2022 Happy New Year

2022 Happy New Year

While writing my 2022 Happy New Year post, I’m reflecting on memories from 2021. I know it’s been a tough year for many. Please know you are not alone and you are seen. 

Happy New Year 2022, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

I must admit, I too struggled to reflect on the positive at times. There were moments, I’m sure, that made me smile, and you guys were a huge part of that. Every time I received a positive comment or compliment, it reinforced those 5 things to remember. But, going into the new year, I wanted to insure I remembered all the things I’m grateful for. A beautiful, generous friend gifted me a lovely journal for Christmas. This will become my 2022 Gratitude Journal.

2022 Gratitude Journal, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Keeping this beside my bed will give me the opportunity to not only pray in the morning, but to record my gratitude for the day each night.

2022 Gratitude Journal, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

To start off 2022, here is my prayer for you. Happy New Year my friend. 

Happy New Year 2022, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

In closing remember, I’m wishing you 12 months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8,760 hours of joy, 5,256,000 minutes of good luck, 31,536,000 seconds of happiness. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

A Cajun Christmas

A Cajun Christmas

Bienvenue! So happy you are joining me for a taste of my Cajun Christmas in southeast Louisiana. I’ll bet each of us has a little history or tradition from our birth place. I was listening to stories from Germany, Spain and Russia a couple of days ago. Then I took a moment to reflect on traditions that I’m sure are very unique.

A Cajun Christmas, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Cajun Christmas traditions that mark the holidays always involve lots of laughter in the company of friends and family. Many holiday dinners include having seafood dishes like seafood gumbo and oyster dressing. Look for Cajun sausage and fried turkey—or a signature Louisiana Turducken! Bread pudding, pralines, fudge, pound cake and divinity are some of the desserts served.

Christmas Eve in Cajun country has a slightly different version of the “Night Before Christmas.” Sit back, relax and enjoy.

One other notable Cajun Christmas tradition is the lighting of the bonfires for PaPa Noel. Beautiful wooden structures are erected on the levee and set a blaze for all to enjoy.

A Cajun Christmas, Bonfires on the Levee

Now that we’ve had a little laugh together, I would love to hear what’s going on in your community. Are there any traditions you’d like to share? Be sure to leave a comment below. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Christmas Prayer, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Be Thankful Happy Thanksgiving

2021 is fast coming to an end. The Christmas holidays are right around the corner. But, today I wanted to take a moment to share a “Be thankful” message I came across on Pinterest. It really struck home with me.

Be Thankful, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

WOW, aren’t those words profound. It’s pretty easy to be thankful on the good days, the happy days, the joyful moments. Isn’t it always a little more difficult when we are struggling a bit? Today, in the United States, we have an entire day to be thankful. It’s Thanksgiving, 2021.  Take a moment to reflect and share below in the comments what you are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving 2021, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

I’m sure everyone is busy cooking or preparing to cook for family and friends. So it might be too late for you to prepare my Cranberry Chutney this Thanksgiving. No worries, Christmas dinner is the perfect time to fix a batch. It’s the perfect pairing for your turkey.  Click here for the recipe. I promise, you won’t regret it. It has become a tradition in our family. 

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Christmas Wishes

Hope you all have a wonderful day, until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Hurricane Ida Recovery

Hurricane Ida Recovery

Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29, 2021. 

Hurricane Ida, 2021

I live in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. That happens to be that little sliver of land jutting out into the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Ida packed winds clocked at 190 MPH at Port Fouchon. We were very fortunate, the winds here only reached 100 mph gusts. My brother lost a number of mature orange trees and 80% of his orange crop. This is the second year in a row. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that farming is easy. 

Because of Hurricane Ida, we lost power and water for 7 days.  We are now back up and running again. Thank goodness we had help to clean up all the tree limbs and debris from the yard. If I don’t have to hear a generator run for a while, I’ll be one happy camper.  Our roof repair is scheduled and thank goodness is not leaking. 

In saying all that, there are so many other neighbors and friends suffering. They still do not have electricity, running water, homes, jobs and so much more. The recovery will take a long time. Children going back to school in those areas will be delayed. There are lots of charities and faith based organizations doing great work. They can use any and all help as well as continued prayers.

As for me, I’m not sure when I will post a new project yet. Hopefully, soon.

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Grateful Thankful Blessed

Grateful Thankful Blessed

Grateful Thankful Blessed

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Yes, I truly am grateful thankful and blessed. I know it’s been an extra tough year for lots of us, more for some than others. Coming from a large family, six of us siblings, we are very blessed to still have both of our parents here with us. 

Grateful Thankful Blessed, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Mom’s birthday is tomorrow and she will be 87. I created a lovely card for her here. Hope she loves it as much as I enjoyed creating it for her. Dad is following closely behind, with his 90th birthday in January. Keeping them safe was our #1 priority this year. That was a tough order. Dad loves people and everyone in our parish knows him. Hopefully, that vaccine will be out very soon and we can all resume life.

I hope you take a few moments today to reflect on the good; what you are thankful and grateful for and how you are blessed. Even if you don’t celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we can all use a little thanks giving.

Grateful Thankful Blessed, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

 

Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans

Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans

It’s  Fat Tuesday, February 25th, so that must mean it’s Happy Mardi Gras in New Orleans! Have you ever been to the Mardi Gras? It’s an all day event. Who am I kidding? It’s been going on for a couple of weeks.  

Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

A few years ago my WOW NOLA Club group asked me to create one of my very popular designs. A sampler to celebrate our Mardi Gras holiday.  Since Stampin’ Up! didn’t have a Mardi Gras set, I needed to improvise. But, we did have some fabulous papers, punches, cardstock and dies that I could adapt.

Happy Mardi Gras, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

As you can see Mardi Gras has regal colors of purple, green and gold.  If you are interested in creating a Mardi Gras themed project, our Crushed Curry, Gorgeous Grape and Mossy Meadow are the perfect color combination.

Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations

One thing you’ll hear along the parade route is “throw me somethin’ mister”. So in that vain, let’s have some fun. I’ll be “throwing” a lucky winner a little somethin’. Let’s play a little game. If you could visit the Mardi Gras, what costume would you wear? Comment below for a chance to win the prize. Deadline to comment will be Midnight tonight (CST), February 25, 2020.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations