Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It's been a LONG time coming...

The title of the post says a lot  ~  to say the least.

It says a lot of what has happened in the past,

what's going on at the moment,

&  what I hope the new year will be for me.

Let me start by saying that it's been a while since I've ran my fingers through velvet millinery and vintage lace...

Although it is all at my fingertips, I have been short on time.

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My love for creams & browns still remains, along with mixtures of metals and lace and everything in between...

Although it is all at my fingertips, I have been short on time.

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I am longing to play with the little trinkets and goodies that beg my attention to create something beautiful...

Although it is all at my fingertips, I have been short on time.

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I beg for the time to sit and visit with you, my heart is lonesome for the inspiration you always provide to me...

Although it is all at my fingertips, I have been short on time.

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I admire those of you of whom time has been generous...

for that I am jealous.

As a creative (& nosey) soul, I have been short on time  ;)

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It's been a LONG time coming since I've been creative "for no reason at all" but in the meantime, good things have happened too!

I have slowed down a little and learned to appreciate the things that really matter in my life such as:

no expectations

no promises

no regrets

no rush

and most importantly, lots of happiness.

Friends do come and go,

but the special memories still remain.

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After all, it's creativity that led me to blogging,

blogging led me to great friends,

great friends led me to the unforgettable memories,

so therefore...I'm always looking forward to what's coming my way next!

It can only get better, right?

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I guess the point that I'm trying to make here is...

It's been a LONG time coming that I've told you that I miss all of you on my side bar, all of you in blogland, all of you that I've met on the road and all of you that I've met at creative events.

And, it's been a LONG time coming that I've told you "Thank You" for making {everything vintage} what it is today!!!

I am hopeful that 2012 will bless me with time to stop in and visit with you and catch up, just like old friends do. 

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The above photos are from a "pocket swap" hosted by Jessica in 2010.

My swap partner was Leslie and everything you see above are the beautiful things she sent to me.

It's been a LONG time coming that I post this...

~ I am hopeful that time is generous to me in 2012 ~

66 comments:

Olive Cooper said...

Unto everything there is a season. You have your self to care for. Not rushing is a very good skill.

Sandy said...

I think your words are beautiful... what you have to say rings true to my heart. I'm new to your blog and find you so enjoyable. xoso Sandy

Leanne said...

welcome back, again. I hope time won't be running away from you in 2012.

as for me, still where I'm at, although my blog has a new focus now. It's still in its baby stages, but I'm hoping and praying that I'm taking the steps God needs me to.

(Plus and also, awesome pocket swap pics!)

jojo said...

I know I rarely comment and since you haven't been posting that works out rather well eh? but, last night while perusing the blog world I was thinking of you, wondering, and hoping that all was well. So glad you checked in.

Lauren said...

Beautifully written!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

yes, i hope you will have more time to create this year. the pictures you posted are lovely. such beautiful things to receive! thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

The Primitique said...

You are adorable! In case I haven't told you lately. And I totally get that time thing. Hugs! ~Mindy

Heidi Meyer said...

I can't tell you how many times I wish I could clone myself, grow extra arms and bottle time. Sometimes we need to just be still and "be" (remind me again of this when I am chasing my tail). I love you sweet girl. xxoo Heidi

Lisa Phillippi llelsik@aol.com said...

I hope this year is everything you want it to be! Hugs!

A Fanciful Life said...

Dear Miss Jodie,
I know just how you feel. Where the heck has time gone? I hope you have a wonderful time this year making the gorgeous things that you do. Even if you don't, your photos are always a treat!

Big hugs,
Sharon and Miss Gracie, too

trash talk said...

Time is such a precious commodity and never enough of it to go around. As talented as you are my adorable crazy Cajun...can't you figure out a way to create more time? If you do...I'll buy all you have.
You have an artist's soul and while you might be able to keep it at bay for a while...I know it won't be forever.
I'm trying to carve out more time myself. Seems like it just slips through my fingers or is that what happens when one starts getting old?
Miss you darlin' and I'm still planning a trip down your way. I'd love to come for y'alls Mardis Gras, but it may be after the spring show (gah...that's just around the corner!). Hey...that'll be when it's warmer and we can put the top down!
Love you and miss you like crazy!
Deb

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so glad to see you here and saying these things! There is a time to move forward and when it is time you will know it. Wishing you creative time in 2012. Hugs, Linda

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hey sweet Jodie, It's wonderful to see you posting again. I thought about you many times and missed you and your always beautiful, thoughtful and/or funny posts. Hopefully this year will be a much better one for you and you will not only have the time but also the peace and quiet to get back to your studio and create.
I've been so lazy and have put off writing long e-mails but I promise to write you soon.
Big hugs and love,
Julia

Dorthe said...

Dear Jodie, time can surely run-and surely be filled to the brim, with our life-
I wish you a happy year 2012, and hope to see you now and then,here-showing all the beauty surrounding you-like thise lovely gifts.
Hugs,Dorthe

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

we've missed you too! I was glad to see you pop up in my reader this morning. Hope 2012 brings you all good things.

Theresa said...

Oh sweet friend, I can't believe that it has been almost TWO years since we met in Savannah! I miss you bunches and pray that 2012 will give you some extra time that you need to create! Love all of those precious pretties! BIG HUGS, T!

Sandi said...

Jodie,
I am feeling that time scrunch too. When we found out about Pat's cancer, time felt very precious. He and I now are holding on to each and every second and filling them with all the joy and happiness and freedom we can find.

So with this said, I hope you find the same and with this peace.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I think of you often Jodie when I am blogging. I hope that you are doing well and have found your joy again. I know how a hurt like yours takes TIME to really scab over...it never really heals completely....but I am so glad to see you blogging and thinking of projects. I look forward to hearing more from you in 2012....one day at a TIME!!

Loretta said...

Great Post! Your gift is lovely also! Hope your day be filled with peace! xoxoxo

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Jodie,
I always enjoy your posts, and am so glad when you appear on my google reader. (I always read, but don't always comment. It's a combination of my girls not napping as much as they used to and my being a lazy lady ;).
I was seriously thinking about the pocket swap the other day, and how I wish I had seen what the lovely Leslie sent you. It's all so pretty, and I must say, so you!
Can't wait to see more of your posts in my google reader! :)

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Hey Sweet Jodie - it´s so wonderful to see a post from you. Such a beautiful post. I hope you are well and I hope you find some time for the fun stuff in 2012. Miss you.
Have a wonderful day
xo Tina

Sinta Renee said...

You are always in my thoughts and my well wishes!

Linda R. said...

Everything looks so yummy here.. I do miss seeing your wonderful vintage creations.

Hugs, Linda

A Cottage Muse said...

Hugs to you Jodie ~ beautiful post!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Hope you find all the time you need to do the things you love to do.

blessings,
Danielle

June said...

And I can hardly wait!!! I've sure missed you Jodie!
Beautiful photos...some things never change!
hugs from me...

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey Jodie! guess what. You are mentioned in my post today so I came over to see if you had posted again and here you are! Yea! I used some of the yarn you sent me to make a bowl so that's in my post. The Red Heart yarn is great because it's thick and crochets up a bit stiff. I do hope that time will be on your side in 2012. I've gotten to the point where I just make the time. To heck with everything else. :) Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Teacup Mosaics said...

Hello Dear Jodie!
I too have missed the time being able to indulge in the blog world.
I am slowly returning and have found the true and blue wonderful people and things we love about the blogging world is still here and sweet as ever.
We will wait the lace will wait, take time and visit when you can.
Sending you lots of hugs!
Kelley

Pam @ Frippery said...

Good to hear you are taking a bit of time to create. I miss all your pretty things. I miss you too and all the laughs. Time is definitely something that needs to be weighed in everything we do. We have only so much and to waste a drop would be a sin. It is a definite balancing act. Each of us needs to decide what portion we will allot for each task. I think you are doing the right thing by letting go and allowing what is right for you to be your guide. Love you sweet Jodie. Hugs, Pam

Karen Valentine said...

We are hopeful for you Jodi!! You have been missed!! I understand completely about the time thing though. I think we all wish we had more of it!! (And the energy to utilize it too!!) Wishing all the best in 2012....and especially more time!
xo,
Karen

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

You have been missed, but I so understand about time. Hoping 2012 is the best yet... with a little more time for you!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

One thing I love about blogland... time has no meaning. You can go away and come back and it is like time stood still.

Your blog is still lovely!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

I've missed you, my darling friend, but I know you've been dealing with a lot of "stuff" on your end.

You know that I am always just a phone call or text away.

Love you!!!
Anne

Susan said...

Wishing you a healthy happy New Year...love your blog.....

The English Romantic said...

Hi Jodie,
I nearly missed this post and would have benn devastated. Great to see you again and wonderful to see your friends have missed you.
I'll be waiting to here more from you!!
Hugs, Angela.

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Great to see another post and hope 2012 is great for you too. Love the images, so elegant. From Engagement Rings

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zandra said...

Miss you, girl! Just thinking about you today. Hope all is well.
Hugz, Z

stephanie said...

I actually took some time today to play around a bit and unleash a little creativity and I find that I am thinking of you as I do it! I am so looking forward to spending time together in April...

victorian parlor II said...

Jodie,

I am so glad to read that you will be creating again! I look forward to seeing all of your gorgeous creations. You always inspire me:).

Blessings dear friend,

Kim

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Love the hanger you created newbie here enjoying your blog

Chris said...

Hi Jodie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Pam @ Frippery said...

Happy Fat Tuesday chicky. Miss you. Love, Pam

Miss Gracie's House said...

Hey Jodie!
Your project is gorgeous! You must make time to create...it is so good for the heart!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

Lovely to see a post from you dear friend.
Time can be a hard one, sometimes there are not enough hours in a day.
Love all the pretty goodies from the pocket swap.
Do hope you and your family are well and sending hugs to you.

Warmest hugs and hope you are having a lovely weekend

Carolyn

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Time....Elusive....Fleeting....If ONLY we could bottle it....I'd almost do ANYTHING for an extra three hours in each of my days....**sigh**....I hear you Lovey loud & clear....!!

I am HOPEFUL though you can find some to come & play as our LOVELY Friend Deb would say, at the GREATEST show on dirt....**wink**....!!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah xx

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Rustique Gal said...

Jodie,
I hope you are well! I just discovered this post and love the images here. The pocket is so sweet. Have a lovely weekend!
Hugs,
Sherry

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Hello
It's been a LONG time coming...
Many thanks, fairly refreshing, I enjoyed reading your article, You are wonderful!
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Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Jodie! I hope all of your wishes this year come true!
Hugs,
Kelly

Heidi Meyer said...

Hi sweet Jodie, I wanted to stop by and give you a huge cyber hug XXX. It has been so long since I have caught up on blogs. I was going through some old crochet trims, talking crawfish with a friend and you were on my mind. Sending you xxoo's ~ Heidi

Heidi Meyer said...

Hi sweet Jodie, I wanted to stop by and give you a huge cyber hug XXX. It has been so long since I have caught up on blogs. I was going through some old crochet trims, talking crawfish with a friend and you were on my mind. Sending you xxoo's ~ Heidi

Jennifer Hayslip said...

Hi Jodie! I wanted stop by and say to my sweet southern friend. I hope life is treating you well, and hopefully our creative paths will cross soon! ((HUGS!!)) xo,Jenn

WIZARD OF ONCE WAS "WooW" said...

Jodie, Jodie, Jodie....I so understand a long time coming...that's me too! My balance is much better and life is so sweet when you balance it properly, I miss our notes but know that true friendship is not mindful of time.
Take care my friend
Gale

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

HELLO MY FRIEND, IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME. I'VE MISSED MY VISITS. I LOVE YOUR WORK.

COME VISIT
CINDY@STITCHES

The French Bear said...

I have missed you too, glad to see you crafting again......it seems like the past year has blown by so fast, we are both twirling!!!!!!
Hugs,
Mags
xxx

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time is a precious commodity.

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cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Boy, I don't know if you'll ever see this. I'm the 60th comment on this post done in 2012. It's now August of 2013. I haven't blogged for a whole year. I moved, got a new computer, can't download, didn't have my studio anymore, there you have it. HOWEVER,

I am looking back on all of my blogs and reading all of my comments. I miss all of our visits. You were so sweet and loving to me and I still am touched by your words. I'm working right now on trying to download this new camera onto this new computer.

big hugs
cindy@stitches
cindygeilmann@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Jodie,
I check ever so often in hopes of finding you here again.
I know this is your sanctuary or use to be. You can never turn your back on creativity! Its always with you! When time I allowed, I hope you tap back into it! You touched many through your beautiful lens/views of your camera and your words that touched deeply and provoked memories, humor, and gave wisdom! I miss you. I'm not one for social media, but this was one site I connected to you my sister. Love and miss you, Karen

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