NOTE TO SELF: Pizza at 2:00 AM is never a good idea.

I had a seriously crazy dream last night involving:

  • an old high school boyfriend
  • Neil Diamond
  • toe rings
  • a de-aged brother-in-law
  • high school marching band

I can’t even begin to explain all of it, but I will say that Neil Diamond had taken a page out of Jane Seymour’s book and started his own line of jewelry called “Diamond Love”, and the father of a friend of mine had surprised his wife with His/Her toe rings from this collection for their wedding anniversary.

It was sausage pizza, by the way. That always seems to be the riskiest topping for midnight pizza snacks.


What did you get for Christmas?

Star-Wars-Christmas-5

No, Christmas isn’t about the presents, but they’re a fun part. There’s a great feeling to be found in presenting a loved one with something that makes them smile. I still remember the way BratzBasher’s face lit up when she unwrapped a brand new, pink and white winter coat years ago (back when she still thought pink was cool). She hugged that coat tight and wore it most of the day — even indoors. I remember another Christmas even further back when Mom unwrapped that brand new mixer from Dad. She actually cried. Her old mixer had long ago broken down, and she’d missed it more than we’d realized. (Note to husbands everywhere: normally you should never buy your wife something that plugs in or reinforces a traditional female gender role, but there are exceptions to that rule.)

So do you have a special gift or memory of a gift, given or received? Please share it in the comment section.


Merry Christmas!

corn husk nativity

               (This colorful nativity set was crafted from corn husks in Mexico.)


It’s a Merry Steampunk Christmas

My Christmas isn’t exactly running like clockwork. Actually, clocks do seem to fit in with my Christmas as they represent the inevitable, unstoppable passage of time as I race to finish everything. Christmas will always arrive precisely on schedule. I just might not be ready for it. I’m pretty sure I’m doing something wrong. Oh well. My family knows all about my tendency towards tardiness, and they love me anyway.

I was looking for something fun but pretty to decorate my blog today when I decided to try googling “steampunk Christmas”, and I rediscovered a great website called Urban Threads, which offers unique and fun embroidery designs (mostly machine embroidery, but some hand embroidery patterns as well). I already have a couple of their designs. (Not any of the ones below, though.)

clockwork reindeer

clockwork bird

clockwork snowflake

Steampunk Dirigible

Steampunk Santa

I think my favorite is the snowflake. And the bird. And Santa’s dirigible. And…

If you’re into embroidery, whether by machine or by hand, you should definitely check them out. They do more than just steampunk. However, if steampunk is your thing, they have plenty of that.


No snow, but we have snowmen!

Today, I bring you a photo of a project my library’s craft group did earlier this year. Of course, I was working on something else then, so I haven’t even started mine. Don’t even have the felt for it yet. I thought y’all might like to see it because it has a cute snowman and cardinal on it.

Snowman pillow

If this is your kind of thing, the pattern’s available at Better Homes and Gardens’ website.

One of our more prolific crafters brought hers to display at our first ever craft show. We’re hoping to spark interest in the various craft groups by exhibiting the numerous projects we’ve learned over the last few years. I was at the show for a couple of hours and saw quite a few people check it out.

Gotta go now. The kid is demanding my attention.


Ugh. I hate being sick.

sick Foo4

I’ve got a cough, sore throat, congestion…yeah, I’m sick.

Still working on Christmas, though.

Today’s image is a combination of two drawn by Ellen Jareckie of House-Mouse Designs.


Do Santa’s Reindeer Get Hazard Pay?

Why do I ask?

Do reindeer get hazard pay?

Just curious, is all.


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