Ringing in the New Year!!

Here we stand on the edge of 2019. How exciting to have a clean slate, so to speak. I have purposed to just try to be a better person, rather than make a laundry list of things I am going to change. Would I like to suddenly become someone who puts nothing but nutrient-packed foods in her mouth? Someone who walks 10 miles to start the day? Why, yes, I think, as I stare across the table at an empty bowl with traces of whipped cream and strawberry-rhubarb pie.

I cannot believe, actually, that I am here at age 55, still wanting to change so many things, still running after goals, still loving every little step of this life we have the privilege to live.

I plan to do some things to streamline my ephemera / journal business in 2019. You will see more here about the business and what I have under way in the studio and for sale in the shop.

I know I talked about having a job I love! It is so true! Some have asked about it. I have left medical / clerical!! Finally. I did my time. I have taken my retirement and I am now working on things that are more creative! I work in a reuse center, building displays, making journal items to promote sales, learning about outreach, and I plan to teach classes on how to make journals. The other thing I am doing is building my business here from home. I LOVE it!!

Here is wishing everyone a wonderful, purpose-filled, prosperous 2019!!

Enjoy this day! ~Lynn

A few things from the New Year:

I started the year with 2-dozen roses from Jason.
Sorting gorgeous cigar labels for ephemera packs being listed today.

Catching Up

I do not even know where to start.  I wanted to do regular small posts, but this past month or so has been a busy, busy chain of events.  (For example, I started this post about a week ago.)

First, there are so many wonderful things that have kept me busy, I have nothing but great feelings about it all.

I have put a lot of work into cleaning up and building my Etsy shop into my favorite thing: old paper. And my YouTube channel is growing as I add more tutorials and videos for Etsy shop items and as I showcase more journals.  (Yes, I have started making some of my own journals.)

Some of you old friends who have been with me here at AMJ for a long time may like that video — an old journal reading about when the children were little.

I am not going to bore you all with a long-winded monologue about every little detail, but the highlights of November and December for me were that:

  • Jason and I became engaged
  • I had a brain MRA
  • I was told I had a cerebral aneurysm (my dad and grandfather both died from ruptured cerebral aneurysm)
  • a consult with a neurosurgeon began to prepare me for a major open brain surgery
  • I had a cranial angiogram to confirm the aneurysm (that test is no joke!)
  • I found out that, at least for now, I do NOT have a cerebral aneurysm, but rather a small dilatation on my middle cerebral artery
  • I will have a follow-up MRA in six months
  • I am still spending 2 hours a day in traffic as I prepare for a totally new job with all new responsibilities (thank heavens I will soon be back home working)
  • We celebrated Thanksgiving
  • We celebrated Christmas
  • I have been putting in a lot of hours to build my Etsy shop and YouTube (ephemera! be still my heart!)
  • I hosted a dinner gathering in December

Is it any wonder that I have not posted in awhile?  That said, I want to share some photos from it all.

Amelia continues to entertain us.

I loved spending Christmas Day with some of my family. My third son, John, and big Eli wanting some food.

A bit of ephemera ready for the shop.

Holiday gathering with friends and music.

I have thought long and hard about what my dad went through. If only he had had a surgery to clip his aneurysm before it ruptured.

Christmas at mom’s. Me and my step-dad.

I must close for now. It is Saturday morning, and boy do the weekends fly! Jason and I are going out to window shop this afternoon. He LOVES watches, so I think we will just have fun looking at all the G-shocks and other watches out there. I also have a lot to do for A Bit of Birdsong. And, alas, the Christmas tree HAS to come down today. Yes. Christmas is over, peeps.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Steampunk Cat Christmas Cards!

Oh my goodness cat lovers!  Look at the Christmas Cards I ordered from Amazon.

M6554XSG Christmas Steampunk Cats: 10 Assorted Christmas Note Cards Featuring Fashionable Felines Dressed Up in All Their Victorian Steampunk Finery, w/White Envelopes.

Video here: PLEASE WATCH. THEY ARE AWESOME!

Enjoy this day.
Lynn

PS — that is my Amazon affiliate link, should you order.