Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cheers to a New Year!

Moving past my Santa doll posting is going to be tough. I love seeing Johanna Parker's Santa when I log on...however, he is still here...just scroll down a bit. With the New Year approaching, it was time to change the background from Reindeer to something more festive for 2009.

Well, I have been hookin' again (sounds like something I need to give up for the New Year!). If you have been following my blog, I am also finishing up one of my Gritty Jane dolls. I will never forget my art teachers always telling me to finish one project before I started another. Obviously, I am still not listening! Although, I did get my hooked rug finished and I am very pleased with it.

I started collecting yelloware bowls around the same time Martha Stewart made them popular...the ones I collect are called "Martha Bowls". I decided to hook three nesting yelloware bowls to match my collection. I seem to have a thing for "nesting" since most of my collage boxes are in a nesting set. I posted a picture of the nesting boxes I finished to match my Gritty Jane doll. Right now, my two-headed pumpkin man called "Double Trouble" is standing behind them, but not for long once I get my doll finished.

If you stop by, please leave me a post. I would love to hear what you collect.

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

~William Authur Ward

Saturday, December 27, 2008

~A Santa Surprise by Johanna Parker~

Wow...what a great Christmas! I woke up Christmas morning to a wonderful surprise from my husband, Jeff. He asked Johanna Parker to make a vintage Santa for me. Along with her signature on bottom, she included a message from him. I was so disappointed I missed her web sale on December 14th, but this gift completely made up for it. Johanna is one of my favorite artists and I will cherish this Santa for many years. Thanks Johanna!!!

Here is a link to her website: http://www.johannaparkerdesign.com/

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Christmas Greeting!

Only 7 more days until Christmas! I love this time of year with friends & family. The Christmas parties this year and been so festive and full of cheer. I finished decorating the tree last night and wanted to share it with everyone. Also, I am posting "A Christmas Greeting" for one of my good friends, Amy. Walt Whitman is her favorite poet, so this one is for her. Enjoy the holidays!

A Christmas Greeting by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Welcome, Brazilian brother--thy ample place is ready;
A loving hand--a smile from the north--a sunny instant hall!
(Let the future care for itself, where it reveals its troubles,impedimentas,
Ours, ours the present throe, the democratic aim, the acceptance andthe faith;)
To thee to-day our reaching arm, our turning neck--to thee from usthe expectant eye,
Thou cluster free! thou brilliant lustrous one! thou, learning well,
The true lesson of a nation's light in the sky,
(More shining than the Cross, more than the Crown,)
The height to be superb humanity.