Tuesday, 6 January 2009

The Gingerbread house...

Happy New year and may I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for 2009 and may it be filled with lots of love,  peace, health, happiness and of course creativity...So the New Years Resolutions are still just jotted down notes in my journal and will soon be an actual list.  I checked up on last years resolutions and I had a success rate of about 75%.  If I may say so myself I thought I did pretty well.  Some will be carried forward, some are no longer appropriate for me anymore and some... well... just unrealistic.  
Two years ago one of my resolutions was to start my Suzie Sews blog and maintain it for a year, so on to year three and here I still am, still wittering, still taking pictures of everything and still sewing and knitting up a storm.  I however do not feel still, no life moves and changes, it shifts in all sorts of directions and the ability to move and grow with it are an ever demanding part of life.  Each day that passes I am grateful for so much, I love the things that life teaches me and I love the creativity of my spirit.  I draw inspiration and strength from my ability to use my hands creatively.
So dare we imagine what the New Year holds for us all.  One of the things I believe in is to enjoy the moment.  Motherhood has taught me to slow down, stop the rushing and just open my eyes and see the beauty around me and take joy in the simple pleasures that surround me on a day to day basis.
Its fabulous when we make an effort and we do something out of the ordinary, but what about the ordinary, why should it be so dull?  If you promise yourself one thing this New Year, try and see the goodness in your everyday life.  The sun coming up in the morning, the first show of spring, the delicious food you eat, a successful sewing project...  a smile from a stranger... the list is endless... one of those special moments for me was the last day of the holidays...
The children and I had been invited to a friends for dinner, our kitchen cupboards needed to be restocked after the holiday period so we had no food to take... after a rummage through the kitchen I remembered that we had not done the Gingerbread House... so two excited children and I have to admit.. me too... got sticky and messy and spent a very happy couple of hours putting together our master piece of a house to take along with us as a Hostess Gift... the best part... watching four giddy children smash it to pieces at the end of their meal and eat it all up...


So after a rather sparse time on the making front, I feel inspired, the sewing room is all tidy (with a gorgeous new cupboard to store my fabric in) and ready to spring into action and that is the place I am going to right now...  Wishing you all the very best for the 2009...

18 comments:

Sarah said...

Happy New Year Suzie :o)

Jane said...

The gingerbread house looks wonderful. Happy New Year Suzie. Jane x

driftwood said...

happy new year Suzie, I hope it brings you lots of joy and simple pleasures.

Kitty said...

I couldn't agree more on the question of enjoying simple, ordinary pleasures.

Your post has reminded me that we have a gingerbread house kit in the cupboard!

x

monkee maker said...

Happy New Year to everyone in the Suzie Sews household!

Here's to another year of fabulous crafting and photo taking!!

:)

MelMel said...

Thank you so much....thats really very kind of you.....I'll be back to have another read of your blog...xxx

julia said...

Happy new year Suzie, hope it's a good one for you. I agree with you so much about children making you slow down and helping you to appreciate all the little things in life, one of their many benefits. That and being able to buy White Co. pj's for them - you caught me out!! Well, there had to be some benefits to balance the sheer boredonm of standing in a doorway saying hello to everyone!
Julia xx

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

The gingerbread house looks, or should that be "looked", great!

You are right about us needing to recognise the beauty in the simple things - thank you for the reminder - it's something we should all do.

Lucy x

periwinkle said...

happy new year Suzie - looking forward to seeing/reading what this year brings for you and yours
lisa x

Lin said...

Lovely gingerbread house ... remind me to make one next year! I hope all the best things come to you all there in the Suzie house this year! x

PrincessPea said...

One of the things I love about reading blogs is that every now and again I come across a post that truly resonates with me across the ether, that moves me or makes me laugh or cry.

I love what you wrote here about creativity. I've always been a creative person, but it's only relatively recently that I have acknowledged to myself how vital it is for me to have time to dream, be inspired and create. Thanks for putting it so well.

mellyandrosie said...

Very cute house!! I didn't make one this year but was lucky enough to get one from my husbands aunt - I do LOVE a gingerbread house! You are right about enjoying the every day, it is so hard for us in this day and age when we are always questing for something more and something better but the everyday can teach us so much if we can stop and listen and watch! Happy new year to you =] Enjoy crafting up a storm.

Moogsmum said...

Happy New Year Suzie!!

Your gingerbread house is gorgeous and such lovely photos of the work in progress :-)

xxx

Gina said...

What a sweet project! Your thoughts on the new year are inspirational : ) Can't wait to see what you do next.

Caroline said...

so glad you decided not to limit your blog to one year only!
love
caroline
xx

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Suzi!

Happy New Year to you too! Wishing you and your family nothing but the very best in 2009! What a yummy looking gingerbread house! I just know the children had a wonderful time building it! You and your family enjoy a lovely weekend!

Smiles...

Beverly

louise said...

Here's to more fun times with your family. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. x

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