Friday, August 7, 2015

The First Week of August

Upon stepping outside yesterday afternoon, this little one promptly decided to land on me and stay on my shirt as I crossed our wide yard on my way to the driveway. Having to get into the car, I shook my shirt gently to swoosh him away, but when I got into the car and closed the door, guess who was on the window on the inside? This little darling! I found it quite amusing, and so did my little brother... if not more so. My mom said I must've had something magical about me right then. I simply think butterflies and little moths like to land on me, as it seems to happen quite often.

I return to school on the 17th, taking four lovely online classes. I'm excited, and pray that the load of work won't be so bad that I have to quit my job, for I truly, completely, and totally love it there. My manager is a fantastically kind woman, and she really makes the work environment one you simply wish to stay in all the time. So I will be balancing these four classes with salon time once more, and possibly some more church-related activities if the load isn't bad. As it stands, there is a possibility that I will follow my little ones from last year into the second grade choir, which would be fantastic as everyone in my family knows those little ones as my babies.

On the creative front, I have an ongoing crochet project that leaves skeins of yarn all over the top of my dresser. A very vintage flower-motif purse with a pattern that slightly confuses me. I may be pulling out a ton of stitches just to make sure I get the directions right, as in all my years of crocheting I have never quite seen a pattern like this. This artfulness aside, I am working on designing my own yearly/weekly/daily planner (following inspiration from my boss!) which I hope to have finished soon! I have an obsession with organization as it is, and organizing one's time is truly an art. The planner is much to detailed for me by my lonesome, but I will no doubt be testing out the design on several people before I make the artistic design of it final. I adore creating stationery-type things, so if this goes well, I may well not stop.... And I shall not complain about such.

Reading wise, I am still plugging through my growing collection of books, still in Philippa Gregory's novels. I am currently reading the Virgin's Lover, the fifth book in the Tudor series and the first solely about Elizabeth I. I had mixed feelings about this novel at the start, finding it very hard to become interested in due to the fact that it seemed to be very much like a fanfiction between Elizabeth and Robert Dudley (it still is to some degree), but now some politics have entered the picture and I find it easier to read. I still disdain, however, how I am being made to despise my most favorite historical figure.... While most of it may be accurate, I still find Elizabeth to be... overly reckless and heartless, which disturbs me slightly.... Even though there is a very high likelihood that this trait was inherited from her mother. As I said, though, I am able to read through it more steadily, and I truly pity Robert Dudley's wife. Having despised her in the previous book, I now understand why she was such a cling lunatic, and I pity her very much for being married to a man who has no desire whatsoever to let her settle down and run a farm as she has always dreamed.

On a totally random side note, my sister's birthday is on Monday, and I am finding it very difficult to STOP buying her things. I tell you... difficult! I had three gifts to start, gave one early, and now I have five more! My word, my word, I have problems. I think I know her too well.

Well, my coffee is about gone and there is a whole room and desk I must tidy up before school and work kick back in to full gear, so I shall cease my ramblings for now and go enjoy the cooling-summer air for a while. 

Have a wonderful Friday, all! 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Simple Treasure

Every once in a while you find something that just calls out to you. Some trinket you find particularly beautiful, even though it is infinitely simple. Almost like its a piece to a puzzle that makes up a small, decorative part of your soul.

I was doing a little thrifting today with the family and found this little beauty sitting in an aisle of wooden shelves and boxes. I didn't even fully look it over before it was in my arms, and now it sits in my room, a match to my earthy-eclectic heart. ♥

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

An Analytical Craft

I have hoarded a lot of yarn and thread over the years, and I have finally decided that the one perfect project destined for each skein will most likely never arrive, so I have done the unthinkable.... I have used the good yarn on random projects! I have had to push myself to do such, but I think I shall be glad in the long run (and certainly have some more room to store... more yarn).

So, in my free time, I have been working on this lovely little creation. It is ever so delicate, especially after I wet-blocked it (which, by the way, was my first time wet-blocking a crocheted item. Very interesting experience, but now I want to wet-block everything!). The pattern stretched out and became even lovelier. There are things I would do differently, yes, but I am still very happy with the result.

Just to update, the new job is going very well. I love it so much and I am so happy with not only my 35-minute drive there and back, but the hours I spend there as well! Saving money for textbooks has never been this nice, and I thank God for working in my life as He has so that I am at this salon now. I am most grateful and thankful, and cannot wait to keep working!

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I have been coming to grips lately with the fact that I am a more analytical person than creative, as I am sure I have mentioned before. My entire family is very creative, with regards to arts and crafts and things of the like, and I am finding out more and more every day how much more my mind is like my father's. Numbers, patterns, words, business... these things all appeal to me, and instead of trying to force my mind to understand how to draw a person's face or how to sculpt a bird from clay, I am embracing the fact that I am more comfortable following crochet patterns, writing papers, and dealing with mathematical problems. Yes, I am creative, but more so in the problem solving manner. It is very hard to analyze one's strengths and weaknesses objectively without comparing oneself to another, and I am still trying to map out all of those things for myself. It's quite the process, indeed, and is very humbling when I take a step back and realize that there is so much I simply cannot do. Not many people like to think of those sorts of things, and I don't care to linger there either, but I still have to give myself a break and say that there are certain things that I simply do not do well, no matter how hard I try. Once I set those things aside and tell myself that it is perfectly all right to not be able to do those things, I feel freer to focus on the things that I can do, and those are wonderful days.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday! I have been busy, but I hope to get some more things done and post some more in the coming weeks! ♥