Friday, December 30, 2011

DIY New Year's Tinsel Garland and thoughts on being PRESENT this year

Hello happy time of glamorous sparkles, shiny everything, confetti sprinkles, bubbles of champagne, glitter toes, and new goals.  I have a super easy garland to create that can be added to your home or your New Year's Eve party.

DIY Tinsel Garland
in 3 easy steps!
1) Buy some classic tinsel {on clearance!!} 
2)Divide it into sections and easily tie each section onto a long shiny ribbon
3) Embellish with anything! 
I used antique watch faces,
but you can use strings of sequins, glitter stars, 
 felted balls, sparkly pom poms, or anything else to make it YOURS. 

I tied real antique watch faces
into my shiny tinsel garland


We all have so much to celebrate no matter what our story is or where we are in life.  There is beauty all around us, and dreams at the tips of our fingers.  Every year we wonder if this is the year
to realize those goals and to have the perfect life we want.  We don't fully give life our best because we are always waiting to live, waiting for a new year and a new start, waiting for the bad to pass and the good to come.  It's been said that the best is yet to come.  But the best is NOW if we grab it.

I am one of those who has waited to live in a lot of areas.  True, there are many ways that I embrace life and love every single second.  Yet, there are other areas that I am paralyzed, stuck...just waiting to live.  You all know that I feel deeply burdened with my physical weight issues.  I have failed to fully experience my life completely because of this.  In my mind, I have a mental list of everything I want to do "when I lose weight".   My single goal this year, my solid resolution is to give life my best, in ALL areas, not just the areas that are already sparkly and pretty.

Minutes, hours, days, years, and LIFE disappear from our grasp when we fail to OWN them and be present.  I am going to choose to gather all my minutes this year and experience each one instead of waiting for everything to be perfect.  Whether I'm overweight, underweight,  or the perfect weight I just want to LIVE each moment.  What a sad waste to throw away time, our most precious resource just because we *wish* things were better.

Instead, we should be celebrating every day like it's New Year's!  Dancing.kissing.laughing.  Because life really is that cool.  It's always a fresh start and a new time whenever you make a choice within to START OVER.   

So my challenge to YOU is to glitter your life, make your moments sparkle, drink champagne from a fancy glass and celebrate because YOU ARE this life...RIGHT NOW...and that is pretty special.

The spotlight is on 2012 and it is OUR time!  Each of us who are living in 2012 get to OWN this year.

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Jane said...

Well said, sweet friend.

2012 is going to be a HUGE adventure...Marty is starting his new consulting business...I am expanding my horizons with my art...we are embracing a healthy lifestyle...It's a new adventure, and it looks GOOD! Here's to 2012!

Happy New Year!!!

DreamgirlLisa said...

I just found your blog through a link on another...really enjoyed your Christmas with your parents, reminded me of some Christmases in my past w/ my own parents. I too feel that this is the year I need to really LIVE, I keep saying "when...someday...I wish..." I too am burdened by my weight, even though I do so much and on the inside feel like a skinny girl...I am not happy with how I look and know I will feel so much better w/out the extra weight. Consider me a new follower.
Happy New Year,

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

You know, you just gave voice to one of my big fears. I actually was considering NOT going on vacation with our best friends this year because of my body! We have gone to OBX for the past 4 years and have a BLAST. But last year I noticed how my body is changing and I am feeling embarrassed. Well, now, thanks to your beautiful words and honesty I am going to DO something about it. So, thank you!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Stacey said...

What a fantastic post. I love the idea of time and being present in every moment. Love the garland too. You already know I think your fantastic but wanted to tell you again.

b. said...

Cute garland! Happy New Year! 2012!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love your garland - and how everything is just magical in your home! said...

Happy New Year, Lisa! Make each precious moment count :)

Blessings to you and yours!

Monica said...

Cute idea!

Karie @ The HoB said...

Happy New Year!!

Jemmmma said...

Why didn't I think of this while I was standing in front of it at Target for 90% off today?! Great job! I would love to recreate this for a party. Thanks!

Adorned From Above said...

Very cute garland. Great job.I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
Debi @ Adorned From Above
Marci @ Stone Mountain Cottage

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