December 31, 2013

2013 A Year In Review

2013 was most definitely a year of transition and change, starting with our move from Illinois to Ohio. Moving and starting new jobs is always a bit stressful, but this move went rather easy. We love being closer to Danny's family, but it is hard being away from mine.

New Home Layout by Juliana Michaels

Danny's Family

I'm still working as a physical therapist, but it is now only part time. I really enjoy the freedom of being able to work when I want and to have more time for scrapbooking and crafting. I have had several amazing opportunities come my way this past year. I was asked to join the Design Teams of several amazing manufacturers including SRM Stickers, Pebbles Inc., and Leaky Shed Studio. I was part of the design team for a fabulous kit club called Paper Bakery and I continue to create scrapbook sketches for their monthly sketch challenges. My Mind's Eye and My Favorite Things both asked to guest design for them.

SRM Stickers | The Thrill of the Catch


The Thrill of the Catch Layout by Juliana Michaels

Pebbles Inc. | Thank You Jar Brownie Mix Recipe


Thank You Jar Brownie Mix Recipe by Juliana Michaels

Leaky Shed Studio | Best Friends Forever


Best Friends Forever Layout by Juliana Michaels

Paper Bakery | Sketch 17


Paper Bakery Sketch 17 by Juliana Michaels

My Mind's Eye | Happy Hello


Happy Hello Layout by Juliana Michaels

My Favorite Things | Celebrate Good Times


Celebrate Good Times Layout by Juliana Michaels

A major blessing in my scrapbooking career though, was being asked to continue as a member of the BoBunny Design Team, making this my fourth year with them. Even more exciting though was being asked to be their new Design Team Lead! I was also given the opportunity to work in the scrapbooking industry this December, and I will be sharing more about that in the weeks to come. So stay tuned. All in all, it has been an absolutely amazing year for my scrapbooking and paper crafting career!

BoBunny | Fright Delight Halloween Witches Hat


Fright Delight Halloween Witches Hat by Juliana Michaels

As I mentioned above, I have also enjoyed having more time for crafting. I have made several things for our house and for my MIL to use as holiday decorations such as my Dollar Tree Halloween Door Garland and Dollar Tree Christmas Wreath and Garland. I've got plans to do more of this in 2014, including re-finishing some furniture for various rooms in our home. (My scrapbook room being one of them!)

Dollar Tree Christmas Wreath


Dollar Tree Christmas Wreath by Juliana Michaels

Along with more crafting and scrapbooking, I learned how to draw and share my own FREE digital cutting files in SVG and Studio formats for use with various electronic die cutting machines including the Silhouette.

You can check out and download all of my FREE digital cutting files by going to my blog and clicking on the Digital Cutting File Page at the top of my blog. This is something that will most definitely continue in 2014!

Merry & Bright Free Digital Cutting File


Merry and Bright Free Digital Cutting File by Juliana Michaels

My sister and her family, including my adorable nieces, came to visit us this summer. We had a great time together and the girls especially enjoyed playing at the beach.

My nieces enjoying the beach

Our horse Woody, is now closer than he has ever been to us, so Danny is able to ride or work with him pretty much every day.  This makes Danny very happy!

Danny and Woody

We went on our first vacation in years, with some dear friends, to Mazatlan, Mexico. It was a fabulous trip and I had accomplished two of my Bucket List items by going deep sea fishing and then catching an 8 foot Sailfish!

Bucket List x 2 Layout by Juliana Michaels

The summer also included going to my niece Annie's wedding, Annie, a trip to Florida for the baptism of my great niece and nephew, attending Indians games and gardening.

Fall was a fun time as well. We had the opportunity to attend a Cleveland Browns game with field passes and amazing seats. I even got to sit next to super fan Punkinhead. Yes, we lost, but it was still a ton of fun.

Halloween was a blast this year with the return of our Annual Halloween Party. We thoroughly enjoyed doing our own costumes and makeup, and ideas for next year's costumes are already in the works!
We also had an unexpected addition to our family. We adopted a 9 year old golden retriever named Milo. He has added something special to our family and is truly a blessing in our lives!

Milo

Over Thanksgiving we traveled to see my family and enjoyed our visit with everyone at each of our stops. It was so good to see them, hug them and visit with them after so many months of not being able to do those things in person. The old saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is so very true!

Me and Dad

My Family

Christmas was a joy this year because I got to decorate for Christmas for the first time in several years. With all of our moves these past few years, we haven't been able to decorate because of the timing of things, so it was wonderful to hang my ornament collection and decorate with all of my Santies!

My Christmas Tree

My Santies

More Christmas Decorations

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my 2013 Year in Review. Here's wishing you and your family a blessed, happy and love filled 2014!!!

4 comments:

  1. What an amazing year you have had! I can't wait to hear about this news that you have to share!! Happy New Year!!!!!

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  2. Congrats Juliana on all of your 2014 ventures. Your work is amazing and very inspiring! Have a wonderful New Year!

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  3. Wonderful projects Juliana! Congrats on all your DT ventures.

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  4. Lots of great highlights for you Juliana!! Love seeing your work and your Christmas decor is beautiful!

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