Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcome, 2012!

Thank you for reading along this year.  I so enjoy this part of my life: blogging about junque that makes me happy, art that inspires me, and all the great stuff my friends are doing and showing online!  I love this blog, and all the friends who visit mean so much to me!  *That means YOU!*
I’ve been reflecting on the year that is coming to an end.  It hasn’t been the best year for me, personally.  I made some tough decisions about the people I spend time with which, while difficult at the time, have proven sound and beneficial.
Looking back, I’m very happy that I spent more time in creative pursuits in 2011.  I was also intentional about making exercise a priority.
My focus for 2012 is to be more authentic, and honest about who I am, where I’m going, and what I need.  I’m planning to get better at communicating these things to the people in my life.
I’m going to be intentional about staying on track to accomplish my 2012 dreams: to write more, create and surround myself with beautiful things that make me happy, and work even harder on a healthy lifestyle.  I’m also hoping to find a job!
How about you?  What was your year like, and what are your dreams for 2012?  Did you blog about it?  If so, post a link to your post on this subject in your comment!
I'll leave you with some Gaiman.  Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

End of the year antique-ing

I took a little road trip yesterday to northwest of Denver to meet up with Suzanne at the shop that's at the halfway point between our homes...
I got to meet her buddy Cheryl who I've heard so much about, and we had lunch and exchanged Christmas treats, too!  (I can't believe I didn't take any photos of us!)
I made Suzanne this Ball jar that I'd filled with the sweetest vignette: an antique photo of a little girl in winter garb...
with lots of sparkly stuff inside...
and topped with sheet music and glitter!
She gave me some beautiful things, including this prettily wrapped gift!
It's an absolutely beautiful day book!  I haven't had one of these in years!
I can't wait to begin using a few days!
The bird theme is just over-the-top beautiful!
We so enjoyed hunting for treasures; we were all still enthralled with all the great vintage Christmas stuff...
if you're sick of Christmas, look away!

I loved the gold flower, above, with its tin petals and mercury glass bead center!
But what I really wanted was this vintage bottle brush tree; I'd never seen one like it!
It came complete with a glass star, and all the beautiful, chippy glass ornaments!  I wanted it so much, but was unwilling to pay the $32 price. 

Okay -- no more Christmas.  Here are some of the other great things I loved at the store:
There was this lavender pair of bed slippers -- quilted satin with ostrich feathers!!
Tons of beautiful ephemera -- and that library card cabinet in back was full of sorted postcards!
Lots of pretty things...
like this to-die-for "cake box"!
I can't believe I came home without ephemera; instead, I fell in love with this pretty box of hair pins!
I just loved that it had compartments and that the pins were different sizes.
Some beautiful ribbon...
and trim; I had received some of this in a matchbook swap and used most of it up, so I was thrilled to find some more.  I love this stuff!
Oops, I said no more Christmas, but I forgot about this -- isn't it the cutest?  It's paper ribbon.
This gorgeous needlepoint stole my heart...
with its careful stitches, bright colors,
and satin backing.  It was only 99 cents so of course it had to come home with me.
The rest of my bag was filled with BUTTONS!  I still need to sort and photograph them for you, so stay tuned for that, either here or on my Button Floozies blog!

 I'm thinking up an end-of-the-year kind of post for tomorrow or the next day, so be sure to visit again for new year wishes, friends!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

And so this was Christmas

I hope each and every one of you had a nice holiday, filled with joy, relaxation, and good food!
A few days before...Ben and his best buddy playing XBox

A vintage stocking I repaired

My initials on some beautiful laundry tape I found on eBay and ordered from France; it arrived on Christmas eve.
Using the good stuff

The second table, which inadvertently became "the kid's table"
I don't remember what I was talking about!  (With Rebecca at dinner...)

Okay, admit it: you've taken photos with your own feet in them!
Dennis gets a gift
The boys on Christmas morning, playing with their gadgets
It seems like every photo of my son these days looks like this!
This year, we all got iPhones (back in mid-October) and agreed that would be our Christmas splurge.  So, although we've had our "gifts" for a couple of months now, we're all still novices at using them.  (Well, except for Ben, who is applying his iPod Touch knowledge to the phone...)  I haven't had time yet to fully explore all that the phone has to offer, but I'm working on it!

As you know from earlier blog posts, we're in trying financial times right now with my husband's new job paying less (but being a better fit for him.)  Therefore, Christmas was quite lean this year.  I very much enjoyed this approach.  I plan to keep spending down and frugality up during all of 2012 and beyond, as my son's college years quickly approach!
We got the biggest snow of the year yet a couple of days before Christmas; it wreaked havoc for those last minute shoppers -- and I was glad that didn't include me!  Here's a view of America's Mountain (as we like to call Pike's Peak) as we were leaving a restaurant after breakfast last Friday.
Me shoveling the driveway, later that same day!
The hot chocolate that we never got around to serving on Christmas Eve; other things we didn't get around to doing included showing the year-in-review slideshow I made for the digital picture frame, singing the Christmas song Ben practiced on his guitar for a sing-a-long, and eating the Dreyer's peppermint ice cream!

I'm in a post-holiday, mellow kind of slump right now, how about you? 

I will now get off the computer and go to swim some laps, as the slump has included fewer trips to the gym and that is Not Good!

Yessiree, any minute now I'm going to get off the computer and go exercise...

Friday, December 23, 2011