I brought my Christmas tree home from New Hampshire. Its not decorated yet (that will be tomorrow), but it is up in the stand in the corner of the living room. I’m waiting to see how long it takes for Jazzy to become an ornament. The other girls won’t climb the tree. I’ve had trees before with them, but this will be the first Christmas tree that Jazzy will have.
I’m looking forward to getting the ornaments out tomorrow. It’s supposed to be a snowy day, perfect for putting on Christmas music and making the house ready for the holiday. Many of my ornaments are those that I had when I was a child. To this day they continue to bring back good memories of Christmas past. I continue to evolve my decorating style each year. Its never the same look twice. This year won’t be any different. I just hope my ornaments last through the season!
Next on the list of Christmas prep is to make the list of cookies to make. Mom has already started with a new recipe. There are some holiday favorites that we always have along with new ones that we’ll never have again. Mom rarely makes the same one twice!
Tomorrow night the tree and the house will look much different than it does now. What a difference 24 hours and a bunch of decorations will make!
I can teach – who knew?
I am in New Hampshire for the weekend (yes, it’s cold). As part of the normal New Hampshire routine, Mary Ann and I went to The Yarn Garden in Littleton. We had been walking up and down Main Street so we decided to take a rest before shopping. Most yarn shops have an inviting seating area to encourage people to sit and knit (and look at all the pretty yarn and buy). There was a nice gal sitting there casting on for a project, but she seemed to be going slowly. I asked her what she was working on. She was going to work on an a scarf, IF she could ever learn to cast on. She came into the shop today for some help. They were trying to help, but with the shop being busy on Saturday, they couldn’t dedicate the time to her while trying to help other customers in the store.
I don’t know why, but I immediately wanted to help her. I showed her a different way to do the cast on than she was doing it. Much to my surprise – she actually learned something from me! Much more to my surprise, I figured out how to explain it to her so she could retain it!
I know I can talk about things that interest me – just ask me about photography, project management or crafting – but I am usually the type to say here, let me do it, I can do it faster than I can explain it in detail to someone. Today something clicked where I was able to explain the loops, the over, the under. I was able to show her how to hold the yarn in her hands and was able to correct her when she was holding it. I amazed myself! It didn’t take her long before she was casting on like a pro and decided she could finish what she was doing at home.
I taught someone today – who knew?
December is off to a good start. I finished a pair of curtains for my office. I had an idea and made my mother nuts by not following a pattern, not really measuring and just doing it as I went along. She checked in on me many times as I was working on them. They don’t look too bad, if I do say so myself.
After I finished my November wrap up, i realized just how much I did do in November. I made a holiday tablecloth and placemats. I took many pictures. I’m still searching for the elusive snowflake. Its just not as magnified as I’d like it to be. I need to research on how to do that better.
The rest of December will find me working on beading, organizing my studio, fiber crafts and paper crafts (oh and photography). I’m using the month of December to set myself up for the New Years Resolutions. Maybe if I get a jump on them now, I’ll do better with them in January. At least that is the theory.
So bring it on December – I’m ready for you!
And another month has come to an end. Soon the year will be coming to an end. It’s been a busy month. I don’t where it all went. Tomorrow starts December (yes, i’m the master of the obvious) and it’s a controlled skid to the end of the year. Luckily my shopping is finished. I’m going to start decorating tomorrow.
The weather is really starting to chill – quite expected since it’s almost officially winter.
It’s been a good crafting month. I’ve been taking photographs, doing beading and today started sewing a set of curtains for my office. I hope to have them finished tonight.
The big news for the month is Jazzy finally becoming a cat. She’s been down every day, hanging out with the family. I’m so pleased with her!
And this is my final Month of Blogging post……tomorrow I’ll be back to normal. It’s been an interesting month of posting every day. Some days I made sense, some days I didn’t. Ah well.
My Muse is quite happy to be back. I was working on a few beading projects today. They came out quite nicely if I do say so myself! The Muse is quite an interesting creature. I had to stare at my beads for a while before inspiration struck. The first thing I wanted to work on, I actually need more supplies for, so I put that aside.
The second thought was a necklace and bracelet set. I did have enough for that. I also made another eyeglass chain. The studio is still begging to be cleaned, but I didn’t feel like working on that. Maybe later.
Now I have all sorts of ideas running through my head. So much so that I don’t know what to work on next.
I spent time yesterday sewing placemats. They turned out quite nice. I’m now looking at patterns to sew something else. I’d like to go to Joann’s, but given it is Black Friday – I’m not going anywhere near a store, even though I need a few things. Online shopping is a good thing.
I’ll probably end up back in the studio – can’t wait to see what come out next.
I don’t need a special day to give thanks, but it helps to have one to remind us of the many blessings we have. And I have so many.
First – I am able to get up every day. That includes my life, my health, my physical ability to move, but it also includes living in a country with the freedoms I enjoy. All of my basic needs are met in more than just a basic way.
I have a good job, a very good job. A job that allows me to work from home. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I have family around me and we all get along. I still have my mother with me and while she can make me crazy some days – I am so happy to have her with me. I don’t have to worry about her being alone, nor do I have to worry about someone else providing substandard care.
I have friends, both local and distant. We share history, we share hobbies and we share a mutual affection for each other. And speaking of hobbies – I have many that I enjoy and that I’m good at. I have a talent that allows me to try new and different things on a regular basis.
I share my life with four rescue cats. Each of them has different stories and I am so thankful that I am able to provide for them – even if they think 6:30am is an appropriate time to be awake on Thanksgiving morning.
I’m sure there are many things I’m forgetting, but I’m thankful for everything I am and everything I have. It is a beautiful day.
I crafted! I spent today sewing. I was able to complete 6 placemats and a tablecloth (along with a few other small things). I think I was finally getting the hang of a straight line. I made a mess while doing it, but that’s part of the fun of creating!
Tomorrow, while the turkey cooks, I’m going to spend time in the basement studio working on other crafty things. Yes, it’s going to be a crafty weekend since the weather isn’t going to cooperate for a ride.
It was so nice tonight to be able to turn the alarm off. I’m sure the girls will have me up at an ungodly hour, but for right now i’m going to enjoy my bed and see how long they let me sleep.
I’m almost to the end of this month of blogging. Soon I can get back to my regular topics and a semi-regular schedule. This self imposed schedule has taught me that I’m glad I don’t rely on this for my source of income, however if i did, i’m sure i’d have a better system than hmmm, what am I going to write about today.
So what did Tuesday bring. It brought rain. I was hoping for snow, but I was denied. It brought a few clean up projects at work since things are slow this week. It also brought a few clean up projects at home since I’m not working more than 8 hours a day. I’m sure my co-workers are feeling the same way in many cases.
I’m trying to plan my crafting for the balance of the week. I picked up the label tape I needed, so think i see some additional organizing in my future. I still have the sewing machine set up in the dining room, and placemats ready to be cut. There is also still the painting of the spare bath. That will get done before the month is out even if I’m up all night to get it done.
Now, what should I start on first?
I love watching these holiday commercials showing the perfect holiday. The table is nicely set, the guest are dressed up and the children well behaved. People come to the door of a well appointed house, bringing nice bottles of wine, sampling appetizers and spending the day until it’s time for dinner. I’d love to see that in reality.
Someone somewhere is going to be torqued about something. Someone isn’t going to like the food, someone isn’t going to want to dress up. It’s not all Norman Rockwell. Personally, I think Norman did a huge disservice to the perception of what things ‘should’ be. My experience has been frustrated families who’d rather be doing something else, somewhere else, with anyone but the people in the house, mostly because of the force expectation of having that perfect holiday. It only gets worse the closer it gets to Christmas.
Luckily, I’m going to have a lovely Thanksgiving. I’ll be spending it with those I want to spend it with, doing what I want to be doing. I’m going to have a nice turkey, yummy sides and if the weather cooperates, i’ll even get a ride in on the bike. After I watch the parades that is. Its a day for giving thanks. I have a lot to be thankful for and will be thankful.
And that’s about all I got for that…..
……But in other news – it’s freaking cold today. I’ve been working on more organizational ideas for my studio. I got some clamp on lights today and they are working out quite nicely. I’m going to work down there later and give them a good workout.
It was a fun day at Lowe’s. I also picked up some PVC pipe to work on an idea of brightening up my studio. I’m going to hang fabric panels. I have a lot of plans for the next couple of weeks. I want to start the new year off with a bang. I don’t know why I want to do that, but I do!
For dinner tonight I’m going to make some type of chicken. That’s as far as I’ve gotten with that idea. Looks like I have a lot of plans but not a lot of execution. Hmm, time to start on the chicken.