Monday, January 12, 2015

My thoughts on 2015 and some 2014 shares (photo heavy)

First of all.....
Hope you all had an great Christmas and New Year!
In today's blog post I just wanted to reflect on 2014 and talk about my goals for 2015
in both my crafty life and my personal life.
First off, I wanted to share some family photos from Christmas and New Year:
This was my besties Annual Tree Trimming party.  The theme was "Tacky Sweater"
Here I am with my goddaughter Olivia ♥
and here I am with my bestie and her sisters (my sister too....LOVE these girls with all my heart ♥)
Next up is Christmas Eve/Day.  We celebrated Christmas Eve at my younger brothers home
with friends and family.   I created this large polaroid frame, wrapped it in glittery gold tulle, added a red bow and cut out the 2014 using my Silhouette.  I also cut out props
from my Silhouette (Mustaches, santa hats, santa beards and even a HoHoHo sign)
Next up are all the little handsome guys in
our family!  (We are missing the oldest nephew in this picture.)
This year for Christmas, the kids wanted to enter into their own sibling "exchange".
I took them each shopping with a little budget and they chose
what they would get each other.  It was the CUTEST thing ever and
will now be a new tradition in our home.
and now for the New Years Eve pictures.  OMG we had so much fun.  We
celebrated it at my older brothers home with friends and family.
Again I created large polaroid frame but this time, I wrapped it in silver ribbon, added
a silver chevron bow and then created the "2015" banner using
MCT products and seam binding.
The frames were a hit at both events!
♥ Hubby and I ♥
♥ My babies ♥

I wanted my husband to take a picture of the girls and I with the frame.  He was getting a
little annoyed and said "OK I'm just going to take picture after picture after picture" so we
started laughing at him.  I totally fell in love with this spontaneous picture ♥
This is how I spend my entire holiday seasons.......laughing!!!
Pre-party mother/daughter selfie lol 
If you follow me on IG, you KNOW we are always taking selfies ;)
here is just a picture of the girls taking a "Selfie" of themselves (caught them just in time).
Here is youngest brothers Weimaraner.   Since we dog sat him for a week right after the holidays, the scrapper in me just HAD to take this picture........look at his pose how cute! 
He is such an amazing dog.

Here I am with my blessed to have them in my life ♥

and now some random photos of Thanksgiving.
 As some of you may know, I have two step daughters.  They both
moved to Florida in 2014 and it has been amazing.  They visit often, especially
for the holidays.  It was GREAT having them home again.

and one more random mother/daughter photo to share:  
Although 2014 was an amazing year for me and my crafting,
I decided to take a much needed break.  This doesn't mean I am quitting 100%,
it just means that I will crafting at my own pace.....
I can't promise weekly or monthly shares, but I will
post from time to time the things I am working on.
Remember that I am a MCT Alumni so you will be seeing me around ;)
Last year, I went on a personal weight loss journey and lost 74 lbs and feel extremely healthy!
Here are some before and after pictures:
After getting the news from my doctor in January of 2014 of being borderline diabetic, things needed
to change immediately.
My father and one of my sisters has diabetes as well as one of my nieces so I freaked out!
I started eating healthy and walking 3-4 times a week.
My goal for 2015 is to lose another 20-30 lbs and step up my
workout game.  I want to tone up and add different
activities to my routine.
Looking forward to an amazing 2015!
One things for sure.....I will be enjoying the little moments
with my family and getting even healthier ♥♥
See you soon my friends!!!


  1. Teri, I am so proud of you. You set a goal for yourself and followed it through, and are still on your journey. That gives people (like me especially) hope. I love your story. I love that you saw a challenge and didn't run and cry in your bedroom, but did something about it. That says VOLUMES about your character and strength. You are such an inspiration to me. 74lbs is such a huge accomplishment and I congratulate you today for that major feat and for sharing your story. You look so much happier and so alive. I never met you in person, but from your photos you seem even more confident than ever. I'm so happy for you and I wish you all the best in 2015. I'm glad you didn't say you were leaving crafting completely, because I do enjoy seeing your works and I know you enjoy being creative.
    Maybe one day I'll make the solid decision to change my diet and do more, but for now I'll live through you and you cute heels. hehe.

    x0, Damaris

  2. Oh, and I forgot to say that I have enjoyed seeing all your family photos and learning more about them. They seem so sweet and loving. :)

    1. D, you are the sweetest!!! Thank you for your kind words. People like you keep me motivated not to leave crafting completely!! Hopefully we get to meet this year!!! LOVE YA! xoxo

  3. Best wishes on your amazing journey!!! So proud of everything you accomplished last year! You look AWESOME!!!
    Keep up the GREAT work!

  4. Great family pics Teri!!!! Amazing before an look fab! Wishing you all the best in 2015!! Lee-Ann :)

  5. Teri, you are an amazing person and so incredibly sweet! I'm so happy to have gotten the chance to get to know you on the MCT DT. You did amazing with your weight loss journey! are HOT!! :) I'm glad you aren't leaving crafting completely, you are so inspirational! Hugs!!

    1. You are the cutest Miss Stacey!! DT sisters for life girlie ;) Blessed to have been on the same DT with all my DT was so much fun!!! Thank you for the sweet words. HUGS!! ♥♥

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    1. Thank you so much Miss Liz!!! ♥♥♥

  7. Hi Teri....OMG Girl what a post....OMG your pictures are out of bounds Awesome....OMG so much fun was had by all so thanks for sharing this was so fabulous of you!! I just love the cute and creative ways you came up with for your shoot......OMG girl your talents are abounding.....I just love it all....Made so made my day!!
    YOU so ROCK!!!

  8. OH.....wanted to make this separate....GIRL YOU ARE SMOKIN' WOW all your hard work definitely paid off so very proud of you!! What an inspiration you are to everyone. YOU totally ROCK!!

    1. Aaawwww geeze you made me blush lol THANK YOU for all the sweet comments you always leave on my blog. LOVE YA!!!!! ♥♥

  9. So so proud of my beautiful sis. I knew you could do it sissy. Here's to nothing but the best for you and your family. Love you all very much. Hugs

    1. SISSY!!!!!!!!!! Love you to the moon and back!!! Sisters for life ♥♥♥

  10. So glad everything is going well and Congratulations on your getting healthy. How wonderful your pictures are...continue to have fun with your family and friends and enjoy your time off from daily blogging! I will look forward to seeing your guest/alumni posts at MCT.
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    1. Thank you so much!!! I'm super excited about my Alumni posts ;) HUGS ♥♥

  11. Teri!!! OMG Que belleza de fotos. Estas linda! You look amazing and the photos are amazing as well. So proud of you!

  12. GRACIAS!!!!! You are so sweet!! Hugs, T ♥

  13. Okay Miss Teri ~ somehow I missed this post! First off you look AMAZING! Seriously AMAZNG!! You should be smiling from ear to ear!! Then these pictures ~ I saw these on FB and I just said ~ WOW! You are so BEAUTIFUL and I am not just talking looks I am talking personality and your family!! Thanks for sharing all this with us ~ I just LOVED this post!

    1. Aaawww Miss Kim...thank you for the sweet comment. I'm not one to post much of my personal/family life on my blog but thought it would be fun to kick off the new year!!! LOVE YA!!! ♥♥