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Baby Blankets

While I’m still working on my blue and white blanket, I’ve started making baby blankets.

It started because one of my favorite charities does a Christmas Bazaar every year. I wanted to be able to make some arts and crafts and sell them at the bazaar. I figured that it would be a fun way to help them with donations while expanding my crocheting abilities. I started working on baby blankets because I figured that they wouldn’t take too long compared to some other projects. I also thought that they might be something that would appeal to the people who come to the bazaar.

Unfortunately, I am not fast enough at crocheting to be able to make enough of them to sell this year. I should have plenty of items for next year and I’ll have more of a selection, too, since I’ll make more than just baby blankets. One of the things I’m looking forward to about making everything is that it will let me try new patterns. I have seen so many lovely patterns for blankets, but making a blanket for an adult is quite a commitment. Baby blankets are so much smaller that I’ll be able to see if I really love a pattern or a design enough to make a larger one.

Right now, I have one complete blanket and I’ll have a second blanket soon. I won’t be able to finish any more before the bazaar which is why I’m waiting until next year. I’ll definitely go, though, and buy some things from other people!

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Disney Scrapbook

Shhhhhh!

Can you keep a secret?

My family and I are going to Disney next March. I am really excited about this because I love Disney and my family doesn’t vacation together regularly. I enjoy scrapbooking and my mom likes to scrapbook, but doesn’t do it that often. Sometimes, when she does, it seems like she feels the need to rush though it so that she can scrapbook every event ever.

Now for the secret.

For these reasons and a few more, I decided to make a Disney scrapbook for her for Christmas. I know that she’ll want to scrapbook this vacation, especially since we’re going together as a family. I also think she might feel she doesn’t have any time to do it. So, I’m making a scrapbook for her.

I’ve already realized what a giant project this will be. I love scrapbooking, Disney, and Christmas, so it basically combines so many of my favorite things. The possibilities are endless and I’m trying to capture as many as I can. I’m also making copies of the pages for myself and I might make a scrapbook for my sister, too. As I’m making pages, I leave spaces for photos and descriptions. I’m making some pages more detailed than others for variety. I think it will also give her more options, depending on what she wants to put there. Some pages are focused on a specific movie, while others are based on a character. I already have pages for Alice in Wonderland and Mickey Mouse, for example. I think I could continue forever, but I’ve already decided that I might stop around the beginning of October. That will let me prepare for Halloween.

There are just so many options! And I’m terrible at keeping Christmas presents a secret!

Glitter

Why does glitter make everything more fabulous?

I used to really dislike glitter. I’ve always enjoyed arts and crafts and I think that glitter just bothered me. I didn’t like that glitter made every project look like it was made in elementary school and I didn’t like that it clumped everywhere even if you only used a bit of glue. I hated glitter. I associated it with things that looked cheap or were made by children.

Then, I realized that there was another type of glitter. Glitter that was made from tiny pieces and looked almost delicate.

This type of glitter is found on Christmas cards and crafts made by adults. It doesn’t clump on rivers of glue and the pieces are so tiny the glitter can be used in more detailed projects. I can understand why this glitter is used mostly by adults. The tiny pieces that make this glitter are almost impossible to ever remove from somewhere. This glitter will be with you forever. You can’t even vacuum it, sometimes. This is the glitter I love.

Glitter makes everything magical. It offers a suggestion of sparkle and a touch of light. I associate glitter with special moments, like the glitter on a birthday card or covering a Christmas ornament. Since this type of glitter is so similar to powder, I don’t even try to clean it. I leave it everywhere, within reason. My husband has just accepted that Christmas at our house means glitter everywhere. I buy ribbons and cards covered in glitter. I love how it catches the light, making my everyday world sparkle. Now, when I see a bit of glitter hiding somewhere in June, I think of birthday cards and Christmas.

The Nutcracker

This is the third year in a row that my husband and I went to see The Nutcracker. I really enjoy it, especially when the characters enter the dream.

Where we see it, the set design for the snowstorm scene is simple, yet effective. There are set pieces that are designed with trees and there are several of them. The way they’re placed on the stage, it gives the appearance of a forest. From above the stage, there are crystal snowflakes that are suspended so that it looks like beautiful snowflakes falling down. During the snow scenes, they also have artificial snow falling down from above. The costumes are lovely, detailed, white, and sparkling. As the dancers twirl about the stage, it’s almost difficult to know where to look. Sometimes, I focus on one ballerina, just so that I can enjoy the details of the dancing. One of the things I admire about ballet is that it takes so much effort to make it appear that it takes no effort at all.

In the Land of Sweets, the dances continue. I love to watch the variety of the chocolate, coffee, tea, marzipan, and other dances. Of course, I enjoyed the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, this year especially. The Sugar Plum Fairy wore a light pink costume in this year’s performance. As she twirled around, all I could think was that she perfectly resembled a ballerina from a little girl’s jewelry box. The Sugar Plum Fairy in this ballet usually has a deep purple costume, so the difference was noticeable to me. Some other costumes were different this year, but most were the same. All of them are so detailed and really reflect the characters. For the flower costumes, for example, the costumes are pink and green with flower details and designs that resemble petals.

Overall, I really enjoyed this year’s performance. After seeing it the first year, I couldn’t tell if I enjoyed it because I love Christmas or because I enjoy ballet. After the second year, I decided that I enjoy watching ballet. This year confirmed that. My favorite parts are the scenes with beautiful choreography and performances by the dancers. I look forward to seeing other ballets.

A Real Christmas Tree

Since my husband and I have been living together, we’ve had an artificial Christmas tree. I actually asked him if we could buy it for our anniversary, which is in June, since they were on sale. I had found a company that specialized in Christmas trees and similar decorations, but they were expensive. In June, though, they were selling for half the regular price. We bought a beautiful tree that already had lights on it. The warm, white lights that glow gently. I also insisted that it be taller than my husband, who is just over six feet tall, so our tree is 7 1/2 feet high. Our apartment had high ceilings, but in our house it barely fits.

This year, I wanted to have a Christmas tree in the dining room, too. I wanted to have a real Christmas tree. In additional to our normal tree, of course. There was no way I’d consider having less trees. Mostly, though, I didn’t want to place my sentimental collection of Christmas ornaments on a real tree because I don’t know how our cats will respond to it. I decided that this real tree would be our experiment, a test to see how our cats handle a real pine tree in the house. They’ve only ever seen our artificial tree since we’ve had them almost their whole lives and they only live indoors.

Today, we went and bought a tree. There is a place not too far from us that sells fishing supplies and, at this time of year, Christmas trees. I instantly fell in love with one that was short and chunky. I thought about looking at the others, but I figured there was no point. This one, that I saw almost immediately, was the one for me. Our artificial tree is tall and slender so I knew I wanted one that was chunkier. I also thought one that was too tall might not fit in my car. The people selling the trees kindly tied it to the top of my car, though, so maybe I could have bought a bigger one.

As soon as it was in the house and in the tree stand, I fell in love with it again. It was perfect! Taller than me, but not as tall as my husband. So wide around that I almost can’t fit my arms around the top. I learned that when I started to put the lights on it by myself. After a second trip to the store for additional lights, it’s now in the tree stand with water and covered in lights. I decided to use multi-colored lights to contrast with the all white lights on the artificial tree. Neither of them have their decorations yet, but I’m hoping they do by tomorrow night!

Writing Letters

Does anyone write letters anymore?

I love writing letters and indulge in it completely. I buy beautiful stationery and envelopes. I recently bought an inexpensive fountain pen that I’ve been using specifically to write letters. I also love stamps and buy lots of them with different and interesting designs. My husband says that I’m trying to keep the post office in business all by myself.

When checking the mail, it seems that there are two types: junk mail and bills. The idea that a friend of mine or family member might check the mail and see a letter from me hiding in the chaos makes me smile. It’s one of the reasons that I put so much thought into the envelope, stamp, and return address label in addition to the letter inside.

This becomes really obvious around this time of year. I send Christmas cards to my family and friends and separate invitations to the party I host on Christmas Eve. I often look for envelopes that are brightly colored or decorated in some way so that they’re really noticeable in a pile of white and beige junk mail and bills. I also buy Christmas themed stamps and Christmas or winter return address labels. When in doubt or if the envelope is white, I’ll cover it in Christmas stickers.

For the past month or so, my best friend and I have been writing letters to each other. She had the idea to make the letters each have a theme, which I thought was wonderful. We talk and text regularly, so the themed letters are always relevant no matter when they arrive. We bought our stationery together on a whim one day after work. We had impulsively bought matching fountain pens the day before.

Now, I love taking the time to sit and write a letter to her. It takes my mind away from everything else in life since I have to focus on writing complete sentences that make sense. I think I might even enjoy it more than preparing the Christmas Eve invitations and the Christmas cards. There’s something so personal about writing an entire letter to someone. I’m already partial to sending mail and even I was surprised by how much I enjoy it. So, I wish more people would write letters. I think it would make both the writer and the recipient smile.