Is anyone else out there a little panicky about the fact that we are already more than a week deep into 2016? I have a long list of habits I need to change, foods I need to stop eating, schedules I need to make, and a bedtime of 10 o’clock to keep. That last one was really the only official resolution I made, but it still hasn’t happened yet. I had all these goals floating around in my brain…plus an empty box and a tangled mess of ribbons that bore a striking resemblance to uber-magnified quaternary protein structures. Something definitely had to be done about that. And so I give you…my very first feat of organization in the year 2016: the Press ‘n Seal box ribbon organizer.
Y’all! We’re back in WV! I can own up to the fact that Christmas is less than a week away now that I’m home. It just feels right now. Know what I mean? In other news, I went to Rue21 the other day and was surprised at the number of garments I saw there that I actually would wear, namely a certain ugly Christmas sweater that had a reindeer on it AND also lit up with a bunch of little lights when you flipped a small switch on the inside of the sleeve. I never thought I was an ugly sweater kind of gal, but as it turns out, I guess I am. Surprise! But I’m also cheap. No shocker there. Sooo…I made my own, and my husband told me it was the prettiest ugly Christmas tree sweater he’d ever seen. Mission accomplished…I think?
The projects I love most are the ones that a) turn out nice, b) are fun to plan for, and c) are cheap. This sweater was ALL 3. I found the winning sweater specimen at the Salvation Army Store—my fav—for $2. I had to talk myself out of buying some brown yarn and a veterinary internal medicine textbook before I left and headed to Wal-Mart where I was searching for Christmassy ornament-y embellishments. The ones I eventually chose came in a bundle of 5—shiny stars, snowflakes, and birds—for only $1.98. All told, my “ugly” Christmas sweater was under $7. (*victory!)
I had resolved to NOT decorate the trailer for Christmas. I’m no Scrooge, it’s just that we always go home to WV for Christmas, and by the time we get back to Mississippi (on January 3rd) I’ll be ready for spring. But I let my creative side get involved, this wine bottle nativity scene happened, and that resolution was over. The decorating snowballed to include a Charlie Brown Christmas tree that we plucked out of the backyard. It’s so petite—bless it—that it can’t support lights, so I ornamented it with some mauve lace from my craft stash and the contents of my jewelry box. It’s a very girly little tree and a wholly unorthodox setup altogether, what with the wine bottle nativity scene and all…but sometimes it’s fun to see what you can do with stuff you already have :).
Figuring out how to decorate the tree proved a bit difficult. Asa and I tried putting lights on it, and the poor thing nearly crumpled. We only had two ornaments, both pretty heavy, that we attempted to hang on it. One broke after the tree’s twiggy little branch gave way, spilling sand from our honeymoon all over the kitchen table. Asa gave up after that, and the only small, sparkly stuff I had left to try was in my jewelry box. Doubtfully, I put it all on the tree and added a piece of lace. And you know what? The bracelets, necklaces, and earrings on our little evergreen are kind of pretty and, I realized, also very meaningful for me.
Brrrrrrrr friends! Mississippi has decided that it’s about time to be winter, and I’m feeling it. Out with the soup and blankets, scarves and pea coats, hot tea and boots! Oh, and boot cuffs. If my boots are going to be practically permanent fixtures on my feet from now till March, I decided that they cannot be flapping against my legs. Do you know what I’m talking about? Having a space between your calf and your boot so that with every step they flap? I prefer a snug fit and have been wanting to make boot cuffs for a while. Not just any ole’ cuffs would do, though. I wanted something pretty with a touch of whimsy. So, at the end of my Frankenstein-ish knitting frenzy, these were the result—Frozen inspired boot cuffs!
When my family and I went to Disney World, my cousin and I (ages 20 and 19) were those two older girls who secretly wanted to go into the “Bibbity Bobbity Boutique” and come out princesses. The sea of little girls in there and the high price of becoming a princess dissuaded us, but I think the dream is still there a little bit… *sigh.
Even now that I’m older, a Disney princess makeover still sounds fun! But I started thinking about the princesses and what they do in the movies, and I realized that even more than their pretty faces I most admire their skills…like archery, and boating, and horseback riding.
So my selection of gifts for princesses includes a little something for everyone– a pretty ring for the dainty Briar Rose types, a kayak for the adventurous Moana types, and some interesting picks for those princesses in between. You got a pen? Ya might want to jot down a couple of these ideas for those unique princesses on your own Christmas list. 😉