one more Christmas recap.

I'm a little slow on the post Christmas recovery.  I apologize.  I was so blessed with an amazing amount of business this last year that I am STILL catching up on orders that were placed before Christmas.  2012 will hopefully find me doing things a little differently and in a way that will not burn me out...we shall see.  The bottom line is that I am blown away by all God has done for me.  If we could sit down and share a coffee I would tell you all about's the kind of story that deserves that kind of intimacy.  But if you need some encouragement...please email me.  I would be happy to take some time to share a little with you. :)

But for right now....can you stand one more Christmas recap?  If for no other reason than when I publish my blog it will be included. :)
The first thing we did Christmas morning was light some candles and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus!  The boys love this tradition and it helps us to keep the focus first thing.  :)  
Moses was estatic with each and every you can tell from his reaction to a $1 coloring book. :) At one point during the day Uncle B asked him if he had a good Christmas and Moses replied "I will be thankful for what I got", with a smile on his face.  I will say, that with all the well thought out gifts the boys got...their favorite things?  $1 whoopie cushions. 
 We opened stockings and then tore into our traditional Christmas morning monkey bread.  Always a well received treat...Aaron kept telling every one "WE HAD DONUTS FOR BREAKFAST!!!". 
These two are the best.  I am thankful for really wonderful boys who are kind and are overall really good kids. :) It was a great Christmas.  But can I say?  I'm glad it's over.  It's so nice to see Doug more than 45 minutes in a day and it will be so great to go shopping without having to be a defensive shopper! :)  On to new things...
And this is something very new...something that I have been working on for some time and praying about for even longer.  My prints have done really well...I have been so blessed and I am so thankful for the boost in both my confidence and my business.  My plan is to, one at a time, "adopt" a family that is in the process of adopting a child, create a piece of art for them and give it to them to sell prints of to raise money for their adoption.  I haven't worked out all the details of it all yet but it is something I am praying for God to bless.  Just a little way to give back and show my thanks for the skill and blessings God has given to me.  Above is the very first in this series for a family I go to church with.  I'm not sure how I will go about finding the next family but I'm sure God does. :) 
Here's one of the pre-Christmas orders that I just finished's become so popular that I have made a "made to order" listing in my shop. :)
And Christmas is officially gone in our house.  I took down all the things from many walls in my house, filled in the holes and touched up the paint.  The results are a crisp, clean and fresh mantle.  Made complete with a fun pom-pom garland.

We are ready for the new year...for Aaron's 3rd birthday, for a trip to New Jersey, a trip to Florida and plans for a garden this spring...some fun things that will get us through the next few weeks of bleary, gray winter. :)

I'm also working with Blogher and Best Buy to review and giveaway some really FUN fitness products.  It's going to be FUN! :)

Is there something you would like to see me try, share or conquer in the craft and sewing world?  Let me know in the comments and I will see what I can do! :)

Happy day to you friends!  


Kimberly said...

What an awesome way to help a family. I love that idea & can only imagine the Lord is very pleased with it! Your boys are adorable & (having raised two sons myself) I know they are precious as well ... Happy New Year to you & your sweet family! :)

Matt and Jeanette said...

You are definitely an inspiration. You do so much good and try your hardest to give when so much has been given to you! You make me want to look outside of myself a little more and think of me a little less. Thank you for the time you spend on your blog...and of course on all the cutsie crafty items!

You had mentioned in your most recent blog you were working on adoption projects and were wondering how you would find the next family. Always, just a recommendation, if you think God needs you to help this family then great. If not, I won't feel bad towards you in the least!

This is their blog link. It will explain everything.

Trishna was adopted herself and her desire to adopt these two beautiful down syndrome babies/boys is just....amazing! We are lucky she and my cousin found each other what a blessing to have good people in our family!

I couldn't link up to your email otherwise I would have sent this through your inbox. Best to you this year!

Holly said...

It looks like you had an awesome Christmas! If we lived closer we would definately have coffee together! ;)

Julie said...

Hi Crystal! Glad you had such a wonderful Christmas!! I am so excited about your adoption fundraising idea! How wonderful! As an adoptive parent, I can tell you how truly kind and helpful your efforts will be to the families you will help! In fact, I LOVE your Africa print. We have two daughters from Ethiopia - I am so looking forward to hanging one of your prints in their room!! Happy New Year!!

Unknown said...

Best wishes to you in the New Year! Love reading your blog. : )

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

I love your "adopt a family" program... we adopted our 2 kids so it is near and dear to my heart! When you get it up and running please let me know so that I can give it some free PR on my blog! Also- let me know if you need my help in any other way! I really want to help you get this off the ground! :)

Anonymous said...

merry christmas to you and your family chrystal!! hope you have an amazing 2012! send some of your extra blessings my way... this was a gloomy year for us:(

Erin said...

Hi Crystal! As always, once I found your blog, I just love it. My husband and I are in the process of adopting. We would love to be "adopted" as well. Any bit helps with the whole financial piece! Please don't feel that you have to choose us (you don't even know us!) but I do love your idea. You have no idea how thoughtful your idea truly is. Also, I wanted to tell you that I just bought one of your Hoho's a few weeks ago as a lovey for our son/daughter. I've been collecting little things here and there so my baby (whenever he/she comes to us) will be surrounded by wonderful things and know that I loved him/her from the moment we knew adoption was for us.

Erin Castelvetre

Carrie said...

I pinned your Birthday Cake for Jesus on my Christmas Pinterest board. I want to remember that next year. Really warmed my heart to think of starting that tradition in my family to keep the focus. :)

The Andlers said...

I love the whatsoever hoop and I know my friend will love it too! Thanks so much for the hard work.

Erin said...

I just read your post about making prints for families going through the adoption process. I was touched by your generous heart. Please check out my wonderful friend's blog I can't help but think you'll be inspired!

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