If November felt like a blur, December seemed to go slowly and yet quickly. We had so many different events to get through that I really was living week to week. Our chick has a birthday in December so the first half of the month is always leading up to that and then it’s time to think Christmas.
I have to say that this was probably the busiest holiday season leading up, but by far one of the most relaxing when Christmas Day rolled around. This past year was really a year where my husband and I realized what a different stage of parenting we are in. Our family look so different with a 7 year old and 10 year old and I think Christmas morning was so evident of that. It was slow and calm and we spent the morning building legos and enjoying each other and we ended the night watching Star Wars. Slow and easy.
And here’s the monthly recap…
I am still reading Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov. It’s a very thought provoking book, maybe more so because of my background in education. While the book isn’t geared towards teachers, he tends to write from that perspective because that is who he is as a researcher. It is truly a book that will make you rethink what success and failure looks like and how to get there.
I threw a non-thinking book in there by Beverly Lewis. She writes a whole host of Amish books and they are easy to read, if not a little smarmy. This one was The Secret Keeper and is about an “english” girl wanting to convert to the Amish life and how she integrates herself into the community. Like I said, an easy book to read.
After that I tore threw another Ann Patchett book called The Patron Saint of Liars and then promptly threw it when I got to the end. I absolutely loved this book and the characters but the last chapter was so annoying and the end was so crazy frustrating. It’s about a home for unwed mothers and ultimately the story of Rose. I identified so much with her because she is a runner and I have a history of running..and I don’t mean for exercise. :) There is so much of her character that I feel like I’ve worked through and thankfully overcome. The wondering who I am and where I fit in and reconciling what my life looks like and what I feel like it should look like. But the end screwed the whole thing up. Boo.
I started out the month reading another Ann Patchett book called State of Wonder. It was about Dr. Marina Singh and her journey to the Amazon Rainforest. I did love this book and it was a book that truly showed how gifted Ms. Patchett is in character development. What she might lack for in summing up the end of her stories, she truly makes up for in her ability to allow the reader to really get to know a character like they were sitting next to you.
We started out the month watching Love Actually. Oh my. This is an older movie and when we saw the cast and plot line we thought it would be a light and funny romantic movie. It was pretty good, but had quite a bit of eye opening scenes that we weren’t really prepared for. There was this whole story line in there with the dude that plays Bilbo in the Hobbit movies that was a little wacko.
We took our LOTR loving son to see the latest Hobbit movie. I finally read the book a few weeks before we went, so I enjoyed this installation more than the first just because I knew the whole story. But that also made where they stopped the movie oh so crazy frustrating. I think the whole theater yelled “come on!” We also enjoyed Despicable Me 2 (oh those Minions), Star Wars and The Little Mermaid as a family.
And the last adult movie we enjoyed together was Zero Dark Thirty. Which was a great movie, but when we realized how ignorant we were of all the key players in the hunt for OBL we were a little bummed. It was harder to follow what was going on when we didn’t know who was talking or what they were talking about. Still a very well done movie though. Although the funniest part of it was seeing the guy from Parks and Rec play a “serious” soldier. It was so hard to get his P&R character out of my head and see him as someone who isn’t so darn silly.
So much cooking this month. Birthday cakes, holiday baking and more. We always make Gingerbread cookies leading up to Christmas Eve and this year was no different. We had fun delivering them to the local post office workers who are always so good to me. We made sugar cookies one Saturday and delivered some to the neighbors. Lots of joy in baking and giving!
things I love…
- instagram. I finally learned how to connect and use instagram a few months ago and I’ve had so much fun with it. Way more fun that facebook will ever be. I’ve connected with some great fellow embroiderers and of all that’s been the most fun.
- sherlock is coming back! I’m so stoked. Not to mention that Downton Abbey is too and Call the Midwife.
- filofax. Via an instagram friend I was introduced to the world of filofaxes. Oh my. It’s like a planner and scrapbookers paradise. If I would have known about these planners back long before I had children I would have been in serious trouble. I thought about buying one just to get into it all, but alas I have a moleskin calendar that I love so I’m trying to pimp it up filofax style minus the cost :)
- a new computer!! waahoo! We’ve had this awesome mac for 7 years and while it was still functioning, the realization that it would be such a help for me business-wise that we took the plunge and bought a new mac. I love it. It’s crazy how technology can really make your life easier…sometimes!
- 2014. There is something about this upcoming year that I haven’t felt in a long time. 2013 was such an unbelievable year for me business wise and for once I am walking into a new year knowing with confidence where God is leading me as a business woman and our family too. It’s like we are waking up to amazing hope.
on the blog and in the shop and starting up another venture
I don’t really know about the blog for 2014. I love doing these monthly recaps, but I miss writing. I would love to figure out a way to add some writing time back into my life and figure out how to incorporate it back on this blog. I separated my writing and crafting blogs last year, but then also closed up the writing one because of weird stalkers. So to begin with I hope to start writing more this year.
On the etsy front, I am hanging up my cape business. For the last 2 years I have been a felt cape maker and while I learned so much and it was an amazing financial support for us, I am hoping that my newest venture will take the place of that financial support. This year my goal is to develop my hand embroidery skills, bring in more embroidered items and hopefully learn to weave and add that to the shop. It’s the first January I’ve had a good idea of what I want daisyeyes handmade to be.
Currently I’ve got two big custom embroidery orders to get done in the next couple of weeks. The first is a giant one…stitching up wedding vows for a client. I love how they are turning out.
And the new venture is called The Crooked Stitch. After talking a little with our fabulous parks and recreation department for our city/county I am super excited with the prospect of being able to teach classes for youth and adults at local recreation centers. It’s a huge step in my hope of finally opening up a retail shop at some point.
That’s about it for December. Check back in the next week or so for a photo recap of some of my favorite embroideries and projects from 2013 and hopefully a 2014 goals post of some sort.