2 January 2012

Welcome 2012!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely holiday.  As expected, ours was very quiet but really, really nice.  Not having time to do it all this year, I picked what I felt where the most important bits and focused on them.  Keeping the holidays simpler made them so much more enjoyable ... something I'm going to try to remember for next year.  Now I'm ready to get back into some sort of routine although I'm finding it just a little bit difficult ... I'm so far behind and don't quite know where to start!  It feels like I've been away forever!

I'm always excited about a new year, aren't you? So many possibilities! It's like starting off with a clean slate. You'll notice my blog looks a lot different ... this is something I was working on before my Mom got sick and I was able to finish it up last weekend.  I was ready for something cleaner, lighter, simpler ... and I really missed having a sidebar.  I may or may not add a photo to the banner ... right now I like it just the way it is.  There are still a few things that need to be tweaked but I'm almost there.

Did you make any resolutions?  Set any goals?  I didn't this year.  I didn't choose a word for the year either.  Every January I make these lofty goals and by February reality sets in.  So this year I decided my only "goal" was to enjoy doing what I do.  Every day.  Every minute.  That should be easy because I already enjoy what I do!  And hopefully I'll be able to do more of it.

Now I realize that pomegranates have absolutely nothing to do with this post but they're one of my favourite treats for the holidays so of course I had to photograph them before eating them.  The seeds look like tiny red jewels, especially against the white dishes, and I love their tartness ... so refreshing after all the sweets that I've indulged in lately.

Thanks for joining me on my journey ... I'm so glad you're here!  Wishing you the best year ahead ever ... Happy 2012!  xo


  1. Oh, your photos may not have anything to do with your post, but they are a delight for the eyes. Love that bright red against the white. Happy New Year and welcome back!!

  2. I'm loving your new blog layout, Lynda! Everything looks great! In fact it's quite similar to mine. I too went with basic colors, except for the header. Yours looks fine without a picture. And that darn sidebar really is a necessity! I couldn't stand not having one.

    Wonderful images, as always. For some reason I never eat pomegranates but they certainly are wonderful to photograph! Happy New Year my friend!


  3. I enjoyed seeing the pomegranates throughout...little rubies to enjoy against the white. It looks beautifully serene here and that's something you are looking for I know...some good old-fashioned calm. I like your resolution. I think it's the very best sort of a one.

  4. So glad you're back, Lynda! How is your mom? I took care of my dad back in the 90s, so I truly understand how difficult it is to take care of your parent.

    I love the new look of your blog~~it's very clean and sophisticated. I've been tweaking my blog, too, but it's still a work in progress.

    I know what you mean by being behind! I've already overcommitted myself to all things photographic and Photoshop :~/

    I haven't made a New Year's Resolution for years~~I just have along list of things I want and need to do. If I can accomplish just a few, I'll be happy.

    I've never chosen a Word before, but I did this year, in response to one of Kim Klassen's posts. I came up with a lot of Words, but there are all encompassed by Hope, so that's my Word.

    The pomegranate photos are delectable~~I think I'll buy one today :~)

  5. Happy new year to you too Lynda, i hope your year will be filled with happiness,creativity, and a little magic...
    Liek teh magic you create here: it’s such a joy to come visit your blog. Your photos are like a burst of happiness, and that makes my day even more beautiful... thank you.
    xo sandra

  6. Happy New Year Lynda, I hope it a great year for
    all of us and I pray your mom continues to improve.
    Of course your photo's are some of the best ever and I always enjoy every one of them. I love your goal and I too have selected to be myself this year and to enjoy each day as it comes. It sure feels good not to be stressed about tomorrow!
    Love your new blog layout..very clean and fresh. I'm working on cleaning mine up too. It's hard to change and that could cause one to become stale...yup, those calling cards are your wonderful gift to me..love them and will treasure them always..
    Enjoy time....

  7. Happy New Year Lynda!!
    I absolutely love what you did with your blog design.
    Such wonderful simplicity.
    I love these photographs too. The detail you have captured is fantastic.

  8. Love the new look here, Lynda -- it seems perfect for the fresh new slate of January. And thhe images in this post are so beautiful!!! Wishing you much joy in the new year. xoxo

  9. i love a clean start...a clear slate....when the new year rolls in :)

  10. Your blog looks great! I also recently cleaned up the look of my layout. I was inspired by the pastel colors of Donna Hay magazine's font colors. ;) Your pom photos are just gorgeous, Lynda! Love that red color! All the best to you for the new year!!!

  11. Happy New Year, Lynda! I'm so glad your holidays were good. Definitely keeping it simple has many advantages. Love the new look here, too. I had good intentions for some house cleaning but still catching up on too many other things. :)

    Sending wishes for a very joyful and fulfilling New Year! Thank you for your continued friendship in 2011. xo – g

  12. Happy New Year, Lynda! LOVE the streamlined, elegant look here. And all the juicy jewel-red of the pomegranates sing all the more for the simple layout. I like your approach to the new year, and keeping that simple to by focusing on every day joys. I'll be doing the same. I have a few plans, and hope to share more on those next week, but really just daily like is gift and goal enough. :o) Wishing you all the best, my friend ((HUGS))

  13. Like you I always seem to make my own resolutions then stress a bit because I can't do everything I thought I could. There is something about getting back to basics and enjoying the simple things in life. This year I decided to not set any resolutions, just a few goals or ideas that I might want to tackle. If I am able to acomplish some, thats great, if not, no presure. There is always next month. Love the clean, bright layout, nice. Wishing you and yours a wonderful new year.

  14. Love your new blog, so beautiful in it's simplicity. I agree fully with you. I always set out with so many goals and resolutions but in the end resort to appreciating the simple joys of the everyday, focusing on the here and now is perhaps the most important goal of all!

  15. Pomegranates, love them! No resolutions for me. Wishing you a new year filled with HAPPY XO

  16. WOWZA! I am loving the new look here. I did choose a word this year...and so far it's working for me :). I too love pomegranates...and you have photographed them so beautifully here! Happy new year my friend!

  17. Your blog looks beautiful, Lynda. I like the new look, it feels very fresh...perfect for a new year. I photographed pomegranates yestderday too, I don't think I'll be using them for any posts though...we'll see. Your photos look wonderful. Happy New Year to you!

  18. I've never had a pomegranate, but they look so yummy in your pictures!

    Happy New Year!

  19. Happy New Year Lynda!
    I love the fresh clean look of your blog, and those beautiful pomegranate seeds...one of my favourite foods of all time! I wish they were available all year.. bummer.
    It's so good to see you!

  20. love the new look Lynda!! stunning photos as always!! And also.. received my print... LOVE it, thank you SO much for your awesome work :)



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