We are enjoying some winter weather and that always makes me feel as if it is time to stay inside and do some creative work. This year is especially interesting since I have started decluttering my arts and crafts items, giving most to homeschooling friends who will appreciate them. This has brought several unfinished craft projects to light and it energized me to get going again.
One of those projects was crocheting a few dishcloths for myself. I’m happy to report that I have successfully finished two of them and I am about half way done with the third. This will use up most of my Sugar N Cream yarn…which is a good thing. I have vowed not to purchase any more yarn until I complete this project. I passed along to a young friend a whole stash of yarn and she was thrilled!
We had new granite countertops cut and installed but my men did everything else including the new lighting, paint, and appliance installation. Along with the kitchen remodel, came the long awaited gift of a Kitchenaid mixer. This has had me mixing up a variety of new things and lots of our favorite cookies. It is a gift that will truly keep on giving. (He used Kohl’s cash and a deep discount and free shipping!)
One new dessert that I made (not using the mixer) was this Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler. It is like a chocolate lava cake but with pumpkin and spices. Amazing! This recipe is a keeper!
Shutterfly is my favorite photo printing website and I have over the years created many gifts using their products. This month I took a chunk of time to create a photo book with the photos from our family portrait session. I think I was able to create an amazing keepsake and ordered one for each of the kids (using a 50% code and free shipping!). I also created a 2017 calendar, photo gift cards for family, and had printed some larger prints to give in frames as gifts to our parents.
My creative month always includes listening to music of all sorts. This one has been my theme song this month: It’s Going to be Okay (Piano Guys). Only listen if you want to smile and find yourself clapping and singing along…it’s that good.
My young friend showed me her bluetooth wireless speaker (808 CANZ) and I was hooked. I marched right down and got myself one to use with my ipad and iphone. It is an amazing device and I can listen to music or podcasts now while I wash dishes or clean house or do just about anything because this little speaker is powerful and portable. I leave my ipad on the kitchen counter and I can keep the speaker with me as I move from room to room. It’s the little things. The link above is an affiliate link to Amazon. I purchased my speaker with my own money and love it!
Of course, I have been taking lots and lots of photos of the amazing colorful world around me. I love this way of capturing the moments that touch my heart. This tree was just so beautiful on this particular morning and now I can savor the image as long as I want.
So what have you been doing this month to be creative?
Have you participated in Sketch Tuesday?
Have you listened to Music Monday?
Don’t forget to do something to feed your creative soul!
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