The Interior Frugalista: 2013

December 31, 2013

Letting Go & Envisioning {My New Years Eve Ritual}

The last day of another year is upon us, how quickly they seem to fly. I decided to get a little personal today and share with you a ritual that I do every New Year's Eve.

I start off by giving myself a few hours of sacred time to go inward and reflect on the events of the outgoing year. I close the door to my home office, light a candle and turn on some soft music. I begin by taking a moment to appreciate and give gratitude to all the blessings that the year has brought into my life.

Like the positives I believe it's just as important to reflect on the negative aspects of my life - I call it my annual Letting Go Ceremony. I begin by writing down on slips of paper all the negative things that have entered my life during the year and I place them into a bowl.  One by one I read and reflect on them and decide whether they are something I have control over to evoke change.  If so, I place them aside.

Tin can with a tealight inside for New Years Eve Letting Go Ceremony

For each negative that I do not have control over but wish to eliminate or give less power to is placed one by one into a tin with a tealight candle and I release them. Some are pretty easy to set aflame and others are very emotionally charged. This may seem a little hokey to some but I find this a very powerful and cleansing exercise. It clears a space in my heart to receive all that the coming year has to offer.

Next I pull out my craft supplies and begin creating a Vision Board for the coming year. Along with my dreams and wishes, I also incorporate those negatives that I set aside as a "call for change".  I cherish this time spent leafing through magazine images, often intuitively, to create a vision and set the intention for the fresh new year.

Craft supplies to make a Vision Board on New Years Eve

This is the one I created for 2013 and I am in awe of how many of those dreams came into fruition this year.

Vision Board

Perhaps its our age but we have less desire to celebrate New Years Eve with all the hoopla that we did in our younger years. Most New Years Eves you can find us preparing an assortment of appetizers, cracking open a bottle of wine, and spending the evening in front of the tube enjoying Canadian comedy specials like This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Royal Canadian Air Farce, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, to name a few.

While at Silver Star Ski Resort over the holidays I tried an amazing cocktail. When we got home Mr. Frugalista bought all the ingredients to create our own version, and so on the drink menu tonight is Ginger Pear Cocktails.
Ginger Pear Cocktail

GINGER PEAR COCKTAILS
1 lime
Fresh Mint
Fresh Ginger
1 oz Grey Goose Pear Vodka
1 oz Ginger Giffard Liqueur
Sparkling Water or Ginger Ale
  • Dip the rim of two glasses in lemon juice followed by granulated sugar
  • Cut 1 lime into eighths and place 4 slices per glass
  • Rip 4 mint leaves in half and place 2 per glass
  • Peel and dice into small pieces fresh ginger and place in glass
  • Muddle the lime, mint and ginger
  • Add 1 oz each of vodka and liqueur
  • Add ice cubes
  • Fill glass with sparkling water (or ginger ale for a sweeter taste)
     

As I bid 2013 farewell, I am filled with gratitude for all the amazing talented people I have come to know during this past year here in the Blogosphere. I look forward to sipping my morning coffee while admiring your creativity. Thank you subscribers and followers on Google+, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and Hometalk - reading your lovely comments is one of the highlights of my day!

So with gratitude and an open heart I wish you a...

New Years Chalkboard Message

Do you have any New Years Eve rituals?
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December 30, 2013

Top 10 posts in 2013

Collage of my top 10 posts this year

2013 has been such an incredible year as a newbie blogger. I feel so blessed to be able to spend my days fulfilling my life's passion to create and having a forum to share that passion with others. Below are my Top 10 most viewed posts. Some came as a total surprise because at the time I questioned whether to bother posting them and others I was especially proud of and hoped they would gain some interest and inspire others. Sometimes it's the least likeliest posts (in my mind) that gain the most interest and that is always such a pleasant surprise.

#1 PLANT POTS TO WATER FOUNTAIN - Most Viewed
Water fountain made from a trio of plant pots

#2 FROM TWIN BED TO GARDEN BENCH
Twin bed head and footboard turned into a garden bench

Olf 5-panel door turned into a headboard

Festive centerpiece made from pallet boards

Nesting tables painted with chalk paint and a handpainted typography

Balloon back chair received a complete makeover inside and out

#7 DIY OUTDOOR LOOKING GLASS MIRROR
Turning a glass frame into a mirror

Easy DIY Christmas decor

#9  MAGNETIC BULLETIN BOARD
DIY fabric magnetic bulletin board

#10  4 DRAWER DRESSER TURNED FAUX SECRETARY - personal favorite

4-drawer dresser turned into a faux secretary

I can't wait to get back into the workshop in January to start a fresh new year with so many creative possibilities.  Thrift shops, here I come!

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