Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Christmas Eve came in dark, blustery, and freezing cold.
But this morning...
...it's a balmy 15 degrees...
...with some sun and blue sky!
I grew up opening presents on Christmas Eve night. I had a package from Janie Junebug that she told me not to open till Christmas--something to play with, she said. What a hoot! A whole slew of MaryKay products she found on ebay--for lips, eyes, nails, face, and feet--and even a mirror and a small bag to hold them all. I haven't worn makeup for years!
I am typing with "ruby slipper" fingernails. I feel like a 40s gangster's moll! Thanks so much, Janie!! :):)
I've been working on Karma's present for several days--LOL!
Been a while since she's had her cat grass. Happy girl!
Today's real gift to her is the warmer weather. It's just warm enough for the snow to stick to her feet (she's been out three times already this morning) so that she can race inside to eat her footprints. ;)
I've been busy up here. Made up some more bookcards.
Only made three holes this time. I think that's called the pamphlet stitch, but I'm not positive.
Then I pick a color of embroidery floss...
...to go with each one.
Stack them up, grab my little scissors, one of my blunt needles...
...and the zip lock bag full of embroidery thread scraps. (Yes, I save them to cut into tiny pieces to use in handmade paper--like thread confetti!)
Sewed the bookcards together while I watched TV one night. Seventeen of them this time. One's already in the mail. :) Now I need to work on making some more regular cards, too, so I have some of those to tuck letters inside.
I've also been working on the bookcase in the hallway now that I finally got the sturdier shelves. Freed up a shelf--TaDa!
And after I got this far I decided that I really should purge and freecycle all the magazines on that top shelf. I haven't gone back to them for ideas for a few years. (Easier to search online these days, to be honest.) So I plan to split them up, double bag them, and post them to give away after the holidays here. I have card making, beading, polymer clay, and watercolor magazines that I remember right off. Some local artsy-craftsy folk might be interested.
Anyways, that will free up another shelf!! My plan is to move all the Cuttlebug stuff and all the bookbinding supplies into this bookcase--if I can fit it all on those two shelves. ;) Gunna try!
Can you hear the sound of dominoes falling?
I had a TV emergency on Christmas Eve-Eve. I lost the picture but still had the sound...only because my sound is not coming through my TV and is coming through my computer tower right now--and I have no control over the volume until the cord (Dagan found one online) arrives that we need to fix it.
Dagan asked me to check the cords. I had checked the ones to the TV, but not the one to the computer tower. I went to see if it was firmly attached...and it fell right off. (I don't even look back here if I can help it because I find it quite intimidating.)
I thought I knew where the cord was supposed to go, but couldn't get it back on. Dagan (what a good son, eh?) stopped by after work and got it back on (in my defense, it was tricky) and the TV working again. I was relieved to have TV over Christmas, of course. What would I do without my tech support! ;)
The last few days I have baked bread, cooked, made up TV dinners, written letters, done laundry, and made blueberry muffins from scratch. When I feel better I just keep puttering along. But that means I've hardly been on the computer. Maybe I'll have some time today...but right now I feel like shutting off the Christmas music, putting It's A Wonderful Life in the DVD player, and working on some thank you cards. :)
May you have joyous eat-your-footprints days!!
"I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind."