Monday, December 31, 2012

Auld Lang Syne

My end of year, life, project, etc. dirge is Auld Lang Syne. Many of you may sing it tonight, even, but do you know what it means? It's a Scots' song focusing on things that have passed, long time since, or for the sake of old times. It's romantic and a bit sad to look back on the old days, to reminisce on the ups and downs of the past year.

My lost love, Tate.

My friends, Diane Schulte, and Sherry Campbell and Kim Muhl, have been the shining stars of my year, along with my Dad, my sister, and several other very dear friends in crafting, writing, and facebook circles. It's been a complete rollercoaster for me this year. It started with me looking forward to following my One Little Word - Distance - toward the goal I thought it would lead to - running another half-marathon. Instead, it plummeted me to the bottom of my world when my marriage abruptly ended.

The hard lesson that no one else will look out for you. It's a do-it-yourself world.

Instead of enjoying greater health and more physical fitness, the distance turned into many other applications: moving quite a distance, learning to unbuild and move a distance away in my heart from most of the things and people I loved, and falling a distance backward in my state of health and fitness.

A bit of zen artwork that kept me sane.

Yet there were amazing things that came out of those negative events. I found myself and my faith again. I moved in with my Dad and we've done a lot of projects together, including building my dream - the ArtLab! It will be opening for virtual business in 2013.

Sweat equity and a black eye.

I purged my belongings and have eliminated a lot of useless clutter. I ran a 10k event, and have been training at that distance again. I finished writing a second novel, and made good progress on a third.

Dyna, enjoying a sunny window on a warm bed.

The bunnehs have a safe, very large backyard, and long periods of good weather for romps. The kittehs have cozy places and a yard to explore. Things are on the upswing again, and I have further, recent evidence that God will bring me through it. He's confirmed He's still watching out for my best interests, even if it means a painful transition. Afterall, He gave me a white Christmas in Texas just to let me know He's with me, and let me feel a few minutes of my mom 'near' me. Love you mom.

Buddy enjoys fresh air and hay.

I hope your transition from old to new is a positive one, and that you don't mind reflecting on things, for auld lang syne.

Peace be with you, Lord willing, I'll see you in the new year.


Friday, December 21, 2012

12 Days of the Apocalypse

Everyone who knows me, knows I love a good laugh, a great story and a real connection. So, if you're here today, it's because you survived the apocalypse and the last day on earth as predicted by the Mayan's. Or, more likely, you're here because the sun is making it's appointed rounds. Either way, I'm glad you are here!


Hi everyone!  Happy Holidays from everyone at the Blog Hop for Sean & Regina! Thank you for playing along in our December blog hop!  The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina features Gina K. Designs stamps only for our monthly blog hops!

This month, we are featuring the “12 Days of Christmas”. Each blog hop designer will be hosting a day from December 13 – December 24 that will feature Christmas/Holiday cards from a Gina K. Designs stamp set. A list of blog hop designers are listed in this post with the day they will be hosting. You are invited to take part in each of the twelve days. Subscribe and comment on the hop designer’s blog hop for the day and at the end, the person who has completed the entire twelve days will win a wonderful GINA K. DESIGNS PRIZE PACK!
Enjoy yourself as you hop along for the holidays!
A Gina K. Designs Prize Pack including:
  • Gina K. Designs stamp set
  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury card stock
  • Gina K. Designs pattern paper
  • Brads
  • Ribbon
  • Embellishments

Now it is your turn to blog hop with all of our friends!   
The rules are simple:
  1. Visit each participating blog on the list below from December 13 – December 24.
  2. Leave a comment for the blog host designer.
  3. Become a follower of each participating blog.
If you follow rules 1 – 3, you will be eligible to win the grand prize of a Gina K. Designs Prize Pack.
At the end of the hop, a random winner will be chosen for the Blog Hop Grand Prize using comments and followers from each blog. We will be posting the winner a day or so after the holidays!
The blog hop designer this month and the designated date they are hosting are as follows:
12/13 Regina Hardy
12/14 Nancy Leppek
12/15 Patti Gilliam
12/16 Cheryl Wright
12/17 Lori McAree
12/18 Penny O'Dell
12/19 Alex Turner
12/20 Suzanne Dean
12/21 Kyra Sanders
12/22 Kay Simmons
12/23 Donna Bowman
12/24 Sean Fetterman

Please leave a comment for the blog hop design and sign up/follow each hop designer to be eligible to win the Gina K. Designs Prize Pack!

Tomorrow, Kay will be posting the next in the “12 Days of Christmas” blog hop! Please visit her blog at:

Thank you for visiting my blog!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!


Cardstock - Gina K Designs Pure Luxury
Textured Cardstock and patterned paper - SEI Dill Blossom
Ink - Rich Cocoa, Memento
Coloring - Copic Markers
Rhinestone, Brad and Ribbon - WalMart

Monday, December 10, 2012

12 Days of Blog Hopping FUN!

Happy Monday friends,  I think it’s time for me to let you know that I will be participating in a fun 12 days of Christmas Blog Hop very soon. It starts on Dec. 13th and it’s going to be so much fun!  So be sure to mark your calendars to come back and check it out!  You are not going to believe the great Prize pack that will be given away!   Keep reading….


The “12 Days of Christmas” Blog Hop with Sean & Regina!  We would like to invite you to come along on the 12 Days of Christmas with us and our blog hop designer friends for December.  The blog hop will run from December 13 – December 24.  Each designer will be hosting one day of their own.  The designers and dates they will be hosting are:
12/13  Regina Hardy
12/14  Nancy Leppek
12/15  Patti Gilliam
12/16  Cheryl Wright
12/17  Lori McAree
12/18  Penny O’Dell
12/19  Alex Turner
12/20  Suzanne Dean
12/21  Kyra Sanders ---- me
12/22  Kay Simmons
12/23  Donna Bowman
12/24 Sean Fetterman
The GRAND PRIZE this month is a GINA K. DESIGNS PRIZE PACK including a stamp set, Pure Luxury card stock, pattern paper, brads, embellishments and MORE!
Information on each blog hop post during the 12 Days of Christmas will be posted here and on the Blog Hop with Sean & Regina Facebook page!
Merry Christmas and Happy Stamping!
Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!