Moments of happy...
1. A finished knit. Warm and cozy and snuggly and in my favorite color, too. When I saw the pattern for the Dovetail Cowl on Ravelry, I added it to my favorites right away. When I found a couple of skeins of Berroco Vintage yarn on clearance in town, I bought them with this pattern in mind. I wanted a simple, laid-back project to knit after fighting with Austin's hat. This was the perfect choice.
2. The start of a new stash. Blues and reds and pinks in florals and gingham and stripes and dots. Happy and soft and sweet. I have a quilt in mind. Dreamy! These are my first Lecien fabrics, and oh my goodness. Kristyne, if you are reading this...I totally get it! This fabric makes me want to re-do the entire house in Shabby Chic loverly-ness! Tea parties, dresses, and roses for all! Of course, John would have something to say about that. (Take a peek at Kristyne's Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt!!! Unbelievable!)
I found the fabrics at Donnas Lavender Nest, the sweetest little shop on Etsy. If you like vintagey, shabby chic, sweet fabric, you will love Donna's stock. And she's having a Thanksgiving Sale this coming weekend at donnaslavendernest.com, too! Just promise to leave me some Lecien and Pam Kitty, okay?
3. Jigsaw puzzling. I came home one evening this last week and found that John and Emma had pulled out a jigsaw puzzle to work on. My first thought was, "EEeee! It's time for the holidays!" You see, the week of Thanksgiving seems to be the time that we all take turns working on big jigsaw puzzles. I never ever think to do them any other time of the year. I guess it's all the extra free time that we have. The kids and I take the week off from homeschooling, and John takes a week off of work. I don't feel the least bit guilty about sitting down and puzzling, and I give myself permission to let things go a bit. John wanted to pull out the Coca-Cola Santa puzzle, but Emma refused. She insisted that we couldn't work on that one until after Thanksgiving. Tradition!
4. A decluttered corner. You know how when you move and you get unpacked there are still corners and pockets of clutter around? You know how when that clutter sits there for long enough it just sort of fades into the background and you no longer notice it? No? Just me? Well, then humor me for a second.
One said corner has been in the office - the room for work and computers and office supplies and school books. John and I set about putting some things away and going through papers this last week. Ah!!! So nice.
The decluttered office was enough to bring happiness, but then I saw how John had arranged Emma's craft project on top of the bookcase. She had received a package of craft projects from John's mom over the summer. These letter blocks were her favorite. She painted and decorated them to spell out the word "smile". John arranged them to say "Lis" (his nickname for me) and "em" (his nickname for Emma). *sigh* They make me smile everytime I walk into the room.
Thank you, my Love. You're a good man, Charlie Brown. :)
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! And especially, extra-special love to our friends and family in Texas. You are always in our hearts.
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.