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Holiday Favorites – My December “To Do” List!


There are certain things that I enjoying doing each year when December rolls around.  They’re things that I must do or experience in order for the Christmas season to be its best – at least for me.  I know everyone celebrates different things and/or in different ways, and I really love that celebrating is unique to each individual or family.  Tradition, culture and personalities play such a big part, don’t you think?

Here are some of My Holiday Favorites – things that I love to partake in each year, if I can:

  • Watching the movie “Elf” starring Will Ferrell.  Buddy the Elf is so innocent, gleeful, and funny.  I love it!
  • Decorating for the holidays
  • Making – and eating – Magic Cookie Bars!  I could literally eat a whole pan myself, they’re SO good. :]
  • Listening to the Soundtrack from The Nutcracker
  • Eating Dryer’s Peppermint Ice Cream.  Yum!
  • Doing something to help those in need, like donating food to a food bank
  • Listening to the song “Feliz Navidad”, performed by José Feliciano.  I listen to it several times during the month – it fills me with joy!
  • Baking sugar cookies.  When I was little my family used to make the kind of sugar cookies that you have to roll out and cut with cookie cutters, which was fun, but these days I go with a sugar cookie recipe that’s easier to make and is simply scrumptious.

What’s on your holiday “Must Do” list?  Please comment and share…

Warm regards,

p.s. Yep, that little girl in the blue dress in the photo up top was me – over 35 year ago. It was my one and only picture with Santa as a child. :]

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iTunes Gift Card Winners!


I’m pleased to announce the three winners of this month’s giveaway.  The following people have each won a $10 iTunes gift card:

1.  Linda
2.  DH Dobson
3.  Ellie

Congratulations to the lucky winners!
Please email me your mailing addresses through my contact form and I’ll get the gift cards mailed out.

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!

Warm regards,

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An iTunes Gift Cards Giveaway with 3 Winners!


Hi there!  It’s been a while since my last giveaway (since I’ve been trying to keep things simple during my recovery), so I thought I’d pop in and offer a three-winner giveaway!  I’m giving away three $10 iTunes gift cards, just in time for the holidays.  Whether you choose to use the gift card yourself or give it as a gift is entirely up to you. :]

To enter please complete the following two steps:
1. Subscribe to my blog here, if you’re not already a subscriber.
2. Leave a comment on this post sharing something you’re thankful for.
The three winners will be announced on Thursday, November 29, 2012.  Good luck, everyone!
Warm regards,
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Lovely Links – my Guest Curator links compiled!


I was a Guest Curator at from December 27, 2010 – January 2, 2011 and it was a pleasure to share some of my favorite things with the crescendoh community.  In case you didn’t get the chance to click on my Guest Curator window daily to see the links I shared with Jenny Doh and her readers, I’m posting them here as well.

These links include things like community art projects, a favorite song and its charming video, artists I like, how-to art features, ways to share kindness with others, and a scrumptious cheesecake that can magically appear at your door!


Please take a peek at these Lovely Links:


Can these gorgeous beads really be made of paper?

Art with Heart – fabric-based art from Little Lion Designs

There’s lots to see and do at the Art House Co-op!

I love this song, Fireflies, and also love the video’s aesthetic and playful innocence…

I want to buy one of these crocheted hats (in an adult size) for my inner child.

Please lend a hand.  Organizations like this can help you help others…

Does collage confound you?  This tutorial will help.

SkyBluePink is a great resource for collage artists…

Banish dull travel journals with these helpful hints!

Diane Teske Harris‘ work is wonderful – whimsical…

Carnegie has mastered the art of making cheesecake. Thank goodness they ship!

“In the end only kindness matters.” (Jewel)
I imagine the folks at Kind Over Matter agree with those lyrics.

It’s playtime!  Pay a visit to The Toymaker.


I hope you enjoy these links.  I’ll be a Guest Curator at again in June, and am starting to compile another batch of lovely links.  It’s such fun to hunt and gather wonderful things to share…

Warm regards,

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Love Those Lyrics


Those of you who have been reading my posts since my blog launched know that I love to write, and that I also enjoy reading the words of others.  One thing I haven’t mentioned thus far, where the written word is concerned, is the link between writing and music: lyrics.  I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t touch on music and lyrics as they relate to both writing and the human experience.  After all, some of the most life-changing, stirring, and heart-wrenching words were first written and then sung.

Emotional & Transportational

Songs are incredible things.  Not only can they change a mood (for better or for worse), they can intensify the mood I’m already in.  A song can make your happiness shine like sunbeams, another can pound a thousand rusty nails into your already-broken heart.

Songs are also audible time machines that can transport us back to when they were first released or were otherwise significant in our lives.  My first memory is actually a perfect example of this.  I was two or three years old, and I remember watching my mom make the bed while Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” filled the air with sound.  Mr. Simon’s lyrics are part of my personal history, woven into the tapestry of my life.

Long Story Short?

I could go on and on about music, lyrics and songs.  Instead I’m going to list some of my favorite songs in a few random categories I’ve created, and will let these lyric-filled songs speak for themselves.  Straight from my iPod to this blog…


Breathless – The Corrs
Closer to Fine – Indigo Girls
Fireflies – Owl City
Forca – Nelly Furtado
Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townshend
Where the Streets Have No Name – U2

Let’s Rock

Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
I Love Rock ‘n Roll – Joan Jett
Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones
Rock the Casbah – The Clash
When the Lights Go Out – The Black Keys
Rock Steady – Bonnie Raitt

Emotional Complications

Fighter – Christina Aguilera
Ghost – Indigo Girls
House of Cards – Mary Chapin Carpenter
If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman
Piece of My Heart – Melissa Etheridge
Where Did You Go? – Jets Overhead

Classic Tunes

Band of Gold – Kimberly Locke
Forever in Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond
(i can’t get no) satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
Let Her Dance – The Bobby Fuller Four
Let the Music Play – Shannon
Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire

Bring on the Tears/Melancholy

Because of You – Kelly Clarkson
Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
Send Me a Song – Celtic Woman (happy-ish tears)
It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing – Shania Twain
Breathe (2AM) – Anna Nalick
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Just Love ‘Em!

Orinoco Flow – Enya  (I miss you, Aunt Bobby!)
I’m on My Way – The Proclaimers
Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Kind & Generous – Natalie Merchant
Minnow and the Trout – A Fine Frenzy
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

Which songs can lift your spirits or bring you to tears, dear readers?  Can music and lyrics instantly transport you back to a significant moment in your life?  Do you have a few songs you’d like to share that would fit into the categories above?  Please post a comment and share.  I’d love to hear about the lyrics that you love – the words have that have been woven into the tapestry of your life…

Warm regards,

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