Monday, December 1, 2014

Thankful and Thinkful, 12.01.14

Yeah, I know "thinkful" is not a word, but there are so many things to think about lately, that's how I feel- think-ful! So, besides thoughts about work, Christmas, etc. here is something else that I've been thinking about...

...that it's time to overhaul the Etsy shop-again!  The purpose of the shop is to make a little money on the side, but it doesn't seem to be working that way. I'll be removing  most of the fiber pieces from the shop because by the time I buy them and/or make them and then stitch them (each one takes about 3-4 hours) I'm really not making more than a few dollars. I love making them, but I'll be saving them for friends and family. So, you're probably wondering what I'll do with all of those fiber pieces that I have in my shop. Here's the story. On Saturday,  Sister and I were the proud "finders" of a piece of art, (a handmade fiber doll) left by one of the members of the Art Abandonment group, on a bench in Troy, MO. So cool!! The first thing Sister said to me was, "Mom, you should do this!" And so, I will! All of the fiber pieces and maybe a few small paintings will be removed from my Etsy shop and abandoned in various places around Washington, Wentzville and Troy, MO.  Sister will be helping, starting off by passing along the art we found to Millstadt, IL. I'm really excited about it. We will be passing on some good cheer and giving my Etsy shop a fresh start for the new year :) (Expect to see more paintings and painted 'ware', as I will be rejoining Daily Paintworks in January.)

 Well, that was my "Thinkful" list.  And this is my "Thankful" list (a slightly delayed "Thankful" list in honor of Thanksgiving):

Of course, I'm thankful (always!) for family, friends/coworkers, health, happiness, etc., but to be more specific, lately, I'm thankful for:

*Thanksgiving spent with family.

Grandpa M. with Baby G. on Thanksgiving day.

*A very unexpected one day extension (a snow day) of our Thanksgiving break. It was like an early Christmas present for me! I brought so much work home with me over the break that I feel like I didn't really have a break. And on top of that, I didn't get all of the work done, so I felt like I was going to be starting the week already behind. But, not anymore! Man, I got a lot done today. It feels great!

*Spending the entire day with 3 of my 4 favorite boys this past Wednesday. Eddie was working/sleeping at home and came over to say "hi", but Baby G., Peanut, and Little Man were all here, all day!  Loved it!
Little Man has been learning to play the piano at school (in this case, a keyboard). He's getting pretty good. Here, he's showing Peanut what he knows :)

Peanut and his painted chalkboard/school desk.

Happy Baby G.

...with Grandpa G's eyelashes!

Peanut loved watching it snow.

He spent a lot of time at the window that afternoon.

A new toy at Bibi's house.

Asher's and my afternoon project. Never again!! Time consuming and sticky!

Peanut wore himself out watching the snow :)

*Having a nice weekend with M.- an overnight stay at a nice hotel, dinner at a nice restaurant, breakfast at our favorite coffee shop and pretty much the entire weekend at the Missouri History Museum for the opening of the Utopia exhibit and documentary.

M. and Peter Roloff, the director of the Utopia movie and project.

A perfect museum day.

The view out of our hotel window. Very seldom do you see this out of a hotel window!

Dinner at the Cheshire Inn Restaurant. Nice!
And our room at the Cheshire- one of our favorite places to stay in St. Louis.

*Coming home from our weekend getaway to find out that Eddie got to come home after 5 days from his duty in Ferguson with the National Guard since he was needed at work. SO THANKFUL FOR THAT!

*The person/persons who broke into my car only took an old camera that doesn't work very well and didn't steal my car!  Well, they didn't "break in" because I left it unlocked. I know. Very stupid.  I'm stuck in "living in the country" mode since that's where I've lived for most of my life and I'm having a really hard time developing that "door locking" habit! I think this car incident has cured me, though.

Also, so thankful for Christmas movies, homemade kettle corn, Christmas music, yoga pants and tunic sweaters, my ability to sew and mend clothes, the girl who does my hair and knows exactly what I want every time, a garage that is now clean enough for my car to have a spot away from the thieves, etc.
I really have a lot to be thankful for :) But, I think that's it for now!

 I'll be updating you soon on our Art Abandonment project!  Until then, have a great week!  Juli

1 comment:

  1. #1. Art abandonment sounds coolio! #2. I love your fiber work. #3. I am thankful for you, too. #4. M is a "real man" as stated on my recent blog post about that! lol #5. I graded a LOT today too. Don't you love a job that on a day off you are thankful for time to work on work you can't work on at work? (Riddle me that, batman!) #6. Have a great evening!