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Friday, January 16, 2009

More projects....

We've been slowing working at more projects, at a much more sedate pace than last month. Here are some...

In our office, we had a door leading nowhere.....it actually leads to the hall that would head to the upstairs portion of our house, if it were not split into 2 apartments. So the door was missing and just boarded up with chip board behind it. It looked horrible, so Patrick took an old hollow door we'd removed from somewhere and painted it with chalkboard paint. Helena loves it, and it give her something fun to do while I'm working in the office.

Last spring, before I started working, Helena & I were regular attendees of our local library's preschool story hour. As a group we worked our way through the entire alphabet through the school year, and each week the parents were charged with bringing a snack beginning with that week's letter. We had V week, and in a pinch, I scrambled for an idea and came up with Violet Cupcakes. Helena remembered them recently, and wanted to make them again. I think we added more blue last time, and had a truer violet color. Still, lots of fun.

Yesterday, Helena and I began making Valentine's Day cards, part of my plan to be better organized and working on these things in advance, instead of at the last minute. I bought a few acrylic stamps and some stamp blocks at JoAnns the other day, and away we went. We worked happily on them for a few hours, and will do more over the next few weeks.

I finally finished the curtains for our living room. I got this fabric for $2/yard on clearance at JoAnns several years ago. I didn't know what I would do with it, but am thrilled to have my 3 windows covered for about $20.



Next on the list? I hope to recover these disreputable looking pillows. Patrick brought them to our relationship 15 years ago, and they were faded then. Now, some have holes. I've been planning to recover them ever since, and......

Some Holiday Highlights....

I'm home tonight, still battling the vestiges of the stomach flu and about to couch potato and watch a movie, but thought I'd post a few holiday photos....

First of all, meet Luna, our 12 week old kitten, and Helena's favorite holiday gift!
By the way, she's currently trying to climb up my sweater....

Tasting snow after one of our big December dumps....

Life is about tasting everything, especially cookie dough!

Our little family Christmas Eve Dinner. With Patrick's help, I made a standing rib roast for the first time, with creamed horseradish and brussel sprouts. It was Amazingly good. Helena loved it, and just asked for the "beefy roast" again the other day!

Our Christmas tree!


Christmas morning!