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Recycled Christmas!

29 Nov

The Christmas season is upon us again, and now that decorating time has arrive once more, my thoughts turn to Christmas 2009. My husband and I had just moved into a new house and were rather poor as I had just quit my job, so we decided to dub the celebrations a “recycled Christmas”. I got my hands busy and folded myself what seemed like hundreds of origami stars out of newspaper, then stringing them together to make a long garland. I also publicly embarrassed myself my husband at gatherings with friends by pilfering all used red or silver soda cans from the table and smuggling them home. From those I cut stars which were used to decorate the tree (a similar method can be found here). A tree skeleton (an elm branch, I think!) painted white served as our regal tree that year. It was the best Christmas!
Every year since I have craved another recycled Christmas, but now with the super prevalence of Pinterest and with Little Bug incubating in my tummy (and therefore the need to save the dollars), I feel it is the right time to revive the recycled Christmas! Let’s see what comes out this year.

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Life update

5 Aug

Life gets so busy, and I haven’t managed to integrate my writing into it as I’d like… yet. Little Monkey is a whirlwind of activity, and my dishes are left undone for the majority of the day (week?). Yet I’ve got more than 14 projects swimming in my head right now, and each idea never ceases to split and multiply like a healthy amoeba. I never have a shortage of things I want to do!
I’ve managed to begin one or two of my projects, which I had hoped to write about (and I suppose I may still…):
A down light over my dark dining table, made from a hardware work lamp;
A shade for said light;
A bookshelf made from reclaimed wood;
A crochet quilt for Little Monkey…
but I think I must face that some ideas must be sacrificed so that my dishes can remain clean, family remain fed and in clean clothes and just some of my projects will be able to live on and be finished!