Saturday, January 1, 2011

~Ringing in the New Year~

2010 went out with a whimper.  No parties, no champagne, not even a midnight smooch. I spent the evening curled up on the sofa with a box of tissues, Netflix and these two...
 Everyone here has the flu.

The weather here has been strange. One evening last week I walked outside to an eerie fog, every surface covered in the most delicate ice crystals. Breathtaking!
The next morning we awoke to this...
 and this...
Followed by two days of 50 degree weather, with a warm rain that washed away every bit of snow. Is it any wonder our bodies are rebelling?

Now, on to the good stuff...
My head has been dancing with hearts. I've been cutting paper, working on a new doll, and I have been stitching these little homespun hearts in preparation for my update on Simply Primitives today.
I've also been pouring some beeswax...
to make this funny little tree of hearts.
And finally...
I'm pleased to announce that you will be able to find my handmades on Early Works Mercantile as of January 15th. You'll want to stop by and check out all of the talented EWM artisans. Take my word for it, you really will.
Links to both Simply Primitives and Early Works Mercantile can be found on my sidebar.

You might also like to know that I am offering FREE shipping on all of my remaining silhouettes, both on Simply Primitives and in my Etsy Shop. Out with the old, you know...

It is a cold blustery day here in Northwest Indiana and I am indoors working on my SUMMER article for Mercantile Gatherings Magazine. Admittedly, it's a little difficult to conjure up images of summers by the poolside. I hope it's warm and toasty where you are.
Until next time...


  1. LOVE all your heart items - especially those made of beeswax. Do you pour the wax into a mould to get such perfect shapes? So cute!

  2. Hi Gayle, Thank you for your sweet comments. I love working with beeswax...and yes, I do use a little mould that I made myself. After I pop them out of the mould I shave the edges with a knife to get that "perfect" shape. ;) Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

  3. Oh my goodness Rhonda! I adore that bird and heart tree. Hope you feel better soon but I really can't think of a better evening than curled up with two furbabies with a good movie.(smile)...Hope you have a joyful and blessed New Year!~Amy

  4. Hope you are felling better, Rhonda. I love all of your hearts and that tree is primtastic!

    Have a Blessed New Year!

  5. New Year Blessings,
    2011 arrived quietly here at our house. I worked until 8:00pm, had a few snacks, Dick went to bed at 10:30 and I surfed blog land until
    Love your candles as well, I need to get into making candles, that should be by "new" learning task this year.
    Enjoy your blog...

  6. Happy New Year, is so weird to type your own name (spelling different) when talking to someone..hope you feel better soon. So great to have you join us on Early Work Mercantile, I've been there now for 2 months, so many talented artisan. Indiana weather,,if you don't like it don't worry, tomorrow it will change.

    take care..

  7. Happy 2011, Rhonda! I love your blog and your corgis, too! I have a tri-colored boy named Rusty. We lost our other corgi just over a year ago and I miss her still.
    Love your tree of hearts!!!

  8. I love your Corgi's! Watch out for that cold front coming your way. It did a lot of damage in Missouri. Thank God we are safe! Hope you feel better! Happy New Year!

  9. Oh my! RHONDA! Did you have to post those beeswax hearts? LOL! I LOVE THEM!
    I hope you will feel better soon. Mom told me it's been crazy, there was a small earthquake apparently as well. It shook their house.
    I will have to save up for some of those hearts!

  10. Feel better Rhonda - I think your movie mates on the couch look like a wonderful way to have spent the evening! LOVE the snow - miss it most when I see pictures like that, when it hasn't been walked on - then I remember the cold and come back tomy senses! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  11. Hope you are feeling better Rhonda!! I'm sure your doggies were the perfect company!! I love your new offerings know me and hearts!! I have so many ideas floating around my head all the time too....just need some crafty elves to help me make them all happen!! Take care and try to stay warm!!
    Blessings to you~~

  12. Love your carrot tree!
    Have a Happy and Creative new year!

  13. Hey Rhonda: I think the way you spent New Years wasn't too had the remote, didn't have to serve never-ending snacks, open the beer or otherwise wait on anyone...well maybe the Corgis wanted a biscuit or bone...but that is different, right! LOL Thanks for becoming a follower, come back soon. Hugs, Joy,

  14. I’m catching up on my blogs today. Your beautiful snow photos are amazing. I love the evergreen tree. The hearts are so cute-love them gathered in a bowl and your wax hearts are wonderful on that little tree. You are a creative lady!

  15. Your photos are beautiful. I hope you are feeling better...Your babies and hearts are adorable. Have a good week and stay warm.