Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WOYWW #396, 500th Blog Post

Welcome to Wednesday and the first WOYWW of 2017 and the 396th since Julia started the process...What is WOYWW? Go check it out on Julia's blog Stamping Ground and she will fill you in on all the details.

We just got back from another week in California visiting with Heather and her husband Michael for the Christmas holidays so I really haven't had much time to be creative...not only that I just haven't felt much like creating anything dealing with a cough and sinusitis.  Heather and Michael were both sick with a good old head cold so I am not surprised we caught it.  Check out my previous post regarding the trip.  

So my desk this week...                                  
 I have been doing some rearranging and cleaning up but you can't tell it today!  I decided that having all the bling on the roundy round thing in the upper right was too much so I moved it all to the one on the back wall and put the flowers in the drawers.  I have a lot of storage and need to maximize its use.  I seem to lose things and can't find stuff half the time and I am tired of it.  I have some more ideas that I am going to do soon and will be getting rid of more stuff!

Speaking of which...the counter on my blog post page just informed me that this is my 500th post since I started the blog.  I think that is reason to celebrate.  I think I am going to have some kind of giveaway but haven't decided what since I was just informed of the momentous occasion!  Stay tuned I will figure something out by next week!

I posted pictures on the previous post showing some cards I made last month.  I am going to start my art journaling again this week and probably some more cards for a swap I participate in.  Did I show you the little easels I made for the 12 Days of Christmas swap?  Would you like to see what I received?  It is an awesome lot of loot!  
My basket of gifts for the 12 Days of Christmas
Day 1 Tea, and mug mat

Day 2 poinsettia ornament and tag with clothes pin

Day 3  Snow globe 

Day 4 Beaded necklace

Day 5 Felt ornament
Day 6 Christmas Canvas

Day 7 easels for your phone or whatever that I made!
Day 8 all sorts of fun stuff.  love this necklace 
Day 9 apron

Day 10 Journal
Day 11 ornaments...I tried multiple times to get this rotated!
Day 12 a cloth journal
I think I made out very well on the 12 Days of Christmas gifts.  I had a lot of fun doing this swap!
I am glad the holidays are over though and I look forward to quieter times.  Won't go into politics right now but lots of changes are on the way and we might ought to rest up now.  Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year to you too, looks like you've been on a creative roll with your feast of projects shared today - love the little snowglobe/milk bottle

    Happy WOYWW


  2. WOW great 12 days of Christmas gifts. Happy WOYWW and Happy New Year - BJ#13

  3. Hi Vicki..I think we are going to have fun with the 2017 Tamara Life Book class. Kev gave me this class for Christmas. It's hard when you're my age- you just don't need that much, BUT a course lasts a whole year YAY!! Isn't Retirement GREAT!!

  4. Hi Vicki..I think we are going to have fun with the 2017 Tamara Life Book class. Kev gave me this class for Christmas. It's hard when you're my age- you just don't need that much, BUT a course lasts a whole year YAY!! Isn't Retirement GREAT!!

  5. What a fab lot of gifts you received....there's a lot of talent out there isn't there?
    Happy New Year with lots of fun and friendship.
    Annie x #17

  6. A real treat for the eyes showing us all that crafty goodness - you certainly did well with that swap.
    Hugs, Neet 5 - Happy New Year and thanks for the visit earlier xx

  7. Happy New Year Vickie- your 12 days of Christmas gifts are brilliant! Anne #21

  8. Hi Vickie, wow, what a lot of goodies! No, we don't do reenactments, we did think about it at one time, but can't see it happening any time soon. If it was the lower right picture on my new header that made you think that, that was actually our Wedding! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #3 xxx

    1. It was that picture and I remember seeing the blog posts about the preparation and the wedding now that you shocked my memory into thinking! I do Medieval reenactment and love it. I belong to the SCA (society for a creative anachronism) My persona is late 15th Century Irish/Welsh woman. My name at games is Mevawny inghean Ui Ruairc!

  9. Happy New Year, Vickie. What lovely gifts. Some beautiful surprises there.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #4

  10. Love your 12 days of Christmas Gifties - I used to do this for year, but stopped a couple of years ago - I miss it! Lots of my tree has lots of homemade ornaments on it! Happy New Year! Lindart #37

  11. Congratulations on 500 posts.. wow.. I am only just on 3!!
    I am loving your art... stunning!
    Happy New Year :)
    Erika #27

  12. So many great gifts. You are a lucky girl!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #8

  13. Happy New Year! Congrats on the 500 posts! And I love all the 12 Days swap gifts, what a great idea. Seems we're all on an organizing bent to start the year. I wish I had a crafty husband to build shelves. Going up is my only option! LOL!
    Have a great week
    -K #45

  14. good evening (now!) and Happy New Year and WOYWW.. your gifts look amazing, what a great idea for a swap. Hope you're recovering from your cold now. Helen #2

  15. Happy New Year and Lots going on those where some really kewl 12 day swaps very nice gifts.
    There are tons of groups for pocket letters you can join a group and just say looking for a swap buddy I have one ready and do a random one so easier that way
    hugs Nikki 7

  16. Gosh! so much going on here and what a busy desk. Happy New Year and happy woyww, Angela x 18

  17. The Christmas swap looks awesome - but it must have been hard work and a big commitment! Hope your cold goes soon - nasty things those colds! Happy 2017! Thanks for visiting earlier! zsuzsa #24

  18. I'm so glad you had a great time with the family - shame about the colds but I guess it was inevitable really! That 12 days of christmas swap is a great idea, what fabulous things were in that basket!
    Happy New Year!
    Hugs, LLJ 15 xxx

  19. Happy New Year! Your desk looks so full of cool stuff! Your swap sounds good fun and the swaps are all wonderful. Congratulations on 500 blog posts - that's awesome! I hope you feel better now! Take care. xxx

  20. Happy New Year! Thanks for visiting my WOYWW post!

    Looks like you did get a bunch of FUN goodies for the 12 days!!

  21. That sounds like a really fun swap, and you got some cool stuff too. I guess head-colds and sinus infections are all over the country... I'm just starting to feel better. Happy New year!

  22. Congratulations on 500 posts, Vickie! What a lovely post to celebrate, with all the great gifts and a nice busy desk to start the new year. Sorry to hear you've not been well - we could do without that!! People are going down with awful viral infections here too and it's laying people low.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017 and happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #22

  23. Oops - meant to say, thank you for your visit and your lovely comment - yes, our friends loved their little album! I'm really foggy today having a bad M.E. day and feeling wiped out so have rested on the recliner all day.


  24. Congrats on your 500th post, I'm getting up near that many too, 489 last one, it squite midnblowing isn't it? Mm organisation really is tricky!!!

    Your twelve days of Christmas was quite amazing!! Such a variation, well done indeed. I'm guessing they all came from different people. Other wise one person was very clever.
    Thanks for popping over too. There isn't time enough for everything so I'm running bit late.
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  25. Wow! that is a humdinger of a desk with a lot going on!! Good luck with organising your storage, it's frustrating when you can't find stuff, I know the feeling!! What a lot of lovely goodies you have there - gotta love happy mail :o) Annie C #32

  26. Woo Hoo! congrats on 500 posts! I enjoy your posts because they have pretty pictures and "meat" to them too! Always great content from your travels, art, gardening etc.
    Your swaps were amazing.Everyone is very generous and creative!! I also loved what you made and sent out.I am super inspired to set up my area since I gave up my room and use some of your organizing ideas.
    Hope we can catch up in real life soon.

  27. Happy 500! And happy organizing! Organizing is one of those things that is dynamic as you have to switch it up from time to time. Bling might be the in thing and need to be at your fingertips now but a few months from now it might be buttons. I don't know about you but I seem to have too much of everything so what I have doesn't want to fit in the containers and bins I have for it. Time to cut back some I think. Your 12 days of Christmas swap looked like so much fun!!! Thanks for the visit last week! Sorry it took me so long to get 'round your way. PJ


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