January 03, 2011

A Fresh New Start!

Welcome back everybody!  I wanted to take today to get a bunch of things in order, so pardon the randomness of this post.  I'm also going to blab a bit, but I'm hoping you'll stick with me here.

NUMBER ONE:

I love New Years.  I love having a brand new year in front of me.  I love analyzing the last year and thinking about who I am and who I want to become.  I love that life is full of new beginnings because sometimes I really need them. 

Lately I've been thinking that life is a lot like this...

Something comes at you and you reconfigure.  Then something else comes at you and you reconfigure again.  You just keep doing that until one day you are the flexible, capable person God has intended you to be.  I think our ability to change and adapt is essential.

I've been thinking a lot lately about where I'm at in life and what I want to improve on and I feel like I've come across an answer.  I love my life and I feel pretty comfortable in it, but I have felt the prompting to stretch myself a bit more - to live more outside of myself and to reach out more.  So, I am going to try and reconfigure a bit.  Let me explain.

I had so much fun helping Rex do his good deed each day with his advent.  We had some really great experiences and I want to make more room in my life for that.  I also feel like you and I are a lot alike.  That's why you're here.  So, I'm inviting you to join me in this new endeavor if you'd like.

From now on every Wednesday will be called "Wake Up Wednesday."  I think it's important for all of us to "wake up" and realize that this life is about more than just our own personal needs.  So on Wednesdays I will be posting a service idea/suggestion.  It may say, "Invite someone over for dinner." "Write a letter to someone you admire and tell them."  "Listen to everyone today without multi-tasking."  The challenge is for you to do it within a week.  Then, when next Wednesday comes you can tell us about your experience in the comment section and there will be a new challenge for the next week.  PLEASE, don't misunderstand.  This is not about bragging that we've done something good.  It's about sharing and uplifting one another. 

This idea has been floating around in my head for a couple of months now and I am so excited to try it out.  I hope you'll be willing to give it a shot.  You don't have to do it every week.  Do what you can.  I have a feeling it could be a great source of joy and fun for all of us.

NUMBER TWO:

I try my best to answer any questions I get from you.  Sometimes I have your e-mail and I respond.  Sometimes I click on your profile and you have three different blogs and I don't know where to leave you a comment back.  So, from here on out I will respond to your question in the comments section.  Just check back there.  That way, if someone else has the same question they will find the answer there and I won't be trying to answer it several times.  Okay?  Great.  If you have a question not related to a post, just drop me an e-mail.  And, if I ever don't respond to something, I'm sorry.  Every once in a while I accidentally delete an e-mail.  If it takes a few days for me to respond, I'm sorry.  Sometimes I have a busy stretch and I get backed up.  So thanks for understanding.

NUMBER THREE:

I thought it would be fun to show you a few of the handmade gifts I gave this year.  Sadly, I didn't remember to take a picture of everything, but here are a few.

I made another upcycled boy hat for a nephew.  He's got a really funny, upbeat personality, so I gave him a funny leopard (and super cozy) lining.


Here's a rice-warmer wrap I made for my mother-in-law.  (I can do a tutorial on this one if you're interested.)


Here's my husband modeling it.  He made me promise not to show his face in this one :)


I personalized a pretty pot with bulbs in it for Rex's teacher.


The neighbors got homemade raspberry honey butter and rolls.  (My sister-in-law had a killer recipe for the honeybutter.)


And I made some melted snowman cookies for other neighbors and friends.  You probably saw those around blogland this year.  I had to try them out.  They were so cute and fun.

NUMBER FOUR:

I added a tab a while back that says "Charity."  If you're even looking for something good to do you can click there and find some opportunities to help out others.  When people e-mail me asking for help, I'll post it there for you in case you'd like to help, too.  It usually involves crafting for a good cause.  I JUST added one today to help a sweet couple raise money for their adoption.  Go check it out if you'd like.

NUMBER FIVE:

Lastly, if you are LDS and you serve in the Young Women's I thought you might be interested in these printables I made for this year's theme.  They are 8x10s and can be framed or mounted.

Get this gray one HERE.

Get the neutral one HERE.

Whew!  And that's a wrap!  Thanks for hanging in with me through that long, random post.  Things will be back to normal tomorrow.  Have a great day!

50 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the downloads; I know my 10-year-old-aching-to-be-in-the-young-women's-program daughter will love these for her room! :)

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  2. Happy New Year! Just wanted to say I think that your idea for Wednesday's is great. I think we could all use a little inspiration and to help those in need. And by the way, I am loving that little boys hat with the leopard inside!!

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  3. Thank you so much for the printables I have been looking for something just like this for the YW in our ward!

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  4. I love your wake up Wednesday idea!

    Did you know you can set your comments to notify you when you get one- it will come to your email and you can reply right from there.

    If you ever leave me something here in comments, I'm not being rude by not responding- I follow tons of blogs and don't have time to go back and check every post to see if someone has responded to something that I wrote on their post.

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  5. I am looking forward to Wednesdays! What a wonderful way to start the new year. Thank you for sharing it with us. I know that I am not nearly as flexible and outgoing as God intended for me to be. This is something I have been working on adn this will definitly challenge me to get out there and do it! Happy New Year!

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  6. I love your boy hats...

    they are definetely on my to-do-list...

    so awesome...

    warmest regards from Germany

    Andrea

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  7. HI!!!! I absolutely love your idea for Wednesdays and I plan on joining you every wednesday. I might put a tab on my blog for Wake Up Wednesdays so my followers can see what I do with you!!! Thank you. Today on my blog I am showing off a freezer stencil shirt, I will be linking to your blog!!! Thank you for everything!!! brooke douglass
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

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  8. I would love to have some general instructions for the neck warmer. (Size of circle you cut? Filler? Stitched after you filled? Method of filling..... :-)

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  9. I'm so excited for "Wake Up Wednesday"! I've decided to make this my best service year so far, and to really focus on uplifting others, rather than worrying so much about my trivial little problems. I can't wait to see your service ideas, and to use them! :)

    Thanks for the downloads - I love them!

    Felicity, at {Simple Elegance}

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  10. I think the Wednesdays will be epic. I also think that was the random-ist video I've ever seen. Are you watching Asian TV now?

    Happy New Year! You are amazing!

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  11. O yes I love sitting around and laughing out loud at my laptop monitor!! That video was hilarious!!! Thank u for that good laugh this early morning!!! Brooke
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

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  12. Aww! I LOVE the idea of 'Wake Up Wednesday!' : ) I do a similar thing over at my blog and it's called 'Make a Difference Monday.' I definitely think I'm going to have to participate in this every week. Such a good reminder to think about the needs of others and to spread some love. You have such a beautiful heart : )

    Hope all of your new endeavors turn out fabulously for 2011!

    Lots of love,
    Laura

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  13. Love the Wednesday idea! I'm really excited to try it out! This is the first year I've felt really excited for the new year and the new possibilities for bettering myself! Also HUGE thanks for the downloads! This will solve our issue we were having yesterday while talking about New Beginnings and the years theme!

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  14. how great! that'll be so fun and such a growing experience. I hope to join along. :)

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  15. Yes please a tutorial on your rice wrap! My son has Autism and this would be a great sensory tool!!! And weighted blankets/vests/necklaces are expensive....and expensive to ship! But I bet I could make this look super boy cool! :) Thanks !

    Amanda
    todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  16. I have been making the upscale hats and wondering about your liner? making them warmer. I know I could figure it out but just wondering if you have any tips or good suggestions that might save me sometime.

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  17. I love the idea for Wake-up Wednesday. Such a great idea, and such a great way to do service. Small and simple things, right?

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  18. Yes please on the tutorial and I love the wed idea. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your blog. I just love reading it.

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  19. love the wednesday idea! I'm a busy student and wife, and it's hard to fit in little services that I enjoy doing! Thanks for inviting us along!

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  20. I am excited for Wake Up Wednesday, I think its a great idea.
    I would also love for you to post a tutorial for the warmer.
    Thanks

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  21. I love the printable thank you so much!! Your a doll! and tutorial i vote yes!! Its super cute and a wonderful idea.Well done.

    Shelly

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  22. Thank you so much for participating in our adoption fundraising and for encouraging others to do so as well through your charity tab! We REALLY appreciate it! :)

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  23. Hey Cheri, please can we get a tut for your awesome rice neck warmer! Thanks, Kylie

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  24. Love the hat! Love your good deed idea! If you ever feel like you want to, would you allow me to share them on the blog I do? I only do one and it's purpose is to observe the good deeds done by others. I would love it!

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  25. I would be very interested in a tutorial about making a rice neck warmer. I've been thinking about making one for a few months now, but yours looks a lot prettier than the one I made in my head.
    Also, great idea on the Wake Up Wednesday. I have a resolution to be nicer, and I think your ideas would be helpful in reaching that goal.

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  26. Love the idea for Wake Up Wednesdays - can't wait to see what you come up with.

    Also, I heart that baby hat :)

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  27. I love your new Wednesday theme! I will wait anxiously until Wednesday.

    And I would love a tutorial for the rice neck warmer. It would be perfect for my MIL, who suffers from chronic back/neck pain, especially in the winter.

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  28. Oi minha flor!!
    Estou encantada com o seu blog...é lindo demais e tem tantas coisa tão lindas e tão interessantes de se ver.....
    Estou apaixonada com os seus trabalhos e por isso eu vou te seguir e te linkar no meu blog tb.

    Beijos mil e um feliz 2011!

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  29. Please post your recipe for the raspberry honey butter. I would love to try that out!

    Teresa

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  30. Hello! I would love a tutorial for the neck warmer! That would be a great gift for a few family members - and I'm planning on getting Christmas started early this year!

    Thank you!

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  31. Just an FYI on your video...On one of the kid networks we have this show. It is called hole in the wall.

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  32. I think your Wednesday idea is such a wonderful thing. You are so sweet to reach out and inspire all of us to be better...and we don't even have to come up with our own ideas! I will be joining you every Wednesday for sure!

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  33. Cheri what an inspiration you continue to be. Thanks for all that you do for us readers! Thanks for the awesome YW printables - I just got called to be YW pres in my ward and am super excited about these ! Love you big!!!

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  34. Great downloads! Thank you! Your neighbor gifts were adorable! Everything you do is. :)

    I think the Wake up Wednesday is really cool...and that Youtube video is hilarious!

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  35. so cute! I would love to have a tutorial for the neck warmer!

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  36. I was just working on a poster for YW's. New Beginnings is tonight, and I wanted to be sure to have a poster for them. I'm going to have to use yours instead. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. would you be willing to post the raspberry honeybutter recipe? sounds so yummy!!!

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  38. please please PLEASE do a tutorial on the rolls! They sound AMAZINGGG

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  39. I'm with everyone else... love the Wed idea, would love tutorials for the neck warmer, rolls, butter and Love the YW printables (but I'm not in YW so I'll cry on my own later). But I'm wondering if you're still going to do the sharing Saturdays sometimes... My husband's bday is coming up & I'd love to make him something from our 2 yo but I'm having a hard time thinking of something (dumb preggo brain!) his bday is right before Valentines so I'm trying to avoid something too heartsy (since I'll be doing that too I'm sure!). If people have any ideas I'd love to hear it!!!

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  40. Brilliant ideas! Keep up the good work, I have learned so much from reading your blog! ;)
    Yes, please on the rice warmer tute.
    Desi

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  41. You are so fabulous! I can't wait for Wake Up Wednesday. I NEED this! This is going to be a great year.

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  42. I would also be interested in the neck warmer tutorial. I can see my Mom and Mother-in-law both enjoying one of those made lovingly by me. I LOVE that game show! Hahaha! But not funny if that is a real metaphore for your life. :S I look forward to spending the new year with your blog!

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  43. Lori - Yes, we will have more Sharing Saturdays...not this one, but the next and I'll be happy to post your question.

    Thanks!
    Cheri

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  44. I would love the pattern for the rice warmer wrap. I drop by your blog about once a week. I like your wake up call for Wed. morning, I'm going to make wed the day I drop by.

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  45. Would love to see the neck warmer. I have MS and something like that would be delightful.

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  46. I vote yes on a rice warmer tutorial please! Love it! And I love your blog!

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  47. Thank you so much for the YW theme subway art! I printed it out and modge podged it onto wood and drilled 2 holes in the top to tie a cute ribbon hanger for it. I showed the girls on sunday and they are so excited to make one for themselves. Thanks for sharing! It is a hit in our YWs!

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  48. Hi, I love your blog. I love the article of faith. Can you share how you did it? Is it the same as your recent turtorial of picnik? I would like to do the same thing with other articles of faith and hang it in my daughter's room.

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  49. I would love to have a pattern for the rice pack. Please emai me if it's possible. Blessings

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