Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I was just reading someone's blog, I knew her years ago and somehow found her blog through the blogosphere. I run into her maybe every 3 years, but I really don't know her at all. But her blog is fascinating. I didn't know she was so artistic. Or wordy. She says she isn't but she is quite good at expressing herself. My blog feels so empty lately. Nothing crafty/artistic going on. Nothing deep and inspiring going on. So my goal for the next week is to find something inspiring and actually work with my hands, and not in the wash dishes, braiding hair, picking up toys way. Let's see how it goes.
Another thing about being down and slightly medicated is coming out of the cocoon and seeing how life goes without me. I found that everyone, except Joey (but he is fine if he doesn't see me) is great. Caroline is getting chocolate, watching Max and Ruby, Eli is playing the Wii, Dave can watch any Texas game without my scowl (I like sports, I used to like to watch them and could keep up on what teams were doing what, but not at this time, I would rather watch LOST). Life goes on with out me. I knew this, and I know that Dave is more than capable to take care of children and house. It does make me feel better to know that he still needed to be reminded to start reading, check a diaper, actually feed Joey some solid food (seriously, if the boobs weren't attached to me, I think Dave might forget to feed Joey at all).
And today I started thinking, as I have before, that I am the task master, the slave driver. Eli, please go write your lines, let's read your book. Get clothes ready for school tomorrow, get your pj's on, pick up your room, PLEASE EAT ALL YOUR MEAT! Caroline, stop bugging the cat, clean up the playdo, please turn off the tv, no really, turn off the tv. Caroline, no more tv! Dave, please help me carry up the laundry because my back hurts because you think wrestling is fun, Dave, can you pick up Joey, because you think wrestling is fun, Dave, your parents are staying with us tomorrow? If I were gone for some time, this house would be happy and nag free.
And then this happened, for the last 20 minutes I have been upstairs, lying in bed with Caroline, a girl who normally tells us to get out because she needs to sleep. Dave called down the stairs and told me Caroline is crying and needs me. Really? I go up to a sobbing girl, "Mama, I, I, I, just nee, nee, need you!" I get to be next to her, because she asked my to hold her, so I just pat her back, lying next to her, for 20 minutes. And I didn't care that I still had laundry to do, my hair to dry, time to waste on the computer, a bathroom to tidy.
So my goals this week -
1. be creative again, this doesn't include editing my mom's punchneedle patterns ( I will show them soon),
2. realize that this house would be nag free without me, but who would all the babies ask for if I weren't here?
3. have a positive attitude each day,
4. be more selfless, and not begrudgingly
5. talk less, listen more
6. be grateful my husband wants to wrestle with me, even if it means I may hobble for a week or so.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Look how great this little love tree is from gypsy and twink. Totally appropriate for Valentine's day but I would probably keep it up all year. See all the detail on the base?
This artist from Anholt, Phanta, just joined and started adding to her shop this week. This is a charming illustration, I look forward to seeing what else she adds to her shop.
I am always looking for a unique and not the usual cheesy Valentine's day card. I think this is quite funny, and I really like the one with the lady riding a rocket. You have to see all the cards in Love Dog Card Company.
I like this metalsmith's shop. I have always loved jewelry with hearts on it, especially little hearts. Pretty Nervous has a couple pretty little heart pendants. I really like the Heartbeat Pendant.
I want to go and visit the place where this soap and washcloth is made. The store is called Seven Acre Woods, they are from Kentucky and raise alpacas and angora rabbits. I think this soap and washcloth would be the perfect little gift for a little girl or one of you girlfriends.
Like I said, I like unique cards. This artist at Two Guitars makes gocco prints in his spare time (when he isn't behind a camera or directing a shot). I like his Valentine-y cards in his shop right now, like this Love Record card.
You have to read the profile of the shop Made in Lowell, it is quite funny. I really like this little wool heart pin. I am always a big fan of felt wool and besides this pin there are great felted flowers and jewelry.
And last but not least, one of the most talented papercutters/graphic designers (she did my banner) I have ever encountered..... Cindy Mindy Pindy. She finally filled her shop that has stood empty for the last year with her fantastic papercuttings. She says she is a cutter, but I don't think she means the kind that they do the afterschool specials after (and wasn't there one of 90210?).
Monday, January 21, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
This song reminds me of 9th grade and specifically, for some reason, Mrs. Vonk's choir class. I wonder if she is still teaching. It also reminds me of this place I used to work (at that time, there is probably some child labor law violation). It was a reception center and I worked with the cutest guy, who was about 2 years older - I had the biggest crush on him. The reception center was also truly haunted.
Friday, January 11, 2008
We have icicles upon icicles, everything is either varying degrees of white or varying degrees of greys, browns and blacks. It is actually all very pretty, we haven't had much of the dirty, muddy snow.
D has officially kicked me out of his office. I usually set up tables in here and night and paint or sew. Then I have to make sure it is all down before he comes down to work in the morning. The good things is, I have to clean up regularly, the bad? I have to clean up regularly. We have a whole basement the we need to gut and redo but in the meantime, we are cleaning out a room that used to be George's (the previous owner) wood workroom and became our storage room. I have been going through tons of boxes, getting rid of precious memories and useless memories. Narrowing down the nostalgia. All this to make room for a workroom for me. This is the before. Hopefully soon I can show you the after. And then hopefully the paints and the fabrics can come out again. Have a good weekend!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
drikaB has made some beautiful zippered pouches. I love this one in particular. Look at the zipper pull! I love it so much that I just bought it! But there are more in her shop, so check it out. Wow, I have never just bought something while typing about it one my blog, hmm....
I saw this clock and thought it was blissfully cheerful and it helped me forget it is cold and wintry outside. Decoylab has great designs in her shop, including posters and calendars.
Crankbunny designs art you can play with. Sewn paper puppets, pop up cards and more. I especially like this peacock card. It all is very whimsical and fun.
I love my iPod and I love felt, so Suezybees caught my eye. I love her hand embellishment and embroidery. My iPod could only be so lucky to be in this.
I can't wait to get my pouch from drikaB. I will post pictures when I get it. I love it already. And, I did order 3 different pads from Jot It Down (she was in my last eyeing post), and they are perfect.
Has anyone else read this book? I am about 2/3 the way through and can't stop. I am listening to it by way of my iPod and usually listen while I am exercising or doing something house-holdy. This first 1/4 I listened to while walking down some farm road, freezing cold, and crying. I have read other books written by Holocaust survivors and I am sure that I was affected by those, but this, at this time, was a book that I almost couldn't bear. I considered putting it away to be read/listened to at another time. For someone to endure the horrors that he experienced and put it into words that might convey 1/10 of the pain and suffering, if that, amazes me. I feel that I am not fit to even write about it. Amazing book, amazing author.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Bug did great on his first flight, even with an ear infection! He was so happy the whole trip, even when he got a fever and cough later in the week (it was bound to happen with 24 people in one house together!). Always eager to smile and his cousins chanting his name often. And D's sister and her family were on the plane with us, the first year ever that we aren't the only family not living in Texas. This is my niece Reagan, who despite kicking my seat the whole ride down, is dang cute.
Christmas morning is pure chaos and fun. Unfortunately, my camera was out of battery power, so I will just let you know that E got his Wii (thrilling display of excitement at opening it) and Girly had her fill of princesses (I never thought I would princess the heck out of someone like that, but she loves them). Later that night we did a nativity. Girly was an angel, E was an observer (doesn't like this productions, that is the me coming out in him) and Bug was asleep. Reagan was an amazing Mary, bravo, Grant was a great Joseph with a light saber (who knew?) and Madison and Aniston did a great job narrating.
Some great things about the farm, lots of land, little safe four-wheelers for the kids, one big one for the adults, the weather isn't way to cold to send the kids outside to play but is cold enough that the snakes are hibernating and so are the mosquitoes. The funniest thing? Girly explaining more than once that she doesn't wear pants, ever (she doesn't consider pj bottoms pants, they are pajamas). Funny girl.
We spend a lot of time just being together, E has 3 other cousins his age (the quads), Girly is the oldest of the triplets, and Buggy is the oldest of the other triplets, although this year the other two are 1 and 2 months old - fun in the years to come. We get to see D's family, and although it is a lot of togetherness being in the same house for one week, we are grateful for it. I have great in-laws, nieces and nephews.
We came home on New Year's Eve. Our neighbors were great, we didn't have any shoveling to do after the three or so storms that occurred while we were gone, the cat was well taken care of even if she didn't care for the caretakers (sorry!). But it was way too cold.
D teased me about another New Years with him being the only one awake at midnight. I came home with a cold and fever but managed to stay up with him until 12:10am while watching the new Harry Potter and then dragged myself to bed (we are such fun folk).
My parents waited until we got home to do Christmas with us. The kids had so much fun. My mom and dad are very good at buying gifts for each of us that are appropriate. They love seeing the kids get so excited about their gifts, especially E.
Don't let Buggy's face fool you, he was excited to be home too and be opening presents, he had just woken up and Opa had gotten him out of bed and all the excitement overwhelmed him for a few seconds. I received a lot of great things but was thrilled and touched that my mom had remembered my absolute adoration of Gyo Fujikawa and gave me "The Night Before Christmas" that she illustrated. I have a few of her books that are now 30 years old, but they remind me of my childhood more than maybe anything else.
Seen and heard at my house tonight: Girly is laying on the kitchen floor, moving her arms and legs. I said, "Girly, you are making a snow angel." "No Mama, I am making a Girly Angel." She was right.
I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season. Ours was frantically splendid and 11 more months ought to be enough to help me look forward to the next one!