Caroling, caroling


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There was a free holiday sing-a-long at the local theater today, so off we went and tucked ourselves into a small side aisle just in case we needed to dash out to the lobby with the baby if he started fussing. The afternoon was a mix of listening to the organists play on the old Wurlitzer and sing-a-long songs. The first one we sang was Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and I had to fight back tears. I don’t know what, exactly, it was that made it happen, but I hit this super emotional wall and had to fight to maintain control or else I was going to be a sobbing mess and the other people around me would probably think I’m crazy.

I read this today, and I think I’m going to post it somewhere where I might see it a lot. I need to read this over and over again. I need to read it when I’m panicking about things not being perfect and just right. I need to read it when I try to make things perfect and they fail. Over, and over, and over again.

But this year while the world rushes around you, may you hold your sweet baby in your arms and realize that on this first Christmas, your baby will find no greater joy than in you. Because you are Mommy and you make everything beautiful just by being you.

Tomorrow… tomorrow I finish up wrapping presents. They’re not the handmade holiday gifts like I have always imagined I’d give – there’s no time with a job and a little one – but so far I can at least say that the holidays are shaping up, in other ways, just as I had long hoped and dreamed for.

Snowflake photo clips

magnets magnets-smallI’ve had these snowflake buttons in my craft stash for a few years now. I originally purchased them to use as a decorative accent on some felt mitten ornaments I wanted to make, but those never panned out. I tend to hoard supplies and not want to use them, but I’m trying to break that habit. Because, after all, I can generally find something similar to replace it with if I ever want it in the future.

So today I took some much-needed craft time to make a small set of snowflake photo clips. I’ve been using mini clothespins at work to hold photos at my desk with some twine, but with it being the holidays I wanted something sparkly and pretty for the home refrigerator. I had some leftover mini clothespins from another project, and some glitter tape, and a hot glue gun. This whipped up crazy fast, to say the least. The only thing I’m missing are my magnets – every time I find the package, they disappear on me. It might take tearing apart the craft room to find them again… so perhaps these will maybe be a holiday decoration for next year, instead?

 

Pushing through

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I haven’t felt very chatty, and have mostly been just occupying myself this winter. Pushing through. I’ve been playing with my new lace flyer for my spinning wheel and I’m completely in love with it. Banana bread was made, and some new art hung, and my niece stayed the evening with us, too. Not a lot going on around here, and we’re starting to get a serious case of cabin fever. It seems every time we have a free weekend it snows, and it snows a LOT. Which means no trips to Half Price Books or a nice dinner out for the first time in months.

On the bright side of it all, today marks the first day of February. Which means I get to reclaim my Mondays from my “regular” job and go back to being a 4-day-a-week employee. I can’t lie, the extra money has been really nice. But the extra work has really been a huge drain on me, mentally and creatively, and there’s really something to be said about choosing to earn less and therefore work less to live the life you want. And these last few months have really been a great reminder to me on that. The money may be nice, but long-term an extra day of pay is not worth ruining the balance I need in my life between work and my creative ‘play.’

 

I know.

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Happy Love Day, loves! I’ve been couchbound yesterday and today as it appears I’ve managed to catch some sort of virus. Fever, sore throat, aching all over… you know the kind. So laziness abounds around here, of course. Knitting, copious amounts of tea, marathon Netflix watching (World Without End), furry snuggles, etc.

Apparently being home means I’ve ruined the Mr’s plan for today – which was to surprise me and take me out to lunch at work – but instead he brought home lunch along with some dark chocolate, some cute knee-high socks, and some Doctor Who valentines that he turned into a card for me. The other one is the card I ordered for him from Sarah. She even added in two little stickers to the package: one red heart, and one red Rebel Alliance symbol. How cute is that?! \

(And, yes, I have finished the shawl and moved on to a pair of socks!)

More Cakery

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I hope everyone who was hit with that nasty snowstorm is safe and warm! I know I’ve seen a few friends online without power and several feet of snow drifts to dig themselves out of.

It’s another cake day. I’m trying to work out a recipe for the perfect amount of batter for my 4″ pans. So far I’m ending up with far too much batter. Oh well. The niece and nephew will eat it up all the same tonight when they stay the night tonight.

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