December 31, 2009
2009 was a tremendous year. Difficult in parts, but a blessing in many, many ways. For one thing, I have more friends now than I ever have in my life. Yes, 2009 was good.
I saw this picture and I thought of something immediately: the orange that appeared in my mailbox in October of this year. Not a literal orange in my postal receptacle you see, but it was like one morning I walked numbly through my daily routine and opened my mailbox to find something fresh and new and full of awakening, one of those fantastic things you never see coming and then - surprise - it's there and bright, so refreshing and vibrant and wonderful. The orange in my mailbox was the Viking indeed.
Of course I have goals for 2010 and I will share them in due time. But I can't help but root for the cute in 2010!
What are your goals for the year?
December 30, 2009
Trevor, I love you because you are an old soul. I love you because, like me, you lack common sense at this age. You are booksmart and wise and passionate. Your eyes light up with such intensity and fun that it's hard to stare into them sometimes. Your laugh is contagious and I still very clearly remember the first time I heard your deep, belly laugh on the living room floor in Kentucky. I remember that when you were born I was in shock that you looked so much like me. You approach life with such vitality and interest. You don't shy away from things and you don't hide your feelings. I love each of these things about you, and so much more.
December 22, 2009
When we moved out here and then moved again, I somehow lost 3 of those stockings. Mysteriously, I also lost my desire to be precocious and snooty at the holidays, too... hmmmm, food for thought there.
So we needed new stockings this year. Four of them. I decided to take a tip from Dottie Angel (whom I adore and you will learn more about next year when I take her Challenge of the Utmost Kind) and MAKE THEM. I used the one PBK stocking I had left as a template.
I did not pin anything. I barely even traced lines.
I used entirely repurposed materials for this project. Specifically, I used two old tablecloths, an old linen dish cloth and half a dozen doilies. I was even lucky enough to find a huge pile of white felt that I bought last year (to give structure to my stockings) and some old interfacing that had never been used - cut for an abandoned project a year ago (so what; I used it anyway) to reinforce my stockings and make the white sheeting more opaque.
I was fortunate that the tablecloth I found (for $4, by the way) was trimmed in darling Santas and yule bells, and Christmas trees. I cut 8 of them out - 2 for each stocking - so that all 4 could be displayed on either side.
Over the course of two nights, I sandwiched my layers together, adding bits and details along the way. It's silly the amount of excitement I gain from repurposing fun things. Truly these stockings came together in no time at all. Believe me when I tell you: not ONE single pin!
The kids are already arguing over who gets which one. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to embroider names on the cuffs or not. Doesn't matter. They are all delicious!
December 20, 2009
December 18, 2009
Yes, it's true that I was born 33 years ago this very day. But that's not it (I'm celebrating that later).
Yes, there is someone new in my life. But that's not it (also, celebrating this later).
Oh no. I am addressing a certain matter that pertains to Lulu's reproduction facility.
As it turns out, Muterus has taken heed and obeyed my orders. Taco, not turtle. In case you're not Lulu and can't understand bestie code, MINDY IS HAVING A BABY GIRL! And since I am living vicariously, I am profoundly excited!
Ahhhh, yes. Auntie Rach will be ready to make a collection of all things PINK.
What a wonderful birthday present. Thanks, Muterus...er, Lulu!