Hesitant to say goodbye…

You would think I’d be happy to say goodbye to 2012, but I have to admit I’m a little hesitant to let it go. Seeing 2012 end makes me feel like I am accepting that my Mom is really gone. I feel as though if the calendar still says 2012 then she can still come back. Unfortunately, though, we all know that is not possible. I have to remember that saying goodbye to 2012 doesn’t mean that I love my Mom any less or that my heart is any less broken. It just means I continue to pick up the pieces of said heart and try and put them together the best way I know how — one piece and one day at a time. There will always be gaping holes because Mom took several pieces of my heart with her when she left, but I will carry on and continue to make her proud any way I can — even if right now that is by just getting out of bed. Even six months later, that is still often my hardest task each day. I scrolled through my posts in the beginning of 2012 because I’m always so optimistic and excited for a new year and I wanted to see what I had to say about 2012. I

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Top Five Tuesday: Merry Christmas!

Hello there…. Merry Christmas! I thought the best Top Five list today would be a list of my top five favorite Christmas songs… Perhaps one or two are on your top five favorite list, too? Feel free to share… I’d love to hear your favorites! 1. The Christmas Song, by Nat King Cole – You have to include this one… it’s such a classic! This one always reminds me of Christmas morning when I was a kid. I’m not sure why — Mom always put the radio on Christmas morning so it wasn’t like she played it specifically, but since it’s such a classic I guess I remember hearing it every Christmas morning as a kid. 2. Santa Baby, by Kellie Pickler – This song has always been a favorite of mine as well — all versions, but I think Kellie (American Idol alum) has the perfect voice for this song. Although the version by Madonna is a good one, too (I was a child of the 80s you know!) 3. Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reinder, by Jewel – I love the harmony on this one, plus Jewel was one of my favorite singers in high school and college. I love her

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Top Five Tuesday: My Five Favorite Christmas Cards

  Hello there. Happy Tuesday and welcome to my very first Top Five Tuesday! I thought I’d start out the season by showing you my top five favorite Christmas cards that I made for this year. I must note however, that I don’t think I can find them all (!) — there were 20 different designs that I made for card class and I could only find like 12 of them… also as another note two of my favorite cards are also the new designs I made to send to family and customers for the holiday… so while they are my favorites, I didn’t want to show you and spoil the surprise! I’ll definitely show them after I get them in the mail, though, Ok? Now onto my top five (in no particular order): This one probably is one of my top favorite this year. It uses the Frosty Friends Stamp set. Love that stamp set! If you love it, too, you may want to order it soon as it is in the Holiday Catalog, which will be done on January 2. I used a variety of supplies for this card including: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, More Merry Messages, and the

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Hello there… I thought I would pop in for a minute to show you one of the tags I designed for a class I had earlier this season. This tag features the Frosty Friends stamp, which is so stinkin’ cute (especially when you add glitter). I attached this lovely group of jolly snowpeople to the front of a hostess gift for one of my recent private classes. (Inside I tucked a cute little mason jar of snowman soup). I love making tags this time of year to spruce up my holiday gifting and to add that little something extra to those store-bought presents. Plus, they are so easy to make with just a few scraps of paper and a couple of stamps (or in this case — just one stamp!). I also used the Apothecary Accents Framelits, my large circle punch, cherry cobbler baker’s twine and the bitty buttons. Oh and don’t forget the glitter! Don’t forget to come back on Tuesday for my first “Top Five Tuesday” post — I’m really excited about this new feature. I think it will be really fun (certainly for me — and hopefully for you, too!).

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Clearance Rack Blitz!

Greetings friends… sorry for my lack of posting…. I promise to be back soon. I did want to alert you to some awesome finds — particularly at this “shopping” time of year! Whether you’re shopping for family, friends or just for yourself, be sure to check out the Clearance Rack Blitz where Stampin’ Up has added more than 300 new items and some of them are up to 80% off! Some of my favorite things on the list: Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die – makes THE most beautiful snowflakes 5 X 5 On Board Art Journal – these make the cutest gifts and at $2.79, they are the perfect price for gifting P.S. I Love You – this was one of my very favorite Valentine’s Day Stamp sets Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – more snowflakes! ‘Tis the season, you know… Spice Cake Designer Series Paper – did you know this is the paper I will be using for my wedding album…. get some now before I scoop it all up myself! Happy Shopping! (and don’t forget to come back soon for the announcment of my winner and for my first Top Five Tuesday post. Have a great day!

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