For 2014's shiny new beginning, I thought I'd look back at 2013's biggest events for me, and show you some of my favorite photos.
Sugarwings starting first grade was major stepping stone in our lives last year.
In my mind, I always picture her like this. Darn the calendar! The pages flip too fast.
I think the biggest event of 2013 for Dewdrop was the day she received this "fincess" dress. She has hardly taken it off since October.
(we love that she calls 'princess' 'fincess', because her brother is named, Fin)
Of course, starting a sustainable food forest with a fairy playground on our land was a HUGE move.
When it was in full bloom, and veggies were popping up everywhere, it was the prettiest garden I've ever seen. And to know that this is only the first year, of a lifetime plan, fills me with excitement.
The year began with a longed for trip to Hawaii with my husband's sister, Terry and her husband. It was the first of many visits with her. I had a GREAT year of trips and visits with family and friends.
Wow, I'd say it was a record setting year for sistering. My sisters came here to see me twice, and I went to Indy to see them.
I got to visit darling Guncles, seeing my little bro, Randy FOUR times.
And seriously, I probably didn't say the word fabulous enough, that word was written just for Karen and Randy. It should never be used to describe anything else, it belongs to them.
I saw Terry again in California when I taught at Kim's Enchanted Affaire, where I met up with good friends that I love like family too.
Painting the mural for the event was a biggie, I loved working on it so much, that I really put myself into it, and every day that I painted was like a little trip to a fairy tale forest. After the workshop, Kim mailed it back to me and it is now chopped up and stapled in the fairy girls' room
Before it was sliced up, I also used it at Birdsong 3.
Which was another big highlight of my year. Oh my, sooooo many nice people came to play at the cottage. I can't wait for BS4. Yep, 4, I can't believe it is coming up. I'd better get to planning, huh?
After the CA trip, I went to Disneyland with Terry. Then, for the Hippy Chick's college graduation, we took her and Sugarwings to Disneyworld in Florida. It was a Disney-rific year.
But I have to say that one of the best things I did all year, or maybe in the last ten years, was to take a summer off to be with the kids.
We went to zoos, parks, carnivals, boating, beaches, all sort of things.
We played dress up.
We had craft days. Lots of craft days.
We invented a new game, called "Hoppity Hearts". It is a bit like Hopscotch without the boring squares.
Summer spilled over into fall, and we kept on playing. We saw the Renfest twice.
Even Uncle Ryan came along, just two weeks after his heart attack. His illness was the bad spot of the year, but I have to say, it brought us closer together.
I also got to see good friends again in October on a trip to Georgia. (and yes, that same shirt I'm wearing has been in three other of these photos,I'm surprised it isn't in more. Looks like I got as much use from that shirt as I did from the Enchanted Forest mural)
It was also a year of parties and more classes. I had a small, Valentine workshop in the studio.
I was in a few publications too. My Tiffany's mural from Kim's Affaire at Tiffany's the year before was in Mingle. I wasn't named as the artist, but I still think it counts, don't you?
Fifi came out to shoot my cottage for Romantic Country.
I must have made hundreds of little birdcages prepping for two classes and an online class I have offered.
And I even did some redos on the house this year. I made new slip covers for the sofa and pillows for the bedroom. Spiffed up, repainted, rearranged rooms, and recovered a wall.
No wonder I'm tired...