Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Another Year Has Begun...And Some Random Art

 Hello everyone!
How I've missed you.

What an amazing holiday it was..
It seems that we're still partying with family every chance we get.
Celebrating life every day is what I often talk about
and I think I'm finally getting the hang of it.

Last evening, two of my daughters and myself stayed up late watching
Persuasion. It's a Jane Austen classic, period drama and one of our favorites!
If you're interested, you can watch the trailer here

(I have yet to get my pictures together for our December trip. The cord to the camera
was lost and though one has been ordered, it's coming from overseas and must be on a slow boat!
I still have a few more holiday pictures to share besides our Nutcracker holiday.)

I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start with many promises
of good things! I find the HOPE that a new beginning offers is
 such a treasure. And the possibilities of 
achieving the dreams that sometimes lie obscured by cares and responsibilities,
seem to make themselves known as I reflect and search for deeper meaning.
Do new beginnings bring you to that place too?

Here is one of my favorite quotes by Mary Oliver.
 I wrote this out for our New Year's party.
 They are fun, easy to make and so festive for special occasions.
The white ones edges weren't trimmed. I forgot but I loved that it
 turned out like a beautiful rose! It was made of crepe paper while the others
  of tissue paper.
If you'd like to try them, there's a tutorial here on the 
beautiful blog White and Vintage. Christine is very sweet and
and very talented! 
The shy one... Burliose~
or.. SIR or Mr. Dainty Paws.
Have you been doing any baking in the New Year?
My granddaughters, AKA, the GIGGLES..
helped me make pizza dough last week.
There was a little leftover and so I made some
little cinnamon sugar monkey breads...
We all enjoyed those with some hot cocoa!
They are the hot cocoa princesses! Oh my..
Here we are working on phonics. It's 
one of the things that I do when my grand daughters come.
I help them with their school. 
We homeschooled our kiddoes and now our kids are 
doing the same. 
 I have mentioned my winter canvas that I'm working on.
Here's a small part of it.
It's my first attempt at drawing and painting, so I'm a bit timid.
Like my little mouse.
It's coming along though and I should be done in a couple of weeks.
It would be sooner but I'm going with my husband on his business trip 
to San Diego and I will leave my friends and all the glitter behind.
Do you ever have a word for the New Year?
I don't every year but sometimes a word just keeps coming to me. 
Right now it's CONTENTMENT. 

This is a page from my journal..
I had done this a few weeks back. Then after the new year, Fox shared the word flourish 
 for a good word. I liked it. A lot! I was envious and thought, Oh! I'll change my word.
But I told myself no.. That's cheating. Haha!

And then I read my journal and I had actually attached the
word FLOURISH to contentment.
I had forgotten. So I'm excited to see how the year will go and what
loveliness God will allow to flourish in my 
"one wild and precious life" 
as I seek to learn more about being content.

I do wish you Happiest of New Years, my friends.
(I'm sorry I am tardy.)
Filled with love peace happiness and fulfillment.

Thank you so very much for supporting me and being my friends.
You are all such jewels and I feel so blessed!

Hugs and blessings to you


Junkchiccottage said...

Loved your post Tamara. You are starting the year off so great. You go girl. Enjoy every minute. Such a gift to have family to spend time with and to pursue your creative soul. Love your mouse. So sweet and what a great talent you have for drawing. Enjoy the rest of this week and have a super weekend.

Jeff LeFevre said...

Such encouraging words and beautiful pictures. Especially the parer flowers!

Deborah said...

Ever so happy make your aquaintance! I hopped over from Vanessa's blog. Love your photos, your art, and the life you are flourishing in!

**blows kisses**