Friday, 20 December 2013

Your Cards ... Aren't In The Post ... And Why I love Blogging ...


So here we have the painting I did for our Christmas card this year
I picked one of my favourite ornaments
and painted up the blues of the skies and water to warm those of you in freezing weather
It was going to be great and I was going to follow up last year's epic efforts
 I had grand plans to send them out to each and every one of the generous souls
who have made the last six months so much easier
and there have been a hugely humbling number of you
like truly heart achingly incredible support that brings me to tears on a regular basis
but did I get very far... nope
am I bloody hopeless ... yep
but does it mean I treasure any of you any less... not on your sweet nellies people
so this is in lieu of a card this year
you get a look at what I didn't send... bit ordinary when I have been so blessed.
but better than nothing I figure
and at the end of the day you all know I am slightly hopeless at a lot of these things
and even without the whole breast cancer crap
the chances of me getting cards out two years running was going to be slim...

So I am sending you all magic vibes for spectacular presents
not a slipper sock, ugly sweater or foot spa in sight for any of you
unless you like that sort of thing
 in which case I don't quite know what to say... slipper socks ... really????

I hope all your cleaning fairies turn up and your houses magically clean themselves
my bloody fairies are still on an epic bender getting trashed somewhere
but if you see them out and about tell them to get their lazy fairy butts back here!!!!

May all the feasts look like they belong on tv or in some mad cook book
and be completed with out a single need to cry quietly in the corner of the bomb zone that was previously your kitchen

but most importantly go into the mad festivities of Christmas week
knowing that you have made a difference in my life in ways you will never appreciate
and that I feel humbled and blessed to have you by our side
 helping Phantom Steve, Sinus Man, Mushu the wonder mutt and I though this crazy time
I have no clue how I would have got through it all without you
so thank you from the bottom of my overflowing heart
and have the safest and most spectacular holiday season ever!!!!


A few hours later after posting I now sit here
only just recovered from 20 bloody minutes of unrestrained sobbing at the sheer incredible and overwhelming generosity of my dear dear friends over at PPF
Kristin and Eva have hosted a surprise tea party for me and people have created the most extraordinary artworks and posts
so if you want to know why I blog... just pop over to PPF and you will get it totally
these people are the most generous, extraordinary , supportive community
coming home to this today has made me to cry to a point where I couldn't even bloody speak
 which caused both poor Phantom and Sinus have a small panic
at seeing me so awash... I adore my blogging family so much
thank you all so much... I honestly don't know how I would get through this without you all ... seriously... best Christmas ever!!!!




66 comments:

JoyCorcoran said...

I would have been terribly disappointed if you had gotten Christmas cards out, since I am still thinking about maybe addressing mine. You share an amazing amount of love and humor with us, not to mention your awesome art. Thank you, bless you, merry happy everything!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I relish your humor every post, I ache with you and think about you often. YOU are the gift. xox

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful bauble Trace. Cleaning Fairies....mmmm not a one in sight, so am going to give everything a wipe with a wet wipe, spray the rooms with cranberry and apple spice, light the scented candles and just enjoy being together at Christmas. Happy Christmas dear Trace and make it a good one, hugs Annette x

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

It is magnificent! May you and your family be blessed with love, joy and peace this Christmas and through the new year.

Cozycomfycouch said...

Beautiful! You made me smile. I love your humour. Have a blessed Holiday filled with positivity and love. I'm sending you hugs!

Boo said...

Your painting is lovely. If you'd mailed card you would have made me look really bad because I have no excuse for not sending cards other than I just didn't do it.

I hope you, Phantom and Sinsu have the most wonderful Christmas ever. Please enjoy the warm weather for me.

I'm so glad to have you for a friend.

minnemie said...

And a merry, colorful bougainvillea-jacaranda-lychee Xmas to you too:-)!Hugs and more hugs...

Lynn Richards said...

So beautiful. The best part of not sending cards is that all of us get to see the beauty of this ornament and the words in your post.
Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!
xo
lynn

Tracey Grgic Potter said...

Stunning Christmas buabble Tracey!

Wishing you and the crew a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jennifer McLean said...

Well that was better than any Christmas card in the mail!! And just think, you've saved me from having to dust around your card perched prettily on my mantel. Now I won't feel like I have to somehow magically recycle your beautiful card into some sexy and useful thing in the new year lest I feel guilty for just throwing it away. Hehehe. You made my day Trace. Happy Christmas to you and the family.

Patricia said...

You just gave me a Christmas present!! A big ol' smile on my face as I read this witty, touching, awesome post that reflects the awesome person that you are!! HUGS!! MERRY CHRISTMAS my friend!!

storybeader said...

thanks for the lovely ornament photo. And I got a sewing machine for the holidays! {:-D

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

Tracey, your ornament is beautiful & I have saved it for all times now. And, where are thise damn cleaning fairies? Thank you for sharing your journey & courage!
Eggnog cheers ( shot o'rum )
Dana

Rita said...

Just knowing you will be okay is gift enough! I think about you all a lot. Love and hugs this joyous holiday season! :):):)

cjsrq said...

Wishing you much joy and happiness this holiday season and great good health in the coming year. Thank you for always brightening my day with your sense of humor and your beautiful art. Big hug!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Well, sheet, now you have me crying in my wodka, Trace! You are entirely welcome! Thank you for my sweet handpainted beautiful ornament! I shall print it up and enjoy it!!

Today was baking day for me, one disaster after another at crunch time, blech, so your comments about crying quietly in the corner in the middle of an exploded bomb really hit home and made me laugh.

You always make me laugh, even when you feel like crap. You are an inspiration and a dear girl, honey chile.

I know you will have a grateful, happy Christmas now that so much is behind you and I know next year will bring health, the happiest gift of all! Love and hugs, Darnell

Nic McLean said...

Tracey your bauble is beautiful and I think you can be forgiven for not posting cards this year. I hope you havea wonderful Christmas throwing another prawn on the barbie (as that is obviously stereotypically what you all do down under! ! Wishing you the best new year ever and hope that 2014 is epic for you in every good way possible. Xx

Giggles said...

Well I wish I could say the cleaning fairies were visiting my place, but that would be so far from the truth. But not to worry we have a nice roof over our head, wonderful friends, a great family and your gorgeous painting to look at! Thank you dear friend for your sweet humour and positive attitude despite your tough days! You are truly a gem in every way! Wishing you love, laughter and moments of joy in your holiday!

Love Giggles

Sheila said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for all the wonderful, candid, hilarious posts! Tracey, it just amazes the heck out of me that you can keep you sense of humor. But I am so glad, for you that you do. Laughter heals, no doubt about it. And attitude is everything. 2014 is going to be a kick ass year for you!

Best wishes to you and the whole motley crew!

Simona Cordara said...

Your humour is enough for us, Tracy! You make people smile, and this is more important than any unsent cards. :)
I wish you happy holidays. :)

soulbrush said...

Now you have me crying too, AND we ALL love you too and that crazy household of yours- which I bet is very tidy and actually very normal! Ha ha.
Lotsa love and hugs and kisses and chicken soup coming from me in London- and definitely NO smelly socks.
Love you gal, you have the heart of a lion and the strength to match. xxxxx

Jaz Higgins said...

A gorgeous Christmas 'card'! Thank you! :) Oh and what a fun tea party! Merry Christmas to you and the fam. xo

Sandra Busby said...

Your Christmas card is perfect and gorgeous!! And I have just pooped over to PPF - my first visit! It is awesome!!! How lovely that they did this for you. I would have been in floods too... Aww... you are so loved! :0)

missy k said...

Happy Christmas to you and yours ...

The Christmas card is beautiful :)

Karen xxx

sharon said...

Love your bauble. The cleaning fairies are taking their time to get here! Love your sense of humour and wish you good health and nhappiness for the coming year.

Faye said...

Your ornament is beautiful. I really did intend to paint one myself and may still do it. Yours looks good enough to cut out and glue to my Christmas tree! Tracey, along with all the others in the art blog community, I am praying for you as I know others are also praying for me in my recent loss. What a supporting group of women! Years ago the idea that this would even be possible was beyond my wildest thoughts. Wishing you, Sinus, and Phantom a joyful Christmas!

Zafaran Art and Words Zone said...

Thank you for painting such beautiful pics, writing so humorously and just being you! You deserve everything that's the best! By the way, those fairies were last seen grumbling loudly about a crowd of bloggers chasing them down your road...hope they have finally made an appearance!

Linda said...

LOVE your gorgeous Christmas ornament Trace! Those faeries must be awful busy this week-they haven't been getting around to us PPFrs :) It's because of you Trace that I have done my first "sketch" and have decided to take an online class to help me out. Yes, you are a gem and I am so thankful to have met you thru such an amazing group of artists at PPF. Keep on keepin on! Love and hugs.

Jo Murray said...

Your blog is better than any Christmas card....or gift. You offer us strength, humour, and always delightful drawings. I wish you Peace, Joy, and HEALTH, over Christmas and throughout 2014.

MeOfCourse said...

What a beautiful Xmas card, one to treasure. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Tracey and that the road ahead is a happy and healthy one ahead. ::hugs:: You're the best! Can I keep the card? :)

Terrie Purkey said...

I should have known better than to read this at lunch, at my desk at work, yep, I should have known. Here I sit awash in shimmering tears, touched as ever by your strength and your ability to both make me smile and make me cry in the same few paragraphs. Your genuine affection for your blogging community is so apparent as it is obvious how loved you are by us all. Have a relaxing, loving, truly amazing holiday season. I wish you nothing but the best for 2014.

WrightStuff said...

Hey don't go making the rest of us look bad by getting cards out...

And as for those PPF folks - wow!

I've stopped partying as you know but you do know that had I known I would have course have come up with something suitably Damon-related... Maybe you just want to imagine.

Have a wonder Christmas darling lady. xx

Serena Lewis said...

A beautiful Christmas card, Tracey! If it makes you feel any better, I haven't sent out cards this year and I didn't even attempt to paint one. I had good intentions to do it but never got around to it.

Goodness, I had a cry myself just reading about the special tea party for you. Sniff, sniff... You are a very special lady, Tracey, and you deserve all the attention. Enjoy. xo

Helen Campbell said...

I'm so glad that I'm in good company with the inability to get my Christmas cards out this year... although perhaps I'll get out before Valentines.I have no real excuse other than I procrastinate terribly. I'm good at procrastination, actually. :)

I adore you and your wonderful way of looking at the world. Wishing you a blessed Christmas surrounded by your loving family. Merry Merry!

Rita said...

This is just so sweet that they did that for you (the George Clooney with the Tracey tea cup cracked me up!). I got all teary-eyed with all of this, too. You deserve it, dear one!! Isn't the internet an amazing place?!! Love and hugs! :):):)

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

As I have said before, I look forward to your post each week. Your spirit of love and joy is infectious and you touch so many people.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays and the best ever new year.
Nicole/Beadwright

peggy gatto said...

Love your style, both art wise
and
humor wise
Love you!!!

Wandering Wren said...

Dearest wet puddle of tears - have you come to yet? Wot a lovely bunch of friends you have at PPF but you know what, I'm a great believer in what goes around comes around, you deserve it.
Thank you so much for the exquisite Christmas bauble card, you may not be on my mantle but you've it onto the fridge and you know how much us Aussies rely on the fridge so you will be well looked at and admired;)
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and here's to a Brilliant 2014.
With lots of love
Wren xx

Fion RK said...

Cleaning fairies you say? Where do I get some of them?

Beautiful words. Enjoy the three 'f's' over Christmas, friends, family and my favourite, food! And your bauble makes me feel cool up here in sticky Cairns. Cheeeeeers.

Lynn Cohen said...

Tracy, I'm thinking you don't realize what, way before any of us even knew about the cancer, that you gave us!!! It's been so darned refreshing to visit a blog that gives not only art that inspires, but humor that tickles and lightened anything that might have been hard that week!
So own your responsibility in all this! You didn't get all this out pouring just because you got cancer ... Yes, we feel shitty about that for you, but you'd already made your mark on our hearts! Please know that! I hope after you blow your nose you'll have time to visit all the blogs that have "for Tracy" posts via PPF ...cause there's more than the wonderful collection on that blog for you!! Xoxoxo

Karla B said...

Tracey, be blessed, my friend.I admire your art and heart.Merry Christmas to you too. Love from Brazil.Karla

NatashaMay said...

I always enjoy reading your posts and you always make me laugh. :) Sending you loads of positive and healing energy. :)

Molly Freibott said...

Bless you and your Family this Christmas! Thank you for the beautiful Virtual Card! Love to you all!

Studio Kaufmann said...

Tracey you are an inspiration to us all and it was so much fun to join in with your tea party! Have a wonderful Christmas. Every time I go on your blog I crave a cuppa!

Marji said...

Love your ornament and love you and your amazing spirit. I hopped over to PPF and took in all the beauty there. Its a wonderful community here surrounding you. Much love and Merry Christmas. M.x

Jana TangledPen said...

I love your ornament, Tracey! Bright and bold as always - I really really admire your style.
I added my link to PPF just by chance this eek - I didn't think I'd have enough time. What a a beautiful blog post!!! If I had know in advance, of course I'd sketched another tea cup! So instead, I drank an extra cup ;)
Cheers! I truly hope you feel well for the Holidays and thereafter too, of course.
Happy PPF!

JKW said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to think of ME. I love the beautiful ornament, I treasure it because it comes from someone so unselfishly thinking of others. Thank you for visiting my site. You are loved so much by all of us who have gotten to know you, your wit, your patience in times of hurt and pain, your thinking of us and that loving family you share with us (pups is family). My prayers and love are always with you. Blessings, Janet PPF (Merry Christmas)

Lorraine said...

I just knew with your sense of humour that you would get the meaning of my "quiet time" painting. Love your post and you know what you need to say to this cancer: f... you..like my friend has!..hugs to you over this Christmas and just have loads of wine forget tea!

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Thank you for your painted blog-posted christmas card ;-)
I still have my christmas greetings lying on my table…
Maybe if a few cleaning fairies were here to assist me I would feel I had time to send some mail? :-)
Thank you for visiting my blog!
And a very merry Christmas to you and your family once more!
Ilona xxx

bellefrogworks said...

Tracey - You made me cry and that's a good thing. I know you feel all the love surrounding you.

Fallingladies said...

loving that ornament! I didn't get cards out either and barely decorated. I have a tree up though! a lovely post and tea party at PPF! I am in awe as usual by your creativity, humor and strength!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Beautiful card and a heartwarming post to go with it. Being able to remain positive and upbeat in the face of adversity gives a better chance of overcoming it. I've said a prayer for you. Karla Bardanza (Poetic Postcards) had a link to your blog, which let me find you. Positive vibes are being sent your way. Merry Christmas!

Laura Leeder said...

Sending warm wishes your way for a happy holiday season!

Kristin Dudish said...

I love you.
Big time.
For more reasons than I could possibly list here...
xo
Duders

Diana Evans said...

Sending you prayers and thoughts and a Christmas wish for everything to be ok!!! It is so touching to see how you have touched so many with your art and your words!!! Hugs

Laura Moore said...

Big hugs and lots of best wishes for a Merry Christmas for you and your family Tracey. xx

Kristin said...

I JUST heard about your surprise party and had to come over! Awe, I feel awful about not being in the loop (my fault for being a bad blogger lately) but I LOVE what everyone did - all the love and support could not have been for a kinder person. WE ALL love you - and your impact here is so obvious! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and am sending you all the Christmas cheer I can from way over here! xoxoxo

Carmen said...

I sent three. Three Christmas cards. How pathetic is that? :)

I loved this post - I loved seeing the blogs popping up with your secret tea party, I love this blogging community too but most of all I love reading your blog even if I sometimes am VERY naughty and forget to comment. Smack my hand.

Have an amazing, AMAZING Christmas Tracey :) See you in the Soul Food class ;)

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

I stopped by via Nic's Earth blog.

How wonderful for you and your PPF friends. Merry Christmas to you.

stefanie stark said...

Dear Tracey! Merry Christmas to you and your beloved ones from me over here in Germany as well!I love this card you didn't send out! This magic looking christmas ball is wonderful!
Big hugs and all the best wishes!
I love your posts so much! Stefanie

Ileana said...

I'm visiting via Nic's blog. I love the doggie with the teapot painting she did for your tea party and all the others have done a fine job as well. Your ornament is beautiful, btw. Your work is lovely and I just became a follower. Wishing you all the best this holiday season! Cheers from Miami!

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Tracey, you are one remarkable lady! I am always greatly entertained by your unfailing humor (oh the times you've make me snort out loud at my laptop) and awed by your beautiful creations, including that stunning 'Christmas card'. Big holiday hugs to you my friend. xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Much joy and happiness for you Tracey and great good health in the coming year. You always make me happy with your sense of humor and your beautiful art.
Blessings!

xoxoxo

Susi

Faye said...

Tracey, here it is 2014 already! I am sending you my love, my appreciation, my admiration, and my prayers for healing. I wish the best for you and your supportive family. You are an inspiration to us all. I know that being positive and upbeat is not easy sometimes. I look forward to seeing more and more of your gorgeous colored sketches during the new year.

Miz Katie said...

I totally missed out on your surprise. Poo!! I'm blown away with all the artwork everyone made. So sweet!! You are sooo loved. xo Happy holidays to you and your family, Tracey!!

Tammie Dickerson said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your heartfelt post! I hope this new year is also the best one ever!! Sending you love and hugs!