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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Not long now...

Hello friends
The very last day of 2013 - hurrah!
I am frantically waving it goodbye and welcoming 2014 with open arms.
Those of you who have followed my blog for a while will know of 
the difficult events of this year.  
That said, I have to remember that there have been some good times too.
2013 was the year of opening the studio/shop...
and this is where I will be spending most of my time over the next year. 
I intend to finally get it up and running as I want it to be.

I also must not forget that I managed to get to Spellbinders in Arizona...
and managed to fit in a trip to the Grand Canyon!
Two trips to the Harry Potter Studios....April
and November....
and there were many other things that brought smiles too including the unwavering 
support of my blog followers and friends.
I need you all to know that at wobbly moments your comments, messages, cards, emails 
kept me going - THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU
(a favourite butterfly card of mine expresses the same message too).

Take care friends, I'm raising a very large glass at midnight and toasting you all.

The final word comes from Bella...
Mixing champagne and die cutting can lead to drowsiness...!

49 comments:

kitty davies said...

Morning Christine and Family.I wish you all a very happy new year like you we have had a bittersweet year good bye 2013 hello 2014 take care Kitty

Mary by the Sea said...

Good morning Christine, as you say a definite good riddance to 2013 and welcome better times in 2014.

All the very best to you and your family for a happy healthy and peaceful New Year.

Take care, xx

baconbits said...

Morning Christine
Wishing you and your family a fantastic 2014
thanks for everything
Hugs
Amanda x

Rita said...

Goodbye to 2013 and Welcome in 2014. Not been the best of years, but it's my privilege to be here and hope it's a better one for you and your family Christine. Cheers. Hugs Rita xxx

Maid of Kent said...

Good morning Christine, thank you for all the inspiration and creativity you have given us, even when you were having a difficult time yourself. I for one love your blog. A very Happy New year to you and yours. Crafty hugs Ann x

marg said...

Hello Christine!
Well this year has been a b****r for you, and I too wish it to end.
It ends with storms, even though it was a glorious Summer, we certainly had to pay for it!
I wish you,Elliott,and Mitchell the most wonderful year!
Take care Christine, and not to much of the falling down water.lol
Love Marg

Janice said...

Good morning Christine
I too will be pleased to say goodbye to 2013 and hope the new year is better for many of us.
Looking forward to hearing your plans for next year, and definitely coming across the water for some classes! Thanks so much for all the inspiration you've shared with us, long may it continue!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year.
Janice x

LoraineC said...

I have every admiration for you Christine, even when you must have been at your absolute lowest, your blogs have always felt so positive. So keep the happy memories from 2013, tuck the bad ones away and look forward to 2014. Happy New Year to you, your lovely boys the gorgeous Bella and your family x

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine
I will raise my glass to you and your family too , to wish the New Year to be a good healthy one ....

Thank you for all your inspiration and help over the year ...

Cheers !!
Ooo and not forgetting Bella Woof Woof XX

Elaine H X

Elaine said...

Happy new year to you and the family. 2014 will be a better year for you. Looking forward to reading about your plans. Take care x

Anonymous said...

Morning Christine and family here's wishing you all the very best for 2014 hope you all have a great time. Sophy n Gran

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Lovely photos and card today.
Good bye 2013, I wish everyone a Happy and Healthy 2014.
Looking forward to what you have got planned. Take care. x.

Sandra Biggs said...

Hi Christine and Family. Have a glass of wine and say goodbye 2013 and hello 2014. All the very best.

Chris said...

Good morning Christine, Happy New Year to you, Elliott, Mitchell and Bella. Lets hope 2014 is the best year for Elliott, he is such a courageous young man and we could all learn a lot of lessons from him. You too are an amazing lady with everything you do for your family and also keeping us readers up to date on your lovely blog.
Much love to you all, and I will be raising a glass or two to you later. Happy 2014 to all your lovely followers too.
Love Chris

Anonymous said...

Health, happiness and a nice dash of wealth to you and yours for 2014. Happy new year
Phil D

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Felt very emotional this morning reading your blog, your family has had a horrid year, as Loraine said tuck those bad memories away and look forward to lots of happy ones for 2014.
Happy New Year to you the boys and not forgetting Bella, have a wonderful evening and kick 2013 into touch.
Lydia
X

Lacelady said...

Thank you for all your good wishes Christine, I too am glad to see the back of 2013, and looking forward to a better 2014.

I do hope that you have fewer worries this coming year, including good health for you and both your super boys

val jones said...

HI Christine. I think a lot of us will be glad when this year ends and hope for you and your family, Christine and for all fellow crafters out there a happy, healthy and peaceful 2014.
Love Val x

Wendy L said...

Happy New year to you all. xxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, What a lovely précis of some of the enjoyable parts of 2013. Let's put 2013 to bed and embrace the happiness and healthiness of 2014.
The piccie of Bella is so beautiful, her face is so expressive, and this says it all haha.
Here's wishing you and all your Family, a Happy and Healthy New Year. Enjoy your 'large' glass of something at midnight, I won't be able to stay up that long unfortunately haha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

mags said...

Wishing you and your lovely family a Happy New 2014.
Mags
x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Happy New Year Christine

hoping that this year will be a good one for us all

Sue xx

Stamping Bubbles said...

Wishing you and the boys a very Happy New year. I hope it treats you all more kindly than 2013. Keep smiling Christine, you are amazing!
Hugs
Lesley

Anonymous said...

Wishing you all the best for 2014. Take care. Claire

Supernan Sue said...

Hi Christine
I too will be raising the large glass to 2014, I am glad to see the back of 2013.
All the very best wishes to you and family for a Happy and Healthy New Year
Take care
Sue xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine. I wish you and all your family a happy and healthy new year. Lots of love to you all. Emma xxx

Cinders61 said...

Your positivity as a family has shone through in your blogs,Christine. We are all feeling privileged I am sure to be sharing part of your journey. I wish you and your boys a much better 2014 and look forward to reading your blog as your journey continues! Gillian x

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, I will join you in your toast later tonight for the end of 2013 and all the best that 2014 can bring to you and yours so,HERE'S TO A HEALTHY HAPPY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR,TO ALL.
To all your dreams that were put on hold may they come to fruition in this coming year.
X Ros

Laura O said...

best of luck to you all in the coming year ,here is hoping it is a better one for you all,Laura O

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. A card with butterflies on! It has to be one of yours :) when I see a butterfly it always make me think of you and smile. Love the pic of Bella, that little face says it all : ) Thank you for sharing your life, both personal and professional, in 2013. May 2014 bring all that you deserve for both you and your wonderful young men and parents, and of course Bella! Take care.

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Hope next year is better for you wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year, I just love the butterfly card so pretty, Happy New Year to all love Jean Z xx

Layerlass67 said...

Morning Christine, It's always good to remember the positives as well as the negatives.Like many of you though, we too have had serious illness in the family in 2013 so I agree, good riddance to 2013 and welcome 2014 which I hope will be a good one for you, your family and all your followers. Happy New Year to you all! GemmaC xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine,

I really hope the New Year is better for you. I wish you and your family a 2014 filled with happiness, good health and good fortune!

Many thanks for all your inspiration - both crafty & non-crafty - this year.

Nandita xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine

I'd like to thank you for all the inspiration you have given us over the last year. Even though you are going through rough times yourself. I'm hoping that 2014 will be much better for you that 2013 was. Wishing you all a very happy new year and to all your followers as well in blogland.

Carole said...

Wishing you and your family a much better year in 2014. Thank you for all your inspiration on your blog Christine, and not just the crafty kind! You inspire us to overcome life's obstacles with a smile! Love and good wishes to you all xx

hazel young said...

Lovely photo of Bella and recollection of some of the years positive events. Wishing you a great year for 2014, I too have had a difficult year so also glad to see that back of 2013. enjoy your night xx hazel

Ella's Design said...

Hi, Christine! 2013 has certainly been an eventful one for you, as you say, both bad and good! I hope that 2014 brings better times and look forward to seeing more of your wonderful inspiration! The very best of wishes for you and your family for the New Year - I too will be raising a glass to you all! Hugs, Lisa x

SusanP, Kent said...

Love the photos Christine. Wishing you and yours all good things for 2014. Happy New Year!
Sue

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine,here's to a happy, healthy and peaceful 2014 for you and your family. Thank you for sharing so much with us this past year,you are truly inspirational. Take care, love and hugs,
Maggie x

Mac Mable said...

Thank you so much for your inspiration on your blog throughout 2013 both from a personal point of view and a crafty point of view.
It's good to remember the good times too and here's to a healthy 2014 for your family.
Well done too on all your charity work and hope Bella recovers soon!!! Love and best wishes xx

Carole Z said...

Evening Christine, I love the photo of Bella!!! Thank you for all your inspiration through difficult times, sending you all love & hugs for a very happy 2014, you so deserve it, Carole Z xx

Sally said...

Hi Christine

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year, I really hope that 2014 is miles better then 2013.

I look forward to catching up with you very soon.

Take care, Sally xx

AnneRD said...

Wishing you, Elliott and Mitchell a very Happy New Year. Anne x

Rose in Chester said...

AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL,
CHRISTINE, ELLIOTT AND MITCHELL.

I REALLY admire ALL OF YOU, the way you all have coped with the stuff 2013 threw at you is tremendous. And I'm sure that your parents helped a lot as well, Christine - so to them too, a much happier year to come.

Thank you for your ideas and your blogs, they are a shining light of how to live life.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Hugs, Rose

Anonymous said...

Happy new year to you and your family, and fellow followers! I believe in the power of a smile and it's great to see that with everything that has been thrown at you in 2013, you have still managed to have some good times and achieved so much as well. Best wishes for 2014. JuliaTx

Maggie said...

It's January 1st now and so a Happy New Year to you and yours. We've travelled that particularly bumpy road with you in 2013 so also feel glad that it's over for you. All best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014. xxMargaretxx

Janice said...

Wishing you and all your family a happy and healthy 2014.

Looking forward to you getting back to normal and doing "crafting things".

Janice xx

Janice said...

Wishing you and all your family a happy and healthy 2014.

Looking forward to you getting back to normal and doing "crafting things".

Janice xx

Tilly Talksalot said...

Happy New Year Christine, Mitchell and Elliot. 2014 has GOT to be a better year! Lol! Seen in the New Year at Stirling Castle which was awesome, so a great start to 2014. I wish you Good health, Happiness and Good Fortune in 2014. Janette X

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