Thursday, December 18, 2014

One Thing for 2015.

...I've been watching Elise's Make29 project from the sidelines all year.  And now, with just two more months to go, I'm excited to finally join in. Her December project, which goes live on Monday, seems just the thing for 2015.
image from Elise's blog
You can read her post for the full story, but the big idea is to do one thing every day next year. I love having the whole picture on one page. I love boxes to check. and I'm totally buying into the idea that "progress is better than perfection". I have to pick the thing. I want it to be meaningful, worthwhile and doable, but a bit of a stretch.

Some ideas that I've considered in the past hour include:

  • 10,000 steps
  • learn something new
  • spend time with my journal
  • and/or a devotion
  • read
  • knit
  • connect with a friend

I'd love your input - what would you suggest? (and if you know, what would you choose to do for yourself?)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday | Looking In.

...hope your Wednesday was full of warmth and twinkle lights!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ten on Tuesday | The Christmas Letter.

...I'm thinking this won't surprise anyone who reads my blog, but I don't regularly send Christmas cards and I've never sent a Christmas letter. The few years that I have mailed cards, I've written a short note on each one before signing our names, but a short personal note is miles from the "Christmas card letter". 2014 has, however, changed much about our lives and maybe it's time to start sending that letter (or then again...maybe not*)
from Sara's graduation - Marc, Katie, me, Sara, my dad, Rob - three generations!
But Carole's asked us to share what we'd include in our letters... and I'm going to play along. Here's what you might (not!) read in a letter from us this year:

  1. blah blah was a busy year and full of changes. all good!
  2. Sara graduated from Georgia Tech in May with three generations of Georgia Tech grads cheering her on. It was really special to have my parents (my dad is our first generation grad - BChE '61) there. We win no points for higher education diversity in this family (and I'm ok with that).
  3. Sara & I spent ten days in Paris and Florence celebrating that milestone...and not worrying one bit about what Sara might do next.
  4. Two weeks later, she landed a great job. in Madison, Wisconsin. I'd never been there and Marc might've visited once on business. Over the next six weeks, she found an apartment, started work...and moved. (as of this writing, the jury's still out on Wisconsin winter.)
  5. Meanwhile, Katie & Rob are settled into a lovely home...only four miles away. And in September, they welcomed little Charlie Clay - our first grandchild. We love being Marmie & Poppa - Charlie is real charmer!
  6. Marc works. Suniva opened a second factory in Saginaw, Michigan this fall and celebrated their 100,000,000th cell production a few weeks back. A hundred thousand anything is a huge deal, and I'm really proud of what they - and Marc - have done.
  7. ...and plays golf. When the weather allows. Which is most of the time, but not all of the time. He still needs a plan for what he'll do when once he's retired and it's cold and rainy.
  8. I'm still knitting. and teaching knitting. And loving them both.
  9. I'm also active in my church. Our Prayer Shawl ministry has grown to supply shawls for a local infusion center and Georgia's Presbyterian Homes and baby items for a local single parent ministry. 
  10. Georgia Tech beat Georgia (30-24) and we're making New Year's Eve plans around the Orange Bowl. 

Like I said - a very good year. and I'm glad I won't have to actually send this letter!
it's going to be very hard to beat last year's card!
*I am hoping to get another fun photo of me, Marc and Holly sometime over the "holiday" to send out festive cards for the New Year. (but they won't include a letter. promise!)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Date Night.

...(ish?) Marc's company Christmas party was Saturday night. It's the first dress-up event we've been to in months (actually, maybe nineteen months? yeah, that's how long Katie's been married and we missed last year's party) and I treated it like a full-on date night.

Fun thing about empty nesting (with a husband who likes to play golf on the weekends) is that I have free time on Saturdays. I started early with Lauren and a chilly walk, a healthy lunch and a nap.

Then visited the Bobbi Brown counter for a "smokey eye" lesson, which Christine stretched into a full-on make-up session (and Ann Taylor for stockings, because yikes, I own very opaque tights but nothing suitable for a cold night out!). I told Christine that when I win the lottery, she's visiting every morning to do my make-up. (along with Carla to do my hair). She tried a few new things, but mostly showed me how to use what I own. One of the "new things" was a lipgloss - Kir Sugar. How appropriate for a holiday party!

I got home in plenty of time to finish my hair, dress, take a photo - and post it to Instagram.

The party was a lot fun. Marc made a point of introducing me (and telling me the "backstories") which was really nice - it's been three years since I've been to a company event - and the company has grown a lot since then. We sat with his team at dinner and it was great to put faces with names ... and connect with the folks Marc sees every day. Bonus points for great food, good wine...and a co-worker who took our photo on the way out.

It was after eleven when we got home. I'm glad I went. and Marc was too. Maybe it was a real date night, not an "ish"?



Friday, December 12, 2014

FO Friday | Charlie's First Christmas Sweater.

...Katie and Charlie made their visit to the shop today. It was a relatively quiet Friday around the yellow table, which was probably a good thing because my dear friend Martha also visited (all the way from Tennessee!) with her new little one. It was fun to see old friends and new friends.
And then to see Charlie showing off his Christmas sweater.
(yes it was a bit warmer today...sweaters meant bare feet!)
I fell in love with this pattern (it's Anders, by Soren Kerr) last winter and couldn't wait to knit it for Charlie's first Christmas. I chose Rowan's Wool Cotton. It was my first time using the yarn (ssshhh, don't tell - I've been recommending it for years!) and I'm happy to say it lived up to all those recommendations. It's soft, has great stitch definition and it's machine washable (in warm!).
The pattern was easy to follow and fun to knit (especially that vikkle braid detail that separates the ribbing from the stockinette). I normally don't like colorwork, but on a baby's over before I get tired of it! (especially because I omitted the colorwork on the sleeves.)
We even managed a photo of the back.
All the details are on my Ravelry project page (here). Next up, I think I'm going to make him mittens. Maybe these?