Wednesday, December 30, 2009
This year, I resolve to be resolute!
[Resolute = marked by firm determination]
It appears that many of us make resolutions and then let them fall by the wayside by about April or May. I am guilty of dropping the proverbial ball on my resolutions almost every year. Oh, I start out with good intentions, but the determination seems to wane almost as rapidly as the list is put in the drawer.
We make resolutions in an effort to make the coming year a better one than the last. A resolution is typically defined as a promise or commitment people make to themselves to complete a project or alter a habit. Why make a promise to yourself and not keep it? (There are enough other people that disappoint us, we don't have to do it to ourselves!) I have succeeded at accomplishing and maintaining only ONE huge resolution in my whole life that I remember - quitting smoking. It's been 11 years since I made that commitment to myself. Talk about firm determination. (I know it's in there!)
As I ponder my resolutions for the coming year, I am focusing on these tips to help myself stay resolute:
1) Make an attainable resolution. If it's unrealistic, it's likely you will fail.
2) Focus on just one or two major resolutions. We try to do too much in too short a time.
3) Have a plan to achieve the goal in small steps. Set smaller goals on the path to achieving the main goal, and reward yourself for steps accomplished.
4) Don't fuss over failures - discover what caused the diversion and regroup.
5) Remind yourself of your resolution commitment - keep it out in the open on the fridge, the mirror, on top of your crafting supplies . . .
6) Remind yourself the benefits of succeeding.
7) Remember that it takes TIME to make changes to old habits. Resolutions take work and are not magically an overnight success!
I'm off to pare down my list of resolutions. That could take awhile :)
Best Wishes for a Safe, Happy, Healthy New Year! Boy, Twenty-Ten is going to be weird to say.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I also make homemade turtles every year. I get really good milk chocolate and caramel from a candy supply store, and use my cute little turtle molds to make the turtles. Ted is allergic to nuts, so I always make some turtles without nuts. See the one in the pink wrapper on the left? There are several pink turtles in with the rest to note which ones don't have nuts. They are the girl turtles.
We also made some krumkake, and some mint-wich cookies. Enough! My hips are screaming already. No more goodie-baking this year.
Sunday, the English Major and I went downtown on the new Northstar Commuter Train. Great way to go downtown and not have to fight the one-ways and parking - we just hope the train is popular enough to add some more departures/arrivals. There are only 3 trips down and 3 trips back on the weekend days for now.
Monday, December 14, 2009
(OK. Enough weather. It's just what we talk about here in Minnesota.)
I received another InTatters Secret Santa gift last week - from Imoshen in California. This nice surprise in a stocking included some beads, some plastic rings, some thread keepers, a shuttle, and a pretty blue motif that I can add to something special:
I really needed those thread keepers - I have oodles of thread I have unwound from shuttles that could use some organization, and I will be learning how to tat onto rings and add beads and buttons in the next phase of the T.A.T. program. I am still waiting for one more, and I think the Santa gifts I sent have been received.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Mom is staying with me this week while the men in the family are deer hunting in Wisconsin. We have been discussing how lucky we are to have this time together as our annual tradition. All week we run all around town shopping, eating, cooking, crafting, and whatever else we can think of. We make a traditional turkey, dressing, sweet potato, mashed potatoes and cranberries meal for our Thanksgiving dinner - mostly so we have leftovers! Some years we go to other relative's homes, and some years we go out for a buffet, but most of the time we just hang out at my house. The girls and their boyfriends sometimes join us, sometimes are off with other families. This is just how it is for Thanksgiving at our house.
Army Girlfriend's BF is home so we will spend some time visiting with them, and the English Major is home too, so she and her BF will be around as well. My little girls have grown up.
I will relax today, and just be thankful from the bottom of my heart for everything in my life!
Happy Thanksgiving :)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
We drove the 1+ hours to the English Major's apartment to take her out to dinner and buy her a legal drink, and then home again. The Army Girlfriend couldn't join us because she had to work, but gave her little sister this cookie:
I will be working on some hearts for this significant event in a stranger's life. Maybe you can too!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
It was a beautiful, sunny, fall day in Minnesota on Friday. Like it should be in OCTOBER. Temperatures in the upper 50 degrees F are pretty average, and wandering about outside in a sweatshirt and jeans is comfortable.
On Saturday, we woke up to a little of this:
White is NOT a fall color. We are not ready for this until November. Late November, thankyouverymuch. We woke up to more of this today.
Not to worry. Just an "impulse of moisture" the weather guy said this morning. (An impulse! I guess Mother Nature even has impulses, huh?) The overnight low tonite is predicted to be in the 20s. It will be back up to 60 degrees by Sunday. Even though our temperatures and weather change drastically from one day to the next, we don't get "used" to it. It can go from 80 degrees to 50 overnight - summer to fall in one day - and likewise dropping temperatures take us quickly from fall to winter.
The snow is actually very pretty when it sticks to all the trees like it is today. It's falling slowly right now, just like in a snowglobe. But it's OCTOBER! We haven't gotten through Halloween yet. I think snow is much prettier in December.
Since I have the day off today, I am changing my summer capris and Ts out for turtlenecks and sweaters. I've got the house smelling good with Pumpkin Spice Bread I found here, and some baked oatmeal with cinnamon & cranberries in it.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
After seeing Fox's post (here) about her recent Ebay auction win, I realized I had even more of a treasure than I thought in my shuttle inheritance. Don't get me wrong - I am certainly grateful for this stash of shuttles. I just didn't realize I had a couple of shuttles that tatters envy!
There are these larger shuttles - I haven't tried working with these at all yet. The copper and gold ones are pretty, but metal seems so harsh to hold after using plastic.
There are so many of the Boye shuttles, I'm guessing they must've been a favorite of the original owner. The little wooden ones are nice and I did try them, but the thread doesn't flow easily off these.
Then there are these metal ones with the removable bobbins. These do seem like they would be very nice to use, but I got my thread caught in the hook too much when I tried one - might just take some getting used to.
I've left this package intact as it was obviously collected from somewhere. It is a shuttle and some sort of a hook. I'm not sure who to ask about this, so here it sits as received in my collection. Anyone have any knowledge or thoughts on this?
This one also appears old and well used:
I have no idea how to tat with needles, but these are in there too. I definitely feel the need to learn how to shuttle tat before I attempt to even try needle tatting. I've seen this other type of shuttle many times before, and in some cute shapes - but I haven't tried using it yet.
And here I have two Milward shuttles and an English Aero. I've left the one Milward on the card as I received it. I did try the Milward shuttle, and found it to be nice and light to use - but I missed having a point for picking out stitches as I tend to do a lot of that! The English Aero shuttle apparently isn't even made anymore. I haven't tried it at all, but it sounds like it's one in high demand.
I love having this collection of all different types of shuttles. I think I would like to display them somehow, maybe in a shadowbox of some kind that I could open so that I could still get at them to use. And, piggish as it may sound, I would still love to collect more shuttles! (oink, oink)
With all of these shuttles though, I have to say that these little Clovers are my favorite ones to use.
I won't even tell you how many crochet hooks I inherited.