Happy New Year!!!! Wow, it’s been 2 weeks since my last post, and I have to admit, I have had a really hard time getting myself together to write again. I just haven’t wanted to…. I have enjoyed spending time with my family including a wonderful Christmas, a trip to see Shrek the Halls Ice, watching my kids play in the snow, and hosting a family friendly New Year’s party (complete with photo booth) for some of our local friends (to ensure a safe and happy time). It’s all been low stress and fun, and I have felt so happy with my life- full, content. It’s been two weeks full of simple things- cookie baking, sledding, hot cocoa, decorating graham cracker houses, wine tasting with friends, and self reflection. It’s been two weeks that have made it really hard for me to pick up again and type again. I know in my heart I would miss you all too much to just stop blogging and lose that connection, but I also know in my heart that some things need to change.
So that being said, what’s in store here at Primitive and Proper for 2013? I can’t really say, but here are some thoughts….
1. I am not setting any goals as far as the house goes. Things will change, walls will be painted, but I don’t know what walls, or what changes…. and that’s ok. It’s not really all that important in the grand scheme of life, now is it?
2. I do know that I need to commit to actually doing more good. This blog for the most part is a happy place… a source of positive energy, but energy isn’t enough. When children are being shot in their own schools, it’s time to change things and be an active positive member of society. I have not yet figured out how I will use the blog to do so, but I am open to suggestions. In the words of the genius, Albert Einstein, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” I still can’t get the events of Newtown out of my head, and I hope I never do…. I want to always remember those children as a constant reminder that we should be making changes. And we can. Change can be put into place at any time, with just a small action, causing millions of small reactions.
3. This one is going to probably cause me to lose some of you as followers, but I am OK with that because I need to do what’s best for me. The POWW link party will be no longer. I hope you all understand, and I thank you for the last couple years of sharing with me.
That’s really all I can say at the moment about the blog… I will keep blogging, but I need to SIMPLIFY.
Now, all that being said, I promised you a New Year’s Party recap. First, here is a look at the party decor….
I went with silver, gold, aqua, and pink as the main colors as you can see on the mantle. I made a banner with gold glitter cardstock, and hung it using twine and silver glitter mini clothespins. I also hung an aqua bead garland and swagged it a few times. I added some fun ornaments on branches and candlesticks, and my Anthro apothecary jars in a countdown fashion.
In the dining room I used a “bonjour” banner i had on hand in the right colors, and added a pink glitter “2013” that I cut out of cardstock below it…. Bonjour 2013!
Here is my own….
I used my gorgeous pom pom wreath from my bestie (she made it for me because she loves me!) as the 0 in 2013.
And I hung some aqua beads from the light fixture.
And of course, we had a 2013 kissing ball I made with styrofoam and sequins.
And this is what greeted guests at the door….
The highlight of the party was a “photo booth” I created in a corner of the dining room complete with props….
I used a tinsel doorway hanger I found at hobby lobby and a tinsel garland which I just taped up with painters tape so I wouldn’t damage the walls.
I purchased and made props, and we all had fun getting our pictures taken in the booth!
That would be me with the giant glasses….
Me and Chris, I think… I mean, he is wearing a mask. I hope it was Chris.
Chris and Emmy….
Me and my friend, Kerry.
We all had a blast and are pretty sure it’s going to be an annual event… the damage wasn’t too bad. 😉