Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year~

Are you ready for the new year?

I'm closing out 2012 completing some little chores: laundry, watering the plants and cleaning off the beater brush on the vacuum.  Oh, the glamour... but still indicative that we have transformed our house into a home over the past twelve months.

I'm happy to have figured out the prototype for this year's ♡ to ♡ Swap.  Some of last year's crafty resolutions have gone unrealized, but I'm grateful that family and friend time was increased as work balanced itself out.

I'm thawing chicken breasts so we can make The College Boy's chicken parmesan for dinner tonight.  I'm terribly proud of my babies, and grateful that they're finding their way.  A trip to Alaska  needs to be planned soon: this is the year I become the mother of a college graduate.

The last day of the year finds me enjoying how the snowflakes are getting bigger, fluffier and more abundant through the windows.

Though it can be a bore that some of my resolutions repeat themselves year after year, it's reassuring to me that so too do my hopes and wishes for my family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and those joining us for another trip around the sun.  Please make good choices as you welcome 2013 in your own way.  Be generous with your kindness, thoughtful in your endeavors, considerate with your actions, and gentle on yourself as you navigate all of the adventures that the new year has in store for you.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Twigs, Wood, Paper

... with a smear of Mod Podge and a dusting of glitter:

Last night I decided to add some sparkle to wooden clothespins to be used on some twiggy branches from my father in law's farm.  Working by twinkle lights, it was a simple project with results that are likely to go unnoticed by my family.

But *~I~* know the sparkle is there!

clipsbegin project

Mod Podge, glitter (I decided to save the red for February), clothespins and some paper to catch the excess)...

bare pins

Coated pins, just waiting for...

white glitter

Where did I use the clips?

sparkleyclips in tray

Halfway down our stairs there is a landing, just wide enough for a small display table and some silk flowers.  I added the bare branches, which ended up looking like the perfect place for this year's Christmas cards:


cardsonbranches final

bracheswithcards final

With today's sunshine, it's difficult to see the glitter.  This evening by candlelight though, our cards will have a bit of bling to them.

How do you display your holiday cards?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Blissful Lack of Hustle and Bustle

Today's snowstorm was a wonderful jolt for me.  The bracing winds seemed to blow away the gloom as they formed and smoothed snow drifts outside and painted our windows with glistening frost.  When the sun finally came out, the light that was reflected from every surface made finding a shadow anywhere nearly impossible.

It's about time.

After spending the day christening my Sorels, putting my truck into 4X High, and eating lunch with a special friend, it was nice to come home and retreat to the crafty nook:


I'm playing with Mod Podge, glittering up some plain wooden clothespins so I can use them to hang our Christmas cards from twigs and branches on the landing of our staircase.

Mellow Christmas music is playing, otherwise it's quiet.  No noise from the t.v., no stomping feet, no ringing phone.  Occasionally I enjoy the hustle and bustle.  This year, I'm ready to putter, relax, and ignore the clock.


Tomorrow morning, I'll be in one of those chairs, with my coffee.

Oh yes.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Crafting through Grief

Have you ever made something you wish there weren't a need to create?

memorypin1 final

My students are on Christmas break, but my colleagues and I return to work for several days this week.

We're to focus on collaboration and the Common Core but I know where our hearts and minds will be.

memorypin2 final

Sandy Hook Elementary School's spirit colors are the same as my school's.  Though I had planned to make ornaments this weekend, my heart wasn't in it.

Tomorrow we return to work, honor the children, teachers and staff lost and the families and first responders that survive them, and likely review our own safety procedures before continuing on with the curricular business that is public education.

We'll cry, we'll hug, and we'll work.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Home for Christmas


...on that couch, drinking coffee, listening to Christmas music.  Just another week and a half with students at school before winter break.