Sunday, 3 January 2010

A lovely start to 2010

Can you believe we're into 2010 already!?

Did you have a good Christmas? I hope you got lots of presents that you wanted/liked and had a joyous time with your family or friends! How about New Year? Did you celebrate with parties and fireworks or had a quiet night in?

I like the idea of staying up to see the new year in, but I inevitably get tired trying to stay awake and am really far better off sleeping! This year was no different. We dined with friends but retired about 10.30pm and although briefly awoken by firecrackers going off when I assume it was midnight, I dozed straight back off. Still haven't made any resolutions either. Have you?

Of course, my girls' (twins) birthday is New Year's Day and it would be a bit rude to party the night before and not on their birthday. Well, that sounds reasonable at any rate! So, this year, they had a small party hosted by our ex-neighbours who now live on the coast. There were two other little girls who they have known since birth (plus all the boofy brothers LOL). One of the mums bought them all big glittery flower hair clips and I love this pic of them line up waiting to get to the food ... a veritable garden of flowers!!

The best news of all for the past week is that we've had rain, and not just a token sprinkling. But good, decent, soaking rain that went for days! Brown paddocks are already looking green, dams are almost full and the lawn that we had been desperately trying to water to bring back to life a couple of weeks ago is so long that it will be a job and a half to mow it! Our tally for the year's rain is still far below average for 2009, but we've had a nice start to 2010 - let's hope it continues throughout the year! From a farmer/grazier's point of view, it would be so nice to have a good year!! Here is a pic I just snapped from our verandah of our nearest dam... it's almost full :)

For today's pic (top) I don't usually make these, but a client requested some hair vines for her upcoming wedding. Made with swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and gold plated leaves, I still have a couple of matching hairpins to finish before sending these to her - but she is thrilled with them so far. Someone else who is stepping sideways slightly from traditional jewellery making is Dana who makes gem trees. She has a great pic of a partially made gem tree on her blog. I love seeing the things we get drawn in to - is it by accident or design!?

I hope you're all either still enjoying holidays or recovering well from the partying! Till next :)



BushBelles said...

Love the pic of girls. Gorgeous

Country Mum said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by and look forward to reading more of your posts

Veronica Lee said...

Love the pic of the girls. The hair piece is beautiful.

Here's withing you a new year of wondrous possibilities!!

Natural Aroma Handmade Soaps said...

The rain has been a great way to bring in the New Year, we got it in Mackay too and needed it so badly. It's not often you see Mackay dry:)have a wonderful New Year!

Mandee said...

Oh that pic of the girls is gorgeous! I love the innocent, unposed pics! So glad you had a good New Years and got some RAIN! :)

Lovely hair pin as well! :)

Jackie said...

Thanks for stopping by! It's been awhile for me - I, like you, was asleep well before midnight on new years eve - lol! I had intentions of staying up, but around 11pm I said to my husband - watching a ball drop isn't really that big of deal - it happens every year. He laughed, agreed, and then we headed to bed. Maybe next year I'll make it to midnight :) What a great way to ring in the new year btw - w/ your daughters' birthday!!!!! Happy Birthday!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

Happy Birthday to your girls. All the girls look cute with their bows on.

Happy New Year!

Pretty Things said...

Zack's birthday is the 10th!

I love the pictures of the girls, and the hair vines are beautiful!

ChezChani said...

Well maybe you should start making more because those hair vines are lovely!

Happy New Year and I too was asleep when midnight hit. I'm hoping to sleep through my birthday this year too.

Neo said...

The topmost image of pearl item is extremely nice.
Wishing you a late Happy 2010.


Anonymous said...

omg those are the cutest!

i love them!


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