Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Keep Calm Craft On {crafting on}

The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture or two, post i on your blog, on Instagram #craftingon and/or Flickr and then share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below.
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Happy Saint Nicholas day! I think I would rather focus on that than knitting right now. Christmas knitting isn't going very well. I had grand plans of knitting K a sweet stocking with Dala horses on it but I am not having luck with yarn to knit it with. I do not have a local yarn shop here in Mountain Home (although there are some in Boise- I just haven't had the chance to visit them) so I buy my yarn online. Normally the yarn looks the same in person as it does on my computer screen but red - that is another story. It never looks the same in person. That red yarn you see in the photo above looked red when I ordered it but now that I have it in my hands, it looks more burgundy. I am really wanting a traditional Christmas red, like the red of the Dala horse pictured with it. This was my third attempt at ordering yarn for this project. I starting knitting with it trying to make myself like it but it just isn't happening. Maybe I should scratch this stocking project until next year...

What are you working on? Happy creating!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

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when you lose your exacto knife your swiss army knife will just have to do St. Lucia calendar Have you seen this beautiful countdown to Saint Lucia's day calendar? Oh my word, I adore it! Really I love anything Amber creates but this one really spoke to me. I know it's a few days into December but I just printed ours out and put it together today (it is a PDF). My kiddos didn't mind and I look forward to using it for years to come. Although I had a slight issue putting it together - I somehow misplaced my exacto knife but hey, when all else fails a swiss army knife will do. 😉playing with Mother Mary play Sharing Advent with Baby F. Advent wreath gathering We gathered our greenery for our Advent wreath finally but still have yet to actually make it. One of these days before Advent is over it will be completed! warming cinnamon bath salts I made myself some warming cinnamon bath salts (from this book) and took a nice long soak after a mentally exhausting day. I think I am going to have the kids take a soak in them tomorrow, too. They all came down with colds and cinnamon is antiviral. much needed haircut tickle, tickle! Little L was long overdue for a haircut so Kevin and I combined our efforts and tried again. Man, cutting little boy's hair is like trying to cut a moving target. He gives us a workout, that's for sure! This time I think it came out much nicer and we didn't have to buzz it. I think maybe Kevin should cut his hair from now on with a little help from me. tooth fairy gifts #standingrock K's tooth fairy left her some pretty special gifts this time around. I still can't bring myself to take these down I still can't bring myself to take down Baby F's cards. Yes, I realize he is ten months old now but I just want him to stay a new baby a bit longer. Is that too much to ask? Well, that and I still have not sent out my thank you cards. I can't believe I am so far behind on that. I am beyond grateful for everyone's thoughtful gifts and time but I have yet to find the time to put it into words for them. I feel awful. Welcome to life with four children, I guess??? I suppose I will have to face reality and take them down soon for Christmas cards soon anyways. Perhaps that is what I need.

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