Anna and I will be home alone for the long weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. Sure, part of me feels pitiful that we won't be with family and loved ones, but really? Being vegetarian means Thanksgiving (as celebrated by 98% of the country) just isn't that big a deal. I'm looking forward to spending the long weekend by the fire, reading books, working on a puzzle, making cookies, watching the occasional movie and making ornaments. In fact, I signed us up for an "ornament swap", organized by two crafty sisters who live in central Idaho. The idea is that you make 8 ornaments around a theme and then send one to each person who also joined. Then each of them sends us one, so every one ends up with 8 new hand-made ornaments for their tree. Cool, huh? The theme is "Winter Wonderland". I went looking for inspiration on Etsy and found some really wonderful ornaments on there (I've updated my Etsy links over there on the left.) We haven't yet decided what we'll do, but I'm pretty sure it will involve felt.
In fact, I've just today decided that I want to learn "needle felting". Needle felting is where you take "raw wool", use a special tool to poke the shit out of it (yes, that's a technical term) and somehow, magically, a shape begins to form and before you know it you have something like this:
Which you can then give to everyone you know for Christmas presents that they have to pretend they love.
Because, you know, I don't have enough craft hobbies that I suck at already.