Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year! I have to admit that New Year's isn't my favorite holiday. In fact I really don't like it much at all. Not sure why but it just isn't my thing. What I do like is a new beginning. I'm also a fan of quiet winter days - which is what January and February in Pennsylvania bring. Yes, there are those of us out there who don't cringe at the W word. I enjoy being at home, cooking warm food, crafting, reading, watching movies. I'm sort of a home body so Winter suits me just fine.

Do you make resolutions? I do, but try to keep my list short. The main reason is I'm pretty bad at keeping them. This year my resolutions include:

praying more
crafting more
spending less & getting on a budget

Let's hope I can actually keep on track this year and follow through.

I also want to blog more. I follow some amazing ladies out there in cyber space who always inspire me. It is so nice to see other women who love homemaking, vintage, cooking, crafting, creating. There is a scripture passage from Provers {27:17} that says "iron sharpens iron". I believe in that totally.

Source: http://wanelo.com/p/6435928/religious-coaster-mug-rug-bible-verse-scripture-as-iron-sharpens-iron-proverbs-27-fellowship-light-blue-flowers
When I am in fellowship with other creative, spiritual, inspiring, women I want to be better myself. Of course sometimes looking at others and their accomplishments can backfire and become envy. If I compare myself to others in a negative way {Their blog looks amazing. They have more followers.} it most surely will zap my joy.

Source: http://www.pinterest.com/stacij15/cool-sayings/
Because if you aren't doing something with joy in your heart than you shouldn't be doing it. So while I look to other's for inspiration I will stay true to myself.

So if you are here for the first time, or you have visited before, thank you! Thank you for giving up some of your time to walk into my life for a few minutes. I hope that in some small way I have inspired YOU - because that is what sharing in this forum is all about - inspiring and encouraging others. If you would take a few minutes more and leave a comment I would greatly appreciate that. I love it when you comment to let me know your thoughts about what you have read or seen or just to tell me that you were here.

And with that lets move on to one last resolution - to use this in 2014!
This beauty came to me back in the summer. It is milk glass and in amazing condition. My husband found it at a flea market and bought it for me. He told me that the seller was an older lady who was parting with some of her own treasures - downsizing if you will. I won't even tell you how much he paid because it is criminal. Let's just say that it cost less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks - her marked price, not my husband's.
I wanted to show it to you months ago - filled up with some delicious-looking frothy punch. I never did because I never actually used it. As we speak it is boxed up and stored in the basement. I hope to change that this year. I may need to have a party purposefully to make punch - because that would be good enough reason to have a party in my eyes anyway. :)
Truthfully I would be happier receiving a gift like this than jewelry or furs. This is just my kind of happy!

I have this wonderful vintage cocktail book with some recipes for punch.

Now there are no excuses! I will be keeping this resolution!

So here is to new beginnings, staying true to yourself, being inspired and making punch {and serving it in a vintage punch bowl of course!}.

Happy New Year

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  1. Some yummy hot apple cider would look great in that bowl, and taste wonderful on those cold days of winter! Lovely!!

  2. I LOVE your punch bowl! I have lots of the snack plates and cups - now I just need a punch bowl! I think my mother has one and she promised to give me all her white milk glass! I hope she really does! I agree - hot apple cider for you and hubs! a perfect idea!

  3. Your resolutions sound like some I want to make for 2014. And I too am going to try to stay true to myself, with blogging and my home. Over the last few days I have realized that I need to fill my home with things that I love and make me happy(which I do for the most part), but I lately I was trying to make it look like other homes I see and admire. Those homes are beautiful, but they aren't mine. And if I make my home "mine" it will be beautiful in my own way. OK, not sure if any of that made sense ;) But basically I'm going to stop comparing and envying other people's things and houses.
    I am also going to stop looking at pinterest as much and start making more. And making more with the things I already have.
    Love your punch bowl set, what a wonderful present from your hubby.
    Sorry to write a book.
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!!!


  4. That is an absolutely gorgeous punch bowl set! I hope you will get to use it in 2014! :)

  5. Comparison is the thief of joy!

    I was just reading an article about how Internet comparison depresses people. Aargh... Some things are good about all this connection, but some things...


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