First of all…HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope everyone’s year is full of LOVE, LAUGHTER, JOY and many BLESSINGS!

I have been reading my friends blogs about the New Year.  Their  resolutions, changes and words they want to incorporate into their lives.   I have been inspired by them all.   It got me to thinking of a word that I want to have for this coming year.    I love Amy’s word Begin at Four Corners Design, Kristin’s word BE at Faded Prairie and  Z’s word is GIVE at Old Grey Mare   These are just a few blogs that have wonderful words to ponder.

This past year has had many ups and downs.   I have been on top of the world and down in the deepest cave of emotions.    I had my heart soar with anticipation and love and broken with doubts and meanness…

 I had to stand alone with my own thoughts and listen to what my own heart had to tell me…
thence..the back of my business card…
one of our mama cows in the early morning light..
An abandoned truck in Taos NM
I lost one of my very best friends this past year, but she will remain in my
heart forever….
But with all that stuff that life can sling on you and knock the wind out of you, I had much joy and so much laughter that my side hurt and had coke shoot out my nose from laughing so hard.
This past spring, I moved into my new art studio!   It is smack dab in the middle of 30 acres with trees, a creek and pastures.I could stay out there 24/7 if I could.   I feel so creative and inspired just walking thru the doors.
A card I made for inspiration
I did my first art show this past October.  It was such a blast.  I was  very successful in selling my necklaces and got orders for more.   But the most fun was meeting all the dealers and customers.   I must say that people who enjoy, collect and admire art and antiques are the best people in the world!

 So, with 2011 in the past and all it’s ups and downs…

 New life begins…

New friends are made…

My nephew, Sam, me and his girlfriend..Amanda (she is a keeper!)

  Old friends will always be by your side to make you smile, laugh and to warm your heart..

Tess and me

And new friends are always waiting in the wing..
black birds on the wire on the county road
My word for the coming year is GRACE:
GRACE to except challenges, GRACE to forgive and forget, GRACE  for all the blessings that I have been given.  
Our cattle huddled in the snow..

And GRACE for the coming year full of beautiful sunrises and sunsets

GRACE as a way of life…
Here’s to a New Year full of GRACE for all my friends and family whom I love so very much!
I am looking forward to our new year together!  It will be inspirational, creative and fun!