I woke up this morning and cuddled with my six year old. He still likes to cuddle with mom, thank goodness! I made Nutella cocoa and a rich, strong latte and sat down with my family in the morning light. And I felt happiness. In that way that you feel it in random moments. Tired, but relaxed and content. So lucky. Such Comfort and Joy!
You take pictures of things that are beautiful!
Pictures of Comfort and Joy!
I’m sure we’ve all fallen victim to the time drain that is Etsy. You log on “for just a minute” and an hour and a half later, you forcibly pry your fingers from the keyboard or screen. Despite the obvious pitfall to browsing (loss of sleep), I do it because it makes me happy. I love the clever, diverse, creativity you can find there. So here’s another list. This time it’s a list of Etsy finds that I think are neat. I use the word neat because not all of them are pretty, not all of them are cool, and although I acknowledge that some of them are kitschy, I find them all to be very….well, neat.
1. Blown Glass Acorn Earrings $15.00…nuff said.
2. I love this brown leather journal…hand embossed, tea stained and adorned with a butterfly. Pricey at $75.00, but very cool.
3. I love (!) these dictionary prints by Collage-o-Rama. The moose is my favorite, but frankly I’ll be buying a set of these for one of my special friends who “gets me”. Priced at $7.99 (and a buy 3 get 1 free seasonal special!)
4. I covet many things found in the Claylicious store, but I especially love these little owls. the colors are awesome at $27.00 each. I love the orange!
5. Love butterflies…love this bracelet. A sweet deal at $9.99.
6. I didn’t really know I had a thing for moose, and then I reviewed this post…This is awesome and I love it! A moosehead from WhiteFauxTaxidermy…$99.99.
And yes, I said “I love” like 50 times in this post, but can you blame me? So much Etsy and so little time!
It started yesterday. I found myself randomly archiving moments of happiness. I posted a status on Facebook last night-the first time I’ve posted in months. It stated simply, “Rudolph!” Since that moment, the list has grown incrementally, and now, it’s bubbling over…I must share…
1. As stated previously, Rudolph makes me happy. Yes, he’s awkwardly animated, and the dentist is irritating, but it doesn’t matter. There’s a mob of us for whom Rudolph was an eagerly anticipated event, even if Santa was skinny and more than a little mean.
2. Sam Adams Winter Lager makes me happy. Especially at this moment, when my beer is so cold that I have to analyze whether it’s actually crystallized or just deliciously chilled.
3. Mindlessly surfing Etsy makes me happy. I’ll probably post on this topic separately. So many talented and creative souls! I love the baubles I find there, and I think I’ll have to share my favorites very soon.
4. Cozy blogs make me happy. To be specific, those bloggers that evoke a sense of comfort, beauty and home with their posts. They inspire me.
5. Christmas lights make me happy. Apparently, I won’t be growing out of it. I find them beautiful, and oddly calming. I think my favorites lights are those that take a small, modest, maybe even shabby home, and turn it into a hodge podge of color and festivus. I love the celebration implied by the effort. Lights are pretty.
6. The word “Festivus” makes me happy. If Seinfeld existed for no other purpose, then the creation of this word justifies it’s existence for me. I celebrate the concept of festivus.
7. Christmas themed fiction makes me happy. This ever-lengthening list of books is also destined to be a future post on it’s own merit. During the month of December, I read Caron, McComber and every other beautifully sappy version of Christmas love I can get my hands on. Some are wonderful! Some are terrible! And they all make me happy.
8. Sappy holiday movies on the Hallmark channel make me happy. I watch them constantly from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The conflict is predictable, the problems are solved (frequently by a Christmas miracle) and they usually end in a cavalcade of seasonal joy. They also remind me of my Daddy. Pops and I watched many a sappy Hallmark movie together. Our philosophy was simple. Life is stressful enough. Why would you watch stressful TV?
9. Anticipating someone’s reaction to a gift makes me happy. The idea that I can make them feel special is a gift in itself.
10. Spending time with all of you through “Such the Like” makes me happy. It’s gratifying in a way that supersedes the norm.
I like this archiving of happiness. I like it very much.
It’s our third Christmas with Zippo…Zippo Zipper. Is it wrong that I’ve considered bumping him off? Maybe a tragic accident? Electrocution from playing in the Christmas lights? A horrible Tonka truck crash? I mean, it’s a lot of pressure…25 days in a row… Compounded by the fact that we get no tangible results with him as far as behavioral reinforcement. But no…he’s part of our little family now. We’re locked in…forever… 😉
It’s been exactly a month since my last post. In that time, I’ve worked…hard. Work, work, work….makes Amy a narrow and creatively void soul. Not really, but I did feel sorry for myself a little. I had to travel for business in November and I returned Thanksgiving week with three days to ready our home for my husband’s family Christmas. Yes, Christmas. Twenty of my in-laws descended the Friday after Thanksgiving for what can only be described as two days of typical, quasi-dysfunctional mayhem. It was nice. I then careened back into work. Today, I took a deep breath. I poured a glass of wine, and for the first time in a month, I sat down at the computer and logged into my WordPress account. My friends, it’s been too long. I missed you. I missed me.
But the reality is, I have bupkis for content. Not a lot besides work, family, etc, happening here. I have managed to get a lot of my Christmas shopping done. It was one of the priorities I had to slot in front of my time here. While shopping, I have happened across some pretty neat stuff. So in the absence of anything substantive, I present you with my official 2012 Christmas list.
1. Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks….I chalk this one up to Jennifer Hansen’s Craftsy class. I’ve coveted them for months now.
2. Boots! I can’t get enough of them….all kinds…all of them!!!
3. A great general purpose lens for my Canon Rebel…maybe this one?
I wear a lot of black and brown. Slippers should express your colorful self 🙂
8. Earrings! Of any description…not terribly picky.
These are by Aga Designs. I find I love everything she does-including her Craftsy class.
I found these on Etsy….
David Yurman….a girl can dream, can’t she? But really, who needs David Yurman. Last year, my sweet baby girl helped her daddy pick out a pair of dangly gold and turquoise earrings at Target, and they are the bomb! Mama likey the earrings.
There you have it! The first installment of my 2012 Christmas list. Hubbie asked for it weeks ago. Better late than never! Have a great week my friends!
Twelve grain bread with gouda, spinach and avocado-seasoned with a dusting of Spike and served on a Halloween-themed Dixie plate. We use paper at my house-I know, it’s shameful…
You know what’s not shameful? This delightful dish! This mammoth morsel! This marvelous munchy!
First, I need to give you a little back story. I have a couple of pretty significant issues that have influenced my course of action this week.
Issue #1: Sometimes I’m a copy cat. Every once in a great while, I see something that gets under my skin. I may not act on it the first time I see it, or the second or the third. Inevitably, however, if it’s lodges in just the right way, I will engage in full on mimicry. (It’s the sincerest form of flattery you know.)
Issue #2: Hi, my name is Amy and I’m a compulsive hobbyist. It’s been two days since I picked up a new hobby. And here’s the rub. I don’t need anything new in my life right now. The sewing machine is still out (and I think it’s staring at me) from my sewing “do over”. I have a constant stream of crochet projects in progress with skeins of yarn taunting me from every nook and cranny of my house. I haven’t blogged about it, but I have beading projects in process (that are staring at me accusingly from their totes) in an adjacent room. I’ll stop there lest I begin to look ridiculous.
Okay, now that you’re familiar with my issues, I can tell you about my latest
The Seed is Planted
Blair, who blogs at WiseCraft, began blogging about her sketchbook project a few months ago. She’s exploring the use of water colors. I admire her for her efforts and tenacity, and have looked forward to seeing her progress.
As a pertinent side bar, I’ve had a great interest in painting for a couple of years now. It just doesn’t strike me as a class you’d want to take online. I think there are certain things you’ve got to do in person. My kids are young. I work. There’s just no time right now. But the idea lingers at the back of my mind. So again, I’ve enjoyed watching Blair progress through her journey. She’s talented in so many areas, it seemed natural that she would do something as bold as posting daily sketches. I could never do that. I can’t even draw for pete’s sake. My painting plan has always been to work in abstract so that drawing would be irrelevant.
The Seed takes Hold
Friday, I notice that Beki at artsy-craftsy babe posted her sketchbook. It’s adorable. Beki is ridiculously talented. She knits, sews, quilts and hand stitches some amazing projects, and apparently, she was inspired by Blair’s sketchbook project. She’s done the most adorable watercolor houses in this little book. I began to feel something more than “interested”. I began to feel, inspired…
The Seed Sprouts
Finally, over the weekend I read a post where Blair blogged about the tools she’s using for her sketchbook project. She’s doing watercolors with an assortment of nifty devices. I’m a sucker for implements and tools…(it might even be classified as Issue #3.)
So really, it was inevitable. Monday, I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up a small spiral bound sketchbook and some common colored pencils. I lingered longingly over the graphite drawing pencils and watercolor pencils of every hue…then I snapped out of it and got out of there as quickly as I could before I got sucked into other departments.
Here’s one exceptionally good thing. By far, this little adventure had the cheapest start-up costs of any hobby to date. Five bucks. I can live with that. Second good thing? It doesn’t have to be terribly time-consuming. I’m just pencil sketching. I can spend as much or as little time as I want.
I’m still analyzing why this feels like something I need to do. I’ve never drawn anything I considered competent. I’ve always admired those who have a talent for drawing. And maybe that’s enough. It’s a skill I admire. I’m not going to try to do it daily. My goal is at least one bankable sketch per week. I think it’s going to be fun, and I’ll keep you posted!
Oh my goodness ya’ll. Look at one of this year’s Neiman Marcus fantasy gifts! It’s the