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Happy New Year!!!

As is customary with the New Year tradition, I have a few goals that I hope to accomplish in 2011. (Notice I said “goals”, not “resolutions.” This means that I’m more likely to complete some of these! 🙂 )

  • I would like to do another year of project 365. I’ll be finished with 2010’s 365 in the middle of January. Click here to see my progress!
  • Get my own domain name and do something with it!
  • learn how to read crochet and knit patterns (and make something other than a scarf!)
  • finish my photography ebook
  • add photography tutorials to my blog
  • learn illustator
  • wow– i know! That’s some list! I’m already working on learning how to read crochet patterns and have started a little toy (I’m so excited about that–pics will come shortly!)

    Now, for the fun part– a contest! What a great way to start the new year than with a chance to win some awesome swag?! I’m giving away a set of my cupcake greeting cards:
    set of 5 cupcake greeting cards from creativeapples

    set of 5 fine art cupcake greeting cards from creativeapples

    All you need to do to win this set of 5 cupcake greeting cards is leave me a comment about your top 3 goals you have for the New Year. Easy!

    For extra chances to win, simply post a link back to this blog post on twitter, facebook, etsy forum, or your blog. Please be sure to leave me the link of where you posted this back in my comment section and ta-da!! Extra chances!

    The contest will run until Saturday, January 8th! One reader will be randomly selected using random.org. I will post the winner on Sunday, January 9th.

    Thanks so much! I look forward to reading about your goals for the new year! I hope 2011 is the best year yet for you!!!!

    Thank you for making 2010 a fabulous year! This year, I made a conscious effort to blog more and it’s been a ton of fun! Thank you to all my readers and followers– I really enjoy reading your thoughts and comments! Please keep them coming.

    Here’s a recap of the years top ten blog posts.
    cut, crinkle proper

    Enjoy!

    I hope you and your family have a truly wonderful Christmas holiday!

    Merry Christmas!

    Things have been really scary and hectic on the homestead front. Last Thursday my grandma fell and hit her head really bad and we rushed her to the hospital. Fortunately, nothing was broken. She did have a ginormous bump on her head and the doctors were worried about her getting a subdural hematoma so they kept her for observation and ran a whole bunch of tests to see if they could find the cause of her dizziness and falling. Friday night she had a really really scary reaction to a drug they gave her that was supposed to sedate her a bit (think: bad acid trip, or, more accurate, Linda Blair from The Exorcist) It was truly frightening and unbelievable.

    After four days in the hospital, the doctors found nothing wrong and sent her home Sunday afternoon. She seemed fine Sunday. She was walking around, ate dinner, stayed up and chatted and watched some TV with us. Yesterday, however, she was way worse. We almost took her back to the hospital….She’s slightly better today (as of this morning when I called home) We’ll see how the rest of the day pans out. I would appreciate any prayers, thoughts, good vibes, or positive energy you could send her way.

    Grandma in the hospital

    I just wanted to let you know that I may be taking a few days (weeks?) away from the blog, or not blogging as frequently, while we figure out what’s up with grandma and what sort of care she’ll need and how we’ll get it. I appreciate your understanding. Again– thoughts, prayers, good vibes and positive energy is much much needed, and appreciated. Thank you!

    debs and her beautiful baby bump!!!

    This weekend was really nice and quiet. I got to paint a bit Friday night– I’m almost finished with 3 paintings! All that’s left is painting the final edges. I should be able to knock those out next weekend (yay!!) Saturday my friends, Debs and G, came over for dinner and games. I successfully made dinner that everyone enjoyed (chicken tortellini with roasted garlic sauce and broccoli) and made an incredible pumpkin cheesecake (recipe here). Dinner was good, games were fun, and company was awesome!!!

    I was even lucky enough to have impromptu photoshoot with Debs! I am sooo looking forward to the real baby belly photoshoot next weekend! This is a first for me– I’ve never done maternity photos– I’m freaking out a little…any momma’s out there with a favorite type of maternity photo that you’ve had, or maybe that you saw? Any help would be appreciated!

    typewriter

    it’s November! That means it’s NaNoWriMo!

    National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

    Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

    Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly. read more

    I would love to participate, but I am not a writer. I mean, don’t get me wrong– I write. A lot. I’ve been writing in a journal since i was a sophomore in high school. And before that, my best friend, O, and I used to write prolific letters to one another. I’m talking pages upon pages. This on top of living down the block and seeing each other all day, everyday at school. So, i do like to write. I’m just not confident in my story telling abilities (yet!)

    I give kudos to whoever is participating. Seriously. I’m trying to put together a simple little e-book, and it’s kicking my butt. If you are participating this year, please let us know so we can provide some extra support!

    For more information, please check out the offical NaNoWriMo website!

    As I read the description of what NaNoWriMo is, and who it’s for, I realize that I would actually benefit from this sort of program. hmmm… maybe next year?

    okay, it’s day 6 and I’m STILL Sick. Seriously, this cold will not go away. I am feeling well enough to sit like a zombie on the couch with the laptop for a little bit (though, i strongly suspect a nap in the near future.)

    Anyways, here’s a little recap and photos from last weekend’s exciting trip down south to the great state of Texas…

    Saturday: Left O’hare. Waiting for the plane was a bit exciting as there was a loud “boom” outside on the tarmac. A plane might have hit one of those little luggage cars (seemed too big a boom for that) or maybe popped a tire? Not sure. There were a bunch of ambulances, firetrucks, and police cars surrounding that plane. Thankfully, no one was safety sliding down to the tarmac!!! (Also thankful it didn’t affect our takeoff!) Arrived in Texas, picked up the rental car, finally found the hotel. (OMG! The highways and roads in the DFW area are CRAZY!) All was good though. Met up with R and V, his beautiful soon-to-be-wife, and chatted all evening! They are really really wonderful and funny people and I’m so glad I went to visit them!

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    crazy highway 01

    Sunday: Went to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden for a little bit in the morning. Wow. Talk about things being bigger in Texas! This Garden was HUGE!!! I really only had enough time to go through the Japanese Garden! (It’s sooooooo pretty! I love it and I have to go back!) Sunday afternoon was spent getting all dolled up for the wedding, and then, the big event! The wedding was gorgeous! It was in a Romanian Orthodox Church– it was by far one of the most beautiful churches I’ve seen. My photos really don’t do it justice! The ceremony was mostly in Romanian, but I am assured that my friends are, indeed, married! (yay!!!)

    fort worth garden 01

    wedding 02

    wedding 01

    Monday: Only two words can describe Monday. Waffle. House. I know, I know, it’s a cheap diner restaurant chain. I was told that I should go to Ihop beacause it’s better. But we have Ihops here in Chicago (lots of them) We don’t have Waffle Houses (the nearest one is 186mi away in middle-of-nowhere Indiana.) It’s a darn shame too. So yummy!

    Waffle House

    Thankfully the flight home Monday afternoon was uneventful and here I am, on Monday, a week later, going through photos all the photos and nursing a cold (still). All in all, it was a really nice weekend. R, V, and their friends are awesome (they are really trying hard to get me to play WOW and move down to Texas…) and I’m super happy that I went. I’d definitely go back. I hear there’s a lot to see in Texas! 🙂

    creativeapples I caught a bug

    Hello! Please forgive me not posting my Big Texas Adventure recap today. Seems I have picked up a nasty cold somewhere along the way. I did want to give the highlight and post some photos, but that will have to be another day…I have a date with NyQuil and my bed!
    -cheers!

    april's great big texas adventure

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m heading down to Dallas/Ft.Worth Texas for the weekend to join in the festivities of my friend’s wedding. I’ll be returning home Monday! I look forward to uploading pics and sharing my trip with you when I return!!!

    Hey! Guess what? Remember the craft fair I mentioned the other day? Well, here’s the information! Cantigny Fall Festival

    Cantigny Fall Festival
    Saturday, October 9, 10am – 4pm
    Free with $5 per car parking

    Things to do and see:
    • Arts and Crafts Show
    • Hayrides
    • Pumpkin Decorating
    • Scarecrow Making
    • Inflatables
    • Music by The Raisin Pickers
    • Candy Dive
    • Face Painting
    • Barnyard Petting Zoo (Goats, Sheep, Ducks, Chickens, Bunnies, Pot
    Belly Pigs, Miniature Donkey, Cow and a Llama.)

    How fun does this sound?
    If you go (and you totally should!) please stop by our booth– We’re the D*A*M*N* Crafters. (“We” being Dianne, April, Marnie, and Nan.) We’ll have an assortment of fun stuff to shop for– from cool masks, cards, felted items, and photo blocks.

    Here’s a sneak peek of some of my photo blocks…

    Sneak Peek at craft fair stuff!

    My blocks measure 5″x5″ and 6″x6″ and feature a fine art photo adhered to a wooden block thats either 3/4″ deep, or 3/8″ deep. Perfect alone, or fantastic in sets, these blocks can sit freestanding or hang from a small nail. No expensive framing needed!

    I do hope you can make it! While I won’t be there**, we’d still love to see you, and have your support!

    **I’ll be in Texas this weekend at my friend, R’s, wedding!!! (I know! I’m super excited– I’ve never been to Texas before!) I looks like it’s going to be a fun weekend. I’m not sure if I will be able to post pics to flickr while I’m gone, but rest assured, there will be pics when I get back!

    -go be creative

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