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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

1st January 2014

I stopped making new year's resolutions many years ago. Starting diets on the monday, or going to excersise  on wed .. Now days , I take each day as it comes and try my best to jot down my daily happenings. There is always something new that comes along most days, and for me it adds a little more excitement to my day.    
                      Some of you might remember in my post of Jan 2013 - I bought my daily dairy while on a trip to Badajoz Spain.   A beautiful agenda diary..with  the most amazing designs on each page.
                                                     Closed ready to join my journal draw.  I keep them, as its sometimes nice to go back to see what I did over these last years.
                                 My new journal agenda.. My D.I.L Sasha bought me,


                                          I tend to leave reading behind and concentrate on my painting.. I hope to catch up on some reading ... + my new techno- pad and phone.
                                               Shell's to remind me of my boy's -now only a few days off Port o Spain
                                                           Trinidade.  
 Christian Lacroix.. is French, well I am sure that you all know that.  He studied at the University of Montpellier, thereafter enrolling in the Sorbonne.
                           Sasha 's agenda is a special one this year for me.. as she has worn his designs and walked the catwalk for him, in Paris, where she lived for many years.   He is also a partner in Avon cosmetics.  And is now into art, children's clothes and much more.
MY FIRST OF JANUARY ROSES.   Thank you roses for giving me so many blooms in 2013..  Roses make me happy.  I am looking forward to spring..with new blooms and new hope.


Happy New Years day 1st January 2014.


Val




24 comments:

  1. many successes wished for you and your family for 2014. :)

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    1. Thanks Tex.. wishes are returned for you and your family.

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  2. Dear Val - you may not be making new year resolutions but here you have given us a completely new look to your blog. It is smart - I like it.
    Enjoy everything that comes your way in 2014, and may it be a happy and above all a healthy year for you.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary.
      I started it yesterday afternoon..and i didnt know that it would be live.. I wanted it to be shown this morning.. then i said to myself..stop..halt.. no more blogging hitches. Its different.

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    1. Thank you Elaine..
      all the best for you and your family.. so nice to see you.
      i tried to leave a comment today..but i cant see any "comments"
      maybe you can take a look at that. val xxx

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  4. I had similar thoughts as I closed my journal given to me by a dear friend. I have to another...I enjoyed it too! ...:)JP

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    1. Its sometimes nice to look back on the past years.
      Enjoy your new journel... Thanks JP

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  5. Here's to 2014, Val, and for your lovely blog posts which grow out of your pretty new diary! It is exciting that Sasha worked for Lacroix - she is a beautiful girl - and your roses look dashing in that blue vase. Happy January xxxx

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    1. Thank you Paticia.
      looking forward to your super posts.. always nice to travel to down under );-
      The roses are finished now. Its pruning time

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  6. I wish you a wonderful 2014. sandie

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    1. Thank you Sandie,
      The same for you and your family.

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  7. Dear Val. Great minds - I've also been working on a new design for my blog and saved it yesterday. I'll probably tweak it over the next few days but it definitely needed tidying up. Yours looks good. I don't really make resolutions but I have a few things in mind which I'll be posting today. Here's hoping you achieve all you wish for in 2014
    Patricia x

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  8. I like that Patricia.. we are getting to know each other.
    I thought I might have seen a few more changes..but not many.
    I would still like it to look better.. but for now its a change.
    I have a few projects that i would like to do. But slowly slowly does it. x

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  9. Hi, Val ! I love your diaries and Christian Lacroix has always impressed me, he has so many talents and can lend his hand to anything. I used to wear his "C'est la vie' perfume, it smelled beautiful but sadly it was discontinued before his company went bust I think. I have never been able to keep a diary but my blog now holds that role. xxxx

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    1. Thank you Silver Bunny. I love the art design on my new agenda that Lacroix has had done.
      I have used avon... didnt know he was co owner.

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  10. GOOD DAY VAL.........I love it that you actually KEEP a journal during the year. I have tried many, many times and have never seemed to be able to accomplish this simple task. Perhaps this year........

    Happy new year.

    Jo

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    1. Thanks Jo. I started about 15 years ago. I always used to jot things down..but in my pad alongside my telephone.. I like the journal.. as we can look back and see what we did on certain days and special occasions.
      Its therepy too.. xx

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  11. Val,
    I can't believe your roses are blooming in January! I have wanted to get back to nature lately, as it gives me so much peace. Your roses are so pretty. Isn't that red dress fabulous? With a new year comes a new Header for you......very simple and nice.

    I hope we can enjoy this new year together, my friend.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. Hello Sheri. Well the roses i had in the little blue vase..were the last.
      pruning now.
      Nature gives us much peace. Yes, I took the red dress photo from the net.
      thanks for your comments.. best wishes

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  12. ~ Wishing you love, light and all that is good for 2014, dear Val....for you and yours..I have started my journal too...A gratitude diary of all that I'm thankful for in my life! It keeps me grounded and appreciative....Thanks for your friendship on here too..It's always lovely to pop into your corner of the world or know you've popped into mine..
    Love and hugs Maria x.

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    1. Dear Maria.
      Thank you for your good wishes. Its therepy to write. Enjoy your days of this New Year.. all your dreams come true.
      val x

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  13. Happy New year, Val. It sounds like you'll have many interesting and enjoyable things to blog about in 2014.

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    1. Thank you Perpetua. I do hope that i can keep it all interesting.

      thank you for your wonderful encouragement and support .. all the best
      valxx

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