It is a cold and windy day here today. And I am a bit under the weather too. What a perfect day to count my blessings–but isn’t every day a perfect day to do that, really? (and I am not paying a bit of attention to you, winter,you’re like a toddler throwing a tantrum, I am turning around and doing something else!! so there!)
SO–2011 –I love you. you were so good.
Wanna know more? I’ll just give you the highlights–but it was a good one.
We started off the year celebrating 18 years of marriage~gettin’ better all the time!
It was an honor–and a real pleasure– to also start the year volunteering in my community. I did a very quick mural for the folks at Homefront in NJ–they are incredibly inspiring and the work they do is so very important.
I just painted a very simple outlined mural, and then residents and fellow volunteers filled in with color. Gotta get over there to see how it turned out!
I discovered that embroidery coupled with a gym membership can help with the winter blues.
I read, ingested, and reviewed Kelly Rae Robert’s e-book Flying Lessons.It was excellent. It lit a fire for me–and gave me a real push to take on all those big plans I had–and I did–and continue to do so. I’m all signed up for Hello Soul/Hello Business too!! I guess I am becoming quite the KRR guru~
I got my first licensing contract–and went on to create two lines for Dish and Spoon. A real dream come true. I’m currently working on a few more pieces too! This work along with the work I did for Muralistick debuted at the ABC Expo–that’s 2 booths with my work. So exciting and I even got to be there to see it all myself!
Received these in the mail! Art I created several years ago chosen to be included in a desktop and a journal calendar for physicians and health care professionals.
My work was featured in two show house!! The Bucks County Designer’ show house in May, and the Chestnut Hill show house in October.
I launched my website!! This was HUGE–a colossal effort and well worth it. A big thank you to Eleanor Grosch-she did a magnificent job.
I had my photo made for my website–and a big thank you to Brae Howard for making that happen!! She is so talented.
We went to NYC for Mother’s day and saw the Alexander McQueen exhibit, one word-INCREDIBLE! (started the day off with dim sum in Chinatown too)
13 year olds need food...and on a side note I got a gift card to Anthro so I don't have to wear the same thing all the time....thanks hon~
art, serious? nahhhh
several 20-30 mile bike rides with my girl friends–I consider this a bit of an indulgence as we take the better part of the day to do it–because we eat well on these trips–picnicking or eating out in New Hope or Lambertville or Frenchtown. Luxurious!!
Day trips to the beach with the girls and their friends–and my friends too!
Family vacation to Florida~
Met Holly Becker at Anthropologie event at the flagship store in Rittenhouse Square. Colleen and I also –through twitter–got ourselves invited to have drinks after and we were fortunate enough to meet Jaime Derringer from Design Milk, Jeanine Hays from Aphro Chic, and author Kayte Terry of This is Love Forever and the Anthro visual’s department. What an absolute treat!! They were all very kind and gracious.
Colleen and I, on quite a roll, also attended an event at the Anthro headquarters where we met the delightful Grace Bonney from Design*Sponge. Wasn’t it nice she posed with us?
see what I mean-it IS a favorite vintage sweater though~
Colleen and I really got out and about this year!! We ALSO attended a social media immersion class with Alyson B Stanfield. It was very informative and great to connect with artists in our area.
I went on my very first spiritual retreat. I slept, read, prayed, and meditated, It was an eye opener for me-something I hope to do again. No phone, no tv, just peace and quiet.
We threw a big bash for our daughter for her 13th bday! My parents were visiting for 2 months (no they weren’t staying with us the whole time) and helped out with the festivities. A house FULL of 13 year old girls, and a few boys, is a lot more fun than it might sound–
thank you Pinterest~
Made two homemade Halloween costumes–one a jellyfish and the other….Shirley Temple.
Thanksgiving HIKE–yes, it was pleasant enough to go out for a post turkey day hike! This might become a regular thing!
We put in wood floors & started redoing the bedroom–yipee!! still not done–just need some art…oh wait, that should be the easy part….
Topped off the Christmas break with a trip to the Italian Market in Philly and the Magic Gardens–truly, it IS a magical place.
The big events and happenings are wonderful, but its the little things that I don’t want to forget. Those special fleeting moments–I want to capture them and put them in a mason jar on my shelf so I can pull them out and– smell that smell of fresh baked bread made with dear friends, hear the sound of my 9 year old singing her heart out while she’s puttin’ away her laundry, the feel of my 13 yr old’s hand in mine, the smell of the sand and sea. These are the true reflections of my year that I hang onto–they live on in my heart and mind. Its important to reflect on the past year and to prepare our minds for the coming year (even if we are little late!).
What do we want to happen, what old habit are we willing to let go, what fears will we cast out, what joys we will find in each new day? I hope to embrace each moment–as an opportunity for thankfulness & gratitude. Even the weather.
a few more pics of some of those fleeting moments. Good-bye 2011!
we started off the summer limiting tv--so I said-make a list-ahhh summer
no tv in the summer meant the girls leaned how to use all kinds of photo apps--remember playing dress up? Add in fun iphone apps~
a new Thanksgiving tradition? I hope so~
a thought for Valentine's Day--don't we all just want to know that our opinion is important?
take time to skip the stones
(you know there’s an app for that-seriously, I’m not kidding! Grateful for 3 things a day? document it? I got the app, but you know its harder to keep up with then I thought–give it a try and let me know what you think.)