The first couple of weeks of the new year is a time of reflection for me. I usually take a break from the busy things in life and try to refocus on what is important to me. That is why I haven’t posted in a couple weeks. I don’t usually set specific goals at this time of year. I do take the time to think about what is important to me and try to refocus our time to reflect those activities. This year, I want to focus on more time doing things I enjoy. Crafting, playing games with friends, and writing. The hubby and I want to focus on moving forward with the goal of building a new house or remodeling this one.
I have spent time working on knitting my cardigan. I’m at the last inch of the front. It seems like a never ending portion of the sweater. I cannot wait to cast off and try it on! The sleeves, of course will also take me forever to do with their endless stockinette stitch.
We have been trying to get out and spend more time playing games with friends. I’ve discovered a few new ones that I would love to add to our collection. Splendor and Tsuro were quite fun and at the top of my list for new games to purchase.
The hubby and I have spent time looking at shiny new cars and pretty new houses. Long term goals and all that. For the here and now, we have been cleaning and organizing in our home. Clearing clutter and making time to rearrange for a fresh new look.
I have a few projects that I would like to complete in the new year. I would like to complete the cardigan before my birthday in February. (40! eek!) I have a new series in the works for this blog and involves starting up a YouTube channel. I’ve been busy writing posts for DIYcraftz. At work I have two student teachers observing in my classroom each week. Their excitement for the career has me looking at my classroom with a fresh set of eyes. I am glad to have their inspiration this time of year.
What have you been focusing on so far in 2018? What projects (craft or otherwise) have you been working on? What do you want to complete? Did you set New Years goals? How are they going?
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Every family has a their own holiday traditions. As the month of December gets started around our home, these traditions roll in with the Christmas tree.
When my husband and I began our lives together, we didn’t have much. Both of us agreed we didn’t want a Christmas tree covered in random ornaments bought at the local department store. I had a few glass balls from my Great Grandmother, and a few from my childhood. That first year, we went and each chose one ornament we felt was significant to us that year. Our tree was not one that was picture perfect for a magazine, but each ornament on there had a story and we loved it.
Each year since, our family has continued the tradition of adding an ornament for each family member. We each choose one that has meaning to us that year. Our Christmas tree has filled up over the years. Now it is splendidly full of all the personality our family brings.
Another holiday tradition for our family is making our own ornaments. Each year when my children were growing up, we would make a set of ornaments. We made clay candy canes, yarn weaving on toothpicks, paper chains and snowflakes, and so many others. One of my favorites was the decoupage ornaments that we made a few years ago. I went to the local second hand store and purchased a few glass ball ornaments that had seen better years. The color was chipped and coming off. Most of them were missing their tops. More than a few of them had cracks and chips in the glass. Paintbrushes in hand with Modge Podge and Christmas fabric, my children and I recycled the old ornaments into something new and beautiful.
Every holiday season, I love hearing my children dig through the ornament bins to find the ones they picked or made. Each ornament hung in just the right place for them. When they are ready to have their own Christmas trees, I will go through and pack up their own decoration set to start them off. Passing on the tradition of a Christmas tree decorated not just in pretty ornaments, but in memories too.
If you are interested in trying out the decoupage ornaments, I wrote up a DIY tutorial over on DIY Craftz recently. They are super fun to make! Just enough messy for the kids to really have fun, pretty enough to enjoy for years to come, and easy enough for the whole family to make their own.