December was a month full of ups and downs. My 25th birthday was good, with a nice little family party and balloons and cake. A couple weeks before that, my boyfriend’s teenage kitty died in his arms and it’s still painful. Christmas was fun and drama-free but finals were stressful and I’ve been working more hours than I originally planned in addition to school. The weather has reflected the upheaval of the month with temperatures in the 60s not too long after an unusually early snowfall and nights that dropped down into the teens. All in all, despite the high points, I will happily wish December farewell.
I am eager for 2009. I know it’s a bit of an arbitrary designation of time but the new year is feeling important this time around. 2008 was better than 2007 but I am much more optimistic for ’09. I think change is in the air and I am anticipating spring even earlier than usual, wanting everything new and fresh.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration. I plan to spend it making goals and cleaning house, crafting things and spending time with family. An easy-going simple day, I hope. Ease myself into a new beginning.
“The birds are molting. If only man could molt also – his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.” ~James Allen
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I am focusing on small things recently. Creating polymer clay creatures, playing with kittens, making atcs, and working on collages made with small circles of cut paper.
I dug some of the carved owls I had begun out of my clay storage bin to begin working on them again. I’ve missed them. Each one becomes a totally new creature and always seem to name themselves. Odd, I suppose, but they do – the name is decided practically without me. They all need a base coat of paint before I can truly get started on bringing them to life. I hope to work on them some today.
I’ve been more adventurous with the clay recently, which is always a good thing. I’m trying out new techniques and when I get an idea I got with it whether I think it will work or not. I won’t know if I don’t try, right?
Meanwhile, the job search continues. Things are not quite as tight as we thought, which is always good, but we need something extra coming in. I’ve also been trying to prepare myself mentally for going back to school. I won’t have any familiar professors this semester, and time has gotten away from me and autumn is closer than it seems. If I’m going to be working as well I need to have my wits about me if I’m going to do as well as I want to. I’m planning to study the basics of all of the subjects I’m taking this semester before the semester actually begins so I won’t be totally in the dark at the beginning of classes.
Going back to the subject of small things, this little guy was perched by my sister’s house the other day. He’s tiny! We have a lot of frogs around, you can tell it’s spring when the tree frogs start filling the night air with noise.
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This dress! I found this photo in the Wardrobe Remix pool at Flickr and I fell in love. She sewed it herself from vintage towels. So clever and so pretty. The pattern of the dress and the pattern of the towels both make me happy. Very excellent work, wouldn’t you agree?
Twinings Tea – currently drinking the Prince of Wales blend. By far, my favorite brand of tea. Irish Breakfast, Lady Grey, English Afternoon… all so good.
Rock On by David Essex. I love this song. Can’t embed this video though. Or, if you’d rather, the version from Dream a Little Dream, which is where I first remember hearing it:
This photo print at Etsy.
DrawerGeeks. I keep forgetting about this place but it’s so good for inspiration.
This post over at Resurrection Fern’s blog. She used thimbles as vases for tiny flowers and then did a wonderful photo shoot. (I just discovered her blog recently and it is a crafty biology student’s dream blog, seriously.)
The Amateur Naturalist, a book I checked out from the library. I flipped through it last night before bed and I’m excited to try some of the experiments and to discover new stuff. I have a feeling several things related to this book will be blogged soon. (Full discretion – that link is an Amazon associate link.)
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