Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020 Christmas Cards

This was my favorite photo of our family that we put on our Christmas card this year.
It seems appropriate for 2020, we're all Done, so we're on the floor.  And we're also all in our Jammies.  It seemed perfect. 

For our actual Christmas Cards this year, I did something different.  I hand painted watercolor cards.  I've been practicing watercolor painting over the Quarantine.  I'm not fantastic, but enough that I could create some basic stuff with my watercolor pens and water brushes.  

For every person to whom we sent cards, I made something special.  I don't know if they loved them, and I repeated a few styles that I enjoyed making.  But Eric told me that I should take photos of them before I sent them.  So I did. I missed a couple, so if you got one you don't see here, please take a pic for me. ;) Anyway... Here you go.  Feel free to tell me if you got one, or which one you like best. 

Christmas star filled with love

Christmas Star - also a cross. 

3 hanging ornaments

Rainbow Tree

Holy Family

Impressionistic Christmas tree with Blue Angel on top. 

Christmas tree - wet first

Christmas tree - wet brush

Holy Family with evening sky. 

Christmas tree with golden angel and gold sparkle

Christmas Star over blue mountains

Christmas star in starry sky

Peace wreath with berries

Watercolor trees

Holy Family with Christmas Star

Tree sillouettes at Sunset

Joy wreath

Christmas star/cross

Choral Christmas Tree

Watercolor trees

Christmas Tree with Gold Angel

Joy to the World with Wreath

Magi Find the Child

Gifts under the Tree

Christmas tree

Christmas star cross

Watercolor trees with a touch of gray

Rainbow tree wet first

Christmas Star with Cross

Christmas tree with two tone swooshes.

Wreath of Peace

Kathy's dogs got paw print balloons for Christmas - 
I had a friend in mind when I painted this.

Ahsoka on a card with trees- my first dog
Little wonky, but Lisa said she wanted it, sight unseen.

Sunset at Lake Michigan 
This one was for Uncle Rick and Trish who joined us in Michigan City this past year.

I know it's a lot of photos, thank you for checking them out.  
I'm quite proud of myself for completing these.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Maybe next year, I'll try again... but start before December. 

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Life is a just a bunch of berries.


I got a crazy idea.  
I decided to order watercolor paper over the summer.  
I found some watercolor pens, and decided to start painting.  But the pens wrote really fat, so I got out some paintbrushes and a cup of water, and diluted them a bit. I didn't really take a class, just kind of flying by the seat of my pants, so Pinterest and I are going to be starting something new for the holidays. I hope. 

I finished this blanket! 
Lisa and I picked out this super soft yarn at Michael's when the kids went back to school on the First Day.  I found this lovely varigate, then when we went back in September, I picked up a skein of blue that kind of matched.  I was toying with making this for Christopher, the blue being his favorite, and purple being his school color.  But I decided to keep it for the whole family.  
Or for me.   

It's so soft.  
I love this yarn.  
It's Bernat Velvet.  Well, the varigate is Velvet Stripes, Blackberry Frost, and  they were discontinuing so I had to stock up. 

The purple was Majestic Purple.  
Looks So Good! 

Sam took this photo of me.  
Pretty good! 
He's got a good eye. I kind of liked how this shot was off center.

I decided with this gorgeous blue - it was one of the clearance skeins of Bernat Baby Velvet in Indigo Velvet.  It's like all the kinds of jeans ever.  
I'm taking the rest and making a scarf and hat for myself. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Finding Joy Wherever we Can


The theme is 2 p.m. 
Christopher had a Therapy appointment, so I had to pick him up at school. 

A tree on Odell called to me. 

As I was driving, to pick up Christopher, I spied this bright beautiful tree.  
Of course, I was driving and it would be slightly illegal for me to pause on a busy street and take a picture of a tree. On the way back however, no one was coming, and I had the stretch of road to myself for a moment.  It was a sign.  So I leaned over Chris, and we both juggled the phone out the window, I tipped it until it looked right.  I needed that slight bit of sky with the gorgeous golden tree. 

It got warm today, quite warm this afternoon, in the high 60s.  So when I went to get Chris at school, I was able to put some sandals on.  It was not a sock day, even if it was November.  I didn't think these toes would see the light of day, however, the weather says otherwise.  
I had to dress in bright happy clothes today, and find the beauty and joy where I could. 
My heart hurts and is heavy for all my friends who are afraid of how the election is going. I'm afraid too, but for them.  I recognize my privilege.  I want to be an ally, a friend, and a support more. 
And no matter what the election results, I'm going to do that. 

Monday, November 2, 2020

In my Spare Time


My Spare Time I like to photograph my day to day life.  I am sitting in on an online Nail Party with my friend J.  She's selling Colorstreet Nail Wraps, and I hosted a party for her last week, and then this week one of my friends who attended is having her own party.  Jess asked tonight, what we like to pin on pinterest.  For me,  I like to play on Pinterest, dream of projects I am going to make, and create things with yarn.  But it occurs to me, I collect all these pins, and rarely do much about it.  I love to get nail ideas, but don't do much.  And don't even get me started on my gardening or crocheting ideas.  Still, I love keeping my hands busy, so this helps.  

I applied a new nail color from Jess last night, and it looks fantastic now that it's cured. 
It's a creme called London Calling.  I can see it being very British. 

You know me, I love to photograph flowers too. 
This is my new nails holding the flower the vet sent us last week as Princess passed away.  The flower arrived on the same day as her ashes.   So the flower has stayed on the kitchen table.  

Meanwhile, just a bit ago, I wrote to my little sister to show her progress on a crochet blanket I'm making.  Do you know who I'm making it for? Me neither.  I guess it must just be me.  Because I had to start trimming it, because the thing is HUGE! 

Here's the light blue and darker purple yarn.  It easily picks up the colors around it.  It is fuzzy and soft. 
I think I'll be keeping this blanket. 

Meanwhile today's theme was Collection.  I collect projects: yarn projects, watercolor projects, this week, room cleaning projects.  I made progress this weekend just doing a bit each day.  I put away more laundry than I wear, and I make some great progress.  Still, there's a lot of work to do, and Eric and I don't really feel like doing it. It reminds me of Christopher and his Merit Badges.  He has such a pile of incomplete Merit Badges for Boy Scouts, that we joke that he should sign up for the Collection Badge and send a picture of his Collection of Unfinished Merit Badges.  But if he did that, he'd actually finish one... Hmm... 


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Testy Tuesday

It started out a typical Tuesday.  But it wasn't.
The kids are back in school after Fall Break, I got to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee after everyone got on the bus.  
My Reunion Group was meeting halfway across the sky.  W is working from home, so it's pretty far for her to come out to Salsa Verde, our usual meeting spot.  It's a bit easier on everyone if we meet at Trader's Point at Luciano's, rather than hoof all the way out to Avon.   But it's also more expensive. ;) 
So we don't do that very often.  However, we haven't been able to meet very often because of Fall Break and Work From Home and a zillion other things.

Taco Tuesday.
Luciano's has Tacos Al Pastor, marinated with pineapple and decorated with cilantro and onion, these tacos are delicious. I don't even open the menu. 
I thought it would be enough to be able to do that today. 

But my friend wrote that her daughter isn't doing very well at Riley.  
So I asked if she had food.  Of course, she hasn't been thinking of eating.   
I understand completely.  Been There. 

So after my gals and I met, I took some tacos down to her at Riley.  

Riley - Simon Tower.  
I'm so thankful I don't have to be there. 
My friend is thankful that I have been bringing her food and stuff, but I feel rather selfish. I get a lot out of it.  I get peace of mind, that I'm physically doing something in addition to Prayer.  And by making things easier for her Mama, I'm helping in Anna's recovery.  Does that make sense?

But as with all visits to Riley, it's emotionally draining.  I know all I did was drive.  But I came home and needed some rest, I just dozed on the couch for a bit.  Being strong drains me.  I know how much it drains the families of the patients.  I've been there, I've been one.  And I wrestle with the guilt over how much I'm not there now, even though we're having rough times, it's not that rough.  I don't have to go in, and smell the soap.  That soap sets me off.  

When I got home, the vet had sent me a single red rose, and a card of condolence.  
How nice to be remembered.  
And still, it's bittersweet.  
I missed my dog.  

It progressively got worse, after the kids got home.  Chris was in a bad mood, and he took it out on me. 
I should find comfort in the fact that he lets his guard down at home, and can act however he wants, because he knows he's safe, that I'll love him anyway.  But sometimes he can be mean. 

Meanwhile, Jacob had a good day.  
So to reward him , we went out for ice cream after Scouts. 
Custard.  Culver's.  His choice.  
Do you see the sucker tattoo on my forehead?

The Oreo Overlord.  
I thought that's what the board said the flavor of the day was, Oreo Overlord.  Just kidding.  
It was Oreo Overload.  Either way, Jacob wanted it.   
And he got some.  
I guess he was the Oreo Overlord.

Mama got a pumpkin spice milkshake. 
Also not too shabby. 
Carbs are my reward for a rough day.