Sunday, January 6, 2013

A brand new Year!

Happy new dreams and happy new days!

It is great to have the holidays, to get re-energized and re-inspired.
You can find us swimming in the sea most days and it has been lovely getting out in  the sunshine and relaxing.
DD went back home for work  and son is staying on for the week.

Victoria was photographed by the Blog ~ Four eyes, when she stepped out from work. The blog shows off some New Zealand Fashion, from around the City street. She made the outfit she was wearing and is so talented with designing her own clothes.

Marcel graduated from University with a Bachelor of Spatial design, back in December. We were very proud  to attend the ceremony,  and see him go up and receive his degree, nothing makes a Muma more happy.
Now we wish him well with the next chapter of his life.

I hope that 2013 will bring wonderful things to you all.
Thank you deeply for the beautiful comments and wishes you left for me 


  1. Dearest Carolyn,
    Congrats with your son Marcel's graduation and also with Victoria's design and mention in the blog. Looks great, I left a comment.
    Wishing you more positive moments for 2013 and enjoy your summer.

  2. Sweet Blessings to you in 2013!

    As I sit here typing, I'm thinking that I will sit more often in a quiet house to just listen to the quiet. Get refreshed and enjoy life.

    Nice to see pics of your gorgeous children!

  3. Congratulations to your son, he has doing great. Swimming in the ocean sounds so nice, you have a lovely weather.
    Wish you a happy 2013

  4. Great !
    Best regards from France,


  5. Back once again from a short blog break to wish you & your talented family (undoubtedly inherited Mama's genes!) a terrific New Year!

    Congrats to all & enjoy the lovely weather! (Freezing at night here in S Spain!!)


    XOXO Nora & Lola:)

  6. What lovely children you have Carolyn ... you must be so proud!

    Love Claire xxx

  7. Happy new year darling !!...and i was suprised yesterday when i get your mail in my box...what a nice present !!..thank you so much!!! are so kind !! from me...i hope 2013 will bring lots of friendship you !!

  8. Hi Carolyn!
    Happy new year!
    I hope that the new year will be wonderful for you!
    Thank you for your friendship!

  9. Lovely memories and pics, darling!
    Happy 2013!


  10. Very happy to hear about your family and their achievements. Warm weather and swimming sounds like a wonderful combination! I hope there are many more joyful moments in 2013! x


    Your children are so blessed to have had your guidance and now, you are blessed to see the fruit of YOUR labor. They are both stunning people, and I am sure they will both make their mark in the world.

    So good to hear you are relaxing my dear. After the holidays, we are all a bit tired!

    May this be a fantastic new year! Anita

  12. Oh gosh, being able to swim in the sea!
    Cold and snowy here.
    Jane x

  13. Victoria's dress looks like it is pretty fabulous -- definitely unique. Congrats to your son on his graduation! I used the same quote on my new year's post! Wishing you a healthy happy year! Tammy

  14. Wow ow awesome for Victoria! She looks like a model!!! Congrats to Marcel! Here's to a new year! Xo

  15. Congratulations on all the good news.........Beautiful beginnings for a brand new Year.
    Sparkle and shine are my words for 2013.
    Love and hugs and many blessings to you and yours.
    Love Jeanne

  16. I wish you a happy New Year dear Carolyn.
    Congratulations to your son's graduation and your daughter mention in the Blog.
    What a beautiful pictures of your children.
    Warm wishes, Mea

  17. You must be So proud of your children ....both very talented
    Trusting you and yours have a safe and wonderful 2013 Carolyn xx

  18. Hi dear Carolyn,
    lovely to "see " you again-
    and congratulations on your sons graduation and your daughters fantastic ability to create and sew such wonderful designs.
    So lovely for you to have such a warm and great summer time- ENJOY DEAR.

  19. A Happy New Year to you and your family Carolyn.

    Victoria looks beautiful on the photograph! Congratulations too on your sons Graduation!

    Wishing you a happy week.

    Madelief x

  20. Congratulations to your children you must be very proud of them both.
    Sarah x

  21. Dear, dear friend...

    CONGRATS dear...compliments for your son and HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY new year my dearest friend!!

    For ever in my heart!! W.L. NI

  22. just popping in to say Happy New Year Carolyn.....

  23. Oh honey your children are just precious. Congrats to them both. I know how proud you are of them and for them.
    Swimming sounds lovely.
    Just thinking of you and wanted to come by and wish you a very Happy New.

  24. Dear Carolyn,
    congratulations from me too again, for your son's graduation and your daughter's desing on the Blog!
    Lovely pictures!
    Hope the New Year started well for you all!
    Have a wonderful new week,
    Love and hugs

  25. Victoria's coat is smashing! What talent!
    And congratulations to Marcel too.
    Everyone in your family is starting out the first page of the New Year in fine fashion, Carolyn.

  26. Hello Carolyn!
    You've got great sons, but I guess that part of their talents came from their own family, definitely you should be a great mum!
    Congrats for them! :D
    Wishing you a 2013 full of even better moments of the passed year!

  27. You're family is off to a great start! I know you are proud. And is that you're new journal for this year? It's beautiful! I'm starting a new one today! Sweet hugs and Happy New year!

  28. Hi Carolyn, Congrats to both your very talented children. I know you are proud of them and so well you should be. Love the pic of talented Victoria and your handsome son too.

    Wishing you a joyful 2013 with many blessings.
    Hugs for you my friend, CM

  29. Happy New Year to you Carolyn!
    I hope it's a wonderful year for you and your family and it looks like you're off to a great start - your children are wonderful, and it must be exciting to see them so well positioned for their own journeys!

  30. Dearest Carolyn,
    Thank you SO MUCH for your thoughtful comment. Although I'm still feeling a bit groggy, I finally start facing pc and catching up visiting friends (^^;)

    Wow, what a wonderful news of your children and happy for you to start a great year♡♡♡

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  31. Congrats to your son!!!^^


  32. Hi Carolyn!
    Congratulations on your son's graduation. Your daughter looks gorgeous and I am sure she is very talented! hope you are having a good week:)
    ~Anne xx

  33. Dear Carolyn, I wish you and your family health, love, fun and a lot of inspiration for New Year 2013.Let all your wishes come true. Hugs Aurelia

  34. When your children are happy, successful and well-adjusted, life is the best. I know that you are proud of them, Carolyn.

    Wishing you happiness and the love of family and friends for 2013.


  35. Graduate and all are so great for a new year. Resolution: keep an open mind. So far, a flu bug and a computer hard drive death could set me off wondering. Positive! thinking for up coming months!

  36. Dear Carolyn
    Congratulations to your son!
    You have so lovely children.
    I wish you a happy rest of the week and send you a lot of greetings from Switzerland.
    Love and Hugs Yvonne

  37. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love to hear from blogger friends across the world.

    Peace and Joy to you and your family as we step forward into 2013.

  38. wish u all the best for this new year!

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    Passei para uma visitinha.
    Desejo tudo de bom para vocês.

    Beijinhos do Brasil.
    º° ✿✿·. D░I░A░ !

  40. Hello sweet Carolyn! Thank you so much for your visit and kind words! I am so glad you found me through sweet Dorthe! Your blog is lovely! I hope your New Year is off to a good start too! Victoria is gorgeous and so talented! I love her amazing outfit! how wonderful she designed it! I am so happy she was featured on the fashion blog. Your son is handsome and I know you are so proud of him! You have beautiful children! What a blessing they are! I hope your year is filled with all the things that bring your heart joy! Love, Paula xo
    PS~ Your bears are gorgeous! You are very talented!

  41. Happy New Year to You and all your dearest!

    Thanks for visiting my blog again!

  42. Dear Carloyne, a happy, healthy and prosperous, sunny New Year to you and your sweet family! Wow, Victiria looks GORGEOUS in her design pieces, and congrats to your son too! Isn't is great to have big (and talented) kids? Thanks for topping by and cheers to more bloggy fun in 2013! xx

  43. Wishing you many many blessings in 2013. I really can't believe we are here in this year already. Congrats to both Victoria and Marcel. Enjoy your days at the sea. I wouldn't mind a week there myself :)
    Happy New Year my far away friend.

  44. Dear Carolyn, beautiful young people.;)
    Happy New Year to you and your family as well.;)

  45. Dearest Carolyn, this is really a wonderful quote about the New Year! IK also hope it will be wonderful - for you, for me, for all of us! Of course you are a proud "Muma" - your children are beautiful, clever and successful yound people! Oh, I really wold like to go swimming in the sea most days and having sunshine. (If you visit my blog you will see some snow in our garden... :o))
    Warm hugs my dear, and thank you so much for your nice coment to Las Vegas :o)

  46. Happy new year to you too ! Thanks so much for your comment, it was really unexpected ! :)

    Good luck to all your family !


  47. Dear Carolyn,
    You must be so very proud of your children. Congratulations to both of them..
    Thank you so much for your visit... Your heartfelt words about my Angel relief warmed my heart. Thank you so much.

  48. Good morning precious friend!

    I hope that your new year is truly starting out by spelling out new opportunities. THANK YOU for always coming to visit, no matter how busy you may be! LOVE, Anita


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