The year ahead (and a giveaway!)

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Happy New Year, everyone! Hmmm, where to start? This may get long, so bear with me…

I thought 2009 was crazy, little did I know what I was in for in 2010. In many aspects, I have no idea what this new year will bring, though I guess that is usually the case for most people. I just happen to have every major aspect of my life hanging in the balance right now. This year I will most likely bury my father, move across the country and possibly lose my mind. But let’s not jump so far ahead…
Starting with something I can control, this blog, I have some sad news. Due to the increasing demand on my time of caring for my father, I have to take a step back from blogging. I’m honestly amazed I’ve kept it going strong for this long. The amount of time I spend on this blog each week is just insane, but it has been a bit of a saving grace in the fact that it’s something I have total control of in the midst of chaos, and I really love doing it.
My dad was admitted to the hospital in mid December due to increasing pain problems. We moved him from the hospital to a hospice facility on December 23 and brought him home (to my home) with hospice care two days ago. His cancer is spreading through his bones so fast it has more or less crippled him. He only has use of one limb, his left arm, and cannot get out of bed. He has a very large tumor on his spine which will soon crush his cord paralyzing him. He is starting gamma knife radiation today, however, and is scheduled for 8 days of treatment. It’s hard to say if he will be able to handle it, but the hope is that this will slow down and shrink the growth of the bone tumors giving him a little pain relief and possibly some mobilization.
Nothing will ‘cure’ him at this point, so it’s a matter of making him confortable, but no one knows right now whether he will live another week, another month or more, so we just continue to take it day by day. Since my ‘free’ time is so slim, I realized I need to devote every bit of it to doing things that, most importantly, make me money, and hopefully a few things that make me happy. This means continuing to make new jewelry when I have the time and probably some freelance design and photography work as well.
I won’t be abandoning the blog completely, I just won’t be blogging every day. My plan is to post at least once a week, more if I feel the urge or have the time, but to not have to worry if I don’t have time at all. I’m planning to continue most of my current features and favorites so I do hope you all continue to stop in and visit. I’d like to have one Spotlight interview per month, one recipe, one craft project, a few Coutures, a contributor post and maybe some miscellaneous tidbits now and then. But you know what they say about best laid plans, so we’ll just have to see how it goes 🙂
On a different subject, I have some fun news to share about a new adventure (which some of you already know about) but since this is getting long and I still have a giveaway to get to, I think it will have to wait another week! I know, I’m such a tease…
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Now onto the giveaway!
It’s been way too long since I’ve had one and I thought it would be the perfect way to kick off the new year. Since I’ve never been good at picking just one winner, I’ll be picking two and here’s what’s up for grabs…
Each winner will receive their choice of one of the following:
A Reversible Locket Necklace in gunmetal OR antiqued brass with your choice of flower color:
A custom Carved Stone Rose Bracelet in the color combination and style of your choice. Below are two examples but I will work with you to create a piece designed to your specific preferences.

A set of Filigree Fleur Rings, one brass and one silver with your choice of flower color:

Please leave a comment on this post with one of your new year’s resolution, a goal for 2011 or something you would like to accomplish or change in the new year.
You can enter once per day with a new resolution or goal but you must include your first name AND your email address or Etsy username with every entry.
I’m going to leave this open until next Sunday night, January 9 at 9pm (EST), and will announce the winners on Monday.
Welcome 2011, let’s make this one count!
xo ~ nicole

132 thoughts on “The year ahead (and a giveaway!)

  1. Becka says:

    I'm very sorry to hear about your father. I'm sure you will continue to take excellent care of him – I can tell you love him v. much.

    One goal I have for 2011 is to become a better paper crafter. I would love to eventually sell cards, but am still learning various techniques. In 2011, I want to get serious about it!

    Etsy: Becka


  2. ehaire says:

    Another resolution I have is to volunteer more of my time. I enjoy volunteering and do some here and there, but would like to increase the time I offer.

    erika dot haire at verizon dot net


  3. Emmeline L. says:

    My goals for the new year are to eat healthier and maintain my GPA for graduate school.

    angelkiss31788 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    P.S. I will be emailing you the pictures of my Secret Santa gift as soon as I get back to school and have my camera!


  4. Lana says:

    Oh Nicole, I'm so sorry about your dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    For 2011, I really, really want / need to get my workroom organized (I've been saying that for 4 years!) and then restructure my business. I have way too many irons in the fire.

    Your jewelry is gorgeous ~ and I can now say that with first hand knowledge. 🙂

    Lana {simplejoyspaperie on etsy}


  5. JennTRC says:

    Another resolution I have is to work more on beading, I just learned how to crimp and it's going to take me a lot of practice to get my jewelry right!

    jrerwin6 at gmail dot com


  6. Alicia C. says:

    I really don't have any resolutions, per se. I am just starting up my own blog and want to see it flourish. I also would like to open my own Etsy shop – I just need to narrow down my options. I want to make and sell everything from jewelry to candles to candy!
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com
    Etsy name: alicia715


  7. Brittany says:

    It may sound silly, but my new years resolution is to survive. Over the last few years I've had increasing medical appointments. I am currently in Nursing school and am terrified of how my own health will affect this. I want to prosper and continue down my path and not let my own issues interfere with my helping others.

    I do hope all works out well with your father in the end, and that he is as comfortable as can be.
    Etsy: Vaguelypoetic


  8. Stephanie says:

    I love your blog, and will follow it if you write once a day of once a month! *hugs* Keep your chin even when times are rough. I know it sounds silly and cliche, but try it anyways.

    My resolution is be more dedicated to having an organized work space, mine has exploded everywhere.


  9. Jasmine1485 says:

    My heart and hugs go out to you during this tough time, I admire you so much for managing such a busy life and still posting here.

    My new year's resolution is to stick with my exercise routine and to start looking after myself more.


    Kate1485 at


  10. Lucie says:

    My New Years resolutions are to try 52 recipes in this coming year and to read 12 fun books and 12 books for fun and to bike a century. We'll see..
    Thanks for wonderful giveaway. My thoughts and prayers to you and your dad.
    Lucie (


  11. Lara says:

    I resolve to spend more time with my special little girl. This fall I missed too many swim lessons and read her too few books. My business will still be here in the years to come, but she will only be 7 once.

    Peace and good thoughts to you and your family.

    Etsy – bellapuzzlestoo


  12. ehaire says:

    My final resolution is to get back into Yoga. I used to do it and really enjoyed it, but it got scratched off my list when my job changed. Ommmm…..

    erika dot haire at verixon dot net


  13. Aimee says:

    Getting in just before the timer!

    I usually don't do resolutions because I have a tendency to fail them. So instead this year I am doing a 365 photo project – one photo a day for a year. I think it will help me grow in a lot of ways with my imaging, plus it is my favorite activity anyway. So off I go! Fingers crossed!


  14. Lauren says:

    My goal is to get out and do something once a week. For years I've been going to work and home. Back and forth. I've been making my anxiety issues livable and they'll never go away if I don't build up some self confidence.


  15. Shaha says:

    I haven't yet made my resolutions. I'm running pretty late, eh. But it probably would include finding the balance, and being true to myself.
    diarygirl at live dot com


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