1/12/17

vegas...

since i last visited las vegas in 2015, i was hooked, not because of the hotels and gambling, which i'm no fan off, i just fell in love with the desert. who goes to the grand canyon and say yuck?? right?!?!?!
well this time the BF and i took a shorter trip, but planned ahead. on our first day we went up to Mt. Charleston/ Lee Canyon and what a beauty!!! and must note it was the first time my BF saw snow for real, too fun to watch, just like a kid :)



Lee Canyon was closed for reservations only, so we went to one of the recreational areas and had some fun in the snow


and we weren't the only ones, lucky we were there early because it got crowded quickly


we then did the scenic drive to Mt Charleston and made a few stops on our way





the next day bright and early we went to Red Rock Canyon


i chose to hike the calico tank trail to see las vegas 


we started with a well marked path, but i must admit there were times i had no clue where i was going, but thanks to the foot tracks i was able to continue and not get completely lost



yep, very excited!!




when we got to the end there was another family visiting from Michigan, and the kids had climbed higher and we went right up with them and what a treat


absolutely stunning!!! the photo doesn't give the view justice...
we hanged out for a bit, had a snack and headed back, which by the way, went way quicker


after, the BF was done with the hikes and we did the scenic drive and made stops along the spots, just beautiful.



that night we did dinner and a show, saw the fabulous human nature jukebox 
on the 31st we did the touristy stuff and visited the hotels we missed on our last trip. Bellagio's beautiful christmas garden



and fountain...


we had breakfast at Paris and, i LOVED that hotel, i mean LOOOOOVVVEEEDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


then we did the Mirage's dolphin habitat


yes i was that close


and the white tigers and lions, beautiful! but looked so sad and bored



of course had to do some gambling. had a $10 spending limit and won $5, yay!!!


as can imagine the place was massively packed


but once the countdown ended, wow!!




it has been a while since i've had such fun celebrating a new year, the rest stays in vegas, hahaha!!!!
the trip was a success and hope to return in a few years, there's more to explore.

1/7/17

hello 2017!

happy new year once again to all fans, friends and family that follow the blog. 
as many of you may know, i took a small holiday, had a fantastic time! still sorting through all the photos to make a proper post. 
however
 i've been of course putting away all the holiday decor, organizing, and being good about this year's goals....aspirations...plans, whatever you want to call them, i mean is day 7, haha! this year, i've decided that i needed a bit more attention and decided i wanted to be out and explore a bit more. of course that means MsBittyKnacks production will be a bit calmer/ slow and exclusive; aka. will be making less whimsies and doing less shows. i still have to figure the logistics on how to balance it all, but i do need to do this. 
meanwhile, as i was sorting through the emails and such today i just found MsBitty was mentioned in the holiday list of the winter issue of Art Hive Magazine how cool is that!!!

Featuring Wendi McLendon-Covey, star of the hit ABC television show, The Goldbergs. Also featuring Rich Williams from the legendary band, KANSAS. Artist grants, submissions, and more!
ART HIVE MAGAZINE /// #20 /// WINTER 2016

so very happy n proud!

at the moment, am still working on home projects that i've procrastinated long enough, but will make a valentine whimsies and got some vintage planters to make some adorable pincushions.
also,
have been saddened about the tragic incident in Ft. Lauderdale; even closer to home, just to think i was at that airport 4 days prior. my thoughts, hearts and prayers go out to the victims families and to the family of the young man who committed the crime. with this i want to just say, people we need to calmly be able to handle our differences, to spread love and peace. i recently read a post written by Chip from the show fixer upper,  which I love and just love when he wrote: 

Our family wants to fight for a world that knows how to lovingly disagree. We believe it starts when we operate from a position of love in all things. If your position only extends love to the people who agree with you, we want to respectfully challenge that position. We propose operating with a love so real and true that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside the very people that are most unlike you. Fear dissolves in close proximity. Our stereotypes and vain imaginations fall away when we labor side by side. This is how a house gets unified. Think about it for a minute:  This could be one of the greatest restoration stories of all time. Who’s ready to get to work? "

really do recommend the whole passage which is very inspiring, but really it all boils down to LOVE like the Dalai Lama constantly repeats and says. so with the thought i leave you till the next one.

Maria



1/1/17

2017


happy new year everyone!!!!

may all your dreams and wishes prosper on this year, let's make 2017 the best one yet!!

have fun and be safe!

Maria
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