09 January 2014

Back... at last!

Hi there !

It feels good to sit here typing up this post... after 2 months of absence in the craft room and in blog land!
We moved into a new home, or villa as it's called here. I enjoyed the whole process of getting settled. Cleaned up. Purged. Ready for a new start!

I guess it's not too late to wish everyone reading here a very prosperous new year! Thanks also for waiting patiently for me to return. I really appreciate YOU!

I always find it so difficult to find a spark of creativity after a time of  'non creating' . Real life exercises more of the left brain... leaving the right creative side unfit. I really feel creatively unfit!
So I started with something different. No card today...

I decorated a jar to be used as a gratitude jar. The idea is to write notes of things you are thankful for throughout the year and open the jar on the last day of the year, to remind you of all the ways God blessed you through the year.

Thanks for looking!

Wishing you a great day and a year with lots to be thankful for!


Charlotte said...

I think this 'blessing jar' is a really nice idea! And nicely decorated off course!

Lynn said...

Hannalie, so glad you are all moved into your new home and hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year. Your gratitude jar is beautiful.

Anita Wessels said...

What a great idea! Love it! We really missed you, welcome back!

KT Fit Kitty said...

So good to have you back! I have missed seeing your projects! This set is beautiful! What a wonderful idea - I love the idea of a gratitude jar. I make gratitude a part of every day. I may have to do something like this - thank you!

Jackie said...

Welcome back Hannelie! It's nice to take a break from blogging now and then. That's what I did too. I find that working on other kinds of craft projects is really refreshing. I'm creating art journal now and it's really been an inspiration to me to think outside of the CAS card box.

I think your gratitude jar is a wonderful idea and the decoration is so sweet! What a great way to remind ourselves of the many things we can be thankful for.


Sue said...

Happy New Year Hannelie, it's good to see you back.
I love your gratitude jar and pretty note book, a really lovely idea.
hugs Sue xx

Olga Bester said...

Welkom terug. Dit is 'n baie oulike idee en mal oor die ontwerp!
Liefde uit Afrika!

ursula Uphof said...

Great to see you back. Wishing you a wonderful year in your new home. A lovely project. Hugs Ursula.

Bobby said...

Welcome back. I have missed your glorious creations. I love the idea of a gratitude jar.

chrissy xx said...

Happy New Year Hannelie..Sending warm wishes, Good to see you back here again in blogland..
LOve your gratitude jar and such a pretty note book too.

chrissy xx said...

Happy New Year Hannelie..Sending warm wishes, Good to see you back here again in blogland..
LOve your gratitude jar and such a pretty note book too.

Yvette said...

Welcome back Hannelie and I wish you a happy and creative new year!
The jar is a great idea!

Anita in France said...

Welcome back, Hannelie ... it's so lovely to see you here again! I adore your gratitude jar ... what a simply lovely idea to have a reminder of all the ways He has blessed us during the year! Wishing you joy, good health and many blessings in 2014 and beyond, my friend! Anita :)

Lisa Kind said...

Glad to have you back!

Judith said...

Happy New Year to you too, Hannelie!
Welcome back in blogland.
The jar is a great idea, thank you for the inspiration.

Happy Dance said...

Hey You!!!!!!!!! So glad you're back in your craft room, and as for your mojo...still here and going strong. This set is lovely, and that it's a "thankful" jar is just brilliant. Counting your blessings; something I might have to make for DH! Can't wait to see what's next on your agenda. So happy to 'see' you. Bev

Shelly said...

It's great to have you back online. The gratitude set you made is beautiful. I love your idea for the gratitude jar.

M@rjan said...

Best wishes for you too, Hannelie and happy times in your new home! Nice to see you are back in the craftroom, although I recognize the feeling of being non creative after doing other things. Ik will come back to you, I'm sure. Your gratitude set is a beautiful combo!

Marjorie said...

Welcome back Hannelie:) Moving can be very stressful, so hope you are now relaxed and ready to face the new year:).. I also haven't been around for a while and understand perfectly where you are coming from with the creativity laps lol!! Your first project is beautiful, and what a wonderful idea.. it looks bright and cheery... just what we need lol!!
Wishing you and your family a very happy, and peaceful 'New Year'..
Big Hugs,
Marjorie xx

Desire Fourie said...

An awesome idea Hannelie.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

wienerhoneymooners said...

Amazing Hannelie!!! So glad you are being "refreshed" and purging in the new year!

Creativity comes in all shapes, all ways. Slow and steady is lovely too -just like the blessing jar!!!

Happy and healthy New Year to you!

Sharon said...

Happy New Year to you too Hannelie. I think this is an awesome idea. Sometimes we focus too much on 'what went wrong during the year', instead of 'what went right'. I am sure the RIGHT will far outweigh the wrong! Enjoy your new home. x

Petra Swart said...

Oeee, dis so 'n briljante idee, vrou ...jou fles is pragtig!!! Ek glo dat julle in jul nuwe tuiste hierdie fles tot oorlopens toe vol gaan maak en dat julle aan die einde van die jaar sal kan se dat hierdie jaar een van julle bestes nog was!!!! Dis wel al Feb, maar nog nie te laat om jou 'n geseende jaar toe te wens nie!!! Alles wat mooi is!!