I must begin this post with two disclaimers. The first is that my blog header is not my photograph, it just came with this particular WordPress theme. I like it, it fits in with the season, and so it will remain for a little while. I’m feeling a bit restless and am trying to switch things up. Second disclaimer is the above photo has nothing to do with being a role model. But it does have a connection with my tale. Ooops, one more disclaimer, if you want to skip the moral tale and just see some of the schweeeet mail I’ve received lately, and a creative project than just scroll down to the pictures.
On Being A Role Model
I have been coveting the Nikon D60 for months now. It is a digital single lens reflex camera. I really, really, really, really want this camera, and the zoom lens. But it is quite expensive. Quite. I finally talked myself into buying it because the local camera shop was having a sale. Now keep in mind this is a Want not a Need. I don’t work, and as I said before it is quite expensive. My plan to pay for it was to write a check on our home equity account, and then earn the money by substitute teaching, and paying it back over time. It would take many days of substitue teaching to pay this back. But I was excited, I was going to have this coveted camera in my hands, and soon be making photography history with my stunning photos because I would have this awesome tool to work with. But then…………..I started thinking about how I already have a camera that works pretty darn well, about how we have taught the boys that they can’t buy something unless they already have the money for it, about what a selfish and indulgent thing this would be, about how the boys might be watching and learning to do what I do not what I say. Being a role model can be a real pain in the patootie, and sometimes it means you sacrifice what you want for something bigger. Something huge. Like a life lesson for your children. So, Plan B is now to earn the money FIRST and then buy the camera, and along with having an awesome camera, maybe conveying an important lesson to the boys about being fiscally responsibile. (Waaaaa!!)
Beautiful necklace and earrings from Simple Daisy that I got for my birthday.
I ordered some cards, gift tags, and one of her printed onesies from Super Jen (that’s what I call her). And she added some extra tags and one of her stab bound journals. I told her that ‘stab bound’ made me think of someone pulling a switch blade and stabbing the paper violently. Anyway, the journal is gorgeous especially with the different papers she used to make it. I’m just saying you should head to her shop for some great Christmas shopping.
And I got a package in the mail from Claudia. I had made her a squirrel papercut, and she sent me Mr. Tweeters and this really cool tote. You can see Licorice in the background licking her chops. Sorry Licorice, Mr. Tweeters is not a real bird!
And last but not least this is a little project Melinda and I worked on Friday. Inspired by the Alabama Chanin tie chairs. I’m not commenting on the price tag for these, but ours took a total of about 20 minutes. And they turned out great! It was decided they could not be seperated because they looked so good together. Weirdly, I don’t know if it was from working with these old ties, but my fingers are covered with painful blisters. It’s the only thing I can think of that might have caused this bizarre condition. Now I’m off to make an embroidered t-shirt. If it turns out, pictures to follow. (Taken with my “old” camera! Waaaaaaa again!)