A while back I made a pillow cover for fall. I wanted to make another one for Christmas. My first attempt I messed up and although it's still usable it's very hard to get the pillow in and out. Rather than scrap the whole thing I decided I would permanently leave it on the pillow and make a decorative band for it that I can change out to match the season. I had a buffalo plaid scarf in my craft stash that I cut to size. Then I added some velcro and it was good to go.
Now I just need to cut the vinyl for my Christmas pillow cover.
The repost for today and tomorrow are a look back at those.
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
~Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893–1986) Now that we've moved into November that means it's time to move on to a new theme for the index cards. While I'll still be doing snarky from time to time I think that you'll be seeing quite a few with quotes and sayings relating to Thanksgiving.
Even though I have to work today I guess I am thankful and grateful that I got to sleep in an extra hour
Since I am short on material I went back through the archives and found an old post.
Sometimes I get too caught up in all the things I don't have in life. I'm not rich. I don't have a fancy house. My hair is straight, my clothes are old. You get the picture. Basically, I'm a whiner. Aren't we all at times? Today I thought I would take some time to think about all the things I should be thankful for. With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, what better time.
I thought instead of doing the typical list I would name some of the things that I normally complain about and find the good in them.
1. What better place to start than with my job. It doesn't pay enough and the people make me crazy. Thankfully I have a job. Too many people are out of work these days.
2. My roof is in desperate need of repairs but the cost is just not in the budget. At least I have a roof over my head. With the economy the way it's been, many are losing their homes.
3. The couch that has a blanket covering it to hide the hole in the cushion from a dog my daughter used to have. No it's not beautiful but I still have a comfortable place to sit.
4. The pile of dirty dishes sitting on my counter. Thankfully I had something to eat.
5. The pile of bills that came in the mail. Not one of them says past due.
6. The pig stye that is also known as my sons bedroom. Thankfully that one means that he came home from Iraq alive.
7. The aching back that I always have (due to scoliosis) Thankfully I can still get out of bed every day and FEEL every ache.
8. All the things that I want but can't afford to buy. If I had everything I wanted what would there be to dream about?
9. The carpet in the dining room that has been pulled up at the edge and chewed on. That means I have a cute adorable furry little Duke who entertains me on a regular basis. (double points on this one because thankfully he no longer does this)
10. The family that irritates and annoys me on a regular basis. I have people who love me.
I'm sure I could go on but after listing 10 I'm starting to feel like a real schmuck for being such a whiner...lol
Thursdays at work I play store manager instead of store baker. One of the jobs I have is to straighten aisles.. For the last 3 weeks in a row I have found this hidden behind other items on the shelf. It's always the Hillshire Farm brand and it's always the roast beef.
It's bad enough that a refrigerated item is left in a non refrigerated section but it's also empty.
Someone has a taste for roast beef. They take the pouch of lunch meat out of the plastic container and steal that and hide the container. It infuriates me when people do this. If you can't afford to buy the roast beef we have cheaper options available. Oh and here's an idea, why not work for a living and pay for the things you want.
Other gifts that I started working on Monday were a couple of reverse canvas projects. I'm afraid these I can't show until after Christmas but this is the start of the project. Here the stretched canvases have been taken apart , the frames have been stained and the canvas has been painted. Also the vinyl has been cut
Here's my machine hard at work cutting out my design
See that post it note on my machine? I'm constantly forgetting to change the setting for the material I'm cutting. I stuck the post it note there to remind me.
Last year when I was talking to the deli manager one day about Christmas gifts I had mentioned that I should make her a soup cookbook. Her response was oh I would love that. Well procrastinator that I am, I never got around to making it. Luckily for me I didn't forget about it. Monday I started working on it. I went to Pinterest and found my soup board and then started printing out recipes. I think I may even add a section for casseroles and possibly one for sandwiches
I am so much further ahead of the game than I usually am with my Christmas cards this year. Normally I'm scrambling to make them, address them, and get them in the mail. This year, not only are they done but I printed out return address labels as well as address labels. Next year will be even easier because I saved the file that has all of the addresses and all I'll have to do is print. Now all that's left is to sign my name and put the stickers on the front of the envelope
Thursdays I work until 6 now. It pretty much sucks but it is what it is. When I got home from work this past Thursday there was an Amazon package waiting for me on my front porch. Oh what a surprise I had. This is the box that was inside the package.
This is the note that was with the box.
And finally this is what was inside the Box
Just for fun here's another one of me Saturday morning. If I were an actual queen, my hair would probably be a little neater.
Now when I do my crafting I can wear my crown and everything will come out looking so much better because it has the royal touch
When the Halloween decorations came down one house down the street from me put up Thanksgiving decorations. It's nice to see people who don't automatically go right into Christmas. The other day on the way to work I pulled over and took a picture. It's not the best but I took it really quick
Yesterday I got home from work and found this sitting on my porch
The box wasn't sealed just tied up with a string and there was no return address or anything like that on the box. I took it inside opened it up and what a nice surprise.
This note was inside.
You've been gobbled. The air is cool the season fall. Soon Thanksgiving will come to all. With the holiday season drawing near let's all spread a bit of cheer. We are thankful for our friends a great big gobble to you we send. It's your turn to pass it on now but don't fret we'll tell you how. Think of a friend a special one and share with them something fun. Add a treat, like turkey feet and copy this to make it complete. How to play 1 enjoy your treat 2 places turkey on a window or door 3 you have 48 hours to make a copy and share it with a neighbor or to simply add a treat and pass it on. But shhhh, it's a secret.
Here's a picture of the turkey that I'm supposed to put in my window.
I have no idea who left this for me but it made my day. I've seen things like this but have never gotten one before or even left one for someone else. Now I need to find a few treats to leave for someone else.
The other day at work I looked out the front door and saw this
I wonder what's so interesting over there? Let's take a closer look.
Everyone was stopping to take a look at the puppies he had in the back of his truck. I don't know how many he started out with but by the time he left he only had one. I felt kind of sorry for that poor little puppy being the only one who couldn't find a forever home. All of the puppies look happy and healthy and even the people coming in said the same. I did see one couple leave with two of them. The only concern I have is whether or not these puppies went to good loving homes. I will say that the guy who was giving them away sure did seem to care about them