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Oh, Friday!

Where have you been all week, Friday, dear Friday? I sure am glad to see you. It’s been a crazy week of shopping and crafting and planning. But know we have a full weekend to look forward to! We’re going to visit Santa, watch a parade, and celebrate the holidays with my hockey team. And hopefully spend some quality time gazing at the tree and listening to Holiday music on Pandora.

Have a great Friday… and start by watching this. 

The photo above was taken by Jen, a year ago today when she was in New York. I was so delighted when she texted me the photo. Sure would be fun to be there today…

Inspiration

Life with Owl

I just started reading Wesley the Owl. It’s the remarkable story of a women’s life with her pet Owl. They are such amazing creatures and I’m sort of an on owl kick.

So searching through Etsy today, this fabulous calendar caught my eye. What fun! She’s got stuffed Owls, too!

And I’ll never forget an evening on my front deck, overlooking the Mississippi River. I was reading, and looked up just in time to see a large owl flying straight towards me, only to lift up right before he reached our house. Magnificent. I was stunned!

Fabric

Holiday Decorations….

We got a tree this weekend. And a wreath. And I pulled three boxes of pretty things from the basement and threw them all over the living room. And then I looked at mantel and it was void of holiday cheer. But then I looked at my two beautiful birds and realized they looked cold. A bit of red felt, some white thread, and problem solved. Warm birds and some holiday cheer on the mantel. Just that simple!

Design

Friday!

Happy Friday! And Happy 2nd of December.

To officially kick off the Holiday Season I made this Advent Calendar using the tutorial from The Purl Bee. I used their instructions as a very loose guideline and it still turned out pretty well. I couldn’t find different weights of felt, but the weight I found on sale at Michaels seemed to work just fine. And I didn’t download their number guides, instead opting to go freehand, with mixed results. The outcome certainly looks handmade, but that’s sort of the point, right? I don’t think daughter will even notice as she plows through the pockets each day. I filled it up with stickers and chocolate and finger puppets and cars. She might be a little young to truly understand, but it will be fun just the same.
 
And it’s the weekend! This afternoon I hope to swing by the Second Annual Willow House Craft Fair (if the refrigerator repair guy doesn’t take too long). There will be all kinds of amazing handmade goodies from a lot of amazing artists, including Jen, Kristin and Anna!
And tonight I’m heading out to Simple Barbra with the girls. This weekend we’re having a birthday part for Dog, getting a tree, heading to a 3YO birthday party and then I’m off to the Nutcracker with Mom. I can’t wait. I’ve been listing to the music for weeks already and as much as I can’t dance, I can’t wait to twirl!!
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December

And then it was December. We’ve had a touch of snow. The holidays are fast approaching. And the New Year is in sight. Amazing. But first, a Happy Happy Birthday to my beautiful Boston Terrier, Bogey. He’s 9 today and is still as crazy as ever. He’s added a few gray hairs recently and just recovered from a sprained knee, but he’s doing well. So well, that we’re throwing a birthday party for him this weekend. Photos next week!

But enough… here’s the last month of 2011 Resolutions:

1. Create
Busy! Invitations, Cards and Decorations for Purple•Poppie. I sewed a skirt for me. And a whole lot of holiday goodies are in the making.

2. Write.
Somehow the writing fell apart last month. Maybe it was the dark cold mornings. Who knows, but this is #1 on my list next year. Seriously.

3. Yoga
Still going once or twice a week, different times, different instructors. The important thing is getting on the mat.

4. Budget
Ugh…. the holidays!

5. Triathlon.
Still planning on my first indoor Tri January, so to get ready I’ve been to spinning class and in the pool, and of course, I’m still running. And playing hockey. Feels so good!

Beyond all that I’m trying to stay sane through the holidays. How about you?