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Tuesday, January 3

Just a few loose ends to tie up for 2011

So, how was everyone's holiday? 
It was busy, busy, busy for me so I'd like to take a moment now to wish each and every one of you a most joyous New Year full of happiness, good health and prosperity!

During the past few weeks I had wanted to share a few things with you, but well, somehow never found the time. 

First, let me thank all of you who took the time to send holiday greetings ~ they were indeed appreciated.  I had to laugh that more than one of you found this gem of a card from JacquieLawson e-cards featuring a particularly fitting storefront near the end. 
Some of you have very sharp eyes indeed to spot the little Cafe Cobblestone. 
I loved it!
I also wanted to let you know that Mr. Cobblestone and I once again found a few days for an overnight getaway to Chicago for some Christmas shopping.  We took the train down and had such a lovely time discovering Chicago's Old Town district, lunching at O'Brien's which was decked out in the most charming Christmas decor I've seen in quite a long time.  A chilly (ok, downright cold) walk down Lake Shore Drive through the Gold Coast region brought us to Michigan Ave.  We dined at Frontera that evening and were lucky enough to see Rick Bayless himself.   It is an exceptional meal any time and I strongly urge everyone to get there at least once.
Our hotel was one of the Kimpton properties, specifically The Monaco Hotel.  Now, this was way more fun that it should have been ~ they have large window seats in some of the rooms, with memory foam cushions, where you can snuggle up with the wool blanket and pillows watching the Chicago River.    

Someone in our room even managed to fall asleep there.

I was also extremely thrilled to have been published in the UK

Yep ~ there are my mice and bears on page 36 of the Dec/Jan issue. 
Thank for including my work, Faye!!
The decorations have all been packed away over the past few days and now I am ready to start on some new bears and mice.  Two bears have been cut out today, and 3 new mice have been started as well.  Hard to say what exactly they will end up being ~ you know they have a curious way of exerting their own personalities.  I can tell you that Hansel and Gretel are in the planning stages ~ I've found the perfect house to cover in faux candy!  What fun!!!


  1. how exciting, for the magizine, and that you got away!!! I love adventure!!!I wouldn't have spoted the cafe sign if you didn't point it out. Does that mean I speed read, and miss things?

    lots of hugs, I feel like I can relax now.

  2. It's been ages since I was in Chicago but I still remember how cold it was this time of year. Sounds like your getaway was magical. Congrats on the magazine exposure, you deserve it. Wishing you health, happiness and all things good in 2012. Hugs


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