Time to usher out 2008 and invite in the new year with all the surprises it holds! I wish every one a year filled with good health and abundant success, oh and beads... LOTS of beads!
The cute little butterball of a baby pictured above was one of our guests over the Christmas holiday and this photo made me think of the Baby New Year. I think he's the perfect poster child for 2009
In playing around with my camera I also snapped a shot of our Christmas tree the other night.
We are still cleaning up from the ice storm and subsequent winds that hit just before Christmas, some of the really big clean up will have to wait for spring.
A couple of other items...
I eagerly follow the Etsy team of BAO (Bead Art Originals), I subscribe to their blog and have many, if not all, of their artists marked as Etsy favorites. It is a fun group of extremely talented artists. Do yourself a favor and take a little tour of their blog for some mouth watering close up photos of their work.
Before Christmas they had a BAO GiveAway extravaganza - 12 days of give aways, 12 lucky winners of amazing creations by the artists. I happen to be one of those lucky winners (I LOVE it when that happens) and wanted to share a photo of my prize.
Isn't it wonderful? The pendant was designed and created by MaryLou Holvenstot at 'time2cr8', she was generous in offering to make the pendant in colors of my choice. Does it get any better? I mean really!?!
Speaking of giveaways - have you noticed my latest button... up there on the right side of my blog? The one that says "One World One Heart", yeah THAT one! I was a participant last year and plan to take part again this year.
There were several hundred bloggers last year that gave away wonderful items on their blogs, all kinds of stuff, handmade, store bought, candles, food, jewelry, art of all kinds - and the best part? Anyone can win! The only requirement, you must have a blog - that's it!
I plan to bead up a few items for the event and I will do my best to make my rounds to as many of the other blogs as I can to see what everyone else is doing/giving away. It's a great way to find new blogs and make new blog friends!
So mark your calendars... the big give away will be held on February 12. I encourage you to click on the badge above to read more about it and join me in the fun.
I also finished the doll shown in teaser shots in my last post, my plan is to get full photos of it up in the next few days. I'm also happily working away on my November Bead Journal Project, I should be able to finish that up in the next day or so and get started on my December page.
For now... relax and enjoy what is left of 2008 and look forward to ringing in the new year!
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman