Happy Dance

I turned in my semester grades today... and you just missed my happy dance but it looked a whole lot like this:

Well, not exactly like this... I'm not Hugh Grant, I don't live in London, I'm not pretending to be the Prime Minister... But you get the idea. And Oliver just shakes his head in disbelief:

Also, I am working away on designing an online block printing class... It should be up on Monday. I will post the link for you when I get it! Here's one of the projects:

Get back to work... it's only Wednesday!

Open it

I hope your Christmas was filled with joy and wonder. I've decided my favorite part of Christmas comes right after I hear myself issue this command: Open it! Open it! 

Making bright pink leg warmers for my niece, Payton; and a gray scarf for my nephew, Cole was fun but seeing them wear it was more than fun.

And then, tonight I got to celebrate Christmas with "the girls"... and I got to give them these:

These two are not fans of getting their picture taken... hence the B&W.

Oh what fun!



I was driving home today listening to Christmas music and I realized something... there are certain songs I collect. I think I have 12 different versions of Emmanuel. Maybe 8 versions of Oh Little Town of Bethlehem... And I've always loved the hymn, Come Thou Fount... I have a lot of that one too. 

I've been trying not to listen to the same thing too much. I'm afraid of associating one song with "The Christmas that Dad had cancer" but the words to Emmanuel struck me this afternoon:

Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel/ And ransom captive Isreal/ That mourns in lonely exile here/ Until the Son of God appears/ Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel/ Shall come to thee oh Isreal/ Oh come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer/ Our spirits by Thine advent here;/Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,/ And death's dark shadows put to flight./ Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel/ Shall come to thee, Oh Israel./ Oh come, Desire of nations, bind/ In one the hearts of all mankind;/ Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,/ And be Thyself our King of peace.

How comforting and hopeful!


Making, Giving, Living

It's Thanksgiving Eve. I'm doing laundry and packing to make the trip to San Diego in the morning. I've had Christmas music blasting since about 6:30am and it probably isn't going to stop all day. I've also been thinking through all the things I want to make for friends for Christmas. I think that's my favorite part of the holiday: making things to give to people I love and the music. The gatherings. 

I'm dreaming up new project ideas... new surprises. I have no idea what this season will look like for my family but I am sure there will be lots of making and living and giving in our own way.

I'd post a picture but right now, it's all in my head. More soon!

May your Thanksgiving be warm, sweet, and full of people you love!


A Stitching Day

Yesterday got away from me. It rained here all day and I never left the house but I was busy all day. I've been trying to come up with some Christmas Designs for my Craftsy site over at Spread-Creative.

I start with a line drawing, transfer it to fabric. I like using blank canvas or linen... Then I choose my colors and make it happen:

My fingers are tired this morning!

These designs have not been uploaded yet. My goal is to get them up by Monday. So please check back and feel free to pin anything you like... and follow me on pinterest!

Today, my roommate and I are decking our halls for Christmas!

Making Lists

I pretty much live by lists... I'm always typing into my phone the things I need at Fresh and Easy, the crafty art projects I want to try, the people I'm supposed to email, the students who asked a question and I promised I'd get back to them, the things I need to get done... Playlists are more fun than the list of bills to pay... I'm even jotting notes about writing I want to do... My most recent essay also happened to fall under the list catagory: the list of things you should know before asking me out on a date. Maybe I'll get the courage to share that one with you someday. Until then, I've made a list of places on the web that you might like as you begin to think about christmas shopping:

Sky Pie Apparel - Fun shirts with a positive message. Trust me. You'll love these!

Brave Girls Club - Online art classes and so much more!

Darling Magazine - A magazine and a movement for the Darling women in your life.

Spread Creative - Hannah and I are working on christmas goodies... I'll be posting about that very soon. Stay tuned.