Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Break

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What a full year. Do I dare sound too typical and ask where its gone? Here we are nearing the end of December and I still can't find November. Looking over my shoulder, I am in awe really at what 2007 has been. Fruitful. Sweet. Challenging. Exhausting. Just full. And blessed, every last day of it. Thank you for being part of it. You're the sweet part.

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I'll be breaking for a bit, friends. There are sweets to bake. Gifts to wrap. Children to cuddle. Handsome eyes to look into. Couches to be slumbered upon. Oh and theres a book due in four weeks too. All these souls and blessings need some nurturing to carry them into the new year, including mine.

I'm wishing days of peace for you. I'm praying for peace everywhere. I'm hoping for our awareness of the good around us. And I'll see you here again very soon.
With my very best, Merry Christmas, xoox, AnnaMaria

46 comments:

  1. break away, sweet girl! your to-do list (bake, wrap, cuddle, gaze, slumber...write) sounds perfect! Best wishes, Betz

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  2. I hope you enjoy every moment of it!

    Merry Christmas!

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  3. You're the sweetest Anna Maria! Enjoy your well deserved break!

    Wishing you and your family a Blessed Holiday!

    with friendship,
    Lisa

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  4. Merry Christmas Anna Maria! And thanks for the inspiration all year long. xoxoxo

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  5. A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours too!

    Love that photo!

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  6. helena12:45 PM

    More often than not, your blog posts invoke some sort of an emotional response, that one was no exception. Have a wonderful Christmas and new year, God bless you!

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  7. jackie12:57 PM

    What a beautiful post. Enjoy the holiday and your family!

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  8. Anonymous1:13 PM

    Thank you for sharing your life, art, family and insights! I feel warm and uplifted after reading your blog.....enjoying the gorgeous photos. Bless you and your beautiful family.

    Susan

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  9. Happy holidays to you and your family!!! Big hug!!! xo Britt

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  10. Have yourself a merry kissmas, Anna Maria, you and your dear family. You have indeed had a fruitful and fun year.....wishing you a successful 2008!!! Everything you do is so awe-inspiring. Get some fun in with your kiddos and husband!!!

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  11. Happy Merry Christmas (as my son says) and a Happy New Year to you as well. Go enjoy all those snuggles, baking, wrapping and just savor every moment!

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  12. Love that first pic. Happy Christmas!

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  13. Enjoy the precious time with your family.

    My fabric stack just arrived and I'm swooning with delight. Thanks for the early Christmas present for ME!

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  14. Merry Christmas Horner family!!!

    Anna Maria~ Thank You so much for the beautiful fabric silhouette painting!! It came today and my family loves it too! Craig says it's the "coolest thing we have in the house!". Thank you so much for the fabric also...it will be hard to use it, because it is so special.... but I'll try :)
    love to you,
    Bethany

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  15. Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your holiday!

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  16. Just found you yesterday, and just in time for your break. Looking forward to getting to know you in the year to come. From one grown-up who doesn't make her bed to another, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Peace.

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  17. Your ideas and creative juice have been my eye candy all year long. Thank you for the gifts you give us with this site and by allowing us into your mind.

    Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year.

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  18. Beth in Maryville8:26 PM

    I hope you will take some time off to enjoy your family..and if you feel so led..work on that book a little! I am certainly looking forward to spending time with my children playing with new toys, reading, watching movies, whatever we feel like. I hope you enjoy your family over the holidays. You deserve it. I have 3 and a full time job and don't see how you have the creative energy for your work and 5 children. More power to ya! May GOd Bless your precious family in 2008!

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  19. Tina in Boston9:29 PM

    Merry Christmas and all the best for you and your family in 2008, Anna Maria! Thanks for all the inspiration you've given this year!

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  20. julie in illinois10:35 PM

    Anna Maria, I've been a short-time lurker (since your Martha Stewart visit), but really felt compelled to tell you how inspiring your work, your photos, your journaling... how you are! What a wonderful soul you have for sharing all your thoughts and works. I'm a mom of two (5 and 1) and can relate.

    Merry Christmas and blessed New Year to you and your family!

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  21. Will miss you but have a good time with all your family.THat is what Christmas is about.

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  22. Merry Christmas for you and your family.
    :))

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  23. Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your break.

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  24. Discovering your blog has been inspiring for me. Thank you for contributing to *my* year even though you were unaware of your presence in my daily reading. Have a beautiful break. I cannot wait to see (and buy) your new book.

    Have a beautiful Christmas.

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  25. Merry Christmas and thank you for being a gift to us all through the year! Peace in your home. God Bless you.

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  26. Merry Christmas to you and your family too.

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  27. You deserve a break! I personally would like to wish you and your beautiful family the very Merriest of Christmases. Happy New year to you all too!
    Thank you so much for sharing all of your talents with us. I love your stories about your family and your comings and goings. It is all so good!

    Thank you again for everything! Claudia

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  28. Enjoy the holidays - Merry Christmas!

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  29. Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful day full of good cheer, cuddles and laughter.

    P.S. I'm getting a sewing machine for Christmas - a Bernina, I cannot wait to start sewing!

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  30. Love the yummy visuals, can smell the peppermint. A peaceful joyous holiday to you and yours. Thanks for bringing joy to my world

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  31. Danielle/cococricketsmama.typepad.com8:17 PM

    Happy Holidays Anna! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my two originals I got from you! B is for Bird and Deer and Foliage (along with my fat stacks) are the best Xmas present! I already hung them up, even before Xmas-o'well, they are too precious to sit in a box! I'll try to post them to you soon! They look great here at home. Thanks for always inspiring! danielle

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  32. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I totally understand the holiday rush and the need for some non-blogging time! See you when you get back.

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  33. Merry Christmas to you and your family! My wish for you is to return after the New Year refreshed, revigorated and ready for more blessings!
    ~Angela :-)

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  34. Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for sharing your gifts and talents and happy positive spirit! You are inspiring -- Lisa

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  35. have a fabulous christmas!! see you next year!
    Jessi Nagy

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  36. Enjoy your time off and thank you for always being such an inspiration!

    Merry Christmas!

    Becky

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  37. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!! Looking forward to your return

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  38. Happy Holidays to you!
    Love.

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  39. Merry Christmas, Anna Maria!

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  40. Have a happy break, AnnaMaria, you deserve it!!

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  41. Merry christmas and a happy New year from a bloggerfriend who visit your blog regulary and who's looking forward to many inspirations !
    HUGS Barbara

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  42. Hope you had a wonderful
    Christmas and thanks for all the posts...

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  43. I am aregular visitor of your blog, and will be doing so next year too... all the best for the next year too...

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

    Regards
    Kartik
    Fashion Evangelist
    www.fashion-networks.com
    We Blog at http://fashionnetworking.blogspot.com

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  44. wishing you and yours all the best for the New Year and I look forward to catching up with your creative doings
    Suzie Sews (UK)

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