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So how does 2011 stack up? Not as wonderful as I was expecting, but I keep high hopes, and I am willing to give 2012 everything I’ve got.

Here were my favorite occasions:

1. Celebrating my 40th birthday with my family at one of my favorite restaurants, Fountainside.
2. My niece Gwen’s 5th birthday party.
3. Our anniversary dinner at Augusto’s – delicious!
4. My son Julian’s 20th birthday dinner at another favorite restaurant, Maggio’s.
5. Camping at Black Moshannon with my dad’s and stepmother’s families.
6. My daughter Lily’s 5th birthday party at Bounce U.
7. Lily’s graduation from pre-school.
8. My cousin Carla’s wedding (to husband Curt).
9. Going to Dutch Wonderland with our brother-in-law Ed and niece Gwen.
10. Staying at my dad and stepmom’s cabin in Dushore, and checking out the Dushore Days festivities.
11. Attending the Bezel Boot Camp class, taught by Kim St Jean, at Bead Fest.
12. Our mini vacation in Ocean City MD.
13. Lily starting kindergarten.
14. Thanksgiving – one of my favorite holidays.
15. Seeing Tori at the Academy of Music.
16. Winning the Cornerstone award at work.
17. My brother-in-law Darren’s cd release party, and the dinner that I treated Marc to at Chifa beforehand, to celebrate his birthday.
18. Christmas – my favorite holiday.
19. Celebrating my nephew Owen’s first birthday.

And so here we are. It would seem that 2011 was pretty good then. And 2012? I am still working on putting together my goals, but I expect great things to happen, for all of my family and myself. I can’t wait to see what the days hold!

Wishing you a very happy New Year!

xoDawne

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and the french fairies make a grand debut

Let’s start the new year right, shall we?

I bought the new Somerset Studio yesterday. The ‘aubergine’ issue.

Please turn to page 114.

My little French fairies! They look wonderful, don’t they? Very nice (big!) photograph.

I also like the artwork underneath, by Eileen Terhaar Clark. La Danse des Papillons. Lovely!

I will take this as a harbinger of what is to come. I’m really excited for this year. I expect good things to come my way, certain things/situations in my life to improve, lots of personal growth, and I think this will be the best year of my life.

And yes, learning to solder is (again) one of my goals.

i wish i had a belle armoire
I also bought the Dec/Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry.

I skimmed through it and it looks great. I saw a couple techniques I thought were really cool – particularly the earrings on the cover, where the artist used a wire form to create a resin-filled bezel. I would love to try resin some day (I should add that to my list!) and it’s so clever to use wire to form the bezel.

must use gift cards immediately.
I received a Michael’s gift card for Christmas so of course I had to use it immediately. One of the things I bought was this cool set of clear stamps by Tim Holtz.

tim holtz stamps

I was surprised to see that Michael’s had a nice selection of Tim Holtz products. I like his line of art stuff – he always has interesting and different supplies. I particularly like his inks and glitter glues. As soon as I saw these stamps I knew I had to have them. I love that chandelier!

I hope this new year brings all sorts of wonderful things for everyone!

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