Tuesday, December 28, 2010

401st post! Unknown give away! That makes the 18th

Wow, what a way to end the year. Good friends, good food, and my 400th post.
This is the 401st.
I for one, am very surprised.
I didn't even want to do this blogging thing. I needed to find a way to promote myself and my hubby's store with out spending gobs of money. I needed to get back into the swing of things after several hits to my heart and ego. I had to find the self that I had lost and find new people to believe in and trust again. I have gained so much more.

It has been a long journey, this blogging road. It has been interesting, the people I have met are very unique and so very talented. I ended up making friends, many of them. Kindred spirits with light in their eyes and so much to share with others on the same path. It feels good. I don't mean to get maudlin, but I need to do this, I need to see how far I have come, because to tell you the truth, when you are I am standing in the midst of your my own life, the everyday caca can sometime swamp you or I should say me. I call those Sh_t tsunamis. Standing so close to everything it is hard to see anything but a huge wave of it.

I got to have this forum on my terms, posting the things I want to post, with the products I want to use and do the projects I want to do. I did it my way ;-D, right or wrong.

All in all it has been very rewarding now that I look back at the year. I guess this why we do this at this time of year, to take stock of all the events positive and negative to see what we can keep and what we can toss, to make the next year better than the last. I am wondering if I should even label them positive or negative? Some of the things that I thought were positive have turned out different and vice versa. So maybe I should just call them speed bumps or even just events and remain as detached from any outcome as I possibly can. Not to judge but to just be there for all of it.

Baring unforeseen events, I can move forward in to the rosy future.

I feel I have grown, I have been scared a lot of the time, felt that I had no net most of the time, and found out that all I need is inside. I have tools. I have learned new things, one day at a time, I am still learning and I want to keep going. This is good, this is very good!

I am so sorry if I haven't been by, I have an almost 2 year old that runs my life now. I drop by every once in a while and read, maybe comment, but everyday I think of you and I am grateful for you. I am hoping some day I will get this kid thing all figured out, I mean after all, I did it before. I am just a lot older and she is just really smart and really busy, a good girl! She says "Hi".

She smiles at me and says "gamma, hand" and I have to put mine in hers and go. To follow where she leads and to see the world through those bright young eyes!

I am going to have a quick giveaway before One World One heart comes at the end of this month, so if you want to win something (I haven't decided what yet) put your name in this post.
I will get the rules up later, I just want to say thank you and Have a wonderful New Year all of you!
Know that I think you are all perfect and you have something beautiful inside of you!
Share that with those you love.
We will all be better off for it.
And please keep sharing with me. I am better because of all of you.
Thank you!

I am going to leave you with something one of my new blog friends said to me. It rocked my world.

"Create your life like you create your art - you have that power. -Donna, the Woodwife"


  1. glad you are enjoying the worl;d of blogging. Thanks for the giveaway x

  2. Your grand daughter is just beautiful. G*d has blessed you both with each other and will continue to bless you. Happy New Year, friend that I have never met.

  3. What a fabulous post to read. Enlightening and inspiring. You are the best! Blessings, Robin.

  4. Darling girl, don't I know the name of have kids can't play. It's different than when your younger and just can...
    I feel the same way about my journey blogging. It has made me better.
    Anytime you have a giveaway, I'm in. I love everything you do. The Olde Bagg. Happy New Year.

  5. NET???
    Are we supposed to have a NET??? (because I think I missed that essential piece of equipment!) And yes, *those* tsunamis hit here too....much more frequently than I care to discuss.
    Congrats Marie---I am so glad you have this blog, I love your work and am thankful everyday that I have come to call you friend!


  6. Life is just one big art project! ; ) I've really enjoyed your blog and your generosity since discovering you!
    Happy New Year!

  7. Beautiful post and many blessings in the New Year ;o) I would love to be in your giveaway ;o)

  8. Your granddaughter is adorable. Have a Happy New Year.

  9. Thank you for sharing this, Marie. Meeting you in blogland means so much to me. You always put words to my mind and I grow a little for every word you put online. I´m blessed to have met you - and you inspire me to never give up, to keep hope and love as a light and find the strength inside. Thank you - and a happy new year with a lot of love to you. Big hugs and love!!!!

  10. Oh Marie....the light in me bows to the light in you.

  11. Congratulations on your 401st post! That's a lotta posts! Always good to read you. That little munchkin is getting cuter everyday. Wishing you all the best of health and great joy in the new year.

  12. Happy New Year Marie. Have to tell you a funny story. I take your tape (Advanced Millefiori Techniques 1) out of our guild library every couple of months because it gives me inspiration. I went to watch it the other night and there was a Sarah Shriver tape in the box. Someone mixed the tapes ups and most of us don't have tape players anymore. I guess I have to go hunting. Congratulations on your 400th blog. Madi is adorable. Are you teaching her polymer clay? Wish I had a grandma that did clay instead of teaching me how to iron and wash floors :0).

  13. What a great picture! Happy child makes me smile. Thank you.

  14. Congrats Marie on 401 post!! That is an amazing accomplishment!! Happy New Year!! May the next be a blessing to you and yours!!

    May your day be filled with many smiles and blessings!!

  15. Congratulations to you, Marie! I'm so happy I've gotten to know you through your blog. You are such a kind and giving and creative person! We're all lucky to know you! :) Theresa

  16. She is growing up so fast! Know what it is like to have a grandchild in your family. Mine is 7 going on 70! Love your blog.

  17. What a beautiful and inspiring posts. You have a gift with the written word. So glad to have you in the blog-o-sphere.

    God Bless. And your girl is a cutie-patootie!

  18. Oh, Marie, you are a blessing in my life! I am so grateful for this blog world of ours and hope that you are doing well!! Much love to you!! Silke

    P.S. Come by my blog and enter my giveaway as well!!! :-)

  19. Congratulations Marie! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  20. Marie, enhorabuena por tus 401 post.
    Enhorabuena por ser una abuela tan maravillosa.
    Me encanta tu blog, porque cada vez que vengo aprendo algo nuevo.
    Me encantaria participar en tu sorteo.
    Subo el aviso a mi blog.
    besitos ascension

  21. What a beautiful post Marie and I can really relate to a lot of what you say. I am nicking that *ahem* poopy tsunami saying for definite ;)

    And as for that gorgeous girl - who could resist those eyes and that smile? I bet she rules the roost :) Happy New Year Marie.

    Oh and my sisters pendant went down far better than I could ever have hoped. She sat gazing at it and just turning it over in her hands for ages. So thank you for helping me make her present extra special!

  22. i read this with a lump in my throat. i will be back to comment, marie, but right now i just wanted you to know i think you rock.

  23. Wishing you a very happy 2011.



  24. Congratulations. I want to participate. Count me in.

  25. Your generosity and talent are limitless.

  26. Posting to win no matter what it is.. I LOVE what I see on your site.. I'm a new fan!!

  27. Hmmm...thought I'd comment here too...just to say hey...and, of course, for another chance to win :)

  28. Thanks for the second chance. Happy to find you. Love your work.