Out With the Old…


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Goodbye 2008.  HELLO 2009!!

Happy New Year!!!!!!

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Some Kind of Busy!

I’ve been on a roll creating lately. Now that the holidays are behind us, I’m able to concentrate on new items and fun projects. Mind you, I LOVE the holidays, they just take so much concentration that I have little room for creating. 😀

Here’s some of my new listings…

Rooster ACEO Painting – click here to see it on ebay auction:

Here’s a Shabby/Cottage/Chic/Victorian outlet cover also currently available on ebay auction (click here to go to the auction):

Another ACEO painting on ebay auction of 2 owls in a hot air balloon (click here to go to it):

A sweet little heart sachet with lavender and some lovely embellishments in my etsy shop (click here to go straight to the pillow on etsy):

And some sweet little tags of crinoline slips also in my etsy shop (click here to go straight there):

And, that’s not all – there’s a few other things listed, but those are just a nice little variety of goodies. Enjoy!!

Wishes and Resolutions for 2009

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As the new year approaches, I start thinking about all I would like for it to hold for me. Everything I want it to be. Everything I hope for.  Some goals for me in 2009:

  • Continue to improve my health
  • Spend more time with family
  • Continue growing my cottage industry business
  • Make “The Cozy Loft” my full-time job
  • Continue working on our home remodeling
  • Finish my studio for the ultimate creative haven
  • Be happy with myself

That’s not too bad of a list. It can be done, right? What are your wishes and resolutions for the new year?

I know that I am really looking forward to bringing in 2009. I absolutely cannot wait to get rid of this cobweb-filled 2008 🙂

P.S. The photo above is one I took while we were on vacation in Gatlinburg. There were some of the prettiest roses there that I had ever seen!

Uncle Harold

So many friends and family read my little blog that I really just talk about almost anything that’s going on in my life. While I try to keep my posts mostly positive, I feel it’s only fitting to tell you about things when times are hard, too.

My Uncle Harold passed away last Sunday, December 21st. Because of Christmas and his family living all over the US, the funeral wasn’t held until yesterday. He was 83 years old.

Daddy is one of 11 children. My grandparents, H.E. and Lucille, had 11 children. Can you imagine? WOW! My paternal aunts and uncles (in chronological order) are Harold, Juanita, John, Jo, Allene, Gerald, Larry, Bobby, Billy, Charles and Ronald (Ronald’s my daddy, thus my name). My Granddaddy passed away in 1979 and my Grandmother passed away in 2004 (she was 96 years old). My Aunt Jo passed away in 2005. Now, my Uncle Harold in 2008.

My family is huge and I’m so thankful for that. Almost all of them live within a few miles of each other here in Tennessee. I am so very proud of my family and each time we lose someone, it really breaks my heart. Each of these people are such wonderful, strong, compassionate people and I am so very proud to be a part of it.

With lots of love and many blessings to my family during this difficult time,

Rhonda

Black White Beautiful

I am up to it again!! My treasury is on the front page of etsy and I couldn’t be more thrilled!! Here’s a shot of it:

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I realize this may be too small to tell much about it, but it’s also on my flickr. You can see it better by clicking here.

I’m so excited about it!! YAY! Happy Friday!!

Scott Baio

You know how when you were little, you had this guy (or guys!) who you absolutely idolized? They were the ones who made you dream of being that “one selected to go on a date” courtesy of the latest Tiger Beat or 16 magazine? Well, in the 80s, I was really puppy lovin’ Scott Baio. Remember him? From Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi and Charles in Charge?

When I was in my early teens, I had posters EVERYWHERE in my room of him. I had clipped all kinds of photos of him and put them all around the perimeter of my dresser mirror. I had have his cassette tape…did you even know he released one? 😀

Anyway, each year  I usually do some fun gag gifts for different members of our family. This year, we did a couple small things, nothing too big. But, let me tell you…my brother and his girlfriend really did something so embarrassing to me, which leads back to Scott Baio…

Once when I was around 12 or 13, I was adding the photos around my mirror of my dresser. I sat back on my bed to admire my work and one of them was a little crooked. So, I went over to reattach it and then went backwards to my bed to sit back down. And, I missed the bed. No one saw it. No one knew of my silly fall. No one ever had to know. What did I do though? I told Mama and it became this huge joke which is still talked about upon occasion to this day. She dubbed it “I’m falling for you Scott” the moment I confided in her what I’d done!! I’ve never lived it down!! Ron and his girlfriend discovered this and created this in honor of my teen idol, puppy love, girlie days:

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When we finished Christmas breakfast this morning and I walked into my parents’ living room, there it was. I took these pictures from my home tonight, so the lighting isn’t great. You can click on the 2nd picture to see it larger, if you want. My face was BEET RED!! I was so incredibly embarrassed, but they went through so much trouble, I felt it was worthy to tell all of you so you could laugh at me…or admit that you, too, were into the teen idols and tell me who, please!!

By the way…you should know…this thing is as large as a big screen tv…not a small creation by any means! AND that’s not all. I also received a Chachi action figure/doll AND a Scott Baio t-shirt….

LOL! Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Merry Christmas!

To all my friends and family, I wish you a most blessed Christmas full of peace and love. May your time with your loved ones be full of magical memories and blessings from above.

With so much gratitude this holiday season,
Rhonda