Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008, A Year In Review...

"We meet today
To thank Thee for the era done,
and Thee for the opening one."

~John Greenleaf Whittier~
This morning I was over visiting Laura of Decor to Adore and saw a wonderful post on her year in review with pictures and links entitled, Memories. She was participating in an blog event hosted by Cindy of My Romantic Home. Cindy is hosting a link up of A Year In Review 2008 where she shared a collage of photos from her blog for this year. If you would like to join in, just go here for details.

Below is a small photo mosaic of some favorite photos scattered throughout some of my blog posts for this year.

2008 Year In Review

Cindy, thanks so much for hosting and for this great idea! It was a lot of fun to go through all my posts for 2008 and see which ones stood out to me. I have posted more photos in calendar order and given a brief description of the post as well as the link if you wish to visit that specific post. 2008 has been an amazing year and I am so glad I captured some of it in words and photos. I never knew that blogging would be such a wonderful way of memory keeping. I hope you enjoy this year in review!

To visit any of the posts, just click on the highlighted link next to the month.

JANUARY: The Bloggies!
This post was written during the writers strike in Hollywood. The titter was that there might not be any awards ceremonies because of the strike. I did a bit of a spoof on this topic after receiving some sweet awards from fellow bloggers. That is me in the photo decked out for my red carpet run!

FEBRUARY: Seaside Dreams and Mermaid Things!
This post started out to be on sharing an art swap I participated in and turned into a collection of beautiful seaside memories from my life.

MARCH: The Easter Parade!
This post was a blog event that I hosted and was a ton of fun to put together. Everybody loves a parade so I hope you enjoy this one!

APRIL: Dressed to a Tea!
This post was when I was participating in a blog-a-thon hosted by Gracious Hospitality. The posts related to this event were all tea themed. Here I share some recipes as well as my fantasy tea by the sea!

MAY: The Road Less Traveled!
This post was just one of those fun family outings and adventures where fun and delightful discoveries were made along the way.

JUNE: Heirlooms, Treasures, and Keepsakes!
This post shares a few family heirlooms, keepsakes, and treasures and the stories to go along with them.

JULY: Where I'm From!
This is a kooky post filled with random stuff but ends with a poem I was inspired to write that tells you who I am and where I'm from.

AUGUST: Bring Flowers!
This is my favorite pictorial post. It is just a few simple shots of flowers on the banks of Mammoth Springs on a day trip my husband and I took.

SEPTEMBER: Words and Birds Converge!
This post is my favorite art piece that I created this year. I love everything about this piece from the poem that inspired it to the rock that lead to its creation!

OCTOBER: The Father's View!
This post shares an entry from my personal journal and remains one of my favorite inspirational posts here at the Quill.

NOVEMBER: Show Me Your Glory!
This is another inspirational post that remains dear to me as God ministered to me through the glory of His creation.

DECEMBER: Warm Winter Wishes!
This is a favorite recent post with a bit of wit and humor thrown in with a work in progress piece of art.

One thing I came to realize after previewing all my posts for this year that they are not particularly picture rich so I think this is a challenge I will take on for 2009. Who knows where my blogging adventures will take me next? I look forward to the next leg of the journey. Thanks for traveling along with me!

Miss Sandy


Anonymous said...

I treasure all your memories and look forward to each new post Miss Sandy. You are such an inspiration and a dear friend. Blessings in the New Year. Mildred

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

My posts are so picture rich that the mere thought of going through and finding one for each month is overwhelming. LOL! But I love the idea and I really enjoyed yours a lot. I remembered right along with you and now I'm going back to revisit a few of these.

Lori said...

Miss Sandy, what a wonderful year in review...i'm glad you shared these, i had missed a few...including the "words and birds converge" post, what an amazing creation your assemblage piece is...i LOVE it!!!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Thanks for joining in! What a great idea to link back to the original post...that must have taken a lot of time! I hope you have a wonderful and happy New Year!!!!

The Charm House said...

Miss Sandy, Your pictures are wonderful and I enjoyed each one of them. Thank you for sharing them again!

Lorri said...

Love the year in review. I loved taking a look at the year you have shared with us. Have a Happy New Year!

kathy said...

Sandy , oh the words and pictures are wonderful -It has been a joy to walk this path with you this evening , scampering along for each post, each had a richness - and I waited for the sweet taste of the next post -- ah words -- ah pictures -- don't we love them -- most of all we love a Heart intune with
creations and the Creator --
What a joy to share with you - Kathy - ga

Susie said...

I have to say that I love the first "The Bloggies". Your pictures are too cute!

As I have told you before I'm so glad I found your blog. Can't wait to see where we travel to next!

Maison Douce said...

Wow, your blog is so interesting, I will have to come back when the kids are not bugging me!! Have a wonderful new year!

Barbara H. said...

That was a fun look back. I posted a list of the first sentence of the first blog post of each month, but didn't think to look for pictures to post, too.

Charmingdesigns said...

wonderful photos!!! Laurie

Joy said...

I am thrilled to discover your blog and will definitely be checking all those posts you are referring to. Your photography is just luscious - I can't wait to read the posts that they belong to!

Elizabeth G. said...

Hi, Sandy - I am too tired to do this myself (although I love Cindy to death!), but I sure enjoyed looking at your year in review. What gorgeous photos. You are a terrific photographer.

I still love my cute little snowman ornament you made! Awwww - I actually may keep him out for the rest of the winter. He's adorable.

Have a great New Years Eve...Dream lots of wonderful dreams.


vikki said...

how lovely of a review! beautiful post. love the mosiac pic. & you on the red carpet!! too cute. you have sucha beautiful ~ serene way with your pics & words. we are so blessed to visit you. many hugs & blessings in the new year. look forward to seeing more of your posts m'dear. vikki ♥

Helen Read said...

Wonderful Review!
Happy New Year, Sandy!

claudie said...

The post lady brought me the nicest package today. I was so thrilled I cannot tell you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart Miss Sandy.
I will post my lovely's on Pink Saturday.
I love my snowman & beautiful hand made gift tag (that I'm keeping close to my heart).
Hugs and thank you so much
Happy New Year
Claudie from Canada

debi @ life in my studio said...

Great photos! My fav is the angel in the snow!
Happy New Year!

Shopgirl said...

Happy New Year,
wonderful memories, thank you for sharing, I love coming to visit you....Thank you!
I am just a click away,


Hi Miss Sandy,

Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed getting to know you through your lovely little space out here in Blogger-land. Have a blessed New Year!


Preston said...

Hey, great posts. You were so cute in that little dress and that car! (When I was little we had a 1966 Baby Blue Chevy Malibu Stationwagon) Here's to a great 2009!

Anonymous said...

What a neat idea to feature a post for each month of the year. I look forward to traveling along with you in this new year.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

I love how you have put together your year in review. Have a very Happy New Year!

desiree said...

Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year.

vintagewindow said...

Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. May the new year bring you many more photo opportunities, good health, happiness and prosperity.


Victoria ~ Auction Girl Vintage said...

So nice to meet you, Sandy ... thanks for stopping by to see my Year In Review photos.

I am deeply drawn to your Words & Birds Converge artwork. Yes, the rock "in the raw" has a definite Shakespearean feel, but my first glimpse of the close-up photo reminded me of the Rat King in The Nutcracker ... frilly collar, rich velvets, and a sense of noble arrogance.

I saw the other photos of your Words work on your Flickr page, before coming to your blog. And I was smitten with the pic called Hand Tinted Theater Details, even before learning it was part of a larger work.

I have a huge love of old movie theatres of the type that barely exist any longer, the ones that began as Vaudeville houses and have large auditioriums, beautiful proscenium arches, full sized stages, and romantic balconies. I worked my way through college managing theatres for what was originally Fox West Coast, and truly cannot stand watching a movie in what passes for today's postage-stamp-sized theatres. I'll take faded glory, worn velvet seats, and gilded murals of chariots and cherubs any time :o)

I love to visit/tour old theatres whenever I have the chance, and am saddened when I find one of the lovely old ladies still standing, but all chopped up inside to accomodate multiple screens. That's what happened to Oakland's Grand Lake Theatre, which I had the pleasure of managing for two years in the 1970s. But Oakland also has the fully restored Paramount, which is an absolute jewel, though I haven't been inside since leaving the Bay Area for Los Angeles in 1977.

Another favorite of mine is the Fox Theatre in St. Louis: I attended two concerts there a couple summers ago, and it's a true work of art ... fully restored and gorgeous!

Happy New Year to you, and thanks for stirring up some memories. I'll be back to explore your site in depth very soon.


La Tea Dah said...

How special that you mentioned the Gracious HospitaliTEA blog-a-thon! I'm looking forward to doing it again in 2009. I hope you can come along and sip tea with us again!


Penny said...

Miss Sandy,
Truly a lovely blog.
Beautiful year in review ~
Thank you for visiting me and for the nice comments ~

The White Bench said...

Hello! This post is beautiful, I adore the snowy picture!
Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog- the fresh figues were from my own garden- I love them too!!!!
Have a blessed New Year,

An Accomplished Woman said...

What fantastic pictures. I will definitely be back. Love your blog and thanks for the note you wrote me.

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