Best of 2009...

Thursday, December 31, 2009

I think this quote sums it up best "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" Charles Dickens

2009 seemed to have it all. It was a tough time financially for many of us. In the scrapbooking industry we bid farewell to 2 magazines, Simple Scrapbooking and Memory Makers. In the entertainment industry we said goodbye to the King of Pop way too early. There are times in your life when things happen and you'll never forget where you were or what you were doing. The day Michael Jackson died will be one of those for me. I grew up to his music, learned Thriller in my best friends dance room and was excited when he announced his comeback tour.

2009 brought many exciting things to our family, dreams were realized and goals were met. We moved to El Segundo over the summer and got my son in a better school district, something that seemed unattainable with finances being so tight with me quitting my job to be a stay at home mom but we did it! I was able to travel with my children back east to Arkansas this summer and visit my parents home. It was a trip that made me nervous because I was traveling alone

My dream of designing for a scrapbooking manufacturer was realized in November this year and I'm proud to me a member of the 2009-2010 Imaginisce Design Team. I also started writing a scrapbooking column, designing for Jacksonbelle Embellishments and Paper Posies. I am so thankful for every opportunity that has come my way.
I've made lots of new crafty friends online, found a scrappy friend who lives near me, {yes I'm talking about you friend} and I got meet Angela and her Unity crew at winter CHA. I love the sisterhood of the scrapbooking community. I am in awe of all the talent I see daily on my favorite blogs and inspired to believe in my own talent. Thank you to everyone that stops by my blog and leaves comments. I really appreciate you taking time out of your day to visit my scrappy blog.

So here's to the best of 2009...

Best Anniversary gift...Colplay in concert at Irvine Meadows. Thanks again babe!

Best email I got this year...inviting me to join the team!

Best stamp set...Love is in the air by Unity Stamp Co.

Best road trip...ScrapExpo in Del Mar with my scrappy pal Heidi

Best scrapbooking tip I learned...using a nail file to trim paper on altered projects from the fabulous Kelly Goree!

Best out of town guest...a visit from my Dad. Thanks again for the fish and chips Daddy!

Best day of 2009...watching Scott ride off to his first day at El Segundo Middle School

Best photo I took with my Fuji Finepix... Lily on our front porch in a dress Uncle Lou sent her

Best card I made..I won 1st place on the Hero blog for this one

Best Halloween costume for under $10.00...Lily ladybug!

It's been a great year and 2010 is shaping up to be even better! Happy New Year to family, friends and you!!!


laterg8r said...

what a wonderful look back, happy new year and congrats on the DT :D

Jen said...

Shemaine, I always luv to read your, creative, do you do it? I can't keep up sometimes and you seem so busy but you still manage to 'do it all'! Wishing you a wonderful New Year with your family!

Carla said...

Shemaine, what a great way to recap the past year!! Love your blog and your work, its awesome!! congrats on all the awards, positions and fun stuff for you! Here's to an even better 2010!! Keep it up girl, you're awesome!

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