Every year, since Hubby and I have been together, I have made a Christmas ornament to commemorate special events that have happen to us in that particular year...sort of like a mini time capsule.
This year has been a year of many special events, way too many to put in a tiny little sphere so we narrowed them down to three biggies:
Our daughter's graduation from high school.
(This is her "Senior Picture")
Her acceptance and starting of college.
(This is her college logo)
And last but not least, our 20th Wedding Anniversary.
Can you see the tiny little copy of our family portrait peeking from the side? It's the backside of the tag I made for the year...
This is the front-side of that tag.
These pretty scrapbook paper ornaments were my inspiration, in case you were wondering. And in case you are wondering how I made it you can find the instructions here. Oh and if you would like to see other years Most Treasured Ornaments you can clickhere.
Thank you, my sweet blogging friends, for stopping by.
Oh my goodness, where has the time gone? I am running sooooo incredibly late it is not even funny. Can you believe I haven't even put up our Christmas tree yet? Certain events, both good and bad have just taken up so much of my time plus my health has been an issue too...Yikes! But God is good and helps me carry on. Anyway, I didn't want to end this year without sharing a least a few more posts.
Today I wanted to share with you this year's Christmas mantel and fireplace...
Keeping it nice and simple but still very festive.
My golden reindeer are a dollar store find from a couple of years ago...cute!
And this beautiful Christmas floral arrangement for my swan was a gift from my sweet Mom-in-law.
My plans are to put up our tree this Friday once all of our daughter's final exams are out of the way...In the meantime I think I'll get started on our annual "Most Treasured Ornament". Can't wait to finish it and share.
Hope you all are having a very festive, healthy and merry holiday season.
You may recall that in my last post I mentioned a surprise I was going to work on for my hubby and daughter. Well, in between all the wedding preparation fun I was able to work on it and now I am ready to share it with you all...
First a little back story...
This is our family portrait. Our one and only "professional studio" family portrait. As you can see it is not a recent one. Our sweet little baby girl was only 4 years old. It has been almost 15 years! Wow, how time flies. Anyway, I have been begging for a new, updated one but for one reason or another it just hasn't happened. Sooooo, I thought I would take matters into my own little hands.....
Voilà! With a blank canvas, some black and white paint and a shadowing technique I have only implemetned once before here.
Our brand new and updated family portrait!
I love it...especially since with this technique many of the lovely signs of ageing are not as noticeable as in a photograph, hee,hee, hee. Need-less to say my family was pleasantly surprised and they loved it too. What do you think?
A very happy Monday to everyone.
May this new week be filled with love, joy and lots of creativity!
In the next few months we will be celebrating not one but two weddings. Yay! It is truly a very exciting time, both for the beautiful couples and for moi. Why for moi? Well because I get to help...Yay, again.
First wedding is in November and the beautiful couple is my very handsome brother-in-law, Julio and his beautiful bride-to-be, Traci...
Second wedding is in January and this super adorable couple is my very beautiful niece, Diane and her super handsome Superman, Joe.
I have been bestowed the honor of helping both couples out with some wedding preparations. As a matter-of-fact last week I spent working on something for Julio and Traci. But I have been sworn to secrecy until the weddings so I can't show you yet! Ooh, I cant't wait to be able to show you though.
In the mean time I am hoping to also be able to work on a surprise I have for my hubby and daughter. That, I can show you as soon as I am done. Until then, if not sooner :-)
Boy, how time has flown by. I'can't believe summer as come and gone.
Don't know if you've noticed, but I've been away from Blog Land for a while. I took a little break from blogging because I wanted to spent as much time this summer with our daughter, who is our only child, before she started college. I know that things will be different now that she is a college and working girl... different schedule, heavier work load, longer hours away from home. I just wanted to hold on to my little girl, (Who, did I mention already, was our only child?) just a bit longer...I've been such a wimp about all this starting college, starting a new job and growing up way too fast situation......AND SHE ISN'T EVEN LEAVING HOME FOR COLLEGE. She decided to stay local...THANK GOD! I know there comes a time in a parent's life when we just have to let go...But it's soooo hard especially with an only child :-)
First day of work...She's all grown up...My baby girl is all grown up.
It's going to take some time to get use to this new routine...But I'm so excited for her and for all her new endeavors and I'm excited to start blogging again too...I've missed you all bunches. Hope you are doing well, my sweet blogging friends.
Like many women I know, I have an obsession with shoes...
and like many women I know, I have always wanted a pair of my very own Cinderella Shoes.
Well it only took me 40 some years to get them...but now I have my very own. Well, my version of them anyway. It's never too late, right? :-) Do you have or ever had your own Cinderella Shoes? I'd love to hear about it.
Wishing you all a fairy tale weekend and may all your dreams come true, big or small.
I know I haven't posted any new projects lately but it has just been a busy past few months here at A Petite Cottage. Well, with getting ready for my daughter's Prom, High School Graduation, College!...(I know)and a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for my parents well, I have been one nonstop, busy, little bee.
But no matter how busy life may get I have always believed that it is very important to remember to stop and enjoy the roses coffee filter peonies...Hee, hee, hee! And to always...
Live in awe,
Love with all your heart
Laugh until your mascara runs :-)
Will share soon some sewing projects I've been working on for my daughter, hubby and I to wear for my parents wedding celebration. (They're renewing their vows, cute, right?)
Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is defined as: A chronic disorder/syndrome characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles and associated connective tissue structures that is typically accompanied by fatigue, headache, sleep disturbances and an array of other symptoms. A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Although I still don't fully understand or have fully accepted it I do battle with it each and every day. I thought long and hard about writing this post, believe me, I know all about the stigma of having this condition. But it was very important for my own personal acceptance process to share. Although many Fibromyalgia sufferers share many of the same distinctive symptoms, no two cases are exactly the same. Below is how I dbefine my FMS: F atigue I rritability B rain Fog R estless leg syndrome O verlapping symptoms M uscle and joint pain Y ou never feel well A nxiety L oss of a good night and rested sleep G rief and worry to the power of 10 I n pain all the time (Although some days there is less than others) A llodynia (Overly sensitive to touch)
There is no cure for this condition but I do have hope that one day there will be. Awareness is the first step.
For more information please visit the National Fibromyalgia Association website here.
Hello dear Bloggers, my name is Jose, or better know on this blog as Ana's hubby. She's been after me for quite some time to do a guest post, so I decided to finally oblige as she has been working on a project that I am very excited about.
Every once in a while, I will challenge my better half to do something that stretches her creative abilities, knowing full well that when everything is said and done, she will always exceed every one of my expectation. As I'm sure many of you are familiar with the "creative process", you'll understand when I say that it is sometimes a very unpleasant experience to watch, especially when that person is as much a perfectionist as my wife is. But the product of Ana's creativity never cease to amaze me.
I have always loved science fiction. I remember growing up being glued to the television monitor while watching shows like The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, and Lost in Space. You might even call Sci Fi an obsession of mine. Being referred to as a "nerd" or "geek" has never bothered me. I wear those badges with honor.
About a year ago, Ana and I had just finished watching the TV series called Serenity and we were looking for a new show to watch. Someone recommended Doctor Who, the story of a Time Lord who uses a blue police box to travel through time. Needless to say, we've been hooked ever since. We enjoy the show so much, that when the opportunity presented itself, I quickly suggested Doctor Who as inspiration for one of her cloth doll designs. And just to make sure that she would bite the lure, I added that it would probably be much too difficult to make such a doll. Well, the rest is history. Without further ado, I am proud to unveil the project that has consumed my wife's time for the last couple of months. Hope you like it as much as I do.
Meet the 10th Doctor, our favorite. And for you Whovians out there, yes, this is the wrong TARDIS background, but as River Song would say, "spoilers" ;-)
And here's The Doctor styling his ever handy Sonic Screwdriver.
And here is a close up of his adorable face.
Hope you've enjoyed it. Until next time...Allons-y
I just wanted to check in and let you all know that I am feeling better now. I hadn't gotten sick like that in a long, long, long while...it really knocked me out. But with lots and lots of rest and some pampering from hubby and daughter I feel a bit more like myself again.
Thank you all so much for your sweet "get well" wishes...my heart sings with all your lovin'. Thank you my dear friends.
Now off to do some catching up...starting with my house work...eek! But before I go I want to share with you what I did as I started to feel a little better. (I just cannot sit still with idle hands for too long. Hee, hee, hee.)
I crocheted my new/old doll, Jesse Sue a sweater. Cute huh?
I took a little break to spend with my hubby and daugther who had the week off of school and work for Easter break...And now I think I'll be needing another little break because...
I have not been feeling well :-(
I can't wait to feel like myself again because there is a fun and cute little project I've been working on, which I've had to put on hold for the moment. But I promise as soon as I feel better and I finish it I will share. Thank you for stopping by today. I will be missing you all tons.
I am all set and ready for the big day but, there is one more thing I'd like to share with you. One more reason why Easter is my most favoritest day of the year...And it's probably one of the most funnest of reasons too...
I get to hide the Easter eggs for our yearly Easter Egg Hunt Egg-travaganza! So much fun.
I have a new Easter basket and it's filled with my favorite Easter chocolate. I love, love, love it! It was a gift from my friend Ana. She made it just for me and just my size. It's made out of a recycled paper bag...Isn't she just so clever?
I guess you can add that to the list of reasons why Easter is my most favoritest day of the year...Sweet little Easter gifts.
Oh, but I was not the only one who got an Easter gift, so did she. She receive this beautiful vanilla fragrance diffuser in the mail...A gift from her very sweet friend Teresa from I Got The Sun In the Morning...She is so sweet and thoughtful...Ms. Teresa, my friend Ana says thank you and sends you a great big hug.
Well it wouldn't be Easter without a brand new hat to wear on Easter Sunday.
I guess you can call me a fashionista, always on top of the hottest trends and this year it's definitely straw hats. Shopping for a new hat to wear on Sunday is another reason why Easter is my favoritest day of the year.
One should always wear their Sunday best especially on Easter Sundsay, don't you agree?
So what do you think of my new hat? Do you buy a new hat to wear on Easter too?