Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Grateful Giveaway

I am so touched by the many responses to the post I wrote last week expressing my pledge to buy handmade. Thank you so much for your comments and emails. I am constantly amazed at the warmth and kindness of the blog community.
At my job on Monday I received some pretty sobering news about possible budget cuts that has myself and my coworkers nervous and keeping our fingers crossed. It's been a stressful week, but as I settled down into bed last night and looked around, my heart was utterly overwhelmed by gratitude. We are safe, we are warm, our house is filled with love.
This next week in the USA we celebrate Thanksgiving. While there are many things I have to be thankful for, there are a few (in no particular order) that I want to mention specifically here:
  • My family- As mentioned in this post, it's been a rough past few months for our close knit family. I am so thankful that I get to spend Thursday with my beautiful sister in law who has her last chemo this week!!! Woohoo!!!
  • This little space- It was a chilly fall afternoon when I was sitting in a messy unused loft/landing space in my creaky, drafty beloved old house and was blessed with the idea of turning that space into a long coveted "room of one's one". A little bit of planning and small storage furniture purchases later, I finally had my own little studio. It's perfect for pixie making, and nobody cares how messy it gets. Here, paint spills and glitter catastrophes are encouraged!
  • You!!!- Although I haven't posted as much as I would have liked to this year, and definitely not have commented as much as I should of, I am so grateful that I have this blog and for my friends that visited it. I am especially grateful to Jenny, who encouraged me two years ago to "go get a blog", and when I did, she posted about on her blog and sent lots of lovely people over here to welcome me. If you are reading this and you haven't started a blog yet I really encourage you to do so.
What are you grateful for? Please leave a comment and you'll be entered to win a custom mini Polka Dot Pixie Snowman like the tiny ones displayed below. I'll chose a random winner next Saturday. Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

39 comments:

Robert said...

How sweet! I am thankful for God first and foremost and to be able to worship the way I see appropriate. I am thankful for my wife and children. I am blessed to have a family that supports and loves me, without them I would be lost. I am thankful for the things most people complain about, I did not realize how much until I received an e-mail this week. There were all kinds of little things that we grumble about, that are little reminders of even though they are acting up at least we have them, e.g., our automobiles.Whether i win a snow baby or not I am so blessed! Thank you for reminding me of it!

vivian said...

hi doll! its so hard to chose one thing! I am thankful for so much and plan on devoting a whole post to that later this week. but right now, I have to say that I am SOSOSO grateful for the like minded creative people that I've gotten to know a bit out here in blogland!
ok.. now enter me in your giveaway!!! I love everything you make! remember? youre on my idol list.. Id post that list, but I wouldnt want anyone to feel left out!
happy weekend!
vivian

Tami said...

I'm grateful for a reasonable level of healthiness, that I still have my parents, that we have close friends that are practically family, that the political silly season is finally over, that I have the senses and ability to create what I imagine, and especially for the freedom to do so.

Hang in there at work! Your "room of one's own" is adorable and definitely looks like a place where magic happens. :-)

Harley Dee said...

These are just adorable!! :)I'm thankful for my family and friends all the time. But I'm also thankful that I now have more time to be creative, and give time to myself.

Jackie said...

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you have a lovely time with your sister in law :) Love your piece about handmade too! I always thank my customers for supporting handmade. Sending prayers and thoughts your way. Take care, Jackie
P.S. Love that even in this ucky economic time you are so genuine and generous on your yummy give away! xoxo jackie

Nancy said...

I am grateful that I am healthy, am an American living in this wonderful country, retired and free to create and to savor the incredible creations by others artisans.

AwtemNymf said...

Greetings Polka Dot Pixie- love the lil' snowfolk!
I'm Grateful for my life! That I am content! Even though life has it's up and downs... I'm grateful for another day to enjoy it! Life is too short not to. I'm grateful that I'm healthy, alive and breathing! That I have a roof over my head- a hard working husband who loves me unconditionally and provides for us all. He's loyal too! For my dogs (rescued Boxers) who bring me joy! For my daughter- although times have been trying and testing lately- I love her (i just don't always like her. I'm being honest). I'm grateful that I have a blog *lol* It's a great outlet and I get to connect with other like-minded folks who love to share, rant, babble, craft, and blog! I'm also grateful for GLITTER and faeries! :O)

Victorian Lady said...

Hi Jenny! :)
THANK YOU for my Santa...and the cards too! I was doing the happy dance! You can see him on my blog in his new home! Well, actually, he's up higher now so that Madeline doesn't get to him!
You are a gem!
Thanks a million! :)

Mere

Snap said...

I've just found your blog and am thrilled that I did. I love your Pixies. I'm thankful for many things, but will start with being a happy, healthy woman of a *certain age* with a loving hubby who is my best friend. Walking on this earth and enjoying life is a miracle I try hard not to forget.

Amy Ragland said...

My Family! Through good and bad, it's always best to have them by your side!

masonspaige said...

I love to blog cruise and I came across yours...it's in my fav now!
First, I'm so thankful for God's amazing grace he's given me.
Second, I'll be really thankful on the 25th when I see my DH ship appear on the Horizon as they come home from a 6 mo. deployment...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!
~Cindy

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I am thankful for so many things. I am thankful mfor thr love God, my husband, family and friends...Happy weekend...m..

Sweetina said...

This is a beautiful post~thankyou for sharing.
I am grateful for my 3 children who i love more than anything in this world.My 2 beautiful and loving pets and my extended family and friends.
I am also greatful for the blogging world and how we of like minds get to "meet" and connect with each other.
OOOh!Do add me please to your generous giveaway!
I would love to win a snow baby!
Tinaxx

Janette said...

Here in Finland we don´t celebrate Thanksgiving but I think that we should be grateful everyday of what we have :)
Your room pictures are beautiful and I would love to get one of your sculpture..it´s lovely!

Janette

Shelbie said...

Oh my how cute your site is! And the little pink snowmen are just precious! I am thankful for my sweet little babies.. all 7 of them (one in heaven.. sweet Kaleigh Jane) for without them, I would be nothing and with them, I am the best thing you could ever want to be.. a Mom. =) I am thankful for much, much more too.. most often the smallest of blessings are the best ones. You just need to open your eyes and pay attention closely to catch the finer things in life. Money can't buy you love, or happiness or creativity.. Blessings to you!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I'm glad to hear your sis-in-law is at the end of treatment. Hope all goes well for healing!
Your tiny pixies here are so cute! I couldn't believe when I saw that quarter that they were little. You must have tiny hands :)
I'm thankful for so much! Where to start? I've always had more than I need and can share. Thats a big one. HT Jenny!

crystal said...

Your little studio looks so cozy and inspiring! I love your pixies! You really have a magic talent for bringing them to life! Ok, so I'm thankful for everything really - even the "bad" things and difficult things that build character and strengthen me. Sometimes I forget that, but deep down I really am thankful for it all. I'm also thankful for clean running water. I think about that everytime I take a shower - such a luxury really compared to most people living in the world. I could go on and on but I'm also thankful for God, family, pets, friends, and beautiful people in the world - like you!

Maija said...

Your studio looks like heaven!
I am grateful for the good health and love of my family!

Lori said...

Jenny, those little guys are so adorable, i would love to have one...i am going for a pink Christmas theme this year and they would go perfectly...right now i am thankful that i have a job...there are rumors that the "big hospital" downtown is thinking about dropping our little operation...i am worried, but hopeful that they will keep us up and running...and i am always thankful for my two sweet boys and my husband of 20 years who is my rock and loves me with all his heart!!!

RobinBirdsNest said...

these are so adorable!
I am so very thankful for my family. I have such awesome kids and have been so lucky to be blessed with a great son in law and daughter in law. and then they went and gave me terrific grandkids!! How 'bout them! My 4 grandkids are the best thing in my life, really!

laurie said...

Good post dear! After reading it, it makes one sit back and really think about how lucky one is. I am thankful for so much..my family, my little studio, my creativity, my health, the support of my friends and customers both with my crafts and my blog. I love my little spot in the world!

Have a wonderful holiday....

Miss Sandy said...

This is my first visit to your blog and it is enchanting! I love your creations, they are adorable.

I am in the habit of keeping a gratitude journal and list five things I am grateful for each day. I will forgo the obvious, faith, family, friends, etc. for which I am deeply grateful and will tell you what I am grateful for in this day:

1.) the musicians of the world, of which I am not, who move my soul with the message of their music ~ today in particular, Point of Grace
2.) getting to spend extra time with my husband before he left for work this morning
3.) for sparks of imagination and creativity
4.) seeing the sunrise this morning, glorious!
5.) learning to work with a new medium and meeting success

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Blessings,
Miss Sandy

Amy said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I am so blessed for my health and that of my family and for lots of dear friends and family and bloggers!!!!

-Amy

http://craftingbycandlelight.blogspot.com

tammyCA said...

"An attitude of gratitude" is what I try to tell myself often. I don't take things for granted because I'm wise enough to know anything in life can happen. I'm grateful for my kids health and pray that it will always be that way. I'll always be forever grateful that after years of infertility & loss I was given the gift to experience birth & know the greatest love ever. I'm grateful we have a roof over our heads - many here lost their homes to the wildfires recently, some with no time to pack family pics/mementos. I'm grateful that I have eyesight today because I have worsening retina/vision problems that can't be corrected so I don't take it for granted. I'm grateful for the Internet/blogs to help me cope with depression/loneliness from dealing with a challenging child with Autism and my own health problems...I'm grateful to be here because I came pretty close to the "other side" a few years ago from a severe allergic reaction to a medicine. I'm grateful. Grateful to God even when I'm worn down and ragged from all the bad stuff because I know what a gift it all is...somewhere mixed in there with all the crazy stuff.

Bone*Head*Studios said...

Your sil is one lucky person to have you as her sil too and how wonderful that she will be done with the chemo ,many prayers that she stays healthy for the rest of her life.
blessings,Flora

michelle said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for blogland too, I can't imagine living without all the creative souls I have found here!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I'm grateful for too many things to count but mainly for my family, my health and that my husband still has a job (even though it's not great)!

I'm hoping for the best for you with the job situation. Been there and it's sooo stressful!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Manuela

Diane said...

I just found you, and your creations are wonderful! I am thankful for so many things...the sound of the breath of my sleeping daughters...a warm and safe home...a job teaching middle schoolers (yes, I said that)...my parents' health...quiet days at home...walks on the beach...the happy bounce in my dog's step when she walks on the beach...the love of family and friends...my kind-hearted husband...feather duvets...fluffy clouds on a rainy day...daydreams of Kauai...motherhood and the opportunity to hold two precious girls and spoil them with kisses...and so much more!

Susan said...

I just found your blog and love, love, love these pixie snowmen! I am thankful for my five children - although we are spread all over the country, we are still so very close. And I am thankful for having found wonderful blog friends.
Susan

Vintagesquirrel said...

I am thankful for my life. Over the past couple of years, I have been in constant pain. In May, I had spinal surgery, but unfortunately I still have chronic pain. I have had to reevaluate what is important in my life (ie: relationships), and deal with the fact that I'm not able to do as much physically.

During my recovery from surgery, I discovered blogs. I was in LOVE from the very beginning. They are written by women just like me who are dedicated to their family, enjoy making their home inviting, and find enormous pleasure in creating beautiful things. So, this Thanksgiving I am SO thankful for bloggers. I have SO MANY blogs saved to my favorites which I check nearly every day. They have helped me through so much and have given me so much inspiration.

You wrote that blogging is easy...I would LOVE to join the blogging community, but am unsure as to how to begin. I would really appreciate any advice about how to go about setting up a blog.

Oh...and one more thing...I loved to be entered to win your most adorable Polka Dot Pixie Snowman.

Marie said...

Wonderful post Jenny! Happy Thanksgiving. I think that the thing I am most thankful for is the love of family and friends. I am so blessed in that I have lots of it! I wish everyone did! (((hugs))) Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Geralyn Gray said...

I am thankful I found your blog. I love your new crafty space. I just started a blog about a month ago. I recently lost my job and feel is an outlet I really need at this time. Thanks for your words of encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving

Geralyn Gray said...

I am thankful I found your blog. I love your new crafty space. I love that you display your vintage paper finds. I just started blogging about a month ago. I set some goals when I lost my job last month. So far so good. My blog has been the outlet I really needed. Thanks for your encouragement in joining the blog world.

albasworld said...

I am grateful for all I do have; my health, my family, my home, my friends, my animals, and you.

I am grateful to have you and artists like you for bringing a smile to my face with your whimsy in creating and your blogs which make this world a little smaller and all of us a little closer - our family of man.

Blessings to all this Thanksgiving and throughout the year!

Hugs & smiles, alba

Kim Hardt Originals said...

I wanted to stop by and wish you a wonderful Thansgiving.

I am so thankful for so many things. Health, family and friends are the ones that are most dear to me.

Kim

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Cute new banner Jenny!!!

Sea Dream Studio said...

HI~ I saw your cute Lollishop!!! Love it!
I am lae, but I am so thankkful for loving family and friends and for the support and encouragement of fellow artisans!
xo~dale

Fantastic Figments said...

Sorry takes me awhile to get around to everyone on the holidays but I try to get there. I loved this last post. It reminds us that although bad things are happening there is still so much to be grateful for.

Most of all I am greatful for my rekindling with art. About 8 months ago a jumped back in and vowed never to look back. I would have lost my mind months ago if I hadn't.

Our company is expirencing extactly the same demise (i will call it) We have already had many layoffs and thankfuly I am still here. In hard economic times we just have to hold on but understand that much of the outcome is not in our control.

I had a revolation the other day as I looked around my packed apartment. Stuff, all this stuff that makes me happy but so not needed. Goodies, and supplies, and movies, and you name it. First I felt awful about all this stuff I have when there are sooo many with nothing. Or even so much stuff when I could have saved the money for an unknown future. But then I thought, I work hard and I never know what tomorrow will bring. Why not live and like what you have as long as it makes you happy and you earned it. If I spend all my time worring about the what-ifs I will never be happy tomorrow. So, why not? I am grateful for the adventure of life.

Thanks for the post! I loved reading what others had to say :)

Smooches,
Steph

Robert said...

Love your new banner. How are things going with the giveaway? Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Robert