Well here we are a few day's into the new year. And as I look back I have to say I am pretty blessed! And I just have to say Thank You for each and every one of them.
I have a pretty great family, I am still able to do most of the things I love...and even the things I have trouble doing...my family is great about helping me out and dealing with all the crankiness, depression, and frustration having an auto-immune disorder can cause. Not to mention the financial strain.
I have made some great friends and have met so many wonderful and inspirational people because of what I do. And the incredible feeling I get when I see the happiness in someones face or a heartfelt e-mail. And when someone is willing to plunk down there hard earned dollars for something I made and put myself into...it feels like an honor...like I just won an award or something.
We had a wonderful Christmas and we celebrated my oldests 21st birthday!
Like most of us do, I have looked back at last years goals and progress and over all, I think I did pretty well. My beads have improved greatly, I'm taking better pictures, I've been doing more metal work, and trying new things I have been wanting to try for years.
One of the best things is that both my daughters have a great interest in the things I do. With classes from school and their own interests, they have added a bunch more to the list...like polymer clay, beading, ceramic, hemping, knitting, sewing, and drawing. They also like gardening, cooking, and soap & candle making. We have already started planning our herb garden for next summer. We are also working on healthier eating habits and greener living.
During my last post I had talked about making some decorations with my daughter. We did manage to make some fused glass ornaments that I thought I would share. Everything but the spiders were made from recycled window glass, using glass frits, mica, enamels, and glass stringers.