For me though, one of the best things about blogging is that I am now able to look back and reminisce about my most memorable days this year, from January to December. Here are some highlights about moi and mon petite maison for 2010:
JANUARY - I took a sculpting class but wasn't good at it...I'm an impatient artist, have always been, sculpting is not for me.
FEBRUARY - I saved another life...a dog's life. I rescued Coco from the humane society and gave her to my mother. Now, Coco is very well taken care of and she and Mom are perfect companions!
MARCH - I built and installed window boxes in the front part of Marie's Maison
APRIL - This month was dedicated to "pimping" mon jardin :-) First, I improved my front garden by removing HUGE chunks of lawn grass in front and sidewalk. Lawns in SoCal are water wasters and next year, I plan to remove them all.
Second, I put up two posts in my backyard for my Guatemalan crocheted hammock
MAY - Mon cheri et moi celebrated our 9th year anniversary in Carmel by the Sea and Monterey Peninsula.
MAY - Also, I took Mom and my daughter Jill to a mother's week trip to Spain. It was my Mom's first trip to Europe, and we all had the best time, definitely memories that we will never forget!
June - Took a road trip to New Orleans with my best friend and together with her family and mine, we did volunteer work that benefited the people affected by the oil spill disaster in the gulf.
JULY - Took cake decorating classes and LOVED IT!!! I realized how much I love baking and cake decorating in these few classes I took. If I could only afford to go to an executive pastry school I would. The impatient artist in me disappeared and really enjoy taking my time when decorating my cakes.
AUGUST - This was a busy month for me! First, I finally completed the guest room re-do...
Second, I traded in my 2000 Lexus RX 300 which was a major gas guzzler to a Prius Hybrid. My gas savings is huge...from $240 a month, down to $60 a month!!!
Lastly, I taught myself to make French macarons ala Laduree in Paris
SEPTEMBER - I became cake crazy! First, I made tons of cakes/cupcakes for my cousin's baby shower...
Then, I organized my cute baby niece's first birthday party and made tons more cakes/cupcakes. YES...I was crazy for cakes!!!
Then finally, I graduated from my cake decorating class...here's my pièce de résistance...gateux ala Marie Antoinette...bravisimo!!!
OCTOBER - Hosted a costume Halloween High Tea Party
NOVEMBER - Another trip with my BFF, this time in Charleston, SC. Wheww...I just realized that I took quite a few vacation trips this year, which now explains why I'm seriously broke...SERIOUSLY!!!
DECEMBER - Of course this month was understandably busy because of the holidays and spending time with my loved ones. However, I am proud to say that I've taken another leap of faith and opened Marie's Marché, a tiny 70 sq ft store space located in the village of Carlsbad. Although my space is tiny, my merchandise are one of a kind, and french-inspired. I'll do another post about this new business venture and it's location next month.
Au revoir for now and I hope year 2010 was memorable for all of you as well! Here's looking at year 2011!!!