Holiday Cheer

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This is some of what is bringing me holiday cheer now.
*Harney and Sons Vanilla Comoro decaf black tea in my Santa mug. This is great in the afternoon or evening. If I want the caffeine I love their Hot Cinnamon Spice or Chocolate Mint tea.
*Some light holiday reading with Richard Paul Evans.
*Lindt Lindor Peppermint Extra Dark Chocolate Truffles.
*My new sheepy Madder Root project bag (LOVE)that’s carrying my Project Peace cowl. I think I have only about 4 days left and should be done.
*Watching the paper whites do their thing and wondering about my second and third amaryllis bulbs. They don’t look they will do their thing this year but I’m remaining hopeful.
What’s bringing you holiday cheer this year?

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Stopping time

kkThis year more than ever I wish I were able to press pause right now. My little ones aren’t so little anymore. My oldest is 11 and the magic is really fading if not completely gone. My youngest is 9 and she’s starting to deal with the classmates that are naysayers and don’t believe anymore. She’s brought in her official letter from Santa to prove them wrong but I know it won’t be long now before the magic comes to a halt. It has felt that there has been a transition happening for a while now. I’m no longer a mother to little ones that need me as much as they used to. Now one is a tween and just about surpassing me in height, trying to act like he doesn’t need hugs from me (he does) and the other is one her way there. No not yet. Wasn’t I just rocking you to sleep?amll

Sometimes motherhood can feel like one really long and slow heartbreak. It’s all necessary I know but
still hard just the same. So I will be here pausing time as best as I can this holiday season. Holding tight
what magic is still left.

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Happy December

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December already? I think the older I get the faster it goes. This month is often filled with such busy, festive activities. I love them all but they can also leave me exhausted and craving the calm of the new year.

For this month I’ve signed up for The Healthy Knitter’s Project Peace. What a wonderful thing to focus on this month. The cowl pattern has a simple and soothing stitch pattern. It’s worked in a fingering weight yarn but I’m doing mine in a bulky yarn on large needles. I love bulky cowls and I already had this yarn on hand. Each day you should do one pattern repeat which is 4 rounds. I will probably finish mine before 12/21 which is what the pattern suggested but on 12/21 (winter solstice) Christina (The Healthy Knitter) is calling for a world-wide knit-in for peace day. She also is sharing tips on her blog each day on how to bring more peace into your life. According to her blog there have been 16,000 downloads of this pattern. If you knit or know someone who does I hope you consider joining in.

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I’ve been playing around with the hot press watercolor paper some more and I’m starting to like it. I really look forward to spending some time each day (even for 15-20 minutes with my paint). I’m going to have to move my painting table to make room for the Christmas tree but it’s easy to do.

And in case you didn’t get the mini gratitude journal sign up for my newsletter (link in the side bar) and get access to it. I’ve been adding things to and it’s just about all filled up.

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Abundant Joy Booklet {a mini gratitude journal}

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My friend Anne and I joined up again to create a special gift of joy and gratitude just for you. Anne has been a huge inspiration to many with her emphasis on not only noticing what brings her joy but also documenting it with her Joy List Monday’s. While I’ve been hit or miss with documenting my joy and gratitude through the years I’ve more recently taken to adding them to paintings as well as jotting them down in a book. It has changed my days for sure. It helps so much to pay attention to the things that bring you joy and for which you feel grateful for.
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Anne and I are so excited to share this mini gratitude journal with you. My newsletter will be going out tonight and it will include this special gift just for you. So light a candle, pour your favorite beverage and write down what it is your feeling grateful for.

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A gift

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If you aren’t on my mailing list please consider signing up. The form is on the right. I promise to not bombard your inbox but will reach out from time to time with things just for subscribers.
Tomorrow evening I will be sending out a newsletter with a special gift inside. You can see a bit of it above.

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Knitting and painting

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For all the knitting I do I haven’t finished anything in awhile . Today I finished the Splitback Snowflake Hat by Susan B. Anderson. I love how cozy this hat is. I bought the book that is recommended in the pattern. It’s where the snowflake pattern came from. It teaches you about color dominance in color work. Basically it depends on which hand you hold which color in that determines which color dominates. I had already started the color work by the time I read this so in some spots the lighter color gets lost. I plan on picking another pattern to make another hat and work on my tension and the color dominance. I’m planning to wear this hat a lot this winter particularly to the Christmas tree farm and to NYC to see the sights next month.

I’ve also been painting tons and loving it. I bought a different paper (hot press) to try out and it turns out it isn’t for me. At least not for watercolor. I will go back to my other paper and I have three other papers I love. I don’t have a studio but recently I decided if I want to paint then I would get a folding table and work on that. So I have been doing that and it is working out fine. I can keep all my things out and it’s easy to sit down and get to work. I think that’s where I will head now.

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November…so far

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Here we are a few days into November and I seriously want to be knitting and painting all the things. There’s the Hitchhiker by Martina Behm. A colorwork hat I’m really excited about. The tension isn’t great and I’m not sure why except that I haven’t done much colorwork lately. I’ve also been painting watercolor wreaths nearly every day and loving it. I’ve shared here before. There’s something so soothing about a wreath shape and combined with the flow of the water and paints it’s just great to do. For some paintings I’ve been filling the middle with things that I’m grateful for, things that are bringing me joy and things I feel such great appreciation for. It has helped me to do this because it forces me to focus on what is right and turn away from what could be different etc. I think Oprah introduced me to gratitude lists years ago and I believe I did write some but then stopped. I would also mentally give thanks for things before going to sleep at night. I like that too but there’s something about writing it while thinking about it that has such power.

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