Monday, January 31, 2011

Crayon Roll

Crayon Roll, originally uploaded by celabbe.

My husband gave me a sewing machine for Christmas and I was so excited.  I immediately found a project for a crayon roll at Prudent Baby and bought the materials.  Unfortunately, my momentum died with buying the fabric, which is not an uncommon situation for me.  

I'm listening to Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project again and was particularly struck by her suggestion that one should spend out.  By spend out, she means that we should use the items that we have.  We should use our wedding china or that special candle that you are waiting for the perfect occasion to use.  

Although I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to properly complete the crayon roll, I also knew that it did not make any sense to have the fabric, ribbon, and sewing machine just sitting in my house waiting for that magical time when I would feel that my skills were worthy of attempting the project.  Once I started, it took me less than two hours to complete the crayon roll, and those two hours included finding the sewing machine manual to make sure that I was threading the machine properly.  

The Wee One is going to love it for Valentine's Day.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

4/52: Pinkalicious Cupcakes

Pinkalicious Cupcakes, originally uploaded by celabbe.

One of my daughter's favorite characters is Pinkalicious.  Making pink cupcakes is central to the plot of  Pinkalicious and I have intended to make some for months now.  What better time than the present.  My daughter loved mixing the batter, adding the red dye, choosing the cupcake wrappers and anxiously waiting for them to dry.  She loved dying the frosting and especially loved decorating the cupcakes with sprinkles.

I just noticed that a new Pinkalicious book is coming out on Tuesday, Silverlicious.  That might be the perfect present for Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

3/52: Hands

Hands, originally uploaded by celabbe.
This isn't a perfectly shot photo, but I just loved the fact of my daughter's hand in my husband's hand.  I confess I was focused on her face, but when I stepped back and looked at the photo, the hands were what spoke to me.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

2/52: Snow girl

Snow girl, originally uploaded by celabbe.

This is the second photo in my Project 52.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Project 52

Puddles, originally uploaded by celabbe.

I love the idea of Project 365, where you take a picture every day for a year. However, even on January 1, when I have all the excitement and desire to complete such a project, I know that I will not be able to produce a picture every day and I will get discouraged.

Just when I was feeling frustrated about not having a good picture-taking project for 2011, I read a post from Darcy at Life With My 3 Boybarians ( Darcy proposes doing a Project 52 where participants post one photo a week in a Flickr group. As Darcy explains, "By limiting it to one really thoughtful image a week, you will have challenged yourself to get 52 well-done photos."

I am definitely in! Come join me in Project 52 at the Flickr group.