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Friday, December 17, 2010

An Early Christmas...

Well, hello there my friends! I hope you are all having a most wonderful season... and not getting too wrapped up in the commercialism/marketing machine that seems to run rampant this time of year, but hope you are finding time to do the things you love, with the people you love, and are remembering to find the joy in the simple things.

Since I was scheduled to be back in New Mexico for work next week, and I have no family here, I had the chance to celebrate an early Christmas as well as spend some quality time with various family & friends... and for that I am truly thankful! Most of my gifts this year were hand made, of course! Well, for the most part :). I started with the ceramic bowls I made & filled them full of little goodies (coffees, teas, salsas, chocolate of course, gift cards for the teens, even a lottery ticket here & there, 'cause hey, ya never know!) Then I shrink wrapped them, added a pretty bow & whala! Instant gift! They were really fun to make!

I think they went over well, too... so that made me happy! So while everyone is finishing last minute shopping, I have already celebrated, so now I can focus on other things... like trying to find a relatively inexpensive... as if that exists... place to live in Santa Fe. Since I'll be staying with friends this year on Christmas, and my ornaments are in storage... I appreciated spending time admiring my mom's tree... and my mom for that matter!

Mom- decorating :)
Beyond all the gift bowl making, & running around visiting people, I also had a bit of time to relax, walk along the ocean & soak up some Southern California sunshine & warmth. And now, after 2 days of driving, I am safe & sound back in Santa Fe... missing my family, but looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life.
Hope you are all well & enjoying the warmth of family & friends!
And a special thanks to my mom... for all you do, for who you are... I hope you know the difference you make in all the lives you touch!


Lisa RedWillow said...

Becky I have heard Santa Fe is so beautiful. Im wishing you the very best there and cant wait to see your view and hear all about it. I dream of visiting that part of the US someday ..someday perhaps. We were in Arz last winter and Cal. . Merry Christmas to you . Your gifts are beautiful. Loved your blog and photos .

Trevor Woodford said...

Those gifts look great.
Have a good Christmas and whatever you are doing - enjoy...!

clairz said...

Your bowl gifts are beautiful and inspired, Becky.

I hear that there is snow in SF to welcome you. Love your mom's tree and Christmas decor--looks like she has the New Mexican spirit.

Merry Early Christmas to you, and welcome back to New Mexido. Can't wait to hear what's next!

Annie said...

Hi Becky! Glad you are back, I missed you! I love the gift bowl and think just the bowl would have been a great gift, but with the added goodies you went all out. I love your mom's tree, so California :-). Talk to you soon.

jo©o said...

Hiya dear Becky,

Glad your journey finished safely.
Your mum looks like a free spirit. Wonderful. And I want hair like that. And the hat as well, come to think of it :-)
Now I shall have to look up Santa Fe on the map. It's al the same to me: far, far away, and so different. Notes from a small island are so very far removed from notes from the big country. (BillBryson-speak. I hope you are acquainted with him. He reduces me to tears of laughter, almost dangerously too much at times).

Us Brits, having moaned about the absence of a White Xmas for decades, are now all punished with snow, snow, snow. I've had soooo enough.
No idea what your climate is doing at the minute. Hope you find a place that can accommodate a kiln.

Angela Recada said...

I love how you've celebrated your Christmas and am glad to see that you know what's important in life. I hope you and your lovely mother had a wonderful time together, and that you enjoy your holidays in beautiful New Mexico.

Doris Sturm said...

Hello Becky! Nice to hear from you and those gift bowls you made look fantastic! Great presents that everyone can enjoy now and later!

Your mother's tree is a "flower child" of a tree - ready for a party! I love it!!!

I hope you found adequate housing. When I lived there 33 years ago, we lived in an Adobe apartment and I can still hear the wind howling around the corner - that's something I do not miss...but I do miss the clean air and the snow and the wide open space.

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

It looks like we share the same feelings about the holiday, Becky. Your gifts are wonderful.

I have been busy sewing mine these last weeks.

Merry Christmas to you, and much happiness in your new home.

Randy said...

Welcome home Becky! Happy that you are home safe. Your photos as always are great. I love how you used your bowls for gifts. Handmade ones are always the best. I hope your enjoy your holidays here in Santa Fe.

KClark Photography said...

What a great idea for gift bowls Becky. (slips name onto next years gift list) Hope the home findng in Santa Fe goes smoothly. Happy Holidays!


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Your gifts are wonderful.I like the Christmas tree.

Pat said...

Who wouldn't want one of your gifts? They looked wonderful!

So now you're back in Santa Fe and looking for a place to stay. Hope you find something soon.

I'm freezing up in IL for the holidays, but at least I'll have a white Christmas!

Rick said...

A lovely post Becky. So great to see all the gifts you made - a talent, for sure ! And also wonderful that you've already been able to spend the time with family and friends 'back home' !

I wish you a very Merry Christmas in Santa Fe and all the best for 2011 (including finding a decent place to live ;-)

Dee said...

Merry Christmas Becky, Your gift bowls are a good idea.I may borrow your idea for a few last minute gifts I need to purchase.Your mom looks like a fun person and I love her colorful tree. I pray your new year will be full of blessings as you begin your new venture.♥ Dee

Carolynn said...

Oooo...I love Santa Fe. Good luck find a place to live there. I love gift baskets, all the fun things to discover tucked inside.

Wind said...

Happy, Great Christmas to you and to everybody you love!
Daliana from Romania

Barb said...

Hi Becky, I, too, am spending quality time with Family and haven't been on the computer much. I dropped by today to tell you I'm happy that you're safely back in lovely Sante Fe. I hope by now you've found a place to lease/rent. Your bowls looked so festive filled with treats and topped with bows. Your gifts - made by loving hands and given with a kind heart are the type of gifts I like the best. Your Mother is so lovely - she looks like someone I could kibbutz with! I'm writing this from Denver (we came down from the mountain yesterday). It's mild here with no snow on the ground. We'll spend Christmas day with our children and grandchildren - visiting their homes from early to late. Happy Holidays to you, Becky!

John Brisson said...

Happy holidays Becky!

Kate said...

I wish that I had been smart enough to make gifts as you did this year. I'll keep that in mind for 2011. Glad that you're back where you belong in SF!

May the rest of the holiday season be full of love and laughter. And, mahy 2011 be your best year ever!

Liz.Blog said...

With Best Wishes in to the New Year 2011!