Hello dear Everyone
I'm still incredibly busy with real life - goodness knows when I will be able to return to dA in the way I used to with time to chat, admire and interact properly. I do my best to pop in most days but usually only have time to handle about 6 messages, glance at a few thumbs and that's about it.
I suppose it's bragging or something - though it only feels like excitement and disbelief to me, but it's David's and my 40th wedding anniversary tomorrow. A Ruby Anniversary at our tender ages
LOL We're planning a day at home together in peace and then out for dinner in the evening and I hope it's a lovely day
If I could saw myself into enough functioning pieces here's what I would like to be doing at this moment...
1. Tidy and clean my house
2. Finish knitting a Cabbage Patch Doll jumper that I started 2 days ago
3. Make (machine sewing) 2 Cabbage Patch Doll Christening gowns (I have the idea and the lace!)
4. Look at, and process my photos I've taken in the past 3 months (they are mostly completely unviewed, I just haven't had time, which makes me sad)
5. Finish writing the story about the preparations for David's big 60th birthday party (I'm half way through that and will upload it to the web and let you know when it's done
6. Write the story of our November holiday for my holiday (vacation) blog
7. Do the beautiful 1,000 piece puzzle I got for Christmas
8. Take down the Christmas decorations inside the house (we did the outdoor ones today. It took 5 hours of David's time and 3 hours of mine - I am a little sun-burned to prove it!)
9. Solve my issue with Adobe. I purchased PhotoShop CC today and I can't get to the program despite wasting 3 hours of my time and 1 hour of my son's time trying to solve the problem
10. Get my overdue letters and emails to friends written
11. Do the 20 or so more minor items on my To Do List done
12. Get some regular exercise
13. Take the time to prepare myself healthy meals instead of grabbing rubbish
In an update to anyone that knows of the miserable time I was having with a new camera club I joined in July, and I was their treasurer; their AGM is on Tuesday and I've resigned. I will finally officially be free on Tuesday night, even though I'll still need to hand over to whoever is stupid enough to take on the task in my place, but that's OK, I love teaching. One of the committee members that I was working with told me that I was 'controlling'. Funny that! When, for the whole 6 months, I couldn't get any of the committee to answer my emails asking for information I urgently needed to do my job properly, I guess I could perhaps have been seen as controlling by those who would prefer to do absolutely nothing. They totally ignored my every need. David made me laugh and said that they only wanted the glory of strutting around like prize turkeys on the meeting nights because they thought themselves important but didn't actually want to do any of the work that went with the commitment. As usual, he correctly summed it all up in one short and hilarious statement
Anyway. On to happier things... Here's a photo of our last year's outdoor Christmas display. This year was mostly the same with the car and Santa driving, and the reindeer, but we also made 7 elves and a light-tunnel for the car to drive through, but I haven't looked at the photos yet to be able to upload any LOL And one of our elves was stolen
But we received *huge* pleasure from seeing so many cars slow or stop to admire, and so many family groups that walked up to look around, and the squeals of delight from some of the younger children.
I made 2 brooches as gifts for our mothers, and some ornaments for the table centre out of polymer clay, and did a Nativity scene on my nails
And I made 8 tiny birdhouses as gifts for various people. I'd given one already before I took the photo. If anyone wants the pattern let me know. I saw the original idea on Pinterest but there was no pattern, I had to make it up myself. The birds are made of polymer clay too. The house and drawer (yes, the bird slides into the house and peeks through the door hole!) are made of cardboard cereal boxes covered with printed paper and the dried grasses are real grass.
And, to continue on the craft theme, here are the Faves that I've gathered over the past several months. Not too many because I've hardly been on here.
And I loved this pendant so much that I bought it. It is *exquisite* in real life and I adore it so much!!!
Oooohhhh there were more than I thought
And that's all for now my Friends. I have another feature in mind so I hope that it's not too long until I do that one.
Heaps of Love to you all,