo necklace...
That can also be worn in reverse...
A pretty white sequined box and picture frame
And a shabby oval frame with some lace trim...
She also is the one who provides me with most of the papers I use for my art...and found me more old sheet music...I can never have enough...
The dark purple one above had beautiful poems and illustrations in it, one of which I wanted to share with you here. Feel free to download this to use for your own artistic endeavors! I left this image clickable with the largest size available for you, so be sure to click on it, before downloading, to get the full size... The other night my youngest sister, Destiney (she's 5), had a ballet recital at her church. It was amazing...and she looked beautiful! Sadly, my camera battery died when I got there, so I couldn't take any photos. After it was over, my dad, my step-mother, my brothers (I have 3 who are 15, 12, and 10), and Destiney, all gave me my birthday presents...including this handmade card...
They each wrote me a sweet note and Destiney drew me several lovely pictures. Here are Mary and Baby Jesus...
And the Three Wise Men and Baby Jesus...
She also created for me the most beautiful bracelet...all on her own!
She is so talented! I will cherish this forever... Together, they also all gave me a wonderful gift...a cashmere sweater! It is so soft and comfortable...I had Josh take of photo of me wearing my new things even though I hate getting my picture taken (this is for you Dad, Jennifer, Malachi, Jaron, Ezra and Destiney!). After making Josh take about 15 or so shots (I was unhappy with them all!)...this is the one that turned out best. We realized later that you can't really see the sweater...but Renoir kept turning his head during some, and I kept closing my eyes in the others...so at least you can see some of it!
And yes...

I truly am blessed!

Thank you!

Now, I am off to enjoy the rest of my birthday!