Okay, I'm in. Here are my randoms for this week.
#1 - Create.
This is where I've spent most of my days this past week -- at my sewing machine. While we continue the search for a home of our own, I have to say I do enjoy this large room I can call mine. This is where I sew, write, and pursue other fun projects. Some day I'll show you the rest of my creative space.
I racked up some hotel reward points that were useable for magazines. (Can you believe they still print those?) I ordered Martha Stewart Living, which came this week. It's the Christmas issue. One of the features is "Our Finds - Gift Guide", which is the staff's picks for Christmas gifts that we're supposed to rush out to buy. Sooo, let me get this straight. There are people who actually would pay $650 for a bird bath to give to someone for Christmas? Seriously?
#3 - Christmas Décor
Um, I hate to admit this, but I'm probably the only home and garden blogger on the planet that didn't decorate for Christmas. Now, I love Christmas. And I love decorations. Honestly. I've spent hours admiring all of the Christmas Home Tours in blogland. But we're between homes and I just can't get excited about dressing an apartment with festive attire right now. I did manage the Christmas runner and tabletop tree, though. And I'm displaying this handpainted holly plate I found at a thrift store. (After looking at the $650 bird bath above, my $1 plate should help you regain your normal breathing pattern.)
#4 - Patience
Three months ago I ordered a chair from a local furniture store. Being a rather instant gratification kind of person, I'm surprised at my ability to wait this long. It was worth it, though. The chair arrived yesterday, and I couldn't be more pleased. It's beautiful, comfortable, it reclines, and the fabric looks even more perfect than I imagined it would when I chose it. It reminds me of the French bentwood hoop armchairs of the 1930's. Perfect. (Ahem, notice my husband's easel and art hodge podge in the background? Can you see why we need an actual h o u s e w i t h a s t u d i o?
#5 Speaking of art. . .
I'll be attending my husband's art show at a local gallery tonight. Here's a photo of one of the paintings in the show: Peace on Earth. Isn't it heavenly? I love it.
If we don't connect before Christmas Day, I pray you'll have a blessed, peaceful, love-filled day. For us it's a time to celebrate our Savior's birth. He is the source of our joy, and what makes our home A Joyful Cottage, wherever we are.
Love and Hugs,
Celebrating with all my friends at Random 5 Friday.