I look outside and it just doesn’t really seem as if Christmas is a mere 3 days away, am I right fellow Minnesotans?? Rain, fog, 30+ degrees?? Here’s hoping we get that lovely blanket of snow we all are dreaming about alongside with Bing. :)
Before Thankgiving, I made a list of things I wanted to do to make sure I stayed in the Christmas spirit. I feel that as I’ve gotten older it’s harder for me to remain as excited and in the spirit of Christmas and I did not want that happening this year. The items on my list ranged from which movies to watch to little things to do around the house. Here’s a few things just to give you an idea:
? Decorate window bed boxes (which I did! Hurray!)
? Bake Pizzelles (another thing I got to check off my list!)
? Wrap one gift for Paul “From Santa” with “Santa-like” wrapping paper (my mom and dad used to do this and made sure the handwriting was completely different – I loved that. :))
? Burn Christmas candles (pine, cinnamon, etc.)
? Buy a fireplace insert so we can actually enjoy it (which we did and I just love it! So cozy, especially when one is sipping tea.)
? Have classic Christmas music playing when wrapping gifts, baking, and cooking (it truly changes the whole mood of the activity and brings you back to a much simpler time. :))
? See a Christmas play (we’re going to see A Charlie Brown Christmas this year! So excited!!)
? Paint Christmas cards (I actually got this done and I’m so proud of my little accomplishment. :))
My list goes on and on, but you get the idea. Then I have another list of which movies to watch (that one is much longer and I feel that I would bore you with it all – just know there aren’t that many hours in the month of December for me to watch them all).
And because this is a blog that isn’t entirely devoted to photography anymore, I thought I would show you one of my other, more recent, passions; watercoloring. I have always wanted to learn how to paint. Always. I never took painting classes in high school or college – I think I was too afraid that I’d find out I wouldn’t like it or wouldn’t be very good at it. But finally this year, I decided to give it a try. I researched brushes, types of paint and colors, paper, and other accessories that I would need and eventually collected them over the course of a few weeks (although there are still some brushes I read about that I would like to try but haven’t purchased them yet). Although I’ve been learning to paint for the past 6 months or so, I haven’t actually been pleased with anything until recently. I’m, unfortunately, a perfectionist and my own worst critic. So even if Paul says something looks great, I’ll point out a million things that are wrong with it (annoying, isn’t it?). However, my Christmas cards and a few more recent paintings have actually been free of criticism from me (shocking). And although they are by no means brilliant or anything close to it, I like them.
And the best part? I am completely happy when I am painting. And that’s all that matters, right? :)
Ta da!! No, I did not write out the words – not until I master calligraphy (which I’m working on as well).
Happy Monday, friends!! I hope you are all able to get into that lovely Christmas spirit, too. :) xoxoxo