Well it's a new year, and although I've been extremely busy with family situations, I've got all kinds of "hoops" to jump through and I think it's gonna' be a better year than last year. At least I hope and pray it is.
This year is going to bring all kinds of new and different experiences, ideas, and goodies for ya'll. First of all, I'll be redecorating my blog for the new year, and I'll be working with the exceptionally talented Karen Valentine, of "My Desert Cottage" for this. I'll be taking some lunch over to her house and crackin' the whip......just kidding........we'll be working together on it. I've got so many ideas running around in my head, I'm probably going to wear her out.
Secondly, since last year was an exceptionally hard year for me and my mom, I will be cutting back my quarterly giveaways to twice a year. With the orders I received, and the giveaways, taking care of my mom and my family, it was not my most productive year, I was exhausted and I've got some apologies to hand out. The lovely Sue over at "It's a very cherry world" was my fall giveaway winner, and I promised her sculpture would be delivered by Christmas.......guess what? I screwed up big time! With the extremely hard year, and trying to decorate for the holidays, her package was buried under all the boxes and wrappings I use to store my Christmas decorations. I thought I had done good and got it mailed, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....I just found it and now I really need to send it out! I was wondering why I hadn't heard anything from her....how dense am I???? Big apology to you Sue, and your package will really be on the way this week. I will post pictures when I know she has it, as I don't want to spoil the surprise...........even though we all know that this is the image she chose:
However, she requested that I change the dress to a red one with white cherries on the front, well, you'll all just have to wait and see it either on her blog or mine when she receives it.
I also promised Lynn over at "life on the wienee ranch" a sculpture of, what else, a wienee dog (dachshund), and I have yet to finish it. It is almost done, and should be on it's way to her shortly.
Thirdly, this year is the year I hope to attend at least one big show, so I will be focusing on a new line of sculpts for the next Christmas/Winter Holiday season. I will not be able to show you much through the year as I don't wish to have any of my creations copied. They are totally different from what I've been doing and anything else out there, yet still vintage inspired, and I'm so freakin' excited!
I will also be doing some traveling and there's still my mothers health to contend with. Here's an update on my mom:
She's doing much better and we hope to have her in an independent living facility very soon. She can no longer live alone in her house about a half hour away, as it's in a very remote area and most of her doctors are right here in Gilbert or Mesa (Arizona), so it doesn't make sense to live that far away. This facility is only a couple of miles down the same road my neighborhood is on, plus she'll have access to so many more amenities and services that she wouldn't have had otherwise. She'll be in with tons of other folks her age and be able to participate in all kinds of activities........she's getting excited, too. We should find out on or after the 16th with her visit to her oncologist, as to where we are in place for her chemo treatments. (Note to those suffering from chronic diarrhea- check into the diagnosis of microscopic colitis and the use of "Entecort" a.k.a. Budesonide. It's very expensive, but stopped my mom's diarrhea quite quickly.)
As far as my traveling, well, I hope to go with my husband to Las Vegas in May (I've never been there.....really!) I also plan to visit the ever wonderful Elizabeth (or E as we call her) of Creative Breathing in June, just for fun! Then next fall I am planning on attending a holiday craft show in California, so all my sales this year will be going towards helping me achieve this goal. In the next couple of weeks I will be posting new sculpts to my Etsy shop, and I'll alert you to this.
So as you can see, there is much to be accomplished......and so little time! Watch out for all the Valentine goodies coming your way next month, and my spring giveaway in March.
Have a beautiful day, (it's in the 70's here) and may 2012 be the best year ever for all of you!