February 27, 2015

One of Those Weeks

It's been one of those weeks. My hands and brain don't seem to be working properly and they certainly aren't cooperating with one another. I've been clumsier than usual, dropping and breaking things all week. This is nothing short of bad timing as I am smack in the middle of birthday party prep, as well as tax preparation. It's not ideal to be unable to concentrate while preparing taxes. Also, I hate every single thing about doing the taxes with the single exception of the refund that lands in my account a couple of weeks later. Did I mention that my last job was working for a big 5 financial firm? It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. I'm not sure, but there may be a correlation. The words tax season still send me into the fetal position.

Emma is having a vintage European themed tea party for her birthday next Saturday. I get so excited to put these parties together and I love how excited her friends get about coming. I secretly hope that they will be inspired to throw pretty parties when they grow up. I'm going to have to find a way to keep planning parties once my nest is empty.

Em loves to give her friends a favorite book as a party favor. and this year I found plain little canvas totes for goody bags and added a fabric ruffle to them. If you don't have a ruffler foot for your sewing machine I recommend you buy one. And then immediately after that I recommend you watch a video on youtube to figure out how to attach it and use it. After you've used it a few times you will wonder how you ever ruffled without it.

In staying true to the theme of the week, I woke up to find my beloved wood box that previously hung on my studio wall, laying on the floor with it's contents spilled all over the floor. Apparently that last journal I put in it was the final straw. That turned out to be a much smaller deal than later in the morning when I set myself on fire. Literally. Here's your lesson for the day, DO NOT reach over the gas stove when you notice the clock needs to be cleaned. Just don't. Luckily my Sweet Man was working from home and put the flames out. Sadly I had only worn that new shirt from Anthro once. In other news, I may be in need of a new white cardigan as well.

I still have a bit of birthday prep to do this weekend but I'm unusually organized so I'm feeling good about it. Hopefully I can finish it without injuring myself or anyone else. I'll be honest, I'm feeling a little nervous about cooking dinner tonight! ;)

Hope your weekend is cozy and creative. Or better yet warm and lazy. I'm longing for one of those kind of days.

February 18, 2015

The Extraordinary Beauty of an Ordinary Day

Today is just an ordinary day. Much like the one that came before it and probably much like the one that will come after it. Sometimes it is good to break free from the mundane of an ordinary day, the grocery shopping, the laundry and the floor sweeping, to find the beauty that is right in front of you.

Sometimes we need to unpack the fresh basil and inhale deeply even though we are fretting that we forgot the anchovies.

Look around. That Ukelele that didn't get put away is actually a sweet reminder of a husband who is trying to learn a love song for his wife. It's all perspective.

Treat this day as the special day it really is. Bake some muffins. A batch of blueberry, a batch of chocolate chip.

Celebrate being in the middle because sometimes that is the best place to be. Beginnings are exciting and full of promise. Endings are sad and full of goodbyes. The middle is comfort and coziness.

Embrace the ordinariness of having show and tell of all the new books you got for Christmas with a friend, while curled up on your sofa and catching up on all you've missed.

Look around you at all the beauty and love that fills your home. The cat that wants his belly rubbed. The daughter that wants you to sit on her bed and keep her company. This is your life. The beauty is in the every day, extraordinary moments.

P.S. Thank you all for your kindness on my last post. My dad is doing much better!!