This past week February arrived in a flurry of ice and snow. While I appreciated the snow days the blizzard brought, I have reached the point in winter where I start dreaming wistfully of spring and looking for ways to add some bright colors (yellow in particular) to the house.
Valentine’s Day is also coming up this week. While I understand that some people really hate Valentine’s Day, complaining that it was created by Hallmark for the sake of consumerism, or that it highlights some people’s loneliness in painful ways, or that it tries to cram romance into a single day rather than spreading it out throughout the year like good relationships should, I have always loved the idea of taking a day to intentionally celebrate those you love (including friends and family as much as significant others). Every year I try to find little ways to celebrate the day, whether with special treats in the morning or handmade cards for friends and family.
So last night, wrapped in a sweater with snow piled high outside, I made this simple, cheerful heart garland to hang above our front window.
I began by cutting a whole stack of hearts out of old magazine pages, specifically choosing pages that featured warm yellows, oranges, and pinks, as well as bright florals. I interspersed these with hearts cut from the old hymnal I bought at the thrift store two Christmases ago, arranging them in a long line on the table to alternate the colors and patterns the way I wanted.
Then I sewed them all together, adding hearts from the stack as I went along.
It was so easy! Once the hearts were cut out, the sewing part took less than ten minutes. I foresee more sewn garlands coming up in my future…
(P.S. It looks pretty great with my homemade curtains — which I still love)
Posted by thelordshousekeeper on February 8, 2014
Spring break ended a week ago (with five straight days of rain and all my classes packed into one week, as a matter of fact), but I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful weather and time off. Here’s some pictorial evidence of just that:
Posted by thelordshousekeeper on March 25, 2012
As of 5:30 p.m. on Friday night, I have been on spring break, not just from school but also from work (both spring breaks happened to fall on the same week).
Saturday morning I started my break with a big breakfast, hosted by Justin Andrews. We ate delicious food, talked, and laughed. Then we meandered over to Anna’s going-away garage sale where I picked up a new bag (after straining under the weight of school books and notebooks for seven months, my old one finally snapped this week), a garlic press (hallelujah!), and an armful of beautiful fabrics.
From there Derek and I rode down to the library where I perused the shelves for some fiction to read (I find it so hard to find good fiction sometimes). Then we packed a picnic dinner and spent the evening at Loose Park, sitting under a budding apple tree. We ended the night with a movie (the second Jurassic park, if you must know; I’d never seen it and spent a decent percentage of it calling advice to the characters and gripping Derek’s arm).
On my list for the rest of this week off:
- Go to the Kansas City Community Garden’s office and sign up for a membership.
- Start our garden. I confirmed with the landlord this week that it’s still okay for us to plant one and posted a flyer by the mailboxes today inviting the neighbors to join me. My goal is to get the plot tilled and a temporary fence (to keep out animals — especially the neighbor’s dog) this week.
- Start (and perhaps even finish) my observations for my child development case study (yes, I do plan on doing homework this week unfortunately).
- Begin researching Reggio Emilio for my curriculum comparison project (and decide on my second curriculum focus).
- Begin research for my program spotlight project.
- Finish research for my risk factor project and write the paper.
- Write eight activity plans for my curriculum class.
- Write four activity plans for my internship class.
- Set up my observations at Plaza de Ninos.
- Finish reading, reviews, and application activities for my health, safety, and nutrition class.
- Read fiction
- Spend time outside (it’s supposed to be sunny and in the 70s for the first few days this week)
- Catch up on letter writing (I have at least five that I’ve been meaning to write)
- Make something creative (perhaps that toilet paper role wall hanging? Or some flowery branches for our dining room?)
- Write a blog or two (maybe. No promises…)
- Do laundry (and all that everyday stuff that still needs to happen).
Actually, now that I look at that list, I have quite a bit of homework to do. Ugh. But even so, I plan to spend time relaxing and enjoying break, too.
Unfortunately, my body seems to have it’s own plan of being sick this week….
Posted by thelordshousekeeper on March 11, 2012
We will be planting these…
Have I mentioned how excited I am to have a garden this year?
Posted by thelordshousekeeper on May 8, 2010