Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's Almost Christmas!

I don't know why, but this year I've really been into all things Christmas, and early on to bat. I started getting excited for the decorating in September! What's up with that? I'm not even having company or going anywhere. The only people to see my hard work are myself, my hubby who could care less, and my dogs and cat who just love it. How do I know this? Because I tell them they do, of course!

So needless to say, I started my decorating earlier than normal and had all of that done, all my shopping, wrapping, and shipping done last week! And am so glad I did. I left one package to mail this week and the lines were doubled at the post office from last week. Good thinking, Allyn! I'm patting myself on the back right now.

I have always been an early "get the shopping done and out the door" kinda gal though. I just can't stand all the crowds of people pushing, shoving, and cutting in line at the stores. I'll never understand how others have the patience for that!

But with all my excitement and hussle and bussle of getting everything done, my writing is suffering. I haven't written a thing all month. I've edited, and done some other writing things but not really worked on a particular story. So in a way, I can't wait for the holidays to be over because my new years resolution for 2014 is to concentrate more on my writing. I haven't been a very disciplined writer since I was laid off from my job in 2012 but next year I plan to change that. Pray for me!

However, I have some good news. I got another acceptance for a picture book story I've been working on for quite a while now. This publisher has been holding on to it for awhile but finally gave me the Christmas present I most wanted! Another book!

Since no one but maybe a friend or two will see my Christmas hard work, I'll show you!




 
Squeeeee! These are all for me!


Funny how trees never take good photo's. My tree looks small and lonely
here, but it's really not. It's big and gorgeous! Poor thing.



 







If anyone is in the area this weekend, stop on by the Imagine Christmas Bazaar & Craft Show, Hosanna Church, in Marrero, LA this Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:00 - 10:00 pm and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4:00 - 10:00pm. I'll be there signing my book. Should be lots of fun for the whole family! Hope to see some of you there.






16 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful Allyn! Merry Christmas! Enjoy the bazaar, hope you sell lots! Congratulations on the new book...that makes how many now?

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    1. Thanks, Mari. And finally I can tell you a new number of 5 more books! Woo hoo. Have a great xmas and try to stay warm and away from Polar Bears!

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  2. Congrates on doing all your shopping. I've done a little but have a lot left. I like the crowds--with the music and decorations. Can't wait to get out there shopping. Your decorations are beautiful!! Did you bake those cookies? I tried to do those cookie cutter cookies and icing decoration for Thanksgiving. They tasted awesome but looked pathetic. Imagine Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show in Marrero looks to be a lot of family fun. I'll be there. See you tomorrow evening.

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    1. Deb,

      I always knew you were strange, liking the crowds, are you nuts! LOL Yes, baked the cookies myself and frosted them even though a kindergartner could've frosted better! Who cares as long as there's tons of icing on them!

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  3. I forgot to say -MERRY CHRISTMAS &
    CONGRATULATIONS on the new book sale. I can't wait till your others come out. All of your stories are so cute. I don't know how you come up with all those ideas for stories...and write them where a kid gets drawn in. You do a great job!!

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  4. Your hard work doth pay, Allyn. The X'mas decorations look fantastic! Merry Christmas, and wild congrats on the picture book acceptance.

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  5. Congrats on the book.

    I haven't even started putting up decorations, might do them this weekend. Your decorations look lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Terrie. Now get out there and put up those decorations so you have time to enjoy them!

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  6. Oh my gosh! Your house looks so lovely decked out with lights and all the fixing. You did a fantastic job. As for the cookies, man that had to have taken you forever!

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    1. Thanks, Courtney! Actually the cookies didn't take as long as they normally do. I've learned to just slap the frosting on and go with it!

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  7. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.

    Regards,
    Clotee

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    1. Merry Christmas to you as well Clotee. Goodluck with your blog and e-store!

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  8. Beautiful, Allyn! I admit my shopping isn't finished. WIth all this snow, my shopping trips keep getting cancelled. :(

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  9. You are so organized! Your decorations look beautiful! I think your tree is super sparkly. :) Congrats on the new book! What exciting news!
    ~Jess

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