Thursday, January 3, 2013

Explore

I typically don't pick one word as a directive for my new year, but as I was cleaning up my studio on New Year's eve I came across two wonderful notecards I received awhile back from my blog friend, Amy @ Four Corners Design and the discovery of these cards led me to selecting a word for this year.  I think it was serendipitous that I found these cards on the last day of the year as one card perfectly described my 2012 and the other is a perfect motto for the new year ahead.

 It's no secret that 2012 was a rough year for me, losing both my husband and my dad within a six month period.  
Keep Going.
I don't know how many times I said that to myself over the course of the past year.
It wasn't a motto that I picked at the beginning of 2012 but it was probably the best descriptive of my year.

 And then I saw this card and I knew it was a fit description for the new year.....explore.
As I look ahead to the new year I realize I am ready to explore.......

I want to explore what I can do to update my blog,
I want to explore learning new craft techniques,
I want to explore updating some of the rooms in my home,
I want to explore opportunities within my job, 
I want to explore traveling within the US to states I've never been.......

I think "explore" is a pretty safe word for me for 2013.  It doesn't commit me to big changes but says I am open to the possibilities....and I think that's a pretty good start for me.

Before I sign off I want to show you the memo board I created for the notecards.

I started with a basic frame (no "before" pic) and some fence posts from this fencing I picked up at a thrift store for $3.00.
I removed the plastic strapping from the posts and was left with a pile of wood for some small projects.
I cut the wood to fit my frame.
And then used wood glue to attach the pieces to the back side of the frame.
Since this piece has a rustic look to it, I used a piece of jute twine for the hanger.
 This wood is very soft, perfect for thumbtacks, making it an excellent backing for a memo board.
 I also used some of the wood to back this little shelf.
And I made this Christmas tree hanging for a friend's gift this past Christmas.
I still have the top parts of the fencing waiting for a project....stay tuned.

I will be away from my blog for the next couple of weeks.
I'm leaving on vacation tomorrow for some time in the sun!

Thanks, as always, for visiting.
I hope you are ready to do some exploring with me this year!

Jane

50 comments:

  1. you've much courage and strength in addition to al that creativity. "Explore" is a GOOD word for 2013 and I hope that your explorations bring you joy.....peace....contentment. happy 2013!

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  2. Jane I think explore is a perfect word for you and I'm so excited you will share it with us! Have a wonderful time in the sun!

    hugs, Linda

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  3. Hello Jane! I think that is the perfect word for many of us! I hope that 2013 brings you many opportunities to use it and that you have a wonderful New Year! love, t.xooxoxox
    p.s. love all of the creations with the little fencing :)

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  4. Thank you for coming back to your blog and sharing your creativity. I think you are among the most thoughtful, original and creative of the bloggers I enjoy. Thank you for sharing your gifts!

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  5. Courage comes to mind when I think of 2012 for you, Jane! I think "explore" is a great word for 2013. It definitely keeps you open to trying some new things. Enjoy your vacation!

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  6. Jane,
    I think that you have found the perfect word for ya. I hope you have a wonderful vacation in the sun and I wish you the best in 2013.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. I love this! I may steal that word for myself. It feels safe and yet adventurous all at the same time. I want to move forward in my little business venture but I'm also afraid of failure and setting the bar too high. I'm so glad you are back more in the blogging world. You truly inspire me!

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  8. I think EXPLORE is a great word for the new year. Wish you all the best things in life for this new year. Have fun on your vacation!

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  9. Hi Jane! It's so nice to see you post. I thing your word is just perfect! It's very upbeat and promising. I look forward to hearing all about your adventures in 2013! Love the memo board, it turned out just great.

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. I LOVE the notecards and your creations, Jane...sounds like perfect inspiration for the new year! Amy is a talented lady! I hope your vacation is WONDERFUL!

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  11. Jane this is a fabulous post, never mind great projects! You should explore every possibility, you are so talented I think you could become rich and famous in the blog world! Well ok, maybe not rich, or too famous but I think your blog is one of the best out there and if you concentrate on exploring the possibilities, I think you can reach for the stars!
    Good luck and thanks for that inspiring post! I'm always following what you write!
    Susan

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  12. Jane - thanks so much for the shout-out...and I'm thrilled that my cards could provide such inspiration to you. I'm sure you are more than due for a vacation...and I'm hoping that 2013 turns into a grand exploration for you!
    BTW...if anyone wants their own cards...these designs...and many more can be found at my etsy shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/fourcornersdesign

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  13. I love that the cards gave you a theme to work towards for the year. It reminds me of the saying back in the 70's...Keep on keeping on. I have bolstered myself with that many times over the years. I love all your projects here- they are all wonderful- xo Diana

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  14. So nice to see those fun projects you do again, but even better to know you are feeling better, and ready to "explore". A great word.....
    But, do not forget to keep "rest" on the list of words too.

    Rest is time to listen to Him, between exploring.

    blessings sweet lady.

    barb

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  15. Jane, I love that you choose "Explore". It does seem a perfect word for you for this coming year. I hadn't thought about picking a word this year, but "explore" also jumped into my brain last week as well. We're in the process of moving to Chicago, so there will be lots for us to explore this year. Wishing you the best for the new year. Enjoy your warm weather vacation!

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  16. I love that you are going to explore. Have a wonderful vacation. YOu deserve every moment of it.
    hugs,
    Laura

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  17. Jane - the word "explore" is perfect. Hope you have a grand time on your vacation. I love what you did with your fence posts!

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  18. Bon Voyage Jane, and don't forget to EXPLORE, EXPLORE, EXPLORE while soaking in the sun! BTW - I absolutely love your blog. It's full of wonderful ideas and inspiration. Thanks.

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  19. I think you've picked the perfect word for 2013. Wishing you well on your journey. Know you've got two angels on your shoulder and all of us cheering you on too. :)

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  20. If you ever wish to explore NV..come on down. Guest room is ready and waiting... Just don't come when it's too hot - we tend to fry touri (tourists) in the summer.. :D

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  21. Happy New Year, Jane!

    You have the perfect word for this new year! May all of your "Exploring" be fun, excitng and joyful!
    ALWAYS love seeing your creations and how you redesign "stuff"
    Warmly,
    deb

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  22. Jane,
    What a great thing to find on New Years, but also to share with us. I love your word Explore! I am looking forward to seeing all you have to explore during this coming year! You are a blessing!
    dee dee

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  23. What a great way to approach the new year after such an emotional and difficult 2012. Enjoy your vacation and if Texas is one of the states you get to visit in the future, let's have lunch :)

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  24. I know 2012 was a rough year for you, but I'm hoping 2013 brings you much joy! Explore sounds like a perfect word to adopt for the year. Looking forward to more of your wonderful creations. Love what you did with the old posts.

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  25. You did have a really rough year. Go have some sun and relaxation.
    Brenda

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  26. Love your projects! Have fun on your vacation!








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  27. Looking forward to following along and seeing where your exploration takes you. Happy New Year, Jane!

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  28. Love your word for this year. Wishing you a great year of exploring! Have a wonderful time on vacation.

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  29. I think you are incredibly brave and an inspiration to us all. Thank you for allowing us to follow your story. I hope you won't limit your blog to just your creations, but maybe will choose to share some of your explorations as well! If you start to get scared, remember we're all here pulling for you!

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  30. seriously .... do you always have to be an overachiever..you couldnt be satisfied with just one project from the fencing ??? just had to do #????

    enjoy the sun.......wish i was going with you

    also, if you explore to our area of the woods (pittsburgh)...let me know.........

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  31. I'm so glad I found your blog (from Barb over at treasures from the heart). Lovely projects and beautiful post.

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  32. i liked your 2012 word.
    that was something i had to repeat myself.
    i lost my dad in october - i can't even imagine what if i lost my husband as well. i pray that you find strength and courage this year.

    my word is change. i want to accept change, embrace change, have positive change... so much changed last year, especially in the last three months. i want next year to take change and make it positive and good for me.

    may 2013 give you adventures of a lifetime.
    lauren

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  33. Love the memo board and the tree!! If you want to explore Annapolis, I'll take you on a personal tour and you are welcome to stay with us. Think about it!!!

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  34. hi Jane .... so happy to see you back and ready to 'explore' ... you are very creative and will find happiness as you travel and explore. I wish the best for you. I have copied several of your ideas and can't wait to see what you come up with this year.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

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  35. If you want to come to Texas and expore Round Top either in the spring or fall - let me know and I'll be happy to show it to you. Really enjoy your projects - have pinned many of them.

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  36. I hope you have a fabulous vacation in the sun. You obviously aren't coming to Austin. No sun here today. ;-)

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  37. Hi Jane! I just came across your blog today, thanks to Barb from Treasures From the Heart. I have been going back, and back, and back reading previous posts and being mesmerized by the neat things that you have created. I don't know how many times I've said "oh my goodness!" or "how cool is that?". I love how you are repurposing things and love your style. I look forward to following your blog.

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  38. Jane, I had no idea of your sad & scary journey of last year. I rarely comment anywhere, but today, my heart sends you healing wishes & bright, blue skied days while you explore in 2013.

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  39. Last year was a rough one for many of us.
    I am sorry about your losses. I lost my mom a few months back and it takes time to adjust to not being able to give her a call when I have news.

    Wishing you many good things in the coming months.

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  40. Your courage is inspiring to me and I love the two words you chose..Wishing you a happier 2013..Also looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the new year..Have a great weekend..

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  41. Thanks to Barbara Jean, I got here to enjoy such lovely projects!!!!
    Happy New Year and my best wishes for you!
    Elena (lascosasdeerb.blogspot.com)

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  42. been missing you ....
    you deserve some time in the sun!!


    and hey, I have everything on hand to make the wooden creation!!
    kinda hate to cut the cute little picket tops tho

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  43. I love what you did with the posts. I wish I was so creative.

    I love the postcards, I collect them but have never seen those in the UK. My husband was given a "Keep calm your 60" for his birthday last year and I have framed it and it is on his desk in the study!!

    I know what you mean about exploring. After my first husband died I visited places I would never dream of going to, the Pyramids in Egypt,a cruise up the Nile, Israel, Croatia and Corsica either with my Church or with a holiday group for single people. I met some lovely people, on the cruise there were three others ladies that had been widowed about the same time as me, a little older but they understood when I wanted time alone or time to talk. It was very therapeutic for us all.

    I wish you a very Happy New Year and look forward to reading in your blog what you get up to this year. As they say "Time is a great healer" and as you know I remarried in 2002, something I never thought I would do!! It is nice to have a companion as you get older.Jackie in Surrey, Uk.

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  44. Oh my goodness...I came across your blog from pinterest and this is the first entry I see. My heart just broke for you and I don't even know who you are. I am so sorry for both of your losses, I couldn't even imagine. :-(

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  45. Just like the comment before mine, I came across your blog via pinterest. I am sorry for your losses this year and wish you luck in your explorations. I saw so many great project ideas and can't wait to explore more.

    I'll be back.

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  46. Jane, so glad to see you back, I like you was a little lost in the fog. I started following your blog as I was care taking for my my husband. You and many blogs filled my days & hours @ the hospital & doctors . Seeing you come back helps me with all the struggles that I have ahead . I am so encouraged by all these strong women that have taken this setback and made it a strength and move forward !

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  47. You are an inspiration... YOU GO GIRL!!!

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  48. I found you through a pin on pinterest. Love your blog, you're so creative. I"m so sorry about your losses and admire you for your strength. I am a new follower!

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  49. I cannot tell you how much I love seeing the stuff you create here! Your eye is wonderful!

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