Friday, December 21, 2007


If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

I cut my mid back length hair to a ear length bob in September and I must say that I am yet to make friends with my new hair so I decided that maybe some new cosmetics could help me accept it,

so I made a appointment at the Bobbie Brown counter last week, my favorite part of the make over was when the makeup artist said "you don't have on any make up on now.... right?" and I had to laugh and say well "yes I do have on makeup!" ...
so here you have the new me~

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
~W. Edwards Deming

Yesterday Kelly and I both received copy's of "a charming exchange" It was really exciting to see it at this point as it is more or less the book that you all will see (but it will be in color not black and white like you see here)
Last night with highlighter in hand I made it to page 30 marking all the little things that need to be changed... what is hard for me at this point is that I know how to do the projects so its easy for me to glaze over when reading the step outs... so as i read I try to see myself making the jewelry for the first time.

(new years parcels that I will be sending out to a few friends)

we only have a couple weeks with the book to make any changes then the book will move on to our Managing Designer Marissa where she gets to work her magic and make the book look all wonderful ( we are so lucky as sweet Marissa was also the designer for one of my favorite books "Sally Jeans Pretty Little Things")
The next time we see the book it will be to review it one last time before it goes off to print!

This Year has been so full with adventure!
I have been able to meet and work with so many creative and giving people!
and I must say that 2008 holds many more amazing adventures for me.
(after the first of the year I will share a few of them)
Thank you all for spending time to visit my blog, as when I stated blogging in November of 2005 a few years ago it was truly just a online journal for me to keep track of what i was doing... and along the way it some how almost became a part of me that only I knew.

I truly appreciate your support your words and encouragement they mean so much to me!
Have a Wonderful Happy Healthy Holiday and a Fantastic Creative 2008!

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl



knitsteel said...

You look beautiful- hair and makeup.

Anonymous said...

Ruth you are absolutely gorgeous! You have a mega watt smile that makes me just want to give you a big ole hug!

Merry Christmas sweet girl and Happy 2008!!


HappyDayArt! said...

I agree, you are gorgeous Ruth! Thank you for pulling me along with you. I had a wonderful year too and it was in large part because of you!

I love being your friend and especially on the days I got to talk to you, and work everything out. I hope with all your plans for the future there is still some more room in there for me! (I had to say that, but only because I know you want a lot so it is going to keep you "crazy busy".)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

OOOOOOOO Catherine

Anonymous said...

You look glorious!
I am smiling right back at your picture and wanted to tell you how seeing you all pretty like this made me feel...
~*So happy!*~

I pray that you have a fulfilling and blessed holiday season.
You are an ornament in my life and I appreciate you.

Sending you my supportive wishes and hope for a wonderful art career that brings you a LOT of JOY!

Your fan-
Amber Dawn

martha brown said...

What a wonderful picture of you, Ruth! That new makeup is perfect (it looks so natural) -- not that I think you need it at all -- I've seen you first thing in the morning with your jammies on -- and you have that same wonderful glow with no makeup! 2007 was a great year for me -- and you were a big part of the happiness -- online and in person! Thank YOU!!!

Evoke-Designs by Lorraine said...

You have the most infectious smile! The makeover is great, but your heart is beautiful Ruth!

Merry Christmas!

shirleymcc said...

You look amazing!
I can't wait to see your new book, and I am sure it will be the first of many doors that open to you.
Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

The "new" you is spectacular Ruth! The book looks great. You've had quite a year! Here's to wishing you an equally blessed new year!


Maija said...

Oh Ruth!
Your hair cut is absolutely fabulous! It suits you well- it makes you look so young, and it shows of your beautiful, exotic face!! I am just smiling looking at you!
I'll see you in early 2008 when I make my semi-annual pilgrimage to California!
Merry Christmas!

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

Your hair is absolutely perfect for you!! Your make-up is stunning and yet so natural. You even look younger!! How is that possible???
This is a gorgeous photo of you.

Merry Christmas,
xox Rella

Melanie said...

Hello from a regular lurker. Thanking you for an inspiring read and wishing you all the best for The festive season. I absolutely love your site and am inspired everytime I visit. Thank you.
Merry Christmas!

dogfaeriex5 said...

well, i love the new bob!! and i cannot wait to see you in a few months!! it was so wonderful to get to spend time with you and kelly running around cincinnati..i will treasure that memory and the hotness in that beautiful cemetary!!please have a wonderful wonderful holiday and new years and i will be talking to you soon, sweet gal!!

Deborah Edwards said...

Beautiful, beautiful Ruth. I don't think it matters what your hair and make-up look like because you glow! What a wonderful year you had and 2008 is going to be unbelieveable! Can't wait to see you.

Barbara said...

Mery Christmas and a happy new year from a regularly reader of your wonderful blog. Looking forward to many inspirations here. Warmly Barbara

barbara burkard said...

YOU ARE GORGEOUS! love love love it! can't wait for the book! miss maddysen just got her hair cut into a bob as'll have to pop over to my blog to see! she has taken on the persona of KIT KITTREDGE....REPORTER...(her hairstyle influence...american girl doll)
hugz for the holidays to you!!!

Patti G. said...

Ruth, your new hair and make-up are nothing compared to the happiness and glow that shines from your eyes and smile! YOU are beautiful, and I think this photo of you is stunning! You look ready to walk right onto the set of your own craft tv show!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE your new look, it is wonderful!!!!!!!!!

suzi finer said...

Happy Holidays to you!

Dot said...

You are beautiful Ruth - inside and out. So pleased that everything is working out so well for you. You deserve every success!!

Judy said...

Exciting about the book.
You look great Ruth but then again i thought you looked great before too. Glad we met up this year in blogland and cant wait to meet you irl in April. Yaah.
No pj's thanks!!!

Holly Loves Art said...

Hello Gorgeous (said in the Barbra Streisand voice). Hope to see you in 2008. Happy New Year!!!!!

Cindy In Carolina said...

You do look beautiful.

All of these quotes about change....thanks.

Anonymous said...

I love the various quotes you are posting. They are wise and inspiring... And your hair cut looks adorable!

Karen Cole said...

Hi Ruth,

I thought you looked pretty darn great when I saw you last.....but then again, it is fun to change the way we look once in awhile. Your smile is what I see first, anyway. It's beautiful.

Your book in the previous post is amazing, as well as your process. I'd love to see how you store everything. That is my biggest problem.

Joy to you and your family.....
happy, healthy and creative new year.

xo karen

Kelly Snelling said...

Look at You! You look like Spring, like you just blossomed up. So pretty, so retty. Now Get down here and loan me your lipstick and let me pinch you a couple times. LOL! I'm having Ruth withdrawals. Did I tell you that Cream Pan bought the store next door and they're building a cafe?!! Yee-haw! I wonder what in the world they'll come up with? Happy New Year, sweet friend!

Sue McGettigan said...

You look great Ruth, ready for a wonderful start to the new year :)

Beate Knappe said...

You look beautiful- hair and makeup. a happy new Year

Mija said...

Ruth, your new hair cut is Fantabulous!!! goes well with your happy cheeks! :-D

i know the book will be indredible! can't wait to see it up close and personal.

may 2008 bring many artful adventures!


Heather said...

Love your hair and new make up. What fun! Happy New year to you and congrats again on the book. How exciting!!

Jes said...

WOW Ruth! You look stunning! It's so nice to go for a change sometimes, just to "brighten" ourselves up a bit! We get so bogged down in our crazy routines, we forget to take care of ourselves!

And THE BOOK! It's REALLY happening!! Can't wait!!

Happy new Year!



Judy Scott said...

oh wowowowowow just look at you, beautiful lady ~ simply fabulous. Stopping by to say thankyou for the beautiful wing I shall treasure it ~ it was so exciting to recieve your parcel, thankyou and big hugs and have a very happy new year and a very successful one too ~ not long now till the book, cant wait to see it ~ loads of love Judy xxx

knitsteel said...

You are so good to me. Thank you so much. It arrived today, perfect timing. You've made my day.

catharinas-love said...

You are a beautiful woman with a LOVELY SMILE !!
Rini ... The Netherlands

Wish you a very happy 2008

Ro Bruhn said...

I thought you looked great before Ruth, but now you look absolutely stunning.
Have a happy and successful 2008 and thanks for sharing so much with us

beth said...

i think you look wonderful !!! so glad i got to be your swap partner in 2007 ! and had the opportunity to meet your partner in crime Kelly at the DJ/Traci class !! yes it has been a whirlwind !!!
Heres to a wonderful 2008 !!!
take care,

Anonymous said...

Ruth...I love your new look. You are adorable!! That's just the perfect picture for posting on the back jacket of your new book.

The mock-up looks fantastic! I can't wait to see it in print!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. It was GREAT hearing from you!

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