Checking in with a currently-around-here report, photo essay style. I'm regrouping this first Monday morning of December and have big plans for a full week of getting.things.done! Wearing festive sweater and all. As a matter of fact, my entire outfit is from Target...not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but I have to tell you these Denizen dark jeans I bought there are one of my favorite wardrobe staples. I give them two thumbs up! (No affiliation whatsoever.)
There's a little mending of a holiday sampler from last year in progress...
and Fall decor is being gathered and put away. Although Thanksgiving was later this year, it felt like a short, but sweet, fall season. Kinda wish it would have stuck around a little longer.
When pulling the doilies off the pumpkin I'd covered, I realized that I now have some lace bowls...I've seen them before on pinterest and other sites, now I'm yearning to make one intentionally. All I used was ModPodge. Easy peasy.
Haven't gotten out the holiday decor yet, but trying to gather up the items I've found here or there during this past year, like these above found in Kansas while there for Whatever Craft Weekend. (If only I would tuck all finds in the same place, it'd make it so much easier to remember where I put them!)
Pepperberries are being collected on each walk...a wreath might be in order this year...
Christmas cards were ordered early this year and are in the house! Time to get to the addressing. Usually, I try to take a photo of my kids during the holiday season itself, which with a daughter away at college makes for short turnaround time (and a bit of stress). This year, I decided to use one of the photos taken while we were in Spain this summer. (I used Minted, as I have for the past 4 years, and am pleased with the quality again.) Every year at this time I realize that we just don't take photos of our family of four...gonna work on that this year...even one would be an improvement!
Lots of printing of photos and printables going on right now. One of the best things I did this year was get over my fear/dread/ignorance of printing at home. Cute printables were free from Cathy Zielske. They'll be used in my December Daily™. Speaking of...
I've got my Studio Calico December Daily kit out and am tossing some of those treasures collected through the year in there to use as well.
I'm also pleased to report that I did day one! I loved this photo from yesterday and tried to write on it in PS...wasn't totally successful (that program gets me every time- in a bad way...so much to learn), but still pleased that I tried and got it done. I plan on 2014 being to PS what 2013 was to home photo printing for me. ;)
Last night's remains of Project Life® found on the family room floor where I was futzing while watching The Good Wife...(still love that show). I snapped some "animals in their natural habitat" ;) shots yesterday while my daughter was getting ready to head back to college and my son was reading his assigned reading material. I wanted to get the photos in the book while it was all still fresh in my mind. I like it much better when I enjoy the process while feeling caught up. (It causes me take a lot more photos, participating in Project Life, and I like that, even the photos that won't make the book, like this one below. Real life captured.)
I'll be putting away the poker chips. I instagrammed over the holiday about how our latest family game has become poker, and how while it is fun, it is bittersweet, because I don't think of poker as a younger child's game. In other words, my kids are getting really old; yay! and boo! both, emphasis on the boo!
And I'm going to photograph and wrap up the quilt I finally finished (photos to come!) and take it to the post with my etsy orders. (Speaking of which, thank you for those. I don't say it enough but really appreciate the orders!)
Ok! Enough talking about what I'm working on and time to get back to work! Hope you're feeling hopeful about the week and off to a good start yourself!