Sunday, January 2, 2011

Its A Brand New Year ~ What Will You Be Doing?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. For the first time is many years we had family in town and we had so much fun. Christmas really is about family and friends. I know we will have alot of fun memories.

2010 was a year of transition for me. I had been unemployed for 9 months and started my job this year. It was an adjustment going through a long training and learning a new job with many different resposibilities. I am so thankful to have my job and work for such a great company. I also created a new studio and work area that is now completed and I am ready to start creating again.
I usually am not one for alot of New Years Resolutions because the fast become New Years Disalutions. lol But this year I will be making alot of changes, all good, but still scarey. Even good changes can be stressful. First, starting in February my job will be changing and I will be moving to another department along with my 18 co-workers. After going through training for a month last May I am not really looking forward to another month of training, but I must and do so with an optimistic attitude. When training is over I am planning to have hip surgery. My condition has been inoperable but technology has caught up and it looks very good for me. Its not a normal hip replacement, there will be some re-construction involved and the Dr hopes to lengthen my leg as well. I am not going to lie,,,this scares the hell out of me, BUT its time and I am going into this ready. I am looking forward to my physical therapy and plan to take advantage of every minute of it. I want to get into a workout routine that I will do from here on out.
As far as my business goes, I am making some changes. I have so little free time and want to use it doing what I love. That is creating. I have been focusing on how to be a successful business and not being the artist. I have been wanting to get back into doing my mohair teddy bears and art dolls. I will be doing some home dec things I have been wanting to create for awhile now. I am not sure how much time I will devote to social media, news letters and marketing. I just want to create, focus on my blog, website and Little Pink Boutique at Make Mine Pink.

So, its a big goal list for 2011. I have been getting ready for these changes and I am ready to start this new year. What do you have planned for a fresh new year? I hope its something new, fresh and something you have always dreamed of.

I wanted to share the work of my friend Del Gonzales. He is an amazing artist. His talent has no limits. I commissioned this portrait of my Son in Laws dog named Kid. Kid is 14 and very special to our family. His health is not what it used to be and I knew this would be the perfect Christmas gift. He loved it so much. Del captured every bit of Kid:) Let me know if you would ever like to contact Del for a portrait. As for me, I have not been able to get much done over the last couple months but I did get this bracelet and earrings made for my Sister in Laws birthday. Have a great week, its a new beginning, make it great:)


Donetta said...

Happy New year, love that portrait! The reconstruction of your hip sounds very promising thought challenging. It is just amazing the new technology now.
pretty little set, love the pattern and colors

Mary Patterson said...

That portrait is something!
We don't know each other very well yet, but I am certain that surgery will be just what you need. Yes, it will be a process, but well worth it!
Your items are SO pretty. If you need jewelry supplies, I have TONS I will happily sell to you at great prices. I am going to stop making jewelry - 11 years is long enough.
Blessings & prayers,
Mary P
Mary's Cottage Treasures

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee that portrait!!! And I will keep you in my prayers with your upcoming surgery! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Gail!

I love the painting of Kid, it's amazing.

Looking forward to a great year as well.

Take care and have a wonderful day.

Patricia said...

Have a wonderful New Year, Gail. What a perfect gift that portrait is, and the jewelry is beautiful. What a miracle that you can have your hip repaired, I know you will work like crazy to get back on your feet and will enjoy every single muscle ache along the way, knowing it's the path to get back your mobility. Praying for you always,
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Carolee Crafts said...

Happy New Year Gail and sending wishes for a perfect year for you, I know you have the surgery planned but think how happy you will be once over and your positive attitude will carry you through.

Love the portrait of Kid just beautiful

Susie said...

Happy New Year Gail! Sounds like you have a lot of good things planned for the new year. Medical technology is amazing!
Wishing you all the best for the New Year. Keep creating!
The Polka Dot Rose

Michelle May said...

Well sweets, I think you are on the right track for the new year. I'm wishing you all the best with your surgery and with your creative endeavors. Follow your heart.
xx, shell

Janet Bernasconi said...

Dear Gail,

Happy New Year! The portrait is awesome! He is definitely very talented. I know you are scared of the hip surgery and I don't blame you one bit,but I just know it will be all for the best and everything will turn out great. I am just happy they can help you. I will be sure to keep you in my prayers. And I absolutely love the earrings and bracelet. You have a natural talent Gail. Can't wait to see more of your new creations. I know it's hard with work and all,but you still find time to do beautiful things.
Have a fantastic week and I wish you great health and lots of happiness for 2011.
Janets Creative Pillows

Ornaments by Pink said...

Hi Gail, the bracelet and earrings are so pretty, I love the color!
I know everything will go well for you with your surgery! This will be your year!