Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Time Flies!!!

Carlanda, Aunt Linda, Karen and Clift (my beautiful family)!
two cousins and an aunt!
I guess time flies when you are having fun!  I can't believe I haven't written anything on here since October.  November was a GREAT month because I got to spend time with my family.  My family is very small, one aunt, one uncle and five first cousins (and I only see my aunt and two cousins).  My aunt from Texas came for nine days and we spent the weekend of the 12th in Palm Springs, CA with my cousins (her children).  My sister cousin Karen (as we call each other, since we are more sisters than cousins!), came in from Missouri with her son and his fiance.  We all ended up in Palm Springs for my other cousin Clift's 50th birthday party.  We all haven't been together as a family for quite a few years, and it really filled my heart with so much love.  Palm Springs was beautiful and oh so busy.  No recession there! The ending to the fabulous weekend was a surprise.  Clift and Doug's friends Michael and Mark were there from Las Vegas.  They have always spent Thanksgiving together, but this year everyone was going in different directions, so Michael cooked a wonderful Thanksgiving feast on Sunday afternoon for all of us.  I had tears in my eyes as I sat at that lovely table, surrounded by the people I love  and that love  me back
                                                                       Heart overflowing!

And if that wasn't enough, my aunt and I got to meet up with Annie Hooten and her friend Cynde Tagg for lunch.  They came in from New Mexico and attended a clay convention in Las Vegas.  We were facebook friends.
Aunt Linda, Carlanda and Annie Hooten

Then it was non stop getting ready for Doodlebug Craft Bazaar here in Boulder City on Dec. 3rd. Earrings and button rings and soldered pendants and collaged wooden beads and seashell jewelry and journals.....oh my! This was the second year I did this.  This year the weather was cold, windy and rainy so there were less people out than last year.  But all in all it was successful.  I shared a booth with my friend Marlene and saw many old and new friends.  I even met a facebook friend Rebecca Smith "in real life"!  She has a beautiful blog called Patina Moon, check it out.  Beautiful photography and lots of eye candy!   Thank you to everyone that came out.

one of my tables

jewelry display

December started off good!  I was published in the December 2011 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, the December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors gift and holiday issue (ornament challenge) and Kimberly Moore's Smart-Zine.  Much gratitude.
Belle Armoire Jewelry December, 2011

Next on the list.....open my etsy shop!

Next time I shall write less and more often! Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas and the happiest and healthiest New Year to come.  xo

What do you want Santa to bring you?


jodi said...

I want Santa to bring me you and Lee!! Congratulations on all your publishings! You're doing it girl! I'm so happy for you that you had the time with family. xo

dellerd said...

I am so glad you got to spend the time with your family. I am just about the same as you with my little extended family. Not much to mine either. But we love them so much!!! So glad your show was a success and your hard work paid off. Think of all the women out there that are wearing your creations!!! That is the best part!! There is only one thing that I want for Christmas and you know what that is.....my wait has been over the top!! I am so thankful for somethings that have come my way recently and given Jim and I some breathing room....thankful so much. I look forward to next year and hoping I have you and Lee living close by and we can grow our friendship into something real special....Merry Christmas Dear Friend!! xo

Becca said...

Hi Carlanda! Wow! You are one busy lady! I'm SO happy I got to meet you and now seeing your lovely work in a magazine, I told my husband...I know her! LOL. You are too sweet for mentioning me here. I am really looking forward to you opening your Etsy shop too. Have a lovely Christmas with your family and friends. Take care, I'll be chatting with you soon my friend!

Lyn said...

It sounds like you had an amazing time with famiy and friends Carly. I don't have any extended family still living, I have one sister who I see maybe once a year so it is lovely to hear about yours. You've done fantastically with your jewelry and getting published..looking forward to checking out your Etsy shop next year!
Hmmm my Santa wish....probably to bring me much needed pennies to spend in the US!! xo

Anonymous said...

It was delightful to meet you and spend time with your aunt! I am mentioned in your blog-I'M FAMOUS- very blessed and grateful! Happy Holidays to you and yours. <3 Cynde

Glo said...

Love reading your posts Carlanda! Wish I could come see all your creations! :)

AllThingsSonya said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The last of your quilt pendants arrived down in Texas and I've been told will be opened this weekend so I'll let you know the verdict, but I'm pretty sure the two women getting them (my Mom and her best friend) will love them.

AllThingsSonya said...

P.s. Love your blog design; very cute.

Cara said...

Hi Carlanda! Found your blog via Book of Days. :) Is your etsy store open yet? The photos of jewelry are so pretty! :D

Nicie Ibarra said...

Congratulations on being published! Your jewelry is beautiful!!!