Sometimes life throws you a curveball or two. You do your best to catch them and throw them back.
Sometimes a curveball sets you off on another tangent. You do your best to go along and steer it to where you want it.
I've been away from here for a while because I had a couple of curves thrown at me in the past few weeks and I am doing my best to catch them, throw them and steer them in directions that I know will take me to a good place.
Some curves I can talk about and for others, the time is not right just yet.
My grandmother passed away very suddenly and we went to Canada to say goodbye. She was a strong woman and I admired her work ethic. I lived with her for a few years when I was young and then again when I was in university. I don't know if she really knew it but she was a role model to me. I've been lucky in my life because I've had many female role models and from each, I've inherited a good but different characteristic. From this grandmother, I was blessed with the gifts of perseverance and strength. I had already acknowledged this and dedicated my latest book [publication date: July 2012] to her.
This happened at the end of the Henry Glass Jolly Holiday Parade and I apologize for the time it has taken me to announce the winners. First up, we have the grand prize winner, Julie Little of Roy, Utah. Congratulations!!
Next, we have the winners of my book giveaways. Please e-mail me and give me your details. The box is on the right sidebar. If you don't claim the prize within one week, you're out of luck. I reserve the right to use the book in another giveaway or pick a second name.
The winners are:
1. Row By Row Seasonal Gifts & Jolly Stuff
2. Sew The Perfect Gifts
3. Jelly Babies
4. Everyday Handmade
p.s. I apologize for all of the weird spacing in the post today. I have tried to fix it but it hasn't corrected itself yet!