Sunday, December 29, 2013

looking forward

Don't you just love the end of the year with a fresh and new one beginning.
Last year was pretty crap for me so I'm declaring 2014 my  year.
By the end of June I will have no children left at home
and although I am incredibly sad about this (shattered really)
I know that it is not healthy for them or me to wallow about it.
So I will put on a brave face and look forward to the next phase of my life.
In 2014 I hope to .....
(see I said hope not will)
not have another heart attack
do an online design course
spend more time with friends
do more crafting
not have another heart attack
read more, watch less
enjoy mothering from a different angle
rest a bit
relax a bit
grow my blog
release at least 3 new patterns
look at turning my patterns into PDFs
do more family tree research
try some new things
be happy
None of these are huge goals but they are important to me
and I know that I don't need a new year to begin these things
but this is the year that everything is going to change and
it really doesn't get much bigger than having
all your children gone.
What about you?
Do you set goals or unrealistic expectations?
How did you cope with your empty nest?
Were you miserable or happy when they left?
As some of you may know I don't get very personal here
but I'll let you in on a little secret .....
I'm going to cry for days when my kids are gone.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

hot snowflakes

I've been crocheting little white circles all year.
I eventually threaded them together
and added buttons and pearls.
They are strung up on my verandah door and
with the sun shining through they look really stunning.
As I said the sun shines through so I couldn't get a
decent photo to show you.

So I put them on another wall and took another photo

and then another spot and took a photo

and yet another spot.

Every time I moved them they would get
 all tangled so I just gave up .
It was also a million degrees the day
I tried to decorate with my snowflakes .
You'll just have to believe me when I say they look beautiful.
Wishing you and yours a merry and safe Christmas.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

jingle bells

jingle bells

jingle bells

jingle all the way

oh what fun to have a jingly jangly tree hey!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

an end and new beginnings

The teen girl is finishing school soon and
looking forward to continuing her education at Tafe.

I will have an empty nest next year
and looking forward to doing an online design course.

Of course this means we are looking at new , spiffy stationery.

We are going to be the coolest students ever!
All pictured above are from Spencil , an Australian family 
company based in Brisbane.
I do believe Santa will be shopping
there for some of our gifts.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

winners are grinners

Sorry it's taken so long to get back with the winner
of the $20 Bookworld voucher it's just that
it has taken me so long to decide on my Christmas gift
books from there, decisions , decisions.
Anyway the winner is ~ Jess from Scrappy n Happy.
Congratulations Jess, Bookworld will contact you
and pass your voucher on , thanks for entering.