At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Wednesday, January 2

WOYWW 187 - Happy New Year!


Well, here we are in 2013, dear WOYWWers!
Isn't it great to meet again?
I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and are looking forward to the new year...
Here are a couple of presents on my desk...
First, a lil gift I bought for myself from Sonia


It seemed an appropriate New Year pressie - and hope is the thing with feathers according to Miss Dickinson :o)

And a very precious surprise Xmas gift from my dear friend, Anca - how special is this???


I won't take it out of the wrapping until I find the perfect frame...

Does anybody know how I can incorporate this into my blog head, as I'd really like to use Anca's beautiful artwork in some way...

I'm looking forward to visiting your desks as often as possible in this new year, and a BIG thankyou to Julia for hosting this brilliant get-together over at her Stamping Ground!!

Wishing you everything good for 2013

xxxx

PS Feel free to scroll down is see my word for 2013... I think you'll be seeing and hearing lots more about this throughout the year...






27 comments:

okienurse said...

great looking desk with lots of fun things to look at. Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing your posts in 2013! Vickie #17

voodoo vixen said...

I love your little birdie and hope is always a good choice for word of the year. You may have problems with the orientation of your lovely gift - it probably won't stretch well as a banner photo. :( Happy new Year Annette #23

Redanne said...

Love your little bird, such a lovely gift. I wish I could help with your blog header but I am a novice myself in that area. Happy New Year and happy WOYWW, Anne x #7

BJ said...

Thanks to Redanne, as I didn't realise it was a bird! Been caught up with my WORD and Abbey of the Arts. Sorry Claire, thanks for visiting me (my last AJ page featured my word my the way - although I have just signed up for the mini retreat, we'll see if it sticks). Really hope you find a way with the header. BJ#27

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love the Hope bird and the artwork, what gorgeous things to receive!
I think the Stroke Assoc is the perfect charity to support. If I sent you a few items, do you have someone to pass them on to? If you do, email me your address and I will get on with it!
Happy new year, LLJ 31 xxxx

Neil said...

Just popping in to say Hi. Hope the coming year is a good, creative and blessed one for you!
Neil #36

sandra de said...

The hope bird is gorgeous and always good to buy something special for the new year.
Sandra @24

soraya nulliah said...

Dear Claire-I LOVE that bird!!! What a great reminder through the rest of the year. Yes, Entering the Castle is a gem. I read the book first, then got the audio tape so I could listen + paint at the same time.
LOVE your word(S) for 2013...BE A VESSEL. So poetic and powerful!

Tracey said...

Happy New Year to you. A very organised looking desk. Wonderful gifts too. Tracey R ±48

Julia Dunnit said...

I think you picked a great word, not least because it will serve to challenge you too, which always keeps the interest high. Your bird of hope is gorgeous, and although I regret I can't help about your blog header, I think the picture is a stunner, how marvellous and thoughtful a gift.

butlersabroad said...

Those are lovely new gifts Claire, we can all use a bit of hope in our world can't we? Hope 2013 is a great one for you.

Hugs
Brenda 73

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Drop me a line. I might be able to help with the blog banner. I don't know anything about blogger per se, but if you know the exact size of the banner it should be fairly easy to incorporate the image somehow. The it should be just a matter of uploading it in the way you blogger people do :)

It looks like the image you added is BIG so that shouldn't be a problem. I may have a play after I comment on a few more blogs and see what I can come up with and email you. This is just the kind of thing I find a bit of fun :)

Happy WOYWW

MA (5)

Mary Anne

scrappymo! said...

So glad it looks like you have found someone who can help with the header!

The hope bird is a wonderful idea to start the new year. I chose OLW as well...I think it is such a great way to start the year!

I read back a bit...You are drawing beautifully for having to learn to draw with a new hand...don't think I could do anywhere as well as you.

I have a brain injury from a car accident...nowhere near the problems you have had to deal with...but I am familiar with some of the issues of learning things all over again.

Hope to see you here again!
scrappymo #21

Neet said...

Hope is a lovely word and what a lovely gift to yourself - now I see it as a bird.
Not a clue on banners, sorry, but can wish you every happiness for 2013.
Blessings, Neet 12 xx

Andrea said...

Happy new year Claire and I hope 2013 is a year of happiness and good health. thanks for visiting . I'm sure you will find the perfect frame when you see it I hope we get to see the finished article when you do best wishes Andrea #9

fairy thoughts said...

your little birdie is really cute
happy new year to you and yours
janet #22

KatzElbows said...

If you scan or make a copy of your wonderful gift, you could incorporate it into a collage that would make an amazing banner head. I'm rather excited to see it.

Happy WOYWW,
Love Rachel, #6

Nikki said...

Happy WOYWW sweet gifts there and look forward to seeing your new banner from such a thoughtful gift :)
hugs Nikki #2

Alexandra said...

I just love your HOPE rock. :) Wonderful desk, too. :)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Claire, I pray Gods every grace, mercy and blessing for your 2013.

re the banner I ended up ding mine on top of the picture in another programme and uploaded it like that if you peek at my blog but you may not be happy doing it that way - did it up in Picasa then saved in and used it that way not sure if that helps??

Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #20

Di said...

Love your Hope bird Claire - and I hope that 2013 is a good year for you. Hugs, Di xx #19

Sue Brown said...

Nice new look for the blog :))
Sue

Cathy Cullis said...

Hello Claire, thank you for directing me to your blog, it is lovely to feel the warm positivity you are sharing here - I wish you a very happy creative year ahead, may you enjoy - best wishes always, Cathyx

Francesca said...

Hi Claire, and a very Happy New Year to you!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Hi there Claire!
I would be delighted to make you some stuff whenever you're ready for it! Just let me know.

Hmm,wonder what's up with my email link, I'll have to check that out.....thanks for telling me!

Take care, LLJ XXXX

Priti.Lisa said...

Hi Claire...beautiful treasures! Having art around makes me happy too...I read further and saw the process of choosing your word for the year...exactly how I do it, lol.
Be a Vessel is just so perfect! Imagine the possibilities...Happy New Year ♥♥♥

L'Officina said...

Thank You Claire! And all my best wishes for a beautiful 2013!
Hope, "Speranza" in italian, is a beautiful word!
Auguri per un bellissimo 2013 anche dall'Italia :)