Monday, January 3, 2011

The year ahead (and a giveaway!)

print by laurageorge

Happy New Year, everyone! Hmmm, where to start? This may get long, so bear with me…

I thought 2009 was crazy, little did I know what I was in for in 2010. In many aspects, I have no idea what this new year will bring, though I guess that is usually the case for most people. I just happen to have every major aspect of my life hanging in the balance right now. This year I will most likely bury my father, move across the country and possibly lose my mind. But let's not jump so far ahead…

Starting with something I can control, this blog, I have some sad news. Due to the increasing demand on my time of caring for my father, I have to take a step back from blogging. I'm honestly amazed I've kept it going strong for this long. The amount of time I spend on this blog each week is just insane, but it has been a bit of a saving grace in the fact that it's something I have total control of in the midst of chaos, and I really love doing it.

My dad was admitted to the hospital in mid December due to increasing pain problems. We moved him from the hospital to a hospice facility on December 23 and brought him home (to my home) with hospice care two days ago. His cancer is spreading through his bones so fast it has more or less crippled him. He only has use of one limb, his left arm, and cannot get out of bed. He has a very large tumor on his spine which will soon crush his cord paralyzing him. He is starting gamma knife radiation today, however, and is scheduled for 8 days of treatment. It's hard to say if he will be able to handle it, but the hope is that this will slow down and shrink the growth of the bone tumors giving him a little pain relief and possibly some mobilization.

Nothing will 'cure' him at this point, so it's a matter of making him confortable, but no one knows right now whether he will live another week, another month or more, so we just continue to take it day by day. Since my 'free' time is so slim, I realized I need to devote every bit of it to doing things that, most importantly, make me money, and hopefully a few things that make me happy. This means continuing to make new jewelry when I have the time and probably some freelance design and photography work as well.

I won't be abandoning the blog completely, I just won't be blogging every day. My plan is to post at least once a week, more if I feel the urge or have the time, but to not have to worry if I don't have time at all. I'm planning to continue most of my current features and favorites so I do hope you all continue to stop in and visit. I'd like to have one Spotlight interview per month, one recipe, one craft project, a few Coutures, a contributor post and maybe some miscellaneous tidbits now and then. But you know what they say about best laid plans, so we'll just have to see how it goes :)

On a different subject, I have some fun news to share about a new adventure (which some of you already know about) but since this is getting long and I still have a giveaway to get to, I think it will have to wait another week! I know, I'm such a tease…

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Now onto the giveaway!

It's been way too long since I've had one and I thought it would be the perfect way to kick off the new year. Since I've never been good at picking just one winner, I'll be picking two and here's what's up for grabs…

Each winner will receive their choice of one of the following:

A Reversible Locket Necklace in gunmetal OR antiqued brass with your choice of flower color:

A custom Carved Stone Rose Bracelet in the color combination and style of your choice. Below are two examples but I will work with you to create a piece designed to your specific preferences.

A set of Filigree Fleur Rings, one brass and one silver with your choice of flower color:


Please leave a comment on this post with one of your new year's resolution, a goal for 2011 or something you would like to accomplish or change in the new year.

You can enter once per day with a new resolution or goal but you must include your first name AND your email address or Etsy username with every entry.

I'm going to leave this open until next Sunday night, January 9 at 9pm (EST), and will announce the winners on Monday.

Welcome 2011, let's make this one count!

xo ~ nicole


jaquelyn {mama thoughts} said...

I would really love to grow my shop in the New Year. It's something I love to do, but also something I need to commit more to!

Prayers for your dad & your family, Nicole. {{hugs}}

Katie said...

Hopefully everything turns out okay - big hugs! Stay strong.

Annie @ Wattlebird said...

One of my resolutions is to learn new skills, specifically how to read knitting patterns and how to embroider.

Shonda said...

I want to devote more time to my precious shop this year. Hugs and kisses to you sweet, Nicole!

Theresa said...

Aw Nicole! As much as I love your blog, I am glad you are giving yourself this break for your family. That is so important :) You are in my thoughts!

My goal this year is to get photos in to the photo albums! I am SO bad about that!

etsy: tersalady

Samantha said...

I would like to continue to grow in my walk with God and my marriage. I feel like I can overcome anything this year has to offer if I remain strong in those two areas of my life.

lillyella said...

Please remember to leave your email address or Etsy username with your entry, even if I know who you are - thank you! :)

Megan said...

My resolution has always been my biggest mental struggle. I need to stop obsessing over situations I have no control over. I must be able to 'leave the rest to the gods.'

Your shop is absolutely beautiful. Stay strong. Blessings upon you.

Spirited Earth said...

i think you are right to prioritize your time right now..time is such a precious thing.
for 2011 i want to focus more on beadmaking,making it more than a hobby, and set aside more time to have fun.

grace hester designs said...

Nicole, so sorry to hear about how things are going but I wish you all the strength I can muster to keep your spirit and heart light.

I wrote about my one little word for 2011, "PREPARE",

Just hate rushing around life yet at the same time, I recognize that we got stuff to do! So I am making a conscientious effort to prep for things on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, AHEAD of time versus rushing.

grace hester designs said...

Oops, email for the last comment is grace[at!]gracehesterdesigns[dot!]com

BCraftie said...

My new years resolution is to do and FINISH more crafts, save more, etc. etc. LOVE the locket!

MegzyTred said...

So far my resolution includes being happy no matter my situation, that I shall continue looking for the silver lining no matter how gray things look :)
I will look forward to your blog whenever you post it and I'm so glad you've got your priorities in order, hugs to your daddy and yourself,
~ MegzyTred @gmail

LilithEvy said...

Yeah! A giveaway for the new year!! Thank you! I don't take resolution anymore, but I have one goal, one wish for 2011: I'm looking forward to clear all my things with my ex (child custody and be paid for the house). It's a hard and long processus and I hope it'll be finish for the summer.

Have a great new year!

Eve at

Jen said...

My goal for 2011 is to savor every second with my daughter and stop worrying about getting the perfect shot or capturing every thing she does on video, because by the time I find the camera she is usually done doing whatever she was doing and I didn't get a chance to fully enjoy it.

I love the locket necklace!

Jen at

dev said...

I really want to be better at managing my time in 2011. :)


Sally said...

2011 will be a year filled with more hope and gratitude in my life for sure! This is my goal and desire...and i hope through this, others will be inspired with hope, too!

Praying for your father and for you today, Nicole!

Cellomom dot etsy dot com

Jingle said...

These are beautiful! I have a goal to really focus on my doll making and be more productive in that area.

jinglesells at gmail dot com

Nicole said...

You are truly an amazing and strong woman for keeping with this blog for so long while caring for your father. I am positive none of it is easy for you, and you and your father will be in my prayers.

One of my resolutions for 2011 is to read the Bible every day.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

I have been praying for you and your father since I read about what was going on with him.
My plan for 2011 is to be less hard on myself, enjoy time with my daughter and to grow my business by not letting unnecessary thing suck my time. (like this nasty cold, argh)
Shannon C

Orion Designs said...

One of my resolutions for 2011 -- this may seem trivial -- is to use a lot fewer paper towels. There are only so many things one person can do to help the environment, and this is my latest one. I may end up doing way more laundry to wash the fabric ones I'm substituting, but time will tell.

This decision to make time with your dad and family is one you will never regret. I know you already know that.

Nicole said...

One of my resolutions is to stop drinking Coke. I need to start drinking more water.
nbalogh522 at gmail dot com
Etsy name: maybaby522

409cope said...

I would love to get in better shape this year! Shari cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jessica said...

my resolution is to move more! (exercise, etc.)..i'm a healthy weight but my muscles are lacking.

glad to have your store back, but don't push yourself too hard. hang in there!


BEadECLECTIC said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad- I really hope things are as comfortable as possible for him right now!

My 2011 resolution/goal is to focus on my blog and get someone in Australia to start reading it.

Thanks for the chance, and I hope things start to look up for you!

bead.eclectic at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

this year, I would like to learn how to sew well.


Nancy said...
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limonada said...

Sweet Nicole, I just can't imagine what you must be feeling right now. I've been somewhat absent from the crafty world these couple of months, so I just now found out about your dad. I'm sending you all the positive energies I have! And I wish you a lot of strenght...

This year I just decided to try and be the best I can be. I want to be a better person. And that's all.


Nancy said...

I wish you strengh, both physical and mental as this is quite difficult time for you.

And about my resolution: I really do not have that many resolutions, as to me it's only one, because I go to sleep with this thought, as well as I do wake up with it. I'm eager to persuade all those aunts and uncles from ERASMUS exchange student programme that for me the best place to study is Spain and that University in Alicante needs me :)

Anastacia from

va said...

My resolution is to buy less plastic and anything that has to do with plastic . I am going to try hard to be more mindful of my environment by bringing my own bag and reusing the bags I already have when shopping .

tumblemumbo at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I almost feel bad commenting on a giveaway post--thinking of myself and what not when your dad is in such rough shape.

Am glad that you are taking time to be with him...don't worry, we'll all be here when you decide to return. Am sending up a prayer for him!

Janelle said...

Ditto what Amanda said, but it's so very important to not only care for you dad, but yourself during this time, and taking a break from the blog is probably a good thing. It will always be here, and so will your readers. :)

I resolve to save more money this year and tackle a few projects around my house. I want an additional 2k liquid savings by the end of 2011 just for emergencies or major home problems.

jando_27 at hotmail dot com

Ann + Chloe said...

To bemore patient.
etsy id : seidea
email: annseidel at comcast dot net

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

I am so sorry to hear about your father. I am glad you are taking time to be with him at this difficult time.

My goal is to be a bit more organized.

melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Michelle said...

Here's hoping 2011 is a better year for you... My resolution is to make more time for people (friends, etc).

ThePeachTree said...

First of all, I'm very proud of you (not to sound too cheesy) for holding your life and your family together.

My biggers goal for this year is to keep setting goals. Even if that's just a daily, weekly, monthly to do list :)

Big hugs and kisses to you!
thepeachtree on etsy

Illuminated Perfume said...

Hi sweets,
Wow, sounds like a very tumultuos time, wafting my best to you and grace to your dad.

I did a post on my blog with 11 resolutions for the year 11, one of them is to pick up the phone more often.

I'd love to win the Reversible Locket Necklace antiqued brass, fingers crossed.

Thanks so much for your generosity.

Unknown said...

I am so very sorry to hear of your troubles, what a wonderful daughter you are! We are stronger than we know and making a decision to step back for a while is smart...even though we will miss you soooo much.
I am resolved to get my Etsy shop filled with wonderful new handmade things for the new year!!

pippirose said...

Sorry to hear about the difficult time you are having.
One of my goals for this year is to finish projects that have been piling up.

pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Yes, let's make 2011 a better one!

One of my resolutions this year is to spend more time with loved ones.

erika dot haire at verizon dot net

ahoymichelle said...

I will pray for you and your family!

One of my new year's resolution is to simply eat healthy. :)

Etsy: michelleesque

ossmcalc said...

I am so sorry to learn about your father's illness. I never wanted to leave my mother's side once they finally found out that she had large cell lymphoma. She was under hospice care for only two days before she passed.

I have six forms of auto immune diseases for which there are no cures. My resolution for the new year is to stay ahead of the pain with medication and do as much exercise as I am physically able to do.

Thank you,


mmcaro said...

Sorry to hear about your father.

My goal this year is to learn to be appreciative of what I have


Stephanie said...

I am going to organize my crafting and sewing supplies and KEEP them organized! Wish me luck ;)
etsy: sreneedesigns

Cherry Blossoms said...

I am so sorry to hear about your father. My mother and sister are both cancer survivors so I know how hard seeing your loved ones go through such a horrible disease is.

My goal for 2012 is to be more patient {something I am NOT good at!}.

CherryBlossomsDesign AT hotmail

Mona said...

One of my resolutions is to start eating properly and healthy.


Bonnie said...

Nicole - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I resolve to open a store online and just have to keep researching how and where and what to focus on.



Natalie said...

As strange as this may sound, I'd like to learn how to frost a cupcake perfectly. For the life of me I can't do it! :D So sorry to hear about your father! Keepin' him on my thoughts and prayers as well as you and your family!

Bonnie said...

I'm not commenting to win but just to say I'm so sorry about your father. I'm looking at possibly losing my mother to cancer this year as well and your post just struck a chord with me. I pray the doctors are able to make him comfortable & pain-free. Prayers with you & yours!

April was in CA now MA said...

You are such an awesome person. I'll leave it at that because I get teary eyed thinking about your situation and how I wish there was something I could do even though we don't know each other. Your kindness and huge heart show through in your creations and your writing here.

One of my goals for this year is to stay sane while we plan to move to CA from CT. We got word a few weeks ago that is where we're being transferred and after a little hyper-ventilating I just had to keep repeating it's gonna be OK. So far away from my family in GA, that's what is so hard to adjust to. We'll do it though and I won't go insane!

Crystal said...

so sorry to hear about your dad,bright blessings to your family hun. I will spend more time with my family this year!

cyclona66 at aol dot com

Minivan Mama said...

My resolution is to be calmer and not let the little things get to me.

I think you are doing the right thing to spend time with your father. I wish I could take back time and do the same. Blessings to you and your family.

nightowl said...

I'm going to try to work on enjoying the simple things and the little joys everyday.

winit6 at hotmail dot com

allisa jacobs said...

Thank you so much for sharing your journey in 2011- your strength & grace are very inspiring.

One of my new year's resolutions is to reclaim my 'spark.' I'm not sure exactly where it went or how long it's been gone but I plan on finding it again & holding on tight.

Thank you for this lovely giveaway & very best wishes to you & your family.

Hello, I'm Emily Clare. said...

one goal: to be more patient with life.

prayers to your dad and your family.

lilbikergirl (at) gmail (dot) com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

my heart goes out to your family. I'm sorry to hear about your dad, but other things very often take precendence over blogging. no need to feel bad.

love the bracelets. :) my goal for the new year (and it's a big one) is to get a literary agent

lauren51990 at aol dot com

HoopVitality said...

Oh, Nicole Nicole! I am so sorry to hear about the difficulty you and your family are enduring now. My heart goes out to you and yours.

My goal this year is to eat more greens and grains. A dietary fresh start. Vegetarian or vegan meals at least twice a week with out the family catching on ;O)

I often find myself in need of a long piece of jewelry. I would have to to pick the brass pendant. You see, I bought myself a gold puffer vest and it would go fabulous with the dark purple 3/4 sleeve boat neck top and my boots. I splurged this fall! Now even I, a stay at home mother of two, have clothes that are sassy and stylish! And I'm loving it!

Take care and I hope peace surrounds you.


hoopvitality@gmail dot com

Gloria Gomez said...

This upcoming year I will take things "one step at a time"!

Gloria Gomez

Heather A said...

I'm so sorry about your Dad's situation. I have only bad words for cancer.

My goal for the new year is to keep cancer at bay since I've just finished surgery, chemo and radiation this past year. How I keep it at bay, I'm not sure, but I will do what I can with drugs, nutrition, supplements, vitamins, exercise and with hope.

I hope the best for your Dad and freedom from pain.

Lilly said...

I would like to read more books this year.
Thanks a lot for the chance Happy 2011!
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

herblueyestudio said...

I would like to teach my son to poop on the potty before he turns 18!

Samantha said...

I would like to continue to grow in my walk with God and my marriage. I feel like I can overcome anything this year has to offer if I remain strong in those two areas of my life.

sorry...I forgot my email address the first time.

Jenn Milt Art said...

one of my new years resolution is to do more yoga!

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My New Year's Resolution is to get my stationery business up and running. Stay strong...I know what you are going through because my mother has just been diagnosed with cancer.


Lauren said...

Your dad and family are in my prayers :)

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to drink more water!

God Bless,


Anonymous said...

Another resolution for me this year is to take a vacation and let go of work for at least a week.

erika dot haire at verizon dot net

Ashley said...

Nicole, I am thinking about you and your family. Though it can't be easy in any circumstance, I'm glad you get to be present for this time with your parents.

Your giveaway items are beautiful!

This year, one of my resolutions is to do the thing I've always wanted to, but felt I didn't have within me - I'm going to write a song!

I'm OneInTheHand at Etsy.


Mrs. Melberry said...

A goal for myself for 2011 would be to find a new job in the next 12 months...something that pays my bills AND makes me happy. Right now my job only does the former.


kischelle said...

I'm going to try and get more organized! With my 3rd child coming I need to desperately :)

My prayers are with you and your family.


Nicole said...

Another resolution of mine, to complete the Project 365 photo challenge.

Etsy: nslods

Fairlightday said...

Praying for you and your family Nicole! You are being so strong and it's good to hear that you are going to be taking care of yourself and letting things go some. You work so hard!

One of my goals for 2011 is to have another strong, positive, beautiful birth this month and a beautiful baby to show for all of my efforts. :)

flight of fancy design - etsy
Fairlight (at) hotmail (dot) com

Beverly said...

One of my goals for the new year is to edit the "junk" out of my life. Only keep what I love and what is positive. Sort of wide open for interpretation, but makes sense to me.

I will keep you in my prayers, Nicole.

Bonnie said...

Accomplish more for our spring sale...another resolution for 2011

I love all your giveaways! Would love to take care of one of them!


bkjobe at hotmail dot com

Tara said...

so sorry to hear about your dad! hope the radiation aleviates some of the pain. my prayers are with you!

what a lovely giveaway!! my first new year's resolution is to manage my time more wisely! as a new mom, i'm struggling to find a balance between caring for my son, getting stuff done at home, my online shops, and relaxing!

etsy username: curious_kitty
taraz9 at excite dot com

Annasui said...

I don't really have new year's resolutions because of how my brain works. But my wishes for the future are;
* find the home for my husband-to-be and me settle down in after our wedding
* have a fantastic, great and as close to my dream as possible wedding
* get more/better organized
* and the most important; find out what I can work as I only can work 2 hours per day, at the most

I got really happy when I finally saw that you decided to reorganize how you distribute your energy so you don't get worn out. Good luck to your father, you and must everything work out for the best!


Unknown said...

We're hoping to cook more in the new year!


jhitomi said...

I resolve to clean up one room a week for real (I am the world's worst housekeeper) and unclutter by giving away stuff to charities.
So sorry about all your stress..caregiving is heartbreaking; you have to take care of yourself.
Julie B.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Ann + Chloe said...

Be more organized
annseidel at comcast dot net
etsy id: seidea

Alex Kam said...

Disciplined eating - More vegetables, smaller amount. No glutton. :)

Alex Kam

lucy said...

Nicole-I am so sorry about your dad. I am thinking and praying for him and your family.

My resolutions this year are to make beautiful things for my children starting with a couple knitting projects and then moving on to scrapbooks. I also want to organize and purge stuff I do not need in my house. Last I want to lose those last 10 pounds from my baby.

Craftstress Kira said...

I am so sorry to hear about your father. I found out my father has alzheimer's, so my goal is to spend as much time as possible with him (we live on opposite coasts, so easier said than done). I hope you and your father can find peace and comfort during these trying times. E-hugs from a stranger.

p.s. love your jewelry!

Anonymous said...

Prayers for your family.

Tara said...

another resolution, to start sewing/crafting again. it took a bit of a hiatus this past year with the birth of my son.
taraz9 at excite dot com

Alex Kam said...
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Alex Kam said...

I need to draw more! 4 artworks per month for the first half of the year, and take it easier for the latter half with 2 per month. That makes it... 36 artworks!

Wish me luck!!

Alex Kam

Anonymous said...

Another resolution of mine is to spend more time outdoors and be more active.

erika dot haire at verizon dot net

Jenn Milt Art said...

Another resolution is to eat more greens, especially spinach (my favorite)! :)

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Ali said...

Love your jewelry and blog. I'm going to learn calligraphy in the new year! alilynch at gmaildotcom

Ann + Chloe said...

treat my body like the temple that it is :)

annseidel at comcast dot net

Mona said...

I resolve to concentrate on studying.


Handcrafted Invitations said...

To enjoy every moment

MooBear Designs said...

Oh Hun, warm energy juice goes out to your Dad!!

My new year res is to dance more with my kids in public! It really is a lot of fun and they laugh so much and then strangers laugh and it's wonderful!!

Xo Steph

Anonymous said...

Be strong!!! Hold onto your friends & family for support.

2011 goal: To be happier!

Etsy store: PacoandLupe

Nicole said...

Another resolution? To figure out which interest to act upon and pursue as a potential career.

Etsy: nslods

xlacrimax said...

My goal for 2011: to graduate from school with high exam marks.

c said...

I am hoping to begin a major new endeavor.. open a new yarn/fiber arts store! I'm looking forward to the combination of planning and creativity this will bring.

Thank you for your wonderful blog! And good luck with all the coming changes in the new year. :)

Digital Misfit said...

Having lost my father to cancer in 1998, I understand the wide range of emotions you are going through. My thoughts are with you and your family.
I have kept my resolutions to a minimum this year: I plan to learn to crochet, quilt, and make a purse.
Big hugs to you. 2011 will be a year of experiences, love, and growth.

Anonymous said...

Another resolution I have, which I always seem to have, is to get in better shape.

erika dot haire at verizon dot net

SofiaPinelli said...

I wish you strength with your father. We just lost my grandmother and I can only imagine caring for your parent. Thank you for your honest and brave post.

I have chosen a new year theme (instead of a resolution).
I have two small children and I have had a hard time balancing my new lifestyle with my old loves. My level of free time has changed and this year I will embrace this change.
I am learning new skills: knitting and sewing. I am a beginner at both and I have been procrastinating expanding these. So I am hiding my crochet hook and jewelry pliers to stay out of my comfort zone.
Best wishes for a successful year!

herblueyestudio said...

To take care of me and not let others trample on the real me. :)

Always loving you, Nicole!

Ann + Chloe said...

Be more better informed

annseidel at comcast dot net

MooBear Designs said...

Today i had a thought... I would really like to export our eco tees overseas ... That's a pretty big jump but I reckon it would be awesome!

Xo Steph

Becka said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your father. I'm sure you will continue to take excellent care of him - I can tell you love him v. much.

One goal I have for 2011 is to become a better paper crafter. I would love to eventually sell cards, but am still learning various techniques. In 2011, I want to get serious about it!

Etsy: Becka

Anonymous said...

Another resolution I have is to volunteer more of my time. I enjoy volunteering and do some here and there, but would like to increase the time I offer.

erika dot haire at verizon dot net

Ann + Chloe said...

Give more, talk less

annseidel at comcast dot net

Emmeline L. said...

My goals for the new year are to eat healthier and maintain my GPA for graduate school.

angelkiss31788 (at) hotmail (dot) com

P.S. I will be emailing you the pictures of my Secret Santa gift as soon as I get back to school and have my camera!

Jenn Milt Art said...

Another resolution is to sketch more, I seem to never sketch enough.
So sorry to hear about your Dad!

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Tara said...

pay more attention to my Etsy shop:, my Zibbet shop, and blog!
taraz9 at excite dot com

WCA Yash Travel said...

my goal to have an online shop.
gustosagiveaways at ymail dot com

igea said...

I have one goal, one wish for 2011:go to my new home in nature between the chestnut trees!
Your follower as:wolfsrain.
Beautiful jewellery!

Lana Manis said...
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Lana Manis said...

Oh Nicole, I'm so sorry about your dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

For 2011, I really, really want / need to get my workroom organized (I've been saying that for 4 years!) and then restructure my business. I have way too many irons in the fire.

Your jewelry is gorgeous ~ and I can now say that with first hand knowledge. :)

Lana {simplejoyspaperie on etsy}

Jenn Milt Art said...

Another resolution I have is to work more on beading, I just learned how to crimp and it's going to take me a lot of practice to get my jewelry right!

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I really don't have any resolutions, per se. I am just starting up my own blog and want to see it flourish. I also would like to open my own Etsy shop - I just need to narrow down my options. I want to make and sell everything from jewelry to candles to candy!
ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com
Etsy name: alicia715

Anonymous said...

Another resolution of mine is to learn a new skill like sewing or croctheting. I love crafts and enjoy handmande!

erika dot haire at verizon dot net

Elena Rudaya said...

I really want to be a better wife in 2011

queen-of-pain /AT/ yandex /DOT/ com

Vaguelypoetic said...

It may sound silly, but my new years resolution is to survive. Over the last few years I've had increasing medical appointments. I am currently in Nursing school and am terrified of how my own health will affect this. I want to prosper and continue down my path and not let my own issues interfere with my helping others.

I do hope all works out well with your father in the end, and that he is as comfortable as can be.
Etsy: Vaguelypoetic

Stephanie said...

I love your blog, and will follow it if you write once a day of once a month! *hugs* Keep your chin even when times are rough. I know it sounds silly and cliche, but try it anyways.

My resolution is be more dedicated to having an organized work space, mine has exploded everywhere.

Jasmine1485 said...

My heart and hugs go out to you during this tough time, I admire you so much for managing such a busy life and still posting here.

My new year's resolution is to stick with my exercise routine and to start looking after myself more.


Kate1485 at

Lucie said...

My New Years resolutions are to try 52 recipes in this coming year and to read 12 fun books and 12 books for fun and to bike a century. We'll see..
Thanks for wonderful giveaway. My thoughts and prayers to you and your dad.
Lucie (

Lara said...

I resolve to spend more time with my special little girl. This fall I missed too many swim lessons and read her too few books. My business will still be here in the years to come, but she will only be 7 once.

Peace and good thoughts to you and your family.

Etsy - bellapuzzlestoo

Alex Kam said...

I would also like to have a little bit more free time for myself. Gaming at least a few hours every week, my Xbox feels so lonely and abandoned. Lol.

But seems like I already broke this resolution on the first week of the year, ohnoes!

Alex Kam

Anonymous said...

My final resolution is to get back into Yoga. I used to do it and really enjoyed it, but it got scratched off my list when my job changed. Ommmm.....

erika dot haire at verixon dot net

Tylerpants said...

One of my resolutions is to lose the 30-40lbs of baby weight that I've gained.
Lisa L: tylerpants(at)

trixx said...

My New Year's resolution is to keep in better touch with friends! lea:

Unknown said...

Getting in just before the timer!

I usually don't do resolutions because I have a tendency to fail them. So instead this year I am doing a 365 photo project - one photo a day for a year. I think it will help me grow in a lot of ways with my imaging, plus it is my favorite activity anyway. So off I go! Fingers crossed!

Lauren said...

My goal is to get out and do something once a week. For years I've been going to work and home. Back and forth. I've been making my anxiety issues livable and they'll never go away if I don't build up some self confidence.

Stephanie said...

My other resolution is to grow this year. I'd like to make my business more sustainable. Stephanie from

Ann + Chloe said...

Sit down and relax

annseidel at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

I haven't yet made my resolutions. I'm running pretty late, eh. But it probably would include finding the balance, and being true to myself.
diarygirl at live dot com

andalene said...
to tithe regularly

corey said...

I hope can make more time to read- more than 2010 anyway.