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A Year Of Storybook Woods 2009

I can not believe it is the end of 2009, this year went by fast. I am grateful for the blog, because it is a wonderful way to see what was happening in the past year. I was freaking out about 2009 because Auberne`turned 18 and I was just not ready. But it really has been a lovely year, both my girls have really grown this year. I see them both becoming amazingly creative and giving women. We are becoming more and more friends, enjoying each other company, kindred spirits. I am not ready to look forward yet, I want to savor this past year for just a bit more. Here is a list of my favorite posts each month. Happy New Year, I would love to hear what you loved about this last year xoxox

PS. I am so embarrassed, I was not asking what of my blog you liked, I mean what about your life this past year did you love !!!

Candy cane syrup

January: Candy Cane Syrup

Cut up sweater
February: I Cut Up A Sweater

Shillotte cakeplate

March: Silhouette Cake Plate

Lavender seabeck

April: Lavender Seabeck

Esprsso sugar 

May: Espresso Sugar

Sewing themed
June: Sewing Themed Party 

Outdoor washing
July: Outdoor Washing Station 

Out apple
August: Out With The Apple Green  

Make popciorn

September: Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn

October: Cosette 

Wool flower 

November: Wool Flower Tutorial

 Woodland box
December: Woodland Box 


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I hope this year is even more special than last! I know it will...


Jill xoo

The Vintage Rabbit

Thank you for sharing CLarice.. I must have missed some of these fun projects!!! I must visit you more!!!

Many Blessings for you and your family in the New Year!!!



yes, another year has gone by and i am still faithfully visiting your blog every week even if i don't often post. Thankyou for always being open and willing to share.
About a year ago i told you that you had inspired me to restart my blog, well i have but my i didn't expect it to be so confusing, i will figure it out sooner or later. I did try and put your button on, but it only came out as a link, I'm sure eventully I will figure it out.



What a great, creative year you've had! I bookmarked a couple of your projects to inspire me later. Love that sweater idea!

Happy New Year dear Clarice,

I loved journeying back through the year.

Sending all herbal blessings to you and yours,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Lavender Dreamer

What a fun post! You've had a most interesting year! Happy New Year to you! Blessings for this new year ahead!

Gumbo Lily

I've thoroughly enjoyed another year here with you at Storybook Woods, Clarice. It is always a joy for me to visit your blog and get some creative ideas, recipes, encouragement, or just to soak in the prettiness of your place. I'm looking forward to 2010 here as well!

God bless,

Tracey McBride

Hello my darling friend! A blessed and happy New Year to you and your amazing girls and hubby. I love your look~back reminds me of the multitude of reasons your blog is among my very favorites! thought it was just because we were friends...but you do inspire me so much in so many ways. It is always a pleasure to visit here, a joy to be your friend.

Wishing you and yours many, many blessings in 2010. I am so looking forward to YOUR new posts!

Love and hugs,


Happy New Year, Clarice! I hope you and the ones you love have a joyful, peaceful 2010 filled with laughter and love. xoxo Lidy

Brenda Kula

What I've liked about the past year is meeting new blog friends. I enjoy my pets, my gardens, my crafts and definitely my home. But I also thoroughly enjoy starting each day with my cup of coffee and my blog buddies!


Happy New Year to you and Chloe!!! all my very very best!!! xoxox Jennifer


Happy New Year ! Looking forward to sharing thoughts and laughs with you in 2010!
LiBBy BuTTons*

Jan in Kansas

Hi Clarice, I am so happy that I found your blog, I really enjoy it! You have the greatest recipes and I love the way you decorate for all of the holidays. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!


Not that you asked but I love coming to your blog and feeling like I'm visiting a friend.


Clarice, I hope you and your family have a very Happy New Year!! It was some year!


WEll to answer the question not enjoy the connection I see with you and your girls. Inspiration to me on many levels.
What I loved about my life in 2009?
That I get to see, create, laugh, be silly with my sister who moved no far from me.


Hi Clarice, I always love to drop by as I get so much inspiration from your pics and tips. Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year. Love Eli


Hi Clarice,
Finding you and your blog this year has been quite a gift! I've learned quite a lot and made a good friend in the process. :) By the way, your roasted garlic pumpkin hummus recipe was made today for tonight's New Year celebration...oh my!!! I doubt there will be much left.
Thank you for allowing me to celebrate the past year with you - and I look forward to moving forth into the New Year with you.
Happy holiday to you and your family!


It's been a beautiful Storybook Woods Year Clarice. I'm looking forward to lots more in 2010 -- Happy New Year!!!


Hi Clarice,

I too, have enjoyed watching your girls grow into the wonderful young women that they are, and I'm always grateful that you have created this kind, thoughtful and inspiring place to visit.

When I look back over what has been a very challenging year for me, I think that the thing that I have loved most about it, has been the closeness that my husband and I have experienced, and the way that he has supported me throughout, and like you, I have enjoyed watching my son grow into his adult life in a thoughtful and caring way.

Thank you for your sweet support, and for your recent kind words. I'm not perfect. I'm always trying to become a more graceful person, in a great many ways.

Happy New Year, dear friend.


I couldn't pick one either, except I loved the picture of Chloe in the hat. Love, Mom


Dear Clarice,

Thanks for the trip down memory lane for 2009 - you had some wonderful post...full of wonderful ideas!

May God bless you and your family in the New Year!



A year of lovely posts! Happy New Year, Clarice!



Dear Clarice,

How wonderful to have your girls growing into your friends~I'll be there in a few shorts years!

I honestly loved every post you did; it would be hard to pick a favorite.

A happy New Year to all,



Karla Nathan

I look forward to another lovely year with your blog!

Junie Moon

What a lovely retrospective of your year. I think the most important part was your relationship with your girls. Seeing them grow to happy and productive individuals in their own right is a joyous thing.

My favorite part of the year, well, I'm not completely sure but I think one vital thing is learning more about myself and where my limits are. I'm starting to listen to myself and what I need in terms of health, be it physical, mental, or emotional. This understanding (I should say a clearer understanding) is guiding me to pursue a slower mindful attention to life for the next year.

The Pleasures of Homemaking

Hi Clarice!

It is fun to have a look back. Although I'm ready to look forward. 2009 wasn't what I thought it would be so I'm excited about starting a new year.

I hope you all have wonderful year ahead!



I just love your blog so much. Your projects are exactly 'my kind of thing' (ie the silhouette cake stand=LOVE IT) And your wonderful home. It is a fairy tale come true. I'm so glad I found you.
I agree with your blogging comment. It is such a generous & supportive community of people out here. My life has changed in so many ways this year as well. Happy New Year.

Doreen Frost

Good morning to you. I couldn't actually pick a post that I liked the I'm fairly new here..but..I have to say..that just from looking at the photo's..the sweater you cut up is GREAT!!!

Wishing you and yours a happy & safe New Year!

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