I spent the day in the craft room and made a horrible mess there.  That’s what happens when I try to make something.  I don’t take the time to put things away immediately after using them, and they just keep piling up everywhere.  I need a maid to follow me around and clean up after me…Do you suppose Jennifer McGuire has someone that does that for her?  Her area always seems spotless, so I have to believe she does…haha.

I made a paper wreath and took some of the scraps and made some cards with them.  I wanted to make sure that I got rid of the excess paper, and this was an easy way to do it.  I made some 3 x 3″ gift cards to put in the boxes of supplies I’m sending to Puerto Rico.  I didn’t want to mail the boxes without a card, but didn’t have the will to make eleven full size cards…Yes, I’m that lazy.  I have a bunch of cards I need to finish and get mailed as it’s getting closer to the holidays and I’m still not finished with sending thank you cards and get well cards that are long overdue.

I have three or four projects in process right now and really need to get them finished and get their videos done.  I have so many videos that are in Rich’s hands, and now he’s trying to do a video once a day or once every other day.  It’s the time of the year when I make a lot of videos to show people all kinds of crafty ideas.  They really want to see cards, but I really like to branch out into other areas when I can.  This is the best time of year to do that.

I’d really like to finish the sea glass ornament video, as we didn’t tape anything when we made them, and I’ve got so much going on in my craft room, that I don’t have any place to put the supplies to make the ornaments with.  I should clean and get going, but really would prefer to sit and watch the birds outside my window instead.  I’m trying to think of a great idea for a Christmas gift for the friend I made the sea glass ornaments with.  She and her husband really seemed to enjoy watching the woodpeckers eat suet in my backyard, and I thought that maybe buying her the shepherds’ hook, suet and suet cage might be a nice gift.  I really hate it when I buy something that people don’t like for Christmas, and hope my ideas will make them happy.  It’s really stressful, and I’m normally a lot more organized than I have been this year.  Rich’s birthday is Monday, and we’re going to go shopping in the closest large city to us…I came up with an idea of something we could do that would be out of the ordinary for Christmas gifts.  I thought it would be fun to each take (let’s say) $25 and have to buy a certain number of gifts (maybe five) for ourselves, not each other.  I think we’ll put a time allotment on it as well, so we can’t doddle..Since we’ll be buying presents for ourselves, we should be able to find things we enjoy and make a fun afternoon’s activity out of it.  I think we’ll go to a mall where we can’t find a Dollar Tree, because you know I could spend all day there buying all kinds of fun things.  We won’t be shopping together, but will be checking in with each other to see how the other is coming with the project.  I think it will be a lot of fun, and after we get home, we’ll have to wrap the others’ gifts.  That way, we both are sharing in the gift giving experience.  What do you think?  Stupid idea, or fun?  I just wanted to do something a little bit different this year.  We’ve done coupon books for each other, and Rich made me a coupon book once with different menus that he would make for me.  But my favorite gift (and one I could share with everyone), are the music videos Rich made for me.  He lip synced to different songs over the years and the best part is that the first one was for our first married Christmas together in 1982, at the very beginning of MTV…He wanted to make me a music video and did.  He recruited a friend to help, and it’s so sweet.  Maybe someday I’ll be willing to share it on YouTube….although I’ll have to ask Rich for permission..

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