Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snowman Soup

Did you think we'd never come back? We had an amazingly wonderful (and a bit exhausting) trip. Kayla came home with 2 gold and a bronze medals, lots of experiences and some new friends! We also came home to an extreme temperature change (18 degrees at home vs mid 90's in Brazil) and hit the ground running into the holidays!

I didn't get much craftiness in but I did manage to a make a couple dozen of these little snowman soups for some teachers and friends. The cute little cup is a Coluzzle template that I've had for quite some time and I don't know if you can even find it anymore (sorry). It was a bit labor intensive cutting each one out but so perfect, don't you think? I sure wish there was a die cut for a cup like this though. If anyone knows of one, please let me know because it's perfect for all sorts of things. This template is actually a box but I left the top off so I could fill it with bigger things. The snowman soup poem is from a make-n-take at the A Muse Shop last year.

We've had some cold temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest but so far, no snow to speak of.
I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and wish you all the best for the coming New Year!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Amazing Awaits........

That's the motto of the US Paralympic team and pretty much sums up how we're feeling right now. Tomorrow morning we'll fly to Washington DC to meet the rest of the US Paralympic team and staff and then fly to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Short Course World Championships. 264 athletes from 31 countries and my baby girl is one of them!!! This picture was taken 2 years ago when she first qualified to swim in a Paralympic sanctioned meet. She was SO proud to pose in front of the sign! Now she's a member of this special team representing our country! To say I am proud is an understatement!

Please keep us in good thoughts and we travel to South America to attend this competition.

Amazing Awaits!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Look Mom, no braces!

Kayla got her braces off today! She's had them on less than a year and a half so we were amazed when Dr. Sullivan said she was done! We did some early intervention with palate expanders which really made a difference in the length of time she had to wear them.

Here she is in the orthodontist's office before:

and after:

She had a caramel apple tonight and tomorrow we are having corn on the cob! She's really looking forward to the gooey Halloween candy. Hmmm.......maybe I should've made the appointment AFTER Halloween!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Elegant Autumn

It's October in the Pacific Northwest and we've had some unusually sunny weather which makes the changing Fall colors even that much more spectacular! A Muse has a new release coming that is absolutely lovely and will give you the perfect excuse to do some crafting on those crisp Fall days. Here I'm giving you a little sneak peak of the Oak Leaf Flourish and a new Beautiful Autumn sentiment. The tree is from the Trees 1 Clear set embellished with Autumn Flower Soft (so fun!).

Be sure to check out the A Muse Blog and from there you can hop over to some of the Creative Team blogs to see some more of what's coming up!

I am teaching "Falling into the Holidays" at the A Muse shop on November 8th so be sure call and reserve your spot!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Muse Challenge #8 No Coloring Zone

This is for the A Muse Challenge #8 No Coloring Zone. I used my new Fiskars webbing texture plate on a Blackberry notecard, then sanded the embossed parts so the white of the card came through. The spider is a Martha Stewart punch. I bent the legs a little, then popped it up on some extra thick foam squares to make it look spooky real! (for added effect you could flock or glitter it up!). I stamp the "Boo!" on a Paprika notecard and punched it out with my EKS Dog Tag punch, inked the edges up in black and there you have it.......no coloring required!

I can't wait to see what next month's challenge is. Is always so fun to play along!
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Calendars for a cause

Have heard the news? The A Muse calendars have been released! This year proceeds from the sale of these calendars will go to benefit Water 1st. Water 1st's mission is to serve families in the poorest communities in the world as they implement community-managed projects that integrate water supply, sanitation, and health education. Please visit the A Muse blog for more information about this awesome project!

The calendars are a download and come in 4 different sizes. The great thing is that you can print them as many times as you need to! I have some great projects and gifts in mind but for now I used the new full size version to make a reading chart for my son. He's what some call a "reluctant reader". He can read but he doesn't really enjoy it and he often starts books and doesn't finish them. We are choosing a stamp to represent each book he reads and stamping each day that he reads to me for 30 minutes. He started out the school year with a Star Wars book so we used the Tiny Star stamp. Now he's reading "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh" so we are using Humphrey the Rat. I stamped "reading" at the top using the Barney Clear Alphabet set which is such a fun font. I really hope this helps to keep his interest and enables him to see his success. I LOVE to read and I really want him to also!

I apologize for the poor photo. I had a heck of a time trying to get a good picture and my main desktop computer is down which is where my good photo editing software lives. After much frustration I decided you'd get the idea though the photo wasn't that great.

I've updated my class schedule. My Fall classes are listed in my side bar to the right. Please call or visit the A Muse shop to register. You can also register online and while you're at it, donate to a great cause and download some fun calendars!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Witchy Day

Ever have "one of those days"? I think this witch is! When I first saw this new image I knew I had to use that sentiment with it!

Don't you just love the new Halloween release from A Muse? They have really outdone themselves with this time! I am absolutely IN LOVE with the new Blackberry note cards. Those of you who know me know I LOVE purple and this is the perfect shade......PERFECT!! The new Paprika is a really nice orange too.

Be sure to check out the A Muse Blog and the Creative Team blogs for more peaks at the upcoming release. Only a couple more days to wait and then you can play with them too!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sparkles & Sunshine

I am in love with these cute new Mandy's World stamps from A Muse! Amanda has really created some fun images and this Bubble Girl is my current favorite! I love adding clear gel or Spica pen to the bubbles to really set them off.

One of our dear friends is also an A Muse fan and I knew she'd love these cute stamps so we gave her a few for her birthday and made this cute card and notebook to go with them. Hopefully, she'll share the stamps with her mom (*wink*).

We just got a big Martha Stewart order in at the shop and I couldn't resist this Loopy Edge punch any longer. It's SO cute and fun! There's a corner punch that matches it so you can go all the way around a card or page. I've added it to our next order and hope it comes in soon!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

So Proud!!

We are having a busy and eventful summer so far along with some crazy weather! The Seattle area had record breaking temperatures....over 100 degrees!!

July is always busy for us between the annual I-CAN meeting, Kayla and Dean's birthdays and swim competitions. Kayla hasn't had a birthday party in 2 years because we are never in town during her day but this year we were and it was a milestone birthday. My girl turned 13! A teenager, YIKES! Summer parties are hard but we managed to pull together a few of her friends and took them camping overnight at our camping lot. My friend, Marilyn, went with us and we brought our boys too. The girls all slept out in the tent while the mom's and boys slept in the trailer. They did a scavenger hunt, ate, played games, swam, oogled teen magazines, roasted marshmallows and ate s'mores! We all a great time. On the way home we stopped at Celestial Coffeehouse in Startup where we had a fabulous custom cake, ice cream and Italian sodas (Thank you Kathryne and Lori!)

Kayla competed in 2 big competitions last month. NJDC (National Jr. Disability Championships) were held in St Louis and she took first place in all of her events. From there we flew straight to Edmonton, Canada for the summer CAN-AM meet where she earned a gold, a silver and 3 bronze medals. In May she broke the American record in her classification for the 50 m butterfly and at this meet she bettered that time twice! She had an awesome week of swimming and we were so pleased but hardly prepared for the awesome news we recieved when we got home. She's been selected by the US Paralympic Committee to compete with Team USA at the Short Course World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this Fall! We are amazed, shocked and honored to have this opportunity and are so proud of her!

I apologize to my crafty friends for not having any eye candy for you, I hope to remedy that soon. I am in love with all the new A Muse stamps and can't wait to get some play time. If you haven't checked out the Back to School release and the new Mandy's World stamps yet, you are going to fall in love! Head over to the A Muse website right now and check them out!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Gingham Ribbon

Have you been playing along with the A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA challenges? This week's challenge is "RIBBON". Since I am a survivor that word means more to me than an embellishment so I decided to make a pink ribbon card for a fellow survivor.....it gives a whole new meaning to pink gingham ribbon *wink*. (paper,stamps and twinkle stickers are A Muse, embossing folder and die are Sizzix)

Be sure to add your guess in the "How Many Yards of Ribbon?" contest to be entered to win a fun prize too!

13 more days to go!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day

I've seen some cute shirt & tie cards for Father's Day but the guys in my life don't really wear ties so I decided to make some shirt cards that more reflected their lifestyle. These cards also qualify for the challenge in the A Muse Lounge "It's a Guy Thing".

I would SO buy this bamboo shirt for my hubby if I could find it. Actually, my son has a blue one that's similar which is where I got this idea. This is more of the "snappy casual" kind of shirt that most of they guys I know wear. I scored a line down the center of the shirt and added some brads for buttons.

My Father-in-Law is a golfer and we get him golf stuff for every holiday so I thought this golf shirt was perfect. The shoe is a little big for the shirt emblem but it's the concept that counts! I combined a wood mounted sentiment with "DAD" from the Mainly Men Clear Set.......perfect!

My sister and I are cooking up a yummy BBQ meal for our dad tomorrow. I've got a margarita cake cooling as I'm typing this. I guess I better go work on his card........

Friday, June 19, 2009

Last Day of School!!

Today was our last of school! The past few weeks have been crazy with school projects and activities so it's a big relief to have it all be done! I've known for quite some time what I was going to make for the teachers as end-of-the-year gifts but between being too busy or tired and a little procrastination thrown in, I didn't start them until last night. This picture shows the backpack boxes and matching cards I made for Sam's teachers. He's in a multi-age class so there are 3 grades and 3 teachers. I simplified the original design for this backpack by making the flap out of patterned paper instead of adding a layer of patterned paper to accent the base color. A Muse Petite Gingham is so cute on these and there are so many colors to choose from. I enclosed the little cards (quick and easy) along with a Barnes & Noble gift card. Kayla is in middle school so we only gave one to her advisor and I added a little chocolate as a bonus. I also made "happy summer" cards for the bus driver and Kayla's aide at school and gave them some tasty treats.

Sam is moving up to intermediate next year. He'll be "low man on the totem pole" in the 4th-6th grade classroom which will be an adjustment but I know he'll do well. It seems like it wasn't that long ago that he was in Kindergarten. Kayla will be in 8th grade next year which will be her last year at this school and then on to highschool....yikes!

Now that we'll have more free time I'm hoping to play in some of the A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA challenges. If you don't know what I'm talking about, hop on over to the A Muse Blog and join the party!! There are challenges to inspire you, games to play and prizes to win!

Happy Summer!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Teachers and Copics

I had a fun weekend teaching classes at the A Muse shop. Thank you to all the fun gals that came to play with me!

Saturday we made some Terrific Teacher Treats just in time for the end of the year. What are you giving your teachers this year? I think I'm going to make them all backpack treat bags and enclose a gift card to a bookstore and a cute bookmark. I think I even have a head start on them!

Sunday afternoon we played with Copic Markers. I took some pictures but they didn't turn out very well since we were sitting next to the window. It was a nice, sunny day too! Here are just a few of the gals that were there.

This is Rachel and Saille. Rachel is a regular in the shop and brings her son in on Wednesdays to do the make 'n take. He's quite a good little stamper and always gets a sucker and a balloon too!

These 3 ladies are Paulette, Sparkle and Victoria and they are busy coloring away! If you could see Victoria's face, you'd recognize her from the A Muse blog. She was the honoree for A Muse's calendar project for 2009 and how cute is she in her A Muse t-shirt?

My next class is called "Getting Punchy" and we're going to make some fun things using edge and shape punches from several manufacturers. Please call the A Muse shop to register.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Is it summer yet?

Memorial Day weekend kicks off camping season here in the Pacific NW and means summer is on it's way. There's a little something else on it's way too, notice anything "new" in this post?

Don't tell my family that I was stamping instead of packing tonight. I just couldn't resist a little "amuse bouche" before I left. We are going camping but I'll dream that I'm going somewhere tropical.......with palm trees and beautiful sunsets. I do love a good campfire surrounded by friends and family though and we're supposed to have good weather. I plan to take some stamping goodies with me. We just got new Copic and Spica colors into the A Muse shop so I have lots of new stuff to play with!

I'm teaching 2 classes next weekend. Terrific Teacher Treats was rescheduled to Saturday, May 30th 4-6 pm (just in time for end of the year gifts) and Intro to Copic Markers is on Sunday from 2-4 pm. I still have a couple spots open so call the A Muse shop ASAP to register.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Teacher Appreciation

It's National Teacher Appreciation Week, what are you doing for your teachers? My kids go to a non-graded school with multi-age classrooms which also means multiple teachers so I need to come up with easy things that I can make several of (Think simple, think A Muse!!).

The new anniversary set from A Muse was the perfect touch to set off these apple punches. This Limited Edition Classic Labels set is free with a qualifying order to celebrate A Muse's 8th year in business. Yep, you read that right.........FREE! Click here for more details. This set has SO many possibilities, you're going to love it!

I popped the apples up on foam tape to give them some dimension. I was so pleased with the card that I decided to make some thank-you notes in a similar design for each teacher. I may also add a little notebook if I have time.
The apple punch is from Martha Stewart, the edge punch is Fiskars, Scalloped Circle is Marvy Uchida, circle and square punches are EK Success. All paper, stamps and ribbon are A Muse.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

How about another tidbit?

I woke up this morning with the idea for this card in my head and I couldn't shake it until I made it a reality. Don't you just love these cute baby heads? There are so many possibilities for them! I've seen a lot of these flower pot cards are Splitcoaststampers lately and I thought the babies would make a nice bouquet. It is Spring you know! I think these little baby flowers would be cute as favors at a baby shower too. You could make them into pencil toppers or put them on suckers and arrange them in a cute pot.

I took my kids to see the stage production of "CATS" today. Wow! It was amazing! What I wouldn't give to be in the kind of shape those performers were in! The dancing and singing were incredible. When they sang "Memories" I got all choked up. Of course the kids are singing "Mr. Mistofelees" now.........what a great experience!

Friday, April 17, 2009

A little Amuse Bouche

What do Asian images and French words have to do with each other? "Amuse Bouche" is a word used to describe a tidbit you eat before a meal, like an appetizer. This card is giving you a little taste of the newest A Muse release. Don't you just love this Kokeshi Doll? The new Bamboo makes the perfect backdrop and I finished it off with the "arigato" sentiment from the Sushi clear set. Did I wet your appetite? There's more to come so stay tuned to the A Muse creative team blogs for more tasty tidbits!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Blooms!

Have you seen the newest release from A Muse? I couldn't wait to play with some of the new blooms. Look at this Modern Poppy!

I also love the Zinnias. There are 2, an open and a solid. For this card I decided to try the "faux cloisonne" technique. The pink behind the flower is actually a page out of a magazine! Since Copics don't play well with metallic embossing powders, I decided to emboss the Open Zinnia in gold and have the pink from the magazine page show through. I chose a section of the dress that had some different shades of pink for interest.

This last card is the Cherry Blossom stamp. I stamped it twice onto a cream 4-bar note and then added a vase punched out of brown Madeira paper. I colored the blossoms with Copics and embellished them with some liquid pearls......so soft and pretty!

Check out the "what's new" section of the A Muse website to see all of the new Bridal & Blooms stamps along with the yummy new Juliette papers and 4-bar note cards.

My kids are on Spring Break this next week so I doubt I'll get much stamping done. We don't really have anything planned but I'm sure we'll find some fun things to do! I am hoping for some sunshine!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Proud Drama Momma!

The school my kids attend is famous for it's children's theater and each year they put on a fabulous musical production. It's hard to believe that these kids are only in grades 4-8! This year they performed Beauty & the Beast and Kayla was Mrs. Potts. She shared this role in a shadow casting technique with her schoolmate, Casey, who is deaf and it was amazing! Kayla surprised us all with her fabulous singing voice and Casey did a beautiful job of signing the dialog and the songs. You would never know that these girls barely knew each other before the play because they really made a great duo! They even made the local paper!

Our costumes this year were awesome! Look at how they made this teapot to fit over Kayla's wheelchair. What's even more amazing is that the Mrs. Potts in the other cast was able to wear a combination of Kayla and Casey's costumes! Simply ingenious!

This is Kayla's 4th year in the school play and for the past 2 years I've made autograph books for her and her friends to pass around at the cast party. The first year I had my Bind It All I did a handful for "Grease". Last year I did a few more for "Seussical the Musical" . This year I was so excited to find the perfect cartridge for my Cricut to be able to cut out each character (although I didn't realize how much work gluing them all together would be because some have some very small pieces). In the end we made one for each of the leads in her cast and some of her closest friends for a total of 24 books! My hubby even got into the action by cutting the inner pages and punching them all with the Bind it All (thank goodness because they might not have been finished in time otherwise!) . I made them 5X7 so they could also include some photos and keepsakes. I am pretty happy at how they turned out. (Thank you, Novell, for loaning me your BIA machine since mine is broken)

Now to recover my house after a whirlwind of crafting, baking and working backstage! I have some new rubber that I'm dying to play with but I can't until I've finished up a few chores *pouting*

I'm teaching an Intro to Copic Markers class this Friday at the A Muse shop and I still have a few spots left. Click the link on my sidebar to register online or call the A Muse shop directly.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

For a Sweet Lady

A dear, sweet lady I know just had to have major surgery so I made her this card to let her know she was in my thoughts. Florence, the nurse, from A Muse is perfect for get-well cards of all kinds. I bought some spring flowers for her too, I hope they brighten her day.

There are still spots open for my "Let's Have a Party!" class this friday. Please call the A Muse retail shop or click the link on my side bar to register. (Pssssst............there'll be cupcakes! )

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Spring is in the air!

We have had some beautiful sunny weather here in the the Pacific NW and I'm getting Spring fever. It's still cold outside but the sunshine sure feels good! I'm feeling the urge to get out in the yard. It's too soon to plant anything but there's plenty of weeding and pruning to be done. I've been having sinus trouble all week though so I didn't do anything too strenuous but I did manage to get some stamping in. This cute bunny gardener, cloud and spring sentiment are from the newest A Muse release, aren't they cute? I'm teaching a Stamping 101 class next week at the A Muse shop, please call them or click the link on my sidebar to sign up.

My friend, Cathy Lynne, orders cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Unfortunately, there isn't one near me but I was really inspired by their presentation. I haven't made a bundt cake in years, in fact I couldn't even find my bundt pan so I ran out and bought one just so I could make one and put a pretty flower on top. These Gerber daisies were on sale at Michael's and they definitely make me think of Springtime. My family are not big cake eaters but the kids love anything lemon flavored so I doctored up a vanilla cake mix with some lemon pudding (and a few other things) and added a simple lemon glaze. Now I want to find some pretty boxes and make cakes to give away! I am also on the lookout for smaller bundts (Nothing Bundt Cakes calls them "bundlets", LOL!) and some fun recipes to try. I think some fresh blossoms would be awesome on top too. Wouldn't these be fabulous for a cakewalk or bake sale?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

We were busy all week making Valentines for school. My kids are in multi-age classrooms so we always have LOTS to do. Sam's class has 72 kids! (We didn't make them all from scratch). I also taught a Scor-Pal class this week at the A Muse shop and we made some fun Valentine treats.

Here is what we made for the teachers and helpers at school. I also made some for the girls in the A Muse shop. I found these yummy dark chocolate batons at Trader Joes. I love that they were a fun shape so I made a box with my Scor Pal for them to fit into. These boxes would be fun to hold pencils, stickers, pixie sticks or anything long & skinny and are super easy to make.

I hope you are enjoying your day with loved ones and eating lots of chocolate!

Sam is 9!

Where does the time go? How did my "baby" get to be 9 years old? The bigger question is, how did I get to be this old?

This year Sam wanted a skating party and asked for a skateboard for his birthday. He loves stick figures so we bought this cute skateboarder when we were out shopping one day. He decided that's what he wanted to use for his party invitation and had lots of opinions on the design of this card. The "you're invited" and inside stamp are both from A Muse and work for any party! Sign up for my party class at the A Muse shop next month for more fun ideas. Anyway, I thought the invite turned out cute and boyish (and was simple to boot!)

After a fun day of skating with his pals, we went out to dinner with some family members. Sam *loves* sushi so we went to a buffet and he was in heaven. He especially loved the sushi rolls, crab and the cute little desserts. I think he had 4 plates of food and one of dessert. Happy birthday little man!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happy February!

Last weekend I went to New Mexico to visit my Aunt and cousins. They are actually my husband's Aunt and cousins but that's one of the great benefits of marriage, getting to expand your family!

Auntie and I took the new Rail Runner Train into Santa Fe for some lunch and shopping. It was a great way to see some sites without worrying about the stress of driving (although there's no traffic to speak of in NM). We ate lunch at the historical La Fonda Hotel. We were disappointed that the main dining room was closed for renovation but the food was fabulous! We even had dessert. Shopping was fun and I found some gifts for the kids and a stamp store . It's a tradition in NM to have chili ristras hanging near the front door of homes and businesses. They are a sign of welcome and warmth and are said to bring good luck. I love them and want to have one at my house but Auntie says it will just mold in our climate so I bought a stamp instead. I also figured it would be perfect for making a thank you card for my Aunt and what better sentiment, than this one from A Muse (they have THE BEST sentiments).

I took craft supplies with me and got to spend some time crafting with my littlest cousins (almost 3 & 5). They loved stamping Valentines cards. Auntie and I made some Bind It All journals and I worked on rejuvenating her stamping habit. It was a quick trip but lots of fun. When I left NM it was 60 degrees, sunny and dry and I came home to 33 degrees and snowing........talk about a reality check!

Friday I taught my first Copic Marker class. All the girls that came were familiar faces from the A Muse Retail shop so we had a lot fun. I've had several people say they were unable to make this class for various reasons (life happens) but fear not because I'm teaching it again at the end of March! Please see my side bar for my class schedule.

I can't believe how quickly January went by. Today would've been my Gram's 84th birthday. Last year on her birthday, she was the happiest I've ever seen her....surrounded by her family in celebration. She passed away 2 months later and I miss her dearly. Happy Birthday Gram.

Monday, January 19, 2009

"Something New"

I made this card for the A Muse Challenge: "Something New". The challenge was to use a "new to you" A Muse or Saltbox Studio stamp. I finally got the A Muse couch and Lamp (can't believe I didn't already own these!) so I decided to have some fun with them. I'm not really a girly-girl and can't imagine having a pink couch but my daughter sure could! I flocked the pink pillow to make it look fluffy and used a black Spica pen on the other one for the some sparkle. I also used a clear Spica pen on the lamp and dangles. My daughter would love to have this in her room! The challenge is good for the entire month so head over to the A Muse Lounge and check it out.

On a personal note, my family was the victim of a hit & run on friday night. My hubby and kids were on their way home from ski/snowboard lessons when they got a flat tire. They were pulled off to the side of the road to change it when someone side-swiped them and drove off! Luckily nobody was hurt but they were pretty shaken up! Someone called in the license plate of the car but we haven't heard whether anyone has been arrested or not. I just cannot imagine how that person could sleep at night not knowing if anyone was hurt, not to mention the damage to our vehicle. I am so thankful my family was in a big 4x4 truck! The insurance company is coming to look at the damage tomorrow and I'm scared to find out how much it's going to be. Besides the deductible I guess we're going to need some new tires......*sigh*

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sweet News!

Have you seen the news? A Muse has a SWEET new release! The new images are perfect for Valentine's Day but so versatile that you can use them all year long. They also have a new Design Studio and Lounge for us addicts to hang out in, share resources/ideas and get inspiration. The best part is that you can access it all right from the A Muse Artstamps Website (SWEET!) Don't forget to bookmark that site so you can get to everything fast and easy.

Be sure to check out the winter class schedule at the A Muse Retail Shop too because, guess who's teaching some classes? ME! (along with some other FABULOUS and TALENTED instructors). There are links on my sidebar to register or you can call the shop for more details.

I had to share this funny card with you. I have made the bra version of this template from Stamp Owl but never the panties until I saw this sentiment from the new A Muse release and knew I had to do it! I hand drew the heart and colored it in with a red Spica pen.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I can't believe it's 2009!! We had a pretty mellow New Year's Eve, just our family watching the Space Needle display on TV and doing some noisemakers outside at midnight.

Today I am serving up a good luck meal. Many countries have traditions about foods that you should eat on New Year's Day to bring you luck in the coming year. In the USA, it's usually a southern meal of pork, greens, black eyed peas and cornbread with each food symbolizing something. You can find information about this on many websites but this site has some good, basic information So, I put a ham in the crock pot the morning, made Hoppin' John, chard and cornbread to bring in 2009 because we can all use a little good luck! (Please note that this is NOT the "New Year's resolution to getting back on your diet" meal but what's one more day?)

Are you making resolutions this year? I usually don't but I do use the transition to a new year as a time for reflection. This year I REALLY want to get more organized which will mean some serious cleaning and purging. I started by taking a load of stuff to charity on New Year's Eve (tax deadline for donations, you know). I cleaned my small appliance cabinet and Kayla's fish tank (yuck). My craft room is what needs a serious over haul and I'm determined to get it done this year. I know it will make my crafting time so much more enjoyable (and I might find some things that I forgot I had).

What traditions do you have to bring in the New Year? Are you making resolutions and if so, what are they?