Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

This image is my own, from my bedroom.

Today is my Sweet Escape day. For those of you who are new here, every Friday I escape here on my blog into someplace magical, relaxing, fun or otherwise delightful. And as you know, I am all about my new motto in life, which is to have fun listed at the top of my to do list. And pretty much ignore everything else. But really, who am I kidding?! I still have things to do, even if I did feed the list to my shredder. So today I didn’t have time to prepare an escape into an exotic land or fairytale houses, but that is a good thing because I was busy dreaming of fun things I can really do and not getting carried away by things I can’t.

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Now that we have established that we are only going to have fun this holiday and not go crazy with the Martha Crafts (just speaking for myself here, you do as you wish, but here were my thoughts if you missed them), I do have some holiday photos to share with you, just to get you in the holiday frame of mind for the weekend. I think if I focus on some easier ideas I can feel festive without having panic attacks. I know crafting can be fun if you keep it in perspective and within your ability talent and timewise.

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I found some very cute images of holiday garland that looks somewhat crafty but like something I could actually do without injury to myself or others in the room. Some of them are a bit on the cute side, maybe, but you could always change the things dangling from the garland to something more suited to your style of decorating.

Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

I know I say I am not crafty, and by comparison to most of you out there, this is true. But I do think the holidays can be a time to enjoy some crafts even for those of us who are normally challenged in this department. The thing I like about crafting for the holidays is that if you can pare down your holiday ideals and look at the crafts as something FUN to do, it can be a way to slow down with your kids or grandkids and create or bake together. I would even enjoy doing crafts with my husband for a date night, although I am pretty sure he wouldn’t like that idea.

I would much rather have a holiday baking or crafting day with my kids JUST FOR FUN, than to spend all day doing it myself in a rushed frenzy for a holiday party. That is what Costco is for in my opinion. I’d rather create ambience or happy memories and use Costco to fill in the gaps to make it all happen. I can’t do it all so I have to take shortcuts somewhere.

Here are a couple of garland ideas that we actually made here at my house. I’ve shown the cookie cutter one before, but that is the easiest one ever so I am showing it here again.

Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

Both of these images (above) are my own, from my bedroom and kitchen.

I have some EXCITING things in the works coming up in the next couple of weeks. Including another giveaway courtesy of someone and someplace delightful! It is top secret right now, but all will be revealed soon. I can hardly wait for it myself! We are REALLY going to get in the holiday spirit and give you some great ideas too. Hooray! Happy weekend! Do something fun, dream big dreams and create the kind of life you want!

The Rodent Update: Just so you know, I have not step foot in my laundry room since the incident. My dear hubby put out the appropriate Thanksgiving meal for our new little intruder (which he says is clearly only a mouse, not a rat as I imagined after seeing the dropping) and he (the mouse) has partaken of what I hope was his last meal in our house. Do you think that Martha ever has rodents in her laundry room? I don’t see any. But then again, she has some fat cats living in her basement.

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Images of Martha’s laundry from Martha Stewart online
Garland images not otherwise identified are all from Better Homes and Gardens online.

Rats!

Rats!

Oh my, what a day! The day started out so lovely, the sun was shining outside and I had plugged in my ipod to some inspiring tunes. I was tidying up around the house, just thinking about how grateful I am for so many things. I looked at my new little journals and life was good. I went from room to room gathering up stuff and enjoying a little fluffing time!

Then, things started to go downhill from there. I took some laundry down to my basement, stuck it the wash and was on my way out of the laundry room when I happened to look down at another laundry basket full of dirty clothes (yes, we have three children. There is ALWAYS another basket of dirty clothes).

I saw something that made me do a double take. So I looked again, squinting. Closer this time. OH MY GOSH! I think it was RAT DROPPINGS! PLOPPED RIGHT THERE ON MY SON’S DIRTY SOCKS!

OH MY OH MY, I went RUNNING, no TEARING OUT of that room so fast I dropped everything in my hands, tripped over a bucket and slammed the door behind me. OH MY GOSH!

I ran upstairs and did what every brave girl does in this sort of situation. I called my husband after leaping up on top of the counter (feet far from the floor, just in case). He said, “well, gather up the evidence in a baggie and I will look at it when I get home!” UNACCEPTABLE! I was not gathering up any evidence.

So, I spent the rest of the day on the third floor, getting the drawing entries ready from our big soirĂ©e! Things were pretty good for a bit there until I had some trouble with my darn Flash Player. So I spent the rest of the afternoon reading up on “Troubleshooting for Your Flash Player” forums. Such inspiring reading! NOT.

Anyways, I now have a new flash player and I couldn’t be happier. Except for the little fact of a RAT in my house somewhere. That is still slightly disturbing.

Rats!

But I do have some great news! After cutting up all of your lovely comments into pretty strips and putting them into a hat (sorry, no pictures to prove it, I just didn’t have the energy after the rat and flash episodes), I pulled out the winning name! I was quite excited about this! And I am pleased to announce to you, right now, the winner of the grand prize Eiffel Tower Earrings AND the magazine gift certificate! So without further ado, send your congratulations to:

Just Bee N’ Me

Hooray!

Now, I had the fun of getting to do another drawing! This time, with only those of you who attempted BFF status! To each of you, I forever bestow the title of BFF, but to only one of you can I offer the prize of the Moonstruck Chocolates! Thanks to each of you who so graciously and in some cases humorously tried. There were poems and photos of hors d’oeuvres and fancy gowns, and hostess gifts and all sorts of lovely gestures. All of them warmed my heart and endeared you to me forever. So, out of the hat came the Moonstruck Chocolate winner:

Katiedid

Congratulations to both of the winners and thanks to everyone who played along! I am going to be adding TONS of people to my blogroll since I made such lovely new friends!

Rats!

Now I have something else crazy to tell you! As I was typing this, all of a sudden I realized I was already getting comments on my post, before I had hit PUBLISH. OH NO! Sure enough, though, I had published a partially written post. No title, no photos, half-written commentary. Oops! But my commenters graciously didn’t mention how blah or incomplete it was! Such kind and forgiving ladies. They just pretended nothing had happened and commented on what little content I had published, but inside I am sure they were thinking YOU DORK!

So, I had to pull the post from my blog and start over. Sheesh, could anything else go wrong today? Good thing I didn’t send off an embarrassing photo or something, can you imagine? These are the sorts of things that happen to me! And I thought my awkward blogging episodes were behind me now that I have entered my second century of posts! Clearly not.

Me oh my, I think it is time for me to hang it up for the day! Although I really don’t want to go downstairs… Where is Ian when I need him?

Ian, oh, Ian, I could use a hot toddy and my slippers. And would you please do something about that RAT? No, not that one. The furry one in the basement!

Rats!

Today’s photos are from a walk I took awhile back on another beautiful fall day
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