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December 30, 2012

New Year's Eve 2012

Sources: 2013 // Sparkler photo by Alea Lovely // cake via Plum Pretty Sugar // DIY tiaras by HGTV // 2013 decor by Julie Blanner // kiss // watch ornaments via Country Living Mag // glimmer // gloves by Kristen Marie Photography // 
mantle by Alice Patterson // Osborne and Little Coronata Star wallpaper

Oh, 2012! You came and went much too quickly. This year has been a great follow-up to 2011, and it's been a wonderful year for me creatively! I finally bit the bullet and bought a new computer (I love it so!), expanded the blog to include downloadable printables (more to come in 2013!), and was a (giddy) student at the Atlanta Blogshop in November. The Etsy shop expanded to include more cards, invitations and new city maps, and I celebrated 1,000 sales just a few weeks ago! I am unbelievably happy about my business growing so much over the last twelve months. and I have big plans for the shop in the new year. 

2012 was also the year I became a yogi, and I just celebrated my six-month bootcamp anniversary! I'm hoping to up my fitness goals in 2013 (aren't we all?). James and I explored Asheville for the first time last February, rediscovered Charleston in June and hosted plenty of our friends and family in Athens throughout the year. Having our house full of the people we love so often truly makes us so happy! We hope they all continue to come and visit us again in 2013, too. 

I hope you all have access to plenty of crown headbands and sparklers tonight and make a toast to a bright and beautiful new year! And as a final hurrah to 2012 on the blog, I'd like to leave y'all with this lovely poem:

Snowy Night
by Mary Oliver
Last night an owl
in the blue dark
an indeterminate number
of carefully shaped sounds into
the world, in which,
a quarter of a mile away, I happened
to be standing.
I couldn’t tell
which one it was –
the barred or the great-horned
ship of the air –
it was that distant. But, anyway,
aren’t there moments
that are better than knowing something, and sweeter? Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness. I suppose
if this were someone else’s story
they would have insisted on knowing
whatever was knowable — would have hurried
over the fields
to name it — the owl, I mean.
But it’s mine, this poem of the night,
and I just stood there, listening and holding out
my hands to the soft glitter
falling through the air. I love this world
but not for its answers.
And I wish good luck to the owl,
whatever its name –
and I wish great welcome to the snow,
whatever its severe and comfortless
and beautiful meaning.

Come on, lucky '13!


  1. You have been busy. :) Great Recap! By the way--LOVE the printables you started doing here! They are great. Happy New Year to you!

    1. Thanks, friend! Happy New Year!


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