Tuesday, November 25, 2008

::holiday weekend::

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.

7 comments:

David said...

You seem a little too excited about this....

Imez said...

It must be the cold weather. Today I decided there could be no joy in our home unless I hand knitted a purple bunny for my daughter. A very homely purple bunny taken from a book designed to teach 6 year olds to knit.

Why are you celebrating Thanksgiving in such an usual way, just the two of you.

jpogue said...

Ok, I really do want one of those dogs...

kate said...

Imez, in answer to your question: David is going to Boston (his mom is there and it's his high-school reunion.) I'm not going with him because in two weeks my mom and I are going to NYC and I didn't want to fly back and forth across the country twice in two weeks. Also, we are somewhat new to our town and have NO family here (my ex's family is all here though) and the two friends I do have are out of town for the holiday.

It's ok, though, because Thanksgiving isn't a big deal to me. Now Christmas, I LOVE.

Your purple bunny sounds great. Pictures!!

Jodi, you can be assured that you WILL get one of those dogs, if and when I learn to do it...

Dee said...

That dog is absolutely adorable. Now when Kate makes it, it will have one leg shorter than the others, either a lonnnng tail or none and its face will resemble an elephant. But, Jodi, will SAY she loves it cuz Kate made it, all the while LHAO. -------LUPPPER

Sounds like a fun day/weekend. And no doubt Anna will make the kitty ornament.

Enjoy your girls' days, it will be a warm, fuzzy lovely time for you.

Fancy Schmancy said...

What, no tofurkey?

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