Wednesday, November 23, 2011

the more things change...

the more they stay the same. I'm kind of a super sentimental marshmallow mom so seeing a handprint turkey come home in my preschooler's backpack still fills me with delight. I'm guessing that my own mother still has a handprint turkey made with my own tiny hand (plus at least one from each of my sisters) somewhere in a box.
They are just too sweet to part with. After making these my kids have officially put more effort into Thanksgiving this year than I have. I admit I am getting off easy this year and will be visiting relatives who are doing all the hard work - and believe me, I am grateful for that.

I hope you all have a happy and fun Thanksgiving full of laughter and good food. I'll be trying to catch up on some stitching as we zoom down the highway (it's okay, I won't be driving). Assuming I don't have to do too much backseat refereeing I should be able to make some progress.

I'll take one last moment to say how thankful I am for everyone who stops by my little blog, it means so much to me!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

just a few short days...

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited. Guess where I'm going on Sunday (with a handsome 8 year old). Are you ready? Peter and I are heading over to the Fitzgerald Theatre to see Kate DiCamillo (Peter's favorite author) and (drumroll please)...Chris Van Allsburg - one of my very favorite author/illustrators. This week Peter and I are reading our way through the new Chronicles of Harris Burdick - the book that prompted the presentation. The stories, written by various authors, are a bit dark, mysterious and clever - just like the illustrations that inspired them - delicious! I promise I won't cry or make a fool of myself although it will take some restraint on my part. I can't wait!

Friday, November 11, 2011

feathered family

Hello from the testing lab. I've been doing a bit of experimenting here and there and am trying to make sense of the results. This little bird family ornament is variation of a few designs I have done for ornaments in the past. I wanted to try it out in some muted colors this time. I am usually a fan of non-traditional colors for the holidays but ... I don't know, these almost seem too pastel to me. It's starting to look more like and Easter ornament than a Christmas ornament!

I'm also playing around with different backgrounds for my photos as well as different places in the house to take photos. I wanted to try a white background but I can tell I need some more practice. I still haven't found the perfect window to use for my tiny little photo studio but by golly I am going to try every single one until I figure it out.

My next photography project for today is to try to get a good shot of the boys for a Christmas card photo. I expect that will be a bigger challenge than changing up my background color. First, I'm making brownies though, I'll need to have some chocolately incentives on hand!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

i, corinne, do hereby pledge...

...that I will try to be a better blogger. October was my WORST month ever for blogging. But it's a new month and I am freshly fueled by pounds of Halloween candy and guilt. I would love to share the holiday season with you all if you will still have me.

How was your October? Mine was a bit of a rollercoaster. Lots of good with some bad thrown in the mix too. In the good category was a visit from my sisters (all three at once!) The four of us are in three different cities and we all have kids so get-togethers can be tricky. I am so thrilled they made the journey though! Vince and I also marked our 12th anniversary. I'm still not sure what kind of awesome karma I racked up in a previous life to deserve a husband like him but it must have been amazing. Seriously, I think I hit the jackpot here folks.

In the crafting realm there are ornaments and ornaments and oh, did I mention ornaments? I love this time of year, really I do. I'm settling into the pace a little more and before you know it *poof* it will be January so I'm going to just enjoy it while I can. I would LOVE to have a free pattern, a tutorial AND a giveaway on So September ALL before Christmas. It probably would not be wise of me to make any promises but you should know that that is indeed my goal. So, crank up the Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby and Andy Williams everyone - it's time to falala.