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Do you have someone in your life who is just incredibly full of life, absolutely hilarious and just a privilege to know just because you know that just having them in the world makes it *that* much better? Last Wednesday I said goodbye to my friend Judy and I sort of feel like the world is a little dimmer without her in it. My friend Brenda Lou blogged about her and it sums her up perfectly, the pictures she posted are so amazingly Judy. She also spoke at her service and I’m so glad she did. <3<3<3<3

Chop & I don’t visit Eureka very often, it’s a really emotional place for me. It’s where I learned how to quilt and met amazing friends. It’s where Chop & I decided to get married. It’s where I went to college and then dropped out. It’s where I learned I need the sunshine more than I ever realized. It’s where I learned that there are some things I just can’t see on a daily basis. Going there always sort of stirs up all these emotions in me.

Seeing my friends was absolutely fantastic, Judy *loved* tea parties so after her service the quilting ladies threw a tea party in her honor. They all wore pearls, long gloves, fancy dresses and prepared little sandwiches, it was incredible. I wore a cat dress. And a sweater. Because I forgot how dang cold it is on the coast!

After the tea party we walked around Old Town, my friend Katie suggested two shops: Yarn & North Coast Knittery. If there was ever a time for retail therapy, this was it. I got a skein of Madelinetosh Sock in Black Velvet and a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Cranberry Ice. As I was looking at them I realized I must have had cranberry sauce on the brain because both skeins are different, yet the same! Isn’t it funny how our minds gravitate towards a color but in different variations?!

We had a great dinner out with my friends Liz & Larissa, followed by ice cream in Arcata. This trip was so much food! SO MUCH! But one place, omg. Larissa mentioned a new ice cream shop in Eureka called Living the Dream and holy smokes! The flavors! THE FLAVORS!!!!! Avocado gelato! Siracha! Miso!Tomato Basil Sorbet (I had this one! amazing!) Humboldt Smokehouse Bacon (Chop had that one!).

It was so, so, so nice to see my friends, I can’t say that enough. Even though I “see” them daily on facebook, it’s so different than when I’d sew with them twice a week. I miss having that sense of belonging for sure. They welcomed me into their group, taught me literally EVERYTHING about quilting, encouraged me and just are great people.

On our way home we took something Chop & I refer to as “the owl drive”. Ironically here in Gridley we also have an “owl drive”, the one here we see barn owls & great horned owls. The coastal version we’d see short eared owls. We used to drive out there and sit up high on this cliff over looking the ocean and just talk. I’d mostly cry (it was truly a rough time in my life) and he’d hold onto me. I tend to do my best thinking in the car, surrounded by nature. I think it makes me feel small and helps put things into perspective, does that make sense? This time the drive was quiet, I thought about how drastically my life had changed in four years, about my friend Judy, about my husband. It was a good drive. We went down on the beach and walked in the sand.

I worked a little bit on my Cameo, it’s the perfect car knitting, very relaxing. I haven’t worked on it since then because we are gearing up to launch our two new clubs: The 12 Days of Christmas & Christmas on Gingerbread Lane! It feels so good to just sit on the couch and stitch away. Also! New albums came out on Tuesday that I’ve been looking forward too! I can’t stop listening to The Magpie and the Dandelion and Let’s Be Still, I think I love Let’s Be Still more right now but that could change. Also, last winter one of my friends burned me a mixed cd and it had a few Bon Iver songs on it, so I also got For Emma, Forever Ago. I think of the bunch, that’s the best for cross stitching too. But it’s been out for a million years ago clearly, I’m the last to know. ;) (also, these are amazon affiliate links! But remember, I only link to things I actually buy and like.)

I’m going to go back to stitching now, I’m in the process of finishing this project by Friday. I haven’t decided what I’ll do with it yet, I thought about having it framed but people in our Stitch-a-Long Group have been posting the cutest wall hangings and pillows from their projects so I might do that. :)

Hello, nice to see you!

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve blogged! Yikes! I hope you’ll forgive me!

I’m recovering from surgery! I don’t want to get too personal because that’s not how I am but it’s just going to make my life a lot more enjoyable. But the downside is I’m healing super slow and I’ve reached the point where I want to DO EVERYTHING but physically can DO NOTHING. So frustrating!

I spent an entire week on the couch, doing nothing but reading and knitting. I’m not going to lie, it was kind of amazing. I very rarely sit still that long and to just SIT with zero obligations felt incredible. I knit a pair of socks in 4 days! 4!!! That’s amazing to type. I read soooo many books, they deserve a blog post of their own. The socks do too! And then I knit a pair of fingerless gloves. I also finished some Halloween socks but the yarn is disappointing so they don’t deserve a blog post of their own. ;) But now I’ve reached the antsy stage, I wish I could have bottled the week of calm. I did nothing on the internet except goodreads and it felt kind of nice!

Before surgery I had a week to get things together & prepared. I finished my birthday quilt which you can see in these photos. I was SO hoping to have it completely done before surgery but I ran out of time. It worked out ok though because once I piece the back, Lindsay is going to quilt it for me! YIPPEEEE! There is something super magical about sending out a quilt top and having it come back super fancy!

Ashleigh & I have been working our butts off. We both are so crazy for Halloween & Fall, after a million hours, we decided to run TWO CLUBS. This is huge for us and it’s awesome. Basically, we made a list of all of our favorite things and realized we had to go big or go home. And we went big. If you follow us on facebook you’ll know that we’ve been sharing sneak peeks here and there, it is SO hard not to share the entire projects. Halloween Sampler is strictly Halloween and it’s incredible. Skull & bat LACE BORDER. Hand dyed floss! Hand dyed fabric! It’s very different than what we’ve done before & I love it. My floss arrived earlier this week and I can’t wait to work on it.

And then! We are doing our very last season, AUTUMN! It matches the previous seasons, 25 squares of seasonal goodness but NOTHING Halloween. I love this one because Ashleigh literally crammed everything Autumn into this. Baking. Apple picking. Pumpkins galore. KNITTING (yes! That’s a sock! On a blocker! With a yarn ball & a circular needle!) Woodland Creatures. Snacks. I would go as far as saying these are our two best charts to date. Seriously. I can’t stop gushing about it & I’m pretty sure everyone on instagram is sick of seeing me work on it.

My birthday was last week, it was the first time I haven’t made a giant event of it. I mostly slept and read. I ate 1/2 a kit kat. I watched some owls. Chop surprised me with balloons, yarn, flowers, a vacation in October…the whole shabang. He’s totally a keeper, he’s had the patience of a saint with me.

Here are a few things I *love* x a million:

Sheesh. That’s a lot.

I’m going to go read & eat a pomegranate. <3

Welcome to the Frog Pond!

It was 109 degrees yesterday.

I was pretty sure I was melting all day. And I was also all hopped up on mango iced green tea.

All day I sorted. Cleaned. Organized. I love starting a new month with a completely clean slate!

I made piles of quilts that I want to finish and send to Lindsay. I seam ripped three quilts apart. I found a missing piece to a project that I’m going to wrap today hopefully.

And then I went through my knitting.

Oi!

How did I get so many projects going at once? Crazy! I should know better. I try so hard to knit a whole bunch of things but I’m much happier when I only knit two or three things at once. And if we are being *really* honest with ourselves, I’d be fine if I knit my entire sock stash into plain vanilla socks. I know, I’m boring!

I ended up frogging a pair of socks and a shawl! I liked the socks but wanted to go up a needle size because the fabric felt a little too stiff, plus I want to do a different pattern I think?! And then the shawl. Meh. You guys helped me pick Brooch and I love how it looks but I didn’t enjoy knitting it. I sort of feel like since knitting is my favorite hobby, I want to keep it that way and only knit things that bring me 100% joy.

Now I feel SO much better. I’m working on a pair of plain socks, a sweater and my mystery shawl. Way more manageable! And my sweater is on hold for a little while until I can decide what size I should make, so really I only have two projects!

laughing

Can I share with you a silly photo? This is Chop & I from Friday night. It was 106 degrees and we were sitting outside in Redding and he was making me laugh about who knows what, this guy is TOO MUCH! So snarky! We saw Old Crow Medicine Show and it was truly one of the best shows I’ve been to in ages. Their energy was so infectious and their music is incredible. The amount of talent on that stage…wowza! We danced all night and were covered in sweat but smiling like crazy. Sadly my engagement ring broke for the 4th time (o m g) so today we are running to Chico to get it repaired. Oi! I’m thankful I noticed it, I would have been heartbroken if I lost it! <3

Briar Rose & The New Leaf Obsession

I genuinely feel bad for anyone that crosses paths with me this summer. Chances are, I’m going to talk your ear off about New Leaf. Poor Instagram, all day long I’m like NEW LEAF! NEW LEAF! NEW LEAF! Ask Ashleigh. She made the mistake of asking me if Animal Crossing was like Frogger (fair enough!) and I spent an hour yakking about my town. Poor Smash.

So what’s new New Leaf?

The newest in the Animal Crossing series of games! Quite possibly the cutest, most fun video game everrr!

I hemmed and hawed about buying it. I read a million reviews. And I decided as an early birthday to myself, I was getting New Leaf. It didn’t hurt that Target had the 3DS XL on sale either. And in pink.

After a hilarious afternoon scouring Yuba City for the game, I bought the very last one at WalMart and I did a little dance in the check out line. That might be weird but you know, it was WalMart, so I didn’t stand out. ;);) You can download the game through the 3DS but I wanted the physical game.

You start the game as MAYOR! This is huge! Compared to past games you can customize your town so much more! It’s incredible! I’m already on my third house expansion, a gardening center has opened up in my town and I won a Bug Off!

My typical New Leaf day is watering plants, buying clothes, picking fruit, digging up fossils, fishing and visiting the island. YES. THERE IS AN ISLAND! Incredible. Also, I have some new neighbors I’ve never had before, including a little frog named Croque!

Naturally on day one once I ran out of battery life I decided to make the 3DS a little pouch and I’m so glad I did, I carry it everywhere. Seriously addicted.

I just measured the 3DS and make a quick piece of scrappy patchwork using a beautiful Briar Rose bee from Amanda. Seriously, how sweet is this line of fabric? It’s so charming. And it goes perfect with the New Leaf theme. Because you can catch honey bees with your net. Or you can shake trees and get stung. Either way! I think the bee prints and the clover are my favorite for sure. Once yardage is available I think I’m going to buy bee fabric for a dress. Or sleep pants. Or both. Amanda has fat quarter bundles for pre-sale and I’m so tempted to snag one and make a summer-y Sparkling Cider. Because that would be so fun!

I made the little pouch on my featherweight, which was really exciting for me, I don’t have a zipper foot and it turned out just fine! woo woo

<3<3<3 Back to my town!!!

I love Saturday’s!

I  love Saturday mornings. Chop goes to work for a few hours at 6 am (did I tell you he got a new job? He’s an Ag Biologist for our county now). The light was just too pretty this morning not to share. Bright mornings = best mornings!

Of course I treated myself to an iced chai, normally chai to me is a fall drink but cinnamon & cardamom just sounds great today. I went through the drive thru at 6 in my pjs, quite possibly one of my favorite Saturday activities. Who needs to be cute when you can wear leggings and a giant Domo tshirt. ;) Not this girl! I spent the morning alternating between knitting and answering emails. When you email The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, more often than not you are getting a response from me. Generally the first of the month is a busy day, lots of people wanting to change email addresses for their subscription or first time cross stitchers having questions. I try to answer all our emails within 30 minutes or so, I want people to be able to cross stitch all day happily! <3

As a random side note: it’s getting hot here! Last night I decided to get some summer clothes. I’m looking for modest & cute summer dresses. I’m not a small girl but I’m not ashamed of my size, I simply don’t think all of my curves need to be on display.  I found a *cute* maxi dress at Old Navy, it was black, sleeveless but had nice and thick straps (raise your hand if you hate visible bra straps but when it’s 115 degrees you don’t want to wrestle a strapless bra!) it fit great…but IT WAS SHEER. Completely sheer. Like, the-world-would-know-my-undies-had-flowers-on-them sheer. Total bummer. I looked at 5-6 different places and ended up with just a striped jersey skirt. I bought The Staple Dress, I need to just sit down and sew a bunch. But I’d really like some jersey dresses! I’m on the hunt!

Also: I really want pink flip flops but the practical side of me is like, just get black. I’ve literally been mulling over this decision since April. I know, ridiculous.

Random post? CHECK! ;) Have a good weekend friends!

Real Life Talk: What’s Your Style?

I’ve been thinking a lot about personal style lately.

Chop & I have a huge goal to be homeowners next year and we started a pinterest board of things that we both like. It’s been a lot of conversations such as:

“Can I put neon pom pom garland on your bear head?’

“Will you help me glue my mini figs onto magnets?”

“Wanna wrap some yarn around these antlers and spray paint them gold so we can put them on a coffee table we don’t own yet?”

“I saw this on pinterest- let’s build it” “Of course I know that aged wood that big is expensive”

“Our front door should be mustard colored!!!!”

“We need stars on our bedroom ceiling. No, not the glow in the dark sticker kind.”

“Let’s get a small marlin and hang it in the bathroom!”

“Basil Grimm Jennings is the best cat name ever right!? Can we afford adopt a grumpy little fatty within the first year? Wait…you want a dog? And ducks? Are we starting a farm?”

“I’m going to want to hang my pots & pans from the ceiling. Can you buy me a drill as a housewarming gift? Oh…I guess I’ll need a stud finder then. BUT I ALREADY MARRIED YOUUUU so clearly….!!!”

How do you blend your love of ridiculously cute and your husbands love of hunting? With patience of course. And good sense of humor. And trying to figure out what your TRUE style is. Like the stuff you actually LOVE LOVE. Not like, only kinda sorta like on Tuesdays but LOVELOVE.

My TRUE style is a whole lot of:

  • kawaii
  • cat tshirts
  • leggings
  • pink fabric (but I won’t ever wear pink. unless it’s blush.)
  • halloween! gimme the orange, the black and a million apple cider candles. and candy.
  • fruity scented body wash in the summer only
  • glitter EVERYWHERE.
  • cozy

Sooooo these are things I love…WHY DO I HAVE THINGS THAT ARE THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE IN MY LIFE?! For example, I only wear gray tshirts and cat tshirts…why does my wardrobe consist of a million dresses? Dumb! I purged my closet and donated a ton. Then I started thinking about:

CRAFT STYLE!

Do you have one? You know you do! I know you do. When I look at instagram or pinterest, I can immediately pick out the majority of my friends without looking because their style is SO THEM.

Here’s my craft style:

  • I DON’T KNOW!

No. But seriously. I like to knit socks and make little patchwork. I’ve been sorting through fabric and yarn and I realized my taste is alllll over the place!

But now I’m trying to figure out what I actually like making and what I actually just like looking at. Do you do that? Have things you like to look at but when you think about actually creating them you kind of gag a little bit because the process is so uninspiring to you?

I want my crafting time to be super joyful and I want my future home to be filled with creations that are totally rad and us. For example: this week I cut out a Halloween Donut Quilt. That’s both fun & glorious because it’s Halloween AND donuts.

So yarn photos…I decided I obviously NEED a giant color affection shawl. I’ve given away almost all the shawls I knit last year and I want something halloween-y autumn-y squishy! But I can’t decide on my third color. Last year my big birthday long term project was a pair of mittens that I only wear when I need to find something at the bottom of the freezer. SO! This year it has to be something I’ll actually use a ton. Oh AND my next pair of socks will be these pirate ones. Because I’ve had the pattern for a while and I found a good gray for them in my stash. And because they look tricky awesome!

How’s this for the most random blog post ever! What is your style? Does it transfer to your crafting? What color should I use to go with the orange and the gray?

 

ps: the winner of the embroidery book is Denica! Shoot me an email so I can forward your info to Lark Books! :):)

Books I read in February + A new Kindle case

February was a good reading month. I’m taking a knitting break and I’m too blind to cross stitch in the evenings so I spent quite a few nights tucked into a quilt on the couch reading.

I made a new case earlier in February, I had a little pile of scraps just begging to be made into SOMETHING.

The block is a 4 inch Sister’s Choice block. My previous case was super cute but too big for this kindle. The lining is a super pretty cursive fabric that Windham makes, I bought a half yard which is rare for me, I usually just buy fat quarters and I’ve used up every last bit of this print. I think when that happens I need to take note and buy a yard. The backing is this bizarre glitter wool that JoAnn’s had in their red tag section. It’s sturdy which I love. I had a few little bits of glitter floss laying around so I added a few french knots. I’m not sure why but lately I add a few hand stitches to everything I make, regardless if it needs it or not.

A few people asked which kindle I have and about the sticker. Chop got me a GelaSkin for it for Christmas, mine is called Enamored Owl! I really wanted a Lizzy House one because…um constellations on a kindle? YES PLEASE but they don’t offer her. Lame. But the quality of the skin is nice and it wasn’t hard to apply.

The kindle I have is called a Paperwhite. And it is the greatest thing on earth. This is the 4th kindle I’ve owned and I wholeheartedly love them. It drives me bonkers when people say “kindles are killing books”!!! No way! I have the bank statements to prove that I’m doing my part to keep the publishing industry in business. ;) I have the plain paperwhite, without 3G and with ads.  I actually like the ads, a lot of times I’ll find a new book that way. They are only on the screen saver and the bottom of the home screen, nothing while you are reading. The paperwhite has a built in light that I adore and you can adjust the brightness. I’ve also found the touchscreen on this is more responsive than my previous one.

OK. Let’s talk about books!

  • Golden Lily & The Indigo Spell. Oh how I wanted to *love* these but I ended up hating them. I was a huge fan of Vampire Academy but these..oi. There can’t possibly be a character I like less than Sydney. She’s made out to be perfect but she just comes across as neurotic. And dull. And practically with an eating disorder. And a martyr. Did I mention dull? By the end of Indigo Spell I was just ready to be DONE with it. I’m not going to bother with the next one.
  • The Covenant Series. I raced through these and enjoyed them. I know a lot of people call this a Vampire Academy rip off and I can partly understand, although it seems like it’s becoming a sub genre now, teens in mystical schools. The first one took me a little bit to get into but by the last book I was in love. Alex is similar in personality to Rose so reading this after Bloodlines was refreshing, I like girls with personality. ;)
  • House Rules. I love this series. I think of all vampire series, this is my very favorite. I find Merit to be awesome, I love the supporting characters and I find her relationship with Ethan to be pretty dang great. I do wish she’d held off on sharing something in this book a little longer. (I don’t want to spoil it!)
  • Sweet Evil. Not that great. I thought Anna was dull. I won’t read the sequel.
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf & How to Seduce a Naked Werewolf. Molly Harper is one of my favorites because her books are hillllllarious. I read Naked Werewolf and I listened to How to Seduce. Both are funny and a little less dark and more sweet than her Jane Jameson series. I listened to Driving Mr. Dead last month too and enjoyed it. Amanda Ronconi is so perfect for narrating her books!  (also, I just saw Driving Mr. Dead is only $1.99 right now on kindle!) I like to listen to books while I cross stitch or sew, it’s something different than music!
  • Rapture. I’m glad I finished this series, it wasn’t bad or amazing, just middle of the road!
  • Cinder and Scarlet. I read Cinder on a whim. I noticed all my goodreads friends (the 6 of them I have, lol!) read this and enjoyed it so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Good characters, neat world building. I finished it and liked it. Then I started the sequel, Scarlet and I LOVED IT. I devoured it. It was like her writing and story telling got kicked up a notch. I loved the additions of the new characters, their stories and how they inter-played with Cinder’s. I’m super excited for the 3rd in the series.
  • Kiss of Steel. Meh. Entertaining enough but not one of my favorites.
  • Fate Interrupted. Every once in a while I’ll try something everyone seems to loooove. I got lucky with Cinder (yay!) but failed miserably with this one. The premise sounds cute, girl opens a cupcake bar and is interested in a player. It’s sort of like a college girl wrote this for her creative writing class about her dream life gone wrong. Instalove (gag) but omg he’s a player (ugh) and noooo his past is coming back to hunt him (oh noes!)! Her sister is vile, imagine a locker room of 16 year old boys who just had their first coors light and you’ll get how the sister speaks. It’s so raunchy it’s completely unbelievable. And it’s not even GOOD raunchy that makes you blush, it’s the kind of raunchy that makes you feel gross and want a shower. I feel like this could have had potential but instead I felt like I wanted .99 back. Also: hugest pet peeve ever! Authors who turn novellas into two books. Don’t be lured in by the potential of cupcakes. ;)

 

This month Chop & I are doing a spending fast, we are extremely frugal right now but are curious how a complete freeze on our spending can help us by the end of the month. So no new books in March! Clockwork Princess comes out on March 19th so I’m most likely going to re-read the series, I pre-ordered the book back in August and I can’t WAITTTTT! I love this series a zillion times more than Mortal Instruments and I’m both excited and SAD that it’s coming to an end.

Also, I started reading two Kindle Serials, which auto update with new chapters. Have you guys seen these? They are pretty neat, I got two of them last month: Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic & Falling for Fredrick. I’m enjoying both, since you can only read a little bit at a time it makes me want to take my time and read sloooow.

And I also requested some books from the library so I have something to look forward too!

What did you read in February?

 

 

PS: You can see what I read in January here.

 

December Daily Book Progress

So December isn’t turning out to be too shabby!

I’m definitely in love with this project, although obviously I’m *not* a posh scrapbooker, I think I’m more of a “let’s just glue this to this and add glitter” kind of documenter but that’s ok. You can find my first thoughts on December Daily in this post.

Here are some things I’ve enjoyed about December so far:

  • working on my candy cane socks.
  • having sugar cookie lattes.
  • reading books by Scandinavian authors. I spent a full Saturday reading “The Keeper of Lost Causes”. And I’m anxiously awaiting a Jo Nesbo paperback to arrive.
  • I made dollar store glitter stockings and hung lights in our bedroom. First time for both of those things in 5 years.
  • had an amazing baking day with my mom.
  • having gluten free ginattas that my mom made me for breakfast. (!!!! amazing !!!!)
  • discovered I don’t like white mochas, but I’m pretty sure it’s because the Starbucks here is hit or miss.
  • my mom gave me a bit of this pineapple vinegar and WOWZA! It’s quite possibly my new favorite thing!
  • flannel sheets! It’s hard to be sad when you are wrapped in cozy.
  • working on our newest club, Woodland Sampler! The Workroom has floss kits too! 
  • I treated myself to this & this! I’m aiming to turn both yarns into socks in January. I took a pair of socks apart a few days ago and I realized I *really* like the sport weight socks I made, so DK could only be better, plus she’s from GRIDLEY! And then STRIPES! YES PLZ! I haven’t knit a pair of striped socks yet and I’m dying too!

I haven’t missed a single day yet with this project. I sat down on December 1st and put all the prompts in the order I thought I’d like to write about and added papers in the pages. Each evening at 5:30 my phone’s alarm goes off, I sit down and make the page. I pick and photo from either my phone or camera and add it to my Rite Aid album and every few days I’ve gone and had them printed, then I glue them into place. It’s not very fancy but it’s working well for me!

I didn’t take photos of all the pages, some are too personal but I love just stopping my day for a half hour and just THINKING. No pressure, just sitting and reflecting. It’s shown me that I have a *lot* of little things each day to be thankful for! Perfect!

 

 

An Obsession: Sugar Cookie Latte

Yesterday Ashleigh & I had a Frosted Pumpkin Business Meeting. We are *so close* to finishing our new year long pattern, Monthly Woodland Sampler!

We always have breakfast at The Roost in Chico, I love the Chico Scramble, Ash usually gets a California Benedict and Chop got French Toast. Then we go to Bidwell Perk & work our butts off.

Last week we discovered the amazingness of The Sugar Cookie Latte. Yup. Crazy right? We couldn’t stop thinking about them all week, so yesterday…again with the lattes!

The stars aligned and I had my camera in my weekender (which is the perfect bag for carrying a laptop, books, notebooks, cross stitch, etc) so I thought I’d share with you this crazy yummy drink!

Part of me wishes I had the recipe but then part of me is glad I don’t…I’m pretty sure if I had it I’d drink it 24/7 and become giant sized. Instead I’ll just have it as a little treat when I visit Chico.

They were playing bits from this Sigur Ros album and it sounded so winter-y, I’m debating getting it. I’m thankful for Shazam so I can subtly learn about new (to me!) music without awkwardly asking people around me if they know what music is playing ;)

:):)

December Daily: Let’s do this.

Yesterday I received the hugest package ever from Toronto.

I’ve never actually been to Toronto. And I’ve only ever “met” the sender of the package, whom I consider one of my best friends once. She’s from Toronto but we met in Salt Lake City.

That’s crazy sounding right?

Well, thanks to technology I get to talk to Karyn daily. She’d been texting me, saying another Toronto friend included a treat in a package for me and they wanted it to arrive by December 1st. Oh! Oooo!

I just about died when I opened the HUGEST package of fabric from Karyn and then an AMAZING assortment of paper goodies from Agnes! I’m not sure she has a blog but her name is createsomething on IG and she is ADORBS.

I spent a good 15 minutes crying like a goober. It never fails to amaze me how *kind* people are.

So today I’m sitting in front of the fire, listening to the wind & rain and building a December Daily.

I have very mixed feelings about the holidays. I adore Halloween, Thanksgiving is nice because I love cranberries & who doesn’t crave a giant vat of gravy once a year?! But Christmas?

Not so much. It’s like once December 1st happens, overnight my body tenses up and I dread the entire month. If it was socially acceptable to sleep for a month, I’d do it in December. I might go as far as saying that I *hate* December. And that’s a strong word coming from me! Also, a bad outlook that I’m trying to stop myself from having. Nice things happen in December, like Chorp’s birthday!

But this year things have been a little less scary, we launched Kawaii Winter Sampler which is a little more winter than Christmas. It’s been super fun to watch people stitch up these characters each day on instagram. As I work on my own, I’ve been listening to She & Him Christmas ($5!!!)…or The Hotel Cafe presents..Winter Songs which has been getting me in the spirit in my own way, plus it’s hard to be grumpy when you are cross stitching things like yetis and hot cocoa. I have just a few more to do & I’ll be done, I know it’s something I’m going to frame and hang up each winter.

So this is the year that I’m going to do a December Daily. I have all the supplies given to me by Agnes (incredibly generous. Have I mentioned that?!) ;)) I’m not a Scrapbooker by any means but I do love to document EVERYTHING and I have a Smash Book about 1/2 filled since my 30th birthday in August. Having a mini book dedicated to December documenting Christmas at 30 just seems right.

I’m using the prompts on Annette’s Blog, this way each day I’ll have a specific thing to talk about & find joy in. I haven’t picked what to put on the cover of my book yet, it’s just a plain moleskine that so far I spray painted with Krylon Glitter. Because everything is perfect with glitter. And I bought this stamp from Tina, who is super inspiring and we know I have an instgram addiction.

If you need me, I’m sure I’ll be covered in glue and bits of paper by the end of the day. ;)

ps: wait til I share with you the goodies Karyn sent…she always picks the best fabrics.