Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year & Blog Candy!

     Happy New Year! While I have been blessed with so much for which I am truly grateful, this year has also been a difficult one, and so I am a bit excited  to turn the page to a new year, Happy 2015!


     To mark the new year, I decided to call a "time out" for those things on my "to do" list - both personal and creative- that I could let go of for a while, and focus on finding balance which seemed to get away from me. Balance brings peace, and peace brings creativity and joy back in to my world. So, "balance" will be my mantra for 2015!


      As many of us are "ambi-craftitious", I recently added a new "passion" to my craft life- beadweaving jewelry! It is as close to meditative as meditation! LOL!  A few months ago, I stopped in to a local bead shop and I was just mesmerized! And, they offered classes- one of which I took as a birthday present to myself, and that was it!  I managed to carve out some time here and there to make some earrings and bracelet!  (pics coming soon)...So now I have added another passion to my list which includes crochet, quilting, and my beloved papercrafts.  Can you have too many?

    I also wanted to redesign my blog header to a simpler style; one that symbolizes the balance that so eludes me- the calming and ever present "lotus" has always been an image that speaks to me, always reminding me to breathe and, when life knocks me down one way or another, the lotus makes me aware that out of the darkest experiences, beauty and peace can emerge. Thank you Karen Valentine (Valentine Designs) for creating this for me.

    Know that my wish for all is that you, too, find the same balance in your life - a time apart from the "to do's" to play and learn and create whatever moves you! I also wish you all peace and good health and the love of family and friends.

    So, let's ring in the New Year with some fabulous "Blog Candy".  There are NO "have-to's" to win. Just enter in the Inklinkz below. If you want to follow me here or on my Facebook page, that is up to you-the links are below.

Here's to another year of inspiration! 



-If you would like, follow My Eclectic Spirit on Facebook HERE 
- If you would like, follow by blog by email or Bloglovin (see sidebar)
-Enter your NAME in the Inlinkz below

I will announce the winner on January 16th... Good Luck!

11 comments:

Samra Leshinski said...

WOW! Thank you so much for putting together such a nice blog candy! I am your follower on your blog, love your creations! Happy New Year!

Gitte said...

Happy New Year.
I am looking foreward to follow you again in the new year there are coming. :-)

ellyscard creatief said...

Wow,lovely candy,thanks for the chance to win. I am a follower and i wish you a Happy New Year.
Gr Elly

Patty Sue 2 said...

I have followed your work for so long! I love your coloring and have loved your work! Thank you for the chance to win such a fabulous prize and have a wonderful new year filled with blessings.

Denise Goeldner said...

Wonderful candy and I wish you a wonderful New Year for 2015 too, can't wait to see some of your loving beadweaving jewellery. I'm sure everything will come into place soon, balancing daily life can be hard. Thanks again for the chance, I'm alongtime email subby hugs xx

Mojca said...

thank you for this lovely opportunity. I am a follower and I love your creations! happy new year, let it be a creative one ;) hugs! Mojca

Penny said...

Love your new header--really beautiful! And you sound so busy with all your crafting! Looking forward to seeing your jewelry...
Thank you for the opportunity to win your lovely "candy"! :^)
Hugs, Penny

mags said...

Lovely blog candy. Sounds like I might have to have a go at beading. I am a follower of your blog. Thanks for the chance to win and Happy New Year.
Mags
x

Čarovnije z male kmetije said...

Hello Ann, first time here, on your blog and total begginer in cardsmaking. Now i'm surfing on net and came here. Your cards are beautiful, your coloring is amazing, it seems you are very sunny and positive girl :))Thanks a lot for the opportunity to win in this amazing friendly candy! Hugs :)

angela said...

Happy New Year Ann , Well yyou know I just love your cards , you have a style that makes them your own . I usually can pick them out easily, they are beautiful . Where do you find the time , and now jewelry ???
I'm sure whatever you make will be beautiful .
Angela

vinita jain said...

I'm new-ish to reading your blog and am enjoying it very much! You have lots of creative talent for making cards and now beading jewelry, amazing! Looking forward to see your innovative creations!
Wishing You A Happy crafting New Year!

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