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December 4, 2007

EP 76 and Things...




So... things still appearing here... and the "birds nests" craze continues... I'm so enamored with these, I can't help it. And... the things I sew... means there are constantly little nests piling up all over my table. [I spent time working out how to make small envelopes for them over the weekend. Tedious. But... now I've got sets!]

Episode 76 of the Creative Mom Podcast: The Spirit of Things went live today. (It may be that there is only one more before Christmas!) Be sure and check the show notes for links to some of the people/artists/items I talked about (like the paper cranes ornaments)!

And now... a few things on my radar and still open in tabs of my Firefox browser...

December 6, 2007

Random things...

For those of you interested in making stamps... I caught notice of this post via Ali Edwards' newsletter... foam stamps. The photos of them are great... and there are links in the post to more info.

Now... also... in case you missed it, the new issue of Knitty went up yesterday. And, I just love the cover image. Isn't it a great photo - and such lovely color with the wood behind her.

And, kudos to Kritty for the awesome write-up on her Scrabble Letter jewelry. Fabulous! This article doesn't indicate it... but she does key rings, too.

December 8, 2007

Beautiful harmony...

Those of you who are knitters have likely seen the Harmony needles in KnitPicks catalogs in recent months... I'm just here to chime in and let you know... they are beautiful.

My mom came with a set of DPNs on her last visit... and they are stunning. I've now seen, in person, the set of interchangeable circulars... also stunning.

Seriously. These are beautiful.


A few books related to the "ology" theme that have caught my attention... not how-to/creative books (believe it or not)... but books that are offshoots of other favorites of mine/ours. So... pointing them out.

More at Etsy...

Just found this Etsy seller's site/work... and am passing on the link... Wonderful!

Feeling Lucky?

The Moleskinerie is holding a giveaway contest... just pick a number for a chance to win.

December 12, 2007

A Painterly Sky



Not a holiday shot, I know! But a shot of "light," yes... and such beautiful light from this morning.

So, I'm in a holding pattern a bit... I can't finish my "labels" until the new scanner arrives (finally, gave in). So, even if I'd written my holiday cards, I couldn't send them yet! And, I did order special pcards to mail (thanks to Kritty for continuing to push me on that), but they are not here yet either (okay, I was very slow in doing it). So, I can't send those out yet. I have a few things to wrap up and send to a few people. But... again... I need those labels. So... a holding pattern!

But, EP 77 of the Creative Mom Podcast did go live last night.

December 15, 2007

Good creative vibes.



Hallelujah for a productive Saturday morning! Really. First, a bit of work on ATCs for December, which have been in process for a while but are slowly getting there. As you can see, I'm squished in between lots of other things on a table here... the paints are actually sitting on top of my computer. But, it works for me. I was thinking this morning that working in cramped quarters and in the midst of (physical) chaos is so much a part of the process for me that I don't know that I could focus if I had a totally empty space just for art! Now "that" is one of those moments of perspective, for sure, and a nice rejection of "the grass is always greener," somehow. This may be a mess. But, I'm productive in the middle of it... and happy watching these take shape.

And then, I moved into the office to work on the labels, which I started late last night but was too tired to finish. And... I must say, it was with excitement that I saw the first sheet come through the printer.

A good and rewarding morning, creatively speaking.

December 18, 2007

Santa Looks Down

So... we went to see Santa on Sunday... the youngest rehearsed all the night before the three things he was going to tell Santa he wanted. Of course, he also spent time rationalizing that even though he figured if Santa asked if he'd been good that he'd be on the spot, he went through other people that he assumes will be giving him something and... you know... I think he decided all is well in the world with or without Santa. (Woe is me! We have no chance with this one!)

Still, we headed out to see the man in the red suit the next day after brunch which meant, unfortunately, that the little one was a bit tired (it being mid-day). That there was a long, long line didn't help us any, and, not surprisingly, I was chartered with the task of corralling the little one. I did let him run circles around a big pillar in the mall for a bit. It was a long wait, the line inching forwards... inching. And, I noticed something I found fascinating...

I did not take my camera.
(Okay - I considered it.)

As we waited, there were cameras snapping everywhere... in the line (the tree as a backing; perched on top of the giant bronze toy soldier's foot, etc.) and up in front of Santa.

But, at one point, I was trying to distract the little one, and we went up front to see who was on Santa's lap.

And, after the official photo was taken, and before they readjusted fussy velvet and bow-laden dresses (again) and added yet another child to Santa's lap, the mom stepped in front, and took some photos. This family had several different "sittings" with Santa, in fact, and each time, the mom stepped in front and took a few of her own.

And, as soon as Santa saw her... he looked down.

Not really obviously. But... down...


I noticed it... and so I watched.

And... every time a camera appeared, he looked down.

Clearly, that's the protocol.

There is no rule that you can't snap your own photos AFTER the official photo is taken. So, parents don't get mad by being told "no cameras."

But Santa's instructions, clearly, are to make getting a good shot difficult - to look down.

It all makes total sense. Very smart, in fact.

But really fascinating to watch.

To Santa's credit, we did get a nod of the head as he told the boys that the number one rule is "No fighting." And, I swear I heard, right before he ushered them off his lap, "Give your mom a break."

We took comfort in the wise Santa.

For about 5 minutes....

Then, as I sat on a bench after that waiting with the boys for something to be returned, they were happily coming up with alternate "number one rules" - like "no nose picking."

Santa, did you hear that?

Oh, and about that "you can tell Santa three things" approach...

The oldest came to me with a worried look... "He didn't just tell him three things," he said, shaking his head.

"How many did he say?"

"His whole list!"

Oh, it was very funny, and, hearing that, I understood the slightly glazed expression Santa got midway through as the little one kept talking and talking and talking!

Did I mention the one family ... Grandma in red... grown middle-aged son in red and with a very tall bleached pompadour-like hairdo... and twenty-something grandson with shocking red hair and a chartreuse reptile-skin-print shirt... and their little dog... they had a family photo with Santa... and Santa's elf used the horn blower to try and get the dog to ... um... smile. All of this... of course... added to OUR wait in line.

But, I really hope they got a good photo.

More stamp stuff...

Thanks to Amy of the Read This and Tell Me What It Says blog for pointing out this site to me: Stampeaz. It's new to me... but it looks like one many of you will want to know about!

December 19, 2007

A Moment


I was vacuuming... straightening up a bit this morning, and the kids were playing (and still in pj's). As I started vacuuming down the hall, I noticed the small light was on in their bedroom, and I wondered about that and figured I'd turn it off when I got done. When I poked my head around their door, this is what I saw... both in bed, the oldest reading Hungry Caterpillar (one the little one loves still) to his brother... and reading it what we call the "silly way" (which is something "I" do often these days with books we've read hundreds of times... and something I used to do with songs...).

Such a surprising moment. And so sweet.


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