Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy New Year

Hi Everyone,

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 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!


Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

I sincerely hope that this year is a much better one for you too. I have been feeling the same way you have, and I am also hoping for a less stressful year. I think you should go easier on yourself, you have a lot on your plate, and that fact that you even post on your blog as often as you do is amazing to me! I don't know how you manage to do all you do! Send love to mom, and have a happy new year!
Much love,

Lynn said...

Hi sweetie, Oh I feel so bad that with all you are dealing with you are working on my doxie! I told you no hurry!! Please take all the time you need!!! It will be wonderful when he/she arrives but you and your Mom come first!! Trust me with the past months that I have had dealing with this last surgery and all that went wrong I have had lots of down time and you know what that is ok! It is my body, my life, and so what if I am not getting anything done??
Don't worry about me, I will be happy to get it whenever!! Take care of YOU Please!!!

Claudia said...

Happy New Year, Meri. I'm excited for your mom - it sounds like the perfect situation for her!


My Vintage Mending said...

Holy are a busy lady. That is a lot to tackle in one year. I can't even imagine. So nice to see you post again. I am glad to see that your mom is better and that you all are on the right track. Smiles...Renee

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Happy 2012 and may all your big plans for the year come true...

Nan said...

Well Meri I hope things work out for your Mom and you do better yourself this new year 'pacing yourself' so you don't take on too much. I think the older you get you'll learn to say No or just decide it's too much you want time left for yourself too you know. Your trips sound great to me, however I'm not a LV person by any means I think you would enjoy seeing that city once. Going to see E. that's a real treat. Take Care Nan

busymartha said...

Yea, your back! It's my turn now, my mom has been in the hospital for weeks and life is getting hectic! So glad you are back, looking forward to your new look, Marilyn

Linda Ruthie said...

Just wanted to add my wishes for a wonderful 2012.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow... you have been busy!! Good news about your Mom's moving! I think that will do a lot of good for her (and you too!) ...and SO excited about your upcoming trip to LV!!! Loveeeeeeeee that place! :):):):):):):):):):):)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I was happy to see your post, too! I'm wishing you a good year this year! Warm hugs, Diane ♥

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Sounds like a year filled with fun and exciting things for you!
May each and everyone come true!

Angela said...

So nice to hear from you! I'm so glad to find that you are able to come up for air and make plans for 2012. Your mom's new home sounds so nice & it'll be a blessing to have her close by you but she can also have her independence, too. Can't wait to see what new things you're creating! Blessings and hugs - Angela

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I hope this year has all kinds of happy surprises for you, Meri! ♥

Kim K. said...

Hoping for a healthy happy 2012 for your whole family. You are one busy lady with lots of demands. I always appreciate your fantastic vintage graphics and new projects.

Happy New Year! said...

Sending you nothing but good wishes for this new year, Meri!


Cheryl said...

I'm glad to hear your mother is doing ok... and that you are too. You really took a lot on your plate this past year. You deserve the "best daughter" award :-)
big hugs,

NanE said...

Happy New Year to you too Meri! I can't wait to see your new blog design, I know you and Karen will come up with something fabulous! I too hope that you have a New Year with a lot less stress! Thanks for all the sweet holiday images you have shared over the last couple of weeks, Hugs and Blessings, Nan

LuLu Kellogg said...

I hope this year is a better one for you too dear Meri!!

I can't wait to see what your new Blog design will look like!


Betsy said...

Hi Meri,

Happy new year! I wish you and your mom the best. I don't know how you keep up with it all, but I really admire you for it. It's great to see you posting again.


gail said...

Hi sweet Meri! Happy New Year! I am glad to see how well your Mom is doing and I hope she keeps improving. I cant wait to see your new creations. I am working on quite abit too. Lots of great ideas for the new year. You take care. ((())) Gail :)