But- the paradox is- this year- as I focused on really making sure the magic of the season came alive in our home- I found myself doing a little less- and all of us enjoying it a little more. Instead of bringing down all 6 boxes of decorations and filling every corner with Christmas nick-knacks- I only brought down 2 boxes. Instead of putting all the decorations on the tree and 6 strands of lights- I only put my most favorite on- and put 3 strands of jumbo lights. And call me a hum bug- but I really dread putting lights up outside- and then taking them down just a few weeks later. So, instead, we put some live evergreens in a planter and a pretty wreath on the door and called it done. I think my best trick this year was replacing endless trips to the mall with late nights with a nice cuppa tea online shopping. And unless they read this post- I know for a fact that the boys haven't noticed a thing being different. Except maybe that Mom is a little less harried this year.
Now, this time of year its no secret I get a little mushy and can't help telling friends and family how much they mean to me. So of course, I had to take a moment out and tell you all how very much your comments, emails and support has meant to me this past year. I love seeing your #joycreated in my shoppe gallery and on my social media feeds! ForeverJoy has grown to a wonderful point- and I have a drawing board full of designs and plans I can't wait to share with you all next year! There will be more tutorials and challenges - and we will be starting a Guest Creative team as well. Lot's of good stuff coming up- and though I will be taking a few days off- we will open the New Year with a new design I am truly in love with lots of fun at the Lilypad including Month of Challenges that I wholeheartedly invite you to play along with!
So let's wind down this year by having you come over my cozy place in NYC for a little visit and a shared cuppa something warm and tasty!....
This is the place where all good things happen! Morning cups of coffee are born here- breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinners, cocktails, desserts and more snack all come from this little piece of real estate! I am a big foodie- and love to cook- so this is my happy place for sure. The window looks out onto our yard where I can watch the little guy playing- and will soon be filled with paper whites. I plant them after Christmas through February to keep the winter doldrums at bay. So- now that we are here- what can I get you? A cup of coffee? Some tea? Some sweets? Whatever it is- let me say this first- from the bottom of me heart- thank you for your support! It never fails to feel awesome when I see ForeverJoy designs used in your memory keeping! I wish you all the very best for the Holidays- joys big and small and a very wonderful New Year!
PS: Finally, I wanted to share a little promo code with you in case there were some ForeverJoy goodies you'd like to put under your own digi tree! Use promo code FJSECRETSANTA4U and you'll enjoy $2.50 off your ForeverJoy purchase of $10 or more- including designs on sale- today the Christmas Eve!You can click thru to the shoppe HERE