Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Merry

We took a quick one night trip a few days ago to Stubbs L. Stewart State park and stayed in one of these sweet little impeccable cabins for the night. Nobody was around, well, except for the hosts and a big group of inmates working on planting at the campground. (Yikes! Glad I didn't know that until we were leaving). The weather was crisp and cool, even snowed for a bit. We also enjoyed a great hike the next day. The park itself has a lot of growing up to do to be more to my liking forest-wise, but all in all has some good facilities. I would highly recommend such a cheap and delightful change of scene.

I took a day to myself yesterday and spent from 9 am to about 9:30 pm out of the house. I got my hair cut and colored, had lunch with my aunt, did a little fabric purchasing at Bolt, went to a friend's birthday party at a studio where we got to play around making art, and then went and saw Juno! It was a really. Good. Movie. Please see it sometime if you can.

Wow. I can't believe Christmas is two days away. I'm in awe of time. And because I spend most of it moving 90 mph it's pretty much my own fault. From now until New Years there will be a little less frantic activity on my part and a whole lot more relaxation with the fam. (After a trip to drop off a TON of stuff I cleared out of our toy closet/playroom today to Good Willy's!)

A happy one to you and yours!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Christmas Craft Mania

Things have been truly craftastic around here lately. I know some can relate to the crafting compulsion, aware that it CAN happen, it can get done, amidst the hustle and bustle of busy family life. Me, I've been using spare moments during nap and after the kids have gone down at night to get things done. I do it because of a compulsion, yes, but also because making things makes me. And so, a report:

There is some definite homemade goodness going on for some of the kiddos Christmas presents. I made felt cookies kind of likethese that still need beady sugars adorning them for Jooge as well as a Little Pea for Avery, who loves the book so much she has taken to saying, "Plech," whenever she's not into a food. I have finished one scarf for Jooge in a lovely pomegranate red, am working on another pale pink scarf for Avery, am planning to make several "head scarves" for Jooge (per her request) as well as some of these felt barrettes, and a Raggedy Anne for Avery. I also made two of these. (The ones I made are above).

Each year we get together with my friend Donna and her daughter Jenna near the holidays. The kids exchange Christmas books and we do a little something for one another. This year we made a day of it and did these and the kids made these(with our help of course). We ate brownies with mint frosting. I saw this post and was inspired. My brownie recipe is from cooking class in high school and recipe for butter cream from a Mary Englebreit book that never fails me, plus a bit of peppermint. They were SO. Good. Yum.

I got my Christmas cards made during a "viewing" of this movie. I found some adorable paper similar to this at Oblation, bought blank cards, and got to cutting and gluing. Happy with the results. Next will be the photo to put in the cards.

I also tried silhouettes this year, after getting a great idea here. They turned out fairly well and though I didn't attach them to plates I'm hoping to put them in oval frames. I made extra sets too that could be given as gifts.

There will come a lull in all these flying fabric scraps. There could be a "plech" thrown in there when they open stuff. But I'm hoping for happy. That will be my present.

Welcome Little Tree!

It is up. It is decorated. It is aglow. And it's one of my favorite trees ever.

This year I wanted to find a different kind of tree, one which appealed to me a bit more than the usual Oregon noble. And wouldn't you know it, we found it at the first and only place we planned to go, a tree stand, not our usual tree farm. There was only one. A Frasier Fir. Just the right size (last years' towered a bit at 8.5 feet). This one's daintier with a lovelier shape, shinier needles, more fragrance. In the words of Parenthood's Cool, "It's good. It's shiny."

The husband did the lights. The kids and I did the decorations. I'm really pleased with it and plan on lying beneath it tonight to recapture the feeling, you know, the magic of being a child, lying on the ground and looking up, colored lights painting branchy shadows all over the ceiling.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Happy Wednesday

Woah, what a get up. Woah, what a smile.