Friday, December 24, 2010

For My Sweet Daughter 2010

This is my 100th Blog Post!
I cannot believe how quickly a year has gone. I started this blog on January 1, 2010 with this picture and have since posted many, many pictures of my little girl. I wanted to use this blog as a way to connect with others and to record the important moments of our lives together. Like this and this and who can forget this. 2010 has been a year of many changes for my little family and I am looking forward to 2011 being a year of growth, prosperity and knowledge.

To my dear sweet daughter,

I want to thank you for coming into our lives, 
your father and I are truly blessed to have you as our daughter. 
You are a very sweet and loving little girl always caring for your dolls 
and making sure we have an abundance of tea and cereal. 
You are always happy to sit with us and read a book or have a tea party.

The first several months after you were born were very tough 
because you were colic and I never quite knew what to do. 
I am amazed what a difference a few months have made in you. 

You are a wonderful napper and you sleep the night unless you are sick or in pain. 

You fall asleep talking and you wake talking. 

Every morning we are greeted by open arms and a huge smile.

I wanted to write this letter because time seems to move so quickly 
 it is easy to forget things. So many things have happened in 2010. 

You started the year at 6 months old barely rolling over. 
Within no time at all you were crawling, pulling up, standing,
walking, running, hopping, marching and twirling.

Your baby coos and calls that turned into mommy and daddy 
have now evolved into full sentences and it seems a new one appears every day.
My favorite being "my daddy, where did he go?" complete with the 
shoulder shrug and hands out to the side. 
Your new favorite is puppy. 

Your first food was bananas and the list of favorite foods have evolved over the year. 
You like carrots, broccoli, chicken and anything covered in tomato sauce. 
You have just discovered Junior Mints and it was love at first bite!

You love to give hugs and kisses and you blow a kiss and wave goodnight 
every night before you go to sleep. 

You are a very smart little girl and also a little bit stubborn! 
You love your shape sorter but get very frustrated when you can't get the blocks to fit 
into the holes you think they belong in. 
I can already see us working on your homework together in a few years 
with you getting frustrated, saying you can't do it and storming off 
only to return finish the whole thing and get an A+.

I am really looking forward to next year I think we are in for a lot of changes, 
a lot of fun and a lot of memories! 
I am truly blessed to be your mother, you have given me more than you will ever know. 
I Love You Stinker, 

I have had a fun blog year but I am so excited for what is to come with my businesses, my blog and especially my family.
I want to thank you, my readers for being with me along this journey and say hello and welcome to my new followers.
In the spirit of giving I would like to do a giveaway. I have been very blessed to be a winner in several blog contests this year and so I would like to give a gift to a few of my readers.
My husband, a carpenter, and I are a great team. I tell him what to make and he does. So I sent him to work a few weeks ago with a prototype for a wood jewelry easel and got back well, almost what I was thinking of, after a few revisions we had the finished product. This is what usually happens so he is used to it. I went to work decoupaging the easel with pages from a vintage dictionary. I think this would be very nice at a craft fair, retail display (which is how I am using it), or on a dresser to display a favorite necklace. I haven't seen anything else like these out there so please don't copy.

I am going to be giving away 2 of these easels (each one is different) to 2 lucky readers,
I am also giving away the Three Leaf Necklace to 1 lucky reader!

If you have made it this far in the post here's how to enter:
1). Leave a comment below including your e-mail address.
If you would like to become a follower that would be awesome but not required to win.

That's all you have to do to enter but wait there's more, if you would like an extra entry
or 3 do the following:
2). Share the giveaway on your blog
3). Share the giveaway on Twitter
4). Share the giveaway on your Facebook page

For the additional entries you must leave a link to your blog, tweet or facebook page in a separate comment for it to count.

I wanted to pick the winners on January 6th because it is Little Christmas/Epiphany but I will be at the salon late SO I will randomly pick the winners on January 7, 2011 and they will be notified by e-mail and here on my blog. If the winners do not  contact me within 1 week I will choose another name.

Happy Holidays and a blessed and Happy New Year to you and your family!



Marsha Neal Studio (Marsha's Garden Blog, Marsha Minutella) said...

What a great letter to your daughter… It is amazing what happens between 2 and 3 years old! So far, my favorite time with my little Chloe (just turned 3). But I so look forward to what is to come!

Great displays too - I really like the vintage look! Keep up the good work…

Lucid Moon Studio said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I love the displays and necklace. I made earrings just using the leaf charms. I have them in silver, brass and copper! Thanks for the giveaway!!


Round Rabbit said...

I LOVE the necklace display! Count me in! :)

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

I think the easels you made are beautiful! What a great giveaway! Will post the link on our facebook page and Twitter!
Sincerely, Erin
Elysian Studios

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Congrats on your 100th post - fantastic. I love the idea of your display, sweet. Please count me in!

Daffydill's Days said...

I love the necklace and of course the fact that there's a give away!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! It is something your daughter will cherish in years to come
..and it is something YOU will cherish also! How quickly they
Grow up and we forget those little things they did that amused us so much.
My kids are grown now and I get to experience it all again... As a Grandma!
It's even better this time around.. Not the same responsibiltys etc.
Thanks for the giveaway.. I think your jewelry is cool! Happy new year!

Artisan Clay said...

Oh those little girls! Sugar and spice :-) congrats on your 100th post and your blog. I would love a chance to win one of your wonderful prizes

Anonymous said...

Great necklace and love the letter to Emily!


indigo heart said...

love a chance to win one of your gorgeous pieces of work! what a beautiful letter to your daughter. they are such blessings.


Colette said...

Shannon ~ I LOVE the letter to Emily! She will cherish that! I so wish we lived closer so our girls could play. They both have that little spunk that makes you laugh and drives you crazy at the same time! The easel is so original - a great idea. BTW, Isabelle loves her necklace and bracelet. She can't wait to wear them at church this week.

Mellisa said...

Lovely all around! What a wonderful giveaway as well :)

Anonymous said...

Love the necklace Shannon
Reminds me of the 70s


gunsnroses4mee said...

what a pretty necklace.......i luv it!!

Marie Cramp said...

I love the easel! You should consider selling them! I think you would do well with them :) I will go tweet, so I will be back with another comment!! Happy New Year!!

Marie Cramp said...

Ok, here you go...!/skyejewels that is my twitter addy :)

Marie Cramp said...

And here is my Facebook Profile!!!/skyejewels

Hope I win!! I would Love a new Necklace stand!!

Cherrie Fick of La Lumie're said...

I love the letter to your daughter. Kids are amazing. The necklace is very cool and the so are the easels. I would love to win.

Kristen said...

I am sorry it took me so long to comment but I wanted to read your letter to your daughter without interuption (and as you know it's hard to do that with little ones) I loved your letter and feel the same about my kids as you do! Each day is a new adventure and wonderful journey. You are a lucky mom but your daughter is lucky too to have a mom like you! Give her tons of kisses!


Jill Clark said...

Beautiful letter to your daughter! Beautiful necklace too! I'm in!

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Shannon, what a wonderful giveaway! Its a great time to do it. Thank you for swinging by and letting me know about yours. Your daughter is too cute for words, lovely poem, she will love it one day. Take care, and make 2011 a wonderful year. Hugs, Riki

Judy said...

Your letter to your daughter was so touching, it brought me back to when my son was little. Those days are precious! Room Remix is one of my favorite blogs, I can't wait to see your finished project, and the idea of the stamped spoons is perfect! I LOVE the easels! Pick me, pick me!

Judy said...

I posted on Facebook

Judy said...

Twitter post!/JudithBDesigns

Cinnamon*Sticks Boutique said...

Beautiful Necklace, and LOVE the easels!!

Many blessings!

Cindy said...

Shannon, your letter is beautiful and one that will surely be treasured years from now.
Thank you for entering me in your give away!

athena said...

Ok. Seriously? I mean f'real? I love this necklace.

Love. Love. LOVE it.

I never win things,
but I always try.


Dixon Family said...

Congrats on your 100th post! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Dixon Family said...


Sarabeth said...

what a heart warming letter to your daughter-i know when she reads this later on in life she will treasure it :)

what a brilliant stand and congrats on your 100th post again! good luck to all the entries and happy new year!

i've tweeted ya: @sarabethburke

stacilouise said...

What a beautiful ode to your daughter! I would love to enter to win a custom display. My husband is also a carpenter, and I have many times had him making things for my displays. I am sure he loves it;)

Adventures with Millie Making Jewelry said...

What a talented family and precious little daughter! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I would love to win one of these cool jewelry easels... Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me to win the necklace!
Teresa Brinkman

Anonymous said...

I shared on FB.

Christine said...


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful letter to your daughter! You are so talented the easels!

Leslie said...

I finally made it on. I would love to win your beautiful necklace Shannon. Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

Posted to FB:!/danielle.barrett

Anonymous said...

Enter me to win!

Anonymous said...

Enter me to win!