Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve Randomness - passing away with the old in 2008 and coming into the new for 2009, and a funny photo too!

Happy New Year's Eve! I hope that your 2008 has been everything that you wanted it to be. I also hope that your 2009 is even better. As far as I'm concerned, I had a terrific year. Here's some highlights of my 2008:

As far as business goes........
  • My Etsy shop reached 500+ items sold and over 2,500 hearts.
  • One of my fiber art pendants was featured in Interweave's Felt Magazine.
  • I was contacted by a publisher to author an instructional feltmaking book which is still in the works.
  • My blog traffic has grown in leaps and bounds, and it has become a very fun activity for me to post.
  • My felted work is now for sale in two local Kansas City shops: Gifted Hands and Oh Wow Balloons

As far as my personal life goes........
  • I had to say goodbye to my beloved pet rabbit, Junior, this year, but I will remember him always.
  • I was diagnosed with the early stages of endometriosis and had to have surgery which was actually a huge blessing because I had suffered with pain and other symptoms for years, but now I feel so much better.
  • My husband and I have made a lot of improvements to our little house which is very exciting and fun to do.
  • And, most recently, we found out that I'm pregnant! Yay! The best news of all for 2008!

As far as next year goes..........
  • I hope that my business continues to grow and allows me to be the stay-at-home mom that I'd like to be while also earning a part-time income for our family.
  • I plan to start doing freelance graphic design work again. I would like to brush up on my web design skills also so that I can incorporate that into my freelance work.
  • I want to continue making home improvements and get the nursery in tip top shape by the end of summer when the baby is due.
  • Most of all, I want a healthy baby and good finances to support the baby and our family.


Finally, I just wanted to share this funny photo with you of my husband, Stephen, and our dog Cinnamon. They have a tendency to fall asleep in the living room at night. I am a night owl so I sit and watch late night TV or work on a crafty project while they both snooze and snore (yes, they really both snore!). Here they are side by side which I thought was a super cute photo. (p.s. sshhhh! don't tell my husband that I shared this - he would be mortified! Ha!)



Wishing a very blessed New Year!

5 comments:

  1. Hey, I'm with you on the night owl tip. My fiance ends up falling asleep on the couch every single night and there I am hovering over some project as he snores. Oh, the joy of waking a grumpy man from a dead sleep and dragging him to bed each night.

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  2. LOL Cute pic. Your secret is safe with me. ;)

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  3. Happy New Year to you both too Shalana! Congratulations on your exciting news about the baby and love that picture of your husband and Cinnamon!

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  4. Congratulations on baby! Happy new year! oooo I'm curious, what kind of surgery did you get done to remove the endometriosis?

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  5. Paper Girl, I don't remember the name of the surgery. It is a fairly common procedure to remove endometrial tissue for those with endometriosis. You can find out more about it through the "endometriosis" link in my article.

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