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Sweet 16

    Happy New Year's eve!!! Before we step into a new year, I always like to look back. This was a year full of big changes. Chloe turned 16, Auberne` 21 and I turned 50. This has been a hard year for me personally and I am not sure how to processed into the new year but processed I must, one day at a time. I know this up coming year will be full of challenges and blessings. Thank you for letting me share my life with all of you. My hope, as it has always been since I started this blog, is I add something useful and hopeful to your day xox

Chloe on her 16th birthday

Auberne` at a steampunk party


January Italian Pumpkin Meatball Soup

February Jewelry Candle

March From Skirt to Shirt and Back Again

April Double Pepper Italian Jar Salad

May Homemade Shampoo

June Prosciutto Topping

July Cabinet Redress

August Peach Melba Salad

September Cabinet Makeover

October Apple Cider Marinate

November Apple Themed Thanksgiving

December Snow and Ice Christmas


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May this coming year be one of completion: part two of "Wren", projects around the house (which you seem to always finish! LOL) and more memories that are wonderful so you can pull them out and hug them tight during the sad times!

Much love..


Happy New Year Clarice!


Thank you for this lovely blog and all the fresh ideas you bring to us each month. Blessings and Joy for your new year!



I wish you nothing but the best for the New Year, Clarice. Last year was a hard one for us, as well, but the New Year is filled with promise and excitement. And that is always something to look forward to! :) xoxo

Linda Colantino

I hope 2013 will be an easier year for you my friend! Change is always difficult. I enjoyed my visits with you and look forward to seeing you soon. You are much loved!
Happy New Year!
Linda Lou


The best to you and your wonderful family. Would love to meet you in person someday!! If I ever get down that way from Alaska. I usually fly into CA. but who knows. Well Dear it's pouring down rain here and our snow has melted down to the ice underneath! No party for me tonight. But I'm not a party girl I made my own fun in my craft room here. You have so much and are only 50 the age of my son!! Love Nan


Happy New Year, Clarice! I hope 2013 is full of blessings for you and your family.


Beautiful post sweetie! Your girls are gorgeous! You always inspire me with all that you share! I pray this New Year will be filled with God's blessings, peace and joy! I look forward to all that you will share dear friend! Love you! Paula xoxo

Cathy in Maryland

What a great idea to list the highlights of your Blog Year!

I read a great thought this morning from Alan Cohen's Book "A Deep Breath of Life" that I think is the key to meeting the challenges life brings: "Live fully today, and you will be taken care of tomorrow....Something is always dying, but something is always being born....take your [new] knowledge and build on it to make a new year unlike any you have lived before."

I think anything that helps us learn to live one day at a time is a nugget of gold. May 2013 bring you love, peace, and prosperity in the things that matter.


Wishing you a happy and blessed New Year. With love from (not so snowy) Norway, Gill xxx


Happy New Year to you and your family Clarice - may it bring you happiness.

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