Monday, December 30, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 52/52

Joining in with Jen, here are four happy photos from the past week, the final installment for this wonderful project.


My paperwhite narcissus has a bud. I noticed it on Christmas morning, a happy holiday surprise.


We figured out how to make foamed milk, using our immersion blender. It's stupidly easy, just heat the milk in the microwave and whiz until foamy. We felt silly for not learning sooner, but we're enjoying our homemade lattes.


I've been crocheting with pearl cotton, making tiny items for the GB's new dollhouse. It's fiddly but fun. I'm using my tiniest hook, which looks a bit like a dental instrument. It's just like crocheting with yarn, but on a smaller scale.


I found the GB in deep concentration with her potholder loom. Last spring, I bought that bin next to her at a yard sale, filled with many hundreds of loops, for $2. She hasn't made a whole potholder yet; she usually rips them out and starts again when she notices a mistake. But she loves working on it, and I enjoy watching her determined little face.



I can hardly believe that I've completed an entire year of this project. This has been a remarkable way to appreciate the simple, happy things in my life. Every week, I've kept my eyes open for the small moments and simple joys that make up the world around me. It hasn't always been easy, and sometimes I've felt I had to scramble to find four separate things that worked with the theme. I tried to stay away from things I bought, but I did use them here and there. I tried to concentrate on things that are really important to me - such as my children, my home and my hobbies - but some weeks brought less to work with. All in all, I think I've been successful and I feel that I've gained a new way of looking at my little world. I think I have happier eyes now.

As much as I have enjoyed this project, I will end it here. I want to try blogging without a prompt for a little while. I do think that having a weekly prompt, that sort of pushes you to blog at least once a week and to stick to a theme, builds your blogging chops. I am very glad to have chosen to do something like this throughout my first year of blogging. I may join another weekly prompt in the future. Soulemama's {this moment} photo project is particularly compelling and I enjoy every installment, on her blog as well as others. We'll see. I'm rather looking forward to being a free agent for now. Thanks for reading along and leaving thoughtful comments as I worked my way through the year.

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Hello and welcome, new readers and followers! I'm really glad you're here. I hope you enjoy your visits to my blog. Thank you for your continued supportive comments on my posts. I really appreciated the comments you left about my blogging-anniversary post; it's nice to know that people like my little contribution to the blogosphere. I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year's Eve and I wish you all health and happiness in 2014!

33 comments:

  1. thank you by share, day by day! Happy New Year

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  2. Lovely pics as ever. Jennifer. I am just waiting for the new year to begin as I would like to follow in your footsteps so I am hoping Jen keeps it up next year. And I work out how to join in.
    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

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  3. A number of the blogs I follow did 52 Weeks of Happy this year. It's been lovely to see all the great photos and enjoy the feeling of 'focusing on the little things' with you. Have a great New Year's Eve. Jx

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  4. Lovely happies the perfecy way to finish the year up :)
    Happy 2014
    Clare x

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  5. A great way to finish up your year of happies Jennifer! Happy New Year! xx

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  6. It's been lovely seeing all your happies this year Jennifer and I'm sure you'll have no problems coming up with some super prompts for your posts. Happy New Year
    Patricia x

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  7. Happy New Year - and isn't it great to start to see some flower buds. I love seeing the green shoots and buds in winter - makes me remember the grey isn't here forever. x

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  8. I've never used prompts, but have enjoyed the varied posts which have emerged from your following of this particular one.

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  9. What lovely 'Happies'. Hope you have a happy new year:)

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  10. I love all your happy moments. They would all make me happy too. I was thinking how I miss this project and what I can do instead. (I haven't come up with anything yet!)

    I'm looking forward to see what you make for the dolls house. I once crocheted a granny square blanket with a tiny hook and floss. It came out well but used SO much thread! x

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  11. I agree with you on the free agent thing.. I'm so darned independent that I don't like to follow rules and my blog is just what I want to do when I want to do it. I've settled into a posting every other day habit, but sometimes I go 3 and 4 days between. But I don't want to force it.. just free flowing is how I like it.

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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. I've enjoyed following along with your happy moments this year. Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful 2014.

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  13. Some more beautiful photos. A thoroughly enjoyable set of posts over the past year. Have a great 2014 Jennifer.

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  14. Jennifer, Little Bear's face is so precious, so much determination! Hugs to you and Happy New Year,
    Meredith

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  15. Dear Jennifer,

    Wishing you a Healthy, Creative and above all Happy New Year! Your daughter looks very sweet on the photo!

    Madelief x

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  16. Jennifer, I've enjoyed your photos each week. -It's all been so beautiful. I hope that this new year brings you even more happiness. I'm happy to see you have been enjoying homemade lattes. -Aren't they just so wonderful?! -We love making them in our home. Enjoy~ Wishing you a very Happy New year. =)

    -Stephanie

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  17. It's quite a milestone. I have just composed my last hppy post. I think I shall drift with my blog for a while too. I feel a change of direction on it's way. I do love your daughter's look of determined concentration. Fantastic. Olly has the same expression when he is building with lego.

    Leanne xx

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  18. Aw the last one! and what a year its been. Been lovely flowing your posts and seeing the beautiful things that have made you happy xx

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  19. Thanks to you, for sharing :)
    My best wishes for the new year <3

    Lluisa

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  20. I've sure enjoyed these posts!
    I love the look on GB's face too. I made plenty of those potholders as a child. :)

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  21. Hope we get to peek into the dolls house and see your tiny makes. Happy New Year to you and your bears :) xx

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  22. Gack! No.. not a dental instrument! lol. Much more fun to think about crochet. I love that expression on your girl's face. She is indeed very focused. Happy New Year soon to be!

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  23. Such beauty in all of your photos friend! I especially like the one of your daughter hard at work! Those are precious moments right there indeed! A very Happy New Year to you and your sweet family! Nicole xoxo

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  24. I loved this theme that you did - thank you for sharing your 52 weeks of happiness with us! Love the photo of your sweet daughter with her potholder loom. So precious.

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  25. Your GB has grasped the crafting principle ... it's not about the FO, it's about the journey! :)

    I know what you mean about blogging prompts - they can be a blessing and a bit of a curse. Good luck with your blogging in 2014, and have a Happy New Year.

    P.S. Dental instrument is exactly the right description. :D

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  26. I've so loved discovering and reading your blog this year Jennifer. And I am so looking forward to reading it in 2014 as well, especially now you are free to blog about whatever you decide. It's hard to believe you've only been blogging for a year, your blog always feels very accomplished! Wishing you and yours the very happiest New Year, CJ xx

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  27. Lovely moments, wishing you a very new year.

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  28. Hi Jennifer, well done for sticking with it! I too make my own lattes. I just heat some milk in a pan and hand whisk it! It's very easy (i use little starbucks sachets too!) I expect you have some good coffee over there! I'll definitely be back to read more, happy new year to you! Heather x

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  29. Thank you for the info on making foamed milk! Never thought of that either. Making lattes as soon as this afternoon! Your cute little potholder maker reminds me of the sole potholder my oldest daughter made with her grandma when she was four. It's a little "goofy" around the outside edges, but I adore it to this day (she's 33 now and grandma has been gone for 5 years). It hangs on a cupboard handle in my kitchen - not to use, though. Just to admire!

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  30. I've enjoyed your posts throughout the year. Thank you for being an inspiration in finding joy in the smallest, simplest but most important things in life. I look forward to spending 2014 with you!

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  31. I've loved your posts from the last year :) The immersion blender for milk is a great idea, I'm totally going to try that! Have a very Happy New Year!

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  32. Happy New Year to you and your family Jennifer. It has been fun getting to know you through your blog and I have enjoyed seeing all your posts and photos.
    Love the concentration of your little one at work - always so good seeing them having fun with making something.
    Best wishes for a wonderful 2014
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  33. Jennifer it is so much fun to see GB enjoying her creative efforts, and bravo for you fiddling around with a tiny crochet hook. I want to make a little bib with a tiny hook for my youngest Grand. I have made one for each of my grandchildren, and best get busy and make hers before she is too old to use it :)

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