Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Namsake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Martian Child by David Gerrold
Left to Tell by Imacculee Ilibagiza
Walking in Circles before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe
Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule
Escape by Carolyn Jessup
Marley and Me by John Grogan
Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket
What did you read this year that makes your 'favorites' list?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Here are a few of the gifts I made this Christmas. There is at least one more that I haven't posted, but that one I'll share at a later time. It's my sister's tea-towel and apron set, to go in her hope chest (or hopeless chest, as we've called them for a while). I can post a link to the tutorial I used for that one, too. It's bright and gaudy and kitschy, which means it's perfect for her.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Me: It is... but I wish you weren't eating it off the bottom of your boot!
Stinky: Shup, Mommy.
Me: did you just tell your mom to shut up?
Friday, December 19, 2008
Growing up, we had a neighbor who put up a beautiful Nativity display every year. One year the baby Jesus was stolen, and he didn't want to put it up after that. Everyone was sad, but understood.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thank you for your encouraging words on my last post. I really appreciate them, and things are definitely looking up. Sitting and watching snowflakes fall always cheers me up. Bring on more snow.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
The homemade Christmas plans are going well. I have 4 gifts to complete, and all are one-day projects at this point. I had to take a break yesterday as 'crafter's back' hit me really hard, an was made worse by standing in heels to teach at church (dumb). After a day of rest, Aleve and heating pads, I'm ready for action today. It's funny how when you make creative time a regular thing, how much you miss it.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I've also gone 'green' with gift making, repurposing some items to create new ones. The creativity I've had to incorporate is really satisfying, when you figure it out, and it's nice to know I'm not using resources needlessly (whoa, what tree-hugger just said that? Couldn't have been me!) Though, like mama says 'we've been green since back when it wasn't trendy, and was called being cheap.'
More than that, though, I've been able to be more thoughtful and maybe more frivolous with the gift giving process with it. Fortunately, none of the people I love are in serious need of anything, and I'm grateful for that.
The negative is that we've been eating dinner on TV trays for probably two weeks now, as gift-making has taken over the dining table. Maybe after Christmas we can eat at the table again. Then, Stinky won't grow up thinking the Simpsons are regular dinner guests.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
There was a recent blog over at Domestic Felicity titled Baby Un-Necessities, pointing out the pointlessness of many baby products, when you actually thought the product through. It was a great article. Contrast this product, which yes, is very cute, but when you really think about it?
You'll have to launder it yourself, and it's probably going to get rather messy. Also, chances are you're not going to look really cute while laboring to bring your precious child into this world. When precious child does make their entrance, they're probably going to be the focus of any pictures taken, and not you in your cute hospital gown, I am very sorry to say. But when it really comes down to it, why spend almost $50 on something you have a high likelihood of pooping in?
Don't get me wrong, after 2 days in the hospital following Stinky's arrival, I wanted my own clothes pretty badly. Having somebody else take care of that laundry, however, was worth wearing standard-issue hospital gowns.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
To be entered, comment here by Tuesday with your favorite Christmas song, just for fun, and I'll randomly select one on Tuesday. Mine is "I heard the bells on Christmas Day"
Got to run- WBH stayed home from work and jsut made me a HUGE yummy breakfast. How I love him.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
First, learned how to do binding. With the exception of joining the ends together, it was much easier than I thought it would be. Second, change the top thread to white when machine-sewing the quilting. It will look much better (probably a duh, but this is my first quilt since making one for a church project 10 years ago or so). Third, handpiecing is nice that it's portable, but having a sewing machine now (HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY ME! WBH ROCKS!) made it speed along so much faster that I probably won't do it very often. Finally, I love the look of sewing it up before washing, then washing and drying the completed project. The wrinkliness really is as lovely as other bloggers said it would be.
I have no clue what to do with it now- much of it's pulled apart in the wash (another reason hand piecing probably won't happen often).
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. WBH is back at work and we're both bummed out about that. Stinky made it through the weekend without saying anything that sounded profane (what was supposed to be flicker has become "fwicker" and I'll take it!). As for me, I'm pretty sure I gained back all that weight I lost. Back to work.