Once upon a time I thought I was in control, you know, if I just set my mind to it. Any problem I had could be solved by being more industrious or diligent. Maybe if I researched the issue a little more, or was somehow more insightful. Maybe if I did “this” because I’d neglected to do “that”. Right. Guess what? I really do know better, honestly I do. But I’m still likely to try to the Nth degree, dammit. Call me stubborn, tenacious, hard-headed, whatever.
Between hackers, holiday traffic, work, and traveling (that part was great), it’s been impossible to post. So, as I take a deeeeeep breath, knowing that it’s all good, let me just say I’m happy to be back after my hiatus.
I’ve got a few holiday outfits in mind (and planning to post), tons of sewing I want to do, and a whole host of presents I want to make. I’ve finished sending off gifts in the mail, so now I can concentrate on the folks close by that I want to surprise.
I actually love the holidays. I love cooking holiday foods, and even though my oven died last night, it’s okay. I took the cake over to a friend’s house and while it was baking, we had a lovely time reconnecting, long overdue and meant to be. Just breathe.
The cake was cut in half, wrapped with bows, and taken to favorite clients. It really didn’t matter that it was half a cake instead of a whole. Never mind the fact, that in the drama, I’d never measured the flour; it turned out to be the best cake I’d ever baked. Just breathe.
Breathe in the smell of evergreens, cakes baking, and chicken frying. Breathe in the smell of children, grandparents, and loved ones. Breathe in the old and new, contentment and sadness, the yin and yang. Breathe because you can. It’s a blessing.
Outfit details: Thrifted jacket upcycled into a vest, thrifted silk kimono-style robe worn upside down here, DKNY tank dress purchased an eternity ago, upcycled slip here, thrifted boots, thrifted mudcloth hat, jewelry from my personal collection, and finally, the DEBUT(!!!) of my Megan Mae buttonflowers!!! (I was totally inspired by Amber for this outfit and those of you who know her can see exactly what I mean.)
FYI: Megan Mae’s creations are magical. She sent me a lovely assortment of handmade button flowers. Little did I know that creating the combinations would become a form of meditation. I lay out my outfit and then decide which buttonflowers will enhance the composition. It’s a delicious moment on the right side of the brain. I highly recommend it. Again, that’s Megan Mae. Check her out. I had no idea the buttonflowers would be so incredibly uplifting. P.S. This is definitely NOT a paid endorsement. In fact, she has no idea I’m writing this.
Have a wonderful week. I’ll be back with some holiday cheer, hackers and internet gods willing. XXOO