What We Did

While I was with my family over Christmas I took my two younger sisters out to a pottery painting place. I figured we could make fun memories and beautiful things to remind us of each other and the time we had together.

My sister the artist painted this. I am in awe of her skill. She has been diligently practicing and getting better and better. By the way, this was painted free-hand from a picture.

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My sister the knitter, like me, does not enjoy coffee. So she painted a tea mug instead (the inside is brown, so I think it looks very hot-chocolatey).

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And I, inspired by this story, painted this.

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The outside is a snowy red
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Look! A teapot with a kitty in it!

Happy Kitty.

Story Time

Once upon a time a very wee girl lived with her mommy and daddy and her big brother. Christmas was just around the corner, so the daddy took his son and daughter Christmas shopping for their mommy. They went from store to store until they had all found the perfect gifts for her. Now the daddy gave his son and daughter strict instructions not to tell their mother what they had bought her for Christmas – the gifts were supposed to be a surprise, after all.

So when they got home the mommy with a mischievous twinkle in her eye asked her wee daughter, “Bethany*, what did you get me for Christmas?”

You must understand at this point that Bethany was a mostly obedient child. So she answered her mother not by telling her what the present was, but by saying, “I can’t tell you, but it doesn’t have a doggy on it!”

“BETHANY!!!” burst her brother, “You weren’t supposed to tell her!!!”

“But I didn’t tell her that it was a teapot with a kitty on it!”

*Names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent.

The Haul

Ok, so now that I’ve talked about how Christmas is not about stuff, here are some of the things I received from friends and family. It was a good Christmas.

My mom gave me a gift card so I could buy exactly what yarn I wanted.

Also, this, which she picked out for me. My mother knows me well. Thank you, mom.

I am definitely going to wear this shirt to my teaching job

My littlest sister, whom I taught how to knit, came full circle by knitting me a hat. The best part – she needed help to finish it, so I was given an unfinished project. My knitterly heart was ecstatic!

My sister the artist made me an Evenstar pendent based on the Lord of the Rings.

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A good friend gave me this. I am so excited to add it to my tree.

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This is from my lovely boss at the music studio: Thank you for a wonderful year of teaching!

And the Piece de Resistance: Look what my wonderful boyfriend gave me! He picked it out himself and I love it so much! ❤ ❤

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Opal is my birthstone

Whew

It has been a crazy holiday season. My boyfriend and I spent Christmas with my family in Arizona across the country from where we both live.

We took a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon

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I purchased moccasins in Tombstone, just down the street from the O.K. Corral

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And above all we spent time with friends and family. I hope your Christmas was amazing as well.

In Review

Now that Christmas is over, I can show you a few more of the presents I made.

Sparkly bracelets worked up quickly as presents for friends

Pattern: Beaded Waves Cuff by Laura Nelkin

Yarn: Valley Yarns Superwash DK in Natural and Cascade Yarns El Cielo in Bordeaux

Size 6 seed beads

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Stripey Wristwarmers for my sister

Pattern: made up as I went: the gloves are knit in 2×2 ribbing with garter stitch rows on both ends

Yarn: I Love this Cotton in White and Orangeade (I tea-dyed the gloves so the colours wouldn’t be quite so glaring)

For my youngest sister I decided not to knit anything. A few years ago I taught her to knit, so for Christmas I gave her some knitting supplies and a binder of patterns I had picked out and thought she would enjoy. She was very pleased and immediately picked out a pattern to start knitting with her Christmas yarn.

New

Happy 2016, everyone! I know I keep saying this, but time is just flying by! I hope you all had a lovely evening last night (especially if you stayed up late) and that you were all safe going home (if you went out).

I guess this is the part where I boldly share my New Year’s Resolutions. I only have one this year, but I prefer to call it a goal rather than a resolution. A resolution sounds so pretentious, and once you fail (and you probably will) it is very hard to start back. A goal, on the other hand, can start (or restart) anytime, and seems so much more doable.

So my goal for 2016 is yoga. I want to spend at least 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week doing yoga. My main reason for choosing yoga is that I am tired of being stressed out all the time, and yoga is supposed to be good at calming you down. And gaining strength and flexibility are good things to work on as well. Right now my plan is to use YouTube to guide my sessions.

Do you do yoga? How do you like it? What suggestions would you give a beginner yogi?