Was it just me, or did November disappear before you knew it?
In an attempt to try to keep up with how the weeks and months vanish, I like to do these weekly wrap-ups. They're perfect for sharing with you and for helping me remember just how I filled the days. Here's the latest peek.
Sunday was a super lazy day full of rain. I spent it getting out Christmas decorations and... little else. Toward the end of the day, I was getting restless. Since I've been itchin' to do some stitchin' for weeks, I went ahead and started on a project.
After lazing about on Sunday, it was surprisingly hard to get going on Monday.
I made us some fried rice for lunch from whatever I could find in the fridge (I hope to share a recipe later.) And, that led me to getting my butt in gear.
When I finally made it out of the house and to the grocery store, I had to stop and nervously giggle at the stripped salad cooler. The romaine scare is real!
Back home, I found a much more comforting sight. The leaves on our Japanese maple tree were a beautiful red. Even the few that had fallen on the deck were pretty awesome.
But, the tree is really what stole the show.
Tuesday was a flurry of who knows what. Seriously, I have no idea.
I'm pretty pleased that I've continued my morning art journaling practice. In fact, on Wednesday, I finally finished the last page of one of my journals. It's the first one I've ever finished. I'm so excited. I'll likely do a flip-through video and share some of my favorite pages here too.
Even though I was at my mom's later in the day, I continued to ride a creative wave as I worked on some jewelry in my bead box.
After a busy day on Thursday, I asked Facebook who else eats their peas like this in what we call a "bird's nest." I was super surprised how many opinions there were on peas.
After dinner, I finished filling in part of my embroidery. But, now I have to decide if I want to add more and what exactly. It's kinda fun to free-hand this.
Walking around the property on Friday, I noticed that the ginkgo tree was a beautiful yellow. I couldn't pass it up.
Nearby was this craggy mushroom that also needed noticing.
For some reason, I awoke Saturday having decided to participate in #CarveDecember. I was surprised but prepared. I guess we'll see how that goes. The rest of the day was super-crazy-busy with taking one niece to have her senior portraits made, attending a Christmas party with another niece, and watching the SEC Championship game (TWICE-ish - Roll Tide!)
With the week at its end, let me share a few of the inspirations I found on the web so maybe you'll get something out of this strange and rambling post. I've divided them into sections, depending on what kind of inspiration you're looking for.
- Lynda of Fresh Baked Designs shows how to make some wonderful Wire Whimsies that are great for gifts or decorating gifts.
- Upcycling an old sweater into a Headband and Mittens Set would not only make a great gift but might be something great to make for yourself too!
- Over at The Yellow Birdhouse, there's a really fantastic list of Gift Ideas to Make and Sew. They're all so pretty!
- I have to admit that I wouldn't mind some of these DIY Mason Snack Jars for my own countertops. But, as I have limited counter space right now, I may just have to make some for my friends!
- I absolutely love the vintage look of these Paper Tassel Ornaments. And, they seem so simple too!
- These Bingo Card Christmas Trees are so cute. And, I can see even making them from other old game boards.
- Words of Wisdom
- Julie Fei-Fen Balzer talks about the fear of Wasting Supplies and how to use the ones you have.
- Autin Kleon has a post on the Residue of Creativity that really grabbed my attention.
- Art and Artists
- My friend, Tiffany of Southern Gals Designs, makes super-inspiring art journal pages. This Layers and more layers video from her shows just how creative and talented she is.
- Go take a look at these spiked sculptures from artist Matthew Schlian and be in awe over the fact that they are PAPER!
- The Laser-Cut Leather jewelry from ShopElenaDesigns is something spectacular to behold. It, even more, makes me want to fire up our laser-cutter!!
- I don't even know what to say about these rusty assemblage sculptures from Penny Hardy. They took my breath away, gave me goosebumps, and spoke to my soul!
Yeah, that's a pretty thorough list. I hope there's something there that sparks your interest and fuels your creativity! Have a spectacular week!!