Hello lovelies! Can you believe that New Year’s Eve is upon us? I absolutely love the New Year and all it represents. And while I have enjoyed some splendid parties on that night, if I am honest I prefer being a homebody, sipping a cocktail (this one looks good!) by the fire, chatting with close friends, and ending the night curled up with my journal thinking about the past year and what lies ahead. This year I thought it would be fun to create a few printable pages to share – my small gift to you. I hope you enjoy them! :)
There are two PDF files available to download. The first is a Birthday Calendar (top), which I created because I am terrible at remembering birthdays and I am hoping to improve my record this year! The second is a New Year Intentions Journal which includes two pages – a blank “Letter to future me”, inspired by this annual tradition, and a fun journaling page (shown below) to get your ideas flowing.
I am off now to start my long weekend, and I will see you back here on Tuesday to kick off 2012 feeling fresh and inspired. Happy New Year everyone! xoxo Laura
(Printables created by me for the Lolalina blog, feel free to share but please link to this post – thanks!)
Bonus: if you would like to see a very short clip (32 seconds!) of Bixby during this photo shoot, click here.
And here he is, ready for his close up…
What’s new? Saying, “night-night”. Trying to give our cat his pretend fish to eat.
Loves: Sitting at his own little table and pretending to eat/cook. Reading books. Carrying little books around with him.
Does NOT like: Leaving the park/library/friend’s house/anywhere fun.
(I will be taking a photo of Bixby in the white armchair with his lambie each month until his second birthday)
So far… One Month Old :: Two Months Old :: Three Months Old :: Four Months Old :: Five Months Old :: Six Months Old :: Seven Months Old :: Eight Months Old :: Nine Months Old :: Ten Months Old :: Eleven Months Old :: Twelve Months Old :: Thirteen Months Old :: Fourteen Months Old :: Fifteen Months Old :: Sixteen Months Old :: Seventeen Months Old
(images: Laura Gaskill)
Happy Friday, sweets! And if you celebrate it, a very Merry Christmas to you, too!! We are very excited for Christmas around here. The tree is trimmed, family is in town, and Bixby will be leaving cookies and milk for Santa for the first time. : )
While you are at home enjoying your weekend, here are a few fun links to explore:
Okay friends, I will be logging off for the most part over the next week, taking a well-deserved break and savoring some time with family. But I will be sneaking in from time to time to share a few fun things, so I will meet you back here next week, okay? : ) Thank you so much for choosing to spend some of your time here with me, I appreciate each one of you so very much and wish you a wonderfully warm and heartfelt holiday.
(image: Leslie Shewring for decor8)
Wow friends, can you believe it’s already December 22…the Winter Solstice! The shortest day/longest night of the year. Are you doing anything special? I’d love to hear. These past few weeks I’ve been sharing a series of conversations with some of my lovely sponsors, to get a glimpse behind the scenes at their businesses and be inspired by their stories. Today I would like to welcome Leah, owner of Sang The Bird, a Big Cartel shop based in Australia featuring a curated collection of handmade housewares and accessories. Here we go!
Lolalina: How long have you been in business?
Sang The Bird opened three months ago. But I have been dreaming of it for a few years now. Finally I decided to jump and just do it.
What first inspired you to open your own shop?
A personal experience has led me to the realisation that I want to live with beautiful ‘things’ everyday. I want to see beauty around me… a beautiful cushion, the quality fabric in a tea towel when I am drying the dishes. Simple pleasures, everyday. I wanted to sell items created by hand, by artisans who love their craft. To showcase beautiful home wares and accessories that are created sustainably using environmentally sound practices. I am hoping to showcase functional, beautiful and thoughtfully designed items, with the aim of promoting quality over quantity.
What is your favorite item in your shop right now?
This is a hard question… at the moment one of my favourite items is the short beaded plait necklace. I love the simplicity of the design. It goes with almost everything.
Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?
Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.
- William Morris
What do you dream of when you think of the future of your business?
I hope to be able to earn a living from my online store so I can still be a stay at home mama. My vision for this coming year is to add my own product line that I have designed and created myself. Stay tuned, the future is bright!
Thank you so much, Leah! Best of luck with your new product line – how exciting!
I will see you back here tomorrow for one last post before I take a bit of time off to enjoy the holidays with my family. xo Laura
Visit: Sang The Bird shop + Blog
(images: Sang The Bird)