Say Good-bye To 2017

There is usually excitement and celebration when ringing in the New Year and kicking the old one to the curb.

Each year does have its moments to celebrate . . . but for some reason we’re always looking forward to something new with hope and promise of better things.

I’m not so sure what would be better for me . . . I’m not into New Year Resolutions . . . I prefer to be as positive as possible and attract as much goodness as feasible flowing to me. I don’t know the form it will take . . . And I must realize that something not so good can become a definite blessing. So, don’t judge too quickly or too harshly when something discouraging or disappointing falls in your life.

A few years ago I was chatting with one of my neighbors who said, “this can be a learning opportunity.”

I don’t remember the context of our discussion, but that phrase stood out for me and I tucked it away to ponder at some other time.

This simple statement seemed to be a sort of prophesy for me. Just about everyday something would bring that phrase to mind. A learning opportunity — how can this be?

I suppose every day we can learn something new . . . But I don’t think this was the purpose. It seemed more personal. I thought instead of grumbling about something, I could view it as an opportunity to learn something.

So, when my air conditioner went out on the hottest day possible and a Friday night to boot . . . How can this be a learning opportunity?

For one thing I knew who to call . . . I opened up the windows and sliders to air out the house . . . It seemed that quite a few people in town had the same issue of no air conditioning which meant I may have quite a wait before a repair could be made.

I tried different techniques to make my little dog and me as comfortable as possible.

I stopped thinking about how miserable we were and focused on our many blessings . . . we were on the repair list . . . we had fans . . . ice . . . cold water . . . 

I stopped grumbling and began to feel a bit more comfortable, just by thinking more positively about what I did have and what I could do.

Then the call came telling me a repairman would be arriving in the next 20 minutes.

That was great and wonderful!! Twenty minutes plus the repair time . . . Hoooraaaayyyyyyy!!!

So, the lesson was to lighten up and be grateful . . . No good came to grumbling . . .

The reason I was bumped up was because some unfortunately person had to wait a couple of days for a part to come in . . . It did not feel good that my good fortune was due to someone else’s misfortune. This wasn’t anything I would wish for anyone else. I would hope no one would have air conditioning problems on hot hot hot summer days.

Well, from previous “learning opportunities” I’ll continue with those lessons and apply them to 2018 and all the new years to come.

Happy New Year!!

Sharon

Have You Looked At The Calendar Lately?

Wow!! Where has the time gone?

Christmas is upon us with the New Year coming up fast.

Amazing how I can look back to this summer and yearning for fall. Then, it finally came and Whoosh! we’re into winter.

I belong to an internet marketing group where someone asked if we were taking Christmas Day off or working. Well, I know it is for celebrating with family, but I also know that working online I can celebrate and also work. That’s the beauty of the internet.

I got thinking about the New Year and spring . . . I’m really getting excited about spring . . . but I’m enjoying the weather we’re having now and the anticipation of Christmas, too.

It’s all exciting!

It’s all good . . . every season and everyday. There is always something fun and exciting to discover or finally decide to purchase.

I haven’t been much into rubber stamping or making cards, but I’m finding that I’m warming up to the idea.

I’m a fan of Tim Holtz and, of course, love my Sizzix Big Shot. The combining of the two in this set of stamps and die cuts has really gotten me excited.

Sizzix Framelits Dies Mini by Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Things, Stampers Anonymous Mini Bird Crazy & Things Tim Holtz Cling Stamps,
Sizzix Framelits Mini Crazy Cats and Dogs Die Set, and not shown is the Tim Holtz Cling Stamps Mini Cats & Dogs by Stampers Anonymous.

I decided to go with the mini set because of the Village Dwellings I’m making and they go better with other stamp sets.

They work well for cards and mini albums and so very many other fun projects you may have throughout the year. There is always something exciting you can do with birds, cats and dogs. And, by all means feel free to get the regular sets of these as well.

Sizzix Franelits 18 Piece Bird Crazy Die Set, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Bird Crazy Stamp Set, Sizzix Crazy Things Framelits Dies by Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp Set Crazy Things, Sizzix Framelits Dies by Tim Holtz Crazy Cats, Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cats Tim Holtz Cling Stamps.

What about the dogs? Sizzix Franelits Crazy Dogs Die Set and Tim Holtz Cling Stamps Crazy Dogs by Stampers Anonymous.

Most people buy both the regular sets and the mini sets to go with their various projects.

I was going to say, if you hurry, you may be able to get these before Christmas, but you know something, I think it would be much more exciting to get them after Christmas . . . even if it is a gift for a special crafter in your family. You know why, because you’ll have something to look forward to receiving and so will your special crafter.

It’s all a matter of perspective, actually. You want ’em for Christmas . . . click the links!!!! Otherwise relax and don’t get all uptight about when it will arrive — it will arrive when it arrives!!

I do thank you for stopping by!

Sharon

Took A Bit Of A Break

Not Unusual For Christmas . . .LanternInTheSnow

It’s time to regroup a bit . . . in anticipation for the New Year . . .

Yes, time is going by quickly. It will be spring soon . . . and summer . . . and then fall . . . and it all begins again. It is definitely like clockwork.

The seasons and holidays come . . . and go . . . blending together into a beautiful collection of memories . . . and plans . . . and celebrations . . .

Your very own “fabric of life.”

There are the good times . . . sad times . . . and so-so times . . . which all come together with wonderful memories that you can cherish and share for many years to come.

I’ve Been Thinking About The Christmas Spirit . . .

All that magic and merriment.

And how I can hold on to it throughout the year . . . not as a New Year’s Resolution, but as something I truly feel within me . . . that anticipation . . . the joy . . . the wonderment of it all . . .

For quite some time I’ve been reworking my other websites . . . and eliminating quite a few. And thinking of eliminating a couple more . . .

We do grow, no matter how old we get. What was once important doesn’t seem to be as much as before.

It’s about being true to myself . . . and to others . . . but to make what is within me shine forth for others to see. It is that inner joy . . . the thankfulness you feel . . . the desire to make others happy . . . and to be happy yourself . . . Allowing the true you to be visible without being timid . . . or seeking approval.

It has nothing to do with showboating, but being authentic . . . sure we put our best foot forward, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that as who we truly are?

Just being who you are without giving it any thought . . .

I Did Get Caught Up In Trying To Impress Others

And not being who I truly am . . .

It’s about feeling comfortable with yourself and how that can shine through you for others to see. It possible others won’t see it . . . which isn’t your problem — it’s their problem . . . the more authentic you can be, the easier and more joyous your life will truly be.

I thought having a whole bunch of websites would be my ticket to fortune . . . no, it didn’t work out like that. And, to be honest with you, it wasn’t me or what I really wanted.

So I took some time off to think and dig and search . . .

And I had to make some difficult decisions . . .

I have 5 of the eight websites remaining. One I’m ready to let go, but there are two others . . . one has become an “old friend” but one I’ve ignored . . . I can handle two websites . . . even with taking a necessary break now and then . . . but the need for a break was because of the “burden” I felt with the decision I was to make with my other websites.

I Know I’m On The Right Track When I Wake Up In The Morning And Get Excited About What I’m Going To Add To My BlogsWIN_20150702_160411 (2)

It’s what makes me happy and hopefully my visitors, too.

I have read the theories and practices of having a successful website . . . but heart seems to be missing . . . and I don’t want success without heart.

So, maybe success isn’t meant for me . . . or things will come around and people will realize how important heart is to everything you do . . . including blogging.

And, thinking back to those two cans on a string . . . and how as a child I lived in the “now” . . . everything had to do with what I was going to do “now” and to thoroughly enjoy it . . . playing with friends or reading a book or jumping rope . . . or just enjoying nature at the moment . . .

As adults we forget sometimes what is truly important . . . we do fret and worry . . . we do dream and anticipate . . . we plan for the future . . . but when that apple pie is calling our name, we drop everything to answer that call.

Nothing else matters . . . it’s digging into that pie and savoring the delicious essence of it . . . truly being in the moment and holding on to it . . . allowing it to linger into the next . . . and the next . . . bite after delicious bite.

I’m sure you know that feeling.

I experience it when I’m sharing quality time with my precious Yorkshire Terrier, Diva. I do love her and appreciate her more each day. She is truly a blessing to me.

Being True To Yourself And Those You Love

Embrace your limitations.

We can’t do and be everything . . . we do, at times, need to step back and find what is truly important.

In blogging, it’s about spreading happiness and giving your visitors something of value . . . which is the spirit of Christmas that we can share throughout the year. And it’s knowing that we have had a truly honest productive day of spreading good cheer and goodwill to all . . . not self promotion and making sales . . .

I do love making sales, don’t get me wrong, but I want you to truly buy only when you want something. I may not give the best reviews of products. They either work or don’t. I either like them or don’t. They serve a benefit to me and may be something of value for you . . . only you can decide that for yourself.

I do love this time of year. I’m looking forward to the New Year. We all say it, “I hope this year is better than last year . . .”

We make it a good year . . . or not so . . . Yes there are circumstances beyond our control, but basically I believe we can either draw goodness or sorrow into our lives by our attitude. Sorrow of losing loved ones is inevitable at times, but other sorrows and problems perhaps could be avoided with a positive outlook.

There are always those who spout doom and gloom . . . I choose to be one who has a more positive outlook. We may be in a drought, but this year we’re going to be getting more rain . . . not that it will be turning things around, but it is a start. It is forecast to be a wet weekend and perhaps a wet New Year’s Day.

I love listening to the rain while writing my blog. I love the colder temperatures. It’s always good to bundle up beside the fireplace . . . this is my ideal with a hot cup of cocoa, coffee or tea. I try to think of the more positive things of life . . . and honor those who have passed and I miss. I do get a bit melancholy this time of year, but I try to acknowledge it and then move on by being busy.

I do wish all of you a very happy, prosperous and joyful New Year!!!

Sharon

Hot Buttered Toffee Coffee Recipe

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This coffee recipe will kick-start your New Year’s Eve celebrating off on the right foot.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces coffee mocha ice cream
  • 6 ounces hot coffee
  • 2 tablespoons almond liqueur (optional)
  • whipped topping
  • 1 tablespoon toffee pieces or 1 tablespoon chopped chocolate-covered English toffee bar

Directions:

  1. Mix the coffee, butterscotch topping and almond liqueur (optional) together.
  2. In a large coffee mug, spoon in ice cream
  3. Pour hot coffee mixture over the ice cream
  4. Garnish with whipped topping and sprinkle with toffee chips

Happy New Year!

Countdown To Midnight Goodie Bags Free Printable

New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks | Available on HoosierHomemade.com

Free Printable Compliments of http://hoosierhomemade.com

The concept behind these goodie bags is to keep your guests entertained until the final countdown bag at midnight. That’s where you’ll find the noise makers and whatever grand finale you want to put in the bag for your guests to bring in the New Year!

The free printables clocks begin at 7, but you can begin your countdown at 9 or anytime, actually. It all depends upon how many goodies you’ve collected for your guests and when they may need a boost to remain awake until midnight.

I combine family game night with my countdown to midnight. I have plenty of snacks, hot chocolate and coffee prepared. We also tell ghost stories and do some reminiscing about the good times we’ve shared on other New Year’s Eves and dream a bit about the goals and expectations for the New Year.

One thing that is helpful is to have guests responsible for filling one countdown bag. It’s amazing what they find at craft stores, dollar stores, thrift shops and in bargain bins. Everyone contributes to the midnight bag as well. This adds to the excitement and the build up. 

This is a fun activity and every year it is different and fun.

Here’s the link to the Free Printable Clockfaces

Have a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!