What a great holiday season it was, but I sure am happy and relieved that it’s now January and things are getting back to normal.

We spent Christmas in Houston for a week.  We had a pretty good trip this year and had a blast with our 6 year old nephew and the rest of the inlaws.  Of course the trip to Houston wouldn’t be complete without a trip to ikea for a stack of fabric. 

This year I am particularly grateful for family and everything that makes us so lucky.  I tend to be such a worrier – about everything really!  I’m constantly thinking about everything that could go wrong at any given time – and that’s something I’m going to work on with the new year.  Rather than worrying, I’m going to be grateful for what is going right, and just try to enjoy things one day at a time, rather than obsessing about things I cannot change.

And speaking of grateful, I got some lovely gifts this year.  First and foremost, I got the JCrew Juliet shoes that I’ve been hinting at the husband about with not so subtle emails to ebay auctions.

I also got a stash of books that should keep me entertained and inspired. 

And then a some other lovelies that I had on my (mostly monochromatic) wishlist..

Oh – and a gift from our 6 year old nephew, a pair of little frogs.. it made for an interesting 8 hour drive home, but the little guys made it home to Tulsa safely and are now living in our kitchen. 

I have some pretty exciting plans for 2011 that I look forward to unveiling right here on my blog.

First up, I’m going to be creating one new tea towel/pillow design each month during 2011!  I have ideas sketched out for the first few months and will be working away at them on my time off from school (3 more weeks!).  I also plan to create more fine art pieces this year.  Last January I pretty much lost all focus and didn’t get it back until August-ish.  I’m hoping to not repeat my mini-breakdown again this spring and instead be productive and thankful.  Not anxious and sad.  Here’s to that!

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