That's where I'm at right about now.
But in a good way, if that makes sense at all.
Etsy = SUPER busy
House = extremely chaotic
Family = mostly wonderful
Dog = sweet but hairing up my house & adding to the chaos
Christmas = can we push it back a week?
My brother's family is coming for Christmas & I am really excited. It's been about 10 years (at least) since we were together during the holidays. But an extra week to get things ready would be great. As it is, I'm ready to throw a bowl of candy canes on the table & call it Christmas baking.
But all these things are good.
The kids aren't going to remember that there wasn't piles of gingerbread men in the house when they are grown (I'm sincerely hoping they aren't as food oriented as I am), they will remember going skiing with their mom and friends and sitting in the hot tub after rehashing, in great detail, every single grind, jump and bail that happened up at the hill.
One of my prints was featured in this beautiful & unique treasury today.
I love it. And the title is so fitting. (click on the image to go to the treasury)
My friend, Marnie, hosted Renee Pearson's blog last week and I volunteered to contribute a couple of layouts.
Thanks to Libby Pritchett for her fabulous as always digital kits.
In all the chaos, I do need to remind myself ever so often, it really is a good good life.
So when Gorgeous George started making noise about me going to work and I decided to open an Etsy shop to waylay that for as long as I could, I didn't know how busy it was going to be.
Granted, this is the Christmas rush and I'm sure it will dry up in a week and I'll be crying into my recycling bin of mis-printed posters, but for now, I'll do what they say and make hay or something.
WCS has their December gallery up, Holiday Homes is the theme this month, and it is lovely. They also have a giveaway so be sure to pop over there and throw your name in the hat.
Here are my projects:
You can head over to WCS to find out how I made them - they are both upcycled from the thrift store (no surprise there, me with all my "and I got this, and this, and this and I only spend $2.27!")
Right now I am hating that I put a black border around one of those photos and not the other.
I would go change it but I'm not through my first coffee of the morning yet and frankly am to lazy. So we're all just going to have to deal with it.
I hugged my boys a little closer this weekend. For the first time in the nine years that we've been at our elementary school, we lost a student.
I've had that sick hollow feeling for the last fews days realizing how little control we have over what happens to us.
This family has been in my thoughts and heart all weekend.
And I realize how lucky we are to not only have the easy life we live, but to be living it with a healthy, happy family.
Hug your loved ones close and be thankful.
Please check out my friend Libby at Libby Pritchett Designs, she is the creator of the lovely background paper I used for this print.
So after binging for three weeks straight, I decided to hoist my every growing ass back up on the bandwagon. I always feel like I need a jump start and that jump start usually is the Wild Rose Detox.
I want to be clear. I don't think my liver is all that dirty and am skeptical (because that's just one of my charming personality quirks) about the supplements HOWEVER I am also very cheap so by shelling out 30 some-odd dollars for the cleanse I ensure that I will do it (I am aware of how stupid that sounds, but I figure whatever. It works).
I am now on day 6.
The lethargy has somewhat lifted.
The shakes have stopped.
The sugar craving has subsided (proof: the family ate halloween candy in front of my last night, and while in the back of my head I thought them rude and inconsiderate, I refrained from wrestling anyone to the ground to steal their chocolate *note: they were mostly eating Coffee Crisp which are kind of gross, but will do in a pinch, so maybe I'm not quite over the sugar thing).
And to put it delicately, my bathroom routine, is once again routine.
And I am down 4 lbs already.
So the next 6 days should be a breeze.
My biggest concern is that I have already planned, in no particular order:
Gnocci Mac & Cheese
Chicken & Garlic Lasagne.
Screw you, Pinterest, and the delicious horse you rode in on.
I woke up this morning to find that my prints had be featured in several lovely treasuries, here they are, in no particular order:
I will take one of everything here:
Superhappy colours here:
Check out the grumpy owl. He made me laugh. I think I can relate to him on a few different levels.
More wants needs for the kitchen.
Remember, click on the image to be spirited away to see all these goodies in their natural habitat.
My American friends are celebrating their Thanksgiving soon. Here is a treasury dedicated to that.
Now to the zen.
I've been trying to do yoga sparingly lately. Mostly because my friends are going and I have just recently realized I am a person who doesn't want to miss out on stuff.
Yoga has also made me realize that contrary to what I may have believed about myself, I struggle with the zen.
I like to be alone, but I now see that being alone (with computer/book/tv/etc) is not true quiet time.
These are some of the things that I randomly thought in the five (which seemed like 50) minutes of Savasana (I will confess right now that I had to google that word - I knew it was an ess word, but obviously I wasn't listening to absorb the rest of the letters).
If anyone has any tips on how to get through this without feeling like a 3 year old boy in the naughty chair, please share.