things i'm loving this week

that's a lot of love...

i'm also pretty enchanted with my new batch of button rings. shawn said they looked like flowers from outer space. they're happy.

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gold star in grown up

we woke up early this morning and raked. it was painful. it made us cranky. but once the freezing rain began we were pretty darn pleased with ourselves...

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madness

i am making these rings in my sleep. i'm thinking about yo-yos in the shower. i am designing new purses while driving to work. and i am fighting with shawn over vinyl wallets. i am looking forward to renegade this weekend. don't get me wrong, i love making stuff but my brain needs some downtime. and shawn & i could use some fun time.
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hooray!

wristwarmers were featured on modish today!

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satisfaction

exhaustion, gratitude, inspiration... all things i'm feeling today. renegade was amazing. shawn kicked ass for his first show - i'm so proud.  must sleep now. thank more later...

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my mind is one the blink

i keep oversleeping. and then falling asleep excessively early at night. i have so much work to do - things to list, orders to pack, cookie shopping list to make, swaps to send... and yet. i know that at some point this is all going to come to a head and i'll probably find myself having one of my patented holiday nervous breakdowns.  maybe, just maybe, one good night of sleep and all will be good in the world again. damn was renegade exhausting...

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and in today's news...

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swap-y goodness

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these pink magpies are flying off to their new homes as part of the pink christmas ornament swap.  i painted and glittered the nests, filled them with paper and jewels, attached the flowers and affixed the  birds. i hope their new friends like them - i think they're awfully sweet.

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these little sweethearts were made from the leftover pieces of sweaters i use for wristwarmers. i made them for another ornament swap. i hope their new friends like them too.

i forgot how thoroughly enjoyable making just for the sake of making can be. the last few months have been all about getting ready for renegade so i think i kind of lost sight of that. well, i think these little girls fixed that.

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the weather outside is frightful

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i wish i was 12 and that i could just curl up on the couch all day with a book and hot cocoa. but no, christmas is in little over a week and i still have tons to do. i have orders to pack, gifts to finish, cookies to bake, a house to clean. unfortunately, no time for reading and hot cocoa.

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baking fool

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well, this pretty much sums it up. i've gone from excessive crafting to excessive baking. so far i've made 2 kinds of peanut butter and jelly bars, nigella's peanut butter and chocolate bars and her white chocolate pistachio cookies, and pecan bars. tonight i'm making black pepper chocolate cookie dough to refrigerate. tomorrow night i'm making pine nut cookies, lime crescents, rugelach and baking the black pepper cookies. friday i'm making triple chocolate espresso cookies and brownies. then, you know, just for fun, i'll make pralines this weekend...

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all done!

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phew!

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why i really put up with the miserable cold...

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merry christmas gram!

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