Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Our visit started out with a terrific surprise - Tracey came bearing (lots of) gifts! I still don't know how she managed to find gifts for everyone that fit so well since we haven't known each other for very long! My gift was a beautiful cedarwood/rosemary scented oil reed diffuser wrapped in black and white tissue! What a great gift!
After we had fun wrapping and admiring our presents (and eating some tasty food), we began our project.
This is the pattern we wanted to use... The idea was that I would teach Tracey how to sew, but I'm the one who believes that a pattern is made to be altered, so I don't know how much I was able to teach. Tracey had bought some curtains at a thrift store nearby that were strangely covered in little plastic loops, so our first order of business was to undo the seams and remove all the little loops.
Anna gives us a hand.The sewing machine decided to have issues when we first started, but Mum soon had it put to rights!
We had two major issues with the pattern: one, we had nowhere near enough ribbon to make two aprons (one for Tracey and one for Bri), and we had no D-rings (the pattern called for four). We solved this problem by electing to use the ruffled edge of the curtain for the bottom of the apron, instead of edging it with ribbon, and we used the loops that we took off the curtain for rings. Perfect!
The pattern went together pretty easily... we never had to take out a seam we sewed (though we did lots of ripping on the original seams!).
Here's the finished product (as modeled by Tracey)! I love the slight 50's flair the ruffle adds! Isn't she cute?
Tracey and I take a moment to admire our hard work. You'll notice the windows were light when we started and dark when we finished!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
It seems like everyone is reflecting on the old year, thinking about the New Year, gearing up for new adventures, and making resolutions. I'm no exception! I usually clean out my room, my car, my bathroom, etc, the week before January 1st, but this year I got everything cleaned and organized before Christmas - which never happens! - and so I have some extra time to reflect on other things, like what I'd like to accomplish in the coming year(s). I took myself on a "date" today for a gingerbread latte, a new notebook, and a chance to come up with some goals for the new year and the new decade. Here are some of the things I came up with!
~ Go hear live music once a month - it doesn't have to be an expensive concert, though I certainly hope to get to a few of those, too!
~ Post to "Taleia & Company" at least twice a week.
~ Post to "Girl In Skirt" at least once a week.
~ Get my "EdResource" blog up and running.
~ Plan and execute at least one roadtrip to a place I've never been or driven to.
~ Get my hair trimmed every 8-10 weeks... I'm so bad about this, but it really looks better when it gets clipped regularly.
~ Save $1000 just for emergencies! (I did it this year and it was a great feeling!)
~ Write one poem per week and post it to my personal writing blog.
~ Read one new magazine on an interesting topic per month.
~ Crochet one new pattern a month, and make at least one of those projects an item of clothing... this has been on my want-to-do list for a long time now.
~ Go on one "date" with just myself per week, even if it's just to get coffee and online window shop for an hour.
~ Take a couple trips into D.C. and explore some of the museums/attractions I haven't seen yet. Cherry Blossom Festival, here I come!
~ Plan one "just the kids" outing per month. I have really enjoyed the last few times my sibs and I have gotten to hang out and I'm really looking forward to making this a more regular occurrence.
~ Finish reading the "100 Greatest Books" list.
~ Watch the "100 Greatest Movies" list.
~ Dedicate some time to work on my writing... not quite sure if it'll be on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, but this is definitely a habit I want to develop.
~ Wash my face every day... and I mean really cleanse it and moisturize it with actual cleanser and moisturizer instead of splashing water or dove soap over it. :)
~ Submit a piece of my writing to some publication (any suggestions?)
~ Get my new website up and running.
~ Read through the Bible this year.
You can track my progress, game plans, etc for these goals through the website 43 Things (check it out - it's a great tool!). In the meantime, what are some of your goals?
Friday, December 25, 2009
Our family has opened gifts every-which-way over the years... We've opened gifts all at once, we've opened each gift one at a time, and now gifts just sort of get opened. :) One positive change we've made is that in the past, my father always videotaped Christmas morning, which I'm sure we'll all be glad for in the future, but set him apart from us when we wanted to share the fun of presents with him. Last year we requested that we not have any videotaping on Christmas morning, and he agreed... this year, though nobody discussed it, the videocamera stayed put. I like this much better! :)
We always get some form of reading material on Christmas - books, magazines, etc - and there's usually a mini-pause while we resist the temptation to read everything right then. :)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
A few years ago, I heard this song on the radio and fell in love with it. I never heard who sang it, and hadn't heard it this year, so I desperately googled the first line of the song and up popped the title and artist. It's totally worth the 99 cents. :) Merry Christmas, everyone!
A poor orphan girl named Maria
Was walking to market one day
She stopped for to rest by the road side
Where a bird with a broken wing lay.
A few moments passed till she saw it
For its feathers were covered with sand
And soon clean and wrapped it was traveling
In the warmth of Maria's small hand.
She happily gave her last peso
For a cage made of rushes and twine.
She fed it loose corn from the market
And watched it grow stronger with time.
Now the gift giving service was coming
And the church shone with tinsel and light
And all of the town folk brought presents
To lay by the manger that night.
There were diamonds, incense and perfumes
And packages fit for a king
But for one ragged bird in a small cage
Maria had nothing to bring.
She waited till just before midnight
So no one would see her go in
And crying she knelt be the manger
For her gift was unworthy of Him.
Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness
"Maria, what brings you to me?
If the bird in the cage is your offering
Open the door, let me see."
So trembling she did as he asked her
And out of the cage the bird flew
Soaring up into the rafters
On a wing that had healed good as new
And just as the midnight bells rang out
And the little bird started to sing
A song that no words could recapture
For its beauty was fit for a king.
Now Maria felt blessed just to listen
To the cascade a note sweet and long
As her offering was lifted to heaven
By the very first Nightingale's song..
- "The Gift" as sung by Aselin Debison
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
My room is the place I come home to, the place I feed my soul; since I don't share it with anyone, it's totally "my space." Over the last few years I've filled it with things that reflect who and what is important to me. I've also done a little interior decorating that I'm pretty proud of (I'm totally a former Trading Spaces junkie and I lovelovelove looking at interior decorating/design books).
It's not a lot of space, but it's a space with a lot! :)
Welcome to my room! This is what I see when I come to my room (ideally - it's usually a lot more messy!). My room is on the corner of the house, so it gets a lot of light.
... and this is the other. :)
I've blogged before about how much I love this art, but I thought I'd just say it again. :)
I bought this sheet set a few years ago on clearance for $7 at WalMart, back when you could actually find 100% cotton sheets there. Aren't they awesome? In case you haven't noticed, I LOVE black and white and strong geometric shapes.